Jon Favreau directs 'About a Boy,' Ellie Kemper eyes NBC comedy, 50 Cent gets animated and more pilot news

jon-favreau-directing-the-office-gi.jpgWith pilot season in full swing there was more big news today from nearly all the major networks. Here's a roundup of the major happenings:

- Jon Favreau will direct the single camera comedy series adaptation of "About a Boy" -- yes, inspired by the Hugh Grant movie and Nick Hornby book of the same name -- executive produced by Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights," "Parenthood"). Favreau previously directed the pilot for NBC's hit "Revolution" as well as the first two "Iron Man" blockbusters. [ Deadline]

- NBC has ordered the pilot "Brenda Forever" from writers Andrew Leeds and David Lampson as a possible starring vehicle for "The Office" and "Bridesmaids" star Ellie Kemper. The comedy follows the same leading lady in two periods of her life: as a 31-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl. The writers previously teamed on NBC's "Rex Is Not Your Lawyer," starring David Tennant, which was not picked up to series. [ Deadline]

- FOX is in negotiations for an animated pilot or pilot presentation based on the childhood of hip-hop star 50 Cent. The series will presumably follow a different path than the 50 bio-pic "Get Rich or Die Tryin'." [ Deadline]

- FOX has also given pilot orders to "Wild Blue" -- a drama set aboard a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier -- and "Gang Related" -- about a gang member undercover in the San Francisco Police Department. "Wild Blue" comes from the "Justified" trio of writer Taylor Elmore, producer Graham Yost and director Michael Dinner as well as "Breaking Bad" producer Mark Johnson. "Gang Related" is written by Chris Morgan ("Fast and Furious") and has Scott Rosenbaum ("V") attached as showrunner. [ THR]

- ABC has ordered two female-driven comedy pilots: "Bad Management," from British comedy star Sharon Horgan ("Pulling") about a self-centered department store manager who clashes with her boss' son, and an untitled single-camera comedy from Andrea Abbate ("Accidentally on Purpose") about the law-abiding daughter in a family of criminals and drug addicts. [ THR / Deadline]

- T.J. Miller ("Cloverfield") and Thomas Middleditch ("The Campaign") have been cast in HBO's dark comedy pilot "Silicon Valley" from Mike Judge ("King of the Hill," "Office Space"), exploring the world of successful social misfits in contemporary Silicon Valley. Miller is a cast member is FOX's still unaired comedy "The Goodwin Games," but the show is not expected to be picked up for a second season. [ Deadline]
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