J.J. Abrams And Fringe’s J.H. Wyman Sold A Robot Show To Fox

By David Wharton | Published

With Fringe wrapping up, Fox’s lineup is going to have a prime slot open in the category of “Intriguing New Science Fiction Series (That Will Most Likely Be Canceled).” Fox may be the Bermuda Triangle of Televised Science Fiction, but if anything has a serious shot at going the distance, it’s a show backed by J.J. Abrams and Fringe exec producer J.H. Wyman. The pair have just sold a new SF pilot to Fox, so let’s get going people; place your bets!

Abrams’ Bad Robot will be living up to its name with the futuristic new drama. Robots are at the center of the “action-packed buddy comedy,” set in a world where every LAPD officer is partnered with an android in the field. Wyman, who has worked on Fox’s Fringe since 2009, will be writing the show and serving as EP with Abrams and Bryan Burk.

Apparently Hollywood is hot for robots these days. The Fox project is second robot-themed show announced in the past week. The other is from former Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles showrunner Josh Friedman and genre vet Howard Gordon, and is set up at NBC. The chances of them both making it to air are probably slim, but they’ve both got proven talent attached to them so I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that both succeed. “Too many awesome robot shows” is a problem I’m okay with having.

The Friedman/Gordon project also concerns subjects of robots and crime, focusing on the first ever robot-on-human murder. From the brief description of the Abrams/Wyman project, it sounds like it may be aiming for a lighter tone than Friedman and Gordon’s show.