Which TV stars are so dominant they made Time magazine's 10th annual 100 Most Influential People in the World list? Walter White, a pair of Jimmys, and a trio of the most creative women in TV land.
"Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston, late-night talk show hosts Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel, "Girls" creator and star Lena Dunham, "The Mindy Project" creator and star Mindy Kaling, and "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" creator Shonda Rhimes are among the TV types who join the likes of President Obama, NBA superstar LeBron James, married music superstars Beyoncé and Jay-Z, and designer Michael Kors on Time magazine's annual list.
This year's lineup, which includes 35 women and will be represented with seven cover subjects, features the honorees' praises being sung by equally famous and influential guest contributors.
Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning "Homeland" star Claire Danes writes of Dunham, "Lena's unique lack of vanity or shame allows us to consider that we may also be able to accept and express ourselves fully. This is not only impressive, it's important. Because it turns out that girls don't just want to have fun. They also want to be known for who they really are."
Oprah Winfrey writes about Rhimes: "Shonda is a storyteller for our times. Courageous in her approach to the work, she's never played by other people's rules … she creates an assemblage of worldly foibles and aspirations. She understands that every dream is valuable and every identity deserves inspection through the looking glass of television."
And "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart writes of Bassem Youssef, the Egyptian satirist and talk show host who's been called the "Jon Stewart of Egypt": "Youssef does my job in Egypt. The only real difference between him and me is that he performs his satire in a country still testing the limits of its hard-earned freedom … even under these difficult circumstances, he manages to produce an incredible show: a hilarious blend of mimicry, confusion, outrage and bemusement, highlighting the absurdities and hypocrisies of his country's rebirth … I am an American satirist, and Bassem Youssef is my hero."
Other TV figures on the 2013 Time 100 list: "The Voice" judge Christina Aguilera, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, Brazilian chef and TV host Alex Atala, frequent "Saturday Night Live" host Justin Timberlake, and, a name still more associated with the big screen, Steven Spielberg, executive producer of "Smash," "Falling Skies," and CBS's summer 2013 miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's novel "Under the Dome."
Writes Hamm: "The first time I met Bryan Cranston, he was standing in his underwear. We were doing a photo shoot for a little-known network called AMC, and he was in a rubber chemistry apron, tighty whities and desert boots, while I was in an impeccably tailored 1960s suit, with slicked-back hair and a cigarette dangling from my mouth. Our shows hadn't premiered yet. We were simply two actors, in costume and out of context. He was friendly, funny, gregarious, humble, and lovely.
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"Over the past five seasons, I've marveled at Bryan's ability to turn 'Breaking Bad's' Walter White from a feckless, terrified father and husband to a ruthless, terrifying father, husband, and crime lord. The transformation is mesmerizing. The performance is fearless. Bryan is that good. I've had the pleasure of knowing him since that photo shoot, as he has collected accolade after accolade, as his film career has flourished, as more and more people realize just how good he is. Through it all, he has remained friendly, funny, gregarious, humble, and lovely. I know I'm not alone in my ravenous anticipation for the final episodes of 'Breaking Bad.' I also know I'm not alone in waiting with bated breath to see what Bryan does next."