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The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who is the best TV director? Why? (For old, current or upcoming shows.)

Marisa Roffman (@marisaroffman), TV Guide Magazine

The recent Emmy Awards was a good reminder of just how great television directors are right now. It was the best overall crop we’ve had in years, and one of the few categories where it felt like it could have gone any way.

But in terms of best television director, I’m partial to David Nutter. His 30-plus year resume is impressive (“The Sopranos,” “ER,” “The X-Files,” plus an Emmy win for “Game of Thrones”) and wildly varied (he’s done procedurals like “Without a Trace,
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The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who is the best TV director? Why? (For old, current or upcoming shows.)

Marisa Roffman (@marisaroffman), TV Guide Magazine

The recent Emmy Awards was a good reminder of just how great television directors are right now. It was the best overall crop we’ve had in years, and one of the few categories where it felt like it could have gone any way.

But in terms of best television director, I’m partial to David Nutter. His 30-plus year resume is impressive (“The Sopranos,” “ER,” “The X-Files,” plus an Emmy win for “Game of Thrones”) and wildly varied (he’s done procedurals like “Without a Trace,
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Ioan Gruffudd’s Forever: The Complete Series Arrives Tuesday

  • Comicmix
Once again, Warner Archive Collection rewards fan loyalty with the release of a much-beloved series – Forever: The Complete Series comes to DVD on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 via WBshop.com and popular online retailers.

Fresh off its single-season run on ABC in 2014-2015, Forever: The Complete Series includes all 22 episodes as well as additional never-before-seen deleted scenes from many of the episodes on a 5-disc DVD set. Creator and Executive Producer Matthew Miller (Chuck, Human Target, The 100) is thrilled the series will live on through its DVD release.

“We’re so proud of this series and the way it resonated with fans,” Miller says. “I’m excited for the fans that we’re not only able to release all 22 episodes on DVD, but include previously unseen footage. It’s another chance to breathe new life into the show for both devoted fans and new viewers.”

The series’ premise struck an
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Roger Rees, of Cheers and The West Wing, Dead at 71

Roger Rees, of Cheers and The West Wing, Dead at 71
Roger Rees, who rose to fame and scored a Tony Award and an Emmy nomination as the title character in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, died Friday in New York City. He was 71.

Rees was best known by U.S. audiences for playing millionaire Robin Colcord, boyfriend of Kirstie Alley’s Rebecca, on Cheers, and British ambassador Lord John Marbury on The West Wing.

Rees’ other TV credits included Boston Common, M.A.N.T.I.S., episodes of Forever, The Good Wife and Elementary, and an arc on Warehouse 13.

Check out a few of Rees’ memorable TV scenes below, then share your memories in the comments.
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Roger Rees, Actor in ‘Cheers,’ ‘West Wing,’ ‘Nicholas Nickelby,’ Dies at 71

Roger Rees, Actor in ‘Cheers,’ ‘West Wing,’ ‘Nicholas Nickelby,’ Dies at 71
Cheers” and “The West Wing” actor Roger Rees, who won a Tony for “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby,” died Friday in New York. He was 71.

The New York Times’ Scott Heller tweeted the news late Friday.

Sad news: Roger Rees, who just a few months ago was the leading man in @TheVisitMusical on Broadway, has passed away.

— Scott Heller (@hellerNYT) July 11, 2015

A statement from Rees’ publicist, quoted by Heller, read: “Roger Rees, Tony Award-winning actor, passed away tonight at home, after a brief illness.”

Rees took the lead role in “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby,” which played in London and on Broadway from 1980 to 1982. He won an Olivier Award and a Tony for his performance, and reprised the part in a 1982 TV version, which was produced by Colin Callender. Rees was nominated for an Emmy, and the production won the Emmy for outstanding limited series.

Later
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Roger Rees, Actor in ‘Cheers,’ ‘West Wing,’ ‘Nicholas Nickelby,’ Dies at 71

Roger Rees, Actor in ‘Cheers,’ ‘West Wing,’ ‘Nicholas Nickelby,’ Dies at 71
Cheers” and “The West Wing” actor Roger Rees, who won a Tony for “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby,” died Friday in New York. He was 71.

The New York Times’ Scott Heller tweeted the news late Friday.

Sad news: Roger Rees, who just a few months ago was the leading man in @TheVisitMusical on Broadway, has passed away.

— Scott Heller (@hellerNYT) July 11, 2015

A statement from Rees’ publicist, quoted by Heller, read: “Roger Rees, Tony Award-winning actor, passed away tonight at home, after a brief illness.”

Rees took the lead role in “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby,” which played in London and on Broadway from 1980 to 1982. He won an Olivier Award and a Tony for his performance, and reprised the part in a 1982 TV version, which was produced by Colin Callender. Rees was nominated for an Emmy, and the production won the Emmy for outstanding limited series.

Later
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Management & Prod. Co Leibo Launches In L.A.

