J.J. Abrams wants rights to Stephen King's '11/22/63'; 'Zero Hour' and 'Do No Harm' get summer burnoffs
Abrams' company, Bad Robot, is in negotiations to buy the rights to King's novel "11/22/63" with an eye toward adapting it as a miniseries or TV series, Deadline reports. The book is about a man who discovers a time portal and goes to the past to try to prevent John F. Kennedy's assassination on Nov. 22, 1963.
There's a bit of an existing Abrams-King connection already. King has sung the praises of "Lost," which Abrams co-created, in the past, and the show incorporated a number of references to King's writing in its narrative. There was even speculation that King wrote the "Lost" tie-in novel "Bad Twin," although that turned out not to be the case.
More TV news and notes:
- Two quickly canceled shows from earlier this season, ABC's "Zero Hour" and NBC's "Do No Harm," are being revived, briefly, to burn off their remaining episodes. ABC will air the rest of "Zero Hour" on Saturday nights starting June 15, while The Futon Critic reports "Do No Harm" will be back on NBC starting Saturday, June 29.
- "Cult" and "Farscape" creator Rockne O'Bannon is joining the crew of NBC's "Revolution" for Season 2. O'Bannon, who also developed Syfy's "Defiance" series, will be an executive producer of "Revolution" and second in command to creator and showrunner Eric Kripke. [ Hollywood Reporter]
- "Downton Abbey" star Michelle Dockery's next TV role will be a pretty big departure from Lady Mary ... or not. Dockery will guest-star on an episode of "Family Guy" next season, playing a character on a British TV drama the Griffins are watching. [ EW]
- Cable channel Spike is re-entering the scripted TV arena after several years off with a slate of miniseries projects in development. They include a project about famed mobster Whitey Bulger from "Crash" co-writer Bobby Moresco; "Hit Men," co-produced by Gene Simmons of KISS, about mob involvement in the music industry of the 1970s; and a dramatization of the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year.