Lost director Jack Bender is set to direct and executive produce Syfy’s two-hour pilot Rewind, a thriller about a team of military field operatives and civilian scientists who use untested technology to travel back in time to alter past events in hopes of changing the future after a nuclear bomb destroys New York City. Bender will executive the pilot with its writer, Justin Marks, Tom Spezialy, Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun for Universal Cable Prods and BermanBraun. This marks a reunion for Bender and Syfy, UCP & BermanBraun — he also directed the pilot for their series Alphas. Here are some of the latest pilot director hires on the broadcast side:
Charles McDougall, who has directed the pilots for such hourlong series as Desperate Housewives, The Good Wife and The Chicago Code, is taking on a half-hour pilot this season, helming Mindy Kaling’s single-camera Fox pilot. The Office player stars as a young Bridget Jones-type Ob/Gyn balancing personal and professional life, surrounded by quirky co-workers in a small office. The two previously worked together on The Office,where McDougall has directed half a dozen episodes.
Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock veteran Beth McCarthy-Miller, who directed three broadcast pilots (four overall) last year, is back at it, directing the ABC singe-camera comedy pilot American Judy. It stars Judy Greer as a cosmopolitan woman who gets married and becomes a fish out of water in the suburbs having to juggle stepkids, her mother-in-law (Mimi Kennedy) and her husband’s ex-wife. Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont wrote the pilot, which is produced by ABC Studios. McCarthy-Miller is with CAA.
Feature director Peter Segal (Get Smart) will direct and executive produce the Fox single-camera comedy pilot Prodigy Bully written by and co-starring Mike O’Malley, about a child genius who must learn to stop bullying others to get what he wants and start using his superior intelligence productively. Warner Bros TV and John Wells Prods produce.
Craig Zisk (Weeds) is set to direct ABC’s untitled Kari Lizer comedy pilot starring Mary McCormack as a powerful female executive who who suddenly finds herself as a stay-at-home mom with two teenage kids and has no idea how that works. Warner Bros is producing.
Liz Friedlander will direct the CW drama pilot Shelter, from Mark Schwahn and J.J. Abrams, which is set at a historic New England summer resort. Warner Bros TV and Bad Robot are producing.