Richard Shepard, who won an Emmy for directing the pilot of ABC’s Ugly Betty, has come on board to direct another hourlong pilot with a female lead, CBS’ Ringer starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. Ringer, written on spec by Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder, centers on a troubled young woman (Gellar) who, while on the run from the mob, hides out by inhabiting the life of her wealthy twin sister. Shepard’s gig on Ringer stems from his overall deal at CBS TV Studios, which produces the pilot. This is WME-repped Shepard’s second pilot this season; he also directed CW’s Danni Lowinski. Shepard previously helmed the pilots for CBS’ Criminal Minds and its upcoming spinoff Criminal Behavior.
Marc Buckland, who won an Emmy for directing the pilot for NBC’s My Name Is Earl, is back at NBC as director of the drama pilot Grimm. Created by David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf, it is described as a dark but fantastical cop drama about a world in which characters inspired by Grimm’s Fairy Tales exist. ICM-repped Buckland, who served as an exec producer on Earl, has also worked on drama series, including Murder One and Medical Investigation.
Meanwhile, UTA-repped Nicole Holofcener is set to direct NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot I Hate That I Love You, from Jhoni Marchinko and 20th TV. It is described as a twisty romantic comedy in which a straight couple introduces two of its lesbian friends to one another and what results is both instant attraction and a pregnancy.