Peter Ocko

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Peter Ocko
Peter Ocko

Occupation(s)Television writer, actor
Years active1989–present

Peter Ocko (sometimes credited as Pete Ocko) is an American television writer and producer. Ocko has had a very diverse 30-year career in television. He has written and produced for a number of popular television series throughout the 1990s, 2000s, and through to today including Pushing Daisies, The Office, The Leftovers, Elementary, and Black Sails and most recently Lodge 49. Ocko began his career as a staff writer on the HBO series Not Necessarily the News, followed by a string of single-camera comedies in the 1990s, writing for such shows as Parker Lewis Can't Lose and Dinosaurs. Crossing over to drama, he wrote for Dead Like Me and Boston Legal, and then created and ran the CBS medical drama 3 lbs starring Stanley Tucci.[1] He now lives in California with his wife, Elizabeth, and 5 kids.


Television writer[edit]

Ocko's writing career began in 1989 when he was one of the writers on the 41st Primetime Emmy Awards and from there co-wrote five episodes of the series Dinosaurs with best friend Adam Barr. From the early nineties until the mid-2000s he wrote and produced for a number of well-received series, mostly comedy shows including Weird Science, Parker Lewis Can't Lose, Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies, both of which under executive producer Bryan Fuller.[2]

Television creator[edit]

In the year 2000 he developed an animated series entitled Baby Blues based upon a comic strip. The series first aired on The WB and later on Adult Swim. Although the show was pulled from the schedule at the conclusion of its thirteen episode first season, a second season of thirteen episodes was produced but never aired.[3] In 2006 he created a medical drama entitled 3 lbs, which aired on CBS but was cancelled soon after due to low ratings.[4]

The Office[edit]

Ocko began working on the NBC sitcom The Office at the beginning of its seventh season as a co-executive producer. He wrote one episode, entitled "Christening", which aired on November 4, 2010.

Lodge 49[edit]

Ocko was showrunning and executive producing the AMC comedy-drama, Lodge 49, which premiered on August 6, 2018. On October 4, 2018, the series was renewed for a second season,[5] which premiered on August 12, 2019.[6] More recently, he signed a deal with AMC Studios.[7]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Ocko has been nominated for four Writers Guild of America awards, one of which he won for his work on Not Necessarily the News in 1990.[8][9]


  1. ^ "Lodge 49 - Peter Ocko (Showrunner/Executive Producer) - AMC". Archived from the original on 2018-08-01.
  2. ^ "Peter Ocko: Biography, Latest News & Videos". TV Guide. Retrieved May 8, 2011.
  3. ^ "Baby Blues Frequently Asked Questions". Retrieved May 8, 2011.
  4. ^ "3 lbs. Television show". Yahoo! TV. Retrieved May 8, 2011.
  5. ^ Petski, Denise (October 4, 2018). "'Lodge 49' Renewed For Season 2 By AMC". Deadline. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  6. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (April 8, 2019). "The Terror and Lodge 49 Get Season 2 Premiere Dates at AMC". TVLine. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2020-10-23). "AMC Studios Inks Overall Deals With Peter Ocko & J. David Shanks". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-10-24.
  8. ^ "Peter Ocko - Awards". IMDb. Retrieved May 8, 2011.
  9. ^ Lum, Linny (December 8, 2010). "Writers Guild of America announce 2011 nominations". Hollywood News. Retrieved May 8, 2011.

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