Directors add star power
Guggenheim to helm CBS pilotOscar winner Davis Guggenheim will direct CBS' drama pilot "The Tower."
Meanwhile, Timothy Busfield has been tapped to direct CBS' drama pilot "Mythological X," which is based on an Israeli format, and "Drumline" helmer Charles Stone is set to direct another pilot based on an international format, Fox's British comedy import "Spaced." Additionally, Bryan Gordon is directing Fox's comedy pilot "Outnumbered."
On the pilot-pickup front, the CW has greenlighted Richard Hatem's drama "Wrecking Ball."
In pilot castings, Kurtwood Smith and Nancy Lenehan are set to co-star on CBS' comedy pilot "Worst Week," and David Smith has joined Sci Fi Channel's two-hour pilot "Revolution."
"Tower," from CBS Paramount Network TV and "Cold Case" creator Meredith Stiehm, revolves around a group of Chicago reporters who treat breaking news as cases to solve. Guggenheim ("An Inconvenient Truth") will serve as an executive producer alongside Stiehm.
"Mythological X," from 20th Century Fox TV and writer Diane Ruggiero, centers on a woman who, after learning from a psychic that she already has dated the man she's supposed to marry, revisits all her past relationships. Actor-director Busfield most recently helmed episodes of NBC's "Lipstick Jungle."
"Spaced," from Warner Bros., Wonderland, Granada America and writer Adam Barr, revolves around two strangers (one played by Josh Lawson) who pose as a married couple in order to rent an apartment. Stone's feature credits also include "Mr. 3000" and "Paid in Full."
"Outnumbered," from MRC, Hat Trick Prods. and writer Larry Levin, revolves around parents struggling to raise three intelligent and curious children. Gordon has earned two Emmy nominations for his directing work on "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
The CW's "Wrecking Ball," from Fox TV Studios, is described as "Moonlighting" meets "Erin Brockovich." It centers on a young lawyer and scion of a famous political family who joins a smart, working-class recent law school grad to form a small firm aimed at helping those who have no place else to turn. Hatem is exec producing with Ross Fineman.
"Worst Week," from Universal Media Studios and Hat Trick, centers on a young couple (Kyle Bornheimer, Erinn Hayes) who must navigate the politics of their soon-to-be in-laws (Smith, Lenehan) during a family holiday. For Smith, the project is in second position to the UMS-produced untitled Luke Reiter drama pilot.
"Revolution," from CBS Paramount, writer Ed Redlich and director Michael Rhymer, is set at a 22nd century outpost Earth Colony and chronicles the simmering unrest among the colonists. Smith, repped by Stone Manners and Kritzer/Levine/Wilkins, will play a revolutionary.