'Showrunners' Reveals How Much TV Producers Hate The TV Industry

If you like television, you'll be interested to know that the producers think making your shows is a thankless grind that isn't even worth the trouble. Pretty soon, you'll be able to go to the movies and get a crash-course in TV thanks to the upcoming documentary Showrunners. The doc will pull back the curtain on many of your favorite shows, allowing you access to the writers rooms and providing stories on how exactly some of the biggest shows in TV came to be. That's the good news. The bad news is, despite the circulation of a trailer, this doc isn't coming out until 2012. So if there's some info on "Lost" that you're itching to get, you'll have to wait. Or look it up on one of the 54 million "Lost" sites out there on the Internet. While you might not recognize the people, or even their names, chances are if you watch TV, there's something in this for you. And from what is shown here, they speak very frankly about the forces at work in the business. From Movieline, here's a rundown of the people featured in just the trailer: Damon Lindelof (LOST) David Shore (House) Michael Wright, head of programming for TNT Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus: Sand and Blood) Mike Royce and Ray Romano (Men of a Certain Age) Anthony LaPaglia David Eick (Battlestar Galactica) Jeff Pinkner & J.H. Wyman (Fringe) Matthew Carnahan (Dirt) Ben Silverman (Ugly BettyThe Tudors) Mark Schwan (One Tree Hill) Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy) Finally, we'll get to see how the entertainment marvel that is "One Tree Hill" came to be.

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