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Adrian Lester Joins ‘Grey Lady’; Zach Woods Cast In ‘Spy’

By | Friday May 2, 2014 @ 6:40pm PDT

Adrian LesterAdrian Lester has joined the cast of director John Shea’s indie drama Grey Lady. He joins Eric Dane and Natalie Zea in the role of Johnson, a plainclothes Nantucket detective dealing with a killer who has disrupted the placid island community. Lester’s credits include BBC’s Hustle and the features Primary Colors, As You Like It and Love’s Labour’s Lost. He is repped by More/Medavoy Management and ARG Talent in the U.K.,

Zach WoodsZach Woods has booked a role in the Fox comedy Spy for writer-director Paul Feig. The cast also includes Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Bobby Cannavale, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Miranda Hart, Nargis Fakhri, Peter Serafinowicz, Bjorn Gustafsson and Verka Serduchka. Woods co-stars on HBO’s Silicon Valley, and his credits also include The Good Wife and The Office.

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‘Homeland’s Morena Baccarin Joins Paul Feig’s Melissa McCarthy Comedy ‘Spy’

By | Wednesday April 30, 2014 @ 3:00pm PDT

Morena Baccarin Spy Feig McCarthyHomeland‘s Morena Baccarin is going from her three-season run on the espionage drama to tangling with spies on the big screen. She’s been cast in Fox’s female comedy Spy, writer-director Paul Feig‘s next pic with Bridesmaids and The Heat star Melissa McCarthy. Baccarin, who last year was nominated for an Emmy for her work on Showtime’s Homeland, will play Karen Walker in the pic which has been slated for a Memorial Day 2015 release. Feig is also producing for his Feigco Entertainment banner alongside Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, and Jessie Henderson. Last week he added international stars Nargis Fakhri, Peter Serafinowicz, Bjorn Gustafsson, and Verka Serduchka to the cast, which also includes Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Bobby Cannavale, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Miranda Hart. Filming began last month in Budapest.

Related: Allison Janney Joins Powerhouse Cast Of Paul Feig’s ‘Spy’

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Paul Feig Taps Offshore Talent For Melissa McCarthy Spy Tale

By | Thursday April 24, 2014 @ 11:33am PDT
Mike Fleming

nargisEXCLUSIVE: An international spy comedy needs some offshore talent, and director Paul Feig has found his for Spy, the comedy that stars Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Jude Law, Bobby Cannavale, Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson and Miranda Hart. Feig has added Bollywood star Nargis Fakhri, British comic actor Peter Serafinowicz and Swedish comedian Bjorn Gustafsson. “There are so many actors worldwide that I’ve been dying to work with and Nargis, Peter and Bjorn have always been at the top of my list,” Feig said. “Peter and Bjorn are comic geniuses and Nargis is cool, funny and drop-dead gorgeous, which ironically are three adjectives that have been used to describe me. So, I feel a special kinship with her.”

Feig also added Verka Serduchka, the transgender Ukrainian pop star famous for coming in second place in the Eurovision song competition in 2007. She and her dancers are going to re-create that performance in this movie. Russian chief Vladimir Putin recently wouldn’t let them into Russia to perform because of their anti-gay laws, so maybe they’ll see the performance in the movie. Read More »

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Nat Faxon Joins ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Spy’

By | Monday March 18, 2013 @ 11:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Ben & Kate alum Nat Faxon has been tapped to guest star in ABC’s comedy pilot Spy. The story centers on Tim (Rob Corddry), a well-intentioned father of a highly intelligent and verbal son, Marcus (Mason Cook), who inadvertently takes a job at the Secret Service in order to prove himself a worthy father. Faxon will play Alan, the new boyfriend of Tim’s ex-wife (Paget Brewster) who desperately wants to be friends with Tim and also happens to the principal at Marcus’ elementary school. On the breakdown, the role was listed as a guest star with a series option. If Spy goes to series, Faxon is not expected to be a regular, but the plan is to have him in as many episodes as possible. Faxon, who won an Oscar last year for co-writing The Descendants, fielded multiple pilot offers this season but didn’t want to commit to a series full time because of his projects on the feature side, where he also is looking to direct.

