J.J. Abrams and ABC May Reboot ‘Alias’

I guess one show about spies isn’t enough for J.J. Abrams. With Undercovers currently going ahead at NBC, the writer-director-producer is now discussing the possibility of bringing back his earlier spy series Alias to ABC.

According to “insider” sources, the rebooted series would have some elements of the original that featured a then-unknown Jennifer Garner. However, it would be a more straightforward action/spy show and wouldn’t contain the mythology involving the Rimbaldi prophecy and subsequent other developments.

While discussion are only in the very preliminary stages, ABC would reportedly make this move in an effort to hold onto the audience they will be losing now that Lost has ended and FlashForward was cancelled. Plus, spies seem like a hot commodity on TV right now with the return next season of Chuck, USA’s Burn Notice still going strong and the upcoming debuts of the CW’s Nikita and the aforementioned Undercovers.

Given all that, it would seem the decision by ABC to reboot the show might be a good one. Still, you have to wonder about TV executives. They lose a show like Lost and the best idea they can come up with to “replace” it as to reboot a series that only lasted five years and towards the end got incredibly convoluted and lost a great deal of its audience?

Well, if a new Alias really does come to pass then my vote for the new Sydney Bristow is Kerri Russell. She was great as a spy (briefly) in Mission Impossible III so I think she would make a great choice. What do you guys think?

  • Jill Wright
    June 27, 2010 at 7:17 am

    PLEASE BRING BACK ALIAS! BUT WITH THE ORIGINAL CAST…AND THEY COULD BRING SYDNEY’S KIDS’ IN TOO- IT WOULD NOT BE THE SAME WITHOUT JENNIFER GARNER, VICTOR GARBER, MICHAEL VARTAN, BRADLEY COOPER, RON RIFKIN, CARL LUMBLY, GREG GUNBERG, LENA OLIN (OH BUT SHE DIED) -SARK (DAVID ANDERS) OH AND YOU COULD THROW IN JOSH HOLLOWAY AS A NEW CHARACTER…JUST FOR GOOD MEASURE! WHAT IS MARSHALL’S NAME?? KEVIN WEISMANN??? IT CAN BE DONE OR DO A MOVIE – PLEASE SOME PEOPLE THAT WERE SUCH LOST FANS NEVER EVEN EXPERIENCED ALIAS! IT WAS THE GREATEST!!!!!

  • Page 48
    June 1, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Keri Russell already has a new show. Sounds like crap, but it’s new.

    • Chris Ullrich
      June 1, 2010 at 1:44 pm

      Sure. But when that gets cancelled, she can do the Alias reboot.

  • OST
    June 1, 2010 at 6:00 am

    I’ve been hearing about this- they should just bring the original back! I’m wondering if they do a new show based on the concept, what the actual storyline will be.

  • Evan
    May 31, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I think it is a great idea to bring back Alias. That show was my favorite and still is but one thing i would like to see is, they bring back the same main cast.

    • Chris Ullrich
      May 31, 2010 at 5:18 pm

      It won’t be the same cast at all, probably. At least we won’t see Jennifer Garner back. She’s moved on.

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