Now that Lost has ended, Star Trek producer/director JJ Abrams is currently producing a mere two TV series: Undercovers for NBC and Fringe for Fox. But a new report from E! says that he may move that back up to three again, with ABC interested in creating a "reboot" of Abrams spy show Alias.
Alias: The Next Generation?
According to a report at Eonline.com, ABC is feeling lost without Lost and wants to see if they can keep in the Abrams biz. Here is what the unconfirmed report states:
A reliable insider at ABC tells me that there is talk of the network doing a “reboot” of one of the greatest TV series of all time, J.J. Abrams’ Alias.
According to this source, ABC is hoping to hold onto its lost Lost audience with a re-envisioned J.J. Abrams series, in light of FlashForward not working out so well.
JJ Abrams created the spy series Alias for ABC in 2001 and it ran for five seasons. The show focused on the spy Sydney Bristow, mixing her personal life with global espionage and a bit of genre mythology (which the E! report says would not be part of this new show). Many of the original Alias team moved with JJ Abrams to his first feature film (Mission: Impossible III) and then on to Star Trek, including writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, production designer Scott Chambliss, and composer Michael Giacchino.
The cast of "Alias"
Star Trek’s Orion girl Rachel Nichols was in the Alias cast, as was Victor Garber who played the Klingon interrogator in a deleted scene. JJ Abrams pal and Alias regular Greg Grunberg, also had a voice cameo in Star Trek. Alias star Jennifer Garner did not make in to Star Trek, but had said that she was very interested in getting a part.
New spy shows: Undercovers & Nikita
One new Abrams spy show that is certainly starting this fall is Undercovers on NBC. The show is more light-hearted than Alias, and focuses on the lives of two married spies. You can learn more at the official site nbc.com/undercovers.
And Undercovers isn’t the only new spy show coming this fall. The CW recently announced the series Nikita starring Maggie Q, based on the film La Femme Nikita. Mor info on that show at cwtv.com/shows/nikita.