17 January 2008

Pilot Watch: JJ Abrams new TV series Fringe

Variety reports that Kirk Acevedo (Band of Brothers, Oz) and Tomas Arana (Gladiator) have signed on to be in the new JJ Abrams (Lost) series, FRINGE.

The series will begin shooting for the pilot episode in February. The script to the pilot has been done long before the strike took place. It is intended to air in the 2008-2009 season on Fox. Fringe centers around an FBI agent and a deranged scientist collaborating to investigate the paranormal.

Show description from FutonCritic:
drama about a young female fbi agent who, forced to confront the spread of powerful and unexplained phenomena, must work with an institutionalized scientist whose life's work may be at the center of the coming storm.

FOX has given a hefty two-hour pilot commitment to the project with a $10 million budget and a potential series license fee of up to $2 million per episode.

It's understood the series will feature three leads - the FBI agent; the scientist, Walter Bishop, described as a mix of Einstein and Dr. Frankenstein; and his grownup son, with whom he has a dysfunctional relationship.

Let's see. That sounds like...they turned Mulder into a woman, Scully into a man, actually a deranged man, added a third lead, with more elements of drama and mystery?

No word on the female agent yet.

Jennifer Garner? Yes? I'm just saying. I just suddenly miss her on TV. Which reminds me...I've got to go and finish Alias!!