NBC Picks Up J.J. Abrams ‘Undercovers’

J.J. AbramsSource: The Hollywood Reporter

J.J. Abrams and his Warner Bros. based TV production company Bad Robot are all over network television (Lost, which concludes it’s sixth and final season this month, has been a staple at ABC for years while FOX has found success with their sci-fi thriller Fringe) and now they are officially in business with NBC. The prolific entertainer wrote, produced and directed the action-drama pilot Undercovers and will see his latest effort air on the peacock next season, says the Hollywood Reporter.

“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.” 

The project stars British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Boris Kodjoe as a married couple who are re-activated as CIA agents after years of retirement. Undercovers also marks the first pilot Abrams has directed since 2004’s Lost.

Most compare the plot to a modern-day Hart to Hart or the film Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Here’s the first extensive logline for the show: 

Outwardly, Steven Bloom (Boris Kodjoe, “Resident Evil: Afterlife”) and his wife, Samantha (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, “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”).