It’s been a busy last couple of weeks for veteran multicamera director Pam Fryman. She just closed a deal to direct the ABC comedy pilot Divorce: A Love Story. Fryman already is working on what is considered the hottest multi-camera comedy pilot this season, Chuck Lorre’s Mom starring Anna Faris and Allison Janney at CBS. Additionally, she made a deal for the ninth and final season of CBS’ How I Met Your Mother, on which she has served as director/executive producer since the pilot. Based on an Israeli format from Reshet, Divorce revolves around a recently divorced couple. Mike Sikowitz and Daniel Lappin wrote the script; Sony TV is producing. Fryman is with ICM Partners.
Larry Charles, director/executive producer of another long-running comedy series, Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm on HBO, has signed on to direct ABC’s high-concept single-camera comedy Mixology, from writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore and ABC Studios. Set in the world of a sexy Manhattan bar, Mixology chronicles the exploits of singles, five guys and five girls, in search of love — all over the course of one night. WME-repped Charles, who has directed Sacha Baron Cohen’s movies Borat, Bruno and The Dictator, recently helmed an episode of New Girl.
Michael Fresco is directing/executive producing Greg Garcia’s single-camera CBS pilot Super Clyde, about a meek, unassuming fast food worker who decides to become a super hero. Fresco also directed and exec produced the pilot for Garcia’s Fox comedy Raising Hope in addition to helming a slew of episodes of Raising Hope and My Name Is Earl. ICM Partners-repped Fresco also directed the pilots for ABC’s Suburgatory and Better Off Ted.
Hot British TV director Ben Taylor, who helmed Andy Samberg’s UK series Kuckoo, will make his US directing debut with a project that has British roots — ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot Bad Management, co-written and starring Sharon Horgan, co-creator/start of the UK comedy Pulling. Co-written by Horgan and Holly Walsh and executive produced by Aaron Kaplan, Bad Management centers on a slightly self-centered female boss (Horgan) at a high-end luxury goods department store who finds her ways challenged when the boss’ son comes to town and makes youth and sex the new company focus. ABC Studios is producing. In the UK, WME-repped Taylor also directed the first season, including the pilot episode, of the 2011 comedy series Spy. It is being remade by ABC this season, with Alex Hardcastle directing the pilot.