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By 1996, Candice Bergen had had enough. After five Emmy wins for lead actress in a comedy, the “Murphy Brown” star declined further nominations for the part. “Mad About You’s” Helen Hunt picked up her baton. And while NBC’s frank and honest sitcom about married life would eventually garner Hunt four Emmy wins — as well as launch her television directing career — she still cannot fathom why her co-star (and the series’ co-creator) Paul Reiser did not have the same luck with TV Academy voters. Hunt, who this season appeared onscreen in Fox’s “Shots Fired” and also directed episodes of FX’s “Feud” and NBC’s “This Is Us,” reflects on that win for Variety.
The first thing you did when you won your Emmy in 1996 was thank Candice Bergen “for her generosity of spirit.”
Well, the year before she said she thought Helen Hunt would win. She teed me up and then made sure it »
- Whitney Friedlander
Helen Hunt rose to stardom in NBC’s hit sitcom “Mad About You,” but these days her priority is spending more time behind the camera. This season, she helmed episodes of NBC’s family dramedy “This is Us,” CBS’ comedy “Life in Pieces” — and FX’s old-Hollywood flashback “Feud,” from executive producer Ryan Murphy. (Of course, she also starred in Fox’s limited series crime drama “Shots Fired.”)
Here, she tells Variety about moving from acting to directing, lessons learned from her famous father, and the deeper meaning behind “Feud.”
You started directing when you were on “Mad About You.” Was that an important switch for you?
I always knew that if I wanted to build up mileage [as a director], this would be the place to do it. The crew was on my team and Paul [Reiser] was on my team. And I had great mentors who worked with me: my dad, [director Gordon Hunt], who won a DGA award for directing the »
- Whitney Friedlander
The Freeform series “Baby Daddy” will end at the conclusion of its sixth season, Variety has confirmed.
The May 22 season finale will now serve as the series finale. The series followed Ben (Jean-Luc Bilodeau), a young man in New York City living a bachelor’s life with his buddy Tucker (Tahj Mowry) and his brother Danny (Derek Theler). Their lives are turned upside down when they came home one day to find a baby girl left on the doorstep by an ex-girlfriend of Ben’s. It also starred Melissa Peterman and Chelsea Kane.
The series was created and executive produced by Dan Berendsen. Heidi Clements, Vince Cheung, Ben Montanio and Michael Lembeck also serve as executive producers. Aside from “Pretty Little Liars,” which is ending with its seventh season, “Baby Daddy” was one of Freeform’s longest running series, ahead of shows like “The Fosters,” “Young & Hungry,” and “Switched at Birth.”
- Joe Otterson
It’s that time of year, the time of year where the awards and awards nominations for TV and film are being announced in droves. Today is no different as the Directors Guild of America has just announced their 2017 TV nominations.
The full list of nominations follow…
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series
Jonathan Nolan, Westword, “The Original”
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series
- Samuel Brace
The Directors Guild of America has announced the nominees in the documentary and television categories for this year’s DGA Awards, with O.J. Simpson present in both fields: “O.J.: Made in America” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” both picked up nods. Other contenders include “Atlanta,” “Westworld” and “The Eagle Huntress.” The feature film nominees, meanwhile, are scheduled to be announced tomorrow.
This year’s ceremony takes place on February 4 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Full list of nominees below:
John Singleton, “The People v. »
- Michael Nordine
5 items from 2017
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