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Jessica Szohr To Star In Fox’s ‘List’, Camille Guaty & Elizabeth Pena Join ABC Comedies

By | Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 1:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Gossip Girl alumna Jessica Szohr has been cast as the female lead opposite Michael Peña in The List, Fox‘s drama pilot from Paul Zbyszewski, Ruben Fleischer and 20th TV. The project centers on the intense Deputy U.S. Marshal Soto (Peña) who, when members of the Federal Witness Security Program start getting killed, leads the hunt for the person who stole “the list” – a file with the identities of every member of the program. Szohr, repped by ICM Partners, Mosaic and Dave Feldman, will play Special Agent Natalie Voss, a fearless FBI agent who detests dealing with the Witness Security Program but is intrigued by the quirky, twitchy Soto. The List reunites Szohr with Fleischer who recently produced the indie Two Night Stand, in which she co-starred. Read More »

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ABC’s ‘Spy’, CW’s ‘Oxygen’ & Amazon’s Onion Pilots Add To Casts

By | Monday February 25, 2013 @ 12:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Actor-comedian Moshe Kasher has been cast opposite Rob Corddry and Mason Cook in ABC’s comedy pilot Spy, about Tim (Corddry), a well-intentioned father of a highly intelligent and verbal son (Cook) who inadvertently takes a job at the Secret Service in order to prove himself a worthy father. Kasher, repped by 3 Arts and WME, will play Tim’s co-worker Chris. He is currently writing on The New Normal.

Malcolm In The Middle alum Chris Masterson co-stars opposite  Jeffery Tambor in Amazon Studios’ comedy pilot, The Onion Presents: The News, a fast-paced scripted comedy set behind the scenes of The Onion News Network. Masterson plays rookie reporter Scott West, who joins the team full of hope and idealism but quickly learns from the demented ONN ensemble that the world of network news is more about selling soda and sunscreen and kidnapping cute white girls to get ratings, than uncovering actual news. Read More »

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‘Community’s Ken Jeong Joins ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Spy’

By | Friday February 22, 2013 @ 8:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

On the same day NBC’s Community posted a series low, its co-star Ken Jeong was cast in ABC’s comedy pilot Spy. The casting of course is in second position to Community, but ABC is clearly betting that the cult comedy won’t come back next season. Based on the UK series, Spy centers on Tim (Rob Corddry), a well intentioned father of a highly intelligent and verbal son (Mason 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. Jeong will play the lithe and mischievous Examiner. The role is played by Robert Lindsay in the original series.

Jeong is the first Community cast member to book a pilot. After an encouraging start to its fourth season earlier this month, Community dropped off precipitously, posting a series-low 1.1 18-49 rating for its episode last night. With co-star Chevy Chase already gone and the series undergoing a showrunner change this season, it is unclear whether NBC would keep the off-beat series for another season at these ratings levels, even with two of its other workplace comedies, The Office and 30 Rock, making an exit.

Jeong started off as guest star on Community but his scene-stealing performance as Señor Ben Chang quickly earned him a promotion to a regular. While on the show, Jeong also blew up on the big screen with The Hangover franchise.

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Paget Brewster Cast In ABC Pilot ‘Spy,’ Henry Thomas In ‘Betrayal’

By | Wednesday February 20, 2013 @ 9:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

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.

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Mason Cook To Co-Star In ABC’s ‘Spy’ Pilot

By | Wednesday February 13, 2013 @ 8:18pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Mason Cook, who played  Eddie Munster in Bryan Fuller’s NBC pilot/special Mockingbird Lane, has been cast as the young lead opposite Rob Corddry in Spy, ABC‘s single-camera comedy pilot based on the 2011 Sky 1 comedy produced by Hat Trick Prods. 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. The original series’ creator Simeon Goulden wrote the U.S. version, produced by ABC Studios and Hat Trick and executive produced by Goulden and Hat Trick’s Jimmy Mulville. Cook is repped by Coast To Coast, Evolution and attorney Howard Fishman.

