Greg Garcia (producer)

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Greg Garcia
Born
Gregory Thomas Garcia

(1970-04-04) April 4, 1970 (age 48)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, US
NationalityAmerican
OccupationTelevision director, producer, writer
Spouse(s)Kim
Children3

Gregory Thomas "Greg" Garcia (born April 4, 1970) is an American television director, producer and writer. He is the creator/executive producer of several long-running sitcoms, including Yes, Dear, My Name Is Earl (in which he made seven cameo appearances), The Guest Book, currently on TBS, and Raising Hope. He has also worked for the series Family Matters and as a consulting producer on Family Guy. He developed two pilots for CBS for the 2013–14 season,[1] one of which, The Millers, was picked up.[2]

Early life[edit]

Garcia was born in Arlington County, Virginia. His parents Tom and Natalie Garcia raised Greg and his older sister[3] Shelley (who would marry and settle down in Frederick, Maryland, and had a son named Luke Carey) [4] in the Pimmitt Hills neighborhood of Fairfax County, Virginia and then North Arlington, Virginia.[5]

After graduating in 1988 from Yorktown High School[4] (also his mother's alma mater),[6] Garcia attended Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland, where he participated in the Warner Bros. outreach program Writing for Television[4] courses, which ultimately opened the door for him as a writer in Hollywood. While at Frostburg, he was president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (ΣΑΕ) Fraternity, an experience that showed through in an episode of his TV series My Name Is Earl when a brother of the fictional Phi Alpha Fraternity hands out flyers, as "Phi Alpha" is the motto of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

Career[edit]

Garcia worked as a board operator and DJ for Tony Kornheiser[4] on The Tony Kornheiser Show radio show on WTEM.[6] He was also an intern for the Don and Mike Show radio program in Fairfax, Virginia.

Relocating to work in Hollywood, his early show business work included as an extra on the teen drama TV series Beverly Hills, 90210 and as a production assistant on Step by Step.[4][3] In the mid-1990s, he began writing for sitcoms On Our Own and Family Matters (the show that spun off On Our Own), which led to writing the pilot for the short-lived Warren Hutcherson series Built to Last (1997).[4] During the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, he worked as a cashier and janitor at a Burger King in Burbank, California.[7]

Garcia wrote for, created and produced the sitcoms Raising Hope, My Name Is Earl[1] and Yes, Dear.[5] He has won Emmy awards,[5] including one for Best Writing for My Name Is Earl in 2006.[3]

Garcia co-wrote the book for the musical Escape to Margaritaville featuring the songs of Jimmy Buffett with Mike O'Malley. The show is scheduled to open on Broadway in February 2018.

Personal life[edit]

Garcia and his wife Kim have three sons,[3] and they reside in the Los Angeles area.[5] Kim and Greg attended the same college, Frostburg State University.[6]

Garcia has been incorrectly labeled as a Scientologist, as some of the My Name is Earl cast are members of the group, after reports in the Daily Mirror and comments made by actor Alec Baldwin. In Garcia's own words,

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Note
1995–1997 Family Matters Story editor
1997 Built to Last Co-creator/supervising producer
2000–01 Family Guy Consulting producer
2000–06 Yes, Dear Co-creator/executive producer Wrote 1 episode
2005–09 My Name Is Earl Creator/executive producer Directed 6 episodes, wrote 7 episodes
2010–14 Raising Hope Creator/executive producer Directed 5 episodes, wrote 8 episodes
2013–14 The Millers Creator/executive producer Wrote 1 episode
2017-18 The Guest Book Creator/executive producer Directed 10 episodes, Wrote 20 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hibberd, James (January 18, 2013). "CBS orders 4 pilots (two from 'Raising Hope' creator)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 16, 2017 – via ew.com.
  2. ^ "Development Update: Friday, May 10 – CBS Picks Up Two Dramas, Four Comedies". The Futon Critic. May 10, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d McNamara, Mary (August 28, 2006). "Garcia, we should thank you". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Konheim, Orrin (October 27, 2014). "Comedy Man". Northern Virginia Magazine. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d Orton, Kathy (December 13, 2012). "Who Slept Here: 'Raising Hope' creator Greg Garcia has roots in North Arlington". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c Brennan, Patricia (August 27, 2006). "'Name'-Dropping With Greg Garcia For 'Earl' Creator, It's About the Folks He Knows -- and Where He's From". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  7. ^ Keveney, Bill (November 22, 2010). "'Raising Hope' creator Greg Garcia is not talking white trash". USA Today.
  8. ^ Spiegelman, Ian (September 6, 2008). "Greg García Responds to Baldwin: 'I'm Not a Scientologist.'". Gawker.com. Archived from the original on April 10, 2009.

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