Feb 23, 2013

Tradecraft: Ken Jeong Cast as The Examiner in Spy Remake

Deadline reports that Ken Jeong (The Hangover) has been cast as the mercurial spy boss known only as "The Examiner" in ABC's remake of the British sitcom Spy. Jeong is currently in the cast of Community on NBC, so should that be renewed for another season, he won't be able to take the Spy role. But with Community having hit a series low in ratings this week, I don't think many people expect that to happen. I think Jeong's a pretty great choice for the unpredictable and mischievous Examiner, a role originated by Robert Lindsay on the UK show. I can definitely picture him in the part. As previously announced, Rob Corddry plays the lead, well-meaning single dad-turned-secret agent Tim, and the brilliant Paget Brewster (Andy Richter Controls the Universe) was also recently cast as the hapless hero's ex-wife. Mason Cook (last seen as Eddie Munster on Mockingbird Lane) plays Tim's precocious and condescending son. UK series creator Simeon Goulden penned the U.S. pilot, which remains (unsurprisingly, I suppose) quite close to its British counterpart.

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