The Big Easy

In New Orleans about to start my first day of prep on NCIS: New Orleans. I’ve been here for a week enjoying one of my favorite cities on the planet.

I’m really looking forward to working on this show – the cast is great and they do a lot of fun things like ride in fan boats on the bayous and shoot on the water and from helicopters. And New Orleans is featured very prominently in the show – the diverse locations and people and energy. So it’s going to be a blast, and good to get back in the saddle after about a month behind the computer.

Not-quite-daily reports to come.

For now – here are two unrelated photos of me on the set of How to Get Away With Murder in which I appear to be enjoying my job.

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(I do enjoy my job, for the record. In the left photo, I’m with Alfred Enoch who plays “Wes.” In the right, I’m with Aja Naomi King who plays “Michaela.”In both photos, I’m the old one.)

A Few Weeks

I’m right now in one of the bunches of weeks I have “off.” I put that in quotes because although I’m not directing, I’m definitely still working – well, if writing counts as “work” (again, quotes). A few weeks before I head to New Orleans for NCIS: New Orleans which shoots in New Orleans.

designatedsurvivor02One bit of really good news: just got booked directing what will be my seventh episode this season – ABC’s new show Designated Survivor in March 2017. Each time someone invites me to join their show I have an immense sense of shock and gratitude in equal measures.

Designated Survivor stars Kiefer Sutherland, Natascha McElhone, Maggie Q and American Made star Kal Penn and is in its first season – so that will be a first for me, being part of a brand new show. And to have a chance to direct another incredible cast on a high stakes story – cannot wait!

A lot of stuff happens between now and then, including my cramming on NCIS: New Orleans and Once Upon A Time and finishing this script by December. But it will be great, especially getting a chance to direct Kal again, who as you know, my five readers, was in my first film American Made. It’ll be a fun reunion that’s for sure.

The Catch Shoot Day 10

Final day, part of a double-up and split crew. Worked on the stages and got a visit from my lovely family who brought cupcakes adorned with Chicago Cubs logos in advance of my trip to see them play in the World Series immediately upon wrap. (Pictures forthcoming – of the cupcakes at least.)

Solid end to a mostly fun shoot. Now on to post, a few weeks of, and then the next show in December.

The Catch Shoot Day 9

Spent a short day with three scenes, overlapping with the incoming episode so we had a split crew also known as a double-up day. Just about a half day of work which was nice. Final day tomorrow.

Didn’t get a chance to watch How to Get Away With Murder from last night or Criminal Minds from the night before but sounds like they went over well.

Criminal Minds Airs Today!

Hello, five readers! My episode of Criminal Minds airs today on CBS. It was my first show for CBS and was a lot of fun to do. I won’t be able to watch it – or to write a more extensive post here – because (a) I’m still working on The Catch and (b) the Chicago Cubs are in the World Series.

But I really loved that cast and crew, especially fellow Chicagoan and Cubs fan Joe Mantegna. He’ll probably be watching the Cubs, too.

Tune in – 9pm Eastern/Pacific!