NBC Picks up the J.J. Abrams Spy Drama UNDERCOVERS for Fall 2010

     May 3, 2010

In a bit of a no-brainer, NBC has picked up the high profile pilot for the spy drama Undercovers for their fall 2010 schedule. Co-created by J.J. Abrams (Star Trek) and Josh Reims (Brothers and Sisters), Undercovers nabbed the first official season order among the broadcast networks after riding high on a wave of good buzz throughout pilot season.  The Abrams-directed pilot opens on a married couple who currently run a small L.A. catering company, but fell in love when they were two of the CIA’s finest spies; Boris Kodjoe (Soul Food) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Doctor Who) star.

Given the Abrams pedigree, expectations are high for a network who could use a savior next season.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a two hour block of spy-related awesomeness (i.e. Chuck at 8:00, Undercovers at 9:00) when the full schedule is announced in a couple weeks.  Hit the jump for the official press release.

Here’s the official press release:

NBC PICKS UP ‘UNDERCOVERS,’ FROM J.J. ABRAMS AND JOSH REIMS, AS FIRST NEW SCRIPTED SERIES FOR 2010-11 SEASON

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – May 3, 2010 – NBC has issued its first scripted series pickup for the 2010-11 season with the order of the drama “Undercovers” from acclaimed writer/producer/director J.J. Abrams (“Star Trek,” “Fringe,” “Lost,” “Alias”) and executive producer/writer Josh Reims (“Brothers and Sisters”), it was announced today by Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios.

“We have tremendous confidence in this promising series and feel this is a great way to kick off our upcoming Upfront development announcements,” said Jeff Gaspin, Chairman, NBC Universal Television Entertainment.  “J.J. has delivered another signature series, along with our partners at Warner Bros., and we couldn’t be happier.”

“Having J.J. on our creative team is a great reason for celebration,” said Bromstad.  “In ‘Undercovers,’ J.J. and Josh have found a breakout couple that is rich in character and brimming with romance and action.  We feel he’s found the perfect cast.”

Abrams serves as co-writer, executive producer – and also directs – his first direction of a TV series pilot since “Lost.”  “Undercovers” is a sexy, fun, action-packed spy drama that proves once and for all that marriage is still the world’s most dangerous partnership.  Outwardly, Steven Bloom (Boris Kodjoe, “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion,” “Soul Food,” “Resident Evil: Afterlife”) and his wife, Samantha (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, “Doctor Who,” “Bonekickers”), are a typical married couple who own a small catering company in Los Angeles and are helped by Samantha’s easily frazzled younger sister, Lizzy (Jessica Parker Kennedy, “Smallville”).

Secretly, the duo were two of the CIA’s best spies until they fell in love on the job five years ago and retired.  When fellow spy and friend Nash (Carter MacIntyre, “American Heiress”) goes missing while on the trail of a Russian arms dealer, the Blooms are reinstated by boss Carlton Shaw (Gerald McRaney, “Deadwood”) to locate and rescue Nash.  The pair is thrust back into the world of espionage as they follow leads that span the globe — and Steven and Samantha realize that this supercharged, undercover lifestyle provides the excitement and romance that their marriage has been missing.  Also starring is Ben Schwartz (NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”).

“Undercovers” is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television.  The pilot was written by J.J. Abrams & Josh Reims and directed by Abrams.  Abrams, Reims and Bryan Burk (“Fringe,” “Lost, “Alias”) are the executive producers.

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