Director on ‘Mars’ mission

Kelley gets Little help for show

David E. Kelley has tapped helmer Dwight Little (“Murder at 1600”) to direct his adaptation of “Life on Mars” for ABC.

Kelley wrote and is exec producing the ABC drama, which revolves around a cop who finds himself transported back to the 1970s. Twentieth Century Fox Television is producing in association with David E. Kelley Prods.

Little has worked with Kelley before, helming episodes of the scribe’s “The Practice” and “Citizen Baines.” Director’s other TV credits include “Day Break,” “Prison Break,” “24” and “Bones.”

In casting news, Ashley Williams (“How I Met Your Mother”) has joined the cast of the Untitled Gabe Sachs/Jeff Judah comedy about a legal team. Williams, who will play Julie in the comedy, also starred in the NBC laffer “Good Morning Miami.”

A production change was made at CBS Paramount Network TV and ABC TV Studio are now co-producing the untitled police station-set Victoria Pile comedy pilot.

On the Fox side, medical drama “The Cure” has cast three of its main roles: Anson Mount (“Conviction”) has been tapped to play Darren Elliot; Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon (“NYPD Blue”) is set to play Trudie Ericson; and Esai Morales (“Vanished”) is aboard as Jorge. Pilot, from Warner Bros. TV, revolves around a pharmaceutical exec who quits his job to join a small organization that cuts corners to find medical cures.

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