ABC projects taxiing with veteran helmers
Helmer Pamela Fryman (“Just Shoot Me”) has signed up to direct the Marsh McCall/Joel Stein pilot at ABC, while fellow TV vet Gil Junger (“Hope & Faith”) is onboard to direct the web’s Jessica Simpson sitcom.Meanwhile, Patrick Breen (“Radio”) has joined the cast of UPN’s drama “Kevin Hill,” and Kathleen Rose Perkins will be a regular on CBS’ “The Amazing Westerbergs.” Fryman’s credits include McCall’s “My Big Fat Greek Life” as well as episodes of “Frasier” and “King of Queens.” She’s an exec producer on this season’s “Happy Family.” The McCall/Stein pilot, based on Stein’s experience as the youngest columnist at Time magazine, comes from Warner Bros. TV and Acme Prods. Junger, meanwhile, has more recently directed segs of “8 Simple Rules” and “According to Jim”; he also helmed the feature “10 Things I Hate About You.” Laffer comes from Touchstone TV, 20th Century Fox TV and Ted Harbert Television. On the casting front, Breen will play George, the gay nanny, in “Kevin Hill.” Touchstone TV/Icon Pictures pilot revolves around a thirtysomething lawyer who must raise his cousin’s daughter. Breen joins a cast that also includes Jon Seda and Taye Diggs; he recently guested on “Joan of Arcadia” and “Law & Order.” Feature credits also include “Galaxy Quest” and “Men in Black.” Tyro thesp Perkins will play Kate in “The Amazing Westerbergs” opposite Chris O’Donnell and Jay Harrington. Perkins’ credits include guest roles on “Without a Trace” and “Miss Match.” Sony Pictures TV/CBS Prods. comedy revolves follows the exploits of two brothers who were raised believing they were extraordinary. Meanwhile, Jim Parriott (“Threat Matrix”) has been added as an executive producer to the Shonda Rhimes Project at ABC. Rhimes and Mark Gordon also exec produce the drama, about residents in a San Francisco surgical program. Also, Yvette Lee Bowser has been added as an executive producer on Queen Latifah’s radio comedy “WHOT” at UPN. Project, which hasn’t yet been ordered to pilot, is about a young white woman who gets hired as the station manager for a hip-hop radio station. And Marco Pennette (“Caroline in the City”) is in talks to take over as exec producer on Fox’s new take on “Mr. Ed.” Pennette would replace Drake Sather as EP on the comedy, which comes from 20th Century Fox TV and Original TV. Marty Adelstein, Neal Moritz and Dawn Parouse continue as exec producers as well. (Josef Adalian contributed to this report.)
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