'Bones' creator joins Fox's 'Guilty' pilot

7:00 PM PST 02/08/2010 by Nellie Andreeva, AP

Hart Hanson to exec produce; several pilots find helmers

"Bones" creator Hart Hanson has joined the Fox drama pilot "Pleading Guilty" as executive producer.

On the directing front, U.K.-born Mick Jackson, hot off strong notices for the HBO movie "Temple Grandin," is set to helm NBC's remake of the cult British series "Prime Suspect."

Brett Ratner, who has been attached to CBS' drama pilot "Chaos" as an executive producer, also will direct the project, which revolves around rogue CIA operatives.

Emmy winners Joe and Anthony Russo, who last year directed the pilot for "Community," are reteaming with series producer Sony TV for helming duties on David Caspe's "Happy Endings" for ABC, another single-camera comedy pilot from an up-and-coming writer.

Another Emmy-winning director, Charles McDougall ("The Good Wife" and "Desperate Housewives" pilots), is set to helm "Ridealong," Shawn Ryan's cop-drama pilot for Fox.

Veteran comedy directors Pam Fryman and James Burrows have booked two multicamera pilots apiece. "How I Met Your Mother" executive producer/director Fryman is on board for projects from fellow "HIMYM" executive producers: Carter Bays and Craig Thomas' "Livin' on a Prayer" for CBS and Greg Malins' "Freshmen" for ABC.

Burrows is attached to "Nathan vs. Nurture" at NBC and "Open Books" at CBS.

Hanson has been brought in to supervise and executive produce the cast-contingent pilot for "Guilty," written by Jason Tracey, who is co-executive producing. Jon Avnet is directing and executive producing for 20th TV and Chernin Entertainment.

Based on Scott Turow's novel, the project centers on Mack Malloy, an ex-cop-turned-attorney who works as a partner at a powerful Chicago law firm.

If "Guilty" goes to series, Hanson would run "Bones" and "Guilty."
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