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NBC Picks Up JJ Abrams Post-Apocalypse Series ‘Revolution’ [UPDATE: No S2 For Alcatraz?] May 8, 2012

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Abrams,Celebrity , trackback

Star Trek producer/director JJ Abrams has sold another high concept TV series. This time JJ is returning to NBC for the post-apocalypse with "Revolution," with a pilot directed by Jon Favreau. More details below.


JJ and the apocalypse

Multiple Hollywood trades are reporting that NBC has picked up Revolution from Warner Bros. Television and JJ Abrams Bad Robot. Abrams and Eric Kripke (Supernatural) will executive produce along with Abrams’ Bad Robot partner (and fellow Star Trek producer) Bryan Burk. The pilot was written by Kripke and directed by Iron Man’s Jon Favreau. Here is a description:

“In this epic adventure thriller, a family struggles to reunite in a post-apocalyptic American landscape: a world of empty cities, local militias and heroic freedom fighters, where every single piece of technology — computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights — has mysteriously blacked out … forever.”

The cast includes Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) and Billy Burke (Twilight). NBC has also released an official image for the show.  

The cast of "Revolution" – coming next season on NBC

Abrams to have shows on 3 networks next season

This is a big return for Abrams to NBC. Abrams last worked with NBC on his spy couple series Undercovers, which was cancelled half way through its first season in 2010. Abrams later admitted he "f–ked up" on that show, but apparently NBC still want to work with the prolific producer.

Abrams also will have shows on two other networks next season. Fringe has already been picked up by FOX for their fifth and final season and CBS has already renewed Person of Interest for a second season. Fox is still considering whether or not to give Abrams’ Alcatraz a second season, with a decision due soon, however it doesn’t seem likely. Today TVByTheNumbers gave the show’s odds at only 15% for renewal. 


UPDATE: Alcatraz reportedly back in the history books

It isn’t official yet, but Deadline is reporting that (as expected) Fox will not be renewing Alcatraz for a second season.



1. dmduncan - May 8, 2012

“In this epic adventure thriller, a family struggles to reunite in a post-apocalyptic American landscape: a world of empty cities, local militias and heroic freedom fighters, where every single piece of technology — computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights — has mysteriously blacked out … forever.”

Wait a second…what do they mean “forever?” So if you replace the ICs with known good ones, or rig things to work without them, they STILL won’t power up again? How come?

2. dmduncan - May 8, 2012

I like the post apocalyptic theme show, but make it real. Devices don’t work or fail to work by magic.

Is this a show about supernatural intervention?

3. MJ - May 8, 2012

Nice job by JJ in completely stealing S.M Stirling’s concept in his “Dies the Fire” novel series. That is a highly popular and ongoing series of novels, and I would find it hard to believe that they did not take this idea from S.M Stirling’s work.

4. Ahmed - May 8, 2012

I will give it a shot & I hope the writers will have a clear outline of where the series will go after the pilot.

5. dmduncan - May 8, 2012

Well this is such an obvious theme, MJ. With more public cognizance of the catastrophes that solar flare and EMP damage can cause, the idea is out there. I’m just confused about why things would stop working “forever.”

Electrons don’t flow no more? Copper wire refusing to conduct?

I’m not aware of Stirling’s material or whether or not they’re duplicating the theme, but maybe something supernatural is going on in their premise.

6. Ahmed - May 8, 2012

@3. MJ
“Nice job by JJ in completely stealing S.M Stirling’s concept in his “Dies the Fire” novel series.”

I didn’t read these novels yet, are they very similar or they just share common theme ?
And are the novels science fiction or fantasy ?

7. AJ - May 8, 2012

I think it’s high time JJ passed “Trek” to a trusted replacement. JJ and the Supreme Court have so much brewing now, and with two movies delayed out of two, need to be consulting/exec producers and roust up some new blood (and marketing talent, for a change).

