We are still months away from knowing whether or not JJ Abrams will be directing the 2012 Star Trek sequel, but today it was announced he is going back into the director’s chair for the pilot of his new spy show for NBC, Undercovers. The new JJ Abrams executive produced show will be one of the new dramas to fill out the NBC schedule, now that their 10PM Jay Leno has been cancelled.
JJ to direct pilot for his new spy show
In November it was reported that JJ Abrams was in talks to direct the pilot of Undercovers, but today NBC made it official, while announcing their upcoming schedule at the Television Critics Association meeting going on this weekend. Abrams has previously directed the pilots of two of the other shows he created, Lost and Alias. His Lost pilot is consdiered one of the best ever made and helped land him at Paramount directing Mission: Impossible: III, which led to his long-term deal with the studio and a certain Star Trek film.
In Undercovers, Abrams returns to the spy genre of Alias, but the show also has a romantic comedy angle, with the basis of the show being a married couple of spies, not unlike 2005 film Mr. & Mrs. Smith. In December Abrams hired the Soul Food star Boris Kodjoe to play to play Steven Bloom, but they have not yet announced an actress to play his wife, Samantha Bloom.
Promo image for "Undercovers"
Also, in true Abrams fashion, the show has already a viral website (undercoversweb.com), that contains some mysterious clues to the show. There are two screenshots from a supposed TV news segment reporting that Bloom is missing (with a pic of Kidjoe) with more info. The images also have some Abrams Easter Eggs, like the advertising logo for Oceanic Airlines and the time being 8:15 (both Lost references). There is also an Undercovers Twitter account you can follow.
One of the image clues at undercoversweb.com
For more on NBC’s future drama programming, go to hollywoodreporter.com