J.J. Abrams: Sorry about 'Undercovers'
June 16th, 2011
05:10 PM ET

J.J. Abrams: Sorry about 'Undercovers'

J.J. Abrams has had a pretty successful career so far.

"Alias" launched the career of Jennifer Garner, "Lost" was a phenomenon, "Fringe" has beaten the odds, getting picked-up for a fourth season, and his take on "Star Trek" was a massive hit in theaters. Not to mention that "Super 8" is currently the No. 1 movie in America.

But there will always be that one show that didn't work out. "Undercovers" was canceled by NBC last fall after airing seven episodes (four more have aired since).

Howard Stern asked Abrams about the show in an interview on his radio show Tuesday.

"The truth is that when a TV show fails, it is heartbreaking," Abrams said, before Stern pointed out that "Undercovers" was a failure. Abrams called it a "big failure."

"I just (expletive) up," he said. "Honestly, I think that I didn't work on the script enough."

The series, about a couple who happen to be spies, starred Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. It debuted to "middling ratings," according to TVBytheNumbers.com.

Are you a fan of Abrams or "Undercovers"? Let us know what you think by commenting below.


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  1. Fazian

    Posted on Haha, Sarah, you're hilarious and I love it! Honestly, it doesn't even matetr that they leave my name out when all the cool kids on the internet mention me! We know who has more street cred!XOXOFelicia

    March 14, 2012 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. Clary C

    I loved that show. Where did it go and will it be back?

    June 21, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Page 48

    "Undercovers" was an appalling followup to "Alias". That's why it failed.

    June 18, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. goodrobot

    It's said it failed, because @ episode 5 it was announced that changes were happening...that Mr. Burke and NBC are the one's who initially told Mr. Abrams not to make this show like his other shows, as they find them too confusing. With ratings slipping Mr. Abrams announced that mythology and a more character driven story was on the way and asked fans to just hold on. Each episode was getting better and better, but two days after this announcement, NBC turned around and announced cancellation! If you watched those final episodes and where introduced to Kelvin James (Former Lost alumni, Alan Dale), then you saw that the show could have gone places if only it could have finished it's season.

    IMO it wasn't Mr. Abrams fault, but for now on he should just go with what he does best: deep compelling drama with touches if not magor influences with science fiction and philosophy...stories about survival in which the characters have to examine themselves in contrast to their landscape.

    June 18, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. TheWordMaster

    So excited for Person of Interest this fall! I saw Super 8 last week....Abrams is the greatest!

    June 17, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. T

    Liked it, sorry it didn't last.
    Maybe if it was more like The Man from U.N.C.L.E. or Spy Game (ABC tv series from 1997) ?
    Anyway, hope it'll be on DVD soon along with Spy Game.

    June 17, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. fernace

    Its me again. did you guys miss me. u know im important. i dont make sense but what i have to say is important.

    June 17, 2011 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. Kate

    We loved this show...very sorry to see it end. Nice to see a smart black couple with a great life. Just needed more time to develop – could have caught on. should not have been dumped.

    June 17, 2011 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. ruth

    my husband and i loved that show disappointed it ended, it was refreshing to see a black couple in the leading roles with class and dignity and smart

    June 16, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Priceless

    Great show we were so sorry it was canceled. Bummer

    June 16, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tracey

    I was sooo disappointed to see "Undercovers" cancelled, I too liked the fact that it didn't fall into being just "another
    black show" It was funny and exciting and it had adventure. I thought that the actors did a fantastic job!!! Some
    of the story lines may have been a little far fetched, but I think that if NBC had given it time to build up an audience,
    it could have been a very successful show. It seems that we have gone backwards in the last 25 years,
    anyone remember "The Cosby Show" it wasn't considered a "black show" either, but it went on to become
    one of the most successful shows in television history!! America has got to get past just wanting to see Blacks being funny all of the time.

    June 16, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. c winston

    The scripts and dialogue were so bad... The girls were great to look at, but didn't have the benefit of realistic storylines. Couldn't watch after the debut episode.

    June 16, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. claudia campbell

    i liked the show. i dont think it was advertised the show. the cast were good actors. i also liked the story lines.

    June 16, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. tc

    great casting; fresh faces; good potential, room to grow; disappointed that j.j. abrams didn't put best effort into a show that would have filled an abvious void on t.v.

    June 16, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. janice

    Yes, loved it! Wish it had lasted!

    June 16, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Sheree

    I liked the show. Sorry to see it cancelled. It was like Mr. & Mrs. Smith for t.v.

    June 16, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Snarky

    Sounds like that garbage Brangelina movie that came out a while ago. Mr. & Mrs Smith.

    June 16, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  18. vegasbound

    I loved this show – I was sad to hear that it was cancelled.

    June 16, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Loren

    It was a well done show, but it was a show that didn't hit you over the head with hooks. If the show had a year or two to develop, it might have found an audience for its leisurely pace, smooth acting and calm demeanor, but Fox wasn't the channel for it, maybe USA.

    June 16, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  20. TexasTarotReader

    I loved loved loved this show in the beginning but it began to sag. It was as if there was no one at the wheel. I liked that the stars happened to be black but the storyline wasn't some contrived ethnic mess. It was just good and I was sad to see it cancelled.

    June 16, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Judi Anderson-Plessis

    The show was entertaining and I liked the fact it was not a "Black Show" but a good show that had a black male/female lead characters.. I loved they own a restaurant and all the espionage but honestly I would have made it, they just have impossibly high standards, I think there was room for the show.

    June 16, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Fred

    Who cares?

    June 16, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  23. kirk

    It was a good show-but the first 3 episodes were to slow

    June 16, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Truthwillsetyoufree

    It was boring to start. Didn't see episode 2.

    June 16, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Fabio

    I can't believe it's not butter

    June 16, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Joseph

    I wasn't even aware of this show.

    June 16, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |

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