J.J. Abrams/J.H. Wyman Pilot Is A Go At Fox

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In the future, no one will have to think about whether or not to produce a J.J. Abrams project, because J.J. Abrams will be the head of every company, creating everything himself. And then the cloning will begin.

Back in September, Abrams and his fellow Fringe writer and producer J.H. Wyman brought an untitled sci-fi drama to FOX, who committed to making a pilot at some point in the future. The future is now, and the pilot order is in. The pilot has already been written by Wyman, and has been described as an action-packed buddy-cop show, set in a near-future that partners LAPD police officers with highly evolved, human-like androids. Not sure how near a future this is going to be unless the partner is incredibly creepy looking, lacks the smoothness of human motion, and isn’t capable of independent thought. But somehow, I bet the partner is going to be an attractive male or female.

Wyman will also be serving as executive producer for the Warner Bros. TV/Bad Robot project, along with Kathy Lingg and Bad Robot’s Abrams and Bryan Burk. They don’t specify who will step in and cancel the show just as its cult status peaks, but you can bet that person is lurking around, rubbing his hands together gleefully. Abrams has another project with Alfonso CuarĂ³n still in casting mode on NBC, the “hunt the girl with powers” drama tentatively titled Believe.


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

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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.