News Briefs: NBC Orders a Pilot from J.J. Abrams and Supernatural's Eric Kripke


Please pack your knives and go to News Briefs position #2, because NBC just picked up an Eric Kripke pilot!!!


HOLY SH*T YES PLEASE NEWS

... NBC has picked up a pilot from Eric Kripke (Supernatural) and J.J. Abrams. Revolution is a thriller set in a world where all forms of energy disappear. Please let this go to series please please please.[Deadline Hollywood]


FOODIE NEWS

... Bravo has ordered another season of Top Chef, a show considered by many sophisticated people to be the only reality show worth watching. The upcoming season will be the show's tenth, and continue its trend of increasing viewers' cooking abilities by 0.0000000001 percent. [Bravo, via press release]

... Fox has renewed the cooking competition show Kitchen Nightmares for a fifth season, which totally confuses me because I swear the show was already in Season 5. And our episode guide thinks so too. And so does Wikipedia. So who knows what's going on, really. [Fox, via press release]


I'M THE ONE WHO KNOCKS NEWS

... We all know that Breaking Bad has 16 episodes left in its life, but we don't know how (or if) those 16 episodes will be split up. Well, Anna Gunn (Skyler) told the L.A. Times that the final season will be broken up in two mini-seasons of eight apiece. AMC has yet to confirm any of this, though, so don't start burning trash cans just yet. [LA Times]


WEIRD SCHEDULING NEWS

... Fox is tinkering with its schedule a bit. Alcatraz will now air its season finale on March 26, instead of slightly earlier in mid-March, as it would have done with double-episode nights. Starting March 12, the show will move to Mondays at 8pm and air alongside Touch. That move will let House end its season (and probably series) with no repeats once it returns on April 2. Similarly, Fringe will take three weeks off in March and finish its season with eight uninterrupted new episodes beginning March 23. [TV Line]


SHOW YOU DON'T WATCH RENEWAL NEWS

... TV Land's The Exes has been renewed for Season 2! Someone tell TV Land that it's okay to cancel a show. [TV Land, via press release]


DEVELOPMENT NEWS

... FX is developing a comedy from Dana Gould and Foo Fighters' frontman David Grohl. The project revolves around a band on the brink of stardom AND on the brink of breaking up that seeks therapy to stay together. [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC has renamed the upcoming Bryan Fuller remake of The Munsters. The new dark comedy will now be called Mockingbird Lane, after the street which the family of monstrosities lived on. [TV Line]


CASTING NEWS

... Syfy has a new creature feature in the works called Bigfoot (yes, just plain old Bigfoot), and the cast is AWESOME. Rocker Alice Cooper, Danny Bonaduce (The Partridge Family), Barry Williams (The Brady Bunch), and Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks) will star. Oh man Sherilyn Fenn brings back memories. She made a man out of my hand when I was just a young man! [EW]

... Showtime's Masters of Sex has found its two leads. Brit Michael Sheen and super hottie Lizzy Caplan *drool* will portray real-life 1960s sexual revolution experts William Masters and Virginia Johnson. The chances of seeing Caplan nude are great in this one. [Showtime, via press release]

... John Leguizamo has signed a talent deal with ABC and will produce and star in a single-camera comedy about his life in New York City. Groan. Why do people think we want to see shows about their lives? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Hey dude, Chris Klein (American Pie) will guest-star on Franklin & Bash. Bro-dacious! [EW]

... Henry Winkler (The Fonz, duh!) will guest-star on NBC's Up All Night as Ava's father. Look for him toward the end of the season. [TV Guide]


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I'm torn between my dislike for much of Showtime's material and my love for Michael Sheen. D:
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Mmmmm.....Revolution sounds good....
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TV.com news in the Year 2013 : NBC cancelled Revolution .. J.J To Do another Sci-fi show for CBS
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Abrams and Kripke? That's like chocolate and peanut butter! I am definitely going to get me some of that!
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I think AMC is gunning for a late August date for Breaking Bad. In a recent Aaron Paul interview (Feb) he said he had to shave his head again because he was going back into filming mode. what??? so soon??? shocking to me, since the production time last year was way too long.
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Hey, I actually kinda like The Exes, it's a lame sitcom but it's not terrible, it knows what it is and it plays to those strengths. That's good when there aren't almost any traditional sitcoms left.
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didn't we see plenty of naked Lizzy on True Blood?

