"Alan Smithee" question

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  1. Craig P

    Craig P Stunt Coordinator

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    The Nero Wolfe episode on A&E tonight was credited as directed by Alan Smithee. Why would a TV director take his name off an episode, given that (as I understand) most of the creative decisions are typically made by the writers and producers?

    (it was the second of a two-parter, didn't notice if the first part was the same or not)
     
  2. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

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    It could be any number of reasons. Bottom line the end product was not what he wanted
     
  3. Jason Seaver

    Jason Seaver Lead Actor

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    And hasn't the "Alan Smithee" psuedonym been retired? I though the DGA had come up with a new one because everyone knew "who" Smithee was.
     
  4. Joel Mack

    Joel Mack Cinematographer

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    Yeah, I think they're supposed to be using "Thomas Lee", now...
     
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    It could have also been that the original director was fired, and a new director came on and their was a fight over who got the credit and it couldn't be resolved.
     
  6. Grant B

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    A show on AMC said that there would be no 'one name' used again. A director would submit 5 names amd 1 would be chosen.
    The director for AmericanX chose something like Woody Woodpecker ..hence the 5 choices.
    Maybe this show was finished before the rule
     

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