NBC nears deal for J.J. Abrams spy drama

Script co-written by Josh Reims

NBC seems to be winning the J.J. stakes.

The network is said to be close to landing a drama spec script by J.J. Abrams and Josh Reims that sparked a bidding war when it hit the marketplace last week.

ABC, NBC and CBS were in pursuit of the hot property, from Bad Robot and Warner Bros. TV, with NBC and ABC reportedly going down to the wire.

The show, which revolves around two spies working together who also are husband and wife, returns Abrams to the spy arena, which he mined with his ABC series "Alias."

At NBC, it could join the spy dramedy "Chuck," also from WBTV.

The first project Abrams co-created under his rich deal with WBTV, the sci-fi drama "Fringe," also was written on spec and sparked a bidding war in fall 2007 before landing at Fox with a big series commitment.

Last month, Abrams received a presentation order from Fox for a half-hour project written by Mike Markowitz.

Reims first worked with Abrams on his WB Network series "Felicity" and was an executive producer alongside him on ABC's "What About Brian."

Reims, who most recently worked on ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" and "Dirty Sexy Money," is repped by UTA. Abrams is repped by WME.