In its original incarnation as Section 8, the drama was first taken to NBC through BermanBraun's first-look deal there. After the network passed, the project sparked heated bidding among the other broadcast networks in summer 2007, landing at ABC with a six-episode production order for a possible midseason launch behind Lost.
The show was in preproduction, with writing on the first episode under way, when the WGA strike brought work to a halt.
After the strike, ABC's plans for Section 8 had to be altered. And creative differences over the show's sci-fi elements, with which ABC is said to have been uncomfortable, led to the project's departure from the network.