J.J. Abrams gets deeper 'Undercovers'

Exec producing NBC pilot; in talks to direct first episode

J.J. Abrams wants to take a hands-on approach to "Undercovers," his Warner Bros. pilot at NBC.

In addition to executive producing the project, Abrams is in talks to direct the opening episode.

Schedule permitting, Abrams will make "Undercovers" the first TV pilot he has directed since 2004's "Lost" opener. ABC's two-part "Lost" opening often is considered one of the best-directed pilots of all time and helped launch Abrams' career into helming such theatrical films as "Mission: Impossible 3" and "Star Trek."

Abrams has produced several TV shows but is not frequently in the director's chair. Abrams also directed an episode of NBC's "The Office" in 2007 and "guest directed" an episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in 2006.

NBC's "Undercovers" has been described as a mix between "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" and "The Bourne Identity." Warner Bros. had no comment.