Stephen Hopkins, the emmy winning director, is in line to direct NBC's futuristic drama pilot Beautiful People, which will be written by Michael McDonald, the co-executive producer/director/actor for Cougar Town.
Beautiful People is set in the near future in a society where humans co-exist with mechanical androids that look like people but are treated lke second-class citizens and will be co-produced by ABC Studios and Universal TV.
Michael McDonald is mostly recognised for his stint on MADtv, where he worked on his show from his arrival in 1998 until the thirteenth season in 2009. He worked as a contributing writer and director on the show and became MADtv's longest serving cast member.
McDonald guest-starred on NBC's comedy Scrubs six times which he also directed several episodes. He has also appeared in a variety of infamous shows in the mid ninety nineties which include showing up twice in Seinfeld, in two seperate roles, Just Shoot Me! Family Matters and NewsRadio.
Stephen Hopkins has directed pilots for several high profile shows across a deluge of networks that includes Fox's 24, Showtime's Californication and the same network's upcoming House Of Lies.
The Jamaican born director is most infamous for his work on the Nightmare on Elm Street and Predator franchises, which includes A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child and Predator 2, but his highest grossing film has been 1998's critically mauled Lost In Space.
Hopkins most recent work for film has been on 2004's The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, which the famous actors son was particularly critical of and starred Geoffrey Rush as the Dr. Strangelove actor.
So can Hopkins strike his magic wand again and turn Beautiful People into a long running TV series like 24 and Californication? Or is it destined to be another NBC failure?