Monday, September 28, 2020

AFT Awards: Best Directing for a Comedy Series

This is the nineteenth category of the 14th Annual AFT Television Awards, my personal choices for the best in television during the 2019-2020 season. This year, I’m including a shorter list, with just nominees and a few finalists, if applicable. Nominees are pictured in the order I’ve ranked them.

Best Directing for a Comedy Series
Last year’s nominees: Finale (Casual), Episode 1 (Fleabag), Episode 6 (Fleabag), Midnight at the Concord (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Ne Me Quitte Pas (Ramy)

Emmy nominees: The Great (The Great), It’s Comedy or Cabbage (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Marvelous Radio (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Finale Part 2 (Modern Family), (Ramy), Happy Ending (Schitt’s Creek), We Love Lucy (Will and Grace)

Finalists: Uncle Naseem (Ramy), The Death of Fil (Kidding), Chapter One Hundred (Jane the Virgin), If Only You Knew (Dead to Me), Pilot (The Politician), Strike Up the Band! (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Marvelous Radio (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Pilot (Upload), Lowkey Lost (Insecure), Frank in the Future (Ramy), Ballad of the Lonesome Loser (High Fidelity), Favorable Matchup (Brockmire), ‘Faith’ is a fine invention (Dickinson), 14 (Pt. 2), 12, 11, 10 (Work in Progress), 180 Almonds (Work in Progress), Atlantic City (Ramy), Citizen Carl (Shameless), You Are Naked in Front of Your Sheikh (Ramy), Steady Rain (Better Things), Five Stars (Upload), Beep Panic (Curb Your Enthusiasm)

The nominees:

Whenever You're Ready (The Good Place)
No Dad (Breeders)
Parachute (The Great)
Run (Run)

The winner:

The Beaver's Nose (The Great) was the immensely satisfying capper to a season of build-up, taking all of the best elements of the show and blowing them up into something new and wondrous.

Next up: Best Writing in a Comedy Series

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