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NBC announced that it was officially picking up J.J. Abrams' brand new TV show, Undercovers about spies who are also married. Take a look at the new CIA agents in hiding and learn about the super secret TV plot.


NBC finally announced that it was picking up the new scripted drama from J.J. Abrams that is starting to sound a lot like Mr. And Mrs. Smith but slightly more self aware. This is the kind of material Abrams excels at: the meshing of the ordinary with the extraordinary. Here's the new synopsis:

"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").


Side note about Ben Schwartz — mark my words, this guy is the next big thing in comedy. I've been waiting for Schwartz's stuff to break mainstream since he played the EIC of High Times If you guys don't already love him, this Abrams' show should seal the deal.

The pilot itself was written by J.J. Abrams and Josh Reims. And the pilot will be directed by Abrams, who will stay on as a producer.

Also on the heels of this announcement comes the release of the show's new Twitter and Facebook pages.

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