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NBC Picks Up Revolution From J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke

We’ve known since early February that J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke’s thriller Revolution would revolve around a group of characters struggling to get by after all forms of energy mysteriously cease to exist. But whether the pilot would go to series wasn’t revealed until Monday, when NBC showed off part of its fall 2012 lineup. The Hollywood Reporter has the official description and first photo:

Revoution, from J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke, is described as an epic adventure thriller in which a family struggles to reunite in a post-apocalyptic American landscape: a world of empty cities, local militias and heroic freedom fighters, where every single piece of technology — computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights — has mysteriously blacked out … forever. Billy Burke, David Lyons, Giancarlo Esposito, Tracy Spiradakos, Graham Rogers, Anna Lise Phillips, Tim Guinee, Andrea Roth, JD Pardo and Zak Orth star in the drama from Warner Bros. Television. Jon Favreau directs the pilot.

Revolution is set to premiere next season on NBC with a pilot directed by Iron Man‘s Jon Favreau.


  • Chris Katrev

    Yeah! Go Kripke.

  • nailsin

    Obviously not all forms of energy is gone otherwise the characters would
    spend the entire series standing completely still.

  • Boris Bilenko

    Is it just me or does this sound almost exactly like Jericho? Exchange “Mysterious force” for “EMP”…

  • nailsin

     Or The Walking Dead without the zombies.

  • sandwich eater

     And the temperature is absolute zero, also there is no light so you can’t see anything.  If you want to take it even further there is no matter at all, because energy = mass*c^2 (so no characters or sets either).  It just sounds stupid all around, like the writers of this show haven’t had a basic science education.  Even if they just said that electricity stopped working every living thing would be dead because our bodies make use of electric charges to function.

  • Ian

    I can see how the premise could be terrifing for those addicted to twitter, texting, and their cell phones, but otherwise this sounds really boring.  It’s basically just putting a multicultural cast into an amish community future, with Hunger Games bow & arrows I noticed.  Blah.

    Huh, Dark Skies, Walking Dead, now this all with themes of society crumbling etc.  I wonder if all these shows are indicative of the american society psyche in their current faith of our institutions and overall leadership in government, etc.