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The 20 Best-Directed TV Comedy Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked

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The 20 Best-Directed TV Comedy Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked
While dramatic television has seen a wave of directorial ingenuity over the last 17 years (see our list of the best-directed dramas for proof), 21st century TV will probably be remembered more for the growth of vision in the comedy genre. What was once a format dominated by multi-cam sitcoms with live studio audiences has become the most auteur-driven genre on television, and the results have been some of the most creative and personal series the small screen has ever aired.

Read More: The 20 Best-Directed TV Drama Series of the 21st Century, Ranked

In brainstorming the best-directed comedy series of the 21st century, it becomes very clear just how much the genre is driven by personal style. Whether it’s Louis C.K.’s grounded realism or the rapid-fire curveballs of Armando Iannucci and Mitch Hurwitz, the showrunner as auteur has become the lynchpin of what makes 21st century TV comedy so
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Stranger Things and Westworld land 2017 DGA TV Awards nominations

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.

Stranger Things, Westworld and Game of Thrones all make the list, along with Donald Glover’s Atlanta showing up in the comedy category.

The full list of nominations follow…

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series

The Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things, “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers”

Ryan Murphy, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, “From the Ashes of Tragedy”

John Singleton, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, “The Race Card”

Jonathan Nolan, Westword, “The Original”

Miguel Sapochnik, Game of Thrones, “The Battle of the Bastards”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series

Alec Berg, Silicon Valley, “Daily Active Users”

Mike Judge, Silicon Valley,
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2016 Directors Guild of America Documentary and TV Nominations: The Year of O.J. Continues

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2016 Directors Guild of America Documentary and TV Nominations: The Year of O.J. Continues
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:

Read More: 2016 Producers Guild Awards TV Nominations: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Atlanta’ and ‘Westworld’ All Land Nods

Dramatic Series

The Duffer Brothers, “Stranger Things,” “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers”

Ryan Murphy, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” “From the Ashes of Tragedy”

Jonathan Nolan, “Westworld,” “The Original”

Miguel Sapochnik, “Game of Thrones,” “The Battle of the Bastards”

John Singleton, “The People v.
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Your Full 46th NAACP Image Awards Nominees!

Nominations for the 46th NAACP Image Awards have been revealed and "Belle," "Beyond the Lights," "Dear White People," "Get On Up," and "Selma" are duking it out for the Outstanding Motion Picture Award.

Winners will be announced on Friday, February 6, 2015 in a two-hour televised event on TV One.

The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.

Here's the complete list of nominees for the 46th NAACP Image Awards:

Television

Outstanding Comedy Series

. "black-ish" (ABC)

. "House of Lies" (Showtime)

. "Key & Peele" (Comedy Central)

. "Orange is the New Black" (Netflix)

. "Real Husbands of Hollywood" (Bet)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

. Andre Braugher - "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (Fox)

. Anthony Anderson - "'black-ish" (ABC)

. Don Cheadle - "House of Lies" (Showtime)

. Keegan-Michael Key - "Key & Peele" (Comedy Central)

. Kevin Hart
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Chris Rock, Beyoncé, 'Selma' and more pick up NAACP Image Awards nominations

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Nominations for the 46th annual NAACP Image Awards were announced today across categories in film, television, music and the literary world. In the film arena, top nominees were Amma Asante's "Belle," Gina Prince-Bythewood's "Beyond the Lights," Justin Simien's "Dear White People," Tate Taylor's "Get On Up" and Ava DuVernay's "Selma." Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be announced on Feb. 6. And remember to keep track of the season via The Circuit! Film Outstanding Motion Picture "Belle" (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films) "Beyond The Lights" (Relativity Media) "Dear White People" (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions) "Get On Up" (Universal Pictures) "Selma" (Paramount Pictures) Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture Amma Asante, "Belle" (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films) Antoine Fuqua, "The Equalizer" (Columbia Pictures) Ava DuVernay, "Selma" (Paramount Pictures) John Ridley, "Jimi: All Is By My Side" (XLrator Media) Gina Prince-Bythewood, "Beyond The Lights
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46th NAACP Image Awards Announces Nominees

Gearing up for another year of excitement, the 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards just unveiled the first round of hopefuls and there are plenty of worthy contenders.

