'Skip' pilot up next for Frears


Oscar-nominated director Stephen Frears is venturing into American series TV with CBS' drama pilot "Skip Tracer," which he is set to direct and executive produce.

The project, from CBS Paramount Network TV, stars Stephen Dorff as a skip tracer -- a guy who finds people who have tried to disappear.

In addition to directing, Frears is executive producing the pilot with the project's writers Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green as well as Dorff and Tucker Tooley.

Frears has a relationship with CBS. In 2000, he directed the network's live restaging of "Fail Safe," spearheaded by and starring George Clooney.

Frears is nominated for an Academy Award for directing "The Queen." He also was nominated for an Oscar for directing the 1990 feature "The Grifters."

Frears, whose credits also include "Mrs. Henderson Presents" and "High Fidelity," is repped by ICM and U.K.-based Casarotto Ramsay & Associates.

In pilot pickup news, CW has given a presentation order to a drama from writer Maggie Friedman.

The project, from Warner Bros. TV, centers on a young life coach in New York who, while struggling with her life and relationships, uses her magical powers to help people who are desperate to overcome their problems.

In addition to writing the script, Friedman (WB Network's "Jack & Bobby") is executive producing with Becky Hartman-Edwards.