Liz Friedlander is set to direct CBS’ Kevin Williamson drama pilot, from WBTV. Written and executive produced by The Following creator Williamson, the psychological thriller centers around a pair of detectives who handle stalking incidents for the Threat Management Unit of the LAPD. Friedlander has a shorthand with Williamson — she has directed multiple episodes of The Following and Williamson’s CW series The Vampire Diaries and helmed the pilot and multiple episodes of CW’s The Secret Circle, which Williamson executive produced.
Craig Zisk (New Girl, Parks & Recreation) is set to direct NBC’s comedy pilot Two To Go, from Universal TV, David Janollari Entertainment and Jason Bateman’s Aggregate Films. Written by Kevin Chelsey and Bryan Shukoff, the project centers on long-time best friends Kurt and Laura who grapple with the challenges of modern-day dating. This marks the second pilot for Zisk this season — he just wrapped ABC’s comedy An American Education. He also was a co-executive producer/director on Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Repped by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment and attorney Jared Levine.
British director Tristram Shapeero (Community, Parks & Rec) will direct the opening episode of NBC’s straight-to-series comedy Tooken (fka untitled Tina Fey/Robert Carlock), also from Uni TV. Written by Fey and Carlock, it stars Ellie Kemper as a woman who escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York City.
James Foley (House Of Cards, Glengarry Glen Ross), will direct CBS drama pilot Red Zone (fka untitled Nikki Toscano/Kerry Ehrin project), also from Uni TV. It centers on a retired CIA operative who, when a terrorist event rocks Washington, D.C., is pulled back into action, forced to investigate closer to home where the next generation of terrorists are being bred.
Irish director Declan Lowney (Alan Partidge) will direct Lauren Iungerich’s ABC comedy pilot Damaged Goods, from WBTV. Described as a comedy about the sexual politics, it revolves around three damaged women and two damaged men who explore the minutiae of love and relationships.
Don Scardino (30 Rock, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone) is directing Sober Companion, Fox’s comedy pilot from CBS Studios and writers/exec producers David S. Rosenthal and Jennie Snyder Urman. It centers on a charming, but self-destructive attorney who finds his world turned upside down when a court-appointed, and highly unconventional, sober companion takes control of his life.
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