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CBS Working on Female-Driven Spy Drama Titled MI-Zero

Take that, Bond.

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CBS recently announced that they’re currently working on a brand new female-driven “royal spy drama” titled MI-Zero. Parodying the British intelligence agency’s nomenclature, the premise is thus: an American woman marries the Prince of England, and finds out that in doing so, she’s now a part of a secret society of spies that use their proximity to power to “be the best secret agents on the planet.”

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You wouldn’t be alone in thinking that this premise sounds familiar. Kingsman: The Secret Service also features a secret society of spies, though that society is dominated pretty heavily by men. Still, the movie was incredibly charming, and if The Hollywood Reporter’s sources are to be believed, then it’ll capture a lot of the same feeling that Kingsman had. The series is also supposed to focus on female empowerment a la Alias.  That’s incredibly welcoming to hear.

It’s interesting to note that this follows on the heels of Supergirl on CBS, along with an announcement that CBS is revamping the old Nancy Drew books in a brand new police procedural. This may (hopefully) mean that network executives are finally seeing the value in having female-led and female-driven television shows.

Behind the series are writers Austin Winberg (Gossip Girl) and Alex Litvak (The Three Musketeers).

Here’s hoping this doesn’t flop–spy flicks and TV shows are something of a favorite of mine, and to think of another one trying and failing is a bit disappointing.

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