NBC's new slogan "more colorful" may prove to be a double entendre.
Last night at Chicago's Icon Theater, NBC treated guests to a special preview of two of their new Fall TV shows: "Undercover" starring Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw; "The Event" starring Blair Underwood and Jason Ritter. The two shows actually bring a more diverse cast to the network.
In "Undercovers," Samantha Bloom (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and Steven Bloom (Boris Kodjoe) will be bringing sexpionage to your Wednesday nights! From acclaimed writer/producer/director J.J. Abrams comes a sexy, fun, action-packed spy drama that proves once and for all that marriage is still the world's most dangerous partnership. When fellow spy and good friend Leo Nash (Carter MacIntyre) goes missing while on the trail of a Russian arms dealer, they are reinstated by the CIA to locate and rescue Nash. Following leads that take them to cities spanning the globe, Steven and Samantha quickly realize that perhaps this supercharged, undercover lifestyle provides exactly the kind of excitement and romance that their marriage has been missing. The slightly cheesy yet enticing show draws you in with the amazing chemistry between Mbatha-Raw and Kodjoe and makes you want to watch more. Undoubtedly, Mbatha-Raw will be the world's next break out star; she's amazing! I'll definitely be tuning in.
Consider this NBC's version of "Lost," "The Event" is an emotional conspiracy thriller that follows Sean Walker (Jason Ritter), an everyday man who investigates the mysterious disappearance of his would-be fiancee Leila (Sarah Roemer), and unwittingly begins to expose the biggest cover-up in U.S. history. President Elias Martinez (Blair Underwood) is the leader of a mysterious group of detainees. Their futures are on a collision course in a global conspiracy that could ultimately change the fate of mankind.
The hilarious thing about NBC's new slogan "more colorful," seems to, in fact, have more color in its Fall TV Line Up. With "Law & Order: Los Angeles" starring Terrance Howard, Regina Hall and Alfred Molina; "Outlaw" starring Jimmy Smits; In "Outsourced," which takes place in India, starring Parvesh Cheena, are among the few "colorful" cast mates on NBC this Fall. I'm not sure of whether I should be offended by NBC's new slogan or is it just obviously hysterical. This definitely brings attention to the fact that NBC wasn't inclusive beforehand.
Come on, NBC, try to be slightly more subtle next time! We get it, you're diverse now!