News Briefs: J.J. Abrams Sells a Weird Undercover Cop Drama to The CW

J.J. AND THE CW NEWS

... Producer god J.J. Abrams and his Alias buddy Ken Olin will produce Electropolis, a drama project, for The CW. And just wait 'til you hear the description! "An undercover cop show about after-hours Los Angeles and the young people who live their lives after most are asleep, making their moves to the pulsing beats of electronic music." Remember when we used to get excited about J.J. Abrams projects? [THR]


PRESIDENTIAL NEWS

... Barack Obama, who you may have heard of before, will be the guest on next Thursday's The Daily Show. It will be the sixth time Obama has appeared on the program, and the second since he moved into the White House. [EW]

... Yesterday's vice-presidential debates drew 51.4 million viewers across all networks. Once again, Fox News put in an impressive performance, earning the most overall viewers (more than 10 million). Last week's debates between Obama and Mitt Romney drew 67.2 million viewers by comparison. The VP debate had more competition, though: Real Americans were watching baseball or football. [NY Times]


BUSINESS TIME

... Adult Swim has renewed Robot Chicken for Season 7. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Also up against the VP debate and mediocre football and playoff baseball were the season and series debuts of The Vampire Diaries and Beauty and the Beast. TVD drew 3.18 million people and Beauty and the Beast convinced 2.8 million people to tolerate it; good starts for both but still short of Arrow's 4-million-plus cumulative in its debut. TVD beat Up All Night and tied Last Resort in the adult-demo ratings though, scoring a solid 1.6. Maybe that October start for The CW wasn't such a bad idea. [TV By the Numbers]

... TNT has canceled The Great Escape, a reality series that apparently was on. [TV Guide]

... COPS has a return date... December 15! Bad boys, bad boys, feel free to do whatcha gonna do until then. [Deadline Hollywood]

... HGTV has ordered 91 more episodes of House Hunters International because fake reality television, as it turns out, is really easy and cheap to make. [TV Guide]

... NBC woke up and said, "Hey, we want our own Once Upon a Time!" so it went out and bought Wonderland, a drama set after the events of Alice in Wonderland. The series would feature a new character Clara, who wages war against Wonderland's new queen Alice. The idea comes from Whit Anderson, whom you may recall was behind a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Allison Miller, who currently stars on NBC's Go On, has sold an idea to ABC called Michael Bolton's Daughter Is Destroying My Life. The comedy follows a writer who moves to Los Angeles to run the social media account of Michael Bolton (playing himself) and so must deal with his wild-and-crazy daughter. This is so crazy it just might work. [Deadline Hollywood]

... This will SHOCK you, but Tyra Banks, humble patron saint of middling models, is trying to produce a show based on her life. She's at work on Fivehead, a comedy about her awkward teenage years before she became an insane supermodel. [Deadline Hollywood]

... And in merciful news, NBC has decided to kill off Next Caller, the sitcom starring Dane Cook as a totally dude-y radio host who gets a new feminist co-host. Thank you, Jesus! The show was originally given a six-episode order, but NBC brass decided that it sucked. None of the episodes will air. Ever. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Oh brother. And I'll still probably watch J.J's CW project. HELP ME!
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Think i just fell in love with Allison Miller.
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Bring back Awake. This is a fucking joke.
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Really happy that TVD got good ratings against the major players but BATB was AWFUL! I still can't believe that this was chosen over TSC!!!
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I also remember the days of being excited over a JJ Abrams TV project, then I saw Undercovers and Alcatraz, now it's becoming ridiculous at this point. Seriously JJ really needs to stop, that has to be the worst idea for a cop TV series.
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Damn it. I love Once Upon a Time and the story of Alice in Wonderland sooo much I just might have to check that show out.
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you used to do those stats after a couple of episodes on new shows. will you do it this year?
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Yes the 4 episode test.! Maybe next week.
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Im glad beauty and the beast went okay...I liked it...
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Wonderland sounds interesting, I wonder what ever happened to the new Buffy movie?
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It probably stalled. No one who had anything to do with the original, wanted it to happen. It's Joss's baby.
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Wonderland?

