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List of Famous Television Writers

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List of famous television writers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top television writers in the world? This includes the most prominent television writers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable television writers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic television writers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned television writers.

This list features people like Ricky Gervais and Seth Rogen.

From reputable, prominent, and well known television writers to the lesser known television writers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the television writer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous television writers ever?" and "What are the names of famous television writers?" then you're in the right place. {#nodes}
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