Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Temis the Vorta, Oct 10, 2011.
NBC has cancelled Believe. No surprise there.
Somewhat bummed about Revolution- it was ASB crazy, but I enjoyed some of the characters.
CBS has ordered Scorpion to series, which may or may not end up dipping into SF/F territory:
Promo images for The Flash, iZombie, and The Messengers:
Is that Quicksilver in the iZombie image?
I will give them all a chance.
As expected, CBS has cancelled Intelligence.
Edit to add: NBC has cancelled Dracula. That completes the renewals and cancellations for this season's SF/F shows on the broadcast networks. There's some talk that Dracula will continue to be produced by Sky, but that a second season just won't air on NBC and will instead be shopped to another US outlet. I'm not sure if this has been confirmed yet or if it's just rumor at this point.
That's pretty much expected, given the ratings, even for a Friday night. I feel bad for the Dracula fans, but I couldn't even get through the pilot-- that guy was just not Dracula.
Dracula had about the same ratings as Hannibal and might have continued under the same international co-production with a low license fee structure, but word is that Jonathan Rhys Meyers' behavior was so problematic that it tipped the show towards cancellation. From the tweets of people involved in the show it sounds like it won't continue under Sky's auspices.
NBC has set Constantine to premiere in the fall at 10pm following Grimm. Emerald City and Heroes Reborn are planned as mid-season shows.
Here are NBC's descriptions of the three shows:
NBC ordered two other SF/F shows to pilot but passed on them: Babylon Fields and Tin Man. This is the second time Babylon Fields has made it to pilot but failed to make it to series. The first time was at CBS.
You can see the trailer for Constantine here
Wow, so there are two separate unaired pilots of Babylon Fields? I wonder how different they are. It's not unprecedented for a single concept to have two distinct failed pilots for different networks -- for instance, Gene Roddenberry's pilot movies Genesis II and Planet Earth -- but it can't be very common. And at least those movies got aired.
Tin Man was that project that was obviously based on Eando Binder's "I, Robot" (and the Outer Limits adaptation thereof) but didn't credit its source. That always struck me as kind of plagiaristic, so I can't say I'm upset that it didn't go forward.
The CW series based on the YA novel series, The Selection, also went through two different pilots that were never picked up or aired. One of the versions included Anthony Head aka Buffy's Giles and Merlin's Uther, which is what brought it to my attention the first time.
He was in the second pilot for The Selection, which starred Yael Grobglas. The first pilot starred Aimee Teegarden.
The first Babylon Fields pilot did make it onto the internet. I can see why CBS got squeamish about it. The undead were intelligent, so they interacted like people. One of them had sex with his former widow, another was a wife abuser who was killed by his wife and daughter. He never saw who killed him and the wife had to let him move back in or else someone may figure out she killed him initially.
Emerald City sounds like a MAD magazine parody: "What if The Wizard of Oz was written by Robert E. Howard?"
Fox just announced that Gotham will air in the Fall, Mondays at 8, and be a lead in for Sleepy Hollow at 9. Should be a pretty interesting two slot for Monday nights.
Fox's descriptions of their new SF/F shows:
Trailers for Hieroglyph and Wayward Pines:
Getting a Prisoner vibe from Wayward Pines. Terence Howard is unintentionally funny with the rum raisin line.
Wow, nice trailers so far. With Wayward Pines' cast that looks like it could've played theatrically.
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