February 20, 2013 9:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Criminal Minds' Alum Paget Brewster to Co-Star in ABC's 'Spy' Comedy
Paget Brewster is returning to comedy.
The former Criminal Minds actress has been tapped to star in ABC's adaptation of Spy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Based on the British series of the same name, the single-camera comedy revolves around Tim (Warm Bodies' Rob Corddry), the well-intentioned father of a highly intelligent and verbal son named Marcus (Mockingbird Lane's Mason Cook), who also happens to be his complete opposite. Tim inadvertently takes a job at the secret service in order to prove himself a worthy father.
Brewster will play Erica Elliot, Tim's ex-wife and Marcus' mother. Contrasting with Tim's warmth, Erica is described as a cold and neurotic person who has long been in therapy. Marcus has inherited her precision and dissatisfaction. Erica's prescription-drug addiction has left Tim with full custody of their son.
The half-hour, single-camera comedy will be written by Simeon Goulden, creator of the Sky1 series on which the ABC effort is based. 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.
In addition to playing Emily Prentiss for more than 110 episodes of Criminal Minds, Brewster most recently had an arc on NBC's Law & Order: SVU. She has also lent her voice to multiple roles on Fox's American Dad and has had roles in Huff and Andy Richter Controls the Universe, as well as an arc on Friends. Repped by UTA, Burstein and McKuin Frankel, she next guest-stars on ABC's Modern Family.