Jenna Bans

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Jenna Bans is an American screenwriter. Bans is a producer and writer on Grey's Anatomy, and is the creator and the co-producer (along with Shonda Rhimes) of Off the Map, a series which premiered on ABC in January 2011, and was cancelled on May 13, 2011. From 2012 to 2014, she was the regular writer and co-executive producer on another Shonda Rhimes created drama, Scandal, on ABC.

In 2014, Bans created pilot Sea of Fire for ABC. In 2015, she created The Family, also for ABC.[1][2]

Bans is the creator and executive producer of the NBC series Good Girls, which began broadcasting on February 26, 2018.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Bans is married to Superstore creator and writer Justin Spitzer.[3]


Originally hired as a staff writer for Jerry Bruckheimer's cancelled action TV movie Fearless, Bans became a part of the crew of Desperate Housewives in 2004, working as a staff writer and then working her way to executive story editor. In 2006 she was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for the screenplay to the Desperate Housewives episode "Next" and in 2007 she received another nomination for the episode "It Takes Two". Bans co-wrote both episodes together with Kevin Murphy.

In 2017 Bans was inspired by a conversation she had with her mom about current politics to create Good Girls.[3]



Year Title Notes
2007 Private Practice
2008-2012 Grey's Anatomy Co-executive producer
2011 Off the Map Executive producer
2012-2014 Scandal Co-executive producer, 2014 consulting producer
2014 Sea of Fire TV movie; executive producer
2016 The Family Executive producer
2018 Good Girls Executive producer


Year Show Notes
2004 Fearless TV movie; staff writer
2004-2007 Desperate Housewives Co-written with Kevin Murphy
2007 Private Practice
2008-2012 Grey's Anatomy
2011 Off the Map Also credited as creator
2012-2014 Scandal Regular writer
2014 Sea of Fire TV movie
2016 The Family Regular writer
2018-present Good Girls Also credited as creator

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Lesley Goldberg. "'Scandal's' Jenna Bans Sells Political Thriller to ABC". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  2. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "'Flesh & Blood' Mystery Drama From Jenna Bans Gets ABC Pilot Order - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Birnbaum, Debra (19 February 2019). "'Good Girls' Creator Jenna Bans on How Donald Trump's Election Fueled Her". Variety. Retrieved 30 January 2019.