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Old March 29 2012, 07:32 PM   #676
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Rosario Dawson's a Trekkie, so I support anything she does. I'm also glad to see A&E contemplating a scripted drama on an interesting (if a tad overdone, currently) topic. I can't think of any scripted dramas they do right now. They've fallen entirely off my radar.

That astrophysicist-vs-antichrist pilot is now called Dark Horse, according to thefutoncritic's ABC pilot guide.

There are more complete summaries of ABC's pilots. 666 Park Avenue sounds fun - Desperate Housewives-meets-Rosemary's Baby. I'm kind of eh about The Last Resort - if they're getting weird orders from the White House, then the real story is not happening on some remote tropical island, is it? Dark Horse, Gotham and Zero Hour sound interchangeable. ABC only needs one of the three. (Dark Horse sounds the most intriguing to me.)

Meanwhile, over in comedy-land, the "Melrose Space" show has a title - Down to Earth - where they're introducing a trope beloved of fanfic writers: male pregnancy.

I'm looking forward to seeing NBC's list which may shed more light on the pilot formerly known as Revolution.

The CW grows up?

Sounds like The Selection is a safe bet to go to series and we probably should be happy if Cult doesn't. (Damn, I was looking forward to Alaric vs T-Bag.

More details about the ABC pilots.

Just as CW is moving into the older demographics, ABC seems to be poaching on FOX's male demographic with more action-centered fare.

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Old March 30 2012, 04:50 AM   #677
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Rosario Dawson's a Trekkie, so I support anything she does. I'm also glad to see A&E contemplating a scripted drama on an interesting (if a tad overdone, currently) topic. I can't think of any scripted dramas they do right now. They've fallen entirely off my radar.
A&E currently has two scripted original series, The Glades (love it), and Breakout Kings (also love it).
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Old March 30 2012, 08:14 PM   #678
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I watched a bit of Breakout Kings because of the Prison Break connection, but it didn't grab me.

If anyone's curious where next fall's pilots are being shot, here's a list.
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Old March 31 2012, 09:55 AM   #679
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Gilded Lilies (or Lilys, if you believe some sites) is shooting in Boston, but is actually set in New York. It's not genre, but it's interesting for two things: It's a period piece set in 1895 and John Barrowman is in it.
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Old March 31 2012, 07:47 PM   #680
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It is "Lilys" because the family name is Lily.

I'm convinced the so-called "ladies man" Barrowman is playing is going to turn out to be gay.
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Old March 31 2012, 09:23 PM   #681
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Snow White's bizarre domination of the universe continues.

• The Hunters – two-hour back-door pilot, The Hunters is the story of a secret society with a mission to find the broken shards of the magic mirror Snow White shattered hundreds of years ago. It’s a race against time as the mirror’s pieces, now hidden across the world, have the potential to be harnessed for great evil.
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Old March 31 2012, 09:35 PM   #682
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Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the overexposedest one of all?
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Old April 1 2012, 10:02 AM   #683
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Star Trek: Snow White: In the 23rd Century, seven warriors from the planet of the golden midgets (as seen in "Journey To Babel"), discover an ancient Earth probe containing the body of a young albino woman in suspended animation. Their analysis of the probe's data banks indicate that the only man who can revive her is still alive-- and is living the life of a corrupt and decadent prince in the heart of the Orion Empire. They immediately set out on a dark and gritty quest that will bring them to the very edgy edge of the galaxy-- for unless this snow white corpsicle is revived, the universe itself will perish! And there's no time to lose! But plenty of time for balls-to-the-wall action! Rated M for Mature!

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Ah, I see. Thanks.
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Old April 3 2012, 10:27 PM   #684
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HuffPo review of NBC pilots.

NBC is the most interesting network because its ongoing failure opens up possibilities. Plus, its few successes this year (Grimm and Smash) were definitely not safe choices compared with the cop-and-lawyer-show approach, which didn't work for them.) I find NBC the most fascinating network to follow every year, and it looks like this year is no exception.

I've been looking forward to The Frontier as a straight-ahead Western. The saga of people trying to survive the arduous overland journey should be drama enough, especially if the characters are well chosen. It sounds like it could have a supernatural element - as long as it's not heavy handed, it could work.

The reviewer doesn't give any predictions for pickups, but says "their slate this year is significantly stronger than last year's candidates were." That's a relief! No more Playboy Clubs, please.
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Old April 4 2012, 12:26 AM   #685
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Beautiful People might have potential, although the question of AI rights has been addressed before in SF. Do No Harm, with the idea of the "Jekyll" and "Hyde" personas making a deal with one another to coexist, reminds me of Steven Moffat's Jekyll miniseries, but it'll have a hard time equaling it.

I'm glad they're no longer describing the unnamed Bad Robot pilot as being set in a world where "all forms of energy" have ceased to exist (since that would mean the entire universe vanished), but "where electricity no longer exists" is equally silly, since it's electrostatic forces that hold matter together, not to mention that neurons function electrochemically. There must be less stupid ways to justify a post-apocalyptic world without modern technology.

And wait, they're doing a sitcom with Bill Pullman as the President of the US? Is it set in the aftermath of a global alien invasion?


I'm actually not displeased to hear that Awake is getting "soft" numbers and may not get renewed. It had a brilliant pilot, but the subsequent series has squandered much of its potential and isn't nearly as satisfying.
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Old April 4 2012, 12:31 AM   #686
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I like the plot twist in the most recent episode of Awake that implies


The bit about electricity not existing could mean one of two things: the electrical grid has failed, or any attempt to generate electricity for power will fail for some unknown reason, even though electromagnetism as a physical force still exists just fine.

It would be nice to get some clarity on that issue, because it's a huge difference - is this an end-of-the-world survival scenario after the breakdown of society, or is this a hand-waving conspiracy type show, where the conspirators have sinister abilities beyond human ken?

"AI rights" hasn't been done to death on TV (yet). I'm happy for NBC to take a crack at it. Too many of the sci fi shows are the hand-waving mystery type, where it's impossible to tell how they'll turn out but the track record ain't good...
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Old April 4 2012, 01:21 AM   #687
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I like the plot twist in the most recent episode of Awake that implies
I don't see that. Just about every episode has shown Michael getting random clues in one reality that connected to a case in the other; it's one of the core conceits of the show. And if anything,


Although, of course, this is not the Awake thread, so we don't want to get too deeply into this here.
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Old April 4 2012, 03:38 AM   #688
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One thing's for sure, the show will be cancelled before they settle the issue. Maybe the producers will tell us what the plan was afterwards.
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I found this by accident.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1954347/

It's giving me a ladyboner.
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Snow White's bizarre domination of the universe continues.

• The Hunters – two-hour back-door pilot, The Hunters is the story of a secret society with a mission to find the broken shards of the magic mirror Snow White shattered hundreds of years ago. It’s a race against time as the mirror’s pieces, now hidden across the world, have the potential to be harnessed for great evil.
Will it have lots of back-door action, too?

Either way it sounds shardly worth watching.
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