In the television categories, Shonda Rhimes’ series “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder” are among the most nominated, though “Black-ish” is also up there. Meanwhile, “Selma” and “Get on Up” are the top two movies on the docket, ahead of the big event on Friday, February 6th, 2015. Per the official website, “The NAACP Image Awards honors the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and honors those who promote social justice through creative endeavors.”

And the nominees are:

Outstanding Comedy Series

Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)

“black-ish” (ABC)

House of Lies” (Showtime)

Key & Peele” (Comedy Central)

Real Husbands of Hollywood” (Bet)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

Andre Braugher – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox)

Anthony Anderson
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‘Selma’ & ‘Get On Up’ Lead NAACP Image Awards Nominations

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Paramount’s Selma, Universal’s Get On Up and Lionsgate’s Dear White People are among the Outstanding Motion Picture nominees for the NAACP’s Image Awards, which will be bestowed live on TVOne on February 6. On the TV side, Shonda Rhimes’ ABC trifecta of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder are all up for best drama. Here is the full list:

Film

Outstanding Motion Picture

Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)

Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media)

Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)

Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)

Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Chadwick Boseman – “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures)

David Oyelowo – “Selma” (Paramount Pictures)

Denzel Washington – “The Equalizer” (Columbia Pictures)

Idris Elba – “No Good Deed” (Screen Gems)

Nate Parker – “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

Gugu Mbatha-Raw – “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films)

Quvenzhané Wallis
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‘Get On Up,’ ‘Selma,’ ‘Dear White People’ Score NAACP Image Award Nominations (Full List)

‘Get On Up,’ ‘Selma,’ ‘Dear White People’ Score NAACP Image Award Nominations (Full List)
Belle,” “Beyond the Lights,” “Dear White People,” “Get On Up” and “Selma” have grabbed top film nominations for the 46th annual NAACP Image Awards.

Get On Up” star Chadwick Boseman, “Selma’s” David Oyelowo, Nate Parker of “Beyond the Lights,” Gugu Mbatha-Raw of “Belle” and Tessa Thompson of “Dear White People” also earned top acting noms. The Image Awards will be handed out Feb. 6 in a ceremony telecast live by TV One.

In the TV heat, ABC freshman “Black-ish” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” Bet’s “The Game” and “Being Mary Jane” were among the top nominees.

(Pictured: “Dear White People”)

Here is a full list of Image Award nominees:

Motion Picture

Outstanding Motion Picture “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films) “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media) “Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions) “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures) “Selma” (Paramount Pictures
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'Selma,' 'Scandal,' 'black-ish' Lead 2015 NAACP Image Awards Nominees

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The nominees for the 46th annual NAACP Image Awards were announced Tuesday, lauding the year's best films and television shows -- among other artforms -- featuring people of color.

"Selma" led the pack with eight nominations, including nods for best picture, best actor (David Oyelowo), three supporting actor nods (André Holland, Common, and Wendell Pierce), and two supporting actress nods (Carmen Ejogo and Oprah Winfrey). Director Ava DuVernay was also nominated for her work behind the camera.

On the television front, "Scandal" and "Orange Is the New Black" tied with six nominations apiece, while fellow freshman series "black-ish" and "How to Get Away with Murder" each received five nods.

A partial list of nominees in television and movies is below. For the full list -- including nominees in the music and literature categories -- click here.

The NAACP Image Awards, presented by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People,
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The Girls Are "Chasing Papi"

Sneak Peek director Linda Mendoza's 2003 comedy romance feature, "Chasing Papi", now available on DVD from Anchor Bay, starring Sofia Vergara, Roselyn Sanchez, Jaci Velasquezand Eduardo Verástegui:

"...advertising executive 'Tomas Papi Fuentes' (Verastegui) is truly, deeply in love...with three gorgeous women in three different cities.

