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Old February 23 2010, 12:56 AM   #1
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15 Upcoming TV Shows That Could Save Small-Screen Scifi

Steven Spielberg's untitled alien invasion series, starring Noah Wylie.

No Ordinary Family - ABC

La Femme Nikita. The CW

Betwixt Another CW series

Tower Prep and/or Unnatural History. - live-action shows on the Cartoon Network

Riverworld. - Syfy miniseries

Undercovers. J.J. Abrams' comedy about a husband-and-wife spy duo

Terra Nova. Another Spielberg show, this time for Fox.

Being Human (U.S. remake) - Syfy

Torchwood (the U.S. remake)

The Cape. Another superhero show — NBC

The Walking Dead

Star Wars: The Live-Action Series.

15 Upcoming TV Shows That Could Save Small-Screen Scifi
http://io9.com/5476760/15-upcoming-t...l+screen-scifi

A good article on io9.
Some of the shows have their own threads already on TrekBBS Science Fiction & Fantasy forum.
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Old February 23 2010, 02:19 AM   #2
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Nikita sounds promising.

And it would be great if this new version of RIVERWORLD finally did justice to Farmer's books.
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Old February 23 2010, 02:21 AM   #3
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None of those sound exactly inspired.
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Old February 23 2010, 02:22 AM   #4
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None of those sound exactly inspired.

The concepts don't really matter. It's all about the execution.
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Old February 23 2010, 04:13 AM   #5
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Re: 15 Upcoming TV Shows That Could Save Small-Screen Scifi

None of them particularly inspire me.

Undercovers sounds like it could be fun; kinda like a TV version of Mr. & Mrs. Smith. (BTW, what were the sci-fi elements Abrams added to Felicity?)

I'm hoping that the American version of Torchwood isn't a remake of the British version. Even if they don't bring over John Barrowman to headline the American series, I hope that the American version has its own unique cast of characters & storylines, so that we might have a crossover between the 2 versions of Torchwood later on.
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Old February 23 2010, 04:17 AM   #6
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Star Wars: The Live-Action Series.
If and when. And considering the prequels. I doubt it.
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Old February 23 2010, 04:32 AM   #7
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Ugh. That list makes me want to slit my wrists. The article doesn't help. This is my favorite part (description of Betwixt, which sounds like a candy bar):
The futures of artistic Ondine Mason, troubled Alaskan runaway Nix Saint-Michael and beautiful, ambitious Morgan D'Amici become irrevocably intertwined during a secret rave in the woods around Mt. Hood.
KILL IT! KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!!!

Of all the shows listed, The Walking Dead is the most intriguing. I'm not really a zombie fan and I can't see how the zombie genre could provide enough substance for a TV series, but the combo of Frank Darabont and AMC has got me interested.

Otherwise, I think we'd be better off praying for V to stop being so plain vanilla and get good enough ratings for another season. That show still has more potential than any of the ones listed.
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Old February 23 2010, 04:33 AM   #8
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Some of these have potential.

And you know...I'm excited about the SW live action series.
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Old February 23 2010, 04:44 AM   #9
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Where's the space opera? I know that science fiction is more than spaceships and stuff, but where's the spaceships and stuff?
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Old February 23 2010, 04:50 AM   #10
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Tragically, the only space opera in contention this year - and still not picked up to series - is from the CW. It's called Plymouth Rock and it's, yes, teens in space.
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Old February 23 2010, 04:51 AM   #11
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Where's the space opera? I know that science fiction is more than spaceships and stuff, but where's the spaceships and stuff?
Star Wars.
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Old February 23 2010, 04:52 AM   #12
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Where's the space opera? I know that science fiction is more than spaceships and stuff, but where's the spaceships and stuff?
Star Wars.
Sure, if it ever actually happens in our lifetime.
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Old February 23 2010, 04:54 AM   #13
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Where's the space opera? I know that science fiction is more than spaceships and stuff, but where's the spaceships and stuff?
Star Wars.
Ugh... I love to be proven wrong, but Lucas' being involved with *anything* related to ir makes me very worried.

And of course it will probably be set during the Clone Wars, since that is the only period of SW history Lucas seems to find interesting these days.

I would love a hardcore Space Opera as well, in the vein of B5/Farscape/Firefly - but it doesn't seem close to happening anytime soon.
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Old February 23 2010, 04:59 AM   #14
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The list just confirms that there is going to be a big vacuum that will be left when LOST goes off the air this year. It doesn't look like we will get a smart ambitious series to replace it. I'd really like someone to come along and nail a Lost-like show the way Kring brilliantly did with season one of Heroes but we'll have to see.

Flash Forward tried to fill Lost's shoes but it hasn't gotten traction mainly because the characters have been dull and the plotlines which could compensate for the characters has been lacking as well. Maybe it will come back in the spring with a newfound sense of purpose. We'll see.

"V" had the same problem--the characters weren't exactly involving and the story was aimless until the final episode where it seemed like things could be picking up. I don' know how much faith I have in Scott Peters to right the ship but again I guess we'll see.

Other than that Heroes has crashed and burned, Supernatural is a little long in the tooth, CAPRICA is just flat out dull, Stargate Universe is a cheap bore, Fringe has the potential as repeatedly evidenced in their major myth episodes but it seems Fox won't let it become a heavily serialized show which really is too bad.

About the only other "genre" shows I find the least bit interesting and entertaining have been more supernatural/fantasy than sc-fi with Legend of the Seeker--a really wonderful little series--and The Vampire Diaries--a surprisingly involving show with likeable characters despite the stigma of it being a Twilight-clone or a teen CW show.

I'm actually missing Star Trek and would like to see it return to the small screen although it would have to not involve any of the creative forces involved in the last film.
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Old February 23 2010, 05:54 AM   #15
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The LA Times is embarking on its annual roundup of pilot season. Here's all the sf/f relevant tidbits for ABC dramas:

It definitely seems that ABC is banking on (hoping?) that "Flash Forward" or "V" (probably the latter) winds up as its next mind-boggling pop-culture sensation a la "Lost," because none of the 11 dramas the network has in development is marked by any of the qualities that made the island mystery an international hit.

"No Ordinary Family" is basically "The Incredibles" in live action with Michael Chiklis ("The Shield") as the lead and the writing-producing team of Greg Berlanti and Jon Harmon Feldman.
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