Jason Katims

Screenwriter, Story editor, TV series creator
A writer with a background in New York theater, responsible for the plays "The Man Who Couldn't Dance", "Driving Lessons", "Catch!" and the frequently produced one-act "Who Made Robert De Niro King of America?", Jason ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1960

Filmography

Producer (9)

About a Boy 1999 - 2001, 2011 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Showrunner

Bionic Woman 1999 - 2004, 2007 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Consulting Producer

Boston Public 1999 - 2004, 2007 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Roswell 1994 - 1995, 1999 - 2004, 2006 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

The Wedding Bells 2007 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Pepper Dennis 2006 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

girls club 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Consulting Producer

Relativity 1996 (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

The Pallbearer 1996 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)
Writer (4)

My So-Called Life 1994 - 1995, 1999 - 2004, 2006 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Writer

The Vow 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Pallbearer 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Road Home 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Writer
Director (2)

Friday Night Lights 1999 - 2004, 2006 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Parenthood 1999 - 2004, 2006 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director
Actor (1)

The 2011 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Biography

A writer with a background in New York theater, responsible for the plays "The Man Who Couldn't Dance", "Driving Lessons", "Catch!" and the frequently produced one-act "Who Made Robert De Niro King of America?", Jason Katims brought his talents to television in the mid-1990s after being discovered by producer Edward Zwick. He debuted with a writing credit in an episode of the short-lived 1994 CBS drama "The Road Home" before teaming up with Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, the pair behind ABC's "thirtysomething" to work on the teen drama "My So-Called Life" (ABC, 1994-95), an uncommonly realistic and finely scripted portrait of a teenage girl's navigating everyday high school existence. A story editor on "My So-Called Life", Katims penned three episodes of the series, the remarkable entries "The Substitute" and "Life of Brian" as well as the holiday-themed "So-Called Angels", featuring his father actor Robert Katims in a guest role. Although it received rave reviews and captured a fiercely loyal following, "My So-Called Life" (aired on Thursdays, up against NBC's unbeatable line-up) only lasted half a season on the network before retiring to cult status and an extended rerun on MTV.

Relationships

Robert Katims

Father
born April 22, 1927 regular on "Relativity"

Milestones

2012

Returned to features as co-writer of romantic drama "The Vow"

2010

Created and executive produced NBC adaptation of "Parenthood," based on 1989 film of same name

2006

Executive produced the comedy-drama series "Pepper Dennis," starring Rebecca Romijn (The WB); also wrote

2006

Executive produced and was head writer of critically acclaimed drama "Friday Night Lights" (NBC); made directorial debut in 2008

1999

Wrote and executive produced the sci-fi teen drama "Roswell" (The WB, 1999-2001; UPN, 2001-02)

1996

Revisited critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful TV as creator, writer and co-executive producer of ABC's romantic drama "Relativity"; father had regular supporting role

1996

Co-wrote (with director Matt Reeves) and co-produced the comedy feature "The Pallbearer"

1994

Wrote an episode of the short-lived CBS drama "The Road Home"

1994

Was writer and story editor for the critically acclaimed ABC series "My So-Called Life"

Wrote the frequently produced one-act play "Who Made Robert De Niro King of America?" as well as "Catch!" "The Man Who Couldn't Dance" and "Driving Lessons"

Bonus Trivia

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"What excited me was writing about a couple in their first year of marriage. I thought I would start with the wedding day. And then I thought, I don't want to cheat people out of those days and weeks leading up to the wedding, and I would up starting with where they meet." – Katims on his idea for structuring the failed ABC drama "Relativity," quoted in TV GUIDE, Oct. 12, 1996

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"This is a show that is supposed to be about young people falling in love, and that's what a large portion of our audience is out trying to do on a Saturday night." – Katims on "Relativity's" Saturday evening time slot led to its quick demise, quoted in Rolling Stone, July 10-24, 1997

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