Give us a Brad Bird-directed ST3, perhaps, but I’m tired of “Trek” always conflicting with other projects, and being delayed for whatever crap reasons they come up with in Hollywood. If this new one can clear $600m worldwide, maybe it will be taken more seriously. If not, then it won’t.

8. Amish Electrician - May 8, 2012

I have seen novels where aliens turned off electricity..and no one explains the human electric brain functions..we would all die

9. MJ - May 8, 2012

The novels are science fiction, with super-advanced type basically using super technological methods to change physical properties at the Earth’s surface in certain ways.

If you do an internet search on “Sterling Dies the Fire JJ Abrams Revolution” you will see multiple posts on many af and genre web sites drawing the same conclusion here.

This is a pretty peculiar type of post apocalyptic story here folks — I am having real trouble not believing that JJ or someone on his team read Dies the Fire and then decided to do their own story based on the premise.

10. MJ - May 8, 2012

Wiidpedia Summary:


11. Jamziz - May 8, 2012

Any bets on whether this one will make it to a second season?

12. MJ - May 8, 2012

@8. This is more suble — “high-density” electrical reactions can no longer occur at the surface of the earth.

13. MJ - May 8, 2012

@100 Given they already have the cast dressed up to look like hipster version of The Hunger Games, my hopes are not high. I mean seriously, that cast photo above looks horrid.

14. Enterprisingguy - May 8, 2012

These shows are often so unrealistic it’s hard to believe. They will have an unlimited supply of candles and lamps that will light up an airplane hangar with a single one. Yet they never explain where those come from since they never show anyone toiling to make anything in these post-apocalyptic shows.

Falling Skies is a perfect example of a show that seems to have an unlimited supply of food and weapons in a world that has collapsed. All they do is move on and find all they need.

15. denny cranium - May 8, 2012

I hope he’s successful.
I’d like to see a season two for Alcatraz.
Jazzed that fringe has been renewed

16. Ahmed - May 8, 2012

@13. MJ – May 8, 2012
” @100 Given they already have the cast dressed up to look like hipster version of The Hunger Games, my hopes are not high. I mean seriously, that cast photo above looks horrid.”

I had the same reaction when I saw the cast picture!

Going to get S.M Stirling novel & see for myself.

17. Amish Electrician - May 8, 2012

12…neurons firing in your head are on the surface..where every single piece of technology — computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights …this is on the surface

18. MJ - May 8, 2012

@14 “Falling Skies is a perfect example of a show that seems to have an unlimited supply of food and weapons in a world that has collapsed. ”

But if 95% of the population is killed, then you have plenty of weapons and food laying around for the remaining 5% to scavange. You probably could live on preservable food for 2 years before you would need to build farms, etc. And weapons and ammo, at least early on, would be more than plentiful as well.

19. MJ - May 8, 2012

@17. Again, it is described as “high-density” electrical and electro-chemical reactions that can’t take place anymore. Nuerons in your brain are not effected.

The books are not “hard sf”, but neither are they fantasy. They try to explain in general terms how this would work. It is no worse than the soft sf we get in Star Trek.

20. Vultan - May 8, 2012


Yeah, it is odd that replacement/repaired electronics wouldn’t work. Maybe it’s just hyperbole to promote the show. Or maybe there is a supernatural element. Abrams is a big Twilight Zone fan.

But why do all cast photos these days look like they were cut from J. Crew catalogs? Too clean. It’s the apocalypse. Throw some dirt on ’em.

21. Amish Electrician - May 8, 2012

19…u can not prove that

22. MJ - May 8, 2012

@21. I agree. I said it was “soft” science fiction. What is your point?

23. Vultan - May 8, 2012

We’ve come a long way since fugly Burgess Meredith wandered the post-apocalyptic landscape.

“That’s not fair…”

24. Ahmed - May 8, 2012

In the current state of science fiction on television these past few years, I won’t hold my breath for any new show to pass the first season; as long as the TV executives keep asking for the next Lost hit.