I'm kinda happy about Breaking Bad, prolong the inevitable!!
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Why does the Kripke-Abrams show sound like a lame show, though? I mean, "a world where all forms of energy disappear"? What, all of them? How are people even alive in this world, then? Is this a sunless world? Or is it correct usage as in "not visible"? Like, what, most forms of energy are visible or something? It sounds like a ridiculous premise described as is.
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Yeah... but on the other hand we've had so many shows with interesting premises lately which turned out very bad (Terra Nova, Alcatraz), I'm willing to try out even the weirdest premises. I guess it just depends on what you make out of a story.
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the idea for revolution is a ripoff from visionaries cartoon! j.j. please! you're better than that!



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visionaries:_Knights_of_the_Magical_Light
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Revolution: the premise of the show doesn't actually sound all that cool to me, but the pairing is certainly awesome. Why NBC though? Ugh.



Breaking Bad: ehhhh. I'm not a fan of the two part breakup. Oh, well. I'll take my Breaking Bad fix any way I can.



Masters of Sex: sounds cool. Also, Showtime = nudity. Unfortunately, like Kristen Bell on House of Lies, I'm not expecting any actual nudity from Lizzy Caplan. Since she's an expert, she'll probably just advise clients on good sex or something.
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Deep inside my heart soars for the news of an Abrams Kripke pairing. What a beautiful happy day. I hope not even NBC can screw this up.



Also, in Bigfoot, I'd like to see Danny Bonaduce get his douchy ass kicked. By bigfoot.
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Lizzy Caplin on Masters of Sex - Thank You Showtime, you're my hero!



"Eric Kripke AND JJ Abrams?? Holy sh*tballs YES!!!!"

I can't top that by memizz, so I'll just quote her instead!
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To split Breaking Bad into two parts would be torture in it's grandest form
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Eric Kripke AND JJ Abrams?? Holy sh*tballs YES!!!! Only 16 episodes more of Breaking Bad? How will I survive???
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I get why everyone is super excited about Kripke and Abrams working together (I am too). But seriously... "a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist"? What does that even mean?
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all forms of energy no longer exist... so... there won't be a sun, earth stops spinning, everyone dies and the whole show is just a black screen with no noise for an hour?



yah, NBC green light the show, it would be better than whitney at least.
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Maybe all man made harnessed forms. Relax sparky. It has a good premise.
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That Kripke/Abrams pilot sounds to die for!! I really love that premise, and with those two on board, I'm positively dancing around my room right now.
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Can I go running on the streets screaming at the top of my lungs now!!!!

JJ Abrams and Eric Kripke!! That's the dream team of fanboys everywhere! 'Revolution' is, as of now, my most anticipated show and I pray that it makes it to series!!!! It sounds awesome! I hope crappy NBC doesn't mess this up!!!
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Barry Williams? No way. (said in the style of Bill and Ted)
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Maybe NBC will turn it down and they will shop it to the CW or ABC. We can hope.
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Um, Kitchen Nightmares isn't a cooking comp show, it's about failing resturants that Gordon Ramsay helps turn around....
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Eric Kripke + J.J. Abrams = DREAM TEAM.

This is NBC we're talking about, though, so one never knows.

As long as the show is brought to life, I could care less what station it's on.
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Unless it is a) cancelled after too short of a try or b) produced by Joss Whedon and on Friday Nights on Fox. Then they will kill it.
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I think ABC is probably the best bet for a non-procedural, well-written, sci-fi drama that will be able to last for multiple seasons (see: Lost, 1st season of Once Upon a Time).
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Kripke, Kripke, he's the man, if he can't do it Abrams can!



Sorry, I'm really tired and had that stuck in my head, so I decided to inflict it on the rest of you.
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I always doubt about the length of Abrams involvement in a series, but Kripke is a win just by himself so I'll be watching.



I knew we had that possibility with breaking bad...it's OK, it'll be nice to see Cranston win the Emmy 3 more times instead of 2.

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to be honest, I'm getting tired of JJ Abrams' name being slapped on everything these days.. his shows would do better as miniseries or movies, where they have ENDS and aren't just open forever..



