– Fox and the team behind Fringe are going back to the future. The network has made a pilot order for an untitled drama from J.J. “Star Wars” Abrams and his former Fringe colleague J.H. Wyman that’s being billed as an action-packed buddy cop show set in the near future when all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids.
– ABC has placed a pilot order for Spy, a half-hour comedy adaptation of the Simeon Goulden’s UK satire. The U.S. version, written and exec-produced by Goulden, centres on the well-intentioned father of a highly intelligent and verbal son who inadvertently takes a job at the Secret Service in order to prove himself a worthy dad.
– The Hundred, written by Jason Rothenberg (Body Politic) is set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization. A spaceship housing the lone human survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet. The project is based on upcoming Alloy book series by Kass Morgan.
– Oxygen, from Good Wife scribe Meredith Averill, chronicles an epic romance between a human girl and an alien boy when he and eight others of his kind (The Orion 9) are integrated into a suburban high school 10 years after they and hundreds of others landed on Earth and were immediately consigned to an internment camp where they’ve been imprisoned ever since.
– Lastly, The CW has ordered Reign, a period drama that tells the previously unknown and untold story of Mary Queen of Scots’ rise to power when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. The secret history of survival at French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue. Laurie McCarthy (CSI: Miami) and Stephanie Sengupta (Outlaw) wrote the script.
– J.J. Abrams‘ Best. Week. Ever. continues…
NBC has ordered a drama pilot from the Star Wars VII helmer about an unlikely relationship between a gifted young girl and a man sprung from prison who has been tasked with protecting her from the evil elements that hunt her power. Alfonso Cuaron penned the script and will serve as an EP alongside Abrams and Bryan Burk.
– 4th Reich is being described as American History X meets The Town and is billed as a high-octane crime thriller delving into race, religion, and politics through the lens of a dogmatic faction of the neo-Nazi movement in South Boston. When a former high-ranking Neo-Nazi leader is released by the authorities so that he may become a confidential informant to the FBI, he integrates back into his old life. What does he find when he returns? His estranged fifteen-year-old son has been brought into the movement by the man’s best friend, who was raising the boy to lead the Brotherhood. The crux of the series will be about the main character as he is caught between two worlds, dealing with conflicting values and learning to change from his hateful roots.