It’s no big secret around here that I am a huge fan of the late lamented Fox series The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Good news for fans of the series came about last week when it was announced the show’s creator, Josh Friedman, is currently working on a new science fiction series.
Deadline Hollywood has some details as to what the show will be about:
Homeland executive producer Howard Gordon and writer Josh Friedman have teamed for a high-concept drama project, which has landed a rich premium script deal at NBC. The untitled project, from 20th Century Fox TV and Gordon’s studio-based Teakwood Lane, is described as a thriller soap set in a world much like ours, where human-looking robots are commonplace. After a routine homicide explodes into the first robot-on-human murder, the lead detective must solve the case and investigate a growing robot rebellion while dealing with the impact on his own fractured family. This marks the first project to come out of Teakwood Lane, which Gordon launched last month.
Friedman will write the script with Gordon supervising.
It sounds very I,Robot, no? I’m very excited to see what happens with this (as Homeland is also a really, really good show), but I”m a bit nervous about NBC picking up the show. NBC has never had a good track record when it comes to its sci fi programming. The network’s last foray into the genre was Awake, which never managed to gain traction with viewers. And we won’t even get into what happened with Heroes. But Howard Gordon is a 25 year veteran in the biz, and seems to specialize in this genre of television — he also produced The X-Files, Angel, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
No news yet about when the series will air.