Flashforward, The Event, Caprica, to name just a few shows that got axed in the first season.

25. MJ - May 8, 2012

Wait until Robopocalypse comes out next year. If the movie it half as good as the novel, it is going to be awesome!

26. MJ - May 8, 2012

@24. Well, when done right, like Falling Skies, it can still be successful. I think the problem has been QUALITY.

27. dmduncan - May 8, 2012

20: “But why do all cast photos these days look like they were cut from J. Crew catalogs? Too clean. It’s the apocalypse. Throw some dirt on ‘em.”

I was just thinking that too. They are way too squeaky clean for the apocalypse. Water will become more precious when it isn’t purified in abundance under electrical power. You are going to start looking rough. You might even smell a little.

28. Amish Electrician - May 8, 2012

MJ..I also agree..as a novel..my point is electrical brain activity..is based on firing neurons..they are chem-elect..so shutting down all elect will kill peeps..but its just a novel/tv show

29. Captain Ransom - May 8, 2012

#1: agreed. it sounds like he is basing the entire plot around some gimmick much like the red matter in star trek xi. electronic devies blacked out forever? that is absolutely impossible. any event that would cause that would destroy the human race as well. sounds retarded. as long as electricity exists, devices will function. earth without the forces that create electricity would be a planet that is uninhabitable according to physics.

this idea has already been done. there is a series of horror movies with a similar plot, where ghosts come through electronic devices so people abandon technology. the darkest hour had a sort of similar situation, and war of the worlds had some electro-magnetic storm that somehow made cars stop working (wtf?).

he would be better off creating a series based on cloverfield. that would be cool.

30. Magic_Al - May 8, 2012

I’m turned off by the unexplained implausibility. If you want to do a show about people without modern technology you could do a western and the characters wouldn’t be whining about their condition.

31. Ahmed - May 8, 2012

@29. Captain Ransom
“this idea has already been done. there is a series of horror movies with a similar plot, where ghosts come through electronic devices so people abandon technology”

Sound kinda interesting, which movies ?

Abrams might have a different take on the theme, guess we will find out when the first TV teaser hit the air.

32. SpikedCanon - May 8, 2012

Not original in anyway. So tired of post-apocalyptic story lines.
How about one during the apocalypse? Or one post post-apocalyptic. Bla Bla Bla

33. dmduncan - May 8, 2012

JJ likes mystery. So why it happened and not knowing why is probably part of the deal here.

34. Ahmed - May 8, 2012

@33. dmduncan – May 8, 2012
“JJ likes mystery. So why it happened and not knowing why is probably part of the deal here.”

Yeah, hopefully, it won’t end up like Lost where most of the mysteries remained mysteries.

35. DeBeckster - May 8, 2012

Frederic Brown also did a short story about something like this called The Vaders where microscopic beings sucked all of the electricity out of the atmosphere. It wasn’t a post-apocalyptic type story. The jist was how people went back to 19th Century technology and how everyone was happier for it. This is the same guy that wrote the short story Arena.

36. Tanner Waterbury - May 8, 2012

Ooh… I hope this will be as good as “Jericho’ Seeing as how I really enjoy these post apocalyptic shows.

37. MJ - May 8, 2012

@35 “Frederic Brown also did a short story about something like this called The Vaders where microscopic beings sucked all of the electricity out of the atmosphere.”

Ah, I think I remember some lines from that short story:

“Air, I am your father!”

“The electrical force is strong with this one.”

38. MJ - May 8, 2012

@36. I still am royally pissed of that Jericho was cancelled.

39. dmduncan - May 8, 2012

Maybe JJ intends this to be seen as a fantastical “what if” scenario to explore the idea of what happens to and between us if we lose electricity.

40. Douglas - May 8, 2012

Another show set in a post-apocalyptic environment with ridiculously handsome, well-groomed actors & actresses in stylist-perfect clothing. I’m not feeling any urge to watch this. The no electronics issue sounds like a sequel to the Keanu Reeves version of The Day The Earth Stood Still, which was awful. Not feeling good about this one folks.

