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Old July 23 2012, 04:45 AM   #1216
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If you were to use Merriam-Webster as your dictionary source, instead of reference.com, you'd find that "weird" can also mean things such as "magical", "based on fantasy", or "unfamiliar", none of which are precisely synonymous with "infrequent", most especially "unfamiliar".
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Old July 23 2012, 07:15 AM   #1217
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So, weird to him.
So we're back to it not being unusual but he doesn't like it. So he's using the words badly.
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Old July 23 2012, 03:46 PM   #1218
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Huh? Herman is a reanimated corpse, and his wife Lily and Father in Law Grandpa are Vampires, what could possibly be a suitable setting for Fuller's preferred themes of Life and Death if this doesn't qualify as suitable? Marilyn can't get a second date, because her family scares the men off, sounds like a very suitable setting for unrequited love to me
In Fuller's previous work, "death" is finally growing up and understanding that life is the mundane stuff you do every day and "life" is what meaning that mundane stuff creates for you, in opposition to the meaningless of death. B'Elanna Torres in Barge of the Dead has an epiphany about the heroism of engineering (amongst other things,) and George in Dead Like Me actually gets a job to support herself (and keeps having weekly maturing experiences) and Chuck in Pushing Daisies is compelled to get back in some way to her mundane life with her aunts.

Symbols of illicit sexuality like vampires are not a natural fit for this kind of oeuvre. "Herman" might be if he remembered his past life/lives (?) and didn't love Lily but I'm pretty sure the formula won't be tampered with so much. As for Marilyn's unrequited loves, she only has to move out of the house. There's no drama there, and the humor is the laugh at the idiot kind.

Oh Fuller is talented and he has more than his preferred themes so he might make this fly. But maybe not. Humor is conflict. The conflict between being monsters and being a loving family was the essential tension in The Munsters. The essential tension in Mockingbird Lane seems to be the conflict between being monsters and....being unpopular because you're monsters? This is the motor that's going to propel a show?

Obviously final judgment must be reserved.
They're calling this thing a drama, so, most likely it will be a drama with a few laughs thrown in, like Stargate SG-1 was
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Old July 23 2012, 07:46 PM   #1219
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I expect the tone to be similar to Pushing Daisies, not exactly a comedy but not Deadwood either.

Blake's 7 reboot being shopped around.
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Old July 23 2012, 07:57 PM   #1220
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This would be so exciting to see come through, Blake's 7 is great, despite it's special effects weaknesses. With a Reboot, finally making it to air, that may even encourage them to release the Classic Series on DVD here in the States, I know many folks who like to buy the Series, but, it's only available in PAL.
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Old July 23 2012, 08:14 PM   #1221
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The SFX would be upgraded in a remake - I can't see any American network buying a sci fi show that has less than reasonable SFX. Thats just the cost of doing business. My hunch is that this remake is even more in the same boat as Star Trek. To get anyone interested would require changes from the original and what changes are required will be driven by who picks it up.

The story says its being shopped to US networks. I hope they mean cable as well as broadcast. On broadcast, it will be a tough sell and even tougher if it gets to air. neilsens are dropping all over the place, not a good environment for any sci fi much less space opera type sci fi.
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Old July 23 2012, 09:14 PM   #1222
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The SFX would be upgraded in a remake - I can't see any American network buying a sci fi show that has less than reasonable SFX. Thats just the cost of doing business. My hunch is that this remake is even more in the same boat as Star Trek. To get anyone interested would require changes from the original and what changes are required will be driven by who picks it up.

The story says its being shopped to US networks. I hope they mean cable as well as broadcast. On broadcast, it will be a tough sell and even tougher if it gets to air. neilsens are dropping all over the place, not a good environment for any sci fi much less space opera type sci fi.
Oh, of course a remake (either British or American) would be done with today's SFX. I do fear an American remake, they may want to go too far NuBSG or on broadcast, water it down to a limp noodle, but, I'd definitely give it a shot if it came to be
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Old July 23 2012, 10:07 PM   #1223
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The SFX would be upgraded in a remake
You think?
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Old July 23 2012, 10:36 PM   #1224
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The SFX would be upgraded in a remake
You think?
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Old July 24 2012, 01:58 AM   #1225
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This would be so exciting to see come through, Blake's 7 is great, despite it's special effects weaknesses. With a Reboot, finally making it to air, that may even encourage them to release the Classic Series on DVD here in the States, I know many folks who like to buy the Series, but, it's only available in PAL.
If this does get picked up, then I really hope they do release the original series. I've been wanting to see it for years, but since it's not on DVD I haven't been able to.
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Old July 24 2012, 02:09 AM   #1226
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They should release the DVDs just to assess interest in America. The biggest benefit of any reboot is having a big brand name - any potential buyer is going to want to assess that.

Did the series even air in America?
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Old July 24 2012, 02:13 AM   #1227
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They should release the DVDs just to assess interest in America. The biggest benefit of any reboot is having a big brand name - any potential buyer is going to want to assess that.

Did the series even air in America?
It aired on PBS stations over here years ago and it's out on DVD in region two only.
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Old July 25 2012, 01:52 AM   #1228
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NBC has ordered Dracula, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, straight to series with a 10-episode commitment. Deadline has the story here.
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Old July 25 2012, 02:52 AM   #1229
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Is Revolution left wing propaganda?

If Gus Fring is confiscating eveyone's guns in order to conrol society, then that's more like right wing propaganda.
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Old July 25 2012, 03:04 AM   #1230
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They should release the DVDs just to assess interest in America. The biggest benefit of any reboot is having a big brand name - any potential buyer is going to want to assess that.

Did the series even air in America?
I doubt that's important. I mean, to put it another way, it's an American remake of a foreign TV series. The US Office, Homeland, etc. most of these shows don't assume or require that there is an audience which is familiar with the original program.

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NBC has ordered Dracula, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, straight to series with a 10-episode commitment. Deadline has the story here.
At first I thought this was actually the series JMS was attached to and then remembered that was called Vlad Dracula and is on Starz. I wonder how the two rival 19th century Dracula TV shows will fare against each other.
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