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It’s been reported that Kim Manners, a prolific, highly imaginative director and producer of TV shows including Supernatural and The X Files, died on Sunday. The cause was cancer. More details here and here.

Manners was among the people who helped Supernatural creator Eric Kripke define the invitingly dark visual palette of Supernatural; he directed numerous episodes of the series, including every season finale–crucial entries in the series that set up cliffhangers which moved the mythology of the series forward.

For The X Files, Manners was credited as a producer for some of that series’ greatest episodes, including the Emmy-winning “Jose Chung’s ‘From Outer Space'” and “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose,” and directed such memorable entries as the creepy-funny “Leonard Betts.”

Manners was a subtle artist working in a commercial medium that doesn’t always prize such qualities. (Manners also directed a number of episodes of the terrific 1993-94 cult series The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.) He was lucky to have found sympathetic creators to collaborate with, such as Kripke and X Files‘ Chris Carter. And they were lucky to work with him.