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'Undercovers' Series Finale: The Show Comes to an End -- Sort of (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 30th 2010 1:31AM
'Undercovers' Series Finale:  The Show Comes to an End -- Sort of Every story is a mystery story -- even if the tale itself doesn't involve clues or a crime. Whether it's a sitcom about mismatched roommates, a game show, or a reality show about people living in New Jersey, we still watch every TV program for the same reason: to find out what happens at the end.

It's a natural human desire to learn what happens next. But this might be a problem where 'Undercovers' is concerned. You see, the spy drama has been canceled. Tonight's episode (Wed., 8PM ET on NBC) is the 11th installment of the show. Two episodes remain, but they might never be aired. So, this could be the end.

Every story is a mystery story, but the latest (and maybe last) episode of 'Undercovers' gave us a literal mystery as well. ... What was in the locker?

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Hardly Knew You: The Short-Lived Shows of 2010

by Rich Keller, posted Dec 20th 2010 5:40PM
'Lone Star,' which garnered huge pre-season buzz, was cancled by FOX after only two episodes.Not everything is a long-running classic in the fickle world that is television. You may feel that your show has the right mix of acting, writing and directing to be a favorite for indefinite first-run and syndicated airings, but the viewers may have other ideas.

And when that happens, your show could disappear before the cover art is even dry for the complete series DVD set.

The year 2010 had no shortage of these short timers. In fact, the 2010-2011 season has already seen not one, not two but three series that bowed out after only two episodes. This, despite long-promoted hype and pre-season buzz. Mentioned here are the 2010 programs that had shorter runs than the presidency of William Henry Harrison.

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What to Watch: November 8 - 14

by Stephanie Earp, posted Nov 8th 2010 3:03AM
Conan - Monday November 8, 12AM ET/PT, Comedy

Finally, the red-headed phoenix rises from the ashes of that NBC debacle, taking his rightful place on your late-night screen. Conan O'Brien's first week of guests includes Seth Rogen, Jack White, Tom Hanks, Jon Hamm, and Canadian Jon Dore. There was initially some talk of having Coco on earlier up here in Canada, with initial releases claiming he'd be on at 11PM, but alas with 'The Daily Show's historic takeover of the top late night spot, why mess with success? (Jon Stewart airs at 11PM on CTV affiliates in Canada.)

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NBC Cancels 'Undercovers'

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 4th 2010 4:20PM
UndercoversNBC has canceled 'Undercovers.'

According to the Live Feed, the J.J. Abrams spy series will air its final three episodes in the coming weeks.

A few weeks ago, NBC handed out back nine orders to new shows such as 'The Event,' 'Outsourced' and 'Law & Order: Los Angeles,' but left 'Undercovers' off the list.

The series, starring Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, dazzled advertisers and critics with its trailer, but failed to impress when full episodes began hitting the screen. Hailed as one of the most diverse new shows of the fall (both the show's leads are black), the series never gained traction in Nielsen ratings.

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Exclusive: Going 'Undercovers' with Boris Kodjoe

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 3rd 2010 1:35PM
Boris KodjoePlaying a gorgeous, globe-trotting secret agent with an array of CIA gadgetry at your disposal, a sexy co-star at your side and J.J. Abrams writing your quips might sound like a tough job, but someone's gotta do it.

Alright, it pretty much sounds like the most awesome job in the world, and we can't think of any man better suited for the task than Boris Kodjoe, who plays one half of the husband-and-wife crimefighting duo on NBC's action-packed spy drama, 'Undercovers'.

In this exclusive chat with TV Squad, Kodjoe talked about the sexism of sexpionage and the importance of education, and gave us the first scoop on his character's estranged brother ...

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Casting News: Susan Boyle Confirmed for 'Glee,' Alan Dale to Recur on 'Undercovers' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 1st 2010 11:15AM
Susan Boyle'Britain's Got Talent' phenomenon Susan Boyle will guest star on the holiday episode of 'Glee.'

Earlier this year Entertainment Weekly reported that 'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy wanted Boyle to appear as a lunch lady in the show's season 2 holiday episode. Looks like he's getting his wish: According to Vulture, SuBo is on board for the episode.

The Scottish singer's second album, "The Gift" hits stores Nov. 8. Nothing says "new album" like a 'Glee' cameo.

In other casting news ...

NBC's 'Undercovers' has added Alan Dale to its cast. The 'Lost' veteran has been tapped to play James Kelvin, the man who is responsible for bringing Steven and Samantha Bloom back to the CIA. Listen for Dale's voice in episode 8 and watch for the actor to appear in full during episode 11. [TV Guide]

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'Undercovers' Season 1, Episode 5 Recap (VIDEO)

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 21st 2010 12:15AM
Undercovers['Undercovers' - 'Not Without My Daughter']

So NBC ordered an additional four episodes of 'Undercovers.' When I first heard that news, I have to admit that my first thought was "why?" I don't know if J.J. Abrams and company have laid out where the show is going for NBC or if other shows on the schedule are worse or if the midseason shows that the network has just aren't promising. Whatever the answer, more 'Undercovers' is coming.

