'Undercovers' Show Executive Dismisses Race Issue“Undercovers” comes from acclaimed writer/producer/director J.J. Abrams (“Fringe”, “Lost”…) and executive producer/writer Josh Reims (“Brothers and Sisters”). Producer, Josh Reims of ‘Undercovers’ has recently denied  claims that casting two black actors in the lead roles of upcoming NBC spy drama ‘Undercovers’ was an intentional move.

Reims dismissed suggestions at the Television Critics Association press tour, about actors Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Boris Kodjoe:

“[We] were not going to hire two black people [just] because they were two black people," he said. "We don't consider we are revolutionising TV [but] at the same time we realise it is a big deal.”

The duo was formerly two of the CIA's best spies until they fell in love on the job and retired.  Then end up coming back to the fold when fellow spy and friend Nash (Carter MacIntyre, "American Heiress") goes missing while on the trail of a Russian arms dealer.

Reims said: "Boris and Gugu came in, and we sort of knew immediately, these are them. We didn't go out of our way to say we are hiring two black people to be the leads of our show, but we didn't ignore it either. "

Series star Kodjoe admitted that casting non-white actors in lead roles is "not the norm, but it should be the norm, because that's what the world looks like".

"We have a chance to be trail-blazers [but] on the other hand, let's inspire people to think of it as normal." he said.

Undercovers will premiere on NBC on September 22nd 2010.

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