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.