Directors make cut for Showtime, TNT

Mark Mylod for 'Shameless'; Clark Johnson for 'Delta Blues'

Mark Mylod has signed to direct John Wells' drama pilot "Shameless" for Showtime starring William H. Macy. Meanwhile, Clark Johnson has been tapped to helm another drama pilot, TNT's "Delta Blues," executive produced by George Clooney.

Both projects hail from Warner Bros. TV and its cable division Warner Horizon.

Mylod's hire brings in another key piece of the original British drama "Shameless," on which the Showtime show is based. Wells co-wrote the adaptation and is executive producing with the U.K. series' creator, Paul Abbott.

Mylod directed the original pilot as well as two more episodes of the BAFTA-winning series.

The U.S. version is set during the recession and revolves around the working-class Chicago Gallagher family. With a mother who is AWOL and an alcoholic patriarch (Macy) who usually ends up passed out on the living-room floor, 18-year-old Fiona is left with the task of keeping her five younger brothers and sisters on the straight and narrow.

British director Mylod, repped by WME, helmed several British TV series as well as "Ali G Indahouse" before moving stateside with HBO's "Entourage," on which he serves as a director and executive producer.

TNT's "Delta," penned by Liz Garcia and Josh Harto, centers on an outstanding but unusual Memphis cop who moonlights as an Elvis impersonator and lives with his mother. Clooney and Grant Heslov of Smokehouse Pictures are executive producing with Garcia and Harto, with Henry Bronchtein co-executive producing.

UTA-repped Johnson, who directed the pilots and the series finales of FX's "The Shield" and HBO's "The Wire," recently helmed the pilot for FX's upcoming drama series "Lights Out."