Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Revolution's Map of the Ex-USA

In the 15 year future of JJ Abrams' Revolution where civilization was forced to pre-Industrial Revolution technology, the United States is no more. As a map released by NBC shows, the country has been split into six major regions. So far the story has been focused on the "Monroe Republic" but it turns out the South has become the Georgia Federation, Texas...remains Texas, the Midwest is now the Plains Nation, California has merged with Washington and the desert regions of Nevada, New Mexico and few others has become the "Wasteland". Wonder what that means. In short, it seems show creator Eric Kripke has a plan and its bigger in scope then we thought. Most show creators make the claim of some grander plan (see Lost, X-Files, 24 and a whole host of shows) and later prove that they were making it up script to script. That may not be the case here as Kripke successfully executed his five year plan for Supernatural. This isn't to say he has deep and very specific episode to episode plan, I just mean he has major goalposts in mind, specific themes he wants to explore and a general idea how to get there. It should be interesting to see how the now-fractured United States impacts events as the story progresses. Personally the potential political and military ramifications interest me far more then this silly sister rescuing brother nonsense that has been driving the story so far. (via EW)

Friday, October 12, 2012

Abrams Producing Electropolis for CW

Yep, JJ Abrams is adding yet another TV series to his slate of projects. I think this is series 8 or 9 but not really sure.  The series, called Electropolis, is for the CW and if ordered to series will put a JJ Abrams TV series on the 5 top prime time networks in the US. The series is an hour long drama around an undercover cop working the night shift in Los Angeles.  Abram's Alias partner, Ken Olin will executive produce the series and direct the pilot.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Abrams Producing New Comedy

JJ Abrams is adding yet another TV show to his production slate, this time a half hour comedy called "Adulting" for Fox. The series is from "The Vow" writers Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein based on the book "Adulting: How to Become A Grown-Up in 387 Easy(ish) Steps) by Kelly Williams Brown. The commitment is for the pilot episode and if Fox execs like it they may order it to series with Abrams as executive producer. The book is a humorous look at day to day things like talking politic, problems at works and so forth. Based on the vlog the book is based on, it almost seems New Girl like but probably without the huge dose of cutesy.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Revolution Gets Full Season Order

Only three episodes in and NBC has greenlit a full season order for JJ Abrams' Revolution. I am unclear what a "full season" means in this case as that number usually lands between 20-24 episodes. The initial order had been for 13 episodes of the show. The decision seems to be based on Revolution's viewership numbers of around 10 million, a number that few shows can get nowadays. The show also benefited from a huge 53% bump in viewership once DVR ratings are added (called Live+3 for air time plus three days after). Since most DVR users tend to be in the coveted 18-49 age range that advertisers love it scores the dual hit of strong ratings and happy advertisers.