Inspirations: “The real directorial breakthrough in TV came with MTV. I left television directing to do videos, because there were no more rules. I could use jump cuts and other devices to create a…
Inspirations: Milch admires series ranging from “Naked City” and “Have Gun Will Travel” to the more recent “L.A. Law” and “The Practice”: “I liked the same thing about all the shows, that they have…
Inspirations: “People who are writing currently owe a great debt to ‘Seinfeld’ because it changed what constituted half-hour structure and content. It made it OK to be scathing and subversive,” says…
Inspirations: “For me they were shows that broke the mold: ‘Taxi’ was the first sitcom to use a four-camera (setup) instead of three-camera. ‘Sports Night’ used a movie camera and ‘Malcolm in the…
The thing with TV actors turned directors is that they are as different behind the camera as in front of it. Some, like "Three Sisters" co-star Peter Bonerz, have made it into a second career…
If there's a pecking order among television directors, figuring out who's on top isn't hard. "There's Jimmy Burrows," one prominent small-screen agent says. "And then there's everybody else. He's the…
Inspirations: “I’d have to go as far back as ‘Northern Exposure’ and ‘Picket Fences,’ two shows in which it was deceivingly difficult to strike the bell in maintaining a quirky tone that is funny and…
A discussion about the reality in television's so-called reality programming these days sounds like a college seminar in Philosophy 101.