Uh-oh! Abrams' new series loses showrunner (and goes on hiatus)

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Dec 16, 2013, 1:45 PM EST

It seems like J.J. Abrams isn’t content until he has a TV show on every network, to go along with his big-screen Star Trek and Star Wars adventures. But his latest show has hit a bit of a snag.

Deadline is reporting that production on Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron's upcoming NBC series Believe, which is set to debut in 2014, will be going on hiatus this week and will remain shut down until Jan. 6, 2014. The reason? Another showrunner shakeup, and they need the extra time to work on scripts.

Executive producer/showrunner Dave Erickson is expected to leave the series, making way for director Jonas Pate to take over day-to-day duties on the show. The interesting bit? Erickson’s background is as a director (he directed the second episode of the series) and not a writer, which is rare for a showrunner. It'll be interesting to see the effect that has on the project.

Though the series has yet to actually premiere, it will now be on its third showrunner (look out, Walking Dead, someone is going for the record!) at this point. Original co-creator Mark Friedman was originally on board to run the series but left back in July.

Though we’re not sure of exactly what is going on behind the scenes, it’s possible the high-concept premise could be giving Abrams and company some fits as they try to find the right direction and tone for the project. The show is about a young girl with “extraordinary abilities” and a man who is broken out of prison to protect her.

So, yeah — that sounds like a cool pilot, but where do you take that over 13 episodes? What do you think? Does this concept have the legs to survive long-term?


(Via Deadline)