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2018 Emmy race for Best Comedy Directing: What pilots will be nominated?

2018 Emmy race for Best Comedy Directing: What pilots will be nominated?
The Emmy Awards ballot for Best Comedy Directing lists 195 episodes from 105 series, up from 174 episodes from 82 series last year, when the nominees were:

Atlanta” season 1

Winner — “B.A.N.” (Donald Glover)

Silicon Valley” season 4

“Intellectual Property” (Jamie Babbit)

“Server Error” (Mike Judge)

“Veep” season 6

“Blurb” (Morgan Sackett)

Justice” (Dale Stern)

“Groundbreaking” (David Mandel)

SEEanalysis of the Best Comedy Writing contenders.

“Veep” did not air this season. Lead “Atlanta” director Hiro Murai was snubbed last year; he has a stronger episode this time and more name recognition from directing the music video for Childish Gambino’s “This is America.”

Having been nominated two years ago for “Silicon Valley” when he last directed it, Alec Berg has submitted his work on the first season finale of “Barry.” He also directed this season’s “Silicon Valley” finale, but Best Comedy Directing is one of only six categories that precludes multiple ballot submissions. Having
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HBO Sets Date For 11th Bill Maher Solo Special, Live From Tulsa

Bill Maher: Triggered, the comic’s 11th HBO solo special since his first in 1989, will air Saturday, July 7, the network announced today. The live stand-up performance will air from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“The paradox of my life is, the more horrifying the country under Trump becomes, the more fun we have at my stand-up shows,” Maher said. “I guess it’s a release, or whistling past the graveyard, or a primal scream.

“They want me to be mean,” he continued, “and I am. Half of this show is about Trump, but I am determined to make half of it about me – my way of saying, ‘Trump, you don’t get to win!’”

Bill Maher: Triggered is executive produced by Maher, Beth McCarthy-Miller, Marc Gurvitz and Neal Marshall, and will be directed by McCarthy-Miller.

Maher’s weekly HBO series Real Time with Bill Maher is in its 16th season, and has been renewed through 2020. This week’s guests include Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter, Ethan Hawke, author Robert Reich and activist rapper Michael Render (aka Killer Mike).
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Reed Morano Makes History with DGA Win

Morano: The Hollywood Reporter/ YouTube

Reed Morano has cemented her place in in the record books with a historic Directors Guild of America win. This past Saturday she took home the DGA Award in the drama series category for helming “Offred,” the pilot of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Morano previously received an Emmy for the dystopian series, making her the first woman to win both prizes. She directed the first three episodes of the Margaret Atwood adaptation.

The “Halt and Catch Fire” director is the fourth woman to secure the drama DGA award (following Barbara Kopple, Lesli Linka Glatter, and Patty Jenkins) and the third to win that category at the Emmys (following Karen Arthur and Mimi Leder).

Morano’s latest pic, “I Think We’re Alone Now,” just premiered at Sundance Film Festival and took home a Special Jury Award for Excellence in Filmmaking. The post-apocalyptic character drama centers
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Guillermo del Toro wins DGA Award

Guillermo del Toro wins DGA Award
Guillermo del Toro took a giant stride towards the Oscar on Saturday night (February 3), winning the outstanding directorial achievement in feature film accolade for The Shape Of Water at the Directors Guild Of America’s 70th annual DGA Awards.

Del Toro recently won the Golden Globe best directing award and further bolstered his Oscar prospects with the DGA, regarded as a strong bellwether of Academy Award success.

Since 1948, only seven DGA winners have not gone on to win the Oscar. Ben Affleck is the famous most recent example. He won the DGA for Argo in 2013 and did not even receive an Academy Award nod for the film.

Del Toro recently won the Golden Globe best directing award. Meanwhile Jordan Peele continued a remarkable awards season, winning best first-time feature director for Get Out. Peele is also nominated for the directing Oscar. Matthew Heineman was named best documentary feature director for [link=tt
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Guillermo del Toro swims off with Best Director prize at 2018 DGA Awards for ‘The Shape of Water’ — Oscars next?

