Big sci-fi TV news: Alfonso Cuarón's Believe, J.J. Abrams' new Fringe-esque cop drama and two other new sexy science fiction series have been given the greenlight. From high concept to teen drama, there are four new TV series steeped in sci-fi that could be airing in your homes next year. Here's a run down on what we (hopefully) have to look forward to:
First up is Cuarón's (Children of Men) high-concept series Believe. Backed by Warner Bros. and Abrams' Bad Robot, Cuarón's pilot (which he will also direct) has been snatched up by NBC. The series centers around the relationship between a girl who will become very powerful in seven years and her recently acquired protector. Deadline is reporting that NBC has officially ordered the pilot, which means it will shoot. Fingers crossed we actually get to see it.
Untitled Android Cop Drama
But wait, Star Wars' new director Abrams isn't done yet. Yet another Abrams project been nabbed the greenlight from a studio, and this time from Fox. Abrams and J.H. Wyman of Fringe got the thumbs up after a heated bidding war on their android cop drama. Deadline calls it an "action-packed buddy cop show, set in the near future, when all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids." Sounds interesting, but we're holding out for the name.
Based on the book by Kass Morgan, this post-apocalyptic series is set 97 years in the future after a planet-wide nuclear war. A space station carrying what's left of the human race jettisons 100 juvenile delinquents back down to Earth to see if the world is safe for repopulation (as you do). TV Line broke the news that The CW has picked up this pitch for a pilot, and we can't wait to see the soapy drama that takes place on future Earth.
And finally one more CW pilot score, this time about aliens. TV Line spilled the beans that Good Wife writer Meredith Averill (who is awesome) will tell the story of a human girl and her alien boyfriend in high school. The boy is part of the Orion 9, which is a collection of alien youths being integrated into local high schools 10 years after their kind landed on Earth and were immediately imprisoned in an internment camp. Sounds like Alien Nation 2.0.