In the increasingly cutthroat world of Hollywood TV development, J.J. Abrams has just gone three-for-three.
NBC has edged out ABC in a bidding war to land "Odd Jobs," according to New York Magazine’s Vulture blog. The project will reteam Terry O’Quinn and Michael Emerson as a pair of aging former spies.
O’Quinn and Emerson previously appeared together on "Lost" as John Locke and Benjamin Linus respectively. Following the conclusion of "Lost," the duo frequently voiced their desire to co-star on a new TV series, which gained a great deal of momentum last week when Abrams officially came on board the project.
Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (the producers of the U.S. version of "Life on Mars") are attached to write the pilot for Warner Brothers TV and Abrams’ Bad Robot. NBC has committed to filming the pilot episode.
Earlier this month, Abrams teamed up with "The Dark Knight" and "The Prestige" screenwriter Jonathan Nolan for a crime thriller called "Person of Interest," which was quickly picked up for a pilot by CBS.
Abrams also signed a deal with Fox to produce a new drama called "Alcatraz," based upon the infamous prison located off the coast of San Francisco. Former "Lost" co-executive producer Elizabeth Sarnoff is writing the pilot episode and will serve as the showrunner.
Abrams’ latest TV series "Undercovers" debuted last night on NBC, while his other currently running show "Fringe" will premiere tonight on Fox.
With the most recent announcements, ABC — which broadcast Abrams’ "Alias" and "Lost" — and The CW are the only networks currently without a series produced by Abrams.