HBO Outbids Apple for Sci-Fi Drama 'Demimonde' From J.J. Abrams

HBO Outbids Apple for Sci-Fi Drama 'Demimonde' From J.J. Abrams

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HBO has outbid Apple for a mysterious new sci-fi series from J.J. Abrams, reports Variety.

The project was the subject of a bidding war between HBO and Apple. Details of the plot are still being kept under tight wraps, but the title of the series is “Demimonde.” It is described as an epic and intimate sci-fi fantasy drama that deals with a world’s battle against a monstrous, oppressive force. Abrams will write and executive produce, with with Ben Stephenson–head of television for Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions–also serving as an executive producer. The series will be produced by Bad Robot in association with Warner Bros. Television and HBO. Bad Robot is currently under an overall deal at WB.

The series is Abrams' first writing project for TV since Fringe which he co-created.

Apple has been busy putting together a serious lineup of shows. It reportedly ordered ten episodes of 'Home', a docuseries that offers viewers a look inside the world's most extraordinary homes. It's said to be developing a new original drama series entitled, "Are You Sleeping", starring Octavia Spencer. The company has also reached a deal with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television and Comcast's NBCUniversal television production unit to make new episodes of 'Amazing Stories', a science fiction and horror anthology series that ran in the 1980s. Apple won a multiple outlet bidding war for a morning show drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon and it landed a 10-episode comedy series starring Kristen Wiig that is inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld's upcoming short story collection,You Think It, I'll Say It[/url.

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HBO Outbids Apple for Sci-Fi Drama 'Demimonde' From J.J. Abrams