NBC picks up J.J. Abrams' spy-fi Undercovers

NBC has picked up J.J. Abrams' spy-fi drama Undercovers for the 2010-11 TV season, Entertainment Weekly reported.

"We have tremendous confidence in this promising series and feel this is a great way to kick off our upcoming up-front development announcements," said Jeff Gaspin, chairman, NBC Universal Television Entertainment, in a statement. "J.J. has delivered another signature series along with our partners at Warner Brothers, and we couldn't be happier."

Abrams (Lost, Star Trek) serves as co-creator, co-writer and executive producer and also directs the pilot of the show, described as "a sexy, fun, action-packed spy drama that proves once and for all that marriage is still the world's most dangerous partnership."

Here's the official description:

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").

No word yet on when the show will air or when it will premiere.

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