JJ Abrams, of Lost, Alias, and Felicity fame, has another TV show coming up, this time on FOX.
More interesting than the plot of the show is the price tag for the pilot episode: $10 million. That's just for the pilot episode. I hope it doesn't turn into one of those shows that has a great-looking, expensive pilot episode (*cough* Smith *cough), hooks viewers in, and then the rest of the show falls apart. But I have faith in Abrams. He has a great track record, enthusiasm, and is an actual fan of the genre and not just a producer, so I'll give this a shot.
But darn it! Not everything is roses and overpriced candies. (Especially for the fellas who rush to the stores because you're told to.)
We've all been single and we've all been there with breakups... the question is how well do you know your TV Breakups?
Perhaps you're in a tumultuous love triangle and not sure whose valentine is yours? Well some of our favorite characters don't get that right either.
Remember that even if you're with or without a valentine this year, that you can always find your remote control in your arms. (Because you can't snuggle and watch your TV at the same time. Duh.)
J.J.'s television deal with Warner Bros. gives him $4-$6 million a year and pays $2 million of Bad Robot's overhead costs. The movie deal with Paramount gives him $2.5 million a year over five years, plus costs and $5 million for his first movie. Paramount execs call J.J. "the next Steven Spielberg."
No pressure, J.J.
And, yes, I only named four shows. Felicity airs from 5-6PM, followed by Angel from 6-7PM, Buffy from 7-9PM, and the Creek from 9-10PM. Why not air the pilots for Smallville, Gilmore Girls, or 7th Heaven? Because they're still running, silly; they're all part of The CW's fall lineup. According to this article in Variety (registration required), getting the rights to air these pilots from the studios and their current cable homes was tough, but deals were struck that included date and time promos for the cable reruns and ads for the DVD releases by the studios.
Anyway, it should be a fun day of nostalgia before the CW takes over the next day.
[Thanks to Jeff, Dorv, Scott and Tammy for the tips. ]
But Grunberg will next be seen in a non-Abrams project, the new NBC fall show Heroes, where he will be one of six ordinary citizens who find that they suddenly have superpowers (he can also be seen in Jason Bateman's failed show The Jake Effect, which had a marathon on Bravo last night and can be seen on BrilliantButCanceled.com).
If I could have one superpower, it wouldn't be the ability to fly or super strength. I'd have to go with invisibility, because I have a dirty mind.
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