Happy holidays, everyone.

The tides have changed for jailbird Brad Bellick. May the circle be unbroken. I wonder how long an ex ass-guard is gonna last in the Big House. Don't pick up the soap.

Again we're off for hiatus, but this time we'll be back much earlier, with a recap [airing] Jan. 22! Then new episodes begin Jan. 29. We're still shooting here in Dallas - we've got two weeks off for the holidays, then back to work in early January - so we didn't get the three-month break this time. I think it'll be better for everyone. It's nice to gain a little anticipation with a hiatus, but three months was ridiculous! This is a little more like it.

I thought [the fall finale] was a great episode. Surprises galore, turncoats, reversals of fortune... a lot like politics these days!

I'm loving what the writers are giving Bellick this year. He's gotten to travel from the depths of despair to being $5 million richer to being put into his worst nightmare - back in gen pop in the prison where he once ruled so ruthlessly. Payback is hell. If you ask me, he deserves every bit of it.

By the way, I was not directing an episode; I was shadowing Kevin Hooks as he directed an episode. I was being a fly on the wall, watching and listening, hoping to understand more of what the process is to create an hour of episodic television. I learned that the art of planning and the art of improvisation are equally important. Kevin is so good at it he makes it look easy, but he couldn't fool me - 14 hours a day from 6 am to 7 or 8 pm, or sometimes longer, for eight days straight... it's hard work. Who knows what the future holds for me as a director? It was an enlightening experience. I hope to continue to shadow other directors if the opportunity appears, and to continue learning about the process.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday. I myself have a lot to be grateful for.

Follow your bliss,
Wade