sf/f TV development news - 2013

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  1. bullethead

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    Here are my thoughts on Electric City:
    -The whole Electric City page has too much going on, between the actual episodes, map that shifts as the story moves around in the episode, and the character guide. I usually have lag and eventually get stuck with horribly low quality video at some point while watching the episodes.
    -The art style and animation are pretty good, but some of the voice acting is lacking.
    -I get the feeling the first 10 episodes are all about world building and setting up the cast, because the Tom Hanks character doesn't show up all that much or get that much focus.
    -The most hilarious bit of the show