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As a reader of ESM, you’re probably thinking we’re suckers for any TV show that has spys in it.

You are right.  We are suckers for any TV show that has spys in it, especially NBC shows that are produced by J.J. Abrams titled Undercovers.

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In the show, the main female lead (Samanta Bloom) is played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw.  At the beginning of the pilot episode, she plays a typical housewife but as the show progresses, viewers eventually find out she is a super-hot spy with looks, skills and a body that should only be used with a license from the government.

Here is a little excerpt from the show’s official website:

Outwardly, Steven Bloom (Boris Kodjoe, “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Vacation,” “Soul Food,” “Resident Evil: Afterlife”) and his wife, Samantha (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, “Dr. Who,” “Bonekickers”), are a typical married couple who own and operate a small catering company in Los Angeles – with help from Samantha’s easily frazzled handful of a sister, Lizzy (Mekia Cox, “90210,” “This Is It”). Secretly, the duo were two of the best spies the CIA had ever known, until they fell in love on the job five years ago and retired.

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When fellow spy and good friend Leo Nash (Carter MacIntyre, “American Heiress,” “Nip/Tuck”) goes missing while on the trail of a Russian arms dealer, the Blooms are reinstated by boss and agency liaison, Carlton Shaw (Gerald McRaney, “Deadwood,” “Jericho”), to locate and rescue Nash.

With assistance from resourceful CIA field agent Bill Hoyt (Ben Schwartz, “Parks and Recreation,” “Bronx World Travelers”), whose professional admiration for Steven isn’t hard to miss, the pair is thrust back into the world of espionage, disguises and hand-to-hand combat.

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Is there a “Classic TV” article in the making for the Undercovers TV show?  Maybe.  We’re just going to have to watch a few more shows before we make a decision first.

For more information about Samantha Bloom and Undercovers, you can visit the show’s official website.


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