“Murmurs” Sci-Fi time-travel drama by CBS in development

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  1. jefferiestubes8

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    Murmurs writer Jason Smilovic was a Exec. Prod. & writer on 2007's "Bionic Woman" and a writer on 2008's Action/Thriller spy TV series "My Own Worst Enemy"

    This sounds like Sliders meets Timecop. Hey I'm just happy it is CBS even considering the Sci-Fi genre even though it is really the sci-fi police procedural subgenre.
    Something tells me this is supposed to be the competition to the police procedureal-sci fi show Unfinished Business starring Will Smith for SyFy for 2010.
     
  2. Christopher

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    Also shades of Voyagers, another show where the heroes' job was to keep history "on track" (though the mechanism that threatened to divert it was never explained). It also sounds very similar to the excellent but failed pilot for a remake of The Time Tunnel a few years back. I wish they'd made that instead.
     
  3. Locutus of Bored

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    As mentioned, that's very reminiscent of 'Timecop' (the film and the short-lived series), right down to the premise and terminology (the agency was the Time Enforcement Commission, they detected "ripples" IIRC in time and went back to change them to preserve history, and so forth).

    Not that I'm complaining, since the premise itself is a good one to build a series on if done right, and Timecop certainly wasn't the first of its kind in that respect.
     
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  5. jefferiestubes8

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    Timecop stuff

    and there was a direct-to-video sequel to the 1994 film:
    Timecop: The Berlin Decision (2003) (V)
    It had a runtime of only 81 minutes and none of the same actors from the first film.

    I never heard of a TV series but just searched and here it is:
    "Timecop" (1997)
    One of the series producers Philip Sgriccia went on to be a supervising producer on the "Supernatural" TV series.
    And the Director of Photography from the Timecop TV series went on to be the D.P. of "Dollhouse" (13 episodes, 2009).
    Nice that they returned to the SciFi genre...
     
  6. AviTrek

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    Let's see if this makes it past a pilot. Also, CBS has tried Sci Fi procedural in the past and it didn't get past 1 season(Eleventh Hour). I'll give the show a chance if it makes it to the air, but I'm not hopefully that the geriatric set will watch anything not named CSI or NCIS.
     
  7. Christopher

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    Re: Timecop stuff

    ^It should be mentioned that Timecop was originally a comic book created by Mark Verheiden, who also wrote the movie script and produced and occasionally wrote for the TV series. Verheiden has gone on to work on Smallville, Battlestar Galactica, and Heroes.
     
  8. jefferiestubes8

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    ABC had the single season show "Life on Mars" which was a police procedural with a time travel element sorta (it was set in 1973.)
    It was remade from a UK BBC series of the same name. We can compare and contrast these various police procedurals but at least ABC attempts sci-fi.

    CBS doesn't do sci-fi really so I'm happy that they are trying it by doing development for a pilot...
     
  9. FreezeC77

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    The reason why I don't think procedural Sci-Fi works is it alienates the two demographics.

    I think most Sci-Fi fans like arc-based story-telling, they like a grander storyline and weekly plots that lead somewhere.

    I think the people who don't like Sci-Fi as a genre and who do like procedural dramas are likely to not watch a procedural drama in a Sci-Fi setting.

    Thus you've created a mishmash of two genres and alienated fans of both in your creation.

    and yes I do realize I'm generalizing. There's viewers who watch both, I'd classify myself as a Sci-Fi fan, but I really enjoy NCIS.
     
  10. John Picard

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    Thought I'd seen this concept before. There was another one -- early-1980's, where some time traveler had a device that blinked whenever there was a problem in the timeline, and then it shifted to green once he and his associate(s) fixed it.
     
  11. Holdfast

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    I remember Time Trax as well, which had a similar premise.

    I agree with you though, the premise is still a good one, if done right.
     
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    Or back to!! :devil:

    And let's not forget though not a cop we had Sam Beckett Quantum Leaping through time to fix things. Although I do see potential in the idea and even some way in which some sort of story arc could be introduced and still retain episodic procedural aspect too.
     
  14. Christopher

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    Re: “Murmurs” Sci-Fi time-travel drama by CBS in development

    That was Voyagers, which I mentioned above. It starred the late Jon-Erik Hexum as a time-traveller named Phineas Bogg (a play on Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg, for some reason), and his sidekick was child actor Meeno Peluce. The device in question was a pocketwatch that functioned as their time machine. As I said, there was never any explanation for why history wasn't going the way it "should." The whole thing was pretty much an excuse to teach history lessons to young viewers.


    That was similar to Timecop in that it involved a future cop chasing future criminals into their past, but it was different in that their time machine only went to one era, the present day of the series. And there was no changing of history involved, since they came back from an alternate timeline. (Though that didn't explain how the hero was able to send messages to the future by placing classified ads they later read in old archived newspapers.)
     
  15. Tom

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    CBS and Scifi, what a concept, does Moonves actually know it's scifi? LOL
     
  16. AviTrek

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    Star Trek: TOS
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    Star Trek: VOY
    Star Trek: ENT(for the most part)
    Stargate: SG1 (Early seasons)
    Sliders
    Seaquest
    Twighlight Zone

    But I thought you said Sci-Fi fans didn't like episodic tv and need arcs?
     
  17. Holdfast

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    Yeah, that's the one. I never bought the whole parallel universe thing for the reason you mentioned, but I did enjoy the show, esp. the eps when he caught up with the Nobel prize-winning (or something like that) scientist who invented the Time Trax system. The main character also had a pretty hologram computer in a credit card as his sidekick.

    In fact, the more I type, the more I'm sure we've discussed Time Trax previously in this forum. Either that, or it's deja vu caused by someone messing with the timeline...
     
  18. Christopher

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    Re: “Murmurs” Sci-Fi time-travel drama by CBS in development

    Not exactly pretty... more plain and matronly.

    http://www.tvacres.com/images/computer_selma5.jpg

    In fact, she was based on an image of the protagonist's mother.

    And the credit-card disguise was a blatant and intrusive product placement, though not as bad as those final-season Dead Zone episodes where they actually included dialogue about how great the credit card was.
     
  19. Temis the Vorta

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    ARGH! :rommie: Not a pedigree that inspires confidence.

    But what the frak, I'm always up for any new sci fi show. CBS will do it's usual dumbing-down/vanilla approach (it's the worst of all the networks for sf/f) but maybe they can hire some decent actors who will be fun to watch.

    Interesting to see CBS hasn't entirely given up on the notion of getting itself some kind of genre cult series. They vacillate between being happy with their dull, safe police procedural lineup and being jealous of other networks' genre shows like Lost and Chuck, that generate buzz and viewer loyalty, and just make going to work in the morning more fun, I suppose.
     
  20. startrekwatcher

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    Actually this reminds me of ENT's Temporal Cold War and the temporal agents. Brannon pitched that as a possible fifth Trek series which became ENT. I liked the TCW the only problem was it didn't receive the kind of development it demanded in fleshing out the various players and their motives in why they wanted to change history.

    This sounds interesting--I'd check it out. For all the bashing time travel gets as an overused plot device it certainly has been used as the basis driving entire season long arcs to great effect in recent tv history(LOST season 5, Heroes season one, ENT's Xindi arc, SCC, The 4400).