Brad Falchuk

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Brad Falchuk
Brad Falchuk by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Falchuk at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011.
Born 1971 (age 42–43)
Occupation Screenwriter, director, producer
Nationality American

Brad Falchuk (born c. 1971) is a television writer, director and producer. He is best known for co-creating the comedy-drama television series Glee and the horror-drama series American Horror Story. He was also a writer and executive producer for the television series Nip/Tuck.

Early life[edit]

Falchuk grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, where he attended Beaver Country Day School. In high school, he tried to stand out from his classmates by wearing a tie to school each day and declaring himself a Republican.[1] He said, "I was always trying to look smart because I didn't feel smart"; he actually suffered from undiagnosed dyslexia. In high school, he played baseball, basketball and lacrosse. He later attended the American Film Institute.[1] He also graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1993.[2] Falchuk was the commencement speaker for Hobart and William Smith Colleges' 2014 graduating classes.

Career[edit]

Falchuk's career in television began as a writer for Mutant X (2001), Earth: Final Conflict (2001–2002) and Veritas: The Quest (2003) before he was hired to work on the first season of Nip/Tuck in 2003. There he formed a close bond and partnership with the show's creator, Ryan Murphy. Falchuk and Murphy went on to write a television pilot called Pretty/Handsome about a transsexual gynecologist—which the FX network bought in 2008 but did not pick up as a series.[1][3]

As Nip/Tuck neared its sixth and final season, Falchuk and Murphy began to look for their next project and decided to focus on a lighter subject. They teamed up with Ian Brennan, who had written a screenplay about high school show choirs, to pitch a one-hour comedy about a glee club to the Fox Broadcasting Company. Their pitch was successful and turned into the television show Glee, which premiered in 2009.[1] Falchuk, Murphy and Brennan received two Writers Guild of America Award nominations for Best Comedy Series and Best New Series.[4] After the early success of Glee, Falchuk signed a two-year, seven-figure deal with 20th Century Fox Television which will involve further work on Glee as well as the development of other projects for the studio.[3]

In 2011, Falchuk co-created the FX horror-drama anthology series American Horror Story with previous collaborator Ryan Murphy. The show premiered October 5, 2011, and received critical acclaim; the series was nominated for 17 Primetime Emmy Awards in 2012, and 15 Primetime Emmys in 2013, with Falchuk nominated for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie both years. In 2014, the show was once again nominated for 17 Primetime Emmys, with Falchuk nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Falchuk's brother, Evan Falchuk, founded the United Independent Party and is a candidate for Governor of Massachusetts in the Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2014,[6] and the president of Best Doctors, Inc.[7] Falchuk is the son of Nancy Falchuk, the national president of the American Jewish women's organization Hadassah (as of 2007).[8] He has called Ryan Murphy his closest friend.[3]

In 2008, Falchuk was diagnosed by his father and brother's medical consulting firm to have a serious problem with his spinal cord. After undergoing emergency spinal surgery, he recovered fully, but his experience inspired parts of the Glee episode "Wheels".[1]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2010 AFI Awards TV Program of the Year Glee (with Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan) Won
2011 Won
2011 British Academy Television Awards Best International Nominated
2010 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Comedy Series Glee (with Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan, Dante Di Loreto, Bradley Buecker, Alexis Martin Woodall and Kenneth J. Silverstein) Nominated
2011 Glee (with Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan, Dante Di Loreto, Bradley Buecker, Alexis Martin Woodall, Kenneth J. Silverstein and Michael Novick) Nominated
2012 Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special American Horror Story: Murder House (with Ryan Murphy for the episode "Bitchcraft") Nominated
2013 Outstanding Miniseries or Movie American Horror Story: Asylum (with Ryan Murphy, Dante Di Loreto, Tim Minear, Jennifer Salt, James Wong, Jessica Sharzer, Bradley Buecker, Alexis Martin Woodall and Chip Vucelich) Nominated
2014 American Horror Story: Coven (with Ryan Murphy, Dante Di Loreto, Bradley Buecker, Alexis Martin Woodall and Chip Vucelich) Pending
2011 National Television Awards Digital Choice Glee (with Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan) Nominated
2011 Producers Guild of America Awards Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy Glee (with Ian Brennan, Dante Di Loreto, Ryan Murphy and Kenneth J. Silverstein) Nominated
2012 Nominated
2013 Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television American Horror Story: Asylum (with Bradley Buecker, Dante Di Loreto, Alexis Martin Woodall, Ryan Murphy and Chip Vucelich) Nominated
2014 American Horror Story: Coven (with Bradley Buecker, Dante Di Loreto, Ryan Murphy, Chip Vucelich and Alexis Martin Woodall) Nominated
2010 TV Quick Awards Best New Drama Glee (with Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan) Won
2011 Best Drama Series Nominated
2010 Writers Guild of America Awards New Series Nominated
Comedy Series Nominated
2011 Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Weiss, Joanna (August 30, 2009). "Welcome to the club". The Boston Globe. Retrieved January 1, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Falchuk '93 Wins Golden Globe with Glee!". Hobart and William Smith Colleges. January 19, 2010. Retrieved April 13, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Andreeva, Nellie (December 1, 2009). "'Glee' co-creator inks deal with 20th TV". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 1, 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ McNary, Dave (December 14, 2009). "WGA announces TV noms". Variety. Retrieved January 1, 2010. 
  5. ^ http://www.avclub.com/articles/ryan-murphy-developing-secret-horror-series-at-fx,52038/
  6. ^ Rachel Zimmerman (February 25, 2013). "Another Healthcare Leader Eyes Mass. Governor's Seat". WBUR. Retrieved March 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ Silver, Curtis (December 7, 2009). "We’re All Gleeks — 10 Questions for Glee Co-Creator Brad Falchuk". Wired. Retrieved January 1, 2010. 
  8. ^ Breger, Sarah (September–October 2010). "A Mother’s Glee". Moment Magazine. Retrieved December 1, 2011. 

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