Known for his work on such critically acclaimed fare as "St. Elsewhere" (NBC) and "Brooklyn Bridge" (CBS), and the more recent popular success like "Touched By an Angel" (CBS) writer-producer-series creator John Masius has had a career peppered with misfires (remember CBS' "Dolphin Cove" and NBC's "Nick and Hilary"?), making the surprise success of his 1999 midseason replacement "Providence" (NBC) all the sweeter. While working as a waiter in Los Angeles in 1978, Masius was invited by producer Bruce Paltrow to join the production team for the series "The White Shadow" (CBS, 1978-81). Hired as a gofer, within three years he would rack up writing and producing credits on the powerful high school basketball themed drama.