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Guillermo del Toro swims off with Best Director prize at 2018 DGA Awards for ‘The Shape of Water’ — Oscars next?
The 70th Directors Guild of America Awards mostly went according to plan Saturday night, February 3, with Guillermo del Toro winning Best Film Director for “The Shape of Water.” (See complete list of DGA winners.) He beat out rival nominees Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”), Martin McDonagh (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Christopher Nolan (“Dunkirk”) and Jordan Peele (“Get Out”) to take home the coveted prize bestowed annually by members of the Directors Guild of America who work in film or television.

Del Toro’s victory at the DGA Awards follows his recent directing triumphs at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards. And according to Gold Derby’s Oscar predictions for Best Director, he is the overwhelming frontrunner there as well. Four of these DGA nominees also contend at the Oscars, with McDonagh being the sole exception; he was replaced by Paul Thomas Anderson (“Phantom Thread”).

SEE2018 DGA Awards: Full list
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DGA Awards 2018: Full Winners List, from Guillermo del Toro to Jordan Peele

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DGA Awards 2018: Full Winners List, from Guillermo del Toro to Jordan Peele
Guillermo del Toro took the top prize at the Directors Guild of America Awards for “The Shape of Water,” adding to an award season haul that already includes a Golden Globe, a PGA Award, and multiple critics honors. His 1962 romantic fable is also up for 12 BAFTA Awards and 13 Oscars, and del Toro is expected to succeed Damien Chazelle as Best Director at both upcoming ceremonies.

Read More:Damien Chazelle Wins DGA Award for ‘La La Land,’ Oscars Will Follow

Chazelle presented del Toro with his DGA Award. “Inclusion is necessary, if not for any other reason [but] for the fact that we are not hearing the stories that need to be heard,” said del Toro. “If films are good — and they’ve been so great so far — can you imagine if we hear 100 percent, instead of 50 percent of the voices that need and must be heard?”

Since the first DGA Awards in
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2018 DGA Awards: Full list of Directors Guild winners includes Guillermo del Toro, Jordan Peele, ‘Big Little Lies’ … [Updating Live]

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2018 DGA Awards: Full list of Directors Guild winners includes Guillermo del Toro, Jordan Peele, ‘Big Little Lies’ … [Updating Live]
Winners of the 70th Directors Guild of America Awards were announced Saturday, February 3 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Pt in a non-televised ceremony hosted by Judd Apatow. Prizes were handed out for both film and television by A-list presenters and former DGA winners at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. These awards are voted on annually by members of the Directors Guild of America who work in film or television. Below, see the full list of 2018 DGA Awards winners, which are marked in gold.

As per tradition, all five of this year’s nominees for Best Film Director — Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”), Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”), Martin McDonagh (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Christopher Nolan (“Dunkirk”) and Jordan Peele (“Get Out”) — received special medallions and gave speeches at the podium. Four of these five nominees also contend at the Oscars for Best Director, where McDonagh was
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2018 DGA Awards predictions: Complete odds in 7 Directors Guild categories include ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Get Out’ …

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2018 DGA Awards predictions: Complete odds in 7 Directors Guild categories include ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Get Out’ …
The 2018 Directors Guild of America Awards will be handed out on Saturday night, February 3, across a number of film and television categories. We’re forecasting seven of those races in our predictions center, where over 1,200 users have entered their picks. that includes Expert journalists we’ve polled from top media outlets, Editors who cover awards year-round at Gold Derby, and the top users who have gotten the highest scores predicting past DGA Awards. So who are we betting on? Scroll down for our complete predictions listed in order of their racetrack odds with the projected winners highlighted in gold.

As it stands Guillermo Del Toro (“The Shape of Water”) is the overwhelming favorite to win Best Director for motion pictures. That’s good news for the filmmaker leading into the Oscars since 13 out of the last 14 DGA winners went on to claim Best Director from the motion picture academy. The
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2018 DGA Awards: Full list of nominations for the 70th Directors Guild of America Awards

2018 DGA Awards: Full list of nominations for the 70th Directors Guild of America Awards
Winners of the 70th annual Directors Guild of America Awards will be revealed on Feb. 3 in a ceremony hosted by Judd Apatow at the Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Prizes will be doled out in three film and eight television categories as listed below.

