With ‘Fringe’ in its last season, that doesn’t mark the end of its collaborative creative team, J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman’s foray in television as they have just received a pilot commitment order from Fox for a new action packed sci-fi drama.
The untitled pilot has been described as a “buddy cop show, set in the near future, when all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids.” Wyman will be writing the script and will executive produce alongside Abrams and Bryan Burk under their Bad Robot label.
Wyman has been working with Abrams since the first season of ‘Fringe.’ After co-running the show with Jeff Pinkner for seasons 2-4, he was named sole show runner for the fifth and final season of the series following Pinkner’s departure.
As for Abrams, if Fox decides to pick up the series, this robot buddy cop show will be his third airing on network television joining CBS’ ‘Person of Interest’ and NBC’s ‘Revolution.’
This is the second drama involving law enforcement and androids co-existing with each other. Not too long ago it was reported that Howard Gordon and Josh Friedman received a pilot script order from NBC for their “high concept” sci-fi drama involving a robot-on-human murder.
Abrams is notorious for not sharing too much information about his projects but the premise does bring to mind a lot of possibilities and questions. Will the androids look fully human with ‘Terminator’ skills (after all, it is described as an action packed series) or more like Data from ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation?’ Will they follow Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics? As an AI, how much of a humanized personality will they contain?
Hopefully Fox will at least show the pilot even if the network execs decide not to air it as a series, but then we’re dealing with Abrams. Of course the pilot will become a series, right?