NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS -- 2013 NBC Upfront Presentation, Arrivals -- Pictured: (l-r) Deroy Lindo, Johnny Sequoyah, Alfonso Cuaron "Believe" -- (Photo by: Heidi Gutman/NBC)

NBC UNIVERSAL EVENTS — 2013 NBC Upfront Presentation, Arrivals — Pictured: (l-r) Deroy Lindo, Johnny Sequoyah, Alfonso Cuaron “Believe”

*Interest in tonight’s series premiere of “Believe” was already high, based on the involvement of J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron. But with one half of the executive producing team becoming an Oscar winner this month, expectations are now through the roof for the supernatural drama.

It wouldn’t be a surprise if the actors recruited for the series signed on  – script unseen. After all, Abrams won an Emmy for creating  “Lost,” and Cuaron just nabbed a Best Director Academy Award for “Gravity.”

Delroy Lindo certainly felt in good hands when he was approached for his role in the series.  “They called me up, and the things that Alfonso said creatively were very exciting to me,” Lindo told us during a TCA panel for the series. “So from my standpoint, it was not necessarily a no brainer, but it was certainly very exciting, the prospect of working with him on this project.”

Delroy Lindo with Johnny Sequoyah in NBC's "Believe"

Delroy Lindo with Johnny Sequoyah in NBC’s “Believe”

“Believe” revolves around Bo (Johnny Sequoyah), a young girl born with supernatural abilities that she can’t control.  Skouras (Kyle MacLachlan) is constantly after the girl for her powers, so her protector Winter (Lindo) turns to an outsider for help – wrongfully-convicted death row inmate Tate (Jake McLaughlin).  In the pilot, Winter uses his role as a prison priest to help Tate escape.

We soon find out that Winter and Skouras used to work together, but at some point had a serious falling out.  Winter’s main concern now is doing whatever is necessary to protect Bo from Skouras or any other supernatural entity meant to do her harm.

Below, Lindo also credits Cuaron with establishing a “creative openness” on set.

“Believe” premieres tonight, March 10, at 10:01 p.m. on NBC. Watch the trailer below.