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 was an executive producer of the ABC show Modern Family, but left the show at the conclusion of season five to accept a development deal at CBS TV Studios. He grew up in Euclid and Painesville, Ohio,[1] graduating from Riverside High School in Painesville Township.[2]

Aside from television writing (since 1985), he is the author of two books- The Adventures of Mrs. Jesus , published by Harper-Collins (2014) and What Are You Laughing At? A Comprehensive Guide to the Comedic Event, published by Continuum International Publishing Group (2012).[3][4]

Awards, nominations and honors[edit]

O'Shannon has won six Emmy awards for his TV work over the past 25+ years (five for Modern Family, and one for Cheers). He has earned five awards and five nominations for Modern Family, three nominations for Frasier and four nominations and one award for Cheers.[5] He has received five Writers Guild of America Awards (WGA) awards including three for Modern Family, one for Frasier, and one for a special television event, Time-Warner Presents the Earth Day Special. He has received several Golden Globe Awards[6]

O'Shannon received an Academy Award writing nomination for Redux Riding Hood, an animated short produced by Disney.[7] That short film was nominated for an Annie Award.[8] He wrote and produced The Fan and the Flower, an animated short which received an Annie Award.[9]

Television writing and producing credits[edit]

O'Shannon has several television writing and producing credits including Modern Family, on which 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. Prior to joining the writing/producing staff of Modern Family, he worked as a co-executive writer/producer for Better Off Ted, writing two episodes. He may be best-known as a co-executive producer of Frasier; he also wrote/co-wrote seven episodes for that series. He was a 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, for Cheers.

Other writing or producing credits include The King of Queens, as creative consultant for season 1; Suddenly Susan, on which he was a co-executive producer of season 1, a creative consultant for season 2, and a writer/co-writer of 4 episodes; The Boys, on which he was creator and executive producer for 6 episodes and writer or co-writer of four episodes; Newhart, on which he was the story editor of season 7, and a writer or co-writer of 7 episodes; and It's a Living, on which he was a staff writer for the 1985 season (and the writer of 1 episode).

Most recently, he is the author of the comic book The Adventures of Mrs. Jesus, which was released in late 2014.


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ Goodrich, Barry (November 2013). "Family Tree". Cleveland Magazine. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ Continuum International Publishing Group
  4. ^ What Are You Laughing At? A Comprehensive Guide to the Comedic Event, newyorker.com; accessed August 30, 2014.
  5. ^ "Heartland Emmys". Emmyawards.tv. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  6. ^ "2013 Golden Globe Nominations Announcement - GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS". Goldenglobes.org. 2012-12-13. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  7. ^ "Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences". Oscars.org. 2012-08-24. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  8. ^ "Home". Annie Awards. Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  9. ^ Profile, csuohio.edu; accessed August 30, 2014.

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