Tradecraft: B Sky B Books New Spy-Com
According to Deadline, British satellite broadcaster B Sky B (the cable network that first brought us Strike Back) will debut a new spy sitcom this fall aimed at family audiences and called, simply, Spy. Sky's website describes it as the story of a single father, Tim (Darren Boyd), trying to win the respect of his precocious 9-year-old son, Marcus (Jude Wright). "In the hope of proving that he is not a complete loser, Tim quits his dead-end job but his life changes forever when he is accidentally recruited as a trainee spy for MI5. Tim struggles as he attempts to juggle family life and his professional life without his secret being discovered. Supervising Tim at work is irrepressible MI5 boss, The Examiner, played by Robert Lindsay (My Family), who teaches the recruits his own unorthodox approach to the espionage game." So it's The Piglet Files meets... Two and a Half Men? Also in the typical sitcom mix are an "acidic ex-wife," her new boyfriend, a potential love interest spy colleague and a psychotic social worker. Spy is created and written by Simeon Goulden and set to air this fall in the UK. I doubt it will turn up in America unless a US network buys the format to remake.