4:46pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Thriller From J.J. Abrams, 'Supernatural' Creator Gets Pilot Order at NBC
NBC has given pilot orders to Revolution, a dramatic thriller from J.J. Abrams and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke.
Described as an epic adventure thriller, the Warner Bros. Television project follows a group of characters struggling to survive and reunite with loved ones in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist. The project puts him back in the NBC fold, where Undercovers, his short-lived CIA series starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Boris Kodjoe, aired for a few short months before getting the ax.
Kripke will pen the script with Abrams and Bryan Burk (Fringe) on board to exec produce via their Bad Robot shingle.
The project marks Abrams' second pilot order this season, coming just days after the CW ordered Shelter from the Lost creator and One Tree Hill creator Mark Schwahn. That project is is set at an historic New England summer resort where the new and returning staff attend to the practical, emotional and often comical needs of the guests while navigating friendships, rivalries and romances of their own.
The drama also gives Abrams projects in various stages at all of the broadcast networks except ABC: CBS has given a full-season order to rookie drama Person of Interest; and Fox's Alcatraz has been a solid performer on Mondays. Abrams' last NBC project, CIA drama Undercovers, failed to catch on with viewers last season.