Season four begins!
For me at least – my fourth season directing episodic television. (Does the first season even count if I really only directed two episodes of one show? Sure, for the purposes of this blog update, let’s count it.)
It’s Season 13 for Criminal Minds, though, which is where I’m headed tomorrow. I’m happy to return to a really great crew, cast, and well-oiled machine they have going here in LA. Last year, you’ll recall my five readers, I didn’t even know I was directing the show until the day before – which would’ve been today a year ago.
This year, quite the opposite. I even have a script already so we’re off and running before I even start prep. It’s going to be a lot of fun.
This season is divided into halves for me. The first four shows I direct this year will all be shows I’m returning to – Criminal Minds, Once Upon a Time, Scandal and Designated Survivor. So that’ll be a nice way to ease into the season before I direct three news shows – Good Girls (new for everyone on NBC), MacGyver, and Quantico with a second Designated Survivor sprinkled in there.
After nearly three months of writing and recovering, I’m excited to get back into the swing of things directing television. Updates to come as we go along.
Just realized that I hadn’t updated this thing since May. No excuse, other than writing, trying to write, or procrastinating instead of writing.
In a little sooner than three weeks, the TV directing season starts again for me. I had already been booked on seven (7!) shows this coming season, but I added one more since we last spoke.
I’ll be directing Good Girls in December – a new show from NBC. It’s the first time I’ll be directing a new show in the first half of its first season, so I’m looking forward to being part of the team that builds something new. (They don’t even have official artwork yet so I can’t post that here but trust me – the show exists! Or will soon!)
Speaking of – Good Girls was in the news recently for recasting the lead from the pilot and instead casting Christina Hendricks – the wonderful multi-Emmy nominated actress from that great ensemble in Mad Men. The series is billed as a comedy-drama and sounds like fun. Also will be nice to return to NBC – the place that launched my TV directing life – after doing no shows for them last season.
So that’s eight (8!) episodes of seven (7!) shows this coming season. Unbelievable.
In other news, an actor I directed last season is nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. That actor is Viola Davis. She is unstoppable.
Anyway, back to doing things that are somewhat like writing.