CBS Picks Up Jonah Nolan/J.J. Abrams Pilot ‘Person Of Interest’

CBS has handed a pilot order to Jonathan Nolan’s CIA drama Person of Interest, which is being executive produced by J.J. Abrams.

The project, from Warner Bros. TV and Abrams’ Bad Robot, is a crime drama centered on a CIA agent, presumed dead, who is recruited by a reclusive billionaire to wage war against violent criminals in New York City. Nolan, who shared a writing Oscar nomination with his brother Christopher for Memento, is executive producing with Abrams and Burk. This marks the TV debut for Nolan. Person of Interest is the second pilot order for Bad Robot this year, following the early pickup for Alcatraz at Fox.

Comments (39)

  • I love JJ, but I wish he’d expand his hiring of diversity writers. Com’on, JJ, spread the wealth!!!

    Comment by Elia — Wednesday February 9, 2011 @ 6:36pm PST  
    • Elia… it’s not 1960 anymore. There are plenty of writers/directors/producers of many colors out there, like myself, and plenty of opprtunities for more skilled writers of color to break through.

      Please stop. Your posts make the rest of “us” look bad.

      Comment by Teddy — Wednesday February 9, 2011 @ 7:45pm PST  
      • No, there isn’t. “You” look “bad” because you’re too mediocre (or scared or both) to allow a broadening of the field. How many Asian, Hispanic &/or African Americans do you work w/? If you’re actually telling the truth?
        I thought so.
        You’re just a token, you know it & you obviously relish it.
        Please stop.

        Comment by anonymouse — Wednesday February 9, 2011 @ 8:46pm PST  
      • Preach, Teddy! Look at Shonda Rimes, she’ll have THREE shows on TV! As many as Chuck Lore!

        Comment by Ras The Exhorter — Wednesday February 9, 2011 @ 9:40pm PST  
      • All due respect, Teddy, do you really think there are “plenty of opportunities”? Do you really think the Industry has fair hiring practices?

        Comment by Elia — Thursday February 10, 2011 @ 8:45am PST  
        • life is not a meritocracy, Elia. get over it. and trust, it’s not just this industry. i personally have missed out on jobs because regardless of the fact that i was most qualified, they NEEDED to hire women or minority writers to make the room “look a certain way.” i have actually been told that to my face by the people doing the hiring. so you can continue to waa-waa-waa or you can do what you do, which is write. create your own opportunities. nobody’s gonna dislike your scripts because you’re a woman or you’re black. not with the name Elia on them. they’ll dislike your scripts because they suck or because they have no idea what good material is until somebody higher up on the food chain tells them. stop making excuses and get on with it. i have much love for you.

          Comment by Another Writer — Thursday February 10, 2011 @ 9:10am PST  
          • Or maybe your script sucked and that’s what they told you to make you feel better.

            Or maybe your interview with the showrunner sucked and that’s what they told you to make you feel better.

            And JUST MAYBE your script was actually good but you weren’t a good fit for the room.

            A lot of people don’t get work in this town for a variety of reasons, never is it STRICTLY because you are white man. So stop making excuses and get on with it. I have much love for you.

            Comment by anonymous — Thursday February 10, 2011 @ 2:05pm PST  
          • @anonymous, are you really that obtuse that you’d believe someone would lie to me to my face in a way that they i could simply turn around and sue them for job discrimination? don’t let your bitterness get in the way of your good judgment. and schmuck, that’s my point: i don’t sit around making excuses. i can only take people for face value, i have no control over what the actual reasons may be. but it’s neither here nor there because regardless of the reason why i don’t get a job, i keep moving. i stay focused and do what i do, which is write. and i get a different job or i sell a pilot or get hired to write a movie. and i appreciate your love and i reciprocate, because i’m sure outside this post you’re probably a decent person. keep moving. but thanks for playing : )

            Comment by another writer — Thursday February 10, 2011 @ 5:12pm PST  
    • Elia you are either misinformed, or a moron. Probably both.
      JJ didn’t “hire” Jonah Nolan, the idea was brought to JJ by Jonah.
      Even if JJ had hired him, it would make sense. Jonah is a very talented guy.
      In closing, take your whiny bitch ass with its ignorant sense of entitlement and go play in traffic.
      I think we could all benefit from that.

      Comment by Dingbat Alert! — Wednesday February 9, 2011 @ 9:56pm PST  
    • If they cast Victor Garber to play the agent I’m in.

      Comment by Cylon6 — Friday February 11, 2011 @ 2:10pm PST  
  • I liked this the first time I saw it, when it was called Minority Report.

    Comment by Shaggy — Wednesday February 9, 2011 @ 6:39pm PST  
    • How does this show sound ANYTHING like Minority Report?

