One of the most highly anticipated series, Person of Interest, lived up to its hype. The JJ Abrams produced show about a mysterious man who develops a machine that can predict if a person will be involved in a crime and the equally mysterious ex-military man who helps him thwart these crimes posted the highest preview audience numbers in more than a decade and its strong ratings showing has proven that JJ Abrams has got a new hit series. [Read more…]
Bad news for fans of Lost‘s Michael Emerson & Terry O’Quinn: their new show, Odd Jobs, has been shelved for the time being. The project, about a pair of former covert operatives, was sold by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions to NBC, but pushed aside for unknown reasons.
In the meantime, Emerson has signed on for a different project, and it’s another high profile J.J. Abrams production: Jonathan Nolan’s Person of Interest at CBS. The show is about a presumed dead, ex-CIA agent who teams up with a mysterious billionaire to prevent violent crimes before they happen. (This key hook of the series — how they’ll prevent crimes before they happen — has yet to be revealed.) Emerson will star as the “mysterious billionaire.”
Emerson is in demand this pilot season, having also been offered a role on the ABC pilot Once Upon a Time. Which, coincidentally (or not), is being developed by a pair of Lost staff writers.
One of the most intriguing and secretive shows in development is CBS’ Person of Interest, from mega producer J.J. Abrams and creator Jonathan Nolan (writer of The Dark Knight). Those two names were virtually all that was known about the show, along with the fact that it’s an unconventional procedural of some kind. But that’s changed with the news that CBS has given the greenlight to film the pilot.
But there’s a wrinkle: there are slightly differing reports on the show’s premise. According to EW.com, the show’s premise is:
An ex-CIA hitman and a scientist team up to prevent crimes before they happen.
Meanwhile, Deadline.com claims that the show is:
…a crime drama centered on a CIA agent, presumed dead, who is recruited by a reclusive billionaire to wage war against violent criminals in New York City.
So which one is the truth? EW’s story suggests a scifi twist to the procedural format, with Minority Report-type “pre-crime” law enforcement. Deadline’s story has a “vigilante” vibe, along with an action-heavy bent.
Is it possible that both reports are correct? Either way, it sounds good to me! For the first time in years, CBS has a show I can’t wait to see.
CBS is about to go into the J.J. Abrams business for the first time, while Fox will soon be getting its second helping of Abrams-y goodness.
As I predicted, CBS has decided that Person of Interest, the crime thriller Abrams is developing with Jonathan Nolan, might just be a good fit for their lineup. They’ve given a pilot order to the series. Nolan is best known for writing the script to The Dark Knight, which his brother Christopher directed. Next to nothing is known about the plot, but this will be the first time that CBS has broadcast an Abrams show.
Fox, meanwhile, has put in a similar pilot order for Alcatraz, the new Abrams show from Lost writer Elizabeth Sarnoff. Just like the CBS show, next to nothing is known about this drama, other than it focuses on mysteries and secrets surrounding Alcatraz prison. Before Sarnoff wrote the spec script, earlier versions were written by Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt of Kyle XY.