NBC Picks Up JJ Abrams’ Spy Series ‘Undercovers’

We have an update on our Pilot Watch from last week. One of the three pending pilots from Star Trek luminaries has been picked up. Today NBC announced they have given a full season order to JJ Abrams new spy series, Undercovers. Details below.


JJ’s show picked up, still waiting for Shatner & Orci/Kurtzman shows

Even though the ‘upfronts’ for the broadcast networks are being held in two weeks, JJ Abrams new show Undercovers has got an advance order. The show focuses on the lives of two married spies (more details below). Abrams Fox series Fringe has already been picked up for a third season at Fox, and so with Lost wrapping up its final season later this month, Abrams production company Bad Robot will be able to go into the 2010-2011 still with two series in production.

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Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw – stars ofNBC’s Undercovers

We will probably have to wait until the official CBS upfront presentation on May 19th to find out if Shatner’s Bleep My Dad Says and the Orci/Kurtzman reboot of Hawaii Five-0 will be on the Fall schedule.


NBC 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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