sf/f TV development news - 2013

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  1. Christopher

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    Re: the state of sf/f TV development for 2012-13

    Then it's misleading to refer to them as duelling remakes of the same thing. The '80s series only had a title in common with the fairy tale. They weren't even close to being the same story.
     
  2. Out Of My Vulcan Mind

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    Also, there's an error on the list: Year Zero is Trent Reznor's dystopian sci-fi HBO miniseries, while Zero Hour is a series in development at ABC about a mystery surrounding the Twelve Apostles.
     
  3. bigdaddy

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    Last Hope, Spurce Code, The Last Resort, and Stranger Plant all sound interesting to me.
     
  4. Kegg

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    Year Zero now sounds more interesting to me, even if 'dystopian sci-fi by the guy Kegg chiefly remembers as the fellow who did the music for Quake' is by itself not much of a premise.
     
  5. Temis the Vorta

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    Now I feel kind of bad for including it, since folks seem to be liking that one. It's the only one I didn't get from The Futon Critic's database as being actively in development for 2012-13 - it's still listed as in development for 2011-12, which can be a sign that it's been passed over. Sorry if I'm getting anyone's hopes up. :(

    Thanks. The Futon Critic's database is never thorough (though he does a heroic job, I'll give him that. :D) 666 Park sounds like it could be fun (although it would be more fun on cable). I can't believe I forgot about Ex-Comm when I just did a thread about it a few days ago.

    What's up with ABC, anyway? Are they going for the throw-it-against-the-wall approach? If so, they should try to get a wider range of premises in the mix. I see no point in ordering a dozen shows that all sound the same. How are they going to tell which ones deserve to go to pilot?

    Oh thanks! I got those two mixed up. Then Year Zero is yet another show to add to the list. I wondered why Reznor was adding some weird religious angle. :D
     
  6. Out Of My Vulcan Mind

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    ABC accounts for about half of the SFF shows in development for next season at the broadcast networks. Needless to say, a lot of them won't get past the script stage.
     
  7. sojourner

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    Pretty sure I saw an episode of the 90's Outer Limits that was based on Under the Dome.
     
  8. Temis the Vorta

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    I just wonder what the thought process is behind that. To distinguish a couple dozen scripts from each other, I'd think it would be helpful for them to be on as wide a variety of topics as possible. Space opera, sf/f in historical settings, sf/f comedy, shows about genetic engineering, shows about intelligent robots, shows about dystopian future police states, time travel, virtual reality, anthology series, just go hog wild.

    If you're just flailing wildly, why not try everything out? Maybe there's somebody out there who's actually capable of coming up with a workable time travel TV series. If Syfy is experimenting with a TV-video game crossover, why not do your own experiment?
     
  9. Silvercrest

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    They're more useful and flexible than it sounds. Her daggers consist of "life force", which allows her to stun or kill living opponents by overloading them. She can also infuse the unconscious or dying with additional life force to revive them.

    His darkness can blind people, but he can also use it to drain life force from anyone in contact with it. People exposed to it tend to suffer manifestations of their worst fears, whether he drains them or not. It also allows him to teleport.

    Still not very interesting characters, though. :lol:


    It sounds like the hook for Captain Power.


    No, budget cuts.

    Seriously, that was my first thought as well.


    Anyone remember The Aladdin Effect?

    Didn't Matthew Fox already do this one?
     
  10. Starbreaker

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    Cloak & Dagger (ABC Family) - sounds horrible

    Defiance (SyFy) – sounds horrible

    Hyde (ABC) - sounds horrible

    Jeckyll & Hyde (also ABC, how’s that for a split personality?) sounds stupid

    Last Hope (Showtime) -eh....

    The Last Resort (ABC) - interesting premise... but what is the series about?

    Mockingbird (ABC Family) -meh

    Pandemic (FOX) - meh

    Powers (FX) - meh

    Source Code (CBS) - could be interesting. enjoyed the movie.

    Stranger Planet (FOX) – could be really stupid

    Untitled Frankenstein Project (NBC) - no... just no

    Untitled Fun with DNA Project (ABC) - ugh.. no

    Untitled Warehouse 13 Spinoff Project (SyFy) - I could get behind some Steampunk

    Zero Hour (HBO) – I would watch this

    Supernatural/Fantasy/Horror

    ABC and CW have dueling Beauty & the Beast remakes in development. - no

    American Gods (HBO) – didn't like the novel, but it could make a good TV adaptation

    Bewitched (CBS) - no

    The Damned (Showtime) - I like Showtime... sure

    Haunted (ABC) - nooooooooo

    The Munsters (NBC) – no

    Pillars of Smoke (NBC) - sounds just vague enough to be interesting

    The Seven Wonders (ABC) - could be awesome or stupid

    Sleepers (CBS) - old and tired

    The Spectre (FOX) - meh...

    Under the Dome (Showtime) – love King...

    Untitled Ghost Hunters Project (TNT) - meh...

    Untitled I See Dead People Project (CBS) - no...

    Untitled More Weird Shit in British Columbia Forests Project (TNT) - no...

    Untitled Harry Potter for Grownups Project (ABC) - maybe...

    Wasteland (TNT) - maybe... probably not

    The Watchers (ABC) - stupid

    Wicked Good (ABC) - sounds horrible
     
  11. cal888

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    Re: the state of sf/f TV development for 2012-13

    Didn't see this one mentioned yet that Deadline reported on from Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters (Reaper, Dollhouse).

     
  12. Greg Cox

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    Isn't DEADMAN in development too?

    (I can't believe we live in an era in which both Deadman and the Spectre have tv deals. Somewhere the Phantom Stranger is phoning his agent . . . .)
     
  13. Vendikarr

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    Which would make a funny short on Adult Swim.
     
  14. Out Of My Vulcan Mind

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    Yeah, it's in development at the CW. I didn't notice it missing from the OP's list.
     
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  16. Temis the Vorta

    Temis the Vorta Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Thanks, everyone, keep em coming! I'll create an updated master list, because, I dunno, it's fun. :rommie:

    Deadman actually is listed at The Futon Critic, I just overlooked it.

     
  17. Christopher

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    So between Deadman and Source Code, that's two projects in development that are probably being pitched via comparisons to Quantum Leap.
     
  18. Temis the Vorta

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    The total now stands at 20 for Sci Fi and 21 for Fantasy/Supernatural/Horror. ;)
     
  19. USS Kongo

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    I really enjoyed the Source Code film, but I'm afraid they'll just water down (and ruin) the concept for TV. Everything else on that list is just "meh" for me. I sorely miss space-based SF shows, as well.

    Sean
     
  20. CorporalCaptain

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    Source Code was an excellent movie. I'll watch the series pilot, but I'm not hopeful.
     

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