Russos put order in the 'Courtroom'
EmptyEmmy winners Joe and Anthony Russo will direct the Fox drama pilot "Courtroom K," Richard Shepard is set to helm ABC's single-camera comedy pilot "Bad Mother's Handbook" and Dean Parisot will direct ABC's untitled Dave Hemingson drama pilot.
On the pilot casting front, Donal Logue, Marisa Ryan and W. Earl Brown have been tapped for HBO's drama pilot "1%," while Rosamund Pike and Marcia Gay Harden have joined CBS' drama pilot presentation "The Tower."
Additionally, Amy Jo Johnson has come on board CBS' 13-episode drama "Flashpoint."
"Courtroom K," from 20th TV and Paul Attanasio, is a darkly comedic courtroom drama set in a Milwaukee Superior Court.
The Russo brothers won an Emmy for directing the pilot episode of "Arrested Development," also for Fox/20th TV. They also were tapped by Fox's entertainment chief Kevin Reilly, then at FX, to helm the pilot for the cable network's comedy pilot "Lucky."
"Handbook," from ABC Studios, centers on a 32-year-old woman too busy taking care of her 16-year-old daughter and 48-year-old mother.
Shepard, who recently directed the film "The Hunting Party," also helmed the "Ugly Betty" pilot for ABC/ABC Studios.
The Hemingson project, from 20th TV, is a legal ensemble dramedy about a newly minted law school grad from a blue-collar background who joins an outrageous Los Angeles boutique law firm. Parisot also directed the pilots for USA's "Monk" and ABC's "The Job."
"1%" is set at the Carefree, Ariz., chapter of one of the toughest motorcycle clubs in the country, the Death Rangers. Logue will play the lead, Misfit, a Silicon Valley member who is sent to the troubled chapter to bring it under control. Brown will play Sailor, a good-hearted member of the Carefree chapter. Ryan, repped by McGowan Management, will play Montana, the wife of another club member.
Logue ("Ghost Rider") is repped by CAA and manager Perri Kipperman.
"Tower," from CBS Par, revolves around a group of Chicago reporters who treat breaking news as cases to be investigated and solved. The British-born Pike ("Pride & Prejudice") will play the paper's political reporter. Oscar winner Harden, most recently seen in "Into the Wild," will play its new owner.
Harden is repped by CAA and Framework."Flashpoint," a co-production of CBS Par and Canada's CTV, centers on an elite tactical police team.
Johnson ("Felicity") will play Julianna, a former member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who holds her own on the testosterone-pumped team. She is repped by Domain and manager Joannie Burstein.