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Fox Okays Abrams Android Cops Pilot

By February 4, 2013

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Two potentially fascinating pilots from J.J. Abrams's Bad Robot house have been greenlighted by two different networks, cementing Abrams's snowballing prominence in sci-fi/fantasy drama.

Cops and Robots Project--Back in September we mulled the perils attendant on J.J. Abrams's latest brainchild at the time, a proposed pilot for a near-future police procedural series in which LAPD cops and near-human, "highly evolved" android counterparts are paired up to fight crime together.

Fox has now given the production go-ahead on the pilot for the still-untitled series, headed up with his Fringe partner J.H. Wyman, who's written the pilot script. Inspired, no doubt, by a long line of mismatched sci-fi buddies from Asimov's Baley and Olivaw to Alien Nation, the Abrams/Wyman series is intended to have an emphasis more on the action than on the disparate natures of human and android existence. That may be a good formula for drawing away from the pitfalls I discussed in my essay, so this is definitely one to watch out for.

Believe--At the same time, NBC has ordered yet another pilot from Abrams, which might air there alongside his Revolution should it be renewed for a second season. It's a paranormal series, again with an action slant, called Believe. This one is about a young girl with still=emerging powers who is protected from those who hunt her by an ex-con newly spring from prison. It's Prison Break meets The Powers of Matthew Starr! Well, no, not really. Proving Abrams's standing to attract the top talent on the planet, the pilot is co-written by Alfonso Cuaron, writing with Mark Friedman, and Cuaron is set to direct the pilot as well.
Tags: J.J. Abrams, J.H. Wyman, Alfonso Cuaron, Believe
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