I'm not saying they're out of touch with what sci fi fans want. I'm saying they're out of touch what I
want, which is a far worse crime.
I actually am interested in sci fi that's not based in space, and also fantasy/horror. But broadcast and cable is doing plenty of shows like that. The Walking Dead, Falling Skies, American Horror Story, Grimm, Once Upon a Time
, plus many of the new pilots (666 Park Avenue, 99 Stories, Beautiful People
) sound promising. I also have some interest in non-space Syfy shows...Rewind, The Family
and Booster Gold
depending on casting.
I like a diverse range of show types, and for space to be ignored just isn't acceptable to me. If they wanted to ignore, say, superheroes instead, that would be okay.
And I do think that there's a huge unmet demand for a space based series, just going by all the carping I read all over the internet, not just here. Whether this translates into ratings is another matter. Maybe they're all going to pirate the show, and therefore their interest is worthless, but I think it's worth Syfy giving it a shot.
I wouldn't assume that written sci fi has any influence on this. It's more likely it's the usual Hollywood thing of everyone following the trend. Nobody's doing space opera so nobody wants to do space opera. Fairy tales are the new big thing, until they're not, and then everyone jumps on another bandwagon. And the budget problem is a real issue.