John Romano is an American screenwriter and a television writer-producer.
Romano is a graduate of Colgate University and holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Yale in English and Comparative Literature.
Before moving to Los Angeles in 1986 to join the staff of Hill Street Blues. he published a book on Charles Dickens ("Dickens and Reality"), taught English at Columbia University and was a frequent book-reviewer at The New York Times. In movies, his credits include The Lincoln Lawyer (from the novel by Michael Connelly), Nights in Rodanthe, Intolerable Cruelty, and The Third Miracle. In television, Romano was Emmy-nominated for the final episode of Hill Street Blues.
His credits include Los Angeles Law, Cop Rock, American Dreams, Party of Five, Third Watch, Monk, Banshee, and Hell on Wheels.
In addition, he created three series of his own, Class of ’96, Sweet Justice, and (with Nicholas Pileggi) Michael Hayes, starring David Caruso—as well as rewriting the pilot for Fox’s 24. Romano has lectured on the humanities in film and television at the National Endowment for the Humanities, Princeton, University of Southern California, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as writing for Newsweek on the subject of violence in the media, and appearing before the House Committee on International Affairs just after September 11, 2001, on Hollywood"s role in America"s image abroad.
Romano appeared as a guest on Charlie Rose in the episode "Charles Dickens at 200" that aired on December 26, 2012, along with Simon Callow, Doctor Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Jill Lepore, Declain Kiely, and Salman Rushdie.
He is a member of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities and a contributor to the Los Angeles Review of Books.