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 March 1, 1971 (age 45)
  • Screenwriter
  • director
  • producer
Alma mater American Film Institute
Years active 2001–present
Spouse Suzanne Bukinik (separated; 2 children)

Brad Falchuk (born March 1, 1971)[1] is an American television writer, director and producer. He is best known for co-creating with Ryan Murphy the comedy-drama television series Glee and the horror-drama anthology series American Horror Story and more recently Scream Queens. 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.[1] In high school, he played baseball, basketball and lacrosse. He later attended the American Film Institute.[1] He graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1993.[2] Falchuk was the commencement speaker for Hobart and William Smith Colleges' 2014 graduating classes.[citation needed]


Beginnings and Glee[edit]

Falchuk's career in television began as a writer for Mutant X (2001), Earth: Final Conflict (2001–02) and Veritas: The Quest (2003), before he was hired to work on the first season of Nip/Tuck in 2003. While working on Nip/Tuck, he formed a close bond and partnership with the show's creator, Ryan Murphy. Falchuk and Murphy went on to write a television pilot titled Pretty/Handsome, about a transsexual gynecologist, which the FX network bought in 2008. However, the pilot was not picked up as a series.[1]

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.[3]

After the early success of Glee, Falchuk signed a two-year, seven-figure deal with 20th Century Fox Television which involved further work on Glee as well as the development of other projects for the studio. Glee concluded following its sixth season, which aired from January 9 to March 20, 2015.[citation needed]

Anthology series[edit]

In 2011, Falchuk co-created the FX horror-drama anthology series American Horror Story with previous collaborator Ryan Murphy. The first season, starring Jessica Lange, Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott, 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 Emmy Awards, with Falchuk nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special.[4]

Falchuk is an executive producer on American Crime Story with Ryan Murphy, which began airing on Tuesday, February 2, 2016.[5] In October 2014, it was announced that Fox had given a 15 episode straight-to-series order for Scream Queens, a horror-comedy anthology series created by Falchuk, Murphy and Brennan.[6] The first season, set on a college campus, will star Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer and Jamie Lee Curtis, and will premiere in the fall of 2015.[7][8]

Personal life[edit]

Falchuk is the son of Nancy Falchuk, the national president of the American Jewish women's organization Hadassah (as of 2007).[9] Falchuk's brother, Evan Falchuk, founded the United Independent Party and was a candidate for Governor in the Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2014,[10][11] Brad's younger sister, Aimee Falchuck, is a therapist.[citation needed] 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]

Falchuk is divorced from television producer Suzanne Bukinik, and they have two children, Brody and Isabella.[12]

Falchuk is in a relationship with Gwyneth Paltrow.

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) Nominated
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


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Weiss, Joanna (August 30, 2009). "Welcome to the club". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on September 2, 2009. Retrieved January 1, 2010. Falchuk, 38.... 
  2. ^ "Falchuk '93 Wins Golden Globe with Glee!". Hobart and William Smith Colleges. January 19, 2010. Retrieved April 13, 2010. 
  3. ^ McNary, Dave (December 14, 2009). "WGA announces TV noms". Variety. Retrieved January 1, 2010. 
  4. ^ O'Neal, Sean (February 7, 2011). "Ryan Murphy developing secret horror series at FX". The A.V. Club. 
  5. ^ Daley, Megan (November 12, 2015). "FX announces premiere dates for American Crime Story and more". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 22, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Ryan Murphy & His 'Glee' Co-Creators Get Fox Series Order For Comedy-Horror Anthology 'Scream Queens'". Deadline. October 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis join Ryan Murphy's 'Scream Queens'". Entertainment Weekly. December 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Joe Manganiello, Lea Michele, Abagail Breslin & Keke Palmer Join FOX's 'Scream Queens'". TV by the Numbers. January 17, 2015. Retrieved January 18, 2015. 
  9. ^ Breger, Sarah (September–October 2010). "A Mother's Glee". Moment Magazine. Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  10. ^ Rachel Zimmerman (February 25, 2013). "Another Healthcare Leader Eyes Mass. Governor's Seat". WBUR. Retrieved March 14, 2013. 
  11. ^ Silver, Curtis (December 7, 2009). "We're All Gleeks – 10 Questions for Glee Co-Creator Brad Falchuk". Wired Magazine. Retrieved January 1, 2010. 
  12. ^ David, Mark (November 18, 2014). "Brad Falchuk Picks Up Pad on Las Tunas Beach (Exclusive)". Variety. Archived from the original on January 26, 2016. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 

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