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Mike Scully (born October 2, 1956) is an American television writer and producer. He is known for his work as executive producer and show runner of the Fox series The Simpsons from 1997 - 2001. Scully grew up in West Springfield, Massachusetts and long had an interest in writing. He was an underachiever at school and dropped out of college, going on to work in a series of jobs. Eventually, in 1986, he moved to Los Angeles, California where he worked as a stand-up comic and wrote for Yakov Smirnoff. He went on to write for several television sitcoms before in 1993 he was hired to write for The Simpsons. There, he wrote twelve episodes, including "Lisa on Ice" and "Team Homer". He became showrunner from season nine onwards; Scully won three Primetime Emmy Awards, but his tenure has been criticized as a period of decline in the show's quality. Scully still works on the show and also co-wrote 2007's The Simpsons Movie. He co-created The Pitts and Complete Savages as well as working on Everybody Loves Raymond and Parks and Recreation. He is married to fellow writer Julie Thacker.