NBC Picks Up The Undercovers From J.J. Abrams

NBC has picked up the first new show of the 2010-2011 TV season, a J.J. Abrams project that sounds like Alias meets Mr. & Mrs. Smith.

The Undercovers stars Boris Kodjoe and English actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw as married spies who are lured out of retirement for one last case. Abrams, of course, is the mastermind behind beloved TV series including Lost, Felicity, and Alias. A spy thriller with a healthy dose of relationship drama is right up his alley. Could this mean, at long last, a new hit for the struggling NBC?

Here's the official statement on The Undercovers:

"Outwardly, Steven Bloom (Kodjoe) and his wife, Samantha (Mbatha-Raw), 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). 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) goes missing while on the trail of a Russian arms dealer, the Blooms are reinstated by boss Carlton Shaw (Gerald McRaney) 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."