I don't watch NBC if at all, but I might give that a go.



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Apparently Abrams once seemingly endless pit of ideas has finally scraped the bottom. WTF was he thinking putting his name to this?
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I'm beginning to think he comes up with his ideas like "David Guetta is popular right now and cop shows are always good. Hmmmm"
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The man created my favorite TV show (Lost), as well as Fringe and Person of Interest (which has started off very strong in its first season, and beginning of its second), and I've gotten enjoyment from some of his other projects. Because of that, I do tend to keep a close eye on shows that have his name attached to them, despite a few past disappointments. That being said, based on that little description, I can't really say I'm that excited about it. Maybe it will turn out to be better than it sounds, and I will keep an eye out for trailers and other news about it, but I'm not getting my hopes up.
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The Man of the Year for Unfinished Projects, He Fucked Lost, He Fucked Fringe, died prematurely, and this time, he thought why not make a project that fails from day one, Oh, damn how could that have slipped my mind..whatever happened to "ALCATRAZ"...yeah right they ended it...Why cause you Masterminded it you Prick...Stop Using the Same Premise over and over and over again, larger than life expectation about how "long" the series should go make it sucks..you create a show with a one goal in mind How can I make it BIGGER in the sense of lets create more characters all over the world, repeat the same stories with different names, and then try to chase them around.



I think, Jeje, should step away from TV for a while till he gets his head checked and his EGO emasculated. Take a look at a show like "the Walking Dead", a show noone thought would last at all, yet it is still growing, you can blame it on the growing phenomenon of Vamps and the Undead thats been plaguing us for the last ten years, which adds more pressure to what can you add to this grinding mill, yet the producers of that show, they took a show that looked like a spinoff from one of Romero's undead movies and they added more spin, same characters, no criminals to look after or Hidden "Biblical" secrets engulfed in black smoke to runaway from, just plain old shoot 'em up they even make successful PS3 downloadable games from it and you know what it Rocks!! if you were given the Vampire Diaries would it have been successful? Look at Supernatural..Please Angels and Demons..yet going one for seven seasons strong, dude you suck let's just face it at killing shows..so stop making shows that would end, the ideas you use are just as good as any, even better, in how you concoct different phenmenons philosophies..etc like in Lost and Fringe, but this desire to go "Everywhere" while killing the "interesting" factor leaves us with a repititive and dull watching experience that no one wants to see. Throwing a bone from time to time thinking this would be interesting, while leaving us with actors and actresses reiterating their BIOS and their Love interests is a BUZZ Kill that no one, nowadays, has the endurance or the tolerance for, make something new..
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"An undercover cop show about after-hours Los Angeles and the young people who live their lives after most are asleep, making their moves to the pulsing beats of electronic music."



...and its guest start will include Pet Shop Boys, The Prodigy, Kraftwerk and Aphex Twin. I'd watch that.
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They can sure do better than that, how about some Heldon, Conrad Schnitzler, David Borden, and Bill Nelson?
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Letter to J.J. Abrams:

I will forever love you for your involvement in Fringe ... That is all.
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"Michael Bolton's Daughter Is Destroying My Life."

Keep this title! KEEP THIS TITLE!!!
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So JJ Abrams wrote a show about... people going to clubs? Fun to do, but very very boring to watch. Way to go, JJ.
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Electropolis sounds like the stupidest show ever. Go Abrams! ... *shrugs*

I like Allison Miller, and I like that show idea. I now like her more.
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JJ Abrams sells a drama to the CW? WHY??? The guy can screw himself with his electropolis shit.
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Spin that broken record!



JJ Abrams truly believes the ideas he has or backs are unique and interesting. Oh well...money rules all.
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hah abc should win a qunnes for the longest titles ever
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Why no, Tim, I don't remember when I used to get excited by JJ Abrams projects. I remember when other people did, and to them I would say "remember how Felicity fell apart, remember how Alias lost its way?" And then they'd say "Lost" and I'd say "What About Brian, Undercovers, Six Degrees, Alcatraz" and now "Revolution", but I'd really be feeling "he turned Star Trek into an Apple Store version of Star Wars only stupider and louder!" and then I'd also remember how ripped off I felt having to sit through Regarding Henry and Forever Young (I worked in a video store in the early '90s when I was a kid, we weren't always allowed to pick what was on the screens). Sorry, got lost there, anyway that sounds like a lot of channels being changed off that idea. Maybe 18 years ago it might have had sway.

