NBC dominated the first round of this year’s television award nominations from the Directors Guild of America, capturing six of the nine nods for directorial achievement, while CBS took the remaining three. ABC was shut out.
Castle Rock’s “Seinfeld” on NBC took two of the three bids in the comedy category. Nominated were one of the show’s stars, Jason Alexander, for directing “The Good Samaritan” episode, and Tom Cherones for “The Contest.”
Producer/director James Burrows rounded out the category with a “Cheers” episode, “An Old-Fashioned Wedding.”
In the dramatic series category, CBS’ “Northern Exposure” hooked two noms: producer Rob Thompson for the “Cicely” episode and Michael Fresco for “Thanksgiving.”
Roy Campanella II received the third nomination for an episode of NBC’s “I’ll Fly Away” titled “The Way Things Are.”
Directors nominated for their work on daytime soaps were Kenn R. Herman, NBC’s “Days of Our Lives”; Frank Pacelli, “The Young and the Restless” (CBS) and Susan C. Strickler, NBC’s “Another World.”
More to come
The remainder of nominations, including public television and longform specials, will be announced at the end of the week.
The 45th annual DGA Awards banquet will be held March 6 at the Beverly Hilton.
As always, the DGA lists the entire directorial unit in making its nominations:
“Seinfeld,””The Good Samaritan”: Jason Alexander, director; Joan Van Horn, first assistant director; Jason Saville, second assistant director; David Trainor, technical coordinator.
“Cheers,””An Old-Fashioned Wedding”: James Burrows, director; Linda McMurray, unit production manager; Brian Ellis, first assistant director; Steve Pomeroy, second assistant director; Rick Beren, technical coordinator.
“Seinfeld,””The Contest”: Tom Cherones, director; Joan Van Horn, first assistant director and unit production manager; Jason Saville, second assistant director; David Trainor, tech coordinator.
DRAMATIC SERIES, NIGHT
“I’ll Fly Away,””The Way Things Are”: Roy Campanella II, director; Jim Davis, unit production manager; Dick Feury, first assistant director; Karen Collins, second assistant director.
“Northern Exposure,””Thanksgiving”: Michael Fresco, director; Bruce Shureley, unit production manager; Jim Charleston, first assistant director; Bob Loeser, second assistant director.
“Northern Exposure,””Cicely”: Rob Thompson, director; Jack Terry, unit production manager; Pat McKee, first assistant director; Bob Loeser, second assistant director.
“Days of Our Lives”: Kenn R. Herman, director; Roger W. Inman, associate director; Joseph H. Lumer, Gary Wente, stage managers; David Kohn, Scott Carpenter, Debbie Barrows, production associates.
“The Young and the Restless”: Frank Pacelli, director; Kathryn Foster, Betty Rothenberg, associate directors; Donald Jacob, Randally Hill, Niles Goodsite, stage managers; Robbin Masick Phillips, Amy Rojas, production associates.
“Another World”: Susan C. Strickler, director; Mary Madeiras, associate director; Cindy Flood Jacobsen, Arthur Lewis, Dennis Cameron, stage managers; Karen Wilkens, production associate.