Charles Shyer has signed on to direct ABC's comedy pilot Him and Us, while Arlene Sanford has been tapped to helm Fox's comedy pilot More Patience and is close to signing on to direct ABC's comedy pilot Women of a Certain Age.

Him and Us, a single-camera comedy from Touchstone Television, centers on a gay British rock star (Anthony Stewart Head) and his relationship with his longtime manager (Kim Cattrall).

In casting news, Jessica Lucas, who is currently onscreen opposite Amanda Bynes in the feature film She's the Man, and Alona Tal (UPN's Veronica Mars) have been tapped for roles in the CW's drama pilot Split Decision. Additionally, Karen LeBlanc has joined the cast of the CW's Runaway, and John Ducey and Colby Paul have been cast in Fox's comedy pilot Union Jackass.