UPDATED: Psych star James Roday is set as the male lead opposite Melanie Griffith in ABC’s untitled Molyneux comedy pilot (aka The Brainy Bunch), from Imagine TV and 20th TV. As part of the deal, Roday has received a blind script commitment from 20th TV to write and/or direct a future pilot.

The single-camera Molyneux project, written/executive produced by Wendy & Lizzie Molyneux and directed by Jamie Travis, is inspired by the book by Kip and Mona Lisa Harding. Through a combination of genetics and dynamic home schooling, Kip (Roday) and Mona Lisa Mitchell find themselves raising extraordinarily intelligent kids. Kip is a former Special Forces Operations sergeant, now a stay-at-home father to his seven brilliant children. Griffith plays Kip’s mother-in-law who takes them into her Orange County home. Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo executive produce.

In addition to starring in Psych, Roday, repped by ICM Partners, Principal LA, and Michael Mahan, wrote and directed multiple episodes of the USA dramedy.