Stephen Hopkins is set to direct Fox’s The Beast, a medical drama pilot from former ER executive producer and practicing pediatrician Neal Baer. Written by Law & Order: SVU veterans Baer and Dawn DeNoon, The Beast is a life-and-death procedural — literally. Each week will follow three challenging medical cases; in the end, two of the patients will live and one will die. The series will center on their doctor who has a clinical fear of death and never stops fighting the odds. Hopkins directed the NBC pilot Beautiful People and is an executive producer and director on Fox’s 24: Legacy. His directing credits also include Californication and House of Lies.
Jason Ensler has been tapped to direct Redliners, an NBC drama pilot inspired by the literary works of best-selling author Charlaine Harris, from producer David Janollari. In the tone of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Redliners mixes humor, romance and espionage. It follows a pair of former operatives who get reactivated and drawn into a larger conspiracy while attempting to maintain their undercover lives. Ensler directed the Transylvania pilot, along with episodes of Lethal Weapon, The Exorcist, Grace and Frankie, Red Band Society and 2 Broke Girls. He is repped by WME and the Pitt Group.