Last week we reported that JJ Abrams had landed an Alcatraz-themed pilot at Fox and was shopping a crime thriller TV pilot as well. Today comes a report that the Star Trek producer/director is also shopping a third pilot for the 2011/2012 seasons: a comedy drama with two veteran Lost actors. More details below.
JJ Abrams comedy/drama with Lost actors + Abrams/Nolan project lands at CBS
According to the New York Magazine Vulture blog, JJ Abrams is working with writers Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (Alias, Mission: Impossible 4) on a comedy drama pilot called Odd Job, about former black ops agents with "a dose of Humor". The pitch already has two leads: Michael Emerson (Benjamin Linus) and Terry O’Quinn (John Locke), from Lost (co-created by Abrams and Star Trek producer Damon Lindelof). Of course O’Quinn is also known to Star Trek fans as Admiral Pressman in the TNG episode "The Pegasus". For his part, Damon Lindelof tweeted today that he has nothing to do with this Odd Jobs project.
O’Quinn and Emerson in "Lost" – pair may star in new JJ Abrams comedy Drama "Odd Jobs"
And in our last Abrams pilot pitch article, we noted he was also shopping a crime thriller TV pilot with Jonah Nolan (co-writer of The Dark Knight). Vulture is now reporting that this pilot (now called Person of Interest) has landed at CBS. If the pilot moves forward, it will be Abrams first series at CBS, after creating shows for all the other networks.
Abrams is currently finishing up casting and getting ready to start shooting his Steven Spielberg collaboration Super 8. Pre-production on the next Star Trek movie (which Abrams is producing and possibly directing) will start up around the beginning of the year, or by the time Super 8 goes into post-production. The beginning of the year is also traditionally "pilot season" when all the TV pilots begin to gear up for production.