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Old February 25 2012, 06:56 PM   #466
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A lot of these pilots sound pretty iffy - the Emmerich one has also been called Antichrist, which gives you a little hint about what it's really all about. The main character will be the only guy in the world who knows that it's End Times (for Dewey Crowe? they need him in this show), other than Martin Landau, his only mentor and ally. One man against Satan!

Revolution could also be a waste of time - The Walking Dead sans zombies, why bother? The fact that they're casting pretty bland blonde types doesn't look hopeful. They need a John Bernthal type or two. Midnight Sun sounded like another stab at The Event, until they cast Titus Welliver in the lead. Even then, one actor can't carry a whole show.

I've been burned too many times by being hopeful based on nothing other than a vague description - time travel dinosaur show, how can they fuck that up??? - so until proven otherwise, they're all flops.
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Old February 26 2012, 01:00 AM   #467
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I rather like Martin Landau (glad he's still kicking!) and the fact that I own the first season of Space: 1999 suggests I'll watch him in anything. Sure, why not, I'll give this one a chance.
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Old February 26 2012, 01:37 AM   #468
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Honestly, I don't think any of the descriptions I've read have made me go "I HAVE TO WATCH THIS", a few sound interesting, but none of them really excite me.
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Old February 26 2012, 02:44 AM   #469
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There are two warning signs that indicate a show might not pan out:

1. Cop show in sf/f window dressing.

2. Premise that depends on some unstated mystery to hold the audience's interest.

Most of this year's sf/f pilots fall into one of those two categories - but that's true every year.

Here's some news on one of the shows that doesn't: The Selection's prince will be played by Gregory Peck's grandson.
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Old February 27 2012, 10:26 PM   #470
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Revolution just joined the ranks of the must-see! Giancarlo Esposito is co-starring!!!
Esposito, repped by Domain and Principal Entertainment, will play Capt. Neville, a hard-as-steel military man with a genteel southern manner who may not always be what he seems.
They musta read my snarky comment about the cast being too pretty and blonde and needing some real heavy-hitter to balance things out.
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Old February 27 2012, 10:37 PM   #471
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Hm, so I wonder if that means we won't be seeing as much of Sydney/The Mirror/The Genie on Once Upon A Time.
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Old February 27 2012, 10:42 PM   #472
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The article said he'll still have his OUAT role - he hasn't gotten all that much screentime as it is.
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Old February 27 2012, 10:42 PM   #473
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I guess he has only been in handful of episodes so far. For some reason I was thinking he'd been in most of them.
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Old February 27 2012, 11:28 PM   #474
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Well, he's always hanging around.
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Old February 28 2012, 02:56 AM   #475
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But his screen time doesn't reflect his importance to the story.
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Old February 28 2012, 05:45 AM   #476
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F. Murray Abraham has joined ABC/ABC Studios’ drama pilot Beauty And The Beast


http://www.deadline.com/2012/02/jake...m-join-pilots/

Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus) has joined ABC/ABC Studios’ drama pilot Beauty And The Beast, a fantasy re-imagining of the classic Beauty and the Beast tale wherein an embattled princess, Grace, discovers an unlikely connection with a mysterious beast, Shiro (Darius Campbell), a mercenary bodyguard. Abraham will play Emperor Dorian’s chancellor, a wise and trusted but duplicitous man of state.
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Old February 28 2012, 05:30 PM   #477
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BBC America has two SFF shows in development. From Deadline Hollywood:

BBC America will develop two series with UK indie Clerkenwell Films, producers of the hit UK sci-fi series Misfits. Sci-fi drama Wired, from writer Steven Volk (Afterlife), and The Dead Beat, a paranormal crime show from writer John Jackson (Being Human), are the first projects to come out of the non-exclusive development deal BBC America signed with Clerkenwell Films in September. Here are descriptions of the two series, which will be distributed by BBC Worldwide:

Wired takes place in a world that looks exactly like today, except for one thing: this is a world with ‘Syns’ (‘Synthetic Organisms’), exact replicas of human beings and the newest luxury accessory money can buy. Wired explores our evolving relationship with technology, the boundaries of society’s values and moralities, our hypocrisies and contradictions – holding up a mirror to who we are today and what we might become.

In The Dead Beat, two cops, one dead and one alive, become a reluctant team, working from leads in the world of the dead to track down killers in the world of the living. Subverting the crime genre, The Dead Beat brings a whole new meaning to cold cases, underworld informants, dead leads and buried evidence.
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Old February 28 2012, 05:52 PM   #478
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We've ripped off enough British stuff here in the states that it shouldn't bother me, but the synopsis of Wired sounds exactly like Beautiful People. And The Dead Beat sounds exactly like the upcoming R.I.P.D. movie.

I don't mind shows and movies rehashing stories and premises that have been done before, but having so many things with identical concepts arriving at the SAME time is getting a little silly.
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Old February 28 2012, 06:12 PM   #479
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Never heard of Beautiful People or R.I.P.D. Besides premise doesn't necessarily mean they'll be anything alike in execution.
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Old February 28 2012, 07:50 PM   #480
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Beautiful People

The project, written by Michael McDonald, is set in the near future in a society where humans co-exist with mechanical androids that look like people but are treated like second-class citizens.
R.I.P.D.

The Dark Horse comic R.I.P.D. is adapted by Universal Pictures with this fantasy crime film focusing on a newly deceased cop (Ryan Reynolds) who's drafted into a squad of zombie cops that battle the supernatural. Red's Robert Schwentke directs, with Jeff Bridges co-starring as his partner and Kevin Bacon playing the villain. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
And yeah, they could be entirely different in terms of execution and tone.

But trends in the entertainment industry still seem to be becoming more and more homogenized. American Sherlock? Multiple Beauty and the Beast shows? Fairytale shows, robot shows, vampire shows.

Back when Armageddon and Deep Impact came out in the same year it was looked at a bit skeptically. Now we have multiple projects every year coming out with the same elements.
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