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NBC to premiere ‘Believe’ mid-season, Sunday nights at 9pm

20 May

Following the exciting announcement earlier this month, NBC presented its fall line-up last week at Radio City Music Hall. Apparently, the trailer for Believe was left out of the Upfront presentation (source) but Cuarón, Abrams, and members of the cast were in attendance (source) and on the red carpet to promote their new series (photos below). TV Fanatic caught up with Cuarón, Johnny Sequoyah (Bo), and Delroy Lindo (Winter) and asked about the concept.

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“It’s a clash between innocence and experience, and this young lady [Bo] is in the centre. She’s kind of the fulcrum around which all of this activity is taking place,” explained Lindo. Cuarón also discussed how the show came to be, including his initial reluctance about television, and Abrams’ encouragement, “Just do it the way you would like to do a show.”

We just approached it as if we were doing small films.

While NBC is yet to officially* release the trailer, it’s already started up the social media machine, including Continue reading

NBC picks up Believe

9 May
Photo credit: Eric Liebowitz/NBC

Photo credit: Eric Liebowitz/NBC

Variety reports: Believe is among the first round of shows NBC officially ordered this morning, “in preparation for its fall presentation to advertisers Monday.” If you recall, we first heard about the Abrams-Cuarón pilot commitment in September:

It is about a girl in possession of a great gift/powers — which will come into their own in seven years — and the man who is sprung from prison to protect her from those trying to hunt her down.

Today, NBC released the first image (above) from the production, featuring protagonists Bo (Johnny Sequoyah, left) and her protector Tate (Jake McLaughlin, right), and the following synopsis:

Levitation, telekinesis, the ability to control nature, even predict the future… Since she was two years old, Bo has had gifts she could neither fully understand, nor control. Raised by a small group known as the “True Believers,” the orphaned girl has been safeguarded from harmful outsiders who would use her forces for personal gain. But now that she is 10, her powers have become stronger, and the threat has grown more dangerous.

With her life and future now in jeopardy, the “Believers” turn to the only person they see fit to be her full-time protector. That is, once they break him out of jail. Tate, a wrongfully imprisoned death row inmate who’s lost his will, is initially reluctant – until he witnesses one of her extraordinary abilities. Bo sees people for who they truly are… and who they may become.

Tate and Bo begin their journey, one in which trust must be earned. Traveling from city to city, every place they stop and everyone they meet will be changed forever. But they’ll have to keep going to stay one step ahead of the sinister forces after Bo’s power…because it will take a miracle to keep them safe forever. The powers of a young girl may hold the fate of our world in Believe, from executive producer J.J. Abrams (Revolution, Star Trek: Into Darkness) and executive producer/writer/director Alfonso Cuarón (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men).

The pilot – co-written by Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Friedman – was shot on location in New York City over the month of March under Cuarón’s direction. No word yet on whether Cuarón will be staying on after the pilot, or even whether the pilot will be aired as the series premiere.

NBC orders ‘Believe’ pilot, begins casting

27 Feb

NBC ordered the Abrams-Cuarón pilot at the end of January (source), and over the past couple weeks, we’ve begun to learn what the cast will look like:the

  • Jake McLaughlin (Savages) will star as Tate, “the man who is sprung from prison” to protect Bo, a girl in possession of a great gift. (source)
  • Delroy Lindo (The Chicago Code) will play Winter, “a kind man with an honorable agenda posing as a priest who might not be what he seems.” (source)
  • Sienna Guillory (Resident Evil) will play Moore, “a cool hit-woman who has issues with her own mother.” (source)
  • Jamie Chung (Once Upon a Time) will play Channing, “a strong, practical and smart woman who works for Winter and assists Tate when he escapes from prison.” (source)
  • And last but not least, newcomer Johnny Sequoyah is cast as Bo, the young girl with great powers to manifest in seven years. (source)

The pilot, co-written by Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Friedman shoots next month in New York (source), under Cuarón’s direction.  Sounds like it will be action packed!!

UPDATE:

  • Kyle MacLachlan (Desperate Housewives) has been cast as Skouras, “a mysterious billionaire with an even more mysterious agenda.” (source)
  • In addition (learned from IMDb):

Alfonso Cuarón returning to the small screen with JJ Abrams

22 Sep

Last night, Deadline revealed that, “Alfonso Cuarón has teamed with J.J. Abrams for a high-concept drama, which just landed at NBC with a pilot production commitment.”  Cuarón will direct the pilot, which he will co-write with Mark Friedman (The Forgotten, Home of the Brave).

It is about a girl in possession of a great gift/powers — which will come into their own in seven years — and the man who is sprung from prison to protect her from those trying to hunt her down.

Warner Bros. and Abrams’ Bad Robot are producing, with Abrams, Cuarón, Friedman, Bryan Burk, and Kathy Lingg listed as executive producers.  Still no title yet.  Read more.

As the Playlist points out, this would be Cuarón’s first small screen gig in nearly a decade.  The filmmaker directed an episode of neo-noir Fallen Angels in 1993, reportedly recruited by director Sydney Pollack after the success of Sólo con tu pareja.  Before that, he directed six episodes of Hora Marcada, a Mexican television fantasy-horror-sci fi anthology, which also featured early in the careers of Emmanuel Lubezki, Guillermo del Toro, and Carlos Cuarón.  “… certainly genre elements [of this early television work] have always been a part of his work to some degree, so all of this is very intriguing.”  Read more.