Unlike other show biz awards ceremonies, the DGA fetes each of the five nominees for Best Feature Film Director, bringing them onstage for a presentation and acceptance speech. This year’s contenders for this important precursor to the Oscar are Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”), Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”), Martin McDonagh (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Christopher Nolan (“Dunkirk”) and Jordan Peele (“Get Out”). All but McDonagh vie at the Academy Awards as well; he was snubbed in favor of Paul Thomas Anderson (“Phantom Thread”).

Peele also vies in the competitive First-Time Feature category, along with Geremy Jasper (“Patti Cake$”), WIlliam Oldroyd (“Lady
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2018 DGA Awards TV predictions: Amy Sherman-Palladino (‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’) will be fifth female comedy winner

2018 DGA Awards TV predictions: Amy Sherman-Palladino (‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’) will be fifth female comedy winner
More marvelous news for Amy Sherman-Palladino: The “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” creator is the odds-on favorite to win the Director Guilds Award Saturday for comedy directing, according to our predictions. If she does triumph, she’ll be the fifth woman — all in the last six years — to win that honor.

Sherman-Palladino, who’s up for helming the pilot, has 5/6 combined User, Expert and Editors odds. She’s just ahead of Melina Matsoukas (21/10 odds), who’s contending for “Thanksgiving” from “Master of None.” Beth McCarthy-Miller (“Chicklet” from “Veep”) is third with 11/1 odds, followed by Aziz Ansari (“The Thief” from “Master of None) with 20/1 odds and Mike Judge (“Server Error” from “Silicon Valley”) with 80/1 odds.

See 2018 DGA nominations: ‘Game of Thrones’ leads with 3, ‘Master of None’ has 2

McCarthy-Miller is one of the previous female winners in this category; she prevailed for her work on the “30 Rock” series finale “Hogcock!”/”Last Lunch” four years ago.
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DGA TV Nominations: Women Score Majority of Nods in Comedy Category

Melina Matsoukas is up for an award: HBO/YouTube

The Directors Guild of America (DGA) has announced the TV nominees for their annual awards, and women directors dominate the Comedy Series category, where three of five nominated episodes are woman-helmed.

Melina Matsoukas is being honored for “Master of None’s” “Thanksgiving” episode, for which Lena Waithe won an Emmy for penning, Beth McCarthy-Miller for “Veep’s” “Chicklet,” and Amy Sherman-Palladino for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s” pilot.

This news is especially welcome in light of the fact that “Lady Bird” just won a Golden Globe for Best Musical or Comedy but the coming-of-age story’s helmer, Greta Gerwig, was snubbed in the directing category. It remains to be seen whether the DGA will do a better job of recognizing women directors than the Globes.

Just one woman received a nod in the Comedy Series category at last year’s DGA
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Game of Thrones Dominates Directors Guild TV Nominations, Scoring 3 Nods

Game of Thrones Dominates Directors Guild TV Nominations, Scoring 3 Nods
Like an army of hapless humans facing down a fire-breathing dragon, the rest of TV was no match for Game of Thrones in this year’s Directors Guild nominations.

The hit HBO fantasy scorched the competition when the 2017 DGA Award nominations were announced on Wednesday, landing three of the possible five nominations in the drama-series category. Jeremy Podeswa (“The Dragon and the Wolf”), Matt Shakman (“The Spoils of War”) and Alan Taylor (“Beyond the Wall”) scored nods for their episodes — meaning that nearly half of Season 7’s seven installments were honored by the DGA.

Rounding out the DGA drama nominees were the Duffer Brothers,
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DGA Announces Television Nominees, Including ‘Big Little Lies,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ and ‘Stranger Things’ Directors

DGA Announces Television Nominees, Including ‘Big Little Lies,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ and ‘Stranger Things’ Directors
Directors Guild of America President Thomas Schlamme today announced the nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television, Commercials and Documentary for 2017. “Directors are driving the push to more distinctive television, eye-catching commercials and powerful documentaries,” said Schlamme in an official statement. “From 30-second spots to multi-hour mini-series, the nominees across these nine categories are leading that charge. We are proud to honor the tremendous range of excellence found in the projects nominated today.”

