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Expert EW.com's Smartest People In TV  

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Sure, they call it the boob tube, but it takes some pretty big brains to make it in the TV biz. We polled Hollywood insiders to ID the TV titans they say are driving today's sharpest shows and deals http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20243951_0,00.html
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Seth MacFarlane is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list EW.com's Smartest People In TV
Family Guy, American Dad!, The Cleveland Show

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Nancy Tellem is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list EW.com's Smartest People In TV
Nancy Tellem

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Tyler Perry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list EW.com's Smartest People In TV
Tyler Perry's House of Payne, Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse, Meet the Browns

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Gary Marsh is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list EW.com's Smartest People In TV
Gary Marsh

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Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list EW.com's Smartest People In TV
Dr. Phil, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Women of Brewster Place

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Lorne Michaels is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list EW.com's Smartest People In TV
30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, Portlandia

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Robert Greenblatt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list EW.com's Smartest People In TV
Robert Greenblatt

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Peter Roth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list EW.com's Smartest People In TV
Peter Roth

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Jason Kilar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list EW.com's Smartest People In TV
Jason Kilar

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Matthew Weiner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list EW.com's Smartest People In TV
Mad Men, The Sopranos

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Steve Koonin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list EW.com's Smartest People In TV

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Josh Schwartz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list EW.com's Smartest People In TV
Gossip Girl, Chuck, The O.C.

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Rachel Maddow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list EW.com's Smartest People In TV
The Rachel Maddow Show

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Damon Lindelof is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list EW.com's Smartest People In TV
Lost, Once Upon a Time, The Leftovers

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Carlton Cuse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list EW.com's Smartest People In TV
Lost, Bates Motel, The Strain

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Marc Cherry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list EW.com's Smartest People In TV
Desperate Housewives, Devious Maids, The 5 Mrs. Buchanans

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Ryan Seacrest is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list EW.com's Smartest People In TV
American Idol, Robot Chicken, Keeping Up with the Kardashians

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Simon Cowell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list EW.com's Smartest People In TV
American Idol, America's Got Talent, The X Factor (UK)

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Salma Hayek is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list EW.com's Smartest People In TV
Ugly Betty, The Sinbad Show

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J.J. Abrams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list EW.com's Smartest People In TV
Lost, Fringe, The Office

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Glenn Close is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list EW.com's Smartest People In TV
The Shield, Damages, Rabbit Ears Productions

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Chuck Lorre is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list EW.com's Smartest People In TV
The Big Bang Theory, The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men

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Christina Wayne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list EW.com's Smartest People In TV
Christina Wayne

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Lauren Zalaznick is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list EW.com's Smartest People In TV
Lauren Zalaznick

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Tyra Banks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list EW.com's Smartest People In TV
America's Next Top Model, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, The Price Is Right

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Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list EW.com's Smartest People In TV
The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, The Larry Sanders Show

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Sarah Silverman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list EW.com's Smartest People In TV
Bob's Burgers, Mr. Show with Bob and David, Greg the Bunny

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Jimmy Kimmel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list EW.com's Smartest People In TV
Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Crank Yankers, Win Ben Stein's Money

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Barbara Walters is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list EW.com's Smartest People In TV
The View, Today, 20/20

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Sherri Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list EW.com's Smartest People In TV
Hot in Cleveland, The View, Less than Perfect

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Joy Behar is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list EW.com's Smartest People In TV
The View, Mob Wives, Baby Boom

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Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list EW.com's Smartest People In TV
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Captain Planet and the Planeteers, The Magic School Bus

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list EW.com's Smartest People In TV
The View, Fox & Friends, The Look for Less