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Old April 10 2013, 05:44 PM   #2311
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What's funny about all this is that HBO's whole strategy is that they're not trying appeal to the majority of viewers (not that any network or channel does anymore).

They justify their premium price by deliberately creating shows that will appeal only to the select few willing to pay for premium content. They would be the first to dismiss the notion that their shows should be popular in the mass market sense.
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Old April 10 2013, 07:06 PM   #2312
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Syfy, Robert Zemeckis developing gated community thriller

Syfy is developing No Place, which is based on the Top Cow comic book The Test by Matt Hawkins and Joshua Hale Fialkov and is from Fox TV Studios. In the show’s official description, “residents of a high-tech gated community awaken one morning to find themselves alone and cut off from the rest of reality – nothing exists beyond the community’s walls. Only one man has contact with the powers responsible for what is known as ‘The Rift,’ and he must lead his fellow residents beyond the void to discover the truth.”
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Old April 10 2013, 07:13 PM   #2313
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Thanks! Good to see any space opera sighting...lots more than I was hoping for...

Orion
The space opera centers on Orion, an adventurous female relic hunter who tracks down valuable artifacts while trying to piece together her past. Set amid an intergalactic war pitting humans against a terrifying alien race, Orion must decide whether to use her abilities to save herself or commit to the cause and unearth long hidden artifacts that could free all of humanity from a horrible fate.

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Sojourn
The first detective ever in space is tasked with investigating a murder on a starship -- headed to colonize another planet -* and instead becomes embroiled in a vast conspiracy involving a mysterious terrible crime dating back to the original launch of the ship 50 years ago.

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Clandestine
After a clan of bandits are nearly destroyed and left for dead by Coalition forces, they take refuge in the nearest safe haven, a derelict Coalition starship floating in space. Once onboard, they masquerade as Coalition officers while continuing their criminal ways *- until they stumble upon a shocking realization about the true nature of the Coalition.

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Infinity

When an alien armada is sighted in the region of Pluto, the Earth government turns to a young billionaire industrialist -- who has the only ship ready for interstellar travel -- to greet the aliens and avoid a catastrophe. Powered by secret alien technology discovered on Earth in the 1960s, the ship engages in a firefight that sends them spinning through a wormhole into an uncharted region of space. Lost in the universe, the team struggles to survive as they encounter new planets and alien species, searching for a way back home.
Seems like some overlap between the premises of SyFy's Blake's 7 remake and Clandestine, but I don't mind there being so much space opera that they start stepping on each others' toes.
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Old April 10 2013, 07:19 PM   #2314
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^^^^^^^^

Infinity, "Lost in space Richard Branson is." LOL

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Star Ship Trump Tower - starring Donald Trump as Captain Trump, and his cast of millionaires fighting their way back from the Delta Quadrant.
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Old April 10 2013, 07:21 PM   #2315
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And changing focus radically, a bit of genre from IFC:

JETPACKULA

Part Terminator, part X-Files, part Mork and Mindy, the supernatural buddy comedy Jetpackula is written and created by Rob Schrab (The Sarah Silverman Program) and follows a washed up comic book illustrator as he befriends a vampire from the future.
Just a script at this point....
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Old April 10 2013, 07:28 PM   #2316
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Ringworld and Childhood's End miniseries in the works at SyFy!

Michael Perry (The River, Paranormal Activity 2) is adapting Ringworld as a four-hour miniseries. The story follows a team of explorers that travel to the farthest reaches of space to investigate an alien artifact called Ringworld – an artificial habitat the size of one million Earths. As they crash land on this enormous structure, they discover the remnants of ancient civilizations, technology beyond their wildest dreams, mysteries that shed light on the very origins of man and, most importantly, a possible salvation for a doomed Earth.

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Childhood’s End will be executive produced by Michael DeLuca (The Social Network) and follows a peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords, whose arrival ends all war and turns the planet into a near-utopia.
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Old April 10 2013, 08:04 PM   #2317
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Hmm. Well, I'm glad that Syfy has so many space projects, but it's a shame they abandoned Robert Hewitt Wolfe's Defender. At least RHW has something in development, though it's an alternate-world urban fantasy instead.

