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Fox net nabs Josh Friedman spy drama

Project is among several high-profile development properties making rounds

Fox has given a put pilot commitment to spy drama project from scribe Josh Friedman and 20th Century Fox TV.

Friedman’s pitch is among a handful of hot properties making the network rounds this week. Project is described as a sophisticated espionager revolving around a femme spy who uses her powers of seduction on her targets.

Meanwhile, a comedy project to star Sarah Silverman from 20th TV and Imagine TV has sparked bidding among ABC, Fox and NBC. Silverman would play a woman readjusting to the single life after the end of a decade-long relationship. She’s teamed to pen the pilot with writers Dan Sterling and Jon Schroeder from her former Comedy Central series “The Sarah Silverman Program.” Imagine principal Ron Howard has also been deeply involved in shepherding the Silverman project. Silverman, Howard, Sterling Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Imagine TV topper Francie Calfo will exec produce.

Friedman is no stranger to Fox or 20th TV, having steered the net’s “Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles” series as exec producer. He was an exec producer on the 20th TV pilot “Locke and Key” this past development season, and he served as a consulting producer on the pilot for “Bones” spinoff “The Finder.”

Friedman is repped by UTA and attorney Karl Austen of Jackoway Tyerman.

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