Barack Obama might want to think twice after the brutal comments Jon Stewart had following the first debate. Then again Stewart is an admitted guest-suckup. I'll watchy watch.

I watched the VP debate (awesome, btw) on NBC and it was much better than the CBS debate the week before, the presentation was more alive and had more to say.

Robot Chicken clearly won't die. I remember when lil Seth Green was pimping the idea across the talk shows before it had been picked up, and then my sister worked in the Santa Monica office building where RC got started and she'd be in line at Coffee Bean with Seth Green every morning and she'd always be excited about the show he'd talk about. And now 7 years later it's in HD. I don't have a point but at least I have a narrative!

The Great Escape was on before or after one of the 4 TNT shows I watch and I'd not watch it. I know, that story had everything.

Uhhh... NBC already has a Once Upon a time called Grim, 'member? C'mon NBC, don't water down one of the few shows you felt was worth renewing last season. Or do and become more fantasy than the Syfy network with equally poor ratings, your call I guess since you own 'em both.

Uh, "Michael Bolton's Daughter..." sounds suspiciously like "Don't Trust the Birch Tree in Apartment 23". Also, why is it that lately Michael Bolton won't say no to a job?

"Everybody Hates Tyra", sounds totally watchable, said nobody.

Yes! NBC finally makes a smart move... well after pushing that turd into promos and putting money into scripts that nobody wanted to watch get made. Dane Cook cannot carry a sitcom, or a sag of groceries probably.

I really shouldn't post when I'm so tired.
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Great description of that new Star Trek movie, and here I thought I was the only one who didn't like it.
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First thought on Electropolis: It's set at night to cut down on costs (like Night Heat). But then, the original description for Person of Interest didn't sound that interesting, and that's one of my favorite shows right now, so I may give it a try depending on what the previews look like.
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This just in: J.J. Abrams sneezed into a napkin and sold it to CBS. Premiere in 2013.
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HAHAHAHAHAHA Electropolis sounds hilarious.

Where is he getting these ridiculous ideas?

Is he just basing tv shows on what's in his dream journal?

We've all had enough of your shenanigans Mr. Abrams.

Fringe is the only thing I truly love that he's ever done.

But seriously J.J., no more.

Have I mentionned how much I love Fringe?
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Electropolis MIGHT just be better than Beauty & the Beast, not that B&B would be hard to top.
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Heheh...you said "dude-y."
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I will watch anything with Allison Miller in it. Looks like she's being awesome enough to compensate for Terra Nova!
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WTF Abrams why would anybody wanna watch that, and after all of your other failed attempts of getting that LOST fanbase back im afraid you're just going to have to stop...just stop.
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No, Tim, I honestly don't remember ever being excited to hear about another abrams project. I saw the joke that Lost was in the series-long-writing-regard after just a couple of seasons. Would have quit watching it had my mother not been the simpleton that you all seem to be (she became addicted so I watched it for her.)
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What the fuck J.J Abrams... WTF
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So, how much overlap is there between the over-60's who like cop shows and people who like dubstep and watch the CW? I'm going with none. Dear Mr. Abrams, Venn diagram, look it up.
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I just *love* your comments, they make me laugh out loud every single time.
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This music video is the sole reason I'd watch the Michael Bolton show at least once. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI6CfKcMhjY

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Why am I strangely drawn to the idea of that Michael Bolton show? No idea.
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That has to be the best title ever right? I seem to like the shows that have celebrities making fun or doing a version of themselves.
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Yes, I seem to like the whole 'celebrities playing exaggerated versions of themselves' thing as well... maybe a little more than I maybe should.
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Oh thank you NBC for not being that stupid to bring forth a Dane Cook show. You may have a little bit more sense than I gave you credit for. Now just get rid of Whitney.



Also JJ, just stop man. You don't need a show on every channel. And that show sounds awful.
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