Dan O'Shannon

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Dan O'Shannon, Writer-Producer of TV shows such as 'Modern Family,' 'Frasier,' 'Cheers,' and 'Newhart.'

Dan O'Shannon is an American television writer and producer who has worked on shows such as Newhart, Cheers, and Frasier. He is an executive producer of the ABC show Modern Family, but will be leaving the show at the conclusion of season five to accept a development deal at CBS TV Studios [1][2][3] O'Shannon grew up in the Cleveland area, specifically in Euclid and Painesville, Ohio,[4] graduating from Riverside High School in Painesville Township.[5] In addition to writing television since 1985, O'Shannon is the author of a book about comedy theory: What Are You Laughing At? A Comprehensive Guide to the Comedic Event, published by Continuum International Publishing Group (2012).[6][7] The book examines what comedy is and why we respond to it the way we do and has been adopted by universities across the country.

Awards, nominations and honors[edit]

'O'Shannon has won five Emmy awards for his TV work over the past 25+ years (four for Modern Family, and one for Cheers). He has won four awards and four nominations for Modern Family, three nominations for Frasier and four nominations and one award for Cheers.[8][9] O'Shannon has racked up five Writers Guild of America Awards (WGA) awards including three for Modern Family, one for Frasier, and one for a special television event called Time-Warner Presents the Earth Day Special. He's also received several Golden Globe Awards:[10][11] including five nominations and one award for Best Comedy for Modern Family, two nominations for Best Comedy for Frasier, and three nominations and one award for Best Comedy for Cheers. As for the Academy Awards (Oscars):,[12] O'Shannon received a writing nomination for Redux Riding Hood, an animated short produced by Disney. That short film was nominated for an Annie Award,[13] and he is also the writer and producer of The Fan and the Flower, an animated short that was a recipient of an Annie Award. It's also worth mentioning that he was awardd an honorary doctorate from Cleveland State University, a school he attended back in the 1980s [14]'

Television writing and producing credits[edit]

Mr. O'Shannon has several television writing and producing credits including "Modern Family", where he served as an executive producer for seasons 3 through 5, a co-exec producer for seasons 1 and 2, and he is credited as the episode writer (or co-writer) of 10 episodes.[15] Prior to joining the writing/producing staff of "Modern Family," he worked as a co-executive writer/producer for "Better Off Ted" where he wrote or co-wrote 2 episodes;[16] "Back to You", where he was the co-exec producer for season 1 and the writer/co-writer of 2 episodes;[17] "Jericho", where he was the co-exec producer for 9 episodes, a consulting producer for 5 episodes, and a writer/co-writer) or 2 episodes;[18] "Threshold", where he was a co-exec producer for 6 episodes of the first season, and a writer/co-writer) of 2 episodes.[19] He also has a story by credit for "Star Trek: Enterprise".[20] He is quite possibly best known, however, for being the showrunner of the hit NBC sitcom "Frasier", where he was the co-exec producer of season 7, the exec producer of seasons 8,9,10, and the consulting producer of the final season. He also wrote/co-wrote 7 episodes.[21] His other 'big' shows were "Cheers", where he was the writer/co-writer of 18 episodes, an exec story editor for season 8, a co-producer for season 9, a co-exec producer for season 10, and the exec producer/showrunner for season 11.[22] He was also the creator of the critically acclaimed "Maggie", where he was the writer or co-writer of 3 episodes.[23] Other writing or producing credits include "The King of Queens" where he was the creative consultant for season 1;[24] "Suddenly Susan", where he was a co-executive producer of season 1, a creative consultant for season 2, and a writer/co-writerof 4 episodes;[25] "The Boys", where he was the creator and exec producer for 6 episodes and the writer/co-writer of 4 episodes;[26] "Newhart", where he was the story editor of season 7, and a writer or co-writer of 7 episodes;[27] "It's a Living" , where he was a staff writer for the 1985 season (and the writer of 1 episode).[28]

Most recently, he is the author of the forthcoming comic book The Adventures of Mrs. Jesus, which will be available in bookstores in the fall of 2015.[29]


  1. ^ http://www.deadline.com/2014/02/modern-family-executive-producer-dan-oshannon-inks-deal-with-cbs-tv-studios/
  2. ^ "Dan O'Shannon". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Dawidziak, Mark (October 9, 2011). "'Modern Family' Writer Dan O'Shannon Talks about Hit Show, 25-Year Career". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ Goodrich, Barry (November 2013). "Family Tree". Cleveland Magazine. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ Continuum International Publishing Group
  7. ^ http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/cartoonists
  8. ^ http://www.emmys.com/awards/nominees-winners
  9. ^ Emmy Awards: "Heartland Emmys". Emmyawards.tv. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  10. ^ List of awards and nominations received by Modern Family
  11. ^ "2013 Golden Globe Nominations Announcement - GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS". Goldenglobes.org. 2012-12-13. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  12. ^ "Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences". Oscars.org. 2012-08-24. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  13. ^ "Home". Annie Awards. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  14. ^ http://www.csuohio.edu/class/com/clevelandstater/Archives/Vol%205/Issue%2010/news/news2.html
  15. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0642591/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
  16. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1235547/?ref_=nv_sr_2
  17. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0950721/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  18. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0805663/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  19. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0460686/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  20. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0244365/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  21. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106004/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  22. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083399/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  23. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0166447/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_4
  24. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0165581/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  25. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115376/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2
  26. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105959/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_6
  27. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083455/?ref_=nv_sr_2
  28. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080233/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
  29. ^ http://www.oshannonland.com/fun-with-cutting-and-pasting/

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