41. Red Dead Ryan - May 8, 2012

I get the feeling J.J Abrams is either running out of ideas, or is close to burning out. He has created a LOT of tv shows in the past decade, and directed/produced/written a number of movies as well.

42. MJ - May 8, 2012

@41. I just wished he would approach SM Strling and did this on the up and up versus what looks to me like highway robbery of the Dies the Fire series. You didn’t see HBO producing some lame show that was kind of like Game of Thrones — they went and got George RR Martin and even involved him in developing and producing the show.

43. Red Dead Ryan - May 8, 2012


Except that it is NBC we’re talking about, not HBO. HBO depends on subscription fees to keep producing shows, and as a result, they are more likely to get permission from the source of a tv show because they know they can’t afford bad press. NBC gets its money from ads, as well as its sister companies, and as such, is under no such pressure. They can easily cancel a show before any lawsuits come forward.

44. Vultan - May 8, 2012


There’s talk of Netflix bringing back Jericho. But for now it’s still talk.


45. Sebastian S. - May 8, 2012

No offense, but haven’t we seen this ‘post-apocalypse-where-technology-doesn’t-work-anymore’ TV series idea several times already? “Dark Angel”, “Jericho”, even “Walking Dead” (my favorite of the bunch; superior television)? One could even go further back to the TV-movies of the ’80s, with “Day After” and “Threads”….

Not that these shows weren’t any good (far from it; I very much enjoyed some of them), but I’m just wondering is there anything really new that this one could bring to the table?

Perhaps it’s trying to cash in on some of the “Hunger Games” mojo….

46. MJ - May 8, 2012

@45. Dude, technology worked in all those examples.

47. Daoud - May 8, 2012

Okay, why wouldn’t these work then:
*Gunpowder, guns, and bullets (why is the guy using Robin Hood arrows?)
*Steam locomotives
*Vehicles like the Stanley steamer
*Diesel compression-powered engines
*Hand crank generators
*The Photoelectric Effect of light impinging on metal surfaces causing electric currents
*Mechanical “difference engines” (non-electronic computers)
The whole concept is laughable. We had modern civilization BEFORE we had electricity. Running water, sewers, printing presses, steam engines, smelting….

48. Ahmed - May 8, 2012

@47. Daoud

Nice, I guess the writers need to do more research while writing the series.

49. Thorny - May 8, 2012

31. Ahmed… 2008’s “Pulse”.

50. LizardGirl - May 8, 2012

Daoud (47) makes a very good point as to why this seems a little…ill conceived. Who knows maybe they’ll have some of that stuff in the series.

Maybe, like Star Trek is the optimistic view of man’s growth technologically and morally– this will be the optimistic view of man’s struggle and growth after all of that goes to crap?

51. Ahmed - May 8, 2012

@49. Thorny.

Thanks, will check the movie.

52. VulcanFilmCritic - May 9, 2012

Random observations:

The whole thing looks like Brooklyn during a blackout.

I just finished watching Nicholas Meyer’s “The Day After” which was kind of a letdown when it first aired. It had a very downer view of the post-nuclear apocalypse. I wonder if in this dark daydream there will be those who are happy with the situation, like all those “survivalists” out in the hinterlands.

I just want to see how “expensive” this kind of thing is to dramatize. If the powers that be can foot the bill for this, why not a Romulan war?

The dude in black in the upper left looks a little like Jon Stewart, no?

53. Daoud - May 9, 2012

Def looks like Jon.
Also noticing all the leather in the boots and jackets. I presume that means that “tanneries” exist to produce leather. This requires at the least hydroelectric power and factories… along with sewing machines powered by something.
Where’s Blondie getting her bleach and how’s she powering her curling iron? Let alone the two women with heaving fake bosoms. How exactly is plastic surgery for breast enhancement being done?
I get the sense of this being Survivor: Hollywood… more than anything else. Amazing how they keep all their clothes clean, and their hair shampooed and coiffed in this supposed era of absolutely no technology. And where are they? On the Grand Staircase of the S S Titanic?
I’d have rather had another season of The Event.

