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NBC Picks Up First Pilot: J.J. Abrams' 'Undercovers'

by Chris Harnick, posted May 3rd 2010 5:00PM
Gugu Mbatha-RawAnd so it begins. NBC picked up its first pilot, the J.J. Abrams project 'Undercovers.'

Abrams co-wrote, produced and directed the pilot about two former married CIA agents -- played by Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (pictured) -- who get reactivated after years of retirement. According to the Hollywood Reporter, this is the first pilot Abrams has directed since 'Lost' in 2004.

"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 of NBC Universal Television Entertainment, in a statement. "J.J. has delivered another signature series along with our partners at Warner Bros. and we couldn't be happier."

As part of the deal with Abrams, NBC had to make a decision by today. The pick up of 'Undercovers' is part of NBC's new strategy to increase viewership. More on that can be found here.

Josh Reims co-wrote the pilot with Abrams and serves as a co-writer and executive producer. Bryan Burk, no stranger to Abrams projects having worked on 'Fringe,' 'Lost' and 'Alias' will serve as an executive producer.

The Hollywood Reporter compared the plot to a modern 'Hart to Hart' and similar to the Angelina Jolie/Brad Pitt film 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith.'

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"... part of NBC's new strategy to increase viewership ..."

Isn't that ALWAYS the strategy for TV networks? Not that NBC's done a good job of it ...

May 05 2010 at 8:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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