Revolution picks up serious talent at the top

Posted by CB Droege

Recently, NBC announced that it had picked up Revolution, a new series from Supernatural creator Eric Kripke and popular film and television producer J. J. Abrams.

The nascent Revolution has futher bolstered its talent arsenal by recruiting none other than Jon Favreau, who, interestingly enough, started his career as an actor, but turned to directing in the late 90’s.

His big break came with the helming of Iron Man and its sequel, the films which spurred the current crop of great superhero films from Marvel Studios. More recently, he also directed the fantastic adaptation of the Cowboys & Aliens graphic novel.

With all three of these great talents running the show, it’s tough to see how it could be anything less than terrific, despite knowing very little about it so far. What we do have it this brief synopsis:

"A high-octane action drama that follows a group of characters struggling to survive and reunite with loved ones in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist."

The concept reminds me a bit of the unfortunately short-lived Jericho from a few years ago, a community of people stuck in a world that had stopped working, but this description makes it sound like the laws of thermo dynamic have simply broken down.

It's hard to get excited about a show we know so little about, but I do have a lot of trust in this team to create something compelling - as long as their potentially very dynamic egos don’t clash to catastrophically, which could leave the show feeling high-quality but directionless. Whether it will be demographically diverse enough in its appeal to keep a large audience share is yet to be seen, of course.

Now that the director is in place, we'll start to hear about casting soon. If the talent of the actors is anything like the show runners, we'll be in for a treat.

Expect to see the first episode during this fall’s pilot season on NBC. I'm not sure the name will stick, however, as NBC already has a show called Revolution, so the network will likely change it sometime during development.