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Old August 23 2014, 04:56 AM   #3241
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That has the potential to be really cool, or just a generic cop show with a few sci-fi elements. Hopefully it'll be the former.
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Old August 23 2014, 07:55 AM   #3242
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Steven Spielberg Developing Minority Report TV Series

Spielberg has hired Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein to write the project, and Spielberg's Amblin TV would produce. In recent years, Spielberg has taken on more TV projects through his production company, including Falling Skies, Extant and the upcoming Red Band Society. According to the site, Spielberg is expected to be heavily involved in Minority Report's small-screen adaptation.
Could be this be the next CBS Summer series?
God no please. CBS screws up genre shows something awful. On Fox, it'll at least have a fighting chance. Or FX.
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Old August 23 2014, 03:16 PM   #3243
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God no please. CBS screws up genre shows something awful.
Hmm? CBS rarely airs genre shows; of all the broadcast networks, it's historically been the one with the smallest percentage of original scripted shows that were SF/fantasy, and it's had a particular dearth of them in the past decade or two. So it's not that easy to assess how genre shows fare on a network that rarely buys them at all. But it's also the network that airs Person of Interest, one of the best and most thought-provoking science fiction series of our generation (even though it's often mistaken for a mere crime procedural). It hasn't screwed that show up; it's still going strong as it approaches its fourth-season premiere.


On Fox, it'll at least have a fighting chance.
How refreshing to hear someone finally recognize that.
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Old August 23 2014, 05:47 PM   #3244
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Currently my favorite SF lit series. I hope they do it justice.
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Old August 23 2014, 05:59 PM   #3245
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NBC has had second thoughts and pulled the plug on Emerald City. The show had been ordered straight to series without a pilot, but as the scripts were written disputes arose between NBC and the showrunner and NBC reversed the series order before any episodes were actually filmed. Universal Television is trying to find another home for the show.

Fox's Hieroglyph likewise had a straight to series order reversed, except in that case one episode was produced.
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Old August 23 2014, 11:36 PM   #3246
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God no please. CBS screws up genre shows something awful.
Hmm? CBS rarely airs genre shows; of all the broadcast networks, it's historically been the one with the smallest percentage of original scripted shows that were SF/fantasy, and it's had a particular dearth of them in the past decade or two. So it's not that easy to assess how genre shows fare on a network that rarely buys them at all. But it's also the network that airs Person of Interest, one of the best and most thought-provoking science fiction series of our generation (even though it's often mistaken for a mere crime procedural). It hasn't screwed that show up; it's still going strong as it approaches its fourth-season premiere.


On Fox, it'll at least have a fighting chance.
How refreshing to hear someone finally recognize that.
I guess I'm looking at Extant and Under the Dome and praying this promising show won't meet the same fate. I'd rather have it on Fox or FX or even AMC, which treat "fringe" genres with more respect and don't bland them down as it does a lot of other shows.

Person of Interest is something I'll have to catch up on, but was under the (I guess mistaken) impression that it indeed was a procedural with a sci-fi twist. CBS has done will with Sherlock, I guess... but high concept is something i just don't associate with the network.
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Old August 24 2014, 04:05 AM   #3247
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I guess I'm looking at Extant and Under the Dome and praying this promising show won't meet the same fate.
What fate are you talking about? I haven't heard of either show being cancelled, although I gather Extant's ratings have been mediocre. But the problem with Extant isn't that CBS is being mean to it, it's that it's simply not a good show. No TV series on any network is guaranteed success; it has to be earned.

Meanwhile, Person of Interest is a terrific, intelligent show, and it's thriving.


I'd rather have it on Fox or FX or even AMC, which treat "fringe" genres with more respect and don't bland them down as it does a lot of other shows.
If you're talking about blandness, you may have a point when it comes to the big networks. But Extant's problems are deeper than that.


Person of Interest is something I'll have to catch up on, but was under the (I guess mistaken) impression that it indeed was a procedural with a sci-fi twist.
That's its protective camouflage, and sometimes it does emphasize that side more than others. But at its heart it's a profoundly science-fictional show about the rise of the surveillance state, the emergence and evolution of artificial intelligence, and the onset of the Singularity. It doesn't wear its science-fictional heart on its sleeve, but the concepts at its core are the richest and hardest science fiction we've had on network television in ages, real science fiction that's about anticipating the consequences of technological innovation, rather than just the surface trappings of sci-fi on something that's essentially just a Western or a cop show or whatever. It's the kind of science fiction whose predictions have a way of actually coming to pass in real life.


CBS has done will with Sherlock, I guess... but high concept is something i just don't associate with the network.
Elementary is the American Holmes series.

And "high-concept" isn't really a compliment; it refers to something that's easily pitched with a simple description or marketed with a single clear idea, as opposed to a "low-concept" idea which is more rooted in subtleties and complexities. It's kind of a misleading label. (Something like Snakes on a Plane or Sharknado is the ultimate high-concept premise -- the title itself tells all you need to know.) I wouldn't call either Extant or Under the Dome a high-concept series; how would you sum either one up in a single, clear sentence?
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Old August 24 2014, 04:26 AM   #3248
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I'd better stop while I'm behind given my poor communication skills and incorrect understanding of words I use! I guess I inaccurately associated high concept with science fiction.

Bottom line is I think CBS would not do a good job with a Minority Report based series given how godawful Extant and Under the Dome are as two most recent sci-fi based shows on that network.

The other networks I mentioned have a much better track record with that type of show.

And oh yeah--Elementary is what I meant.
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Old August 24 2014, 06:53 AM   #3249
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I enjoy Elementary. but it's a variation of the quirky detective trope that is all over TV.
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Old August 24 2014, 01:17 PM   #3250
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Actually I think a Minority Report show would be more aptly compared to Person of Interest, as it would basically be a crime procedural in which the leads have advance notice of the crimes, and in which the source of that notice and its ramifications are the driving force behind the SF elements of the storylines.
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Old August 25 2014, 04:54 PM   #3251
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Karl Urban doesn't have a steady TV gig anymore. Sign him up for Minority Report!
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Old August 25 2014, 05:40 PM   #3252
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Karl Urban doesn't have a steady TV gig anymore. Sign him up for Minority Report!
He said he found the grind of the working hours on a one-hour TV show took him away from his family too much. He's not looking to sign up for another TV show. Unless he has a change of heart he'll be concentrating on features.
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Old August 25 2014, 09:19 PM   #3253
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Well, it was pretty wishful thinking on my part. I'm still bummed out about Almost Human getting the ax.
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Old August 25 2014, 09:44 PM   #3254
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Lifetime Orders ‘The Omen’ Sequel Series ‘Damien’
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Old August 28 2014, 04:54 AM   #3255
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Fox Buys Sci-Fi Drama ‘Nod’ From Jason Richman & Chernin Co.

Nod, a drama series adaptation of the novel by Adrian Barnes, has been set up at Fox with a script commitment with penalty. Jason Richman (Bad Company) will write the project for 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Chernin Co. Nod is set at a time when most of humanity loses the ability to sleep and scientists are at a loss to explain why no one is tired. It revolves around Tanya and Paul, an “inter-somnial” couple – she, Awakened and flourishing, and he, one of the remaining few who are still handicapped by the need for sleep. But when signs of deprivation start to show among the Awakened, the bonds of friendship and love get tested in unexpected ways — because if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
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