With pilot orders in place, networks are lining up feature and television A-list directors to helm their highest profile hopefuls. Emmy winners Thomas Schlamme and Todd Holland are ready for duty at ABC and FOX, while FOX is also seeking help from “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua.
Schlamme, a nine-time Emmy winner late of NBC’s “West Wing” and currently executive producing The WB’s “Jack & Bobby,” will direct the pilot for “Invasion,” an ABC drama from writer-producer Shaun Cassidy. The pilot looks at the bizarre post-hurricane occurrences in a small Florida town, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Over at FOX, Holland is set to oversee the drama “Amy Coyne,” about a young woman who inherits her father’s sports agency. Holland, last seen writing, directing and producing on FOX’s short-lived “Wonderfalls,” earned three Emmys for directing episodes of “The Larry Sanders Show” and “Malcolm in the Middle.”
Also at FOX, “Murder Book,” from the “North Shore” and “Boomtown” team of Chris Brancato and Bert Salke, will be directed by Fuqua. The “King Arthur” and “Tears of the Sun” helmer got his start on music videos and will return to the small screen for the series about LAPD homicide detectives.