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Old September 1 2012, 09:24 AM   #1501
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Has anybody mentioned that A&E is doing a 10-episode Bates Motel series, which is a prequel to the original Psycho? I have no idea if it's going to be in continuity with Psycho IV, but I would have a tendency to doubt it.
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Old September 1 2012, 09:46 AM   #1502
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^ There's a thread on it.

Speaking of A&E, Coma is airing September 3 & 4. It's billed as "medical thriller" but I think it's always pretty obviously been sci-fi. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coma_(TV_miniseries)
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Old September 1 2012, 06:15 PM   #1503
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Futuristic Thriller Drama From Howard Gordon & Josh Friedman Lands At NBC

Homeland executive producer Howard Gordon and writer Josh Friedman have teamed for a high-concept drama project, which has landed a rich premium script deal at NBC. The untitled project, from 20th Century Fox TV and Gordon’s studio-based Teakwood Lane, is described as a thriller soap set in a world much like ours, where human-looking robots are commonplace. After a routine homicide explodes into the first robot-on-human murder, the lead detective must solve the case and investigate a growing robot rebellion while dealing with the impact on his own fractured family.
Sounds like a plot for a later season of Caprica.
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Old September 1 2012, 06:44 PM   #1504
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Josh Friedman was the showrunner for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, which approached artificial intelligence in some interesting ways. Sounds like this could address similar themes. Howard Gordon has a lengthy genre pedigree, with producer credits on Beauty and the Beast, The X-Files, Buffy, Angel, Strange World, and last season's Awake (as well as 24).
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Old September 1 2012, 07:15 PM   #1505
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Has anybody mentioned that A&E is doing a 10-episode Bates Motel series, which is a prequel to the original Psycho? I have no idea if it's going to be in continuity with Psycho IV, but I would have a tendency to doubt it.
I havent been posting that news here because I doubt there's any sf/f angle.
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Old September 1 2012, 07:17 PM   #1506
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The thread's over in TV & Media.
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Old September 2 2012, 09:41 AM   #1507
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^^ Sweet. Thank you.

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I havent been posting that news here because I doubt there's any sf/f angle.
Okay, that makes sense.
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Old September 6 2012, 04:05 AM   #1508
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Fill in the obvious Bad Robot/Good Robot joke...

New JJ Abrams drama at FOX,

an action-packed buddy cop show, set in the near future, when all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids
At least it's a change from supernatural cops.
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Old September 6 2012, 07:09 AM   #1509
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So, an homage to Mann and Machine?
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Old September 6 2012, 09:28 AM   #1510
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An edgy re-imagining of Holmes & Yo-Yo?
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Old September 6 2012, 02:31 PM   #1511
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^Different from either of those -- or Ernest Borgnine's Future Cop, which came along just months after Holmes and Yo-Yo -- in that it's not just one unique android cop, but a systemwide practice. That should give it a rather different flavor. We're past the stage of having a single prototype android and to the point where they're routinely employed. One wonders what this says about the society as a whole. If there are enough androids for every LAPD officer to have one as a partner, then how widespread are they in society as a whole? How are they perceived and treated as a class? And there's the issue Guinan raised in "Measure of a Man" -- once androids become a race rather than a unique individual, are they perceived as disposable?

If handled intelligently, this could be a much more interesting show than its predecessors.
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Old September 6 2012, 05:43 PM   #1512
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Fill in the obvious Bad Robot/Good Robot joke...

New JJ Abrams drama at FOX,

an action-packed buddy cop show, set in the near future, when all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids
At least it's a change from supernatural cops.
So...I, Bad Robot?
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Old September 7 2012, 01:58 AM   #1513
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It has potential. At this point, I'll give anything done by Bad Robot at least one try.
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Old September 7 2012, 07:48 PM   #1514
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I agree with Christopher, this topic is more potentially interesting if robot cops are a normal part of society.
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Old September 8 2012, 09:50 AM   #1515
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Potentially, yes. It also has the potential of being internally inconsistent. If there are robot cops, does that mean the military has been roboticized? What about the National Guard and forest rangers and Secret Service? What about civilian applications, like construction and ice road truckers and wicked tuna fishermen? How many people have they put out of work? What is the public opinion? Are there restrictive laws? Is "robot marriage" a political issue? Common availability of humaniform robots would change the world drastically-- I wonder if a day-after-tomorrow "buddy cop" show would deal with all that. If so, then, yeah, could be really good.
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