Novels are a good way to ease someone into sleep, and the sheer range of topics in such books make it prime material for TV executives looking for new show ideas. Fox has taken one of the ideas and reversed the other.
The network have announced their planned upcoming development (under a ‘script and penalty commitment’) of a sci-fi series entitled NOD, based on the 2013 novel from Canadian author Adrian Barnes. This series, while not currently having an airdate, is confirmed to have a pilot episode being written by Jason Richman (Detroit 1-8-7), with executive production coming from Katherine Pope, Peter Chernin (of former potential Hulu investors Chernin Co.), and 20th Century Fox.
NOD is a story that features a world in which most humans have lost the ability to sleep, many people constitute ‘The Awakened’ – a group of people who appear to have evolved to not needing it, whilst some remain in need of rest, with scientists unable to figure out why.
The focus of the series is a conflicting ‘inter-somnial’ couple that are part of the respective groups – the Awakened Tanya and non-insomniac Paul.
The Hollywood Reporter describe the series’ premise as follows: “When most of humanity loses the ability to sleep, scientists are at a loss to explain why no one is tired. Nod will explore the new, wondrous and eerie 24/7 world through the eyes of Tanya and Paul, an ‘inter-somnial’ couple — she, awakened and flourishing, and he, one of the remaining few who are still handicapped by the need for sleep. But when signs of deprivation start to show among the Awakened, the bonds of friendship and love get tested in unexpected ways… because if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.”
Whether the show takes on any of the book’s ‘post-apocalyptic’ themes remains to be seen, but can the intriguing concept deliver on its potential? Surely some soothing music could have helped these characters to promised land if they really wanted it?