Joseph Dougherty's play Chester Bailey, premiered at A.C.T. in San Francsico in 2016 where it was selected Outstanding World Premiere Play and Outstanding Production of a Play by the TBA Awards. He earned Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for his play Digby produced by Manhattan Theatre Club. He wrote the libretto for the Tony winning musical version of My Favorite Year, presented at Lincoln Center. An Emmy and Humanitas Prize winner for his work on the groundbreaking series thirtysomething, he has written several movies for HBO including the remake of Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, directed by Christopher Guest, and the Emmy winning Cast A Deadly Spell, which was nominated for a Ray Bradbury Award by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He has contributed as a writer and director to several television series including Judging Amy, Saving Grace, and the current hit Pretty Little Liars. His books include Comfort and Joi, Trunk Piece, Psychopomp, and The Persistence of Phosphors which received an AfterEllen Visibility Award as Best Book of 2013.
Pretty Little Liars is the show I’m writing now and having an almost criminally good time. Look at my RESUME and there’s no reason I should be on this show, except that I liked the showrunners when I met them and they liked me back. I’m doing mini-Hitchcock movies for teens and loving every minute of it. My career now stretches from doing a show when there were only three networks and you waited days for the ratings, to a show that’s punched through the noise of a thousand cable channels and you can read the fans reacting real time on Twitter.
It's one tough racket.