Per Variety, House executive producer Daniel Sackheim has inked a two-year deal to direct and exec-produce the new NBC drama Life.... Per the Reporter, former ER show-runner Scott Gemmill will run the show at ABC's Women's Murder Club.... Twenty Good Years creator Marsh McCall has been tapped to "direct traffic" at ABC's Carpoolers.
The fun thing about doing a show like Night Stalker [Thursdays at 9 pm/ET, on ABC] is how different it is every week. This series takes a "minimovie" approach to television, where each episode is a different stand-alone mystery about the supernatural. Our task, week in and week out, is to make the unreal seem real.
Because each episode involves a different supernatural phenomenon, the production challenges vary enormously. In one episode, it's staging a chase in a subterranean cave, complete with computer-generated bats, puppeted creatures and stunts. The next, it's a tense psychological drama about a man in solitary confinement.
Last week's episode, "Three," written by Adam Sussman and directed by Daniel Sackhei
We are in the thick of it now. While viewers at home get ready to watch Episode 3 of Night Stalker (tonight at 9 pm/ET, on ABC) — it's a very scary show, by the way — we are already editing shows that will air in November, filming ones that will air in December and writing shows that will be broadcast after that.
When production on a TV series begins, it's like an assembly line that can't stop. You have to keep feeding it new scripts every eight business days to make the air dates. That's a pretty tight schedule, of course, so you draw on as many talented people as you can to make it happen.
On Night Stalker, I'm blessed to have a lot of collaborators whose names you might recognize. There's Daniel Sackheim, of course, who directed the pilot and is an executive producer of the series. Dan worked with me, not onl