      Comment by American — Wednesday February 9, 2011 @ 9:02pm PST  
  • Sounds like a pretty easy decision. I’d watch a show about the daily activities of your grandmother if these guys were behind it.

    Comment by Anonymous — Wednesday February 9, 2011 @ 6:40pm PST  
  • This reminds me of Minority Report…

    Comment by imahrtbrkbeat — Wednesday February 9, 2011 @ 6:46pm PST  
  • “Team up to prevent crimes before they happen”. Sounds awfully like Minority Report. I think Abrams has lost his magic touch.

    Comment by Anonymous — Wednesday February 9, 2011 @ 6:54pm PST  
    • Where are you guys getting the whole “preventing crimes before they happen” aspect? There’s nothing like that in the logline.

      Comment by Paul — Wednesday February 9, 2011 @ 8:31pm PST  
  • HOLY SHIT! Ya that’s the proper response. This will be awesome

    Comment by dave — Wednesday February 9, 2011 @ 7:30pm PST  
    • Why? ‘Cause UNDERCOVERS was such a huge hit?

      Comment by Jan — Wednesday February 9, 2011 @ 7:56pm PST  
      • No, because THE DARK KNIGHT was…

        Comment by Pembroke Inkman — Wednesday February 9, 2011 @ 9:22pm PST  
  • This show is more like Batman without the cape.

    Comment by roger green fool!! — Wednesday February 9, 2011 @ 7:59pm PST  
  • Looks like he is spreading the wealth. Oh right, just not with the people you want him to spread it with. Sheesh, did someone turn down your project or something? You act like there are no non-white, non-male writers out there at all.

    Are more white, male writers being hired? Probably, but I’d attribute that to there being a large number more of them out there, so obviously there is a greater chance of finding one that is talented than from a smaller sample of people. Is that fair? Of course not, but it’s a reality (unfortunately). How about we hire based on talent instead of tokenism? It’s not like females or blacks can’t get a project up and running.

    Comment by Mitch — Wednesday February 9, 2011 @ 8:15pm PST  
    • Yes, this is obviously very comparable to slavery, voting rights, and internment camps. And you say I’m the one with my head buried in the sand? But let’s dispense of the personal attacks – I apologise for my remarks.

      Let’s say that, for example, there is one black writer for every ten white writers out there (which compared to reality may be generous, I have no clue). This is talking about all writers out there trying to get a job, by the way, not ones that are employed. We are also assuming that they are all of equal talent, as race (or sex, for that matter) does not affect how good a writer one is. From that sample, would you not expect that more white writers would be employed as they would make up 90% of the writers out there? And if the situation were reversed and 90% of the writers were black, would you not expect there to be more black writers employed?

      I am not saying that we should just not care, equality is an important thing, but I don’t think the solution is to just hire certain people for the sake of it. That *is* tokenism and it doesn’t help the problem at all. Hire colourblind and based on the quality only.

      To do that, I think the solution is to encourage more diverse writers out there to write more and more, so that the make-up is one black for every white, and one female for every male, and so on. If the make-up is equal, but the employment make-up is unequal, then I will have huge issues with whoever is hiring these writers. So, write as much as you can, Elia. Keep at it. And if you know some females or blacks (or Asians, or any race for that matter) that also would like to write but don’t think that they will make it, tell them to do it anyway. It all helps and that is the key to success.

      Comment by Mitch — Thursday February 10, 2011 @ 4:57pm PST  
      • Can’t you take legal action against him in that free country of yours?

        But for the record, that wasn’t part of my argument. I was talking about the writers themselves, not the hiring process… Obviously that sort of thing is disgusting.

        Comment by Mitch — Friday February 11, 2011 @ 4:10am PST  
  • These two have practically no sense of emotional story left between them. Look forward to a big action show with hollow characters.

    Comment by kris — Wednesday February 9, 2011 @ 11:32pm PST  
  • All these comments about “crimes before they happen,” and in the story I’m seeing there’s no such reference. Has the story been altered since it was first published without any indication? Hasn’t Deadline caught on YET? That just ain’t kosher.

    To me the show sounds like a quaint, short-lived little TV show called, “The Equalizer.”

    Comment by Comedymaven — Wednesday February 9, 2011 @ 11:37pm PST  
    • equalizer was short lived? i’ll be very happy with 88 episodes.

      Comment by Another Writer — Thursday February 10, 2011 @ 9:14am PST  
    • Equalizer was like a high school star jock. That one is like record breaker in multiple Olympic Games. It’s like Equalizer on steroids, if steroids are was on steroids.

      Comment by Annonimous — Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 11:19pm PST  
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