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Previewing the Fall TV Season: Undercovers

August 30, 2010

With the fall season beginning in mere weeks, there’s a whole slate of TV shows to look forward to, including several series that feature diverse lead actors and/or casts. I’ll be previewing these shows in the leadup to the new season based solely on their network promos. First up, the sexy married spy thriller Undercovers, starring Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

Network: NBC

Premiere date: Wednesday, September 22 at 8:00

Bite-sized synopsis: Hart to Hart meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith with a dash of Everyone Loves Raymond.

J.J. Abrams is responsible for introducing Sydney Bristow to the pantheon of kickass female TV characters via Alias, and my love of his show’s first season guarantees that I’ll be tuning into his second spy series–but mostly out of loyalty. I really wanted to like Undercovers, not only for the Alias connection but for the fact that its leads are two appealing African-American actors, a rarity for a show that isn’t a cop drama or Tyler Perry sitcom.

Unfortunately, the premise of the bored married couple who regain their spark via a return to the spy life comes off a little forced. (Also forced is “sexpionage,” a groaner of a catchphrase the show seems desperate to make happen.)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 31, 2010 9:01 am

    Of all the NBC promos I saw during the Emmys, this was the only one that actually intrigued me. Though as you note the concept has been done to death in so many ways.

  2. August 31, 2010 9:16 am

    Yes, but there are far worse concepts than a good old update of Hart to Hart. Hopefully, Undercovers will has a similarly rocking theme song:

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