Industry scribe Cynthia Mort began her career as an author of teleplays, exhibiting her strongest flair for material with a provocative edge and bite. Mort authored numerous episodes of the groundbreaking ABC sitcom Roseanne (1988-1997) and the NBC sitcom Will & Grace (1998-2006), before moving into her own as executive producer, creator, and one of the principal writers of the racy HBO relationship drama Tell Me You Love Me (2007). With an impressive ensemble cast that included Sonya Walger, Tim DeKay, Jane Alexander, David Selby, and others, that series detailed the trials and tribulations of three couples (one engaged, two married) at various stages of life with incisiveness and profundity. It received mixed reviews, but gained much attention in the press for the degree to which its sexual and emotional frankness pushed the edge of the envelope. Mort also co-authored the script of Neil Jordan's 2007 revenge-themed psychodrama The Brave One (starring Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard), receiving co-credit with Bruce A. Taylor and Roderick Taylor. The controversial film follows the vigilante quest of the survivor of a brutal attack (Foster) to extract a brutal revenge on her aggressors, as well as several random degenerate criminals unlucky enough to cross her path along the way.