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FRINGE Writers J.J. Abrams & J.H. Wyman Sell Fox Pilot About Android Cops In Los Angeles!!

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With “Fringe” going away this autumn (and “Alcatraz” and “Terra Nova” long gone), how will Fox fill that primetime sci-fi vacuum?

Longtime “Fringe” producers J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman just got an order for a futuristic drama pilot about LAPD officers teaming with robot partners.

No word on whether or not the androids will look like the cop who chased down a tiny James Tiberius Kirk in Abrams’ “Star Trek.”

Wyman, who scripted the 2001 Brad Pitt-Julia Roberts movie "The Mexican" before he joined the writing staff of “Keen Eddie,” is writing the new pilot script.

Find Deadline’s story on the matter here.

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  • Sept. 5, 2012, 9:22 p.m. CST

    I'd rather they just bring back Keen Eddie.

    by kdoc13

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Just as clarification..

    by kdoc13

    The reason I'm not excited about this. Fox will have issues with any kind of budget a sci-fi show would need and make cuts and more cuts when they don't get a 10.0 rating in the key demographic, which no one gets anymore. Hell, Walking Dead is one of, if not the highest rated show on cable, and Darabont still had to walk because of budget. And I'd be willing to bet that it's why those asshats over at SyFy won't greenlight Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, while giving the go to cheap crap like Mansquito. There are just too many other options out there that compete with TV. No show is ever going to get a big return on old budget figures. Until the networks figure out ways to bring costs down, while keeping quality high, things like this are going to suffer. It's why I'm not too excited about Revolution either. It will have one good season, if it gets any viewers, then the budget battles will begin and things will get cut. So yeah, bring back Keen Eddie, it was a good show, Mark Valley isn't doing anything else, and it doesn't have the effects a show with androids is going to require.

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Can you smell the FAIL? I can.

    by TheBarmat

    Sounds like that stupid show that had a bunch of aliens trying to assimilate to human culture in LA after being dumped by their Alien slavers. One of them was a cop partnered with a human LA cop. The only way this will work is if the android cops are shinny silver and wear mortor cycle cop uniforms ala THX1138.

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 9:50 p.m. CST


    by Nasty In The Pasty


  • Sept. 5, 2012, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Spread Thin

    by Aquatarkusman

    JJ Abrams sells CBS pilot that is just the menu from a local Chipolte's.

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Star Trek cop was an android?

    by ciroslive

    I assumed he was just a guy in a suit and helmet

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 10:49 p.m. CST


    by ciroslive

    I'd love to an episode of the final season of FRINGE address what happened on Alcatraz...but that's probably wishful thinking

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 10:55 p.m. CST

    No fossil fuels in the 23rd century.

    by JuicyFruit

    That movie and everything related to it belong in the deepest pits of hell.

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 10:58 p.m. CST

    "Your human flesh is very attractive, Officer Tart.

    by kabong

    SUX 6000 Asimov sex governor deactivated, tickler vibration mode to the max!

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Just re-air the 9 episodes of Mann & Machine

    by yneway

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 11:01 p.m. CST

    What happened to the first lines in my post?

    by kabong

    Fuckin' JJ can't handle the competition.

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 11:02 p.m. CST

    star trek needs to be back on TV

    by Matthew

    I mean how hard could it be? I heard rumors of a Worf show. Reboot Next Gen? Star Trek time police? Go further in the future than any past show? Animated Star trek like Clone Wars? I don't know what they should do but I'd go for an animated, a next gen type show, and something deep space nine or something original. Enterprise was boring at times but season four was fun.

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Holmes & Yoyo

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    Fuck you Abrams.

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 11:10 p.m. CST


    by kabong

    This time, it's electric boogaloo.

  • I think it was the girl who later went on to play 'witch blade' on cable.

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 11:16 p.m. CST


    by daydaykay

    Oh, good, Holmes an Yoyo is back. Is John Shuck still around?

  • Sept. 5, 2012, 11:49 p.m. CST

    ciroslive, if memory serves ...

    by Hercules

    originally there was supposed to be a reveal that demonstrated that there was indeed a human being inside that cop uniform. but on the commentary track, Abrams said he wasn't certain if the cop (as portrayed in the final cut) was supposed to be human or robot.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 12:56 a.m. CST

    It was called Mann And Machine...

    by tristeele

    It starred Yancy Butler as the hot android and the lead dude from Cherry 2000, David Andrews. This will be better by default.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Someone mentioned the title above...

    by tristeele

    Sorry I missed that! Holmes and YoYo and Future Cop were also the basic same premise (done in the 70's).

