EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Williamson and David E. Kelley have tapped directors-producers of their existing series to helm their new pilots. Marcos Siega, who directed the pilot for Williamson’s hit The Vampire Diaries and served as a co-executive producer on the CW show, will direct Williamson’s untitled Fox drama pilot. Meanwhile, Kelley’s frequent collaborator Bill D’Elia, who most recently directed the pilot for and executive produces Kelley’s NBC dramedy Harry’s Law, will direct his TNT pilot Chelsea General.
The untitled Williamson project is described as an edge-of-the-seat thriller about a diabolical serial killer who uses technology to create a cult of serial killers, and the FBI agent who finds himself in the middle of it. Siega directed the pilot for ABC’s Charlie’s Angels last season.
Kelley’s Chelsea General is a medical drama based on Sanjay Gupta’s upcoming novel Monday Mornings about surgeons pushing the limits of their abilities and confronting their personal and professional failings. D’Elia has worked on most of Kelley’s series in the past 20 years, since they first worked together on Doogie Howser, M.D.