Criminal Minds alumna Paget Brewster will co-star opposite Rob Corddry and Mason Cook in Spy, ABC‘s single-camera comedy pilot based on the UK series. Spy centers on Tim (Corddry), a well intentioned father of a highly intelligent and verbal son (Cook), who also happens to be his complete opposite, who inadvertently takes a job at the Secret Service in order to prove himself a worthy father. Brewster, repped by UTA, manager Joannie Burstein and attorney Joel McKuin, will play Erica, the mother of Marcus and Tim’s ex-wife — a cold neurotic person who has long been seeing therapists. The original series’ creator Simeon Goulden wrote the U.S. version, produced by ABC Studios and Hat Trick.
Former E.T. star Henry Thomas has been cast in another ABC pilot drama Betrayal. Written by David Zabel based on a Dutch series and directed by Patty Jenkins, it centers on Sara, a beautiful but unhappily married female photographer who begins a torrid affair with Jack, a lawyer for a powerful family. Thomas plays the slightly brain-damaged son of that family’s patriarch whose life was saved by Jack. Zabel is executive producing Betrayal with Rob Golenberg and Alon Aranya. ABC Studios is producing.
Departing Criminal Minds co-star Paget Brewster is set to voice a lead opposite Patton Oswalt in Fox’s animated presentation Working Class Hero, which was ordered in February.. The project, co-written and executive produced by American Dad co-creator/executive producer Mike Barker and produced by 20th Century Fox TV, is set in a world where superheroing is just another low-paid government job and centers on Jeff (Oswalt), a dad whose powers are no match for his misfit superhero co-workers and demanding family. Brewster, repped by UTA, manager Joannie Burstein and attorney Joel McKuin, will play Karen, Jeff’s overly supportive wife. She is an EMT, and the family’s main financial support. She also saves more lives than Jeff on a weekly basis, but is kind enough to avoid pointing this out to her husband. Barker co-wrote Working Class Hero with American Dad animator Brent Woods and the show’s staff writer Jordan Blum. Woods and Blum serve as co-executive producers, Oswalt as producer. Working Class Hero reunites Brewster with American Dad‘s Barker, Woods and Blum — she had a recurring role on the Fox animated comedy. Read More »
UPDATE: Reached for comment by Dateline, Criminal Minds star Thomas Gibson gave us the following statement, “We all love Paget and her character and will miss her greatly but I know that she will have continued great success.”
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EXCLUSIVE: Paget Brewster will continue on CBS’ crime drama Criminal Minds next season, while new series regular Rachel Nichols won’t return. Meanwhile, co-star Thomas Gibson still doesn’t have a deal for next season, with negotiations ongoing.
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EXCLUSIVE: Potential great news for Criminal Minds fans: Co-star A.J. Cook is in talks to return to the CBS crime drama next season as a regular, and she may be joined by Paget Brewster. Meanwhile, executive producer Ed Bernero, who has run the series since the start, is leaving, with another Criminal Minds veteran, executive producer Erica Messer, taking over as the sole showrunner.
Cook departed Criminal Minds after the end of last season when her option was not picked up, stirring outcry among fans of the show. She appeared in the first two episodes of this season to wrap the storyline of her character JJ, who was transferred from the BAU to a job at the Pentagon. Cook then returned for the last episode (for now) of co-star Brewster, which aired last month. Speaking of Brewster, she is filming a comedy pilot for NBC, My Life As An Experiment, and will continue on the project if it goes to series. But if it doesn’t, I hear Criminal Minds producers ABC Studios/CBS Studios have an option on her for the show and, if they exercise it as many expect, that would bring the cast of the show back to the way it was at the end of last season. The developments, especially Cook’s potential return to Criminal Minds, do not bode well for newly minted regular Rachel Nichols, who was brought in to fill the void left by Cook’s departure. Cook got an offer to return to Criminal Minds late last week after the series’ producers recently came up with ideas for JJ for next season. Despite her exit from the show, Cook and her character continue to be extremely popular among Criminal Minds fans. Read More »
Will Paget Brewster be back on Criminal Minds next season? CBS certainly hopes so, I hear the network recently gave her an offer to return to the crime drama as a full-fledged regular next season. But as part of her … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Rachel Nichols is in negotiations to join the cast of CBS’ Criminal Minds as a series regular, the show’s first new regular addition since Joe Mantegna took over for Mandy Patinkin in 2007. Nicholson was originally tapped for … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Quirky FBI computer technician Penelope Garcia may be pulling a double duty this coming season. I hear that CBS has approached Criminal Minds co-star Kirsten Vangsness to also appear on the upcoming Criminal Minds spinoff, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, on … Read More »