HBO picks up J.J. Abrams' new sci-fi fantasy series Demimonde

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Feb 1, 2018, 8:00 PM EST (Updated)

The mother ship of all premium cable has secured another show today -- HBO has picked up the new series Demimonde from producer J.J. Abrams. The cable giant gave the show a straight-to-series order, after a lengthy bidding contest with Apple.

Abrams is already an executive producer on HBO's hit sci-fi drama Westworld (which is close to inviting guests inside its second season), but Denimonde marks the first significant show that the director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has written since 2008's Fringe.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Demimonde is a family-based drama. The family's matriarch is a scientist, who is involved in a car crash with her husband and young daughter. With her mother in a coma, the daughter decides to mess around with her mother's experiments, and ends up "transporting to another land amid a world's battle against a monstrous, oppressive force." The girl's father proceeds to follow after her. HBO describes the show as "an epic and intimate sci-fi fantasy drama."

Abrams wrote the spec script himself, having previously created Felicity, Alias, Lost, and the aforementioned Fringe. He will executive produce "via his Warner Bros. Television-based Bad Robot Productions banner topper Ben Stephenson." He's going to be a very busy man, as he is also executive producing the Steven King anthology Castle Rock at Hulu, as well as co-writing and directing a small film called Star Wars: Episode IX.

Looking at a horizon without its flagship juggernaut Game of Thrones leading the way, HBO still has a heavy hitter in Westworld -- as well as solid performers like Big Little Lies and True Detective. Though there are multiple Game of Thrones spin-offs being talked about, none of them are set at the moment. The network seems to be taking no chances in terms of resting all of their future success on the Thrones world -- if spin-offs come, great -- if not, they'll be prepared. It seems that Abrams' Demimonde is going to be a big part of that preparation.

Will this new show be a Lost-sized hit, or will it be the next John From Cincinnati? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. 

(via The Hollywood Reporter)