There are too many good names attached to this television pilot, so make sure you’ve taken your geek seizure meds before reading on. In between seasons of “Robot Chicken,” Seth Green was apparently sitting around with Michael Dougherty (who co-wrote Superman Returns and X-Men 2) and came up with an idea for a television series. They bandied it around a bit and then took it to Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who liked the idea and started working on fleshing it out. Then in the course of working with them on Cowboys and Aliens, Jon Favreau learned about the project and got involved. And that concludes today’s demonstration of the principle of it not being about what you know but who you know.
So, the series is called “Ex-Comm” and is being pitched as “X-Files” meets “The West Wing” and is described as a “presidential procedural.” The show picks up with a newly elected president being introduced to his “executive committee” in charge of dealing with all the aliens, paranormal activity, and other sundry X-Files fringe events. It’s also being emphasized as “fun but grounded,” which is exciting given the people involved, but also reminds one of many many wince-worthy SyFy series.
ABC has already ordered a pilot of the series, although it hasn’t really entered properly into production yet. No word yet on stars, but Favreau is on board for directing the pilot. And I haven’t seen anyone point out yet the similarity of “Ex-Comm” to “X-Com,” one of the greatest video games of the nineties. So they might want to tweak that title to avoid the inevitable law suit.