Wednesday, September 7, 2016

AFT Awards: Best Directing for a Comedy Series

This is the fifteenth category of the 10th Annual AFT Television Awards, my personal choices for the best in television during the 2015-2016 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: Episode 3 (Babylon), Pilot (iZombie), Chapter One (Jane the Virgin), One Last Ride (Parks and Recreation), Kick the Can (Togetherness)

Emmy nominees: Parents (Master of None), Daily Active Users (Silicon Valley), Founder Friendly (Silicon Valley), Man on the Land (Transparent), Kissing Your Sister (Veep), Morning After (Veep), Mother (Veep)

Semi-finalists: Advanced Pretend (Togetherness), Bottles (Casual), Episode 2 (Doll and Em), Familia Supra Gallegorious Omnia! (Shameless), For the Kids (Togetherness), The Cure (Grandfathered, The F Word (Shameless), There Is Not Currently a Problem (You're the Worst), Trust No Bitch (Orange is the New Black)

Finalists: Pilot (You, Me, Her), The T Word (You, Me, Her), Sand Situation (Togetherness), Mother's Day (Orange is the New Black), Salivation Army (iZombie)

The nominees:

Nashville (Master of None)
Japan (Girls)
Pilot (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)
Pilot (Casual)

The most visually and emotionally engaging episode of Aziz Ansari’s new comedy featured a spur-of-the-moment out-of-town date. Shoshannah transformed into an entirely different person in a dazzling and intoxicating foreign setting. Two of this season’s best new shows got off to great starts with a musical debut and a more standard but untraditional setup.

The winner:

The Panic in Central Park (Girls) felt like a dream, taking one character from its regular cast and inserting her into an intoxicating adventure featuring someone she thought was long from her past.

Next up: Best Writing for a Comedy Series

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