Despite the fact that Jennifer Lopez is holding down a Las Vegas residency and is currently in production for season two of her NBC cop drama Shades of Blue, she’s still found time to get another series green-lit at the network. And the details released by The Hollywood Reporter are almost too absurd to believe, but you can give it a try. First off, it’s a futuristic crime drama “that explores the next generation of terror: DNA hacking.” And when we say futuristic we mean only in the slightest sense of the word, considering the procedural thriller will be set a scant “five minutes into the future.” It’s also going to have a romance that will “blossom between the scientist and the FBI agent as they team to bring down a diabolical genius with a twisted God complex: her former boss.” THR says this part is “in the same vein as Castle.” But unlike that smash-hit dramedy, the stakes in this show are high — as in the end-of-life-as-we-know-it high — considering “the drama will see mentor and protégé battle for control over the human genome in a game of cat and mouse in which the future of our species may rest and all disease could one day be eradicated.”
How do you even package a show with this much going on with one succinct and memorable title? You call it C.R.I.S.P.R. Not crisper, as in where your vegetables are currently staying cool in your refrigerator. C.R.I.S.P.R. as in “clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats.” That’s right. Just give yourself time to process it all.