Helmer F. Gary Gray (“The Italian Job”) has signed to direct Sean Bailey’s ABC drama pilot “Enemies,” while Angie Harmon (“Law & Order”) is on board ABC’s “Secrets of a Small Town” and “The Daily Show” correspondent Rob Corddry will star in the Fox comedy pilot “Becoming Glen.”
Also Wednesday, ABC and NBC Wednesday each greenlit a pair of pilots. Alphabet said yes to the laffers “Southern Comfort” and “Mr. Nice Guy,” while the Peacock picked up the comedy “The Singles Table” and an untitled entry from “Family Guy” scribe Chris Sheridan.
Corddry becomes the latest “Daily Show” player to parlay that show’s fervent following into a leading half-hour role — following in the footsteps of Steve Carell (“The Office”) and Stephen Colbert (“The Colbert Report”).
In “Becoming Glen,” Corddry will play an aimless man in his early 30s still living with his parents. Ricky Blitt and Seth MacFarlane are exec producing the 20th Century Fox TV pilot, a reworking of Blitt’s 2002 project (which then starred Johnny Galecki in the lead role).
Besides “Daily Show,” Corddry appeared as a neighborhood sex offender on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” this season, and also appeared on two segs of “Arrested Development.” In film, he appeared in “Old School.”
Harmon will play the role of Beth in “Secrets,” a Touchstone mystery drama from scribe Chuck Pratt (“General Hospital”) and producers Chris Brancato and Bert Salke.
As for Gray, helmer’s last pilot was 1999’s Fox drama “Ryan Caufield: Year One.” His past credits include “The Negotiator,” “Be Cool,” “Set it Off” and “Friday.”
“Enemies,” from Bailey and Ken Olin, is a thriller about two childhood pals who’ve become bitter rivals. Touchstone is producing.
Also directing an ABC pilot: Michael Rymer (“Battlestar Galactica”), who’s on board to helm Touchstone’s “A House Divided.”
On the pilot watch, ABC’s “Southern Comfort” comes from “My Name is Earl” scribe Brad Copeland.
Half-hour revolves around a social misfit turned billionaire who moves back to his hometown in order to reconnect with his family yet still ends up battling his older jock brother. Copeland will write and exec produce the single-camera project via his overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV.
Copeland, who also wrote for the first two seasons of “Arrested Development,” has several feature scripts in the work.
Project’s title, “Southern Comfort,” is tentative. Studio actually has a drama project set up at Fox with the same spirited title.
Meanwhile, ABC’s comedy roster also now includes “Mr. Nice Guy,” about a man who always ends up looking bad despite his best efforts to do the right thing.
Jeff Astrof (“The New Adventures of Old Christine”) wrote the pilot and will exec produce with Peter Traugott. Touchstone and Brillstein-Grey Television are producing.
At NBC, both pilots picked up Wednesday come from 20th Century Fox TV. “The Singles Table,” from scribes Bill Martin and Mike Schiff (“Grounded for Life”), is a single- camera comedy about five single people who meet at a wedding and develop bonds.
Martin and Schiff’s credits also include “3rd Rock from the Sun.”
The untitled Chris Sheridan project, which is cast-contingent, follows two brothers and their families who live next door to each other. One brother is a life-long criminal, while the other is an FBI agent.
Besides “Family Guy,” Sheridan’s credits include “Yes, Dear” and “Titus.”