Tuesday, October 6, 2015

AFT Awards: Best Directing for a Comedy Series

This is the fifteenth category of the 9th Annual AFT Television Awards, my personal choices for the best in television during the 2014-2015 season. Finalists and semi-finalists are included to recognize more of the impressive work done on television today. Nominees are pictured in the order I’ve ranked them.

Best Directing for a Comedy Series

Last year’s nominees: Chapter 29 (Eastbound and Down), Moving Up (Parks and Recreation), The Pawnee-Eagleton Tip-Off Classic (Parks and Recreation), Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency (Silicon Valley), Pilot (Transparent)

Emmy nominees: Alive in Tucson (The Last Man on Earth), Sleepover (Louie), Sand Hill Shuffle (Silicon Valley), Best New Girl (Transparent), Testimony (Veep)

Semi-finalists: 40 Oz of Furlough (Orange is the New Black), Leslie and Ron (Parks and Recreation), Milk of the Gods (Shameless), Two Funerals (Parks and Recreation)

Finalists: Episode 5 (Babylon), Episode 6 (Babylon), Election Night (Veep), Pilot (Married), We Have Manners, We're Polite (Orange is the New Black)

The nominees:

Pilot (iZombie)
Chapter One (Jane the Virgin)
One Last Ride (Parks and Recreation)
Kick the Can (Togetherness)

Two of the season’s best new shows impressed with their very first episodes, while the best comedy on the air went out in true style. HBO’s quietest new comedy encapsulated its themes and tone with one extremely memorable episode.

The winner:

Episode 3 (Babylon) turned a comedy into a drama with an intense and carefully-constructed hour that worked immensely well in both genres.

Next up: Best Writing for a Comedy Series

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