'Undercovers' Premiere Review: A Slick, Slight Spy Caper


'Undercovers' (8PM ET Wednesday, NBC) looks great.


But if you're looking for anything more than superficial eye-candy, you may be disappointed by this J.J. Abrams-Josh Reims espionage drama, which ditches much of what was good about Abrams' previous spy show, 'Alias,' and replaces it with, well, a whole lot of pretty-looking nothing.


'Undercovers' stars two appealing actors, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Boris Kodjoe, as Steven and Samantha Bloom, a husband-and-wife catering team who gave up the spy life five years ago. It will not surprise you when they are called back to duty and must execute super-suave secret operations in a series of attractive foreign locales. (One of the takeaways from 'Undercovers' is that Abrams, who directed the pilot for the show, missed his calling as an interior designer. Everything about the show looks fabulous -- even allegedly decrepit interiors are fabulously decrepit.)


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