In a writer's medium, these helmers make strong impressions

Television is often regarded as a writer’s world, but that doesn’t mean a director can’t make an impression. Here are 10 who are among the most respected in the business:

Paris Barclay
Highly adaptable force with the ability to control both TV detectives and scene-stealing gleesters.
Shows: “Glee,” “In Treatment,” “NYPD Blue”
Emmys for directing: six noms, two wins.

James Burrows
The godfather of sitcom direction, specializing in comic timing and pushing actors to go the extra mile.
Shows: “Mike & Molly,” “Will & Grace,” “Friends”
Emmys for directing: 24 noms, five wins.

Pamela Fryman
Has directed nearly every episode of “How I Met Your Mother,” upping the ante every season.
Shows: “How I Met Your Mother,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Frasier”
Emmys for directing: two Daytime Emmys.

Todd Holland
Rule-breaking visionary who puts his stamp on ambitious comedies.
Shows: “The Larry Sanders Show,” Malcolm in the Middle,” “Wonderfalls”
Emmys for directing: eight noms, three wins.

Clark Johnson
The former “Homicide” detective is now one of Hollywood’s first calls when launching a cop drama.
Shows:The Chicago Code,” “The Shield,” “The Wire”
Emmys for directing: one nom.

Allison Liddi-Brown
Praised by colleagues for her great visual sense, she’s graduated from helming kiddie shows to tackle complicated adult fare.
Shows: “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Army Wives”
Emmys for directing: none.

Don Scardino
His history as a soap-opera actor makes him the ideal ringmaster in a comedy circus such as “30 Rock.”
Shows: “30 Rock,” “Law & Order,” “Tracey Takes On …”
Emmys for directing: three noms, one win.

Jeannot Szwarc
Has a cinematic style that’s almost as exotic as his name.
Shows: “Fringe,” “Heroes,” “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Emmys for directing: none.

Tim Van Patten
HBO’s go-to guy for its grittiest, most glorified dramas.
Shows: “Game of Thrones,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Sopranos.”
Emmys for directing: five noms.

Ken Whitingham
Sitcom veteran with nearly 50 different titles under his belt.
Shows: “The Middle,” “30 Rock,” “The Office.”
Emmys for directing: none.

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