Big names like Reed Morano, Amy Sherman-Palladino, the Duffer brothers, Niki Caro, Jean-Marc Vallee, and Barry Levinson picked up nods from the guild, along with a number of noms for series like “Game of Thrones” and “Master of None.”

Read More:Golden Globes 2018 Full Winners List: ‘Three Billboards,’ ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘Big Little Lies,’ and More Take Top Honors

The winners will be announced at the 70th Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
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Watch Hugh Jackman Make History with Live Greatest Showman Trailer

Watch Hugh Jackman Make History with Live Greatest Showman Trailer
It was announced last week that during Fox's telecast of the three-hour live musical event A Christmas Story, the network would make history by airing the first ever live TV commercial for the upcoming movie The Greatest Showman. With a performance that surely would have made P.T. Barnum himself proud Hugh Jackman (P.T. Barnum) was joined by Zac Efron (Philip Carlyle), Zendaya (Anne Wheeler) and Keala Settle (Lettie Lutz) for the two and a half minute live trailer where they performed the new song "Come Alive." The live commercial was filmed at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, just across from where the live musical was being filmed.

Directed by The Greatest Showman feature film director Michael Gracey, along with Emmy-nominated Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock director Beth McCarthy-Miller, the live trailer features a 360-degree shoot with more than 150 dancers. Given that this live commercial went off without a hitch,
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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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Sharif Atkins Joins ‘Amy’s Brother’ Fox Comedy Pilot; NBC’s ‘Relatively Happy’ Adds Derek Gaines

Former White Collar star Sharif Atkins is set as a series regular opposite Michael Urie and Annie Mumolo in Amy's Brother, Fox's single-camera comedy executive produced by the husband-and-wife duo of Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone via Warner Bros TV. Written and co-executive produced by Jim Cashman and Mitch Silpa and directed/exec produced by Beth McCarthy Miller, Amy's Brother is about an unconventional family that is formed when a successful type-a man, Matthew…
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‘Amy’s Brother’: Michael Urie To Topline Fox Comedy Pilot From Melissa McCarthy

Ugly Betty alum Michael Urie is set as the title character and male lead opposite Annie Mumolo in Amy's Brother, Fox's single-camera comedy executive produced by the husband-and-wife duo of Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone via Warner Bros TV. Written and co-executive produced by Jim Cashman and Mitch Silpa and directed/exec produced by Beth McCarthy Miller, Amy's Brother is about an unconventional family that is formed when a successful type-a man, Matthew (Urie), and his…
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‘Amy’s Brother’: Ursula Parker & Miguel Pinzon Cast In Fox Comedy Pilot

Louie‘s Ursula Parker and Miguel Pinzon (Mystery Girls) are set as series regulars opposite Annie Mumolo in Amy's Brother, Fox's single-camera comedy produced by the husband-and-wife duo of Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone and Warner Bros TV. Written and co-executive produced by Jim Cashman (Saturday Night Live) and Mitch Silpa (Bridesmaids), and directed by Beth McCarthy Miller, Amy's Brother is about an unconventional family that is formed when a successful type-a man…
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Let Adele Be Adele: How Her NBC Concert Left Such an Impact (and Could Snag an Emmy)

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Let Adele Be Adele: How Her NBC Concert Left Such an Impact (and Could Snag an Emmy)
Even non-music fans can appreciate the talent and personality on display at most concerts. That’s especially true with an artist like Adele, whose live performances are where she truly shines brightest. It’s an experience that audiences beyond just a stadium full of ticket holders ought to be able to enjoy.

Re-creating that live concert experience was the challenge facing the producers and director of “Adele: Live In New York City.” The one-off special, which was filmed at Radio City Music Hall on Nov. 17 and broadcast by NBC on Dec. 14, ultimately received four Emmy nominations. Give credit to director Beth McCarthy-Miller, who treated “Adele: Live” like the concert event it was and not just another TV special.

Read More: Women at the Emmys: The Behind-the-Scenes Nominees We’re Rooting For

This directive originated with Adele herself, according to the star’s manager/executive producer Jonathan Dickins. “She
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