Before he landed the job of directing the next Star Wars movie, J.J. Abrams was responsible for producing a television show or two. Now he’ll get a chance to bring two more into your living room as Abrams has landed pilot orders for a pair of sci-fi series. The first, titled Believe and co-written by Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Friedman, centers on young girl with powers who is protected from those who hunt her by an ex-con. The second untitled show involves law enforcement officers of the LAPD, some of whom happen to be androids. Abrams will re-team with Fringe writer/director J.H. Wyman on this one. Hit the jump for more.
EW reports that NBC has ordered a pilot for Believe, which boasts the following logline:
“An unlikely relationship develops between a young girl with a gift and a man sprung from prison who has been tasked with protecting her from the evil elements that hunt her power.”
Cuaron (Children of Men) and Friedman (The Forgotten) will also be executive producers on this project.
The article also announces that Fox has ordered a pilot for the “cops-and-robots” series, described as “an action-packed buddy cop show, set in the near future, when all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids.” The one is written and executive produced by Wyman with Abrams and Bryan Burk as executive producers.
Abrams, who has creator/producer credits on TV’s Felicity, Alias, Lost, Fringe, Person of Interest and Revolution, may now have two more long-standing sci-fi series to add to his resume. Couple that his bridging of the divide between Star Trek and Star Wars movie universes and it’s plain to see that Abrams is a dominant voice in the genre. Whether that’s for better or worse is up to personal taste. Is Abrams bringing popularity to sci-fi a positive thing or has he amassed too much power?