DGA announces TV noms

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ABC grabbed nominations in three categories of the DGA Awards' comedy series category Thursday, while HBO drew two noms for nighttime dramatic series.

The alphabet's nominations came for episodes of "Grey's Anatomy," directed by Seth Mann; "Boston Legal," directed by Arlene Sanford; and "Ugly Betty," directed by Richard Shepard.

Other category nominees included Adam Bernstein for "30 Rock" (NBC) and Julian Farino for "Entourage" (HBO).

HBO's drama noms came for two episodes of "The Sopranos" -- one directed by David Nutter and one by Thomas Schlamme -- who also figured among the drama noms.

Nighttime drama noms also went to Jon Cassar for "24" (Fox); Peter Horton, "Grey's" (ABC); and Schlamme for "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (NBC).

"Grey's" figuring in both comedy and drama categories reflects a long history of the DGA's allowing directors to decide on submission categories for individual episodes.

"The director's role in creating compelling television has never been greater and will continue to grow in importance as TV gets more competitive and audiences more demanding," DGA president Michael Apted said. "The nominees for the DGA Television Awards are the vanguard of this movement, setting ever-higher standards of quality and taking on the challenge to deliver excellence in all genres week after week."

Feature film and TV movie noms were released previously. Winners in all categories will be announced Feb. 3, when the DGA holds its 59th annual awards gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City.

A complete list of the latest TV nominations follows:

DRAMATIC SERIES NIGHT

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series Night for 2006 are (in alphabetical order):

JON CASSAR
24 "7:00AM - 8:00AM"
FOX

Unit Production Manager: Michael Klick
First Assistant Director: Nicole Burke
Second Assistant Director: Mark Rabinowitz
Second Second Assistant Directors: Rebecca Gaither, Scott Remick

This is Mr. Cassar's second nomination. He was nominated for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series Night in 2003 for 24 ("7:00 AM-8:00 AM").

PETER HORTON
GREY'S ANATOMY "IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD (AS WE KNOW IT)"
ABC

Unit Production Manager: Carla Corwin
First Assistant Director: Chris Hayden
Second Assistant Director: Shawn Hanley
Second Second Assistant Director: Laura Petticord
Additional Second Second Assistant Director: Daniella Eisman
DGA Trainee: Kate Boyle

This is Mr. Horton's second nomination. He was nominated for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series Night in 2005 for GREY'S ANATOMY ("A HARD DAY'S NIGHT").

DAVID NUTTER
THE SOPRANOS "JOIN THE CLUB"
HBO

Unit Production Manager: Henry Bronchtein
First Assistant Director: Mark McGann
Second Assistant Director: Noreen Cheleden
Second Second Assistant Director: Matt Gordon
DGA Trainee: Marcy Patterson

This is Mr. Nutter's first nomination.

THOMAS SCHLAMME
STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP "PILOT"
NBC

Unit Production Manager: Suzanne Geiger
First Assistant Director: William Connor
Second Assistant Director: Kristen Ploucha
Second Second Assistant Director: Paul Schmitz
Additional Second Second Director: John Nolan

This is Mr. Schlamme's eighth nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series Night in 2000 for THE WEST WING ("NOEL"), and the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series in 1999 for SPORTS NIGHT ("SMALL TOWN") and in 1998 for SPORTS NIGHT (PILOT). He was nominated for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series Night in 2001 for THE WEST WING ("TWO CATHEDRALS") and in 1999 for THE WEST WING (PILOT). He was nominated for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety in 1997 for TRACEY TAKES ON ("TRACEY TAKES ON * 1976") and in 1996 for TRACEY TAKES ON ("TRACEY TAKES ON * ROMANCE")

TIM VAN PATTEN
THE SOPRANOS "MEMBERS ONLY"
HBO

Unit Production Manager: Scott Hornbacher
First Assistant Director: Jeff Bernstein
Second Assistant Director: Nancy Herrmann
Second Second Assistant Director: Matt Gordon
DGA Trainee: Marcy Patterson

This is Mr. Van Patten's fifth nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series in 2004 for SEX AND THE CITY ("AN AMERICAN GIRL IN PARIS: PART DEUX") and in 2003 for SEX AND THE CITY ("BOY INTERRUPTED"). He was nominated for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series Night in 2004 for THE SOPRANOS ("LONG TERM PARKING") and in 2002 for THE SOPRANOS ("WHOEVER DID THIS").


COMEDY SERIES

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series for 2006 are (in alphabetical order):

ADAM BERNSTEIN
30 ROCK "PILOT"
NBC

Unit Production Manager: Neri Tannenbaum
First Assistant Director: Stephen Lee Davis
Second Assistant Director: Betsy Jo Friedman-Palmieri
Second Second Assistant Director: Jane Chase Wells

This is Mr. Bernstein's first nomination.

JULIAN FARINO
ENTOURAGE "ONE DAY IN THE VALLEY"
HBO

Unit Production Manager: Isaac Wayne Carmona
First Assistant Director: Gary Goldman
Second Assistant Director: Susan Hellman
Second Second Assistant Director: Vernon Davidson

This is Mr. Farino's second nomination. He was nominated for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series in 2005 for ENTOURAGE ("EXODUS").

