×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Emmy performers: Craig T. Nelson

High-rent 'District' suits him just fine

Even though he’s been acting professionally for more than 30 years and has appeared in over 50 productions, Craig T. Nelson is known best as goofy Hayden Fox on the long-running sitcom “Coach.”

It’s a testament to his acting, however, that TV viewers are now taking him much more seriously as Washington police chief Jack Mannion in CBS’ Saturday night hit “The District.”

“He’s very, very good at what he does professionally,” Nelson says of his character, “but socially he’s a complete misfit, and his personal relationships suffer a great deal.”

Nelson hasn’t always tackled such hard-hitting subject matter as fighting crime. His background, and first love, is comedy. His first gigs in the late 1960s were as part of a standup act with director Barry Levinson and in variety shows with Tim Conway.

After several years away from showbiz, working as a logger and doing odd jobs in the ’70s, Nelson returned to Hollywood in the ’80s for dozens of TV movies and feature films, including “And Justice for All” and “Poltergeist,” which led him to “Coach” for a nine-year run.

” ‘Coach’ was a tremendous learning experience,” Nelson recalls. “We were doing comedy, exchanging ideas rapidly. I love that: the pressure of being under pressure.”

Nelson’s work on “District” offers different kinds of challenges. Nelson leads the cast, takes on producing responsibilities and plans to direct the first episode next season.

Always looking for new material, Nelson’s Family Tree Prods. — which includes son Noah — has several feature and TV projects in development.

“It’s fun,” Nelson says of both acting, producing and running a production company. “We just do what needs to be done.”

More TV

  • Daily Show Viacom

    DirecTV, Viacom Avert Blackout After Marathon Negotiation

    DirecTV and Viacom have agreed on a carriage renewal pact covering a raft of Viacom’s cable channels after a marathon negotiation over the weekend. In a joint statement early Monday, the companies said: “We are pleased to announce a renewed Viacom-AT&T contract that includes continued carriage of Viacom services across multiple AT&T platforms and products. [...]

  • Osmosis

    Netflix Feeds Fantasy-Hungry YAs in France

    LILLE, France —  The series the audience was about to see on Sunday night at Lille’s central UGC Cine-Cité multiplex wasn’t even playing in Series Mania’s main International Competition. But in many ways, Netflix’s” “Osmosis” was certainly among the most-anticipated of shows at this year’s festival. The excitement before the screening was palpable, and pointed [...]

  • Series Mania: Q & A with

    Series Mania: ‘Hierro’ as ‘Southern Noir’ and an Industry Groundbreaker

    LILLE, France —  Banijay Rights-sold “Hierro” begins with sea, land, air and fire: Shots of the stunning volcanic isle of El Hierro, the most westerly point of Spain’s Canary Islands, with its black basalt rock, brown iron-rich gravel, white waves pummeling the coast, trees trunks twisted by wind and lava, a juniper bent double by [...]

  • Shekhar Kapur to Direct 'Ibis' Trilogy

    Shekhar Kapur to Direct 'Ibis' Trilogy for Endemol Shine (EXCLUSIVE)

    Acclaimed Indian director Shekhar Kapur is to direct a TV series for Endemol Shine based on historical novels by Amitav Ghosh, known as the “Ibis Trilogy.” The deal was announced at Series Mania in Lille. The books “Sea of Poppies,” “River of Smoke,” and “Flood of Fire,” are set in mid-19th century Asia. They interweave [...]

  • ‘Lambs Of God’ To World Premiere

    Lingo Pictures, Endemol Shine’s ‘Lambs of God’ Set for Series Mania World Premiere

    LILLE, France — Lingo Pictures Productions and Endemol Shine’s new Australian limited series “Lambs of God,” based on the Australian novel of the same name by Marele Day, world premieres on Wednesday, March 27 in the main International Competition at this year’s Series Mania festival. The series follows three devout nuns, the last sisters of [...]

  • Bruno DEBRANDT (Florent) et Julie GAYET

    Federation Acquires Intl. Sales Rights on Series Mania French Competition Player ‘Torn’

    LILLE, France — Leading French independent production-finance-distribution sales company Federation Entertainment has secured international sales rights on upcoming French psychological thriller “Torn.” The series was created and written by director Lionel Bailliu (“Innocente”)and Yann Le Gal (“Léo Mattéï, Brigade des Mineurs”) and world premieres in the official French competition on March 25 at France’s Series [...]

  • About Premium Content Expands Scope, Rebrands

    About Premium Content Expands Scope, Rebrands as APC Studios (EXCLUSIVE)

    As it celebrates its fifth anniversary, the rising Paris-based TV production and distribution company About Premium Content is rebranding as APC Studios to reflect the expanded scope of its activities. APC Studios, which launched as a sales company in 2014, is now a producer, financier and distributor of upscale projects ranging from scripted to factual [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content