"There’s prim and proper 'Patricia' (Velasquez) in New York, lovely 'Lorena' (Sanchez) in Chicago and spicy 'Cici' (Vergara) in Miami.

"But when all three arrive in L.A. to surprise Papi at home, the situation doesn’t just heat up, it explodes, with beautiful bodies, hip Latin rhythms and plenty of passion..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Chasing Papi"...
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Suburgatory, Ep 2.19 “Decemberfold”

Suburgatory, Episode 2.19 “Decemberfold”

Written By: Andrew Guest

Directed By: Linda Mendoza

Airs Wednesdays at 8:30pm Et on ABC

Tonight’s episode of Suburgatory was one of the weirdest detours for the series, but none the less funny. It was fun seeing characters like Dalia and George have to deal with situations we’d never seen them in. The main plot of the episode centered around the “Dad’s of Chatswin” calendar shoot for the Mother’s Against the Defamation of Undiluted Apple Juice. Naturally, all of the dads become super competitive and begin angling for the coveted Decemberfold slot. At the beginning of the episode, George doesn’t think much of the calendar, so it was hilarious to see him morph into this figure obssessed, calorie counting guy. We’ve not had to deal with George in this sort of vain capacity (that’s often reserved for Noah whose
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Wednesday Comedy Roundup: Modern Family 4.17, Whitney 2.11, & Workaholics 3.17

Modern Family Season 4, Episode 17: “Best Men

Written by Dan O’Shannon, Abraham Higginbotham and Bianca Douglas

Directed by Steven Levitan

Airs on Wednesdays at 9pm on ABC

This week we see the return of Sal, played brilliantly by none other than Elizabeth Banks, and this time she’s getting married. Barging in late at night, Sal announces that she wants Mitch and Cam to be her “Best Men”. The last minute announcement leads to a last minute hen party where Sal temporarily gets cold feet and makes out with a bar tender. Sal is a great character and Elizabeth Banks does crazy well, but the outcome feels a little disappointing. The episode is set out in a way that makes the audience expect, or hope, that Cam and Mitch end up getting married but the writers are probably saving this for a season finale. Lily is hilarious as always.
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Thursday Comedy Roundup: 30 Rock 7.08 & Parks and Rec 5.09

30 Rock, Season 7, Episode 8, “My Whole Life is Thunder”

Written by Jack Burditt & Colleen McGuinness

Directed by Linda Mendoza

Airs Thursdays at 8pm Et on NBC

Is there a show outside of 30 Rock that would be audacious enough to follow one wedding episode with another? Perhaps “wedding episode” is a misnomer, as the actual wedding is buried in the post-episode tag, but the threat of Jenna’s wedding (to Paul, who it had seemed the show had forgotten this season) is pervasive, inspiring thoughts of ‘Could they? No, they wouldn’t…” until they finally do. This is yet another example of the startling liveliness 30 Rock has recovered in the face of its imminent demise.

If last week’s episode seemed preoccupied with mortality, “My Whole Life is Thunder”—a rather ominous title—goes all in and features a funeral, that of Jack’s mother, Colleen. That her funeral ends up being
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Thursday Comedies: Community 3.15 & 30 Rock 6.17

Community, Season 3, Episode 15, “Origins of Vampire Mythology”

Written by Dan Harmon

Directed by Steven Tsuchida

Airs Thursdays at 8pm Et on NBC

As fun and unique as episodes like “Pillows and Blankets” are, it’s almost more impressive when Community pulls off a run-of-the-mill episode with the panache they do in “Origins of Vampire Mythology.” As mentioned before, Community is generally less consistent the more down to earth it becomes. The common thread in strong “down to earth” episodes of Community like “Introduction to Statistics,” “Mixology Certification,” or tonight’s episode seems to be a sense of focus. Everything in “Vampire Mythology” (with the exception of Pierce trying to find a new best friend, which is the weak link) revolves around Britta’s ex-boyfriend Blade being in town.

