January 25, 2013 2:50pm PT by Lesley Goldberg , Lacey Rose
ABC Orders British 'Spy' Comedy, Family Sports Entry With James Caan to Pilot
ABC added to its pilot orders Friday, picking up a reboot of British comedy Spy and a sports-themed family comedy with James Caan in final negotiations.
The half-hour single-camera Spy will be written by Simeon Goulden, creator of the Sky1 series. It follows a well-intentioned man who inadvertently takes a job at the secret service in order to prove himself a worthy father to his highly intelligent and verbal son, who also happens to be his complete opposite. The British series, now in its second season, has been distributed stateside on Hulu.
Jimmy Mulville and Helen Williams are on board to executive produce alongside Goulden, who will pen the pilot for ABC Studios and Hat Trick Productions.
Meanwhile, the untitled single-camera comedy centers on Terry Gannon, a strong-willed divorced single mom who has to move back home with her estranged father -- a beer-swilling former baseball player. She reluctantly starts to coach her son's underdog Little League team and is drawn back into the world of sports she vowed to leave behind. Brothers Mark and Robb Cullen (NBC's Las Vegas) will pen the script and executive produce alongside Kapital Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan and 20th Television.
Caan, who starred on Las Vegas from 2003-07, is in final negotiations to play the father.
Friday's pickups join the previously announced five comedies and four dramas at the network, including Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D., which already has begun production.