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 NBC says it's pulling the plug on its new fall television drama series "Undercovers."

NBC said Thursday that it won't be ordering any new episodes of the Wednesday night series about a couple in the catering business who are lured back into their former jobs as spies. Seven episodes have aired so far.

For now, its last scheduled appearance will be on Dec. 1, although NBC says it has three more episodes that have been shot that will be seen sometime after that.

Other new series that have been canceled so far this season include "Lone Star" on Fox and ABC's "My Generation."

NBC is owned by General Electric Co


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I guess the Black people were not shucking 'n jiving enough for them.  It was a really good show, from what I did see.  I'm sure the Black characters did not put forth the image Hollywood wants to be portrayed to represent what Black people are like.  

One day Black people, African Americans/the diaspora, are going to realize the power of media and how it shapes what the world believes and how people are perceived, and how much self-fulfilling prophecy it is responsible for, particularly in the African American community.
  that's why I say racism is generational.  Hollywood of all folks...should be last one to be racist!  With all their fake imagery.  But!  It's true.  They still want to believe that "the white boy/girl" saves the day.  That it's alllllll about whitefolks.  Like they are the ONLY ones in the America...of importance.  Their are the first to admit they lie to themselves, their families and the fans.  They are the first to admit that sometimes the roughest ones are the ones hiding their sexuality.  They are the one who try to play into this "equal" to all bullshyte.  But the bottomline....it is all lies.  Many Jewish entertainers [those who promoted black exploitation films and those who paraded around in blackface during Jim crow] USED us i.e African American as the butt of their storyline to impress massa.  Some wore blackfaces with PRIDE...as if hiding behind the corked illusion made them somehow "better."[Even though during that time they were being lynched too.]    I have always taken issue with Hollywood and how they depict the "image" of black people as is why I am delighted...almost elated to the highest clouds about new black writers, producers, directors telling OUR story....no matter how raw or how rough around the edges.   It's our story.


I've only watched this show once.  And it's not that I wasn't impress with it.  It just seems like it was written by a white writer and was a black version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith.  It had that "I'm a white writer or wanna be and I really can't create outta this massa box to come up with something different...and more importantly believeable for a black cast.  So I'll remake Mr. and Mrs. Smith on the side...hopefully no one will notice" taint to it.     And a lot of these writers are second and third generation t.v. folks...who followed their relatives foot steps.  Instead of going out on their own and doing something they would actually be GOOD at...instead....they did something "safe". 


Not all writers are not good writers....let's make that very clear.  And a good writer...will take him/herself out of the scenerio and take chances on real life situations[instead of writing unbelieveable fantasy for a reallife situation] to ensure a good realistic story...and will try hard not to write any stories  similar to the "classic" pieces that's being used over and over and over again.   In my view, Hollywood stories have been pimped soooo much, the storyline becomes a whore.  Cuz why?  It's been historically disrespected and constantly used up...and the sad thing is NO ONE IS TELLING them...so these white writers think it's still all good...when it definitely "ain't."  But!  I'm just sayin
I was looking forward to the show, but I found it to be pretty lame.  That's a shame, because 1) I LOOOOVE Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and 2) I've been experiencing a sharp uptick in the props I've been getting from women, because many of them say I look like B. Kodjoe.  The same thing happened when he had that show with his wife on UPN back in 2004.  The more visible he is, the better off I am!  LOL!  

But the show is just so lame, the plotting is lazy and the storylines are boring.  It's a concept that had promise, I have a feeling the writers and producers' hearts just weren't in it.  Meanwhile, I guess I'll have to go back to hearing that I look like Carlos Boozer & Shane Battier.  
I have to second that, Vox.  I finally saw "Undercovers" last Wednesday, and I can say easily that I'm goo-goo-ga-ga over Gugu.  She is absolutely LUSCIOUS!  She's so fine, I wish I had a part-time job at NASA and just clone her...take her bootleg version of her at the family reunions, and get my relatives off my back, about "When are you going to get married?"

"You see her, don't you?  And she's REAL!!!"

