Russos rev up for 'Carpoolers'


Emmy-winning directors Joe and Anthony Russo will direct the ABC comedy pilot "Carpoolers," from Touchstone TV and DreamWorks TV.

Meanwhile, CW Network has given a presentation order to another Touchstone TV/DreamWorks TV project, the Rod Lurie drama "Page Armstrong."

"Carpoolers," a co-production with 3 Arts Entertainment, revolves around a group of suburban guys who carpool to work together. Bruce McCulloch penned the script and is executive producing with DreamWorks' Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey and 3 Arts' David Miner.

The Russo brothers have directed the pilots for such series as Fox's "Arrested Development," which earned them an Emmy, FX's "Lucky" and ABC's "What About Brian." They most recently helmed the comedy feature "You, Me and Dupree."

The Russo brothers are repped by UTA.

"Armstrong" centers on a naive but incredibly bright 27-year-old female congressional aide who becomes so infuriated by her boss' political maneuvering that she decides to run against him.

The project is a revamped version of "Capital City," Lurie's 2004 pilot for ABC (HR 10/13).

Lurie penned the script and will direct. He also is executive producing with his producing partner Marc Frydman, Frank and Falvey.