There will be life after "Fringe," and series executive producer J.H. Wyman may have already found it.
Wyman, who has been an executive producer on "Fringe" since 2009, is reportedly in talks to join J.J. Abrams on what is being described as a "buddy series" involving a police officer and his android partner.
There are few details and not even a name yet available, but if picked up by Fox, would mark the second series the two have collaborated on, and would continue a heavy production load for Abrams' Bad Robot shingle, according to The Wrap.
Wyman, who has spent time as both an actor and a writer, would develop the story and the screenplay for the project, and longtime Abrams partner Bryan Burk would also come on board to executive produce. Fox so far has only ordered a script, and whether it will move into the pilot stage won't be decided until the beginning of next year. After that, Fox would have to decide whether to pick up the pilot for a series.
If it's successful, it could be ready for the air by Fall 2013.
Wyman began his career as a character actor in the early 1990s appearing in shows like "Highlander," "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues" and "Sirens" under the name Joel Wyner.
His first television series writing job was with the Canadian drama "Wind at my Back" in 1997 and moved on to Mark Valley series "Keen Eddie" in 2003, which lasted just a single season.
Wyman's first episode for "Fringe" was the 2009 episode "Midnight" about a killer who has a spinal fluid addiction.
Abrams, who is currently in post-production on "Star Trek 2," has surprisingly had limited success in television. "Lost" was a major hit for ABC while other series like "Felicity" and "Alias" had limited acclaim. His CBS series, "Person of Interest," was the No. 1 new network television show last season and easily earned a second season pickup.
Yet, the fate wasn't so great for some of his other shows like "Undercovers" for NBC and "Alcatraz" for Fox. Even "Fringe" has been ratings-challenged in recent years, but has remained on the schedule because it has become a pet project for the decision-makers at Fox who enjoy the story and the characters.
Abrams has one new series coming out this coming season. "Revolution" premieres for NBC in just a couple weeks.
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