Re: sf/f TV development news - 2012
On the television side, you seem to be giving Abrams a lot of credit (or blame) where it's not deserved. His active involvement as a writer and/or director on those shows has been limited to their early life. Consider: Abrams' last writing credit on Lost was the season three premiere; his last writing credit on Fringe was the season two premiere; his last writing credit on Alias was the fourth season premiere; his last writing credit on Undercovers was the third episode.
Actually, most of Abrams' shows seem to be at their best when his involvement doesn't go much beyond a mention in the credits.
He's a bit like George Lucas in that regard. The guy has a nose for good ideas, but for the love of god don't leave him too much control over the actual execution of the project.
Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.