Jason Winer, Sofia Vergara join ABC's 'Family'

Stephen Graham cast in HBO's 'Empire'

Jason Winer has been tapped to direct and Sofia Vergara to co-star in ABC's comedy pilot "An American Family," while Stephen Graham has reunited with his "Gangs of New York" director Martin Scorsese with a role on the HBO pilot "Boardwalk Empire."

In other pilot news, Dean Parisot is set to direct ABC's "I, Claudia," Yves Simoneau has come on board to helm ABC's sci-fi "V," and Eden Sher has been added to ABC's comedy "The Middle."

Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd's documentary-style comedy "Family," from 20th TV, revolves around three families: one traditional; another that includes a 60-year-old man who becomes a stepfather after marrying a Latina (Vergara) 30 years his junior; and the third, a gay couple who have just adopted a Vietnamese baby.

Vergara's casting stems from her talent deal with ABC. The Colombian-born actress will next be seen in "Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail." She is repped by Endeavor.

ICM-repped Winer recently wrote, directed and executive produced the ABC comedy pilot "This Might Hurt."

Written by Terrence Winter and to be directed by Scorsese, HBO's "Empire" chronicles the early 20th century origins of Atlantic City, N.J., and revolves around Nucky Johnson (Steve Buscemi), who runs a liquor distribution ring, and Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt), a ruthless low-level flunky for Nucky.

Graham will play future notorious gangster Al Capone, then in his early 20s. He is working as the muscle for a Chicago gangster and hits it off with Jimmy.

Graham is filming "Season of the Witch" and will next be seen in Michael Mann's "Public Enemies." He is repped by U.K.'s Independent Talent Group and Kritzer Levine Wilkins.

The ABC Studios-produced "Claudia" centers on a young female prosecuting attorney and future U.S. presidential contender.

The CAA-repped Parisot recently signed on to direct Universal's "Slap Shot" remake.

In other ABC/ABC Studios pilot-director hires, WMA-repped Jeremy Podeswa ("The Pacific") will helm the modern Romeo and Juliet tale "Empire State."

"V," from WBTV, is a reimagining of NBC's 1980s miniseries about an alien invasion that will center on a female Homeland Security agent.

The Endeavor-repped Simoneau directed the pilot for USA's "The 4400" and HBO's "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee."

The WBTV-produced "Middle" tells the story of a middle-class Midwestern family with three kids through the eyes of the mother (Patricia Heaton).

Sher ("Weeds") will play the middle child, an offbeat character whose only distinction is in being "average in every way."

She is repped by Kazarian/Spencer/Ruskin and Kritzer Levine Wilkins.
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