ABC Family ready to pay 'Middleman'


ABC Family is close to giving the green light to "The Middleman," a one-hour pilot from "Medium" writer-producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach.

Based on Grillo-Marxuach's graphic novels for Viper Comics, which were illustrated by Les McClaine, "Middleman" centers on a twentysomething struggling artist recruited by a secret agency to fight comic book-type villains.

It's been a passion project for Grillo-Marxuach, who penned the script for the light drama as a spec.

ABC Family has closed a deal with Grillo-Marxuach to executive produce "Middleman" with a formal pilot order pending, subject to a budget agreement.

"Middleman" joins another fantasy one-hour pilot recently picked up by ABC Family, "Samurai Girl," which is based on the popular book series for young adults (HR 8/21). In the past month, the cable network also ordered the comedy pilots "Happy Campers" and "Roomies" (HR 8/20).

Grillo-Marxuach serves as a co-executive producer on NBC's drama "Medium." His series credits also include "Lost" and "Jake 2.0," "Boomtown" and "Charmed."

He is repped by ICM.