Pilot News: J.J. Abrams' Believe Drama for NBC, The CW's Blink Cast Leads

McLaughlin_CarrollAs pilot season forges on, both NBC’s Believe and The CW’s Blink have cast lead roles.

Jake McLaughlin, who played Alex’s brother Aaron on Grey’s Anatomy, joins Believe as a young man who is sprung from prison to protect a young girl with special, developing gifts from evil elements looking to co-opt her powers. Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men), J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk (Fringe) are the executive producers.

McLaughlin’s other TV credits include Starz’s Crash and In Plain Sight.

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Meanwhile, Madeline Carroll (Mr. Popper’s Penguins) has been cast on Blink, which is described as a “warm, quirky, humorous drama” about a family patriarch who lands in a coma-like state after a car accident, but can still see and hear all. Carroll, whose TV credits include Private Practice and Lost (as Annie), will play Ari, an angsty teen having an especially hard time dealing with her dad’s condition. Vera Herbert (Awkward) and David Marshall Grant (Brothers & Sisters) are among that project’s EPs.

Our sister site Deadline reported on both of the above castings.

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  1. Tran says:

    Can’t believe J.J. Abrams is working on another series on NBC just like it did with Revolution (series created by Eric Kripke).

  2. Rory Pond says:

    Oh… I was hoping for a spin-off centered around the Weeping Angels.

  3. kavyn says:

    “‘warm, quirky, humorous drama’ about a family patriarch who lands in a coma-like state after a car accident”

    …huh? Unless if that coma patient was a complete douchebag beforehand or something I can’t really see how a drama with this sort of plot is warm, quirky and humourous.

  4. mia says:

    Can the CW just cancel Blink now so we can keep Beauty, Hart of Dixie, and Carrie?

    • Elyse says:

      yes!!!! thats would be awesome.

    • Renee says:

      I think this is a chance for the CW to finally have some shows of substance. After some truly gag-me years with the likes of Gossip Girl, I’m happy to see that they’re ready to try something new that doesn’t center around teen sex and drug/alcohol abuse. And that Carrie show is just a sad plea for publicity, desperately clinging to the coattails of HBO’s original success.

  5. Alan says:

    so jj abrams is getting bored again, nice to see he keeps up a trend.

  6. Mimi says:

    That could seriously be one interesting show. I cant even begin to think how funny, sad, serious and angry I would be, or any husband and father could think in that condition. It will sure be worth a look. I hope the writers are good.