I'll watch Masters of Sex because I like Michael Sheen and especially Lizzy Caplan... however I don't buy them as a couple..



neat that The Exes was renewed.. but honestly I only watched it for the cast, the show itself isn't that great.. i don't see why they have to cancel anything though, they've only got 4 originals. what I don't understand is why they only air one show at a time other than Hot In Cleveland.. there's other days besides Wednesdays, TV Land
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I like The Exes too. It's not great. Kristin Johnson deserves better, as she's the best on it, and her standing up nest to little Kelly Stables is somewhat amusing, but the guys are kind of stupid. "Stuart" is OK, but I don't get what Faison does for a career (may have missed it) and does Wayne Knight really just sell stuff on the internet or something? They should have been, or should be, better developed.



Hot in Cleveland ruined itself with too much to go into, but one thing is Betty White's popularity may have contributed to that, as she was something of a curmudgeon type character that was going to seemingly give the girls a hard time in the beginning, but has since joined as one of their friends going out with them and such, which appears to have been done only to capitalize on her fame. Less of her could have been more.
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yay! Revolution sounds super sweet. no mini seasons for Breaking Bad, please. I'm already depressed enough that it's ending, I don't need a huge gap in the middle. that "gaps are bad" statement also applies to Fringe. The BBC did that with Doctor Who last year and I was dying. bleh.
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It looks as if FOX is stretching out Alcatraz a bit because it's been successful, but I think they just want to get a better idea of how it's ratings fare by stretching out it's run.



I wonder if Bigfoot will have an appearance of the Six Million Dollar Man? :)

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Revolution could be outstanding. It's going to be hard to optimistic about its chances but I'll try.



I think the worst thing about the AMC half series phenomenon isn't so much the break between halves, it's that now they'll feel compelled to unnaturally build to a mid-season climax that could ruin the otherwise perfectly sculptured season. Just look at The Walking Dead, they decided that half seasons should be: good episode, filler, filller,..., good midseason finale.



Tim I swear everytime you mention news from EW, the 'EW' at the end of the listing is just what I'm thinking. It's uncanny.
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I hope Kripke and JJ work good together, could be awesome!

3 weeks Fringeless is just bad.

Tmi, but yes. I would go Sherilyn not Angelina like most women.
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The thought of J.J Abrams & Eric Kripke actually working together sounds like a recipe for success. Except they're going to be working with NBC, the network where all shows go to die, the "Purgatory" of shows, if that's what you'd like to call it. So I'm going to restrain my excitement until something definitive happens.
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I wish I could come up with a sound argument to disprove what you have said. I can't. I just hope that we are all wrong, and that it is a success.
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Wow! Revolution sounds interesting! Can't wait for Breaking Bad! I look forward to Mockingbird Lane as I grew up watching the Muensters. I love everything Bigfoot so that Movie sounds cool with a great cast! I certainly look forward to Masters of Sex!
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While I agree with you about Sherilyn Fenn, dude, little too much info there.
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Kitchen Nightmares is not a competition reality show... Hell's Kitchen is his cooking competition show. Nightmares is about horrible restaurants being made over.
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He has Masterchefs too where everyday people compete to do a cookbook or whatever.
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-Finally, a pilot that actually sounds good. That doesn't necessarily mean much though (Flash Forward, Terra Nova, The Event...) I'll always give Abrams the benefit of the doubt, though; Alias, Lost, Fringe, enough said.

-Big fan of Leguizamo ever since I saw The Pest. Pilot doesn't sound like anything special but I'll be excited to see anyway.
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Thank you. I found another person that enjoyed The Pest. I thought I was the only one.
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Now I agree with you on this Revolution thriller pilot. Just not NBC. NBC can't do a show like that. They have never been able to do a show like that. And most importantly NBC currently sucks arse in the hour episodic realm. Remember Surface. That was NBC, it was an interesting Sci Fi show and NBC dumped it after what 6 episodes. This is listed as an Epic Adventure kind of show. NBC doesn't do epic or adventure well. Abrams has been slipping with his recent shows. The only thing this has going for it is Kripke. And I am not sure I want him over at NBC.



I can believe however that NBC is continuing the horrible sounding show of the Munsters 2.0. The mere fact that they are renaming it just sounds like they are polishing a turd.





And I would like to congratulate Lizzy Caplan for getting her own show. Which she deserves. I am glad because I thought she was going to get stuck on New Girl. Which she actually makes watchable.
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