Television has lost an important genre name. Kim Manners, director and executive producer of Supernatural, died last night after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. Supernatural creator Eric Kripke released this statement:
"Everyone at Supernatural is walking around in a daze, shocked and absolutely devastated. Kim was a brilliant director; more than that, he was a mentor and friend. He was one of the patriarchs of the family, and we miss him desperately. He gave so much to Supernatural, and everything we do on the show, now and forever, is in memory of him."
Manners was also well-known for his role as producer and director of The X-Files. He directed over 50 episodes and received four Emmy nods for his work on that show. His lengthy directorial career, going back to the early 1980s, also includes directorial credits on Briscoe County Jr., M.A.N.T.I.S., and Star Trek: The Next Generation.