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Five More Broadcast Pilots Land Directors

Nellie Andreeva

Easy A helmer Will Gluck will make his TV directing debut with the Fox half-hour pilot Iceland, a single-camera romantic comedy from Sony TV about a group of friends moving forward after the loss of a loved one. UTA-repped Gluck, who started off as a TV comedy writer-producer, segued into feature directing with Fired Up!, Easy A and the upcoming romantic comedy Friends with Benefits, which he also co-wrote.

Mimi Leder is set to direct the CW pilot Heavenly, from writer-executive producer Richard Hatem and CBS TV Studios. Leder will also executive produce the pilot, about a dedicated young female attorney and a former angel-turned-human who tackle cases together at the attorney’s legal aid clinic. Emmy winner Leder, repped by CAA and Industry, has directed 6 pilots that have gone to series.

The World Is Not Enough helmer Michael Apted will direct Marc Cherry’s ABC drama pilot Hallelujah. It is set in the town of Hallelujah, Tenn., which is being torn apart by the forces of good and evil and whose fortunes change when a stranger comes to town, bringing justice, peace and possibly restoring faith. Law & Order alum Jesse L. Martin recently became the first actor cast in the pilot. Apted most recently directed The Read More »

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CBS Picks Up Rob Schneider Comedy Pilot And Sitcom From Jeff & Jackie Filgo

Nellie Andreeva

CBS has given the green light to two family comedy pilots, an untitled project starring Rob Schneider and Home Grown, from That ’70s Show alums Jeff and Jackie Filgo. This marks the second pilot for the Filgos, who have also come on board Marisa Coughlan’s multicamera comedy pilot for ABC Lost and Found as executive producers/showrunners. Both pilots are from Warner Bros. TV.

The untitled Rob Schneider project, from CBS TV Studios and the Tannenbaum  Co., was written by Schneider and fellow Saturday Night Live alum Lew Morton. It is based on Schneider’s life and centers on a solitary guy who marries into a huge Mexican-American family. The project originally landed at CBS in October with a script commitment. Morton, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum (Two and a Half Men) are executive producing, with Schneider and his brother John Schneider producing through their From Out of Nowhere Prods. This marks Schneider’s first TV series gig in 13 years. He last did a series in the 1996-97 season, NBC’s comedy Men Behaving Badly. Schneider has since been focused on films, most recently co-starring in Grown Ups.

Jeff and Jackie Filgo’s Home Grown is a multicamera comedy about a blue collar man who wrestles with how to parent his unmarried grown daughter and her 12-year-old son while sharing a house with them, his wife and his recently widowed mother. The Filgos wrote the script and … Read More »

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