CBS walked away with the most nominations Monday as the Directors Guild of America announced its nominees for best directing of daytime serials and children’s programs.
Of five nominations, four went to Eye network soaps, while ABC took the fifth.
In children’s programs, however, CBS was nowhere to be seen. More predictably, Nickelodeon got most of the attention, with three nominations, while ABC and Fox took one apiece.
For Scott McKinsey (“General Hospital”), it was the third DGA nod in the soaps category; he was nominated in 1996 and 1995, also for “General Hospital” episodes. For Susan Flannery (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) and Frank Pacelli (“The Young and the Restless”), it was the second; Pacelli died in March.
The other soaps nominees are all first-timers. In the children’s show category, none except Brian Robbins (“Nickelodeon’s Sports Theater With Shaquille O’Neal”) have been nominated before; Robbins’ previous nod was last year, for “Sports Theater: 4 Points.”
“With soaps, time is limited and budget is limited, and we understand those limitations,” said Bozena Armstrong, a director with experience in soaps and chairwoman of the panel of judges. “We’re not so much looking for production values as we are looking for consistency and the performances of the actors. We want to see the technical skill on the part of the director in selecting shots and making sure they tell the story.”
Winners will be announced at the DGA’s 50th annual awards dinner March 7 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles and Windows on the World in New York.
The nominees in the daytime category are:
Susan Flannery, “The Bold and the Beautiful” (episode number 2,580), CBS. Associate directors: Catherine Sedwick, Cynthia J. Popp, Jennifer Hodill; stage managers: Laura Yale, Lisa Winther-Huston.
Christopher Goutman, Charles C. Dyer and Maria Wagner, “As the World Turns” (episode 10,446), CBS. Associate directors: Joel Aronowitz, Michael Kerner; stage managers: Nancy Barron, Jennifer Blood; production assistants: Lisa Kasoff, Alexandra Verner Roalsvig.
Deveney Kelly, “The Bold and the Beautiful (episode 2,681), CBS. Associate directors: Sedwick, Popp, Hodill; stage managers: Yale, Bret Warren.
Scott McKinsey, “General Hospital” (episode 8,883), ABC. Associate directors: Ron Cates, Christine Magarian; stage managers: Dick Amos, Kathy Ladd, Craig McManus, Doug Hayden; production associates: Brooke Eaton, Jeff Rabin, Chris Mullen.
Frank Pacelli, “The Young and the Restless” (episode 6,032), CBS. Associate directors: Betty Rothenberg, Dan Brumett, Noel Maxam; stage managers: Randy Hill, Don Jacob; production associates: Nora Wade, Eva Marie Arquero, Jennifer Scott.
Nominees in the children’s programs category are:
Shawn Levy, “Lies and Secrets” (“The Secret World of Alex Mack”), Nickelodeon. Unit production manager: Greg Hamp-son; first assistant director: Nancy Jacobs; second AD: Niles Goodsite.
Melanie Mayron, “Toothless” (“Wonderful World of Disney”), ABC. UPM: Denny Salvaryn; first AD: Anthony Adler; 2nd AD: Rob Mendel.
Ron Oliver, “The Perfect School” (“Goosebumps”), Fox.
Brian Robbins, “First Time” (“Nickelodeon’s Sports Theater With Shaquille O’Neal”), Nickelodeon. UPM: Brad Uecker; 1st AD: Alexander Ellis; 2nd AD: Cynthia Riddle.
Howard Storm, “Haven’t Got Time for the Paint” (“Keenan and Kel”), Nickelodeon. Associate director: Mary Schmid; stage managers: Virgil L. Fabian, Consuelo Patterson.