The Women Behind Your Favorite TV Shows

Photo by: HBO
GIRLS: An unknown 25-year-old lands her own HBO series and drastically improves your Sunday nights. Lena Dunham gets a lot of credit for "Girls," but she didn't do it alone.... more 
Photo by: HBO
GIRLS: An unknown 25-year-old lands her own HBO series and drastically improves your Sunday nights. Lena Dunham gets a lot of credit for "Girls," but she didn't do it alone. less 
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Fri, Dec 7, 2012 2:44 PM EST
If it seemed like this year's TV slate was particularly entertaining, there's a reason: women. They're not just in front of the camera, they're literally running the show. The Hollywood Reporter's List of the 100 most powerful women in entertainment pulls the curtain back on the CEO's, presidents and creative executives steering the pop culture mothership in 2012. Most of the women in their round-up are TV executives holding down key roles in what used-to-be a boys-only club. You can thank these women for convincing networks to spend millions on a show about storage spaces, convincing a movie star to do a TV movie, and convincing you to watch one more episode of "Kardashians"--even nothing really happened in the last three episodes. Yeah, they get us.