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 1 a.m. CST

    Herc, about the Robot Cop....

    by kdoc13

    So wait, the cop was essentially supposed to be Mr. Data?

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 1:43 a.m. CST

    Yeah, there's a great premise...

    by saultonofswing

    Robocop meets Robocop 2. Wow, how original, what'll they think of next? BTW, I'll never forget that JJ Abrams got his start by writing Jim Belushi vehicles with Paul Mazursky's daughter. And his subsequent movie scripts never let you forget that fact either.

  • Now that would be something. Oh, and can JJ Abrams ever let anyone else make a TV show? Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles producer Josh Friedman just signed to write a different cops and robots show for NBC. So far neither cops and robots show really light my fire based on their dueling premises, but I'm more interested to see what the guy behind The Sarah Connor Chronicles will do with this type of material. Since Alcatraz fizzled out and after seeing the pilot for Revolution, it feels like Abrams' TV series are getting awfully bland and unfocused, or he's just getting paid so they can put his name on some of these shows.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 3:28 a.m. CST

    Did somebody say Mac and Cheese?

    by Martin Fanning

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 3:28 a.m. CST

    Did somebody say Mac and Cheese?

    by Martin Fanning

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 5:35 a.m. CST

    Glad i'm not the only old git who remembers Holmes & Yoyo

    by Spiderwalk

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Looks like...

    by Django-Fett

    ...a DNC campaign video.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Alien Nation, but with robot partners instead of aliens

    by Mazzer

    I'm guessing that'll be it. Another cop show, great.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Is Harlan Ellison still alive...?.

    by Smerdyakov

    Cause they could be looking at a big lawsuit.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 10:48 a.m. CST

    I can't help but laugh.

    by albert comin

    This sounds so daft. Of course, it's JJ Abrams next project. This guy's credibility is so close to zero for me. And how in the bloody hell can this guy be creating 3 new shows while directing a major motion picture like the next Star Trek movie? He must be that kind of person who put others working for him but takes all the credit. Only way to explain how he can work on so many different things at the same time. Or it can explain why all his projects are always are so half-assed and riddled with logical holes.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST

    @Mr smerdyakov

    by albert comin

    Not only is Harlan Ellison alive and well, but still in full use of his mental faculties. Can't wait for his next lawsuit as well. This time it will be JJ Abrams being the recipient of his fury. If it's good enough for James Cameron, it's good enough for JJ Abrams. And once JJ Abrams was called the new James Cameron because of his banal work in "Mission Impossible III". So yeah, Mr Ellison, squeeze all the money you can get from JJ Abrams.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 11:05 a.m. CST

    re: "Fox Pilot About Android Cops In Los Angeles!!"

    by jim

    Followed by their pilot about Clone Lawyers in New York; the same network that has greenlit a series about Humanoid Dinosaur Doctors in Detroit. Now that I think about it, if there were a show on TV called "Humanoid Dinosaur Doctors in Detroit", I would totally watch that.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 11:11 a.m. CST

    @ theseeker7, maybe "Alcatraz: The Complete Series"

    by jim

    will shed some light on that (I don't know if it does). You would think the commentaries would give some insight into where the show was headed, what things meant, what was going on. Should be a rule - you can't call a cancelled show like Alcatraz a "complete series" unless the dvd within answers all the questions the show created.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Way Off Topic: Dune Prequels

    by warren bishop

    @obijuanmartinez: Wow you were right. I couldn't make it past page 35 of "Butlerian Jihad". If an author devotes years of his life to creating a work of fiction, I'll at least finish the book. It's rare I'll stop reading something midway through - but I couldn't force myself to keep reading that drivel. It was really unimaginative and derivative. Shockingly so. It stood in stark, stark contrast to the work of Frank Herbert. I also purchased "House Atreides" at the same time, but now after reading "Butlerian Jihad" I'm reluctant to start it. I should give it to Goodwill or a used book store. How does Kevin J. Anderson get hired to write novels? It was sooo bad. I ordered "Hyperion" from Amazon - but it hasn't arrived yet. Well that's what I get for trying to put on my big boy pants and buy modern sci-fi on my own. Hahaha. From now on I'll consult with you or lv_426 before buying any sci-fi book. I'm going to content myself with "Kafka at The Shore" until "Hyperion" arrives. Thanks (and as always thanks to lv_426) for your suggestions.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Ah the kid Kirk spinning a car off a cliff

    by donkey_lasher

    Then getting up and asking the Manga inspired police officer if there's a problem. Utter shit.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Fucking hell that clip is dreadful

    by kwisatzhaderach

    How did anyone think JJ's Star Trek was good? Fucking hell. <P> Cue someone telling me it is the most financially successful Trek EVAH so it must be good... rolls eyes...

