Five More Broadcast Pilots Land Directors

Easy A helmer Will Gluck will make his TV directing debut with the Fox half-hour pilot Iceland, a single-camera romantic comedy from Sony TV about a group of friends moving forward after the loss of a loved one. UTA-repped Gluck, who started off as a TV comedy writer-producer, segued into feature directing with Fired Up!, Easy A and the upcoming romantic comedy Friends with Benefits, which he also co-wrote.

Mimi Leder is set to direct the CW pilot Heavenly, from writer-executive producer Richard Hatem and CBS TV Studios. Leder will also executive produce the pilot, about a dedicated young female attorney and a former angel-turned-human who tackle cases together at the attorney’s legal aid clinic. Emmy winner Leder, repped by CAA and Industry, has directed 6 pilots that have gone to series.

The World Is Not Enough helmer Michael Apted will direct Marc Cherry’s ABC drama pilot Hallelujah. It is set in the town of Hallelujah, Tenn., which is being torn apart by the forces of good and evil and whose fortunes change when a stranger comes to town, bringing justice, peace and possibly restoring faith. Law & Order alum Jesse L. Martin recently became the first actor cast in the pilot. Apted most recently directed The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Trader.

Veteran comedy director Gail Mancuso has been tapped to direct the NBC multicamera comedy pilot Are You Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea, inspired by Chelsea Handler’s autobiographical book of the same name about her life in her 20s. Written and executive produced by Dharma & Greg co-creator Dottie Zicklin and Julie Larson and executive produced by Handler, the Warner Bros. TV/Werner Entertainment project centers on Chelsea Hanson (Laura Prepon), a fresh-faced single cocktail waitress highly opinionated and open about her love to drink and have sex.

Andy Ackerman is officially the busiest director this pilot season, signing to direct his third pilot, Jeff and Jackie Filgo’s Home Grown. The CBS/Warner Bros. TV project is a multicamera comedy about a blue collar man who wrestles with how to parent his unmarried grown daughter and her 12-year-old son while sharing a house with them, his wife and his recently widowed mother. Ackerman is also directing the multicamera comedy pilots I Hate My Teenage Daughter and Smothered.

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