Just a reminder that Eric’s latest episode of Glee, “Guilty Pleasures,” airs tonight at 9/8c.
You can read the whole article here.
Although Stoltz occasionally acts when a project is right or a good friend is involved, he describes his relationship to that part of his life as an “amicable parting.” He enjoys directing, he said, in part because it gives him a chance to do for other actors what he wished more directors had done for him. “I try to have fun and play with the actors and try to make discoveries without hiding behind video monitors. Usually, the director hides so as not to have to speak to the actors. Occasionally they’ll bark out something like, ‘Faster!’ Or, ‘Can you pick up the pace?’ ”
Matthew Morrison, who plays Will Schuester (a k a Mr. Schue) on “Glee,” said he appreciated that Stoltz never assumed, as many directors do, that he was undirectable, simply because he is No. 1 on the call sheet. “It frustrates me when they’re scared to direct you,” Morrison said. “He knows what he wants, and he’ll get it out of you. But once he has it, he’ll say, ‘Let’s do one more take, and you do what you want to do.’ And then maybe he’ll see something in that take, and say, ‘O.K., now we need to do more with some of that flavor.’ It’s about deepening the scene.”
If the IMDB is anything to go by, he is working on episode 4.17, which airs on March 21.
If you missed the episode, it’s available on Hulu.
NY Times has this little story from the set:
The next morning, Britton had been dressed and styled and generally transformed for the part of Rayna Jaymes. Her black tank sparkled, her eyelids glimmered and her red hair, around her shoulders, was doing the usual shining and flowing. That day she was shooting a scene in which Jaymes, reeling from bad news about her marriage, performs before an arena crowd. Britton, in five-inch heels, strutted, in character, on a narrow stage, only to trip on a piece of track that someone had laid down for a camera and nearly fall five feet off the platform. She let out an odd, loud noise — the vocal equivalent of someone’s hand smashing a bunch of piano keys — then righted herself and gasped a nervous laugh; the extras laughed back. Rattled, Britton walked off the set, headed to a drafty hallway that served as backstage and cried.
A few minutes later, the director, Eric Stoltz (the same Eric Stoltz who starred in “Mask” and “Pulp Fiction”), wandered backstage, trying to determine what was holding up the shot. He found Britton, an old friend, still weepy from her close call. Britton was expecting some sympathy, but Stoltz saw something he thought he could use. Let’s do it again, he told her. Britton fixed on him a look her fans know well: wide-eyed, wary disbelief.
“She was fighting back tears, which was more interesting,” Stoltz said after he got the scene he wanted.
Britton’s take: “Sometimes my favorite directors are the ones I literally want to punch in the nose.”
And here are a few more pics:
Press release from ABC:
RAYNA FINDS COMFORT IN THE ARMS OF A FRIEND AFTER TEDDY AGREES TO A DIVORCE, AND JULIETTE TAKES STEPS TO MAKEOVER HER SOUND, ON ABC’S “NASHVILLE”
Kimberly Williams-Paisley Guest Stars as Peggy“There’ll Be No Teardrops Tonight” – Rayna finds comfort in the arms of an old friend after revealing to Daphne and Maddie her plans to divorce. Juliette is invigorated by the response to her new sound and takes steps to reinvent herself — against the guidance of her management. Things are looking up for Scarlett and Gunnar when Rayna makes an offer to sign them to her label. While their hard work begins to show signs of success, Avery struggles to find his old sound and is forced to consider an attractive offer, on “Nashville,” WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“Nashville” stars Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, Clare Bowen as Scarlett O’Connor, Eric Close as Teddy Conrad, Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne, Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Robert Ray Wisdom as Coleman Carlisle and Powers Boothe as Lamar Wyatt.
Guest starring Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Peggy, Judith Hoag as Tandy, Maisy Stella as Daphne, Lennon Stella as Maddie, David Alford as Bucky, Ed Amatrudo as Glenn, David Clayton Rogers as Jason, Melvin Ray Kearney II as Bo, Michael Huisman as Liam, Kourtney Hansen as Emily, Rya Kihlstedt as Marilyn Rhodes, Chloe Bennet as Hailey, Tosha Thompson as Melissa Mirch, Erin McCarley as Adria, Cory Allen as young Buck, Stevie Ray Dallimore as tour manager, Holly Morris as wardrobe, Emmanuel Hudson as sound guy, Virgil Staford as engineer and Terrence Lening as messenger.
“There’ll Be No Teardrops Tonight” was written by Todd Ellis Kessler & David Marshall Grant and directed by Eric Stoltz.
“Nashville” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.
No stills or previews out there, so just a reminder that Eric guest stars on Made in Jersey tonight in the episode that airs at 8 pm and he directed the one that airs at 9 pm.
A young woman leaves rehab to join a cult, and Martina represents her concerned parents. Meanwhile, Tommy spreads an ugly rumor about how Martina gained employment at her prestigious law firm.
Guest Cast: Enver Gjokaj, Noelle Beck, Eric Stoltz, Lisa Tharps, Michael Cumpsty, Jonathan Walker, Stephen Spinella, David Fonteno
Ridgewell – 9 pm, CBS
Martina must testify against her own client, an angry father who assaulted the CEO of a chemical company he blames for making his daughter ill. Elsewhere, Darlene quits her job and begins voicing her opinion more.
Guest Cast: James Rebhorn, Chris Kies, John Ventimiglia, Jessica Blank, Elaine Bromka, Michael Kostroff, Donna Murphy, David Aaron Baker, Anastasia Barzee, Enver Gjokaj
The show has been cancelled and pulled off the air, so it might be a while before we see those two episodes. From TV by the Numbers:
With the return of Undercover Boss on Nov. 2, CSI: NY will move to the 9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT time period beginning this Friday, Oct. 12. Made In Jersey has been pulled from the schedule.
No word yet on when & where CBS will show the remaining eps.