Jonathan Nolan/J.J. Abrams Pilot 'Persons Of Interest' Greenlit, Has Echoes Of 'Minority Report'

Briefly: Since last year we've heard about the possibility of a new show from Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams. Now CBS has given a green light to the pilot for the show, which is called Person of Interest. More interesting, however, is the basic plot description: "An ex-CIA hitman and a scientist team up to prevent crimes before they happen."

So how will this be like and/or unlike Minority Report? Preventing crimes before they happen naturally calls up images of the Steven Spielberg film, and I wonder to what degree the show will deal with the morality of that approach to crime. Given the two people involved, I'd guess we'll see quite a lot of it. And how will this be tailored for CBS, which caters to an older, or at least more mainstream crowd, than other networks? Doesn't seem like the place for a daring sci-fi show. [EW]