I cannot help but think of the directors who have had a lot of trouble getting their projects made. Currently, I think of someone like Todd Solondz, who has made only a handful of films in the last 20 years, but all of which – even his worst films – are provocative and interesting. There have been a lot of television shows about poisonous effects of suburbia, but none of them are as harsh or daring as Solondz can make – and I would love to see him try. For the past, I would have loved to see John Cassavetes be given a TV show. Cassavetes could, given a TV show, make a large scale portrait of a marriage like A Woman Under the Influence, and then branch off into family dynamics like in Love Streams, male comradery a la Husbands, etc. He would have been a natural.
But I also feel the need to address what really is a lack of diversity among TV dramas - especially the high profile cable ones - all of which basically are about white men, so perhaps we should select a few directors who would do something different. Since his movie career has stalled in some ways, can I suggest Spike Lee as a natural to do episodic TV? Perhaps after all the negative publicity (largely unwarranted) that greeted Lynne Ramsay leaving her last movie, she could do something on TV as well?