The creators of Wonderfalls
Co-creator, executive producer, director
Todd Holland’s television career started 30 years ago. After Holland graduated from UCLA’s Film and Television School in the mid-1980s, Steven Spielberg hired him to write and direct episodes of his Amazing Stories. Since then Holland has gone on to direct episodes of series covering a wide spectrum of genres, including shows like Twin Peaks, Eerie, Indiana, My So-Called Life, Felicity and Freakylinks. He has also directed two feature films – The Wizard and Krippendorf’s Tribe. He has won many awards for his work, most notably for The Larry Sanders Show (co-producer, director) and Malcolm in the Middle (co-executive producer, director. Holland co-created Wonderfalls with Bryan Fuller, and directed five of the thirteen episodes.
Since then, he has directed several TV movies and worked as an executive producer on three comedy series, all of them sadly short-lived: the American remake of the British series Free Agents, the grief counselling-based sitcom Go On, and Sons of Tucson, where Justin Berfield from Malcolm in the Middle also served as producer. Holland has also directed two episodes from the long-running NBC comedy 30 Rock, for one of which he received his seventh Emmy nomination.
Todd Holland can be found on Twitter as @ToddHolland3, where he describes himself as “Director/Producer. Lab lover. Papa to triplets, genre geek. Loves Scotch!”
Co-creator, executive producer, writer
Bryan Fuller started his television writing career on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. After a year with DS9, he moved over to Star Trek: Voyager. His talent and hard work helped him move from story development to full-fledged writer during his four years on the show, and he was credited as a co-producer during his final year. He went on from Voyager to write the teleplay for (and executive produce) a made-for-TV adaptation of Stephen King’s Carrie. From there he decided to try his hand at writing an original TV show script, which became the Showtime series Dead Like Me. After leaving Dead Like Me, Fuller joined up with Todd Holland to create Wonderfalls. He was an executive producer and writer for the show, which ran for four weeks before being cancelled by FOX.
After the cancellation, Fuller worked on the animated pilot adapting Mike Mignola’s imaginative comic The Amazing Screw-On Head. When this unfortunately failed to go to series, he created a quirky comedy drama on ABC in fall of 2007, Pushing Daisies. The show starred Wonderfalls’ Lee Pace as a pie-maker who can bring the dead back to life, based on an unused idea Fuller had during his days on Dead Like Me. Pushing Daisies stayed on the air for two short seasons, before and after which Fuller served stints on the writing staff of NBC’s Heroes. There, he penned the episode “Company Man,” which was listed as no. 68 on TV Guide’s list of “TV’s Top 100 Episodes of All Time.” Since leaving Heroes, he has gotten two further projects aired on NBC; a bubbly remake of The Munsters called Mockingbid Lane which sadly failed to go beyond the pilot stage, and a currently on-going, chilling thriller Hannibal, based on Thomas Harris’ novel Red Dragon. But he hasn’t forgotten his old show – if you keep an eye out, you might even catch some minor Wonderfalls characters popping by on both Hannibal and Pushing Daisies.
Bryan Fuller can be found on Twitter as @BryanFuller, with the following description: “sartorialist/gadabout/taxidermy-friendly-animal-lover/campari-soda-swilling-writer.”
Executive producer, writer
Though he was a writer on such 90s hits as Lois & Clark and The X-files, Tim Minear is perhaps still best known for his work on the WB television show Angel (created by Joss Whedon), which aired from 1999–2004. Along with performing several different producer roles (including executive producer), he also wrote and directed for the show. Although Minear is often credited by entertainment writers as having worked on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the closest he came to that was co-writing the May 2000 Buffy/Angel crossover event (“Sanctuary”) with Whedon. In 2002, he also did double-duty: he continued to work on Angel while also writing, directing, and sharing executive producer on Whedon’s new show Firefly. Unfortunately, Firefly was cancelled before the end of the season, although it found new life on DVD. Minear returned to Angel full time for the show’s final season. Minear was then asked to join the show Wonderfalls as executive producer and as a writer (he also voiced one of the muses). Wonderfalls fared no better than Firefly and was cancelled after only 4 episodes.
After Wonderfalls, Minear moved on to a noir drama titled The Inside, which he was asked to retool after the original showrunners left. The show, which had Wonderfalls’ Katie Finneran among its regulars, sadly shared a fate much like the previous two, but unlike them, The Inside has unfortunately still to see a DVD release. The action drama Drive in 2006 saw even less daylight, and only six episodes were ever made. He then moved to cable to be an executive producer on FX’s cult hit PI-show Terriers – which also only saw a single season before cancellation. Another Terriers EP, Shawn Ryan, then created a cop show called The Chicago Code on Fox, and brought Minear with him. After this, too, never got past the first season, Minear has been working as an executive producer on the acclaimed American Horror Story – which thankfully seems to be breaking his trend.
Tim Minear can be found on Twitter under the sardonic handle @CancelledAgain, where he describes himself simply as “writer.”