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Mike Darnell
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TV Executive
    (May 18, 1962- )
    Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Appeared in episodes of 'Kojak,' 'Welcome Back Kotter,' Knot's Landing' and 'Gimme a Break'
    President of Alternative Entertainment for Fox
    Produced American Idol, Joe Millionaire, Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire, Greed, Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?, Alien Autopsy, Temptation Island, Celebrity Boxing, Magic's Biggest Secrets Revealed, World's Scariest Police Chases and When Animals Attack
    He watched 13 hours of TV a day growing up, adding 'I was sort of hypnotized by it as a kid.'
    Because of his height (5'2), he played children on TV until he was 20.
    A lot of his shows appeal to the lowest common denominator.
    The shows he created that didn't air include 'The World's Most Embarassing Throw Up Moments' and 'O.J. Simpson: If I Did It.'
    Nigel Lythgoe called him 'either a brilliant programmer or an evil genius bent on hastening the end of civilization as we know it.'
    He has a knack for catchy program titles.
    He gave Fox ratings success for cheap.
    He noted, 'Being a young network, we didn't have Miss America or the Oscars. So the thought was, How can we invent stuff?'
    Asked if his shows were socially responsible, he replied, 'My responsibility is to entertain, to get you away from your problems for a few hours.'

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