  • Deadline
Exclusive: New full-service management and production company Leibo has opened in Los Angeles anchored by Jason Leibovitch, who most recently served as VP Distribution and Development for California Pictures (Scavengers, A Warrior’s Heart). Leibovitch’s client roster includes WGA-winning screenwriter Bryce Zabel (Pandemic, M.A.N.T.I.S., Dark Skies, The Crow, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation), who served as Chairman and CEO of the TV Academy from 2001-2003.

Leibo is also repping actor Shad Gaspard, the WWE wrestler-turned-actor who made over 100 WWE appearances and recently appeared on Nickelodeon’s Haunted Hathaways. Gaspard also has a role in Dan Pritzker’s Buddy Bolden biopic Bolden! and Warner Bros’ upcoming Will Ferrell comedy Get Hard.
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Cliff Bole, Director of ‘Star Trek’ Series, Dies at 76

Director-producer Clifford John Bole, who helmed more than 40 episodes of various “Star Trek” series, died Feb. 15 at his home in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 76.

Bole directed 25 episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” seven of “Deep Space Nine” and 10 of “Voyager.” The Bolians, a race of aliens introduced in “Tng” episode “Conspiracy,” were named for him.

Bole also helmed episodes of series including “Baywatch,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Fantasy Island,” “MacGyver,” “M.A.N.T.I.S.,” “Matt Houston,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Scarecrow and Mrs. King,”

“Spenser for Hire,” “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “The X Files,” “T.J. Hooker” and “Vegas.”

Bole was a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild. He maintained strong ties with the stunt community, including close friendships with Ronnie Rondell, Roy Snuffy Harrison and the late Hal Needham.

Born in San Francisco, Bole grew up in the San Fernando Valley, Calif., where he played in the backlots of studios,
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What Renaissance Pictures did for geek TV

Feature David Menzies 12 Apr 2013 - 07:00

Would we have had Mutant Enemy or Bad Robot without Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell and Robert Tapert's Renaissance Pictures? David thinks not...

After 1992's Army Of Darkness, another Sam Raimi feature film wouldn't emerge in theatres for another three years. What Raimi did with the time in between is anybody's guess - perhaps he wandered the world; maybe he dug through a peculiar collection of Spider-Man comics with most of the dialogue cut out. But what he certainly did with his Renaissance Pictures partners was bring to light a new frontier of genre TV (cue heroic music and a narrator saying, "This is the story of a time long ago – a time of myth and legend. When the ancient gods were petty and cruel, and they plagued mankind with suffering, only one man dared to challenge their power...")

While Hercules may be one
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Vigilant superhero show sells to Fox Network

Superheroes are still in. Case in point: the Fox Network, ever eager to remain the top destination pick for tweens, teens and young adults, bought an idea for one from 24 producer Howard Gordon and Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis. This new show is called Vigilant, and it circles around a young woman who dresses up as a vigilante to fight corruption in the police force as well as bad guys on the street.

Vigilant's logline sounds like it could be Batman meets a TV crime drama: the daughter of a good cop can't stand by while her father is forced to get his hands dirty dealing with a corrupt Internal Affairs head, so she makes herself a costume to expose the rotten apples in the force. She also uses her new secret identity to wage war with the criminals on the street, shaking the status quo up. The Hollywood Reporter describes
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Nathan Fillion and Justice League Doom Line-Up

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Nathan Fillion and Justice League Doom Line-Up

What is more geektastic than the mere mention of the names Nathan Fillion and Michael Rosenbaum? How about those names mentioned in relation to the Justice League: Doom! Yes, somewhere a fanboy’s head just exploded. In a good way!

On his lonesome, Nathan Fillion is best known as Captain Malcolm Reynolds from Firefly and Serenity, also known as Joss Whedon created geek candy. Yes, I’m a geek myself, so I can say these things. Fillion also happens to star as Richard Castle on the popular ABC series called Castle.

Likewise, Michael Rosenbaum, one of my many celebrity crushes, used to play Lex Luthor on the CW’s Smallville.

Together this pair represents sci fi and comic books in Hollywood. The question is, will they use their powers for good or for evil?

Fillion will reprise his voice acting work as the Green Lantern.
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Christopher Gartin and Jennifer Aniston are just friends, says her rep

  • Pop2it
Jennifer Aniston's love life has been so scrutinized since she and Brad Pitt divorced that we're hesitant to believe any stories about it that don't come directly from John Mayer's Twitter feed.

When Aniston was recently snapped by the paparazzi out to dinner with her rumored new boyfriend, TV actor Christopher Gartin, we had some doubts... and it turns out we were right.

"Chris and Jennifer have been friends for many years," Aniston's rep told People . "She has had dinner with him dozens and dozens of times." Another source called their rumored romance "just silly."

Gartin has had minor roles on "Private Practice," "House," "CSI," and everyone's favorite summer vampfest, "True Blood." His most significant TV roles were on "Buddies" and "M.A.N.T.I.S." in the '90s - right around when Aniston skyrocketed to fame on "Friends." The two have been friends for ages, having been introduced by Jen's bestie Courteney Cox.
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