And I have to admit the show is beginning to grow on me. That doesn't mean that it's must-see or even very good, but it's an OK way to kill an hour. It just needs a lot of work.

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'Undercovers' Season 1, Episode 4 Recap (VIDEO)

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 14th 2010 12:46AM
Undercovers['Undercovers' - 'Jailbreak']

Last week I mentioned I'd watch a show that centered around Leo and Hoyt, and tonight we got a little of that. They were a big part of the whole Ireland adventure and got to investigate things separate from Steven and Samantha. They were funny and got things done. If this show ever gets a spin-off, it would star Leo and Hoyt (Note: this show will never have a spin-off).

The episode itself? Just when I was going to write this show off completely, they give us a really good one.

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'Undercovers' Season 1, Episode 3 Recap (VIDEO)

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 7th 2010 12:30AM
Undercovers['Undercovers' - 'Devices']

'Undercovers' is one of those shows that sounds better when you talk about it than when you actually watch it. There's actually less here than meets the eye. So what I thought I'd do this week is talk about the plot of tonight's episode and what was good and bad about it -- it was the typical spy plot in which our heroes are looking for a code-breaking device that turned out to be a person, not a machine, a plot used a thousand times before -- I thought I'd list three ways that the show could still improve.

Of course, with ratings like this the show might not even finish its first season, but that doesn't mean we can't talk about improvements, right?

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'Undercovers' - Season 1, Episode 2 Recap (VIDEO)

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 30th 2010 12:15AM
Undercovers['Undercovers' - 'Instructions']

'Undercovers' has all of the things I like in a TV show: action, charming leads, international locations, lots of humor, it's done by J.J. Abrams and company, and it's set in the exciting world of spies and intrigue. It has all of the ingredients of a hit show I'd love.

So why do I find it so boring?

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Steven and Samantha Bloom Get Hot for Explosions and Gunfire on 'Undercovers' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 23rd 2010 6:04AM
'Undercovers'J.J. Abrams returns to television with a new series, and what it lacks in smoke monsters and donkey wheels, it makes up for in explosions and kicking butt. 'Undercovers' (Wed., 8PM on NBC) stars Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Steven and Samantha Bloom, two former CIA agents pulled back into the job when Sam's former partner goes missing. And they aren't pulling any punches.

When shooting at a suspect in a high-speed car chase, if they refuse to stop, never be afraid to resort to a rocket launcher. This is why they were invented; for use on the freeway, as Samantha proved to great effect tonight.

[NOTE: Spoiler Alert]

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'Undercovers' Premiere Review: A Slick, Slight Spy Caper

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 22nd 2010 11:00AM
'Undercovers' (8PM ET Wednesday, NBC) looks great.

But if you're looking for anything more than superficial eye-candy, you may be disappointed by this J.J. Abrams-Josh Reims espionage drama, which ditches much of what was good about Abrams' previous spy show, 'Alias,' and replaces it with, well, a whole lot of pretty-looking nothing.

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Fall TV's Best New Shows

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 9th 2010 1:30PM
Your TV will be flooded with new shows in coming weeks, so consider this an attempt to help you sort through your couch-potato options.

Of course, when it comes to new shows, no one can accurately predict which ones will fulfill their early promise and which ones will flame out creatively or get canceled within weeks of their premieres. And this year there are few slam-dunks along the lines of 'The Good Wife' or 'Modern Family' (to get our comedy kicks we'll probably have to go with returning shows, given that none of the new comedies look too promising).

Without further ado, these are the fall programs that, on first glance, appear to have quite a bit of potential:

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AOL Television Editors Preview Fall TV: What to Watch, Skip & Try (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 1st 2010 10:00AM
If TV critics were children, Fall TV would be the equivalent of back to school time -- a lot of work to do, but so much excitement. And there's always a little disappointment as you say goodbye to summer freedom, or in our case, to our happy vacation moods.

Of course the school of TV-watching is year-round, but fall is truly the time when the networks pull out all the stops (hopefully) and show us what they've got.

So sharpen your pencils, TV fans, because class is now in session: AOL TV Editor Kelly Woo and our newest addition, Lead Critic Mo Ryan, joined me to break down all the new fall network shows. Good ("it's sexy, it's fun") or bad ("I've fallen asleep three times trying to watch this pilot"), we were brutally honest because we want this to be your go-to guide for what to watch, what to skip and those shows that fall somewhere in between.

What new fall shows are you most excited for? Sound off in the comments.

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What to Watch: August 30 - September 5

by Stephanie Earp, posted Aug 29th 2010 2:42AM
Shattered - Wednesday September 1, 10 pm ET/PT, Global

The latest Canadian police procedural debuts tonight, with Callum Keith Rennie as a cop with Multiple Personality Disorder who drags his new partner into a murky homicide investigation. Originally slated to air on Showtime, this has more in common with 'Durham County' than 'Rookie Blue.'

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