This is one pickup that we’ve been hoping for: Fox has given J.J. Abrams’ robot cops project a pilot order.
The untitled project is moving to the next stage at the network. It’s described as “an action-packed buddy cop show, set in the near future, when all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids.” In other words, they don’t look like C-3PO (that would be Abrams’ other project making news this week).
The pilot is written and executive produced by J.H. Wyman (Fringe) with Abrams and Bryan Burk as executive producers. This order comes on the heels of another ambitious-sounding Fox drama pilot order, a show from John Wells (The West Wing) about a family of assassins.
UPDATE: Hey, has it been a couple hours? Because that must mean Abrams has sold another TV pilot!
In addition to the aforementioned Stop or My Droid Will Shoot, NBC has given a pilot order to Abrams’ Believe. Logline: “An unlikely relationship develops between a young girl with a gift and a man sprung from prison who has been tasked with protecting her from the evil elements that hunt her power.”
The project is from writer-executive producers Alfonso Cuaron (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and Mark Friedman (The Forgotten), with Abrams and Burke as exec prods.
UPDATE II: For those having fun with the robot cops concept in the comments, we embedded a couple videos showing previous attempts at the idea when the show first sold as a script to Fox here.