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Old August 19 2009, 10:40 PM   #1
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2 HBO sci-fi TV series 'Humanitas' & 'The World Inside'

HBO, the power house behind True Blood, is getting set to bring two new sci-fi series to its lineup.

The first is Humanitas, described as being set in a time when major advances in medicine have created dilemmas for doctors and fanned fears that a devastating pandemic is imminent. The theme of the show will be about the cutting edge of medicine and the ethical and moral dilemmas raised by science’s ever-advancing ability to manipulate genetics.
The second is The World Inside, an adaptation of Robert Silverberg’s famed 1971 sci-fi novel. The story takes place in the year 2381 at a time when the world is grossly overpopulated with 75 billion people that live in isolated 1000 story buildings, with the exception of those who grow the food. Society is an open culture of free sex and unrestricted population growth. The story follows a restless computer engineer who begins to think unblessworthy thoughts of making a trip outside which risks the severest of punishment.

X-Files executive producer/writer Frank Spotnitz has been tapped to develop both series. He has reportedly already turned in the first draft script for Humanitas.
Spotnitz, repped by WME, was Chris Carter's right-hand exec producer on "X-Files" for most of that show's nine-season run.
http://www.variety.com/article/VR111...ryid=1236&cs=1
http://www.scifiscoop.com/news/hbo-p...sci-fi-series/

This is great news for sci-fi fans. a major subscription television channel is creating not one but two series.
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Old August 19 2009, 10:42 PM   #2
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I'd like to check both of these out. I'm up for some new smart sci-fi.
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Old August 19 2009, 10:46 PM   #3
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Yeah, I've read the Silverberg story and it's really wild. It would make a great high-end production.
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Old August 20 2009, 12:00 AM   #4
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Humanitras sounds just awful... The other one sounds interesting.
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Old August 20 2009, 12:13 AM   #5
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Humanitas sounds like Regenesis redux, but I'm intrigued about the monad thing. I'm curious to see what science-fiction can be like on a network like HBO, which allows far more creative and content freedom.

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Old August 20 2009, 12:14 AM   #6
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The first one just sounds like CSI meets House in the future.

Bored now.


Where have all the bloody actual space science fiction shows gone? What about exploring and travelling through space?
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Old August 20 2009, 12:16 AM   #7
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Where have all the bloody actual space science fiction shows gone? What about exploring and travelling through space?
Wash your mouth out with soap, young man/woman!
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Old August 20 2009, 01:33 AM   #8
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When are these due to have a premiere?
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Old August 20 2009, 02:34 AM   #9
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Yeah I started a thread on these a couple days ago...the first one, I gotta wonder whether fantasy future medicine has the same inherent interest as real world medicine which depicts diseases and injuries that the people watching could envision actually applying to them someday. I think that identification factor is crucial to the popularity of medical shows. What I'd prefer is to see a society where genetic modification has run rampant and what the effects are, and it doesn't have to be from a medical perspective necessarily.

The overpopulation one is a reasonably fresh topic, but won't it end up being awfully limited and claustrophobic? Still the notion of Our Hero fleeing the awful society of unlimited sex is kinda fun, and since he's getting out of the wicked city, that should bring some surprises. No telling what the heck is out there (mutant dinosaurs? vicious robo-hillbillies? or am I trying to turn this into Judge Dredd: The TV Series?)

But I'll root for both to succeed because they aren't overused ideas, and they are sci fi on HBO, something I'd like to see more of.

Hey HBO, how about a war between Earth and a Mars colony next?

Where have all the bloody actual space science fiction shows gone? What about exploring and travelling through space?
There's Defying Gravity. Which is awful. And Stargate: Universe. Which will be awful. Maybe these two can be big hits so HBO will do a space opera series next.
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Old August 20 2009, 03:50 AM   #10
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Both these shows sound pretty dystopian. I don't like the implicit Luddism in Humanitas, dwelling on the potential ills of future medicine and genetic engineering and overlooking the immense benefits they could bring. If you ask me, that kind of "progress is evil" story, especially where genetics is concerned, is a hugely overused idea.

And I see no reason to assume Stargate Universe "will be awful." If anything, it looks like it has the potential to be a smarter, richer, more sophisticated show than its predecessors.
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Old August 20 2009, 03:58 AM   #11
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And I see no reason to assume Stargate Universe "will be awful." If anything, it looks like it has the potential to be a smarter, richer, more sophisticated show than its predecessors.
And it's got one thing in its favor -- John Scalzi, author of Old Man's War, is a creative consultant.
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Old August 20 2009, 04:00 AM   #12
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Yeah I started a thread on these a couple days ago...
I searched in Science Fiction & Fantasy and over the entire TrekBBS for both post titles before starting this thread. Or possibly you are referring to another website.

'in development' @ HBO could mean 2 years... Well maybe when TrekXII is coming out we'll have a few sci-fi shows on TV again.
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Old August 20 2009, 04:04 AM   #13
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Yeah, I've read the Silverberg story and it's really wild. It would make a great high-end production.
Sounds like a good excuse for HBO to show gratuitous sex.

Both shows sound potentially intriguing. I guess the biggest downside is my subscription for HBO expired
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Old August 20 2009, 04:23 AM   #14
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Sounds like a good excuse for HBO to show gratuitous sex.
Something wrong with that?

Both shows sound potentially intriguing. I guess the biggest downside is my subscription for HBO expired
So?
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Old August 20 2009, 09:14 AM   #15
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The one based on a sci-fi book sounds interesting, the medical one sounds lame though.

For the one based on the book I guess I'll have to ignore all the discussion threads like I do with True Blood now, on account of asshats who just have to comment "Oh cause in the books <blah blah blah> but that didn't happen this episode so I guess they changed it up", only to have <blah blah blah> in the very next episode
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