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J.J. Abrams and Fringe showrunner J.H. Wyman sell action-packed sci-fi buddy cop show to Fox

Sep. 7, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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J.J. Abrams is involved with two television shows currently running - "Person of Interest" and "Revolution" (check out the first episode in full here).  So why not add a third? That way there's as many shows as there are "Js" in the names of the two people involved, as his new show was pitched with the assistance of "Fringe" showrunner J.H. Wyman.

Though untitled at this time, the has been well recieved by Fox and comes with "a pilot production commitment. It is described as an action-packed buddy cop show, set in the near future, when all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids."  Now that "Fringe' is wrapping up, Wyman will write and Executive Produce the new series should it go beyond pilot.

Understandably we don't have much information about the show yet, but does it sound like something you'd watch? Or rather, what elements would it need to have to distinguish it from the glut of available television these days?

My question is: how many self-referential puns will Wyman throw in as J.J. Abrams is producing through his Bad Robot banner (the logo of which is pictured above)? Because if it were me, there'd be a lot.  Okay, maybe three.  But still, they'd definitely be there - I'm too weak to resist such an easy joke.

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Zoe Saldana is, of course, joing J.J. Abrams once again for STAR TREK 2.

Extra Tidbit: I initially mis-typed STAR TREK 2 as STARK TREK 2. Which actually presents some interesting ideas...

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4:12PM on 09/07/2012
They try this 'new' idea every decade; 70's "Holmes and Yo-Yo", 80's "Automan", 90's "Mann and Machine", 00's "Sarah Connor Chronicles".
They try this 'new' idea every decade; 70's "Holmes and Yo-Yo", 80's "Automan", 90's "Mann and Machine", 00's "Sarah Connor Chronicles".
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1:30PM on 09/07/2012
99% of shows that air on Fox, CBS, NBC and ABC suck because of censorship. The only 1% good show airing is on CBS. "Person of Interest." Jonahthan Nolan (writer) is what makes this show work.
99% of shows that air on Fox, CBS, NBC and ABC suck because of censorship. The only 1% good show airing is on CBS. "Person of Interest." Jonahthan Nolan (writer) is what makes this show work.
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12:42PM on 09/07/2012
I, Robot meets Robocop. It could work. It could also very well not.
I, Robot meets Robocop. It could work. It could also very well not.
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12:27PM on 09/07/2012
I can't wait to see what they turn out. What we have now is just one sentence but knowing JJ Abrams, we'll get something a fair bit cooler and more complex and a show that probably can't be fully summed up in a logline like that. I'm currently on my Fringe marathon, catching up where I left off (end of Season 2), which is a lot of catching up, and I gotta say that Fringe is an amazing show. Many of the episodes are very, very well-written and directed, the core cast is super-solid (someone give
I can't wait to see what they turn out. What we have now is just one sentence but knowing JJ Abrams, we'll get something a fair bit cooler and more complex and a show that probably can't be fully summed up in a logline like that. I'm currently on my Fringe marathon, catching up where I left off (end of Season 2), which is a lot of catching up, and I gotta say that Fringe is an amazing show. Many of the episodes are very, very well-written and directed, the core cast is super-solid (someone give John Noble his Emmy already!) and the sci-fi bells and whistles, the gunfights and body horror, all of that is wrapped up with overarching themes and there's a lot of emotion with many of the episodes; almost all the " 'villains' of the week" (when they use that format) have super-tragic motivations. Would love to see a fun sci-fi action TV show from Abrams and Wyman.
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11:55AM on 09/07/2012

Not much interesting right now

Lets see: Waaay too many human feelings vs robotic android jokes, mega budget mostly for futuristic settings, first episode will have a villain or a shadowy figure and introduce a conspiracy of some kind, but then it'll disappear for atleast 8-10 episodes to make it more like a procedural, finally in the last couple of episodes that shadowy figure/earlier villain will magically appear with a maniacal plot, and that conspiracy that was not present for that last 10-12 episodes will also have some
Lets see: Waaay too many human feelings vs robotic android jokes, mega budget mostly for futuristic settings, first episode will have a villain or a shadowy figure and introduce a conspiracy of some kind, but then it'll disappear for atleast 8-10 episodes to make it more like a procedural, finally in the last couple of episodes that shadowy figure/earlier villain will magically appear with a maniacal plot, and that conspiracy that was not present for that last 10-12 episodes will also have some twist to make it a big cliffhanger ending for the season finale....but it'll never be resolved because after a big audience for the pilot the ratings would drop like a rock and that mega budget won't be justified with that massive drop, so it'll be canceled after the first season. Or atleast that what I've been taught from the previous many, many failed big budget sci-fi shows.

Only way to succeed is either go totally with crime mystery (not action) format sets in the future, just like Isaac Asimov's Elijah Baley & Daneel Olivaw series.... Or BECAUSE this is Abrams & Wyman, I'm hoping they'll abandon that "buddy action" aspect and focus full on serialized sci-fi concepts with the cops are happens to be the central characters, like Fringe or to an extent, Lost
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9:27AM on 09/07/2012

Sounds Like...

'Mann & Machine' with David Andrews, Yancy Butler and S.E. Merkerson. It was an interesting series in the early 90s that never took off. Maybe they'll get this one to fly.
'Mann & Machine' with David Andrews, Yancy Butler and S.E. Merkerson. It was an interesting series in the early 90s that never took off. Maybe they'll get this one to fly.
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