SEITH MANN
GREY'S ANATOMY "NAME OF THE GAME"
ABC

Unit Production Manager: Carla Corwin
First Assistant Director: Annette Sutera
Second Assistant Director: Shawn Hanley
Second Second Assistant Director: Laura Petticord
Additional Second Second Assistant Director: Daniella Eisman

This is Mr. Mann's first nomination.

ARLENE SANFORD
BOSTON LEGAL "BREAST IN SHOW"
ABC

Unit Production Manager: Janet Knutsen
First Assistant Director: Carol Vitkay
Second Assistant Director: Leo Bauer
Second Second Assistant Director: Alicia Lewis
Additional Second Second Assistant Director: Nancy Townsend

This is Ms. Sanford's second nomination. She was nominated for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in 2004 for DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ("PRETTY LITTLE PICTURE").

RICHARD SHEPARD
UGLY BETTY "PILOT"
ABC

Unit Production Manager: Margot Lulick
First Assistant Director: Christopher Surgent
Second Assistant Director: Takahide Kawakami
Second Second Assistant Director: Patrick McDonald
DGA Trainee: Jennifer Wilkins

This is Mr. Shepard's first nomination.


MUSICAL VARIETY

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety for 2006 are (in alphabetical order):

BRUCE GOWERS
AMERICAN IDOL: SEASON 5 FINALE: EPISODE #534/535
FOX

Associate Directors: Laura Lyons, Gregg M. Gelfand
Stage Manager: Debbie Williams, Robert L. Sellers Jr., Spencer Emmons, Harve K. Levine

This is Mr. Gowers' third nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety in 2004 for GENIUS: A NIGHT FOR RAY CHARLES, and was nominated in this category in 1997 for FLEETWOOD MAC REUNION SPECIAL.

DON ROY KING
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: ALEC BALDWIN HOSTS
NBC

Associate Directors: Bob Caminiti, Stefani Cohen, Mark Jankeloff
Stage Managers: Gena Rose Rositano, Christopher Joseph Kelly

This is Mr. King's first nomination.

ROB MARSHALL
TONY BENNETT: AN AMERICAN CLASSIC
NBC

Associate Director: Yudi Bennett
Stage Managers: Barbara J. Roche, Lee Grant and Murray Siegel

This is Mr. Marshall's third nomination. He won for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film in 2002 for CHICAGO. He was nominated for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety in 1999 for ANNIE.

CHUCK O'NEIL
THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART
COMEDY CENTRAL

Associate Director: Paul A.J. Pennolino
Stage Manager: Craig L. Spinney

This is Mr. O'Neil's fourth nomination. He was nominated for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety in 2005 for THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, in 2004 for THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, and in 2003 for THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART.

GLENN P. WEISS
THE 60TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS
CBS

Associate Directors: Gregg M. Gelfand, Robin Mishkin-Abrams
Stage Managers: Garry W. Hood, Peter H. Epstein, Andrew Feigin, Lynn M. Finkel, Douglas M. Fogel, Jeffry S. Gitter, Arthur E. Lewis, Ricky Kirshner, Cyndi Owgang, Jeffrey L. Pearl, Rose Riggins, Lauren Schneider

This is Mr. Weiss' fourth nomination. He was nominated for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety in 2005 for THE 59th ANNUAL TONY AWARDS, in 2002 for THE 56TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS, and in 2001 for THE 55th ANNUAL TONY AWARDS.


REALITY PROGRAMS

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs for 2006 are (in alphabetical order):

BOBBIE BIRLEFFI
TEXAS RANCH HOUSE - "THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE COLONEL" EPISODE #2"
PBS

This is Ms. Birleffi's first nomination.

TONY SACCO
TREASURE HUNTERS - "EPISODE #101"
NBC

Segment Director: Craig Spirko
Associate Director: Javier Winnik

This is Mr. Sacco's first nomination.
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J. RUPERT THOMPSON
FEAR FACTOR - "MILITARY FEAR FACTOR, SEASON FINALE"
NBC

Stage Manager: John Stewart

This is Mr. Thompson's second nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs in 2005 for FEAR FACTOR ("HEIST FEAR FACTOR, SEASON 6 PREMIERE").

BERTRAM VAN MUNSTER
THE AMAZING RACE - "EPISODE #1002"
CBS

Segment Director: Michael Noval

This is Mr. Van Munster's second nomination. He was nominated for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs in 2005 for THE AMAZING RACE episode #805.

TIM WARREN
PROS vs. JOES
SPIKE

Associate Director: Neil P. DeGroot
Stage Manager: Peter Lawrence Dress

This is Mr. Warren's first nomination.


