With J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot all over TV these days — including the recently premiered Fox cop drama Almost Human — added to his involvement in the Star Trek franchise, it’s a wonder we haven’t heard word that there might be a Star Trek revival headed to the small screen in some form or another. Abrams spoke briefly about that recently, and it sounds like CBS is currently responsible for the fate of the Star Trek TV franchise, and they aren’t currently interested in doing anything with the property.
J.J. Abrams and Fringe creator J.H. Wyman is Almost Human, a futuristic buddy cop drama with some great looking sci-fi elements. The series is set a few decades into the future when cops are partnered with humanoid robots. The trailer does a great job of laying the scene and introducing us to the lead characters. The first is John Kennex (Karl Urban), a cop who survived a catastrophic attack on the police department, though he lost a leg in the ordeal.
After months of pilot orders and casting news, we're now starting to learn the fate of the pilots in development for the 2013-2014 season. Earlier, we shared word that NBC was passing on a number of pilots, including the modern-day Hatfields & McCoys drama, and tonight brings word of a number of pickups over at Fox, among which is the Sleepy Hollow drama from Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, as well as the robot-cop drama from Fringe's J.H. Wyman and J.J. Abrams, Almost Human.
There seems to be no shortage of Stephen King novels in development for film and television. We have Under the Dome to look forward to on CBS in June, and the upcoming Carrie remake set to hit theaters in October. And there's always the Dark Tower project that may or may never happen, not to mention The Stand, which may also be a wait (but hopefully well worth waiting for). And the latest news related to King's imaginative works has to do with one of his more recent novels, 11/22/63.
Things didn't work out so well for ABC's attempt to reboot Charlie's Angels, but perhaps Minka Kelly will have more luck with the Fox drama in the works from J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot and J.H. Wyman. The Friday Night Lights star has signed on to co-star in the sci-fi buddy cop drama, which already has Michael Ealy on board to play an android. Kelly's character will presumably be human.
J.J. Abrams is kind of taking over the universe lately. Or the fictional universe anyway, when you factor in shows like Fringe, Revolution and Person of Interest - not to mention previous dramas Lost and Alias - and top it off with Star Trek and now the new Star Wars sequel, there's just no stopping him, and for those of us who love his work, that's just fine. Among his list of upcoming projects is a drama pilot, which NBC has just ordered, and another pilot over at Fox.
Since Alias wrapped up in 2006, executive producer Ken Olin has moved on to other projects, including Brothers & Sisters and Fox's medical/crime drama The Mob Doctor. Meanwhile, J.J. Abrams has had a hand in numerous projects on both the big and small screens, including Fringe, Alcatraz, Person of Interest, not to mention Lost and Star Trek.
Fox has handed out another put pilot commitment today, this time to a comedy based on a book spawned by a blog. Adulting draws on the advice of Kelly Williams Brown, an Oregon journalist whose off-beat blog helps those of us still struggling with growing up learn how to act like adults. The single-camera comedy comes from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and writers Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein of The Vow.
Here's an unlikely collaboration for a new TV drama: Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men) has joined forces with geek icon J.J. Abrams (Lost, Star Trek) to write and produce a new high concept sci-fi TV pilot for NBC and Warner Bros. TV. The project will also be co-written by screenwriter Mark Friedman (Home Of the Brave).
Fringe may be wrapping up this season, but it looks like executive producers J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman are still looking to work with one another. The duo have teamed up for a new sci-fi project that has received a pilot production commitment from Fox. This marks the second recently announced robot-themed TV project in development for network TV.
When he isn't busy serving as producer on films like Prometheus and the upcoming Star Trek sequel, Damon Lindelof can occasionally be found entertaining his thousands of Twitter followers with his random 140-character blurbs. His last contribution to television came in the form of an ABC show called Lost. You may have heard of that one.
Earlier this week, we shared the news that NBC had given a series order to the J.J. Abrams/Eric Kripke created drama series Revolution. At the time, we had a cast photo and a vague description of the drama series. Today we have more information on the plot, and a few episode photos from the pilot to share. Check them out ahead!
Just a little while ago, we learned that NBC had given an early series order to the Anne Heche starring comedy series Save Me. And at that time, I wondered if we'd hear anything about The New Normal, as that was another pilot rumored to be a possible contender for an August premiere at the network following NBC's Olympic coverage this summer.
Billy Burke’s recent role upgrade in the J.J. Abrams/Eric Kripke pilot in the works for NBC is just one more reason to cross my fingers that the project works out. As Burke proved to be my favorite thing about the Twilight movies, playing the role of the caring, protective and subtly humorous father to Bella Swan, I’d be very interested to see how the actor handles a lead role.
For many fans sad to see the end of Lost in 2010, Fringe has become the show that filled the island-shaped hole in their lives. Now Fringe is adding another Lost connection to its collection, with actor Henry Ian Cusick, who played Desmond on the mystical island drama, set to appear in an upcoming episode.