From what I saw,  NBC should give it more of a chance.  It kinda reminded me the show "Hart to Hart" back in the days.  It was like the Black version of "Hart to Hart."
Quote by Koco: "And it's not that I wasn't impress with it.  It just seems like it was written by a white writer and was a black version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith.  It had that "I'm a white writer or wanna be and I really can't create outta this massa box to come up with something different."


Sadly, that how most TV shows and movies scripts and screen plays are written by majority White writers specifically for White actors and mostly Black actors and the "once in a while" acception of hiring Black actors (in this case, leads) to play those roles.


Consider actor Samuel Jackson since he will do damn near anything for a buck and you know that those roles he accepts (with the crazy azz wig pieces) are specially written for Whites so in the case of "Undercovers", in the same vein as "Mr.& Mrs.Smith", it was the same White premise and story line with Black lead characters and the bad thing about this is that with this Black experiment gone bad and being cancelled, when in the near future will we see another Black action/drama with Black lead characters and not as co-stars or sidekicks since "we the Black community" did not provide the base and foundation to keep it on the air long enough to be get high rating and get picked up for a full season?


We will kill if our Black comedies get pulled (The Game, Girlfriends, Martin etc) but action or dramas "outside the comedic box) with leading Black actors (and we bitch and moan about not being represented in these type roles all the time) then we don't care to watch, get extremely critical, don't like it when it's not the norm that we are accustomed to being portrayed by Black folk and "always wanting more that what's given"...and we still don't know what that "given" is.



And also consider the fact that with "Undercovers" we also had something that we as Blacks all wanted to see in a true positive light on TV: true Black love (in a marriage) that was loving, supportive, nurturing, happy, joyous, dependent on and for each other which gets lost in all the negativity and bullshyt that most Black TV shows and movies lack...unless it has a comedy edge.......or as always, we have Black characters on TV who are always "alone in life:"....with no wife, family or significant others in their portayals but is always in support of the White actor or actress who has that as their overall TV reality.


"Undercovers" was a positive force; a role model of Black love and affection for our community and Black youth to see, embrace and emulate.



We really don't know what we want.
Well, I'll tell ya .... one of the reasons why I've never watched the show is because pretty much all of the promos leading up to (and even the radio spots) highlighted only sex and violence ... two things which I have no desire to see .. whether in Black or White!! 

I understand that that's what, supposedly, "sales" ... what the public is, supposedly, interested in in a new show ... however ... I'm not the type of consumer who is buying either one!  My interest was killed before it was even created. 

Now ... perhaps if they had promoted the show by showing trailers which actually or better depicted "drama" and "love" ... which are and can be portrayed differently than your typical  "violence" and "sex" ... maybe it would have sparked more of an interest.

They seemed to have put together an actor and actress that are extremely appealing to their respective members of the opposite sex!!!  Both should have been able to get and hold an audience.  But a lot of people might have been like me ... and not even been interested from jumpstreet ... cause the "window dressing" made it look typical and common in a "been there, done that" kind of way. 

If they really wanted the show to be seem as something "unique" ... they probably should have promoted it in more of a "this is not the same ol', same ol'" kinda of way.
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"Undercovers" was a positive force; a role model of Black love and affection for our community and Black youth to see, embrace and emuate. We really don't know what we want.
  Yea we do Brotha Cholly. We know what we want to watch.   At least some of us.  And it's not some fake version of a white storyline.  Make it believeable.  That's all.  So many black writers are available to sit at the round table for discussion.  It is time for whiteboys to step back and let us tell our own story like we do in our cooking.  It's spicey, real to life and everyone loves it.  Cuz it brings back home.  But these white writers have this television media in a tight knot.  If they don't like what black writers are bringing to their table, they will reject it....every time.  It's not that black writers can't do it, it's really simple:  white writers are AFRAID to give that spot up to blackfolks.  Cuz why?  For one:  they many never get that spot back,  and two:  in many cases artistically, we master every game we pour our hearts/talents in...that is in music, sports, literary, all forms of art[including fine art], inventions, dance, social trends, technology, and soon....movies!  So television is really the last genre and these white writers are holding on to it for dear life.  This reminds me of shows like Good times,  The Jeffersons, That's my Mama, Amen and other Black comedy shows written mostly by white writers.  They made bank off these shows....and are not willing to give that up...just now.


