Undercovers was finally put out of its misery yesterday by NBC, despite high hopes by the network that it would become its new tentpole series. Obviously, maybe they should have put some thought into the actual making of the show other than "We'll just say the name J.J. Abrams in the commercials a lot!" if they expected anybody to like it, but what's done is done. So, now that the show's failure has put some perfectly good actors (and Lizzy) out of work, it's time for us to play headhunter and place them on other existing shows where they could potentially thrive.
Boris Kodjoe (Steven Bloom)
Really, really ridiculously good-looking late-'30s guy with a professional air about him? He seems tailor-made for ShondaLand. I would advise against putting him and Taye Diggs on the same show (as the "Antonio Banderas Show" would say, "Nooo! It's too sexy!"), so does anybody need a boyfriend on Grey's? Bailey? She has to be kicking herself for getting rid of that last hot guy and ready for round two by now.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Samantha Bloom)
The odd thing about Mbatha-Raw's casting is that while she is eye-meltingly gorgeous, that's kind of all I got from her. And because she didn't do much on Doctor Who and what I've seen of MI-5 didn't happen to feature her, I have no idea what her acting strengths are or what her personality is even like, because she didn't infuse either into her Undercovers role. Maybe she could play a lawyer on Law & Order: Los Angeles or a Rizzoli & Isles-type show where she'll be employed forever while not really being required to do much. I have no idea. Brits? Anglophiles? Want to try and sell me on her?
Gerald McRaney (Shaw)
McRaney is an old-school man's man with a (fake) military background. Clearly he's a fit for Mad Men in that way -- maybe he could play a new military client who makes casual jokes about deserters that could send Don Draper into panic attacks in the middle of meetings. Or, you know, Major Dad could get himself a motorcycle license and impose some much-needed discipline unto SAMCRO.
Ben Schwartz (Bill Hoyt)
I suspect it wasn't entirely the actor's fault, but Schwartz's sycophantic Bill Hoyt was one of the most irritating new characters of this fall, and though the writing on Undercovers was indeed terrible, it can't be entirely not his fault. I say ship him off to India where he can follow his new boss Todd around like a puppy dog on Outsourced.
Carter MacIntyre (Leo)
Leo was by far the best thing about Undercovers, cracking wise and managing to actually be compelling every time he was on-screen, so I'd hate to see him wasted on a procedural somewhere. He's also too grown-up for a teen show like Glee or TVD, and while I think his goofy sarcasm would fit in perfectly on Cougar Town, something about him makes me feel like this guy's got "vampire show" written all over him. If I were in charge of the TV, I'd send him to True Blood, where he can be a shirtless smartass and still throw punches.
Mekia Cox (Lizzy)
Ahh, Lizzy. The show's other relentlessly annoying person. I'd send her to Life Unexpected (where annoying characters go to die), but that show's essentially as good as cancelled at this point. Wait a minute -- that's exactly where I'd like to send her. Pack your bags, Lizzy! You're going to Oregon if and when there are additional Life Unexpected episodes made some day!
Your casting ideas? Sentiments about Undercovers' swift cancellation? Leave them all in the comments!
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