Of course one can't really judge a show from these preliminary descriptions, but so far the most promising-sounding one is Sojourn. The idea of a show set on a sublight generation ship, stuck in that claustrophobic environment rather than being able to visit planets-of-the-week, is a nice one, not something that's really been done on TV, aside from the infamously bad The Starlost and a couple of failed pilots (Earth Star Voyager, Virtuality).

Infinity does sound derivative of Farscape, Stargate Universe, and the like, but the intriguing thing is that it's from Javier Grillo-Marxuach. Anything from the creator of The Middleman is worth a look (though I'd be happier if someone would just resurrect The Middleman with the original cast and crew).

I don't have a strong opinion about Orion and Clandestine, though both could potentially be worthwhile if done right. As for the former, it's always nice to see a show with a female action lead, but I'm not crazy about war stories. As for the latter, the "band of criminals" idea suggests parallels to Blake's 7 or Firefly, though I doubt it'd be much like B7 since Syfy's already making a reboot of that. Another possible way to go would be something more like Leverage or The Sting, with the criminals as comic heroes pulling elaborate scams.
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Old April 10 2013, 09:00 PM   #2318
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Jamie Foxx To Write, Direct & Produce Syfy Horror Anthology Series For October Debut

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Syfy, the destination for high-concept, boundary-pushing genre entertainment, announced today it will begin production on the pilot of High Moon, an adaptation of John Christopher’s best-selling novel The Lotus Caves. Along with a creative team featuring Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies) and Jim Danger Gray (Pushing Daisies, Hannibal), Universal Cable Productions will serve as the studio.
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Old April 10 2013, 09:11 PM   #2319
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Whoa, did SyFy get taken over by Pod people?

It'd be great if even half their potential Space Operas see the light of day. We already know Blake's 7 has a guarantee of 13 episodes, plus another 4 or 5 possibilities. This could be fantastic

Last thing I watched on SyFy was the Series Finale of Sanctuary or Merlin Series 5
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Old April 10 2013, 09:35 PM   #2320
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Syfy has announced they've ordered the production of a pilot for High Moon. You can read the full story here.
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Old April 10 2013, 10:26 PM   #2321
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Infinity is the one that piques my interest the most, because it's the most open-ended, harkening back to TOS or maybe VOY but I like to stay positive here.

With this tsunami of shows, how does the Blake's 7 remake fit? Is it greenlit in a more definite way than the rest of these, further along in development, or is it just one of several space opera series all jostling for a limited number of timeslots?

I haven't seen an article that says, yes, Blake's 7 has a series order. (The link from the "SyFy on Galaxy Quest" article is broken.) I could see SyFy having two space operas on at the same time, but not sure it's reasonable to hope for more.

PS, I nominate Claudia Black for the lead role of Orion (even if my hunch is, it'll go to an unknown half her age.) And Ben Browder has a new job somewhere in there, preferably a villain this time.
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Old April 10 2013, 10:37 PM   #2322
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Blake's 7 has a 13-episode order.
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Old April 10 2013, 10:41 PM   #2323
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I'm excited to see all of these possible projects. Infinity seems the most interesting to me.
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Old April 10 2013, 11:40 PM   #2324
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Infinity is the one that piques my interest the most...
Two things bug me about it. One, this is a concept done at least three times before (Lost in Space, Star Trek: Voyager and Stargate: Universe. Two, it seems like it's leaving its most compelling story (first contact with aliens) behind. Of course, if it's done right it could be interesting.

I think Sojourn actually sounds the most interesting based on the blurbs we have.
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Old April 11 2013, 01:31 AM   #2325
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The thing about Infinity is, it's a blank slate. VOY's example did flicker across my mind, but I chose to ignore it. The lack of any set formula suggests creative freedom and even the possibility interests me.

The other ones, I sort of know where they're going. Orion = Indiana Jones/Lara Croft. Sojourn could get bogged down with a mystery that spins its wheels until the audience gives up in frustration, and if it doesn't get cancelled and we actually get to the resolution, it could easily be another Lost. Clandestine overlaps with Blake's 7's premise too much - I'd like to see one of the two, but do we really need both?

The danger of High Moon is that Bryan Fuller's approach tends to be sweet and whimsical and charming but lacking in the kind of focus that holds the audience's attention. "Discovering the secrets of a new life form" sounds fun in principle but is it going to keep people tuning in week after week?

So basically they're all going to suck. Or maybe I'm suspicious of so much space opera all at once that I need to ward off the evil eye by dissing all of it.
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