Despite the recent cancellation of "Undercovers," J.J. Abrams is preparing his fourth TV pilot in this development season.
TVLine is reporting that Abrams is producing "Pulp," a one drama series set in a "slightly heightened reality," which TVLine suggests means that "Pulp Fiction" may be an influence on the project.
The pilot script for "Pulp" was written and created by Monica Breen and Alison Schapker, who in addition to previously serving as showrunners on "Brothers & Sisters," also worked with Abrams on "Alias," "Lost" and "Fringe." The show will reportedly be taken out to various networks as soon as next week.
In the fall, Abrams also reteamed with former "Lost" co-executive producer Elizabeth Sarnoff on the supernatural thriller, "Alcatraz," which is among the early contenders to make Fox’s 2011 fall schedule. Abrams is also currently developing a crime drama for CBS with "The Dark Knight" screenwriter, Jonathan Nolan in addition to the comedy/drama "Odd Jobs" on NBC, which will reunite Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn from "Lost" as a pair of former spies.
While Abrams has become better known as a film director thanks to his successful turns on "Star Trek" and "Mission Impossible 3," his earliest success came on TV with the college drama "Felicity," before he went on to create the spy-fi show "Alias" for ABC. However, it was "Lost" that truly catapulted Abrams’ status within the industry and helped lead to "Fringe," which is currently having its best creative season on Fox.
If all four of Abrams’ current projects are picked up and "Fringe" is renewed, it will give Abrams five TV shows simultaneously on at least three different networks.