Helmer Dave Semel (Bernie Mac, Kitchen Confidential) is onboard to direct the NBC pilot Heroes, the network's buzzworthy pilot about ordinary people who discover they have superpowers.

Semel is directing the pilot for NBC Universal TV Studio through his overall deal there. Tim Kring is behind the project, which stars Greg Grunberg, Ali Larter and Milo Ventimiglia.

Semel directed the American Dreams pilot at NBC, as well as the net's upcoming drama Windfall. He also has helmed segs of House, Ally McBeal, Dawson's Creek and The Practice, among others.

Brian B.