NBC's Believe

Both J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuarón are using the big screen this year to explore the expansive blackness of outer space — Abrams with last week’s Star Trek Into Darkness, Cuarón with this fall’s Gravity. For their first collaboration with each other, though, they’ll be keeping things a bit more grounded.

The pair have teamed up for NBC’s Believe, a hourlong sci-fi drama about a young superpowered girl (Johnny Sequoyah) and the death row inmate (Jake McLaughlin) broken out of jail to protect her. See the first trailer after the jump.

Cuarón wrote and directed the pilot, and will serve as executive producer alongside Abrams. The first trailer isn’t as stunning as we might hope from the combination of those two, honestly. The premise feels rather familiar, and the dialogue sounds clunky. It doesn’t help that the video quality isn’t great, either. But I have faith the actual series will at least be worth checking out.

The show will debut sometime during the 2013-2014 season.

Levitation, telekinesis, the ability to control nature, even predict the future… since she was two years old, Bo has had gifts she could neither fully understand nor control. Raised by a small group known as the “True Believers,” the orphaned girl has been safeguarded from harmful outsiders who would use her forces for personal gain. But now that she is 10, her powers have become stronger, and the threat has grown more dangerous.

With her life and future now in jeopardy, the “Believers” turn to the only person they see fit to be her full-time protector. That is, once they break him out of jail. Tate, a wrongfully imprisoned death row inmate who’s lost his will, is initially reluctant – until he witnesses one of her extraordinary abilities. Bo sees people for who they truly are… and who they may become.

Tate and Bo begin their journey, one in which trust must be earned. Traveling from city to city, every place they stop and everyone they meet will be changed forever. But they’ll have to keep going to stay one step ahead of the sinister forces after Bo’s power… because it will take a miracle to keep them safe forever.

The powers of a young girl may hold the fate of our world in “Believe,” from executive producer J.J. Abrams (“Revolution,” “Star Trek: Into Darkness”) and executive producer/writer/director Alfonso Cuarón (“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” “Children of Men”). One-hour drama.

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