On the same day NBC’s Community posted a series low, its co-star Ken Jeong was cast in ABC’s comedy pilot Spy. The casting of course is in second position to Community, but ABC is clearly betting that the cult comedy won’t come back next season. Based on the UK series, Spy centers on Tim (Rob Corddry), a well intentioned father of a highly intelligent and verbal son (Mason Cook), who also happens to be his complete opposite, who inadvertently takes a job at the Secret Service in order to prove himself a worthy father. Jeong will play the lithe and mischievous Examiner. The role is played by Robert Lindsay in the original series.
Jeong is the first Community cast member to book a pilot. After an encouraging start to its fourth season earlier this month, Community dropped off precipitously, posting a series-low 1.1 18-49 rating for its episode last night. With co-star Chevy Chase already gone and the series undergoing a showrunner change this season, it is unclear whether NBC would keep the off-beat series for another season at these ratings levels, even with two of its other workplace comedies, The Office and 30 Rock, making an exit.
Jeong started off as guest star on Community but his scene-stealing performance as Señor Ben Chang quickly earned him a promotion to a regular. While on the show, Jeong also blew up on the big screen with The Hangover franchise.