Star Trek producer/director JJ Abrams latest series Undercovers has effectively been cancelled by NBC. The network has announced that they will not be picking up any additional episodes after the initial 13 ordered. More details below.
JJ Abrams (director of Mission: Impossible III and creator of Alias) returned to the spy genre this year with Undercovers on NBC, a series about two married spies. The show began the season with a lot of buzz and promotion and an expensive pilot directed and co-written by Abrams. However, the pilot got middle of the road ratings and they have been in decline since, so NBC has decided it will not be picking up additional episodes beyond their initial order for 13, effectively cancelling the show.
TV By The Numbers opines on the cancellation:
The news is hardly surprising after Undercovers hit series lows Wednesday night with a 1.3 adults 18-49 rating that tied with a repeat of Hell’s Kitchen on Fox, but it likely sends a shiver down the spine of Fringe fans who think no network would possibly ever cancel a JJ Abrams show.
NBC has aired seven episodes so far with three more scheduled (November 10, November 17 and December 1). It is unknown if or when the final three will be aired.
Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw – stars ofNBC’s Undercovers
As for the other two new shows from Star Trek vets, both Hawaii Five-0 (developed by Star Trek writer/producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman) and $#!* My Dad Says (starring William Shatner) were recently given full season orders by CBS and both continue to get strong ratings.
As for the aforementioned Fox sci-fi series Fringe (created by Abrams, Orci & Kurtzman), ratings for the third season continue to struggle and last night’s episode was a season low with just a 1.8 rating in the key 18-49 demographic. It is fair to say that Fringe is ‘on the bubble’ with regards to getting a fourth season.
While things didn’t work out for Abrams on Undercovers, the producer still has a number of pilots in development for the next season.