David Shore (born July 3, 1959) is a Canadian television writer. Shore worked on Family Law, NYPD Blue and Due South, also producing many episodes of the latter. He created the critically acclaimed series House and more recently, Battle Creek, Sneaky Pete and The Good Doctor.
Shore was born in London, Ontario, to Jewish parents. His younger twin brothers, Ephraim and Raphael, are Aish HaTorah rabbis. David is the only member of his family involved in television, although his younger brother Raphael Shore made three political documentaries about the Middle East conflict.
After graduating from A.B. Lucas Secondary School with distinction, he subsequently attended The University of Western Ontario for an undergraduate degree, and the University of Toronto for his law degree in 1982. Following his education he initially worked as a municipal and corporate lawyer in his native Canada before he moved to Los Angeles to break into television.
On June 20, 2018, David received an honorary degree in law from the University of Western Ontario.
Television (Shore Z Productions introduced July 31, 1995)
He wrote for the television series Due South — about another Canadian transplanted in America, albeit a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Force — before he became a producer on the ABC drama NYPD Blue. His work on that series was nominated for two Emmy Awards.
He then moved on to the series Family Law, Hack and Century City, but these were not commercial successes. In 2003, producer Paul Attanasio — who had previously worked with NBC on such shows as Homicide: Life on the Street and Gideon's Crossing — approached Shore to request a procedural, as he knew the network was looking for another one to follow up on the success of Law & Order and to imitate CBS's success with CSI and NCIS. Attanasio's idea was to apply the police procedural genre to a show about medicine. While in most procedurals the characters are secondary to the mystery, Shore decided that a medical procedural should place the mystery secondary to the hero. He therefore conceived of a hero similar to the iconic detective Sherlock Holmes.
That hero was Dr. Gregory House, the main character of House, M.D played by the British actor, comedian and musician Hugh Laurie. Although NBC took a pass on the series, Fox picked it up, and by the end of the first season, it was their biggest new hit of 2004–05. Shore wrote or co-wrote five episodes of that first season, including its pilot and the Season One pre-finale, "Three Stories", in which he intricately wove the stories of three patients whilst also revealing the reason for Dr. House's limp and Vicodin (hydrocodone) addiction. The latter of these won the 2005 Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. Shore made his directorial debut on the series House by directing the Season Two finale "No Reason". Due to the success of House, Shore was granted a generous contract for a fourth, fifth and sixth season. The sixth season began with a two-hour season premiere titled "Broken," which he co-wrote. Shore and his co-writers won the Writers Guild of America Award for episodic drama at the February 2010 ceremony for the premiere. It was renewed for a seventh season, which began airing on September 20, 2010, and an eighth and final season. In 2009 he finished production of the short-lived police TV show Winters starring Famke Janssen.
In February, 2013, Entertainment Weekly reported that Shore would write for an upcoming ABC television show entitled Doubt, about "a 'charming low-rent' lawyer battling his demons" starring Steve Coogan.
In August 2015, Amazon Video released a pilot episode for Sneaky Pete, a show Shore and Bryan Cranston created. The first season of Sneaky Pete was exclusively released in its entirety on Amazon Video on January 13, 2017.
In 2019, as WGA Co-Chair, Shore joined other WGA members in firing their agents as part of the WGA's stand against the ATA and the unfair practice of packaging.
He lived in Encino Hills, California, with his wife Judy and their three children until 2010, when the family moved to a larger home in nearby Pacific Palisades.
The Good Doctor
|"Seven Reasons"||Co-wrote with David Hoselton|
|"Trampoline"||Co-wrote with David Hoselton and Mark Rozeman|
|"Influence"||Co-wrote with Peter Noah|
|"I Love You"||Co-wrote with David Hoselton and Adam Scott Weissman|
|Creator & Executive Producer|
|1||"Pilot"||House Season One Premiere; Writer|
|"Sports Medicine"||Written by Shore & John Mankiewicz|
|"Babies and Bathwater"||Teleplay by Shore & Peter Blake (Story by Blake)|
|"Three Stories"||Writer; Won Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing|
|2||"Skin Deep"||Teleplay by Shore & Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner (Story by Friend & Lerner)|
|"Euphoria - Part Two"||Written by Shore & Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner|
|"No Reason"||House Season Two Finale; Director & Teleplay (Story by Shore & Lawrence Kaplow)|
|3||"Meaning"||House Season Three Premiere; Teleplay by Shore & Lawrence Kaplow (Story by Shore & Kaplow & Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner)|
|"Cane and Able"||Story by Shore & Lawrence Kaplow & Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner (Teleplay by Friend & Lerner)|
|"One Day, One Room"||Writer|
|4||"Alone"||House Season Four Premiere; Teleplay by Shore & Peter Blake (Story by Blake)|
|"No More Mr. Nice Guy"||Written by Shore & David Hoselton|
|5||"Not Cancer"||Written by Shore & Lawrence Kaplow|
|6||"Broken - Parts One and Two"||House Season Six Premiere; Telemovie; Written by Shore & David Foster & Russell Friend & Garrett Lerner|
|7||"The Fix"||Teleplay by Shore & Thomas L. Moran (Story by Moran)|
|8||"Everybody Dies"||House Season 8 - Series Finale; Director (Written by David Shore, Peter Blake & Eli Attie)|
Awards and nominations
|2018||Humanitas Prize||60-Minute Category||David Shore||Won|