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HBO Lands J.J. Abrams Sci-Fi Drama ‘Demimonde’

The Premium Cable Network Wins Bidding War Over Apple

After winning a bidding war with Apple, HBO has handed a straight-to-series order for J.J. Abrams sci-fi fantasy drama “Demimonde,” the tale of a family — a mother who works as a scientist, her husband and their young daughter — who all get into a terrible car crash. After the mother winds up in a coma, her daughter begins digging through her experiments in the basement and winds up being transported to another world amid a battle against a monstrous, oppressive force. Her father then follows her into this new world.

“Demimonde” is the first series solely created by Abrams since the 2001 ABC drama “Alias.” The last series he co-created was Fox’s “Fringe,” which premiered in 2008 and ran for five seasons. The drama hails from Warner Bros. TV and Abrams’ studio-based Bad Robot Prods., and will be co-produced by HBO.

An episode count has not yet been determined yet for “Demimonde.”

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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