CHAOS [CBS, Fridays, 8/7C] is a spy dramedy that seeks to expand CBS’ number of procedurals and comedies. In that mix, it is, apparently, trying to duplicate the drama/humor mix that makes USA Network the most successful basic cable network. It’s a laudable attempt, but the comedy too often feels forced onto the procedural. When the two don’t overlap – which is seldom – each works just fine. It’s when the two are jammed together that things fall apart and chaos.
Four of the top-rated pilots coming out of this year’s pilot are notable for their diversity – marked a noticeable change from the last few years. And we’re only halfway through pilot season.
J.J. Abrams’ new spy series for NBC, Undercovers, for example features an African-American couple – played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw [pictured] and Boris Kodjoe – as its married spies. It’s also the first pilot Abrams has directed since Lost, making Undercovers one of the event pilots of the year.