Todd A. Kessler (born 1972) is an American screenwriter, playwright, television producer and director.
Kessler wrote and produced the second and third seasons of HBO's The Sopranos , Michael Mann's Robbery Homicide Division and the first season of NBC's Providence . Kessler began his career as a playwright working with David Rabe, moving into film and television when Spike Lee hired him as a screenwriter. Kessler is credited with co-writing (with David Chase) the Sopranos season 2 finale Funhouse -- widely lauded as one of the best episodes of the series.
Despite his success on The Sopranos, HBO did not retain Kessler beyond season 3, an experience Kessler described as "painful and formative."Kessler and Sopranos actor James Gandolfini became close friends during Kessler's time writing for the show.
He is the co-creator and head writer of the Golden Globe award-winning FX drama series Damages along with his older brother, Glenn Kessler, and Daniel Zelman.He also has a small role in Damages as Perry the Doorman.
In 2015, his Kyle Chandler-led Netflix series Bloodline premiered. In 2016 it was cancelled, and ended its run after its third season in 2017.
After graduating from Cranbrook Kingswood School, Kessler graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in dramatic literature and playwriting, and has twice been a visiting artist at Harvard, teaching screenwriting seminars.
Kessler has been nominated for several Primetime Emmy Awards. Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman were nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for their work on the Damages pilot episode "Get Me A Lawyer".
Kessler has been nominated for five Emmy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards.
|1997||The Visitor||Yes||No||No||No||Co-wrote "Going Home"|
|1999||Providence||Yes||No||No||No||3 episodes, also executive story editor|
|2000–01||The Sopranos||Yes||Yes||No||No||Wrote 5 episodes, also co-producer|
|2002–03||Robbery Homicide Division||Yes||Yes||No||No||Supervising producer, wrote 5 episodes|
|2007–12||Damages||Yes||Executive||Yes||Co-creator||Wrote 25 episodes and directed 7 episodes|
|2015–17||Bloodline||Yes||Executive||Yes||Co-creator||Wrote 8 episodes and directed 4 episodes|
|TBA||The New Look||Yes||Executive||Yes||Yes||Upcoming series|
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"Get Me a Lawyer" is the pilot episode of the legal drama series Damages, which first aired on July 24, 2007 on FX in the United States. It was written by series creators/executive producers Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, and Daniel Zelman, and was directed by producer Allen Coulter. In the episode, recent law school graduate Ellen Parsons is recruited to Hewes and Associates, a law firm headed by Patty Hewes, where she is assigned to the "Frobisher case". Billionaire Arthur Frobisher is being sued by his former employees, whom he advised to invest in his company while unloading his own stock, and while Frobisher's attorney Ray Fiske pleads for a settlement price, Patty insists on taking the case to court.
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The third season of the FX legal drama series Damages premiered on January 25, 2010 and concluded on April 19, 2010. It consisted of 13 episodes, bringing the series total to 39. Damages was created by brothers Todd and Glenn Kessler, along with Daniel Zelman, each of whom served as executive producer and contributed four scripts for the season, including the premiere and the finale.
The fifth and final season of the legal drama series Damages premiered July 11, 2012 on the DirecTV owned Audience Network concluding on September 12, 2012. The season has 10 episodes, making a series total of 59 episodes. The fifth season was released on DVD in region 1 on July 16, 2013.
The second season of the FX legal drama series Damages premiered on January 7, 2009 and concluded on April 1, 2009. It consisted of thirteen episodes, bringing the series total to 26. Damages was created by brothers Todd and Glenn Kessler along with Daniel Zelman, each of whom served as executive producers and contributed seven scripts for the season, including the premiere and the finale.
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The second season of the American crime drama series The Sopranos aired on HBO from January 16 to April 9, 2000. The second season was released on DVD in region 1 on November 6, 2001.
Bloodline is an American Netflix original thriller drama television series created by Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, and Daniel Zelman, and produced by Sony Pictures Television. The series premiered on February 9, 2015, in the Berlinale Special Galas section of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, and the 13-episode first season premiered in its entirety, on Netflix, on March 20, 2015. On March 31, 2015, Bloodline was renewed for a 10-episode second season that debuted on May 27, 2016. On July 13, 2016, Netflix renewed Bloodline for a 10-episode third season, later confirmed to be the final season. The third and final season was released on May 26, 2017.