“Showrunner” is an interesting job. They are basically responsible for the show as a whole, for maintaining its quality, guiding its direction, and handling all of the day-to-day operations. The showrunner essentially is the show. And yet, until recently, few people even knew this position existed. (This is probably, in large part, due to the fact that the showrunner is usually billed as an Executive Producer.) But with the rise of social media, as well as the increased popularity of conventions, showrunners have suddenly become much more visible. People are able to realize that they don’t just like Buffy and Firefly, they are Whedon devotees. If you didn’t like the end of Breaking Bad, you know not to direct your anger at Bryan Cranston; you can hate-tweet at Vince Gilligan.
Showrunners is the first documentary to look at what it means to play that role in a show. There’s no release date for the film, so I’ll just be sitting here, waiting patiently (not at all yelling at my computer screen to give me more information).
Vivian Kane swears she only love-tweets at Vince Gilligan.