54. Horatio - May 9, 2012

I’ll give this show a shot but if there is even a *hint* of any angst ridden teenagers in this show I AM OUT OF THERE.

55. Shannon Nutt - May 9, 2012

Won’t last beyond Season 1. Sounds a lot like Jericho…or Walking Dead without the fun of zombies or Falling Skies without aliens. And while I can see why electromagnetic pulse in a nuclear war would knock out all power…it’s not like the knowledge to create a lightbulb is lost forever. Wait a minute…looking at this cast, perhaps it is. :)

56. Markonian - May 9, 2012

Probably just another interesting Sci-Fi series that gets kicked during/after Season 1.

57. Holger - May 9, 2012

In my opinion in that photo the cast just looks too handsome in those outfits to let a post apocalyptic feel come up. Too clean, you know… especially with washing machines not working anymore. Maybe it’s just the artificial light… wait… artificial light… uhm… how many candles are necessary to create such brightness?

Anyway, I like shows with an “End of the world” theme. I absolutely love Jericho, the original 70s Survivors (and the new one that got canceled after its second season) and also Jeremiah. We’ll just wait and see. Never judge a book by its cover.

Hopefully some scifi show will make it past the pilot or the first half of season one!

58. Doug Haffner - May 9, 2012

Based on the photo, it seems people still dress more cool than I do in post-apocalyptic america….They should take some cues from The Walking Dead on costumes at least. I see all these people dressed up and think..”FAKE”.

59. Dom - May 9, 2012

I presume part of the overarching storyline will be why the apocalypse happened and the mystery of why everything is still blacked out (and, one assumes, who’s making that happen!)

I know certain people are swift to maul Abrams’ work, but generally he’s shown that he has he ability to make slick shows that appeal to the mainstream. Kripke’s also done well on Supernatural, so I’m intrigued to see them join forces.

If you ask me, most people who hate Abrams simply do so out of sour grapes. They resent that he has the acumen to sell shows (and mostly keep them onscreen) and movies that make money and draw in audiences.

60. Andy - May 9, 2012


Kripke wrote the pilot and most likely came up with the concept of the show. JJ’s just a producer. Don’t be so quick to bash JJ only. That’s all im saying.

61. Anthony Pascale - May 9, 2012

Right now JJ and his Bad Robot production company are more like an incubator. It is a place where creative people can go with an idea (like Kripke) to get help developing a project and shepherding it through the pilot process. So shows like this and ALCATRAZ do have JJ’s involvement, but it isn’t like when he and Damon locked themselves in a room and created LOST or when he, Bob, and Alex locked themselves in a room to create FRINGE. And certainly once the shows are picked up, his involvement decreases even more. He is really there to guide the show from the idea to sale of series, it is then in the hands of his production company to make the show and keep it going.

62. Bugs nixon - May 9, 2012

One high concept idea = an entire series. Rod Serling had a dozen great ideas before breakfast… Seems tv is just one Twilight Zone episode sup out to the Nth degree. I knew Flash Forward wouldnt last… and we will just continue to have these short lived shows that get cancelled quickly.

Why not ressurect Jericho? That was a great show. This sounds like the same thing.

63. Ahmed - May 9, 2012

I think any Sci-Fi series is better than no Sci-Fi at all. At least, until something like Lost, BSG or Babylon 5 come along

@62. Bugs nixon

“Why not ressurect Jericho? That was a great show. This sounds like the same thing.”

Check Vultan post #44 about Jericho

64. dmduncan - May 9, 2012

I did not like Jericho. Somehow they found a way to make the apocalypse boring.

