The series, apparently called Person of Interest, began making the rounds earlier this month, and drew immediate interest from several networks. But the New York magazine blog cites "insiders" as saying that CBS made a pilot commitment and won out.
Person of Interest will be the first foray into TV for Nolan, younger brother and frequent collaborator of director Christopher Nolan. He co-wrote The Dark Knight and The Prestige, and penned the short story on which Memento was based.
Abrams, who created Alias and co-created Lost and Fringe, will produce the new series for CBS under his Bad Robot banner. Fox just picked up his mysterious prison drama Alcatraz, developed with Lost writer/producer Elizabeth Sarnoff.