|Notable work||Game of Thrones |
The Walking Dead
Better Call Saul
"I don't see myself as a female director, I see myself as a director who happens to be a woman."
MacLaren made her directorial debut on the season nine episode of The X-Files, "John Doe", which was written by her future Breaking Bad collaborator Vince Gilligan. She approaches shooting action sequences as mathematical deconstruction and likes using multiple cameras and wide lenses.
She was nominated for six Primetime Emmy Awards, all for Breaking Bad: one for directing the episode "One Minute" (season 3, episode 7) in 2010, one for directing the episode "Gliding Over All" (season 5, episode 8) in 2013, and the other four in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014 for Outstanding Drama Series, on which she served as an executive producer, winning in 2013 and 2014. She was also nominated for three Producers Guild of America Award for Best Episodic Drama for Breaking Bad, winning in 2014 and 2015. On the tenth anniversary of the premiere of Breaking Bad, io9 singled out MacLaren among the breakout directors on the series as the MVP, noting she directed 11 episodes, more than any other director.
In November 2014, it was announced that MacLaren would develop the script and direct Wonder Woman, the iconic character's first solo cinematic appearance and the fourth installment of the DC Extended Universe. However, in April 2015 MacLaren left the project due to "creative differences".
In August 2016, it was announced that MacLaren would direct the film adaptation of Kristin Hannah's novel The Nightingale. She was attracted to the prospect of directing The Nightingale because it is a "muscular" project and the female characters are unsuspecting heroes.
The same year she also directed the ninth episode of the HBO series Westworld. When the directors of the final season of Game of Thrones were announced, several prominent news sites, including Polygon and Nerdist, expressed disappointment that MacLaren, the only woman to direct on the series, was not included.
|2021||Coyote||Season 1, episode 1-2: "Call of the Void"/"Silver or Lead"|
|2019||The Morning Show||Season 1, episode 8|
|2017||Modern Family||Director||Season 8, episode 20|
|2016||Westworld||Season 1, episode 9|
|2015–2022||Better Call Saul||3 episodes|
|2014||The Leftovers||Season 1, episode 8|
|2013–2014||Game of Thrones||4 episodes|
|2013||Chicks 'n' Guns||Director
|Breaking Bad bonus scene|
|2012||The River||Director||Season 1, episode 6|
|NCIS||Season 9, episode 17|
|2011||Hell on Wheels||Season 1, episode 7|
|Camelot||Season 1, episode 8; TV miniseries|
|2010–2014||The Walking Dead||3 episodes|
|2010||The Event||Season 1, episode 9|
|Lie to Me||Season 3, episode 3|
|Memphis Beat||Season 1, episode 7|
|11 episodes |
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series (2013–2014)
Producers Guild of America Award for Best Episodic Drama (2013–2014)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (2010, 2013)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series (2010, 2012)
Nominated—Producers Guild of America Award for Best Episodic Drama (2011)
|2006||Kyle XY||Director||Season 1, episode 6|
|Population 436||Feature film debut|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Season 7, episode 12|
|2005||Night Stalker||Executive producer||Season 1, episode 1|
|2003||John Doe||Director||Season 1, episode 11|
|2002||Without a Trace||Season 1, episode 10|
|1999–2000||Harsh Realm||Co-executive producer||8 episodes|
|1999||A Song from the Heart||Writer
|1997||A Child's Wish|
|1995||The Other Mother: A Moment of Truth Movie|
|1994||Moment of Truth: A Mother's Deception|
|Heart of a Child|
|Moment of Truth: Broken Pledges|
|Moment of Truth: To Walk Again|
|1993||Moment of Truth: A Child Too Many|
|For the Love of My Child: The Anissa Ayala Story|
|The House on Sycamore Street||Production manager|
|1991||Omen IV: The Awakening|
|K2||Second unit manager|
|1989–1990||Booker||Production manager||22 episodes|
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