Dr. Bennett C. Omalu is the Nigerian-American coroner who identified the brain damage that was the cause of mental health issues for ex-NFL players. The story is, as they used to say, ‘ripped from the headlines’ – and given that the NFL has just backed out of a concussion study at a Boston University, its release could not have been timelier.
Tim Kring’s new series, Touch, marks Kiefer Sutherland’s return to primetime television. In it, he plays Martin Bohm, single parent to Jake – a remarkable ten-year old boy who has been misdiagnosed as autistic, but is something… more.
J.J. Abrams’s new spy series, Undercovers [NBC, Wednesdays, 8/7C], is structured around a married couple who left the spy game behind to devote themselves to building a life with each other – and a successful catering business. When a CIA agent goes missing, putting a key operation at risk, they are asked to step in. And thus the Blooms – Steven [Boris Kodjoe, Resident Evil: Aftermath] and Samantha [Gugu Mbatha Raw, Bonekickers] – find themselves gallivanting all over the world in search of Leo Nash [Carter MacIntyre] in order to put Operation Black Swan back on the rails.
Undercovers, from acclaimed writer/producer/director J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Fringe, Lost, Alias) and executive producer/writer Josh Reims (Brothers and Sisters), is NBC’s first scripted acquisition for 2010-11 season. The announcement came via press release. The series Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as married spies who are forced to come out of retirement to take on a special assignment. Details follow the jump.
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.