NBC's midseason drama 'Believe' has been a high profile project from the start. Really, how could it not be? Co-created by acclaimed director Alfonso Cuaron ('Children of Men,' 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,' 'Gravity'), and produced by J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions, 'Believe' was seemingly destined for a prize spot on the NBC schedule from its very conception.
However, everything hasn't been so rosy behind the scenes. Back in July, co-creator and showrunner Mark Friedman departed ways with the series, and was replaced by executive producer Dave Erickson. Now, reports say Erickson has also left the showrunner job, and will be succeeded by co-executive producer/director Jonas Pate. Pate helmed 'Believe's second installment, following the Cuaron directed pilot episode. This marks a somewhat rare instance of a director on a series, rather than a writer, being given the showrunner position.
As a result of the executive upheaval, 'Believe' will now go on its previously scheduled holiday production hiatus immediately, instead of on Dec. 20. The extra week will be used to work on further scripts for the series, and production will still resume on Jan 6. Five episodes of 'Believe's 13 episode first season order have been completed thus far.
'Believe's high-concept plot revolves around a young girl with extraordinary mental gifts, and the newly freed ex-convict that is now tasked with protecting her from the evil forces that seek to use her talents for their own ends. A premiere date or timeslot has yet to be chosen, although the prevailing speculation is that NBC will use the Winter Olympics as a launching pad for the series.