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Unit Zero - Toni Collette to Star in Spy Dramedy in Development at ABC from Black-ish Creator



Toni Collette is set to star in and executive produce Unit Zero, an action dramedy from Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and supervising producer Lindsay Shockley, which has landed at ABC. The hourlong project hails from ABC Studios where Barris is under an overall deal.

Unit Zero is based on an idea from Shockley who will write the script and will executive produce with Barris as well as Collette who has been closely involved in the project alongside the two writer-producers. David Gordon Green is attached to direct.

The dramedy follows a brilliant, but unassuming CIA engineer and single mom, Jackie Fink (Collette), as she leads a team of CIA underlings who are thrust into the field as first time spies. Each week, this team of zeroes races against the clock to gather intelligence and solve cases of national security. And they succeed partly because no one in their right mind would ever suspect they were spies.

“I’m so excited to be able to tell this story which is so personal to me,” said Shockley. “At its core, this show is about outsiders, those of us who don’t fit in. It celebrates everything that’s beautiful about being different.”

Added Barris, “This show is really important to me because it fits into the type of television that I love doing. It pulls back the curtain on what it’s like to be a woman in a historically male-dominated field, and it shows underrepresented voices. Most importantly, it starts a conversation while being funny.”

Unit Zero is a character-based procedural, a genre ABC is actively pursuing for next season.
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