Why So Much Instability Behind the Cameras on NBC's High-Profile Upcoming J.J. Abrams Series? Abrams Offers His Reasons Deadline
J.J. Abrams offered an explanation for the high rate of showrunner churn on his upcoming midseason NBC drama “Believe” after hearing accusations that the turnover was a sign of trouble. Lisa de Moraes writes on Deadline.com that Abrams attributed the change to “creativity” and characterized it as “a process.”
"The rap on the show is that it has had trouble trying to figure out what it should be," de Moraes writes. "But Abrams, talking to TV critics at Winter TV Press Tour 2014, preferred to think of it as a process by which they found the right fit with the 'incredible pilot' directed by 'Gravity‘s' Alfonso Cuaron -- and in no way a reflection on the two 'great and talented,' and departed, showrunners with whom he said he hopes to work in the future."
Executive producer and showrunner Dave Erickson exited in December and was replaced by co-executive producer/director Jonas Pate, the director of the show's second episode.
"Co-creator/exec producer/original showrunner Mark Friedman left the series in July," de Moraes writes. "Friedman and Cuaron co-wrote the pilot for the high concept project, about the unlikely relationship between Bo, a girl with supernatural powers, and Tate, the man who is sprung from prison to protect her from the nogoodniks who are trying to hunt her down."
The report adds: "Of Pate’s new assignment, Abrams said he’s a big believer 'whoever can do it … does it,' adding that they were lucky to find their new showrunner 'in the family.'”