The always-in-demand multi-camera comedy director James Burrows has signed on to helm CBS’ high-profile pilot More Time With Family, starring Tom Papa and Alyson Hannigan, executive produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon and written/exec produced by Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith. Based on the stand-up of Papa and the experiences of Damon, the 20th TV-produced project centers on Tom (Papa), a husband and father making a career change to spend more time with his family. This marks a reunion for Burrows and CBS/20th TV after he helmed the pilot for the upcoming comedy Friends with Better Lives last season. When Friends joins CBS’ lineup next month, replacing How I Met Your Mother, Burrows will have directed the pilots of 6 of CBS’ 7 multi-camera comedy series on the air, Friends, Mike & Molly, 2 Broke Girls, The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men and The Millers.
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Another veteran comedy director, Gail Mancuso, coming off an Emmy win for Modern Family, is set to direct the pilot of another extended family comedy, TBS’ multi-camera Your Family Or Mine, from veteran comedy showrunner Greg Malins, Sony TV and Jamie Tarses’ Fanfare. The project, based on Keshet’s hit Israeli comedy series, centers on Oliver and Kelli who are living proof of the adage “When you marry someone, you don’t just marry them, you marry their whole family.” It is a family comedy with an unusual structure — each episode focuses on a different side of the family: one week featuring the couple dealing with Kelli’s family, the next spent with Oliver’s.
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UK director S.J. Clarkson has been tapped to direct the opening hour of USA Network’s six-episode event action adventure series Dig, from Tim Kring and Gideon Raff. It centers on FBI detective Peter Connelly (Jason Isaacs), working in Jerusalem, who finds himself embroiled in a race to track down a religious artifact that could trigger an event that would change the course of history. Clarkson directed the pilot for Hunted starring Melissa George and is the director/co-creator of the British series Mistresses, as well as the pilot and first season of Whitechapel.