The advantage of having a central focus is obvious. Instead of splitting the cast up in groups and sending them on their own disparate adventures,
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DGA Award TV nominees include Ryan Murphy, Steve Levitan

"Modern Family" E.P. Steve Levitan is amongst the just-announced Director's Guild Award nominees for his the first episode of the series he directed himself -- last season's "Hawaii." (Which basically means that he got a trip to Hawaii and a nom out of the deal. Not bad.)

Also nominated in the Comedy Series category are seven-time nominee Beth McCarthy Miller, for the live episode of "30 Rock," Ryan Murphy for "Glee's" Madonna episode, Michael Spiller for "Modern Family's" Halloween-themed episode, and David Nutter for "Entourage's" "Lose Yourself."

Nutter also finds himself nominated in the TV Movie and Miniseries category with Jeremy Podeswa for "The Pacific's" "Basilone." (Podeswa is nominated on his own for the episode "Home," too.) Also nominated: Mick Jackson for "Temple Grandin," Barry Levinson for "You Don't Know Jack," and Tim Van Patten for "The Pacific's" "Okinawa."

In the Dramatic Series category, Jack Bender
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Directors Guild of America Unveils Nominations

The DGA revealed their nominees for the best direction of 2010 today and for the most part, they were pretty expected. Modern Family, Boardwalk Empire, and The Pacific all had multiple episodes/installments nominated in their respective categories, but joining them in being nominated (though not necessarily in the same category) were an episode from The Hills, an episode of Glee that wasn't received terribly well, and Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. You can read the full list of nominees below in the press release.

Los Angeles – Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford today announced the DGA’s nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television and Commercials for the year 2010.

“Whether it’s a 30-second commercial or a multi-part miniseries, television directors are crucial to the success of any television project.” said Hackford. “As the DGA celebrates its 75th anniversary this year,
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DGA Announces Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series, Dramatic Series, Comedy Series, Musical Variety, Reality Programs, Daytime Serials, Children’s Programs and Commercials for 2010

hollywoodnews.com: Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford today announced the DGA’s nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television and Commercials for the year 2010.

‘Whether it’s a 30-second commercial or a multi-part miniseries, television directors are crucial to the success of any television project.’ said Hackford. ‘As the DGA celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, we salute the critical role of the director in TV and are proud to honor the tremendous range of excellence found in the projects nominated today. Congratulations to all of the nominees.’

The winners will be announced at the 63rd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles.

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Movies For Television And Mini-series

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series for 2010 are (in alphabetical order):

Mick Jackson

Temple Grandin

(HBO
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Ugly Betty Leads Alma Award Nominations

Ugly Betty Leads Alma Award Nominations
Stars of hit TV shows Ugly Betty, Without A Trace and Wizards Of Waverly Place are leading the nominations for the 2008 American Latino Media Arts (Alma) Awards with three nods each.

The cast of Ugly Betty is to be honoured with the Outstanding Performance of a Latino/Latina-Led Ensemble in a Television Series special achievement prize, while writer Silvio Horta is nominated in the Outstanding Writing for a Television Series category for the episode entitled Jump. Director Linda Mendoza is also up for contention in the Outstanding Director of a Television Series gong, for her work on the Betty's Baby Bump segment.

Without A Trace star Enrique Murciano is up for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Television Series, and his co-star Roselyn Sanchez is nominated in the female equivalent. Scriptwriter Jose Molina has been recognised in the Outstanding Writing for a Television Series for the Without You episode.

Meanwhile, the stars of Disney show Wizards of Waverly Place have also scored nominations - Jake T. Austin and co-stars Selena Gomez and Maria Canals-Barrera will fight it out in the male and female categories for Outstanding Performance in a Comedy Television Series.

Other nominees include Desperate Housewives actor Ricardo Chavira and Lost's Jorge Garcia for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Television Series; Grey's Anatomy's star Sara Ramirez for Outstanding Actress In A Drama Television Series; and Two and A Half Men's Charlie Sheen for Outstanding Male Performance In A Comedy Television Series.

The nominations were announced on Monday and the winners will be unveiled at a ceremony hosted by Eva Longoria Parker on 17 August. The show will air on U.S. TV on 12 September.

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