As expected, NBC has picked up the J.J. Abrams sci-fi show “Revolution,” according to TVline.com. The pilot was shot in Atlanta.
Abrams, whose biggest TV hit was “Lost,” has created a new series set in the future, in the aftermath of a world where all energy sources have been mysteriously made inoperable. That means no iPhones, no lights, no motor cars, not a single luxury. Intriguing, eh?
There are no real big names in the show. Three notables are David Lyons (”The Cape”), Billy Burke (”Twilight”) and Giancarlo Esposito (who played the delectable bad guy Gus on “Breaking Bad”). The pilot was directed by Jon Favreau (actor on “Swingers,” director of “Iron Man 2,” executive producer for “The Avengers”).
I do know they shot at least some of the pilot at the Quarry, the same place “The Walking Dead” used in the first season. The show also did some shooting at the Gold Dome.
I do not know if the show will shoot the series in Atlanta or is even based in Atlanta. I should have a copy of the pilot in my hands within the next week or two and I’ll provide more details.
NBC’s recent track record for these types of shows are not good. They had a brief shining moment with “Heroes,” but other shows such as “The Event” and “Surface” didn’t do quite as well.
Three other shows have been reportedly picked up as well by NBC: Ryan Murphy’s ‘The New Normal,” which features NeNe Leakes in a recurring role, “Save Me” starring Anne Heche and “Go On” featuring Matthew Perry. The 2012-13 schedule will be presented on Monday May 14 to advertisers.
Abrams has three other shows on the 2011-12 schedule: Fox’s ‘Fringe” and “Alcatraz” and CBS’s “Person of Interest.” “Fringe” has been given a final 13-episode run next season. “Alcatraz” is on the bubble. “Person of Interest” has been renewed.
We are still awaiting if Fox will pick up the unnamed Kevin Williamson cop drama starring Kevin Bacon. Chances appear to be good.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk