EXCLUSIVE: Emmy-winning helmer Stephen Hopkins has been tapped to direct NBC’s futuristic drama pilot Beautiful People. The project, written by Cougar Town co-executive producer/director/actor Michael McDonald, is set in the near future in a society where humans co-exist with mechanical androids that look like people but are treated like second-class citizens. Beautiful People, which Mad TV alum McDonald originally wrote 10 years ago, is co-produced by ABC Studios and Universal TV. Hopkins has directed the pilots for such series as Fox’s 24, Showtime’s Californication and the network’s upcoming House Of Lies.