NBC is officially going ‘Undercovers’ with auteur J.J. Abrams (‘Lost,’ ‘Fringe’), having picked up his new spy drama pilot for the 2010-11 TV season.
This marks NBC’s first announced drama series pick-up for the fall.
‘Undercovers’ stars Boris Kodjoe (‘Soul Food’) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (‘Doctor Who’) as Steven and Samantha Bloom, married retired CIA agents who now run a catering business. Alas, they are pulled back into action by a case that hits close to home. Gerald McRaney (‘Major Dad’) plays their agency boss, while Jessica Parker Kennedy (‘Smallville’) is Samantha’s sister.
Abrams penned the pilot with exec producer Josh Reims (‘Brothers & Sisters’), and for the first time since ‘Lost’ will direct the pilot as well.
“We have tremendous confidence in this promising series,” says 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.”
Adds NBC entertainment president Angela Bromstad, “Having J.J. on our creative team is a great reason for celebration. 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.”