The (hopeful) savior of Star Trek and TV both, director JJ Abrams (Lost, Alias), has recently sold his first new TV series as part of a recent deal with Warner Bros.
Entitled Fringe, the series will be horror/sci-fi much in the same vein of the much lamented X-Files.
Seeing as how the war between reality TV programming and wacky contest shows is starting to result in a few experimental dramas, this could mean another step out of the cultural depression that has plagued TV since American Idol first gripped the throat of the viewing public… but I digress.
The two-hour pilot is budgeted at over $10 million.
More from the press:
The show’s main character is a young, female FBI agent (The Hollywood Reporter raises the possibility of Abrams’ “Felicity” star Keri Russell as potential casting) who has to work with a brilliant research scientist and his estranged son as she explores unexplained phenomena.
The trade papers reference the quirky FOX landmark “The X-Files,” early David Cronenberg films and Paddy Chayefsky’s “Altered States” as major influences.
OooooOoooo… Cronenberg and Altered States as influences? I might actually watch this.