The job of directing an animated TV show varies with each production. Theres no single way to approach it and how much power a director has will vary enormously. What I want to talk about in these articles are some of issues that directors have to deal with.
First, lets talk about live action direction for TV. The directors job is to communicate to the actors how something should be played. The director deals with how a scene is staged for the camera and where the camera is located for each shot, all the time keeping pacing in mind.
In animation, the job is very different. Depending on the production, there may be a recording director whos responsible for recording voice tracks for all episodes. There may be a storyboard supervisor, whos responsible for directing the boards for all episodes. There may also be a timing supervisor who oversees the sheet timing for the show. Depending on the budget, the production may have a layout supervisor to oversee layouts. In other cases, layouts are done overseas.