Bateman is Fox's 'Inn' keeper
Empty"Arrested Development" star Jason Bateman is returning to Fox, this time as a director of the comedy pilot "The Inn."
Meanwhile, ABC has greenlighted four more projects: the one-hour cop presentations "Castle," "The Unusuals" and "Finnegan" and the half-hour family pilot "Bad Mother's Handbook," from "Help Me Help You" creators Jennifer Konner and Alexandra Rushfield.
"Inn," from 20th Century Fox TV, Reveille and Principato-Young, is a multicamera comedy starring Niecy Nash that is described as "Upstairs/Downstairs" set at a hip New York hotel.
"Inn" marks the first pilot directing duties for Bateman, who has directed episodes of comedy series, including the Emmy-winning "Development."
Bateman, repped by UTA and 3 Arts, co-starred in "Juno" and next will be seen in "Hancock."
"Castle," from ABC Studios and Beacon, is a drama penned by feature writer Andrew Marlowe ("Hollow Man") that centers on a horror novelist who is consulting for the NYPD Homicide department. Marlowe is executive producing with Beacon's Armyan Bernstein and Laurie Zaks.
"Unusuals," from Sony Pictures TV, is a comedic procedural set at a New York police precinct. Noah Hawley ("Bones") penned the script and is exec producing with Peter Tolan.
"Finnegan," from ABC Studios and writer Trent Jones ("Threat Matrix"), revolves around a Los Angeles organized crime/vice unit that is led by a tough female detective. Jones is exec producing with Francie Calfo.
"Handbook," from ABC Studios, is a single-camera comedy written by Konner and Rushfield that centers on a 32-year-old woman too busy taking care of her 16-year-old daughter and 48-year-old mother. The UTA-repped Konner and Rushfield are exec producing with Stu Bloomberg.