TIMESLOTWednesdays @ 8pm on NBC.
SYNOPSISAcclaimed writer/producer/director J.J. Abrams ("Star Trek," "Fringe," "Lost," "Alias") serves as co-writer, executive producer – and also directs – his first direction of a TV series pilot since "Lost" in "Undercovers" with executive producer/writer Josh Reims ("Brothers and Sisters"). "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"). "Undercovers" is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television. The pilot was written by J.J. Abrams & Josh Reims and directed by Abrams. Abrams, Reims and Bryan Burk ("Fringe," "Lost, "Alias") are the executive producers.
REVIEWSPlease note that these reviews may contain spoilers.
|Gordon McDougall's Take|
|I hear Steven and Samantha Bloom are supposed to remind people of the dynamic Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, but I never saw that, so they remind me more of a younger Robert Wagner and Stephanie Powers in Hart To Hart. They even have a sidekicky character like the Harts’ chauffeur, Max.
I enjoyed Undercovers. The rapport between Kodjoe and Mbatha-Raw is what will make or break the show, and they definitely have it! This is a couple who clearly love each other and love being with each other (even though they have never worked as spies together until now…they always went on separate missions). Gerald McRaney (Major Dad, Designing Women) is their oft-exasperated boss, who sends them on missions and will likely have to shake his head at the rebellious spies each week as the show fades to black. The action is quite good (up to creator J.J. Abrams standards) and that may help to keep people coming back.
This isn’t really my kind of show, so I’m not expecting to be a regular viewer, but if you like a good romantic comedy spy story (such as Chuck), you’ll enjoy this, too.
As far as its competition goes, most of it is pretty soft. Undercovers could be a hit. If Survivor fans are reluctant to follow that aging reality show to its new timeslot on Wednesdays at 8, Undercovers could be a breakout hit!
|Rating: There's a great future for this show!|
|About Gordon McDougall|
TVGord is a radio host at 580 CFRA in Ottawa. He does a weekly segment about TV every friday which you can hear in MP3 in the '580 CFRA Interviews' section of their website, www.cfra.com