NBC picks up Abrams' Undercovers

US network NBC has picked up JJ Abrams' drama Undercovers pilot, marking its first pick up ahead of the LA Screenings later this month.

This is the first drama pilot Abrams has directed since Lost in 2004.

The series, which is produced by Warner Bros,, Abrams' Bad Robot and Bonanza Productions, follows a married couple of retired CIA agents that are forced to re-activate into the service after their friends and fellow spies goes missing.

The traditional upfronts season begins in two weeks, but NBC picked up Undercovers as Abrams deal reportedly called for the network to make an early decision.

"We have tremendous confidence in this promising series and feel that this is a great way to kick off our upcoming Upfront development announcements," said Jeff Gaspin, chairman, NBC Universal Television Entertainment.