Clyde Phillips began his career in television by serving as a producer for made-for-TV movies like "Bud and Lou," "The Darker Side of Terror," and "If Things Were Different" in the late 1970s and early 1980s. During the mid-'80s he began writing for television by penning one episode of the series "Trapper John, M.D." and the made-for-TV movie "Midas Valley." After serving as an executive producer on the show "Houston Knights," Phillips furthered his writing career by creating the series "Parker Lewis Can't Lose" in 1990. The high-school sitcom (later called simply "Parker Lewis") was a massive success for the creator and executive producer--it ran for 73 episodes, from 1990 to 1993, and propelled Phillips's writing career. His next writing endeavor proved to be an even bigger success. In 1996, he created the Golden Globe-nominated sitcom "Suddenly Susan," starring Brooke Shields; he was the show's head writer throughout its four-year run. One year before the end of "Suddenly Susan," he created the series "Get Real," which starred a young Anne Hathaway. The show ran for only one season but helped Phillips land his next and most notable role, in 2006, as both writer and executive producer of Showtime's hit thriller series "Dexter," the story of a serial killer who works as a blood spatter specialist for Miami Homicide. The show was Phillips's biggest success both commercially and critically; he earned two Emmy Award nominations in 2008 and 2009.