Good Girls

Arrived in Atlanta to start work on the new NBC show Good Girls. The show starts airing at the end of February so this is the first time I’m working on a show at the very beginning of its run. (The seventh ever episode, to be exact.)

Oh and look – the trailer just released!

I’m incredibly excited. The scripts are awesome – fun, suspenseful, thoughtful – and the characters are really wonderful. So glad to have the chance to do something for Universal Television and NBC – where our own pilot gestates as we speak.

It’s going to be a lot of fun and I can’t wait to be a part of Good Girls’ launch. Details to follow!

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In Between Time

Five readers, I’ve been stuck in between time. Not to be mistaken for The Sunken Place.

Been taking some time off over the Thanksgiving break before heading out for the next gig. Right now, just finished my cut of Designated Survivor 212 and our team is entering the script writing phase. We’re all very exciting. This is all new for us – developing with a network and studio. It’s fun and challenging and exciting.

One more week before I head out to Atlanta for NBC’s Good Girls. Cryptic updates will resume.

Designated Survivor 212 Shoot Days 5-9

So we filmed quite a bit on our stages with only a couple days on location. We had a long week followed by a short week including some driving work and a fun series of challenges that I can’t yet share for fear of spoiling.

But it was an arduous yet fun episode to work on. And now I leave again for a few weeks of break before heading to Atlanta for two straight shows – Good Girls and MacGyver. 

Pilot

I guess it’s time to share this news: we sold a pilot to NBC.

I’m forgoing exclamation points because that would take up the remainder of this blogpost. Needless to say we are over the moon with excitement and gratitude. Valarie and I first conceived of this concept about eight years ago. About seven years ago, we brought on our dear friend Tafari Lumumba to write it with us.

Over the ensuing years, we tweaked and reworked and revisited the story and the central concept (sorry – I’m in production otherwise I’d go into more detail about the story now but perhaps in a couple weeks so in the meantime read the Deadline article above).

Fast forward to this year, where we found America Ferrera and her company who introduced us to Sunil Nayar who became our showrunner and we formed a team that pitched the show to the studio (our studio now I guess!) Universal Television and then pitched it to NBC who is now our network (all of this is very surreal).

Anyway – “sold a show” actually means that right now Sunil is writing the pilot with the network and studio’s input (and ours) and nothing happens when/if/until the network greenlights it to become a pilot.

So there’s still a long way to go, but it’s insanely exciting. By the end of the year, we’ll know our fate. And before that, more details will come from me, I promise! (Okay, one exclamation point.)

 

Designated Survivor 212 Shoot Days 1-4

Back in Toronto for my second go around on Designated Survivor. So far, had a lot of fun with action scenes, some great stuff in the White House, and all and all a bunch of other things I can’t share because I’m sworn to secrecy. These updates, admittedly, have been lame. I will try to do better for the last half of the shoot. More to come.

Surviving Again

Right after wrapping Scandal for the final time, I hopped on a plane for Toronto, never to return. Well, at least not return to LA until 2018. A steady stream of work on the road until sometime in the spring.

Starting with – a return to Designated Survivor! Which is where I’ve been for the last week prepping to shoot episode 212. I was here in April, which was 12 episodes ago. Nice to be back here with (mostly) the same crew and cast. Lots of fun stuff planned for this one and more cryptic updates to come.

Scandal 707 Shoot Days 4-9

So I’ve been really bad at updating this site. Chalk that up to busy weekends and moving out of our little home so I can go on the road for the next five months.

The final half of the Scandal 707 shoot went smoothly. We had very reasonable days and the usual fun challenges of making this show.

The ending was bittersweet for sure. It’s the final time I’ll be working with this group of actors, crew, and staff on this particular show – a show I’ve now directed more than any other. I learned a lot and my work on Scandal led to even more chances to direct at other shows – both at Shondaland and elsewhere.

But, as they say, the show must go on. And so must I – heading now to Toronto for Designated Survivor again. Will try to do a little better with the cryptic updates.