Greg Berlanti received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Monday, honoring him for producing such television shows as “Dawson’s Creek,” “Everwood,” “Brothers & Sisters” and “Arrow.”
“I’m sure I’m not the first person to receive a star who feels shocked or undeserving or overwhelmed with gratitude, but I’m feeling all of that,” Berlanti told City News Service before the ceremony.
“It’s a wonderful acknowledgement of all the TV shows I’ve been so lucky and proud to be a part of, and just makes me even more thankful for all the friends, family, coworkers and audiences that have made a life like mine and a moment like this one possible.”
Berlanti called the 11:30 a.m. ceremony at 6420 Hollywood Blvd., between Cahuenga Boulevard and Wilcox Avenue, a “heady and emotional day and acknowledgment, not of me, but really of all the television I’ve been lucky and proud to have been a part of.”
Berlanti said he “didn’t come to Hollywood to be recognized in this way but I did come to be part of the great history of telling stories here.”
“Growing up in the ’70s and ’80s, names like Garry Marshall and Norman Lear, for a gay kid that wasn’t into sports, these were my Mickey Mantle and Lou Gehrig — far away icons, the greatest storytellers of all time,” Berlanti said, referring to the producers of such programs as “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley” and “All in the Family.”
Berlanti’s producing partner, Sarah Schechter, “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy — a longtime friend — and former Warner Bros. Television Studios chairman and chief executive officer Peter Roth preceded Berlanti in speaking at the ceremony.
The star is the 2,724th since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961 with the first 1,558 stars.
Berlanti began his career in television in 1997 as a writer on the then-new WB teen drama “Dawson’s Creek.” He became an executive producer and showrunner of the series after only one year on staff.
In the 2017-18 television season, Berlanti tied Jerry Bruckheimer’s 2005-06 record in having 10 live-action scripted series airing on various networks and digital platforms. He set the record in the 2018-19 season with 14 series.
On the 2022 fall schedule for The CW released Thursday, Berlanti will be producing four of its 14 hours of programming — the martial arts action-adventure series “Kung Fu”; the high school football drama “All American”; the drama set at a historically Black university, “All American: Homecoming”; and the superhero series “DC’s Stargirl.”
Four more Berlanti-produced series will join The CW’s schedule at midseason — the superhero series “Superman & Lois” and “The Flash”; the young adult drama “Riverdale”; and a new superhero-related series, “Gotham Knights,” set in Gotham City following the murder of Bruce Wayne.
Berlanti is also an executive producer of the HBO Max’s dark comedy-drama mystery thriller “The Flight Attendant,” which received an outstanding comedy series Emmy nomination in 2021.
Berlanti’s other Emmy nomination came in 2013 for the USA Network comedy-drama “Political Animals,” which received a nomination for outstanding miniseries or movie.
Berlanti’s other television producing credits include the Lifetime/Netflix psychological thriller “You”; the CBS/CW superhero series “Supergirl”; and the DC Universe/HBO Max superhero series “Doom Patrol.”
Berlanti made his feature film directing debut with the 2000 romantic comedy-drama “The Broken Hearts Club.” He also directed the 2010 romantic comedy “Life as We Know It” and the romantic comedy-drama “Love, Simon.”
The next film Berlanti plans to direct is a biography of the late actor Rock Hudson.