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NBC freezes J.J. Abrams’ ‘Undercovers’

Spy dramedy drew low ratings

J.J. Abrams’ new NBC drama has gone so deep undercover that it won’t even be on the air any more.

Peacock confirmed Thursday that it has opted not to pick up a full season of Abrams’ frosh actioner “Undercovers.” Move effectively ends that skein’s run.

Show has struggled in its Wednesday 8 p.m. slot, averaging a rough 1.3 rating/4 share this Wednesday night. Season to date, “Undercovers” averaged 7 million viewers and a 1.7 rating/5 share with adults 18-49.

“Undercovers” becomes the second new NBC show to get the ax, following “Outlaw.” Network had previously given “Undercovers” an additional four-script order, but even insiders at Warner Bros. TV, which produces the show, knew a back-nine pickup was a longshot.

Three more episodes of “Undercovers” will air, on Nov. 10, Nov. 17 and Dec. 1. After that, NBC has a “Shrek” holiday special on Nov. 24 and “The Sing Off” starting Dec. 8.

Three episodes of “Undercovers” will still remain; Peacock will determine whether those will run at a later date.

Series stars Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as caterers who have retired from the CIA — but are called back into active duty.

Warner Bros. Television is behind the show, along with Abrams’ Bad Robot shingle. Abrams directed the pilot and co-wrote it, along with Josh Reims. They also serve as exec producers along with Bryan Burk.

With “Undercovers” out of the way, one option for NBC given the sheer number of series still on the shelf at the net could be comedies in the Wednesday 8 p.m. hour.

NBC gave full-season orders to “The Event,” “Chase,” “Law and Order: Los Angeles” and “Outsourced.”

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