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Sonnenfeld says it's all in bloom

September 22, 2008|Maria Elena Fernandez

Barry Sonnenfeld, the always entertaining film and TV director, won an Emmy for directing the magical pilot of ABC's "Pushing Daisies." "Bryan Fuller deserves this Emmy with me," Sonnenfeld said of the show's creator. "So much of what he wrote is what I get credit for."

Sonnenfeld didn't mention the behind-the-scenes drama that beset him at the beginning of last season, when media reports had Sonnenfeld leaving the series over differences with Warner Bros. President of Television Peter Roth and ABC President of Entertainment Steve McPherson.

"That was a coup attempt by an executive producer who is no longer on the show who tried to get me off the show," Sonnenfeld said.

"There was never a weird relationship with Peter Roth. I love Peter. This is not me doing a fake 'I like Peter' thing. And McPherson, who I referred to as a Mr. Happy. Obviously, he's been fantastic."

-- Maria Elena Fernandez

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