Undercovers Premieres Sept 22

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Undercovers
is a new American action spy television series created by J. J. Abrams and Josh Reims for NBC. Jeffrey Jacob "J. J." Abrams is the renown American film and television producer, screenwriter, director, actor, composer, and founder of Bad Robot Productions who co-created Lost (2004–2010). Abrams directed the films Mission: Impossible III (2006) and Star Trek (2009). Abrams said of the Undercovers, "This show does have ongoing stories as well but they are much more personal based and character based. But I'm trying to do a show that has a more fun energy and a little more comedic..." J. J. Abrams directed the Undercovers pilot. It was the first time he had directed a pilot since 2004's Lost premiere and the first episode of television he has directed since a 2007 episode of The Office. And on his decision to direct the pilot, Abrams explained that "I just enjoyed the idea of it. I enjoy the script… I enjoyed the chemistry of these two people and it became clear as we were working on it, rather than be sitting on the set every day with someone else directing it, being annoying, I’d rather just take the burden on myself."  The show has been described as a "stand-alone adventure every week" and a "modernized "Hart to Hart". Meet the cast that has put the sexy into espionage.


Boris Frederic Cecil Tay-Natey Ofuatey-Kodjoe (born 8 March 1973), better known as Boris Kodjoe, is an actor and former fashion model. He is perhaps best known for his role as courier-turned-sports agent Damon Carter on the Showtime television drama series Soul Food. Additionally, he stars as Steven Bloom in the NBC action/drama series Undercovers, and as Luther in the film Resident Evil: Afterlife. Kodjoe was born in Vienna, Austria, the son of Ursula, a German psychologist, and Eric Kodjoe, a Ghanaian physician. Although Kodjoe was born Jewish through his mother and maternal grandmother, he and his wife are members of Cascade United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Kodjoe's parents divorced when he was six years old and he grew up in the vicinity of Freiburg im Breisgau. Fluent in German, French, English and Spanish, Kodjoe has a brother named Patrick and a sister named Nadja. The Actor attended Virginia Commonwealth University on a tennis scholarship, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in marketing in 1996. A four-year letterman on the Rams' men's tennis team, he is currently ninth in school history with 75 career singles wins. His brother Patrick played for VCU's basketball team. A back injury ended Boris' tennis aspirations, but he was quickly signed as a model and soon after entered acting. Named one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" by People magazine in 2002, Kodjoe is perhaps best known as one of the seven regular cast members from the Showtime drama Soul Food, which aired from 2000 to 2004. He appeared in the 2002 film Brown Sugar and starred in the short-lived sitcom Second Time Around with his Soul Food co-star Nicole Ari Parker, whom he married on May 21, 2005 in Gundelfingen, Germany. He played the role of David Taylor, the wayward son of Pastor Fred Taylor in the October 2005 film The Gospel and performed in a play called Whatever She Wants starring Vivica A. Fox, making an appearance on the fifth season of Nip/Tuck. His most recent role was in the 2009 science fiction film Surrogates that starred Bruce Willis. Kodjoe and his wife have two children and reside in Atlanta, Georgia. In the Undercovers, he plays the lead role of Steven Bloom, husband of Samantha Bloom (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and one of the best operatives the CIA has known. When he's not in Los Angeles balancing the books and drumming up business for Bloom Catering, Steven Bloom can probably be found in an exotic locale alongside wife Samantha, taking down terrorists and combating imminent threats to national security. His charm and calm under pressure make him the perfect undercover agent. Throw in his martial arts training, cryptography skills, and security tech expertise, and you see why he's one of the CIA's top spies, and the love of Samantha's life.

 

Gugu Mbatha-Raw (born Gugulethu Mbatha-Raw; 1983) plays the lead female role in the new spy series. Mbatha-Raw is an English actress, best known for her semi-regular role as Jenny in the fifth series of Spooks and series 3 of the critically acclaimed sci-fi series Doctor Who in which she portrayed the role of Tish Jones. Gugu - short for Gugulethu, (Zulu for Our Pride), was born in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, in 1983 to South African doctor Patrick Mbatha and his wife, nurse Anne Raw. Her parents separated when she was only a year old. Though she remains close to her father, Gugu was brought up by her mother in the town of Witney, Oxfordshire. There she joined the local acting society, Dramascope, and from the age of eleven appeared in a pantomime at the Oxford Playhouse every year. A talented singer, dancer and saxophonist, she joined the Oxford Youth Music Theatre in her teens. In 2001 she won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Since graduation in 2004, she has appeared in a number of roles, including as an acclaimed Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre and on television in such varied series as Bad Girls, Doctor Who and Marple. In Undercovers, Gugu plays Samantha Bloom, wife of Steven Bloom (Boris Kodjoe) and one of the best operatives the CIA has known. Her character Samantha Bloom co-owns and runs a small catering company based in Los Angeles with her husband Steven. Her tenacity, knife skills, and exacting standards make her the iron fist of this family business. When you add in her extensive repertoire of foreign languages, aptitude for picking locks, and ability to seduce any bad guy, you understand why secretly, Sam was one of the best spies the CIA has ever known. Coming out of five years of retirement, Sam and her husband Steven are back, keeping the world safe from the most dangerous villains… and they're also available for bar mitzvahs and weddings.

Undercovers premieres on Wednesday, September 22.

- NBC, Wikipedia

Written by Samira I-Hassan