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NBC calls it quits on 'Undercovers'

November 4, 2010 |  1:37 pm


NBC has decided not to pick up the full season of J.J. Abrams' action series "Undercovers," ending the show's run. Three more episodes will air on Nov. 10, Nov. 17 and Dec. 1; the series will be replaced by a "Shrek" holiday special on Nov. 24 and the season premiere of the a capella contest "The Sing Off" on Dec. 8. Three more episodes of "Undercovers" remain, but NBC has yet to decide whether they'll air in the future.

Breaking new ground with its race-blind casting, "Undercovers" stars two African-European leads, Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, as retired spies called back into working for the CIA. Though its first episode was critically praised, the show has since struggled with ratings and high production costs. On Wednesday, it delivered only 5.8 million viewers.

-- Melissa Maerz

Photo: Boris Kodjoe as Steven Bloom and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Samantha Bloom in "Undercovers" Credit: Trae Patton / NBC