Etan Frankel is a playwright, television writer, and producer.

Life and Career

Etan got his start as a playwright, writing a number of plays including Create Fate, The Fearless, and Truth and Reconciliation, which won the Williamstown Theatre Festival's 2006 Weissberger Playwriting Award.

Gossip Girl

He began writing for television for the second season of Gossip Girl in 2008. He wrote the episodes There Might be Blood and The Grandfather.

Friday Night Lights

He joined the crew of Friday Night Lights as a writer for the series fourth season in 2009. He wrote the episode A Sort of Homecoming. He was nominated for the WGA Award for Best Drama Series at the February 2010 ceremony fo rhis work on the fourth season.


In 2011, Etan joined the first season staff of the Showtime dramedy Shameless, as executive story editor and writer.

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