The Star Trek team are still at work getting ready to make the Star Trek sequel, but they have also been making some news in TV Land. Writer/producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have sold a pilot script to CBS, while producer/director JJ Abrams has sold a pilot to NBC. Details below.
Abrams and Orci/Kurtzman already selling new TV shows for 2012/13
Star Trek writer/producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have cut their first TV deal for the 2012/2013 season. Deadline is reporting they have a script commitment deal with CBS for a new "female-centered, character-driven drama." Deadline offers these details for the untitled project:
Written by Anna Fricke, the untitled project is based on Robyn O’Brien, an author, researcher and mother of four who has become an unlikely advocate for cleaning up the food supply. It centers on a congresswoman, wife and mother who fights for the underdog.
Kurtzman and Orci would be executive producing through their K/O Paper Products production company, which has a TV development deal with 20th Century Fox.
And while JJ Abrams has turned his feature film focus at Paramount to the Star Trek sequel, he still has a deal with Warner Brothers to produce TV shows and this week he sold his first pilot for next season to NBC. According to The Hollywood Reporter
Abrams and NBC are developing Revolution, which is described by Deadline as "an epic adventure thriller." The series comes from Supernatural creator Eric Kripke, who is writing the pilot. Abrams and fellow Star Trek producer Bryan Burk join Kripke as executive producers on Revolution. The show would be produced by Abrams Bad Robot production company. The commitment from NBC shows they are still interested in working with Abrams, even though he admits he "f–ked up" with the ill-fated Undercovers in 2010 on NBC.
Star Trek team’s 2011 TV shows premiere ratings
The fall season has started and the ratings are in for the various TV shows from the Star Trek team. The mysterious Person of Interest from Abrams, Burk and Jonathan Nolan premiered last Thursday on CBS to mostly positive reviews and good ratings, coming in first in total views (13.2m) and second in the key 25-44 demo. And the second season of Hawaii Five-0 on CBS, developed by Orci and Kurtzman, is doing well, with two episodes so far, both winning their time slots. As for Fringe, created by Orci, Kurtzman and Abrams, the fourth season kicked off last Friday with mixed ratings which were down 21% from last year’s premiere but 25% up from the season finale. It looks like Fringe is destined to always be "on the bubble."