“I think the bar is higher these days in terms of audience expectations of authenticity.” – Shawn Ryan
Born on this date in 1966, Ryan is the creator and producer of such hit TV shows as The Shield, The Chicago Code, Timeless, and S.W.A.T. A native of Rockford, IL, he migrated east to study writing and theater at Middlebury College in Vermont, and then moved west to Hollywood to use that creativity in his wide range of hit shows.
The son of a schoolteacher, Ryan said he was always interested in TV dramas and the various Sitcoms of the day, early influencers on his career choice. He said he loves researching his shows and making sure, as he said, that they are as authentic as possible. The award-winning writer said he also enjoys a wide range of topics and not getting pigeonholed or pegged for his writing style.
“I don't want my writing to be recognized,” he said. “I don't want my writing to be so unique that when you apply it to different genres, it seems like the previous show that people already know you from. “
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