David S. Rosenthal
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David Samuel Rosenthal is an American writer and TV producer, best known as the executive producer of season seven of the popular comedy-drama Gilmore Girls and co-creator of the original Ellen TV series.
Rosenthal is from Lawrenceville, New Jersey, to a family of Jewish background. His father is Anti-Defamation League Latin American Affairs director and human rights activist rabbi Morton Rosenthal.
Rosenthal graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (Penn).
Shortly after moving to Hollywood, Rosenthal was hired as a writer's assistant on the ABC sitcom Anything but Love. He began to write on his own and got a job on the show Nurses. Rosenthal was later hired as a staff writer on Anything but Love. When that ended, he wrote for Laurie Hill, a show created by Neil Marlens and Carol Black, the people behind The Wonder Years. With Marlens and Black, Rosenthal helped develop a sitcom for Laurie Hill co-star Ellen DeGeneres. The show, entitled These Friends of Mine, became Ellen. Pretty soon, Rosenthal was running it. He was just 24.
After a year-long stint developing sitcoms for Jeffrey Katzenberg, he was hired as a writer on the sitcom Spin City and was quickly promoted to showrunner. After Spin City, Rosenthal landed a development contract with Fox Television for $2.5 million per year.
In April 2006, it was announced that Gilmore Girls executive producers Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband Daniel could not come to an agreement with The CW and would be leaving the show when their contracts expired that summer. Rosenthal, who worked on the show as a writer and producer for season six, was selected by Sherman-Palladino to replace her as showrunner. Though the season was noted as uneven compared to the previous six seasons, it is noted as having some good notes and moments overall from Rosenthal's writing and direction.
Rosenthal was uninvolved with the 2016 Netflix revival Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.
Rosenthal was married to fellow Spin City writer, Sarah Dunn, they divorced in 2001. He later quit his job on Spin City to focus on writing a controversial play about supermodel Heidi Klum. He married comedy writer Gracie Glassmeyer in 2015.
Rosenthal is an avid tennis fan.
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