You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Latenight directors recognized for ambition

Emmy noms reflect scope of comedy-variety shows

The nominees for director of a variety, musical or comedy series Emmy kept plenty of chainsaws in the air at once.

“These directors have gotta be really fast — when you make a judgment (for the Emmy), you’re looking for speed, agility and storytelling,” says Gil Cates, secretary-treasurer of the Directors Guild of America and a former producer of the Academy Awards.

Allan Kartun took on the bittersweet finale of “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien,” which effortlessly hopped from biting wit to tearful goodbyes and a Will Ferrell-fronted musical jam.

The densely packed, Betty White-hosted “Saturday Night Live” — with guests like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler — was sewn up by Don Roy King.

Chuck O’Neil’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” featured a gospel choir that seared Fox News, James Hoskinson told the story of “The Colbert Report” in Iraq and Jerry Foley wove the cast of “The Addams Family” into the “Late Show with David Letterman.”

All the nominees certainly demonstrated agility this year, streamlining the spectacles of farewells, supersized casts and offsite shoots. And Cates believes whoever wins will do so by a slim margin.

“It’s like judging an ice-skating competition,” he says.


Helmers of major moments in politics, music, sports and the arts

Ron de Moraes (third nom, one prior win): “In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music From the Civil Rights Movement” PBS

Joel Gallen(sixth nom, one prior win): “The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert” HBO

Bucky Gunts (fourth nom, three prior wins): “Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony” NBC

Louis J. Horvitz (14th nom, six prior wins): “The Kennedy Center Honors” CBS

Glenn Weiss (two noms): “63rd Annual Tony Awards” CBS

Emmy breakthrough for newbie directors | Drama and comedy noms | Variety, music or comedy series noms | Nonfiction noms | Miniseries, movie noms

More TV

  • 'Saturday Night Live' Offers Prayers for

    'Saturday Night Live' Offers Prayers for Trump (Watch)

    “Saturday Night Live” cast member Kate McKinnon resumed her role as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in the Dec. 7 episode to offer a few prayers for Donald Trump. During the “Weekend Update” segment, co-anchor and “SNL” co-head writer Colin Jost first commented on Pelosi being asked if she hated President Trump during her [...]

  • Spongebob Squarepants Mr Kiasu

    Singapore Comiccon: Spongebob Squarepants Collides With Local Character Mr Kiasu

    Enormously popular Nickelodeon character, SpongeBob SquarePants is 20 this year. To commemorate the anniversary Nickelodeon commissioned Singaporean artist Johnny Lau, creator of iconic local animated character Mr Kiasu, to draw a coffee table book converging the wildly diverse worlds of the two. Lau released the book “Mr Kiasu Meets SpongeBob SquarePants” at the Singapore ComicCon [...]

  • America's Got Talent Simon Cowell

    Simon Cowell Lawyers Up From Abroad as 'America's Got Talent' Investigation Begins (EXCLUSIVE)

    “America’s Got Talent” executive producer Simon Cowell has set his legal representation for an investigation into the NBC competition series, which was announced by the network this week after a lengthy meeting with ousted judge Gabrielle Union. Cowell has hired Larry Stein, a longtime litigator in Hollywood and media spaces, multiple individuals familiar with the [...]

  • Ryan Reynolds' Aviation Gin Hijacks 'Peloton

    Ryan Reynolds Hijacks 'Peloton Wife,' Wrings New Buzz From Old Ad Trick

    The “Peloton Wife” is on the verge of striking up a new relationship outside her marriage The actress who plays the controversial Madison Avenue figure in a commercial for the luxury physical-fitness company is back in a new ad campaign – for another marketer that has little to do with promoting a healthy lifestyle. Aviation [...]

  • Shefali Shah in Delhi Crime

    'Delhi Crime’ Wins Big at Asian Academy Creative Awards

    Richie Mehta’s harrowing Netflix series “Delhi Crime” was the big winner at the 2nd annual Asian Academy Creative Awards in Singapore on Friday. Representing the show, lead actress Shefali Shah was rushed off her feet as she repeatedly had to return to the stage. “Delhi Crime” earned her best actress in a leading role, best [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content