Sunday, November 8, 2009

Abrams May Direct Undercovers Pilot

The Hollywood Reporter says that JJ Abrams may direct the pilot episode of Undercovers, his potential new television series with NBC that is described as a husband and wife spy team.
Schedule permitting, Abrams will make “Undercovers” the first TV pilot he has directed since 2004’s “Lost” opener. ABC’s two-hour “Lost” opening is considered one of the best-directed pilots of all time and helped launch Abrams’ feature career into helming such films as “Mission: Impossible 3” and “Star Trek.”

Abrams has created and produced several TV shows but is not frequently in the director’s chair. He helmed the pilot and handful of episodes of his ABC spy drama “Alias” but hasn’t directed an episode of his latest series, the Fox sci-fi drama “Fringe,” which he co-created and executive produces.

Abrams also directed an episode of NBC’s “The Office” in 2007 and “guest directed” an episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in 2006. NBC’s “Undercovers,” about a husband and wife working together as spies, has been described as a mix between “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” and “The Bourne Identity.”

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