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James Hibberd
February 20, 2013 AT 05:00 PM EST

Former Criminal Minds star Paget Brewster taking aim at ABC’s Spy pilot.

The show is based on a British comedy series and centers on Tim (Rob Corddry) the well-intentioned father of a highly intelligent and verbal son, Marcus (Mason Cook), who also happens to be his complete opposite. Tim inadvertently takes a job at the secret service in order to prove himself a worthy father.

Brewster will play mother of Marcus and Tim’s ex-wife. She’s described as a “cold neurotic person who has long been seeing therapists. Marcus gets from her his precision and his withering dissatisfaction with Tim …she snipes viciously at Tim, whom she openly loathes for his utter lack of achievement, accomplishment or ambition.”

Brewster also has a role this season on ABC’s Modern Family, playing portraying the new girlfriend of Manny’s biological father. Spy is from Simeon Goulden, the creator of the UK version, and executive produced by Jimmy Mulville for his Hat Trick Productions. See our full list of comedy pilots here.

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