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Old April 9 2013, 04:22 PM   #61
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Re: Blake's 7 given the go ahead by Syfy

Michael Fassbender as Avon! But he more of a film star. Paul Darrow was amazing as Avon, certainly tough shoes to fill indeed.
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Old April 9 2013, 04:32 PM   #62
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Trouble is she's playsed that character a few times now, in stargate, in The Mentalist, in V...
Never saw The Mentalist, but I never found Stargate's Adria to be that much like Anna. I guess there were some similarities -- they were both villains passing themselves off as benevolent -- but Adria's assumed persona was more of an ingenue while Anna's was more of a matriarch. And somehow Baccarin just did a much better job of acting on V. Her acting never impressed me much on Firefly or Stargate, but she knocked it out of the park as Anna, just an amazing improvement. So I see Anna as a whole other category from anything she did before then.


By the way I may be being unfair to her re V as I've only just started watching it so I'm only half a dozen eps in so far so it may be she becomes less obviously EEEvvvvilll soon...
The V remake is an awful, ghastly, soulless show, but Baccarin absolutely shines in it. She's the villain, but she's the only character in the whole misbegotten mess that I found at all sympathetic.
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Old April 9 2013, 06:04 PM   #63
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I don't think I ever realized it before, but Baccarin's Anna from the V remake was a very Servalan-like character. And since Anna was the only non-awful thing about that show, it might be nice to see her do the same thing in the context of a better series.

Still, the similarity strikes me as a reason not to cast Baccarin in the role, or at least a reason why she might not agree if it were offered. It would be redoing something she's already done, and she might feel that didn't sufficiently challenge her or advance her career.
I honestly completely forgot about V until someone mentioned it here. I thought of Morena completely independently from that. Probably spurred by her short Servelan-like 'do.
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Old April 9 2013, 06:17 PM   #64
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Petty interpersonal conflicts, especially in the hands of people afraid to have any other thematic content, are dreadfully cliche by now. That would explain why it fits into a network's comfort zone. In particular, it seems as though it is imagined more as a Firefly incarnation. There was an awful lot wrong with Firefly and it seems highly unlikely Syfy would have any idea how to fix it. And it seems even more unlikely that they could do the jokes as well as Whedon.

On the other hand, maybe they'll actually update Blake's Seven. I've never seen that and I look forward to seeing either the original or a contemporary adaptation.
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Old April 9 2013, 06:18 PM   #65
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The only person I've seen lately who I've got an Avon vibe from is actually Peter Dinklage.
Love it! Too bad he's not at liberty or likely to be (I haven't read the GoT books so if GRR Martin went nuts and killed off Tyrion, please don't tell me about it.)

SyFy is very likely to cast at least a few fan-favorite actors from other shows who are currently at liberty, the likes of Ben Browder or Adam Baldwin...bigger names who are no longer young and dewy...who among that crowd might work? Any younger roles will probably be filled by cheap, pretty unknowns, that's their modus operandi.
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Old April 9 2013, 09:15 PM   #66
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I suppose Robert Carlisle has been playing shifty guys for a while but he's probably wrapped up with Once Upon a Time for a while.

Of course, we're kind of dredging up the obvious probably recasting Paul Darrow, Gareth Thomas and Jacqueline Pearce as much as Avon, Blake and Servalan. It should be interesting either way. I'd be happy if we just got a region 1 release of the original show out of it.
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Old April 9 2013, 09:33 PM   #67
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Yeah I'm thinking, what shifty guys/gals are at liberty for a new series, and have name recognition with SyFy viewers? Not just from SyFy series, but any series the average SyFy viewer is likely to have seen, especially anything genre.

Titus Welliver is an example. David Straitharn's series has been cancelled. I don't think either have been cast in a pilot this season and speaking of that, there are plenty of actors whose pilots will be rejected in May.

It's a buyer's market for actors over the age of 35 or so (sadly) but a lot of them have followings who will check out a show because, hey that guy is in it!
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Old April 9 2013, 09:36 PM   #68
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^^^
Robert Knepper will be available since Cult tanked.
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Old April 9 2013, 10:01 PM   #69
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How about that Littlefinger guy from Game of Thrones? They probably only need him part time on there.
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Old April 9 2013, 10:13 PM   #70
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How about Iain Glenn as Blake and Liam Cunningham as Avon!
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Old April 9 2013, 10:22 PM   #71
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Michael Fassbender as Avon! But he more of a film star.
The line is slowly starting to blur. Kevin Spacey is doing a good job in House of Cards (which was started by David Fincher).

Now we have Martin Campbell apparently kicking off Blake's 7, so who knows, they may go for a movie actor.

Heck, all that we need to happen now is for someone like Peter Jackson to direct an episode of Doctor Who...
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Old April 9 2013, 10:31 PM   #72
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Where are people in the US supposed to have seen Blakes Seven? I a little puzzled as to how it can have name appeal when the series has been unavailable.
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Old April 9 2013, 10:40 PM   #73
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Where are people in the US supposed to have seen Blakes Seven? I a little puzzled as to how it can have name appeal when the series has been unavailable.
I think it's like most British remakes, something about having a previous formula to go from is reassuring as much as audience recognition.
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Old April 9 2013, 10:55 PM   #74
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Where are people in the US supposed to have seen Blakes Seven? I a little puzzled as to how it can have name appeal when the series has been unavailable.
I used to watch it on the same public television channel that I watched Doctor Who on. Now this is my immediate option.

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Old April 9 2013, 10:57 PM   #75
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I used to watch it on the same public television channel that I watched Doctor Who on.
Same here. It was in reruns for several years.
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