What do you get when you put the conspiracy driven theme of ‘The X-Files’, place it in ‘The West Wing’ setting and bring in a few ‘Men in Black’? You get a new show called ‘Ex-Comm’ written by Jon Favreau, Roberto Orci, Seth Green and Michael Dougherty for ABC.
‘Ex-Comm’ is about a newly-elected president who has a top secret executive committee (otherwise known as Ex-Comm) consisting of America’s most elite minds who investigate strange occurrences, mysteries and conspiracies. The show is being categorized as a grounded sci-fi dramedy (drama and comedy combined) with the events in the show having a real possibility of existing in today’s times.
So how did these 2 writing teams come together? According to Deadline, ‘Robot Chicken’ co-writer Seth Green (also known as Scott Evil in the ‘Austin Powers’ movies and Oz in ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’) got together with ‘X2’ and ‘Superman Returns’ writer Michael Dougherty and came up with the idea for ‘Ex-Comm’. They took it to Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci’s production company Kurtzman Orci Paper Products to see if they would be interested in bringing their idea to life. Kurtzman and Orci co-wrote ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ with Jon Favreau as executive producer and director. During a press junket for the movie, Orci was working on the pitch for ‘Ex-Comm’ and that’s when Favreau decided to come on board. Favreau will direct the show and write episodes alongside with Orci, Green and Dougherty who are also listed as executive producers.
The show has been given a put pilot commitment by ABC meaning that the network will pay a large penalty if it decides not to commit to a series. So basically, ‘Ex-Comm’ has a great chance of premiering in the next year’s 2012 new fall show line up.
I’m pretty excited by the news as I love a good conspiracy theory and the men behind the showhave a pretty good track record. Let’s hope that the television audience thinks so too!