DAYTIME SERIALS

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials for 2006 are (in alphabetical order):

JILL MITWELL
ONE LIFE TO LIVE - EPISODE #9779
ABC

Associate Directors: Teresa Anne Cicala, Paul Glass
Stage Managers: Richard A. Manfredi, Alan P. Needleman
Production Associate: Natalie Price
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This is Ms. Mitwell's seventh nomination in this category. She won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials for ONE LIFE TO LIVE episode #8295 in 2000 and episode #6356 in 1993. She was nominated for ONE LIFE TO LIVE episode #8691 in 2002, episode #8012 in 1999, episode #7761 in 1998, and episode #7285 in 1996.

WILLIAM LUDEL
GENERAL HOSPITAL - EPISODE #11177
ABC

Associate Directors: Ron Cates, Christine Magarian, Penny Pengra, Peter Fillmore
Stage Managers: Craig McManus, Crystal Craft, Michelle Azenzer
Production Associates: Lisa Kaseff, Denise Van Cleave, Christine Cooper

This is Mr. Ludel's fourth nomination in this category. He won for GENERAL HOSPITAL episode #9801 in 2001 and episode #8248 in 1995, and was nominated for episode #7922 in 1994.

LARRY CARPENTER
ONE LIFE TO LIVE - EPISODE #9686
ABC

Associate Directors: Mary Ryan, Tracy Casper Lang
Stage Managers: Richard A. Manfredi, Alan P. Needleman
Production Associates: Allison Samon, Anthony Wilkinson

This is Mr. Carpenter's fourth nomination in this category. He won for ONE LIFE TO LIVE episode #8849 in 2003 and was nominated for that series for episode #9385 in 2005 and episode #8655 in 2002.

SCOTT MCKINSEY
GENERAL HOSPITAL - EPISODE #11178
ABC

Associate Directors: Ron Cates, Christine Magarian, Penny Pengra
Stage Managers: Craig McManus, Crystal Craft
Production Associates: Lisa Kaseff, Denise Van Cleave, Christine Cooper

This is Mr. McKinsey's fifth nomination in this category. He won for PORT CHARLES, episode #1433 in 2002, and for GENERAL HOSPITAL, episode #8883 in 1997. He was nominated for GENERAL HOSPITAL episode #8492 in 1996 and episode #8233 in 1995.

CASEY CHILDS
ALL MY CHILDREN - EPISODE #9297
ABC

Associate Director: Shirley Simmons, Barbara Simmons, Anthony Pascarelli
Stage Manager: Penny Bergman, Rusty Swope, Fritz Brekeller, Brendan Higgins
Production Associate: Jennifer Minda, Marika Brancato

This is Mr. Childs' second nomination in this category. He was nominated for ALL MY CHILDREN, episode #7919, in 2000

ELLEN WHEELER
GUIDING LIGHT - EPISODE #14832
CBS

Associate Directors: Charles Grayauskie, Ilene Frankel, Tracey Bryggman, Andrea Rich
Stage Managers: Adam Reist, Kristin Doherty, Joseph Willmore
Production Associates: Elana Slott, Kelly Jobmann

This is Ms. Wheeler's second nomination in this category. She was nominated for GUIDING LIGHT, episode #14,696, in 2005

BRIAN MERTES
GUIDING LIGHT - EPISODE #14905
CBS

Associate Directors: Charles Grayauskie, Ilene Frankel, Tracey Bryggman, Andrea Rich Stage Managers: Adam Reist, Kristin Doherty, Joseph Willmore
Production Associates: Elana Slott, Kelly Jobmann

This is Mr. Mertes' third nomination in this category. He was nominated for GUIDING LIGHT, episode #14,322 in 2004, and episode #11,563 in 1993.


CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS

The nominees for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs for 2006 are (in alphabetical order):

JOYCE CHOPRA
MOLLY: AN AMERICAN GIRL ON THE HOMEFRONT
DISNEY

This is Ms. Chopra's first nomination.

SEAN McNAMARA
CUTTING EDGE II
ABC FAMILY

Unit Production Manager: David Grace
First Assistant Director: John Scherer
Second Assistant Director: Aaron Penn

This is Mr. McNamara's fourth nomination. He was nominated for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs in 2003 for THE EVEN STEVENS MOVIE, in 2001 for EVEN STEVENS ("VERY SCARY STORY"), and in 2000 for EVEN STEVENS ("EASY WAY").

KENNY ORTEGA
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL
DISNEY CHANNEL

Unit Production Manager: Donald R. Schain
First Assistant Directors: Matias Alvarez
Second Assistant Director: Tobijah Tyler

This is Mr. Ortega's first nomination.

FRED SAVAGE
PHIL OF THE FUTURE "NOT SO GREAT GREAT-GREAT GRANDPA"
DISNEY CHANNEL

Unit Production Manager: Bob Mora
First Assistant Director: Eddie Ziv, Glenn Steelman
Second Assistant Director: Lincoln Myers
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This is Mr. Savage's first nomination.

RON UNDERWOOD
THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUSE
NBC

Unit Production Manager: Robert Wilson
First Assistant Director: Frank Capra III
Second Assistant Director: Jason Altieri

This is Mr. Underwood's first nomination.
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