You can bet the people tied to the new USA show Covert Affairs aren’t entirely pleased to hear about the new NBC show from J.J. Abrams. Josh Reims and Abrams have created a show called Undercovers. It’s an hour-long drama about spies.
Abrams will be the co-writer, executive producer – and also a director – which will be his first direction of a TV series pilot since Lost. This show sounds interesting, and I’ll definitely give it a shot. But it sounds suspiciously like he put shows Alias and Fringe in a blender and gave it a new name. Seriously, this show really sounds like he just picked up where the Alias season finale left off. Abrams, you’re starting to feel a little one-note. If the Lost finale also somehow involves the CIA, it’ll be official.
“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”).