65. Daoud - May 9, 2012

@64 Well, a true post-nuclear world would be pretty boring, because most serious and sober scientific studies suggest about a few dozen humans would survive it. It’d be at least as tight as the compressions of humanity around 10 to 15,000 years ago with us *all* descending from Mitochondrial Eve, as a race-mother… and all men having the descent from one single Y-chromsomal “Adam”. Frankly, Costner’s overwrought “The Postman” did it prettiest.

66. MJ - May 9, 2012

Jericho was one of my favorite shows in recent years. It would be awesome if they could revive it somehow.

67. MJ - May 9, 2012

@53. Fracking hilarious Doud — the funniest post I have read in awhile. You are spot-on, dude!

68. MJ - May 9, 2012

The more I look at this cast photo the more I am asking myself:

WTF ???

69. LizardGirl - May 9, 2012

Interesting, so if it sucks then he’s not really to blame or at least not as much because these are ideas of other writers, etc.? He’s just guiding them a little? In fact, does he need to be involved at all? Seeing as these people are using Bad Robot for what…the name? Or for some help in selling their ideas?

70. dmduncan - May 9, 2012

65. Daoud – May 9, 2012

@64 Well, a true post-nuclear world would be pretty boring,


There are lots of less than total destruction scenarios (Jericho) where life becomes very hard but survivable. You wouldn’t need to destroy 99.999 percent of America, for example, to cause the sort of economic collapse that nobody really wants to have to live through.

Boring isn’t the word I’d use to describe living through such times.

71. MJ - May 9, 2012

@69. Good point, Lizard Girl. Yes, it does kind of sound like a White House type of situation, where the President always has “plausable deniability’, and each staff member and cabinent member already has provided a resignation letter that the President can choose to except to get himself out of any negative things that come up.

72. MJ - May 9, 2012

eh gawds, “choose to accept”

73. dmduncan - May 9, 2012

@61: Okay, well then please send memo to Bad Robot: Dirty up that cast a bit. They all look like they’re still shopping at Target.

74. dmduncan - May 9, 2012

If JJ associates his brand with something that fails, he doesn’t look good either. He’s in the decision-making loop that gets the criticism in the same way that he’s going to get credit if it succeeds.

But the type of failure is also important. I don’t think you look bad if you do something inventive and bold that fails, whereas you do look bad if you pop out crap that usually sells, but yours doesn’t.

You know? Better to fail to hit a high mark, than fail to hit a low mark. In the first case you may end up looking prescient, ahead of your time — which can help your stock rise. In the second you just look like a fool.

75. Vultan - May 9, 2012


“Better to fail to hit a high mark, than fail to hit a low mark. In the first case you may end up looking prescient, ahead of your time — which can help your stock rise. In the second you just look like a fool.”

Right on! Like with Star Trek. Abrams can go in so many new, inventive directions… uh… hmm, wait a minute…

I kid. I kid. Cookie cutters are great (if the cookies are good).

76. zperk - May 9, 2012

Things are so bad that they’re using bows instead of firearms, yet they all still shop at designer clothing stores and have impeccably fashionable haircuts? lame.

77. dmduncan - May 9, 2012

You know it’s the apocalypse because they’re all wearing boots.

Poor overweight nerdy looking guy with the beard….all he knows is DC and Marvel trivia. You are not prepared, sir!

And how bad can it be? The guy wearing all gray is standing at ease. No doubt ready to snap-to-it! when the word is given by the ex-customer service rep in the front with the LOTR Legolas sword he bought on eBay before the electrons went on strike. (He was out of work and paid with BillMeLater).

78. Captain Ransom - May 9, 2012

@ 31:

the series is called Pulse. there are three movies, although the first was really the only good one. the second and third were very low budget.

on another note, i’m glad someone else noticed their retarded hunger games/twilight fashion. i guess they went to the mall and helped themselves at luis vitton and the gap. i think abrams is a little old to be taking cues from childish hunger games crap.

he needs to check out the terminator or the postman or road warrior for inspiration. or waterworld – dennis hopper had the coolest jacket ever in that film.

