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September 30, 2009

J.J. Abrams script in bidding war

By Nellie Andreeva

A bidding war is raging over a drama spec script backed by J.J. Abrams.

ABC, CBS and NBC are in pursuit of the hot script by writer Josh Reims who first worked with Abrams on his WB series "Felicity."

The project, from Bad Robot and Warner Bros. TV, centers on two spies working together who are also husband and wife.

The show, whose premise is somewhat reminiscent of "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," sparked a bidding war the moment it hit the marketplace last week, with ABC, NBC and CBS jockeying up for the lead position.

According to sources, ABC and NBC now appear ahead in the negotiations to land the script.

The untitled project brings Abrams back into the spy arena that he mined with his ABC series "Alias."

Abrams, co-creator/executive producer of Fox’s sci-fi drama series “Fringe,” got a presentation order from Fox earlier this month for a half-hour project written by Mike Markowitz.

Reims is repped by UTA. Abrams is with WME.

UPDATE: The project is going to NBC...


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