J.J. Abrams, who is in no danger of spreading himself too thin, is creating another sci-fi drama for HBO


The man who brought us Lost and Westworld and Star Trek and Star Wars and Cloverfield and Felicity and Fringe is at it again.

J.J. Abrams is one of the most in-demand producers in Hollywood. He either knows it and is taking full advantage, or doesn’t and can’t say no. He’s already an executive producer of two HBO dramas: the tremendously ambitious Westworld, which will kick off its second season this year, and the as-yet-unreleased Lovecraft Country. And he’s directing Star Wars: Episode IX on top of producing a half-dozen other projects.

The guy likes to work, and by the sound of it, we haven’t seen anything yet. According to Entertainment Weekly, he’s creating another sci-fi/fantasy drama for HBO, this one called Demimonde.

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We have no idea what it’s about. “Demimonde” is a French word. Literally, it means “half-world.” In context, it refers to 19th-century French citizens on the outskirts of society, the kind of people you’d visit to find out where the really good parties are and also if you need somebody killed for money. So will the show be about cyborg assassin drug dealers fighting through crippling ennui? At this point, I’d be disappointed if it wasn’t.

Abrams will serve as executive producer and write the pilot. Ben Stephenson, who runs the TV arm of Abrams’ production company Bad Robot, will also executive produce.

Meanwhile, Abrams’ ever-deepening association with HBO will put him in spitting distance of Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof, who’s developing a Watchmen show for the network. Mind the endings, you crazy kids.

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Demimonde will premiere when it premieres. We’re not psychic.