79. Captain Ransom - May 9, 2012

ok looking at the photo again, this looks DUMB. especially the guy in the front with the bow and arrow. he looks exactly like that douchebag from twilight.

the divide was a good apocalypse film, especially with michael biehn. why not take a cue from the genre rather than wussy teenage girl films like hunger games which is basically an awful ripoff of the infinitely greater logan’s run.

80. Ahmed - May 9, 2012

Fox just canceled Alcatraz & renewed Touch !

81. Sebastian S. - May 9, 2012

# 46

Not reliably, that’s what I meant. Dark Angel had an EMP event in the pilot, Jericho had a nuke (similar effect), and Walking Dead… well, society just went to s**t, that’s all. No electrical grid, running water, etc. Watch the last one again. They have cars and generators, but not reliable technology….

My point was, we’ve had this kind of a post-apocalypse show before. I’m just hoping something new is brought to the mix.

82. MJ - May 9, 2012

@81. OK, I’ll buy that.

83. MJ - May 9, 2012

@80. Two words: Keifer Sutherland

84. Anthony Pascale - May 9, 2012

Article has been updated with link to Deadline report that ALCATRAZ is history

85. Ahmed - May 9, 2012

@83. MJ – May 9, 2012

“@80. Two words: Keifer Sutherland”

He is the only reason why I watch Touch, even though the show is going nowhere with the story.

86. MJ - May 9, 2012

Can’t believe Fringe is still going — Alcatrez had double the viewership this season versus Fringe.

87. captain_neill - May 10, 2012

A shame but no surprise for Alcatraz, I was really enjoying it but the last few episodes were getting to the point of it becoming too samey and no questions being answered regarding the 63s.

Have borrowed season 1 of Fringe from a friend so going to finally give this show a chance.

I might give his new show a try but it does like a problem I think many shows have these days. They are concepts that could work as a mini series but wonder how they can sustain it for years upon years.

88. Charla - May 10, 2012

Sigh. Another show I have vested time in cancelled. (i.e.V, The Event, Alcatraz)I am gonna just stop watching so much TV especially since I am on the road to recovery!

I may watch this one too, but it is laughable, the picture above. Everyone does look too clean, stylish. All females are great looking in these shows and the men are the only ones aloud to have average looks instead of all the men cast being “hotties”. (It’s the same with the evening news lol)

I would like to see a show with some realistic looking people first of all. Not only in their clothing, but even with their build. That would be a first I believe, correct me if I am wrong. All the cast is in great shape, which would be neccessary in a post apoc. world. But it would be interesting to see something that represents real people like the ones watching the shows.

I think casting differently would allow people viewing the shows to relate to the people acting in them. (No, I am not overweight, and I am average in “looks” – lol at least I think so, hope so. haha maybe I am being conceited in that statement too!) But really I think that just ditching the stereotypical characters for something more representative of the audience would go a long way in the viewer relating to the characters.

89. dmduncan - May 10, 2012

I didn’t watch Alcatraz. The premise didn’t intrigue me. Didn’t watch The Event either. Same reason.

Did think Flash Forward had a strong opening act. Oh well.

But what I’m noticing is that I don’t like shows that try to entertain you without really being ABOUT anything. And I think you can get a sense quite rapidly when the person at the rudder of a show isn’t steering the thing anywhere. I notice it because the show feels like a series of cheap thrills that never amount to anything more.

90. Vultan - May 10, 2012


Reminds me of the story Michael Piller told of bringing a script idea for TNG to Gene Roddenberry. Roddenberry asked him what it was about. Piller started going on about the Romulans working against the Federation and this character doing this and that character doing that. Gene interrupted him and asked him again: “What is the story ABOUT?”

Piller said he then realized what writing was really… about.

