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Old January 14 2012, 12:09 AM   #286
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Psycho prequel in the works from A&E.

Okay, that's not strictly supernatural, but I'm stretching the rules to let it in here.
Not by a lot, considering the lack of professional consensus on the validity of Dissociative Identity Disorder. Also, a certain Fincher-directed movie (not Alien 3 or Benjamin Button) did get shown several times on the UK Sci-Fi channel a few years back.
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Old January 14 2012, 12:20 AM   #287
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As a proportion of TV development overall, sf/f is more dominant so far this year than I've ever seen. I've seen a smattering of non-genre shows in development (Starz' Marco Polo sounds interesting).
Yes, but somehow it will turn out that the majority of what they order will be cop/doctor/lawyer shows.
Maybe not proportionately as many as in the past. I think the word has gotten around that business as usual is not a good strategy on the Titanic. CBS hasn't gotten the message but its more desperate brethren have.
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Old January 14 2012, 04:49 AM   #288
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Yet more news.

Star Trek returns to its roots: Wagon Train reborn!

NBC just gave the green light to the Sony TV-produced period Western The Frontier, from writer Shaun Cassidy and Prospect Park. Thomas Schlamme is attached to direct and executive produce the pilot, which chronicles the journey of a group of disparate travelers from Missouri to the West Coast in 1840. As they struggle to survive, these strangers will be forced to band together and form a family, while they boldly press forward into the great unknown that is the Frontier.
Okay, that's not really genre stuff (sounds good tho). How about "Twin Peaks meets Northern Exposure meets Lost"?

Midnight Sun, based on the Israeli series Timrot Ashan, aka Pillars of Smoke, is a thriller following the mysterious disappearance of a group living on a commune in Alaska. The Alaska setting is appropriate given that the original series is being described as described as Twin Peaks meets Northern Exposure meets Lost. Midnight Sun centers on a female FBI cult specialist starts an investigation that uncovers a larger conspiracy.
And this one sounds goofy enough that I'm tossing it in the sci fi bin:

Do No Harm is a medical drama about a brilliant neurosurgeon who wrestles with his dangerous alter-ego that threatens to wreak havoc on his personal and professional life.
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Old January 14 2012, 05:52 AM   #289
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Meh, I don't think anything mentioned on this last page interest me much. I might check some of them out if they get a really positive reaction, but none of these descriptions make me excited for this stuff.
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Old January 14 2012, 08:24 PM   #290
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Midnight Sun sounds perilously reminiscent of The Event.
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Old January 14 2012, 09:25 PM   #291
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Midnight Sun sounds perilously reminiscent of The Event.
I'll wait to hear more of the casting descriptions before I am sure it's a genre series. I wasn't convinced about The Event until I was reading the press releases last summer.
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Old January 14 2012, 09:50 PM   #292
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NBC's references to Twin Peaks and Lost signal an intent to be genre pretty strongly. If not, wow, they need to fire their PR people because they are setting up the wrooooong expectations.

EDIT: Another show in development by SyFy:

The Communion Letters - drama which examines claims by those who believe they have been abducted by or have had encounters with aliens.
Okay, as long as it's a scripted drama and not one of their bogus "reality TV" shows. But they really gotta change that name...

Here is a weird one...

China Doll (HBO) - drama about a successful california construction subcontractor, his asian-american wife who is a university professor and their humanoid robot as they straddle both sides of the pacific with extended families on two continents.

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Old January 15 2012, 05:28 AM   #293
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Yeah, not quite sure what to make of that exactly.
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Old January 15 2012, 05:47 AM   #294
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any news on a 2nd season of the secret circle?
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Old January 15 2012, 05:49 AM   #295
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That isn't a new series in development and there probably won't be news about S2 of The Secret Circle until April.

[edit] Plus alot of your questions could be answered by searching Google.

[add] Plus there is a Secret Circle thread you participate in and any news about S2 will probably show up there...not in a thread like this.

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Old January 15 2012, 08:58 PM   #296
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Here are CW's rankings from before the Xmas break (not enough results in the new year for current data). The Secret Circle is just behind The Vampire Diaries on the list. Unless it's on a fast trajectory downwards, it seems safer than other CW shows. But TVD is so much stronger than everything else, it's wrecking the curve.
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Old January 15 2012, 10:15 PM   #297
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Rats! Powers may be in trouble.
"We didn't pick the pilot of Powers up; we went back and Chick Eglee, who had written it, did a fairly substantial rewrite that would require pretty extensive reshoots of the pilot," Landgraf said. "Right now we're in the process of deciding whether to pull the trigger on the reshoot."
If they do pull it off, it sounds like it could be worth the effort:

"When you think about a 10 o'clock drama -- a Sopranos-esque drama or any serious drama -- there's never been a feature film or TV series that's taken the super hero genre into that type of tonality, it's never been done and it's just really a struggle," he added, citing HBO's success with turning fantasy drama Game of Thrones into the 10 p.m. hour. "It can be done, it's just proving really difficult."
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not for the usa market yet. but maybe it will get picked up here too:

LONDON -- U.K. shingle Kudos Film and Television is to develop a remake of what it hopes will be another high-profile Scandinavian TV drama, Swedish sci-fi skein "Real Humans."

Both the format and international rights to "Real Humans," produced in Sweden by Sveriges Television (SVT) and Matador Films, have been acquired by Shine, which owns Kudos.

The 10-part "Real Humans" is due to bow on SVT in early 2012.

Story focuses on a new generation of robots, so-called "Hu-bots," so advanced it is almost impossible to distinguish them from people.

Created and written by Lars Lundstrom, "Real Humans" is helmed by Harald Hamrell and Levan Akin.
Kudos to remake 'Real Humans'
Swedish sci-fi skein to bow on SVT
I bet BBCA picks up the US rights.
Would be really interesting to see this outside Sweden. The trailer looks good: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKOZoAdhHso&
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Old January 16 2012, 02:55 PM   #299
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I'm stealing this from the Doctor Who board - Russell T Davies is currently working on a couple of BBC projects: Aliens vs. Wizards which is being described as Doctor Who meets Harry Potter, and which not only involves much of the crew of the late, lamented Sarah Jane Adventures (which falls into the don't knock it unless you've seen it category - SJA was a far more intelligent, mature series than folks give it credit for), but it's already been commissioned for 2 seasons before the BBC has even officially announced it. And RTD is also working on something for BBC Worldwide called "Star Lost" which I assume is not connected to the Harlan Ellison-Ben Bova series, but you never know.

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/01/...ns-vs-wizards/

http://io9.com/5876087/russell-t-dav...s-harry-potter

There's been no word as to whether a 5th season of Torchwood is in the pipeline.

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Old January 16 2012, 08:41 PM   #300
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Oh look, it's my lost thread. I'll ask the mods to merge this and the other one I started when I couldn't find this one.
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