Michael Fresco will direct a comedy pilot for ABC Studios for a third consecutive year next season. The studio has signed a blind pilot directing deal with the veteran helmer, who directed the pilot for ABC/ABC Studios’ series Manhattan Love Story in 2014, and the ABC/ABCS Johnny Knoxville pilot in 2015.

Fresco, repped by Paul Alan Smith at ESA Artists, also has directed the pilots for single-camera comedy series Suburgatory and Better Off Ted (ABC), Raising Hope (Fox) and Benched (USA).