91. LizardGirl - May 10, 2012

@77 “You are not prepared sir!”
Seriously messed up, but funny as all get out!…BillMeLater….*snickers*

92. captain_neill - May 10, 2012

When Alcatraz airs over here in UK in do find it annoying when they call it JJ Abrams’s Alcatraz when he has not even wrote or directed an episode. The only involvement he has is that his compnay produces it.

Yet his name is used to sell it. It is almost as if Abrams name alone sells more so than his talent.

93. LizardGirl - May 10, 2012

Another thing, what’s with all these bows and arrows? Get some guns and bullets.

94. Ahmed - May 11, 2012

Here is more information about this series:

“Our entire way of life depends on electricity. So what would happen if it just stopped working? Well, one day, like a switch turned off, the world is suddenly thrust back into the dark ages. Planes fall from the sky, hospitals shut down, and communication is impossible. And without any modern technology, who can tell us why?

Now, 15 years later, life is back to what it once was long before the industrial revolution: families living in quiet cul-de-sacs, and when the sun goes down lanterns and candles are lit. Life is slower and sweeter. Or is it? On the fringes of small farming communities, danger lurks. And a young woman’s life is dramatically changed when a local militia arrives and kills her father, who mysteriously – and unbeknownst to her – had something to do with the blackout.

This brutal encounter sets her and two unlikely companions off on a daring coming-of-age journey to find answers about the past in the hopes of reclaiming the future.”


Sound a bit boring, at least to me! Hopefully the series itself will prove to be more interesting than this outline.

95. Herb Finn - May 11, 2012

Revolution = JJ ripping off JERICHO! :D

96. dan g - May 13, 2012

if s.m.stirling isn’t getting a cut of any profits made from this show i hope he sues bad robot productions. dies the fire = revolution.

97. Mac - May 14, 2012

Okay so these are my 2 cents.
1. Dies the fire rip off. Yes.
2. 15 years after the switch is turned off they have plastic surgery for boob jobs but no electricity ???? come on for real?????
3. Bows and arrows but no guns wtf, if this was based here in Europe I could believe that but not in the US sorry way too many guns for that. FBI report says minimum 1 gun for every american thats 350,000,000 guns plus all military weapons so if says due this event 90% of the population dies those guns still exist plus the ammo, ammo making is sorta easy compaired to dressing and tanning hides.

I could go on but pffff why bother.

98. Lexa Sojen - May 15, 2012

S.M. Stirling should sue one-hit-wonder Abrams until JJ is bankrupt. “Dies the Fire” was a great book and would have made a decent movie on it’s own. Instead, Abrams gets to usurp it for another contrived, soulless network TV cash grab. It’s like he’s the M. Night Shyamalan of TV – he ran out of ideas years ago but they keep paying him and he keeps trying to spin crap into gold. Hopefully network execs will wise up to JJ’s failure like movie studios are starting to wise up to M Night’s lack of talent. He may be fooling them but he’s not fooling us.
It’s amazing to me that you or I would get our free video pulled from free YouTube because we had a TV show accidentally running in the background, but Abrams gets celebrated for blatantly ripping off a best seller’s book and profiting from it on NBC! But wait, guns still work. So what. A derivitive work is still a derivitive work.
Seriously, what has Abrams done since Lost? Alcatraz is canceled. Person of interest is lame. Undercovers was stupid. Six Degrees – lasted 13 episodes. Fringe is mediocre at best. Even Lost petered out a bit at the end. Cloverfield was stupid. His Star Trek reboot was a travesty. You want a post-apocalyptic drama, bring back Jericho. You want a post-apocalyptic drama where the laws of physics change, get S.M. Stirling involved and create something that’s actually good.
I’m sure there are those who will equate this post with a butthurt fanboy, but consider this: Suppose I stole something valuable from your house and sold it on eBay for more than you paid for it. Would you be upset? So should S.M. Stirling.

99. Michael - May 16, 2012

Just looks BAD.
Go watch The Road or Book of Eli for a more likely PA setting.

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