EMMYS: Actors Leave Their Mark By Working From The Director’s Chair

Deadline Hollywood | August 12, 2014 | Diane Haithman

Tying the Knot
The answer is one of Hollywood’s oldest clichés: Ask an actor about career aspirations and you’ll get some variation of, “What I really want to do is direct.” Well, maybe they all don’t want to, but it certainly tops many an actor’s bucket list. The desire to move into the director’s chair seems to have become a natural progression for several series television performers. While some filmmakers—Woody Allen and David O. Russell among them—tend to return to the same crop of talent, an actor on a successful TV series has an unparalleled opportunity to develop an intimate connection with a creative team over the course of a long-lasting storyline. Read the Rest of this Story »

EMMYS: ‘Modern Family’s Chris Lloyd

Deadline Hollywood | June 13, 2011 | Diane Haithman

Photo: Christopher Lloyd with Steven Levitan

Christopher Lloyd with Steven Levitan

Christopher Lloyd is co-creator and co-showrunner with Steven Levitan (his Q&A here) of last year’s Emmy winner for Outstanding Comedy Series, Modern Family. But Lloyd didn’t go onstage to accept the accolade. This recipient of eight Emmys for his work on comedy series including Frasier and The Golden Girls prefers to stay in the shadows and let his chatty partner bask in all the public limelight. Now, Lloyd breaks his silence and talks to Deadline TV Contributor Diane Haithman for an interview one TV publicist claimed was harder to nab than “a sitdown with Osama Bin Laden”: Read the Rest of this Story »

EMMYS: 10 Dramas Pick Best Episodes

Deadline Hollywood | June 23, 2011 | Diane Haithman

Drama series producers agonize over their selection of up to six episodes for 2011 Emmy nomination consideration. Here’s insight from Deadline TV Contributor Diane Haithman into why these particular episodes were thought to impress Emmy voters: Read the Rest of this Story »

Author Michael Connelly vs Paramount:
How Harry Bosch Was Rescued From
Hollywood Development Hell

Deadline Hollywood | December 17, 2010| Diane Haithman

Photo: Author Michael ConnellyStories about rights-holders fall into two categories: either they’re the bully or the victim. Until recently, crime novelist Michael Connelly fell into the latter category. Michael Connelly finally has back his Hieronymous “Harry” Bosch character which appears in 15 of his 22 books. Harry Bosch is a brooding Los Angeles Police Department detective named, appropriately, after an early Dutch painter known for his eccentric visions of hell. And since 1995, Bosch has been in Hollywood development hell. Read the Rest of this Story »

Fetching work in Hollywood


Heidi (credit Otis & Lucy Photography)

LOS ANGELES TIMES | April 08, 2009 | Diane Haithman

In L.A., the myth that everyone is waiting to be discovered just won’t die, fueled perhaps by the remote possibility that a casting director will one day walk into a Pinkberry and tap the guy behind the counter to portray, with moving realism, the guy behind a Pinkberry counter. Read the Rest of this Story »