But hey!   I know a gang full of black writers....who can write drama with a suspense twist all day long.  But!  They have been blackballed for years.  And only black writers like Chris Rock are allowed in but for the most it's a rarity to see a black writer amongst white writers except for the lady who writes for the ABCs hospital show[I forgot the name of it...but] and except Black entertainers who have a hand in their show.  A lotta black writers are aiming toward cable television to write their stories because they have been given creative license and can really write what they want.  Tell their own story.  Jada Pinckett is one and there are few more black writers who are taking advantage of cable television especially HBO and Showtime.


After Black writer make their mark on cable television then they will emerge to main stream television in high demand.  It's coming....but!  Not just yet.  Cuz we need the formula of realistic black drama that deal with issues that affect our communities-no one has the ability to do that but black writers.  And...massa is not ready for it. He prefer to see us laughing and dancing as as if life's a beach and happy that massa civilized us.  Our true story is soooooo deep. And since Roots...massa swore he will NOT make that same mistake again.  But!  Even so, it is coming.  And when it gets here it will be.....LARGE and groundbreaking [again].  Watch.   But!  I'm just sayin
Koco, I understand what you're saying about the writings of these TV shows and I fully understand the White slant on all these TV shows and movies and with all that...what if we, the Black community, actually watched the show, got behind it, supported it full force, provided that necessary anchor and foundation and it was pick up for a full season by the network and as a result of the ever increasing higher ratings each week that would actually propel in into the next season and the season after that and so on and son on?


With a now established African American action/drama now secure on TV anchored with the total support of the Black community and now has transitioned into other racial communities across the board as a bonified TV hit, wouldn't that open the door for more African American shows to be made (in all genres and forms of TV action/dramas) that would quench the thirst of African Americans to get what we want and have those newly infused TV shows written with the dominant Black key stroke instead of the White key stroke because Black people will forcefully and rightfully demand it.


The current balance of power in all aspects of the TV industry is totally one sided and yet for many, "Undercovers" was not "it" but you have to start somewhere in order for us to totally get in there because as you stated, "when we get there, we take it, own it and don't give it back".......and you know that's how we have operated for generations to get any and everything......but if we do the same with this show (as we have also done in the past: example, Black hospital "ER type" drama "Angels Of Mercy" starring Blair Underwood) and the now cancelled "Undercovers" and find yet, another excuse and don't watch the next one (whenever that "next one" will be) and it smells once again of the dominant White keystroke, then we once again will continue to kick the rusty can further down the road and continue to bitch and moan while in the mean time, still waiting and wanting for "what we want".


