FOX's cult science fiction series Fringe may have ended earlier this month, but the network is still in the J.J. Abrams business.
An untitled android drama produced by the Star Trek director's Bad Robot company has been given a pilot order. Described as an action-packed "buddy cop" show, the project is set in the near future when officers of the Los Angeles Police Department are paired with highly evolved human-like androids.
The pilot was penned by executive producer J.H. Wyman, who joined Fringe's writing team in the first season. Wyman served as sole showrunner on the final season after co-running the show for the previous three seasons. His earlier credits include FOX's short-lived comedic drama Keen Eddie and the 2001 Brad Pitt/Julia Roberts movie The Mexican.
A similar project, set in a world where human-looking robots are commonplace, is awaiting word on its future at NBC. That untitled dramatic thriller about the first android-on-human murder comes from Howard Gordon of Homeland and Josh Friedman of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
No word yet on a director for the FOX project's pilot, but how much of a slam-dunk would it be if J.J. fit this into his busy schedule?