J.J. Abrams' New Spy Series Sparks a TV Bidding War

October 5, 2009  |  12:00pm
ABC, NBC and CBS are currently in a bidding war for J.J. Abrams' spec script for a new spy series.

Mr. Jeffrey Jacob Abrams has a storied history with spy-themed TV shows. He wrote and produced the Jennifer Garner launchpad Alias, which went off the air in 2006. Since then, he's been working on the series Lost and Fringeas well as directing this summer's Star Trek movie.


Along with writer Josh Reims, with whom he produced and wrote Felicity a decade ago, Abrams has completed the new pilot about a married couple who work together as spies. The series, which sounds an awful lot like Mr. & Mrs. Smith, is a hot commodity for the three major networks, but the Hollywood Reporter has indicated that NBC is close to edging out the competition and securing the deal. NBC, which has been struggling in the ratings this season, already has the spy series Chuck on its roster (both Chuck and the nascent project by Abrams are produced by Warner Brothers Television).

Meanwhile, Abrams is stepping outside of the creative box. In the last month, he signed on with Fox to executive produce the pilot of a half-hour medical comedy that was written by Mike Markowitz (Becker).

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