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Rob Corddry To Star In ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Spy’

By | Monday January 28, 2013 @ 6:15pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Rob Corddry has been tapped as the lead in Spy, ABC‘s single-camera comedy pilot based on the 2011 Sky 1 comedy produced by Hat Trick Prods. Spy centers on Tim (Corddry), a well intentioned father of a highly intelligent and verbal son, 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. On the British series, the role is played by Darren Boyd. Corddry’s casting is in conjunction with an overall deal he has signed with ABC. The original series’ creator Simeon Goulden wrote the U.S. version, produced by ABC Studios and Hat Trick and executive produced by Goulden and Hat Trick’s Jimmy Mulville. Corddry, creator/exec producer/star of Adult Swim’s Childrens Hospital, which won an Emmy in September, also created and exec produces Adult Swim’s new series Newsreaders. As an actor, he recently did arcs on ABC’s Happy Endings as well as on Fox’s Ben & Kate. Corddry, repped by WME and Principato Young, had 3 films at Sundance: In A World…, Hell Baby and The Way Way Back, which landed a blockbuster $10 million distribution deal with Fox Searchlight.

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Adaptation Of British Comedy ‘Spy’ Gets ABC Pilot Order

By | Friday January 25, 2013 @ 2:50pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Hot British comedy format Spy is heading to ABC‘s primetime. The network has ordered a pilot for an adaptation of the 2011 Sky 1 comedy produced by Hat Trick Prods. The original series’ creator Simeon Goulden wrote the U.S. version, which had a put pilot commitment from ABC. ABC Studios and Hat Trick produce, with Goulden and Hat Trick’s Jimmy Mulville and Helen Williams executive producing. Spy centers on a well intentioned father of a highly intelligent and verbal son, 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. Read More »

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ABC Nears Put Pilot Deal For U.S. Version of British Comedy ‘Spy’

By | Wednesday August 15, 2012 @ 11:59am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Hot British comedy format Spy is crossing the pond. ABC is planning to develop an adaptation of the 2011 Sky 1 comedy produced by Hat Trick Prods. The original series’ creator Simeon Goulden is in negotiations to write the U.S. version, which is expected to get a put pilot commitment from ABC. ABC Studios and Hat Trick will produce, with Goulden and Hat Trick’s Jimmy Mulville executive producing.

The original series (trailer below) follows hapless single father Tim (Darren Boyd) who, trying to impress his horribly precocious nine-year-old son, quits his job as a junior sales assistant in a computer shop but then gets accidentally recruited into the British intelligence agency MI5. The series, which echos such bumbling spy franchises as Get Smart and Johnny English, chronicles his attempts to balance his secret life as a trainee agent with his chaotic domestic life.

After a successful six-episode first-season run, Sky 1 renewed Spy for a second season with a supersized for British standards order for 10 episodes and a Christmas special. Season 2 is now in production. In the U.S., the series is available on hulu where it is a top performer. This marks the latest U.S. project for Hat Track, one of  UK’s most successful independent production companies. The company has produced U.S. adaptations of a number of its U.K. comedy series, including Worst Week, which went to series on CBS. WME-repped Hat Trick currently … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’

Mike Fleming

There’s a new trailer up for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, the Tomas Alfredson-directed adaptation of the John Le Carre espionage novel. The film stars Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch and Ciaran Hinds. Oldman unbelievably has managed to exist as one of the most consistently great actors, without being nominated for an Oscar. From what I’ve heard, his performance in this movie provides Oldman with his strongest chance to be a serious contender to put a trophy on his mantel. Focus Features releases the film in the US on Nov. 18.

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‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ Gets Release Date, But Was Not Dropped By Universal

Mike Fleming

Reports about Universal’s dating of the John Le Carre adaptation Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy on November 18 have blown out of proportion about what occurred. Reports make it sound like the movie changed hands. It hasn’t, at all. Universal-owned Focus Features will put the picture out, something that was a possibility way back when Deadline revealed that the picture was acquired as one of the hottest titles at the Berlin Film Festival. It feels more like a Focus film. But there was no fresh acquisition, and Universal hasn’t stepped away from the film. It’s the same company. The Tomas Alfredson-directed film stars Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong and Ciaran Hinds.

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