CBS Picks Up a J.J. Abrams Pilot

... J.J. Abrams has done shows for ABC, NBC, Fox, and the WB, so why not crown that list with the king of all networks, CBS? The Eye has picked up the executive-produced-by-Abrams Person of Interest, a drama pilot about a presumed-dead CIA agent who's hired by a really rich dude to combat bad guys in New York City. The show was created by Jonathan Nolan, brother of Batman Christopher Nolan. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Henry Ian Cusick is remaining constant (ho ho ho!) at ABC, having landed his first potentially regular gig after his starring turn as Desmond on Lost. Cusick will star in the pilot of Shonda Rhimes' new drama In Crisis, about a professional "fixer" who repairs famous people's PR problems. This show doesn't sound quite as complicated as his last show. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Amanda Peet has signed on to play the lead in the NBC pilot Bent. Peet (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) will play a divorced mom who is falling for the "surfer dude" contractor who's fixin' her kitchen, if you know what I mean. And what I mean is literally fixing her kitchen. Which may involve cleaning her oven, waxing her countertops, and unclogging her plumbing. Oh, gross! You really have a dirty mind. Also after the link, Minnie Driver is allegedly in talks to headline NBC's Free Agents, about a Hollywood talent agency. [THR]

... History Channel has renewed Top Gear for a second season. [History via press release]

... AMC has announced the premiere date of its upcoming original program The Killing: a two-hour monster on April 3. In other quality television premiere news, HBO tooted its horn about the Treme Season 2 premiere: April 24. Between these two shows and Game of Thrones (April 17), Sundays in April are going to be really, really busy. [Ohio.com & Hitfix]

... Days after Fox's The Chicago Code and Traffic Light disappointed in their series premieres, Matthew Perry's new ABC comedy Mr. Sunshine dazzled. The comedy about a stadium manager (Perry) was watched by 10.57 million viewers and drew a 3.7 rating among adults for one of the most impressive debuts of this midseason. Of course, we didn't think it was that good. [TV By the Numbers]

... Isn't it so perfect that NBC's acting travesty The Event has nabbed, as a big guest star, one of the original Beverly Hills, 90210 players? And isn't it even more perfect that it's the chick who was like 30-something and playing a teenager? Gabrielle Carteris (BH 90210's Andrea) will guest star in at least two episodes as [not really a spoiler] an alien. [TV Guide]

... Fox has picked up Weekends at Bellevue to pilot. The show is a medical drama following a psychiatrist who works weekends at the legendary New York hospital for crazy people. [Deadline Hollywood]


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any show with desmond in it is worth checking out
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Yeah, none of these shows sound really interesting. I mean its JJ Abrams with Jonathan Nolan so I'll check it out, but it sounds a bit too episodical for me.
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Ahhh I've been waiting for Henry Ian Cusick to return to TV. It's just a shame it's a Shonda Rhimes show. I've never seen Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice or Off The Map but I know enough about them to know I don't want to, ever.
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Barely anyone seems to comment on the fact that John Nolan is ALSO working with Abrams. Ummm this guy's a genious, wrote Memento, and co wrote The Prestige and the Batman movies. Abrams is also awesome, and I don't think he'll make the mistake he made with undercovers again...
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I'm not in love, but I kinda dug Chicago Code. (the female lead was not believable, but maybe I'm just being sexist)
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I love JJ Abrams but his new show wont make it unless he sticks with it which he wont. He didnt even stick with Lost but he lucked out and got good show writers to replace him if that doesnt happen it will be another failed show.
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Doesn't sound good
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Person Of Interest sort of sounds like The Cape, but with JJ Abrams so it'll suck less, but still sounds crap. holy crap, you mean Shonda Rhimes can write a show about something that's NOT doctors? Absolutely none of these sound remotely interesting
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Obviously, J.J. Abrams isn't all THAT; and doesn't Shonda Rhimes also do Fairly Legal?
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wrong again. mr. sunshine WAS good.
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don't sound like anything i care about. Gaberiel cartis I don't think she was really all that popular like the other cast.
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Let's see what Abrams can do with this new show. I hasn't done anything good since Alias, so it will be good to see something new and inventive.
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Well let's hope this J.J. Abrams show will last longer than "Undercovers".
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god i hope mr. sunshine will be better..
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I like the event!! oh well, but Mr. Sunshine has a lot of potential to grow, its far better than a lot of other drivel that is on right now!!!! And Perry is very cool!!!!
And why does nobody mention anything about Onion??? news and the sports dome, they are just plain a riot!!!!!
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awesome new, jj is the bomb, and happy for desmond
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"Mr. Sunshine" was delicious, like a class reunion full of people we haven't seen for too long. Plus, between Matthew Perry and Allison Janney, the dialogue and delivery had a Sorkin-esque flavor to it that I'm hoping is geniune. Arena management opens the door for big, over-the-top problems like, say, stray elephants or there's still ice on the floor, which you solve with ax-wielding clowns. Ask yourself: Past five years of programming, you remember ever getting to use the phrases "stray elephant" or "ax-wielding clowns"? That's gold, that's what that is. They got gold. They got C.J. Craig driving a golf cart, wacked out of her gourd on a little white pill with some Spanish on it and they got GOLD.
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Love Amanda Peet, hope her new show does well.
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The Abrams show: a little Human Target-ish maybe?
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JJ Abrams & Jon Nolan? Hells to the Yeah! Can't wait! I want it NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The US Top Gear really doesn't deserve to get another season... it's terrible. The UK show is awesome, nothing but Win.
Sundays are gonna be AWESOME.
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There was a British show called Free Agents about a talent agency starring Stephen Mangen, another remake?
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Wow another JJ Abrams show wonder if it'll be as (un)successful as his last one
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