ABC is developing an adaptation of the popular British comedy series SPY. The show follows a single father who quits his junior sales assistant job in order to impress his son, only to be accidentally recruited into MI5. Series creator Simeon Goulden is in negotiations to write the American version. The show will be produced by Hat Trick Productions, which previously adapted the British show “Worst Week” for U.S. audiences.
Greg Berlanti has sold his first project of the development season to ABC. Written by Sera Gamble (“Supernatural”) for Warner Bros. Television, the show focuses on a world-class neurosurgeon who suffers a traumatic brain injury, forcing him to change his career path. Gamble and Berlanti will executive produce, with Melissa Kellner Berman set to co-executive produce. Berlanti is repped by WME and Gamble is repped by UTA.
FOX has bought an hour-long comedy drama pilot revolving around a single female attorney working at a law firm. Sarah Watson will write the pilot with Jason Katims overseeing the project. Both will executive produce with Michelle Lee set to produce. This is the first show both Katims and Watson have developed since signing their development deals with Universal Television. Katims is repped by CAA and Watson is repped by UTA.
FOX has bought the single-camera comedy series COUPLE TIME, based off the web series of the same name by Upright Citizens Brigade members Allyn Rachel and Patrick Carlyle. The series will explore the interactions of a long-term couple (played by Allyn and Carlyle) as they figure out how to become adults together. Ellen Degeneres will executive produce the series through her banner, A Very Good Production. Warner Bros. Television will also produce, while Allyn and Carlyle will act as supervising producers. Allyn and Carlyle are both repped by CAA.
Michael J. Fox is looking to make a return to television by shopping a single-camera comedy project inspired by his life, in which Fox himself would star. The show would be written by Sam Laybourne (“Arrested Development”, “Cougar Town”), with the pilot to be directed by Will Gluck (“Easy A”). Sony Pictures Television will produce the show and is looking for a launch sometime next year. Fox has won Emmy Awards for his work on shows “Family Ties”, “Spin City” and “Rescue Me”. He is repped by UTA.