J.J. Abrams vs. Joss Whedon: Who's Your Icon?
Iconic TV Show With Cultlike Following
Abrams: Lost, which blew open the TV space-time continuum and actually stuck around for a (we hope) full-closure ending. (on a smaller scale, Felicity)
Whedon: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which was sorely underappreciated by the Emmys and spun off the also-successful Angel.
Geektastic TV Series Canceled Too Soon (or in Danger of Cancellation)
Abrams: Fringe, which was (thankfully) renewed for a third season
Whedon: Firefly (R.I.P.)
Executing Ideas Anyone Else Would Be Stupid to Try
Abrams: Trying a new take on the Star Trek franchise; reinvigorating Mission: Impossible; and producing the crazily marketed, low-budget Cloverfield
Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) in Alias; Olivia (Anna Torv) in Fringe
Whedon: Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Echo (Eliza Dushku) in Dollhouse
Usage of Nathan Fillion
Abrams: Lost (as Kate's policeman husband)
Whedon: Firefly/Serenity, Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog, Buffy
...And He Composes! (AKA The Clint Eastwood Effect)
Abrams: Wrote the theme songs for Felicity, Fringe and Alias
Whedon: Wrote the theme song to Firefly (He wrote lyrics for Dr. Horrible but is not credited with the composing), Buffy's "Once More With Feeling" musical episode
Keeping Underused* Actors Employed
Abrams: Greg Grunberg (worked with Abrams six times); Amanda Foreman (four times); Terry O' Quinn (twice, on Alias and Lost)
Whedon: Felicia Day (worked with Whedon three times); Alan Tudyk (twice, if you count Serenity and Firefly as one) Gina Torres (twice); Amy Acker (twice). Incidentally, Acker and Torres were also on Abrams' Alias.
(*note "underused" refers to actors who are not nearly employed enough to match their talent. there are, in both producers' cast lists, actors who have since been employed quite enough--or beyond--their acting level, in this writer's opinion. names will remain anonymous.)
Which is your favorite? --Ellen