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Emily Kapnek (born March 27, 1972) is an actress, television producer and writer. She has created the animated program As Told by Ginger,[1] the television series Emily's Reasons Why Not[2] and the sitcoms Suburgatory and Selfie. She was a consulting producer on the television series Parks and Recreation.[3][4][5]

Emily Kapnek
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Born (1972-03-27) March 27, 1972 (age 46)
Manhattan, New York, United States
Known forCreator of As Told by Ginger and Suburgatory



In 2000, Kapnek co-created the Nickelodeon series As Told by Ginger with Eryk Casemiro, Gabor Csupo, and Arlene Klasky, Kapnek also voiced the character of Noelle Sussman.[6] In 2007, Kapnek wrote and served as a consulting producer for Aliens in America, which aired on The CW.[7] However, it was cancelled after only one season.[8] In 2006, Kapnek created Emily's Reasons Why Not for ABC, which starred Heather Graham, and was based on a novel of the same name. It premiered on January 9, 2006, but it was cancelled after the first episode had aired.[9] The remaining episodes were released in May 2012, through a DVD set.[10] Later that year, Kapnek wrote a pilot for Fox titled The Emancipation of Ernesto, which starred Wilmer Valderrama; however, it was not picked up to a series.[11] In 2009, Kapnek served as an co-executive producer and wrote two episodes for the HBO show Hung, it premiered on June 28, 2009, and lasted three seasons until its series finale aired on December 4, 2011.[12] From 2010 to 2011, Kapnek served as an consulting producer and wrote an episode for the NBC series Parks and Recreation, which starred Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman.[13] In January 2011, it was announced ABC had picked up the pilot for Suburgatory, a show which Kapnek created.[14] The series starred Jeremy Sisto and Jane Levy, it premiered on September 28, 2011.[15] The series was cancelled after three seasons in May 2014, it was also announced that the series would be shopped around for a potential new network to pick it up.[16] That same year, Kapnek created Selfie, which starred Karen Gillan and John Cho; it was cancelled after its first season, and was pulled from the schedule.[17] In 2015, Kapnek was given a pilot commitment for Front Man, a new FOX series, created by Kapnek, Elizabeth Banks, and Max Handelman.[18] She also developed the ABC series Splitting Up Together, starring Jenna Fischer and Oliver Hudson.

Personal lifeEdit

In December 2008, Emily Kapnek married Dan Lagana. They have two children: Oszkar Nosek and Guy Lagana.


  1. ^ "Creative Minds: Emily Kapnek, mayor of 'Suburgatory' -". 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2012-10-22.
  2. ^ "TV Needs to Stop canceling Emily Kapnek Shows". January 16, 2015. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 9, 2014). "ABC Cancels 'Suburgatory' & 'Super Fun Night'". Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  4. ^ Schwartz, Terri (January 15, 2015). "Sorry fans, ABC isn't going to save 'Selfie'". Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  5. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (April 15, 2013). "'Suburgatory's' Emily Kapnek Inks Overal Deal With Warner Bros. TV". Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  6. ^ "Are "As Told By Ginger" And "Suburgatory" The Same Show?". November 13, 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  7. ^ Rueben (December 11, 2013). "Women Behind the Scenes Spotlight: Emily Kapnek". Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  8. ^ Kimball, Trevor (May 10, 2008). "Aliens in America: CW Cancels Low-rated Sitcom". Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  9. ^ "TV Needs to Stop canceling Emily Kapnek Shows". January 16, 2015. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  10. ^ Lambert, David (26 March 2012). "Emily's Reasons Why Not The Short-Lived Sitcom Starring Heather Graham is Scheduled by Sony". Archived from the original on 26 November 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
  11. ^ Hibbe & Nordyke, James & Kimberly (January 19, 2008). "Fox pilots the epic quest of 'Ernesto'". Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  12. ^ "Creative Minds: Emily Kapnek, mayor of 'Suburgatory'". February 17, 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  13. ^ "Creative Minds: Emily Kapnek, mayor of 'Suburgatory'". February 17, 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 14, 2011). "ABC Picks Up Suburban Comedy Pilot". Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  15. ^ "ABC 2011-12 Primetime Schedule Announced". May 17, 2011. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  16. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 10, 2014). "Several Comedies Looking For New Homes". Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  17. ^ Hibbered, James (November 7, 2014). "'Selfie' canceled by ABC". Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  18. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (September 17, 2015). "Fox Sets Up Comedy from Elizabeth Banks & 'Suburgatory' Creator Emily Kapnek". Retrieved December 29, 2015.

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