Bill D'Elia

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Bill D'Elia
Born William D'Elia
Queens, New York, U.S.
Education
Occupation
Children

Bill D'Elia is an American television screenwriter, producer, and director, linked to many popular and award-winning shows in the late 20th and early 21st century.

Early life[edit]

D'Elia grew up in Queens, New York City to Italian parents. He graduated from Ithaca College, and earned a master's degree in communication arts from William Paterson University in 1972.

Career[edit]

In the 1980s, D'Elia was a successful director of television commercials. In 1989, he independently produced and directed the film The Feud, based on the 1983 novel by Thomas Berger. The film attracted the attention of Steven Bochco, who hired D'Elia to direct an episode of Doogie Howser, M.D.. D'Elia went on to direct episodes of numerous other television series including Northern Exposure, Glee, Chicago Hope, Ally McBeal, The Practice, Boston Legal, and The West Wing. D'Elia was an Executive Producer/Director of Chicago Hope, Boston Legal, Ally McBeal, Harry's Law, Monday Mornings "The Crazy Ones,"and "How To Get Away With Murder." He also co-created the series Judging Amy. He is currently an Executive Producer/Director of the ABC series "Grand Hotel"

Personal life[edit]

D'Elia has two sons: Chris D'Elia, a Los Angeles-based stand-up comic, actor, and writer who starred in the NBC series Undateable; and Matt D'Elia, a Los Angeles based filmmaker whose debut film was American Animal. He is married to Ellie, an Interior Decorator.

Awards[edit]

D'Elia has been nominated for a total of 8 Emmy Awards – 4 as director and 4 as executive producer: Chicago Hope (2 for producing, 1 for directing); 1 for directing Ally McBeal; and 2 each for producing and directing Boston Legal.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Functioned as Notes
Director Producer Writer
1989 The Feud Yes Yes Yes
1995 Big Dreams & Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story Yes No No Television film
1995 In the Name of Love: A Texas Tragedy Yes No No Television film
1996 The Tomorrow Man Yes No No Television film
2011 American Animal No Yes No

Television[edit]

Year Title Functioned as Notes
Director Producer Writer
1992 Law & Order Yes No No "Forgiveness" (Season 3, Episode 3)
1991–93 Doogie Howser, M.D. Yes No No "My Two Dads" (Season 2, Episode 18)
"Double Doogie with Cheese" (Season 3, Episode 15)
"Spell It 'M-A-N'" (Season 4, Episode 14)
1991–93 Reasonable Doubts Yes No No "...and Sleep Won't Come" (Season 1, Episode 5)
"Home Is Where the Heart Is" (Season 1, Episode 18)
"Mercury in Retrograde" (Season 2, Episode 5)
"Trust Me on This: Part 1" (Season 2, Episode 22)
"Trust Me on This: Part 2" (Season 2, Episode 23)
1991–94 Northern Exposure Yes No No "War and Peace" (Season 2, Episode 6)
"Only You" (Season 3, Episode 2)
"A-Hunting We Will Go" (Season 3, Episode 8)
"Northern Lights" (Season 4, Episode 18)
"Fish Story" (Season 5, Episode 18)
1992–93 Beverly Hills, 90210 Yes No No "Baby Makes Five" (Season 2, Episode 22)
"Back in the High Life Again" (Season 3, Episode 19)
"So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye" (Season 4, Episode 1)
1993 Harts of the West Yes No No "The Right Stuff" (Season 1, Episode 2)
"Goodnight Irene" (Season 1, Episode 5)
"Jake's Brother" (Season 1, Episode 8)
1993–95 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Yes No No "Pheromone, My Lovely" (Season 1, Episode 10)
"Foundling" (Season 1, Episode 16)
"The Eyes Have It" (Season 2, Episode 12)
1994 Picket Fences Yes No No "Abominable Snowman" (Season 2, Episode 13)
"Away in the Manger" (Season 3, Episode 10)
1995 Courthouse Yes Yes No All episodes
1996 Time Well Spent Yes No No Pilot only
1996–00 Chicago Hope Yes Yes No Season 36
1999 Get Real Yes No No "Performance Anxiety" (Season 1, Episode 6)
1999–04 The West Wing Yes No No "The Short List" (Season 1, Episode 9)
"Guns Not Butter" (Season 4, Episode 12)
"The Warfare of Genghis Khan" (Season 5, Episode 13)
1999–05 Judging Amy No No Yes All episodes
2000–02 Ally McBeal Yes Yes No Season 45
2002 American Dreams Yes No No "Soldier Boy" (Season 1, Episode 6)
2002 Saturday Night Live Yes No No "Al Gore/Phish" (Season 28, Episode 8)
2003 Queens Supreme Yes No No All episodes
2003 The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire Yes Yes No "Sleeping Lions" (Season 1, Episode 4)
2003 Miracles Yes Yes No "Saint Debbie" (Season 1, Episode 10)
2003 111 Gramercy Park Yes No No Pilot only
2004 The Practice Yes Yes No "The Case Against Alan Shore" (Season 8, Episode 18)
"The Firm" (Season 8, Episode 19)
"Comings and Goings" (Season 8, Episode 20)
"New Hoods on the Block" (Season 8, Episode 21)
"Adjourned" (Season 8, Episode 22)
2004–08 Boston Legal Yes Yes No All episodes as producer
17 episodes as director
2009 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Yes No No "Rock Star" (Season 8, Episode 2)
2009 Eastwick Yes No No "Mooning and Crooning" (Season 1, Episode 5)
2009 Glee Yes No No "Hairography" (Season 1, Episode 11)
2009–14 Grey's Anatomy Yes No No "Here's to Future Days" (Season 5, Episode 23)
"Goodbye" (Season 6, Episode 2)
"Perfect Little Accident" (Season 6, Episode 16)
"Everything I Try to Do, Nothing Seems to Turn Out Right" (Season 10, Episode 23)
"Fear" (Season 10, Episode 24)
2010 The Mentalist Yes No No "Redline" (Season 2, Episode 13)
2011 Wonder Woman No Yes No Pilot only
2011–12 Harry's Law Yes Yes No All episodes as producer
7 episodes as director
2013 Monday Mornings Yes Yes No All episodes as producer
4 episodes as director
2013 Chris D'Elia: White Male. Black Comic Yes No No Special television
2013–14 The Crazy Ones Yes Yes No All episodes
2014 Manhattan Yes No No "A New Approach to Nuclear Cosmology" (Season 1, Episode 5)
2014–present How to Get Away with Murder Yes Yes No All episodes as producer
4 episodes as director
2018 The Good Doctor Yes No No 2 episodes as director
2018 The Resident Yes No No "Identity Crisis" (Season 1, Episode 3)

As actor[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2011 My Date with Drew Himself Documentary
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Superintendent Across the Hall "The Eyes Have It" (Season 2, Episode 12)
1995 Courthouse Judge Wilson "Order on the Court " (Season 1, Episode 4)
2002 Ally McBeal 'A Chorus Line' Producer "What I'll Never Do for Love Again" (Season 5, Episode 20)

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