Thesp, helmer dig Fox pilot ‘Graves’

Lillard, Sena set for upcoming skein

Matthew Lillard will star and Dominic Sena has signed on to direct “13 Graves,” the Fox drama pilot from scribe J.H. Wyman.

Meanwhile, Conan O’Brien’s production shingle has landed a pilot at NBC about a man who gets a second shot at life. Also Friday, ABC picked up three comedies, while CBS added another drama.

Lillard is set to play Matthew McQueen, an ex-treasure hunter whose search for his missing brother puts him in the hunt for Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizzaro’s fabled Incan gold. Wyman wrote and will exec produce the pilot, which hails from 20th Century Fox TV (Daily Variety, Jan. 17).

Lillard’s credits include the “Scooby Doo” features and “Without a Paddle.” Sena directed “Swordfish” and “Gone in 60 Seconds” and is attached to direct Columbia’s upcoming “Season of the Witch” (Daily Variety, Sept. 12).

O’Brien’s Conaco, along with NBC Universal TV Studio, is behind a hourlong project (formerly titled “The Haskett Chronicles”) from scribe Willie Reale (“Keen Eddie”).

Potential skein revolves around a politician who is murdered but given a chance to come back to the physical world in order to save his soul. This time, though, he’s at a much lower stage in life.

Reale, who scored two Tony Award noms in 2003 for “A Year With Frog and Toad,” will exec produce with O’Brien, Jeff Ross, A.J. Morewitz and David Kissinger.

Alphabet greenlit “Notes From the Underbelly,” a laffer from scribe Stacy Traub (“Kitchen Confidential”) about a married couple who are about to have a baby, and their friends.

Warner Bros. is producing “Underbelly,” which also comes from Eric and Kim Tannenbaum. Traub will exec produce with the Tannenbaums.

Also at ABC, “A Day in the Life” comes from Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa (“The King of Queens”).

A single camera comedy from Sony Pictures TV, “Life” takes a “24”-like approach, spanning one wedding through the course of an entire season (Daily Variety, Oct. 18). Each season would focus on another important day in the young couple’s life.

Goldsmith and Yuspa, who also wrote the feature “What Women Want,” will exec produce.

Then there’s “Help Me Help You,” a single-camera laffer for ABC from Regency TV.

Jenni Konner and Alexandra Rushfield (“The Nanny Diaries”) exec produce and wrote the pilot, which follows an unusual group of people who meet through group therapy (Daily Variety, Sept. 20).

As for the CBS pilot, “Under Pressure” centers on a “modern-day Indiana Jones” who takes on mysteries from the past and the present.

CBS Paramount Network TV is behind the show, which was written by J.P. Donahue and Kevin Polay (“Torque”).

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