With the cult sci-fi drama Fringe coming to an end this season, co-creator/producer JJ Abrams and writer JH Wyman have set up their next sci-fi television project at FOX through the production company Bad Robot.
The network won a competitive bidding war and granted a put pilot commitment to the untitled futuristic drama, described as an action-packed "buddy cop" show. The science fiction twist is that the story is set in the near future when officers of the Los Angeles Police Department are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids.
Abrams co-created Fringe with Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci, and Wyman was recently named sole showrunner for Fringe's final 13-episode season after co-running the show with Jeff Pinkner for the last three seasons. Warner Bros. TV and Bad Robot will produce the new project, while Wyman will write and executive-produce with Abrams and Bryan Burk. Bad Robot is also behind another new project that will premiere this season, the heavily promoted NBC drama Revolution, also set in the future.
This new as-yet-untitled program isn't the only high-profile android-related project to receive a commitment this development season, as NBC recently handed out a script deal to Homeland executive producer Howard Gordon and writer Josh Friedman for a thriller set in a world where human-looking robots are commonplace and the first robot-on-human murder occurs.
Which android project will hit the airwaves first, and which one will last?