J.J. Abrams Explains ‘Believe’ Showrunner Changes

“Gravity” director Alfonso Cuaron on why he made “Believe”: “I wanted to do something where people were not floating”

Last Updated: July 10, 2014 @ 7:11 PM

“Believe” executive producer J.J. Abrams says the show has gone through three showrunners before airing because it was part of the show finding its creative voice.

“I feel like it’s not a quantifiable thing,” Abrams told TheWrap. “You sort of know, this is the show, it feels like a continuum from this extraordinary pilot, kind of where the show wants to go. We weren’t getting it.”

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The show has settled on showrunner Jonas Pate, who sat between co-creators Abrams and “Gravity” director Alfonso Cuaron at a Television Critics Association panel on Sunday. Abrams was diplomatic about the previous showrunners.

“It’s not that these are not great, talented, wonderful people who we hope to work with on other things, where the fit is right. It just wasn’t,” he said.

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Abrams noted that in television, unlike many other creative endeavors, the creator’s process is very public.

Cuaron said he started work on “Believe” while waiting for the special effects on “Gravity” to be completed.

“I wanted to do something where people were not floating,” he said.