  • But why does JJ have a new pilot every fucking day? I understand his involvement in most of the shows that have his name on them (like Revolution or Person of Interest) is very little or nonexistant, but this is getting a little ridiculous.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 2:30 p.m. CST

    re: the "robot" cop pulling over young Kirk in Star Trek...

    by TheSeeker7

    No no, I'm 99.5939450% sure Abrams mentions when they shot that scene on the day, it was a regular old human cop, and you plainly saw his face on his coverage. But (and I forget why) when they went into post, JJ decided to CGI a robot facade over the guy's entire face, and also JJ recorded the one line of cop's dialog himself, that's indeed Abrams asking "what is your name?"

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 2:53 p.m. CST

    the first three years of Lost....

    by emeraldboy

    before the writers gave up on the show in the 4th season, was three of the best season of tv program that I have ever watched. and the early years of 24. before that show went to shit...

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Reboot the Alien Nation Series

    by Cobb05

    I was a fan of the movie. The show was ok, but could've been so much better. I'd love to see them bring the series back. Rather than remaking the movie, I'd rather see them do the series.

  • emeraldboy... "before the writers gave up on the show in the 4th season"... WHAAAAA? That was finally after they'd gotten a stronghold on things. It was about the third of the way into season 3 where they got the deal set in place to know exactly when they'd end it, after season 6 (even knowing by then the specific number of episodes they'd have left, I think it was like 48 or something). Granted, the pacing got skewed somewhat in season 4 (and maybe that's what you're referring to) but that was entirely due to the writers' strike. They had to very quickly condense some big threads they'd otherwise planned on taking their time a bit more with.

  • Sept. 6, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    JJ seemes to like to stick his name on every TV Show

    by SisterSpooky

    Or is it the other way around TV Execs like to stick his name on every TV Show? But somehow he doesn't have that "want to watch" with all his shows IMHO. It always seems to lack something, yes it's action packed but it lacks the essence of good quality TV. I can't seem to quite put what he lacks in his TV shows, but something is sure is missing.

  • He'll probably even go back and claim that he invented TV!

  • The good news is that if you like HYPERION, there are more books in that series. So far I'm looking forward to Iain Bank's next Culture book THE HYDROGEN SONATA, which comes out next month.

  • Sept. 7, 2012, 5:05 a.m. CST

    JJ should be nicknamed

    by SisterSpooky

    JJ "Krusty" or "Troy McClure" Abrams. Because there isn't much to his shows but put his name on it and Network will think it will sell. It's not substances but more just the brand name that will sell the Show.

  • Sept. 7, 2012, 12:37 p.m. CST


    by warren bishop

    That's okay. I'm in the middle of "Kafka On The Shore". I've got "The Recognitions", "Cryptonomicon" and "Hyperion" on deck. That should keep me busy (and out of trouble) for a little while. But those prequel books. Yikes. Like I said, I couldn't get past page 40 of "Butlerian Jihad". Cliche, trite, unoriginal - everything the original books weren't.

  • Sept. 7, 2012, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Weren't Starsky and Hutch androids?

    by Raymond Shaw

  • Sept. 7, 2012, 9:10 p.m. CST

    How the fuck

    by Mr Lucas

    do people find time to read so many books? Do you have no job and slaves/servants?

  • Sept. 8, 2012, 9:33 p.m. CST

    warrenbishop -- the DUNE expanded universe

    by lv_426

    I think what turns me off of those Dune books by Herbert's son, is that besides the bad reviews there are just too many of these tie-in sequel/prequel books in that series at this point. It is just too much Dune. If I ever allowed myself to get started on those I'll have spice coming outta my ears for years! It is also like that with the Star Wars expanded universe (books, comics, video games, etc). Sure some of it might be good, but there is just too much of it to wade through at this point that it is a turn-off to me. Same with all the Star Trek novels, Halo novels (which I've read some and am feeling like the whole thing is being milked too much now), and Doctor Who.