NBC Agrees To Televise J.J. Abrams' Revolution

Revolution cast

A few months back, I wrote an article about an interesting new J.J. Abrams produced sci-fi series in development at NBC entitled Revolution. Back then it was just for a pilot, but recently NBC gave the green light for a full season order of the post-apocalyptic drama.

For those unaware (and too lazy to quick the link above), Revolution revolves (heh) around a group of survivors trying to make a life for themselves and survive after a mysterious event causes all electronic devices in the world to go dark. No cellphones, no radios, no TVs, nothing is left. I'd assume that anybody with a pacemaker would be DOA too, as would most cars since modern vehicles have tons of electoronic and computer components.

I can't help but wonder if this type of show will really fly right now though. We already have The Walking Dead and Falling Skies to satisfy our collective jones for post apocalypse stories, and these types of high concept sci-fi series rarely do well on network TV. Lost being the sole recent exception that comes to mind. The remake of V, The Event, Flash Forward, Alcatraz, and now Awake have all tanked in grand fashion, which is really a shame since Awake is one of the best dramas in years and V was quite underrated.

But I digress. Maybe the Abrams name will be enough to carry the series. It certainly isn't going to do well based on star power, as despite how well he did on Breaking Bad, most people still couldn't pick actors like Giancarlo Esposito out of a lineup. Same for fellow stars Billy Burke and Andrea Roth. Oh well, maybe co-producer Eric Kripke's fingerprints being on it will draw in the Supernatural fanbase. I really do wish the show the best, I'm just trying to be realistic. Most viewers wouldn't know a good show if it bit them on the back side.

Will you tune in to this Revolution? Do you think it will succeed, and I'm just being a pessimist?


- Revolution (2012)
- J.J. Abrams

Written by: msd85
May 9th, 2012, 2:50 pm


Message Posted On May 20th, 2012, 10:44 am
at least it´s not steven spielberg´s fingerprints... his latest instalments (falling skies, terra nova) were all for the mentally ill-fitted imho, and hugely fail(ed) to deliver the goods both in scripting and acting. spielberg seems to have lost his magic somewhere on the road towards indiana jones 4, me thinks.

Message Posted On May 14th, 2012, 12:19 am
I'm with rtruell here on this one - being on NBC does help it's cause for total viewership, but like ABC, NBC is very concerned with prospective numbers, weekly, cancelling shows that even make 10-12million viewers and above a 2.2 demo. They're also very heavy into comedy this coming season, and the past season as well, which may have an issue with regard to the survivability of Revolution. However, if, like LOST, it can balance the elements of realism, with dashes of sci-fi/supernatural-esque elements, it may make it to at least a second season. The last couple of JJ Abrams shows tanking, however, are going to really hurt it's outlook by alot of viewers, though. We'll just have to see how it goes.

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Message Posted On May 10th, 2012, 10:30 am

One thing that will help Revolution is the fact that it's on NBC and thus could be watched by more people.  In order to watch The Walking Dead and Falling Skies, you first have to have a content supplier (cable, satellite, whatever) that carries the channel(s) that airs those shows and then you have to have the spare money to subscribe to those channel(s).  NBC, however, is available to anyone with a TV and an antenna.  Whether that will actually help or not remains to be seen.  But don't forget, we're not talking about Fox here :-)


BTW, it's not really fair to blame the failure of the remake of V on the fact it was on network TV.  It was the 6 month break after airing only 4 episodes that killed it.  By the time the show came back, most people had forgotten about it and couldn't be bothered to "start over" again.  If ABC had aired it in a normal fashion, it might have survived a bit longer.  And don't did have a second year, which the others you mentioned didn't.


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