It should never be about or confined to the "one Black TV show" that we have issues with; don't like or support but the future of Black TV action/drama shows that can be written, created, establshed and written by Black writers based on the foundation and establishment of that one Black TV show that hails as the vehicle that launched those Black TV shows that we want, like and will support in the future.
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Koco, I understand what you're saying about the writings of these TV shows and I fully understand the White slant on all these TV shows and movies and with all that...what if we, the Black community, actually watched the show, got behind it, supported it full force, provided that necessary anchor and foundation and it was pick up for a full season by the network and as a result of the ever increasing higher ratings each week that would actually propel in into the next season and the season after that and so on and son on?
  I agree my brotha.  But isnt' that easier SAID than done?  Black audiences are finicky...the shows you think they may not WATCH...they do.  And the shows you want them to support, they don't.  I used to just turn on to the show with Damien Wayans...I didn't like it per se...but!  I did turn to it every now and then cuz it was at that time, the only black show on during the week.  We have to get that mentality you're speaking of my brotha.  Otherwise, shows like the ones we are referring to are gonna get cancelled before getting a committed audience/and a  large following. But!  I'm just sayin
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The current balance of power in all aspects of the TV industry is totally one sided and yet for many, "Undercovers" was not "it" but you have to start somewhere in order for us to totally get in there because as you stated, "when we get there, we take it, own it and don't give it back".......and you know that's how we have operated for generations to get any and everything......but if we do the same with this show (as we have also done in the past: example, Black hospital "ER type" drama "Angels Of Mercy" starring Blair Underwood) and the now cancelled "Undercovers" and find yet, another excuse and don't watch the next one (whenever that "next one" will be) and it smells once again of the dominant White keystroke, then we once again will continue to only kick the rusty can further down the road and continue to bitch and moan in the mean time still waiting and wanting "what we want".
  I forgot to indicate that I agree with this as well.  If we all can understand that dynamics...get in while we can get in....and then start writing stories we know blackfolks will enjoy..it's getting to that point which pose a problem.  Black audiences are still too impatient....and this impatience is spinkled in other areas of our activities...but!  Mainly in this case, impatience plays a crucial part as to why we don't have adequate black programming.  I totally agree with this assessment, my brotha.  We want what we want...but!  For many of us, we don't acquire the patience to get it.  Can't have it both ways.  But! 
I never watched the show….never even heard of  it. One show that I have followed is “ Detroit 187”.  Nothing about that show reflects Detroit other than the fact that the series is filmed there.  There aint even no “187” code for murder in Michigan. It’s some long combination of alpha numeric characters. They show episodes that are totally not reflective of the demographics of the city or crime in the city. They try to make the show to inter-racial as far as characters. They use no local slang (yet to hear “what up doe&rdquo, every scene seems to be filmed within a 1 mile radius of downtown, which is the most run down part of Detroit.  They, the producers, claim the show reflects the city. BS!!!
Well, I'm not a big TV watcher, as it is.  I tape the shows that I like (the majority of which are either news or soap operas! ) and I barely have time for those.  I used to rent movies .. but would bring them home and never get around to them!  So, this subject is a bit over my head, and I won't even pretend like I understand what people (esp. Black people) find good, bad or indifferent about today's TV shows!!  (Most of what I do "catch" every now and then SUCKS as far as I'm concerned!!  Those "reality" shows have made physically sick sometimes!   And "comedy" is rarely funny to me.)

But ... be that as it may ... When Jada Pinkett Smith did her show, "Hawthorne" ... I don't really care for her personally ... but I did give it a chance.  I watched it the first time ... .... but, not to be discouraged, I actually watched it twice more over the course of a few weeks.  From what I understand, she wrote, produced, directed and everything else on that show!!!  I believe it went at least 2 seasons?? ()   But ... it was horrible, by my standards!!!  I suffered through to get to the end of each episode.

Now ... I don't know if the general public liked it (I guess not if it's now been canceled!!) but ... while I'm all for "Black support" ... it has to be for something of quality ... and not the "just because s/he's Black" thing!!! 

It doesn't sound to me like the network gave "Undercovers" enough time to get established or not.  They have kept worse (White-oriented) shows on for longer than that before pulling the plug .. that's for sure.  But, you can't just throw Black people any kind of a bone and expect them to just chew on it just because you expect them to be hungry. 

But ... iet's not forget ... the networks are run by those (supposedly invisible) racist Jewish enterprises that Rick Sanchez was not supposed to talk about and got fired for!!  "Undercovers" probably never really had a chance to begin with.  It was probably just a "bone" to kill a couple of "dead-air-time" weeks ... with winter coming and people staying inside, they will have to make room for the new crop of blond-haired, blue-eyed weekly superheros that will be coming to save the world ... yet again ... any day now.
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But ... iet's not forget ... the networks are run by those (supposedly invisible) racist Jewish enterprises that Rick Sanchez was not supposed to talk about and got fired for!! "Undercovers" probably never really had a chance to begin with. It was probably just a "bone" to kill a couple of "dead-air-time" weeks ... with winter coming and people staying inside, they will have to make room for the new crop of blond-haired, blue-eyed weekly superheros that will be coming to save the world ... yet again ... any day now.
  Yep!  Sho you right, my sista! That too.  They were probably just fillin in time.  Makes sense to me.  Cuz blackfolks have little impatience when it comes to allowing a black show to grow on them.  If it doesn't have that one-hit punch....you can forget it.  Jewish execs or not! As I indicated to Brotha Cholly we don't have what it takes to play the game...just so we can get our feet in the door.  We'd rather watch that stereotype bullshyte....and complain it about during commerical breaks.  That's just how some of us are.  But!

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