Inside Move: Levin stays near WB pond with skein work

Former Frog exec to helm a 'Everwood' seg for next season

Former WB topper Jordan Levin won’t stray far from the Frog this fall.

Levin, who left the net last month after being demoted from the CEO post, has signed on to direct an episode of the WB’s hit drama “Everwood.”

Levin will helm the show’s sixth episode next season, which shoots in October. He’ll travel to Utah next month to prep for the gig and observe other directors before getting behind the camera himself.

“Everwood” creator-exec producer Greg Berlanti said he’s been trying for years to talk Levin into taking a stab at directing. But Levin’s hectic schedule made that impossible until now.

“I asked him way back when I was with ‘Dawson’s Creek,’ ” Berlanti said. “He’s a film buff and has a real shorthand for the visual look of the show, as much as the content. (And) he has a real understanding of the characters and what we’re trying to do with the show.”

Levin is a frequent fixture on the “Everwood” set; he even bought a home in Park City, Utah, allowing him to be close to the show and its cast.

“It’s an immediate and fun way for him and I to keep working together right away,” Berlanti added. “And I didn’t want to miss a shot at being his boss for once.”

Berlanti said he’s worked with several first-time directors on both “Dawson’s” and “Everwood,” noting that “some of those have been our best episodes.” Thesp Tom Amandes, who plays the show’s Dr. Abbott, is also slated to helm his first-ever episode this season.

Directing is by no means a permanent gig for Levin, who was interested in trying out another, more creative side of the business while hunting for his next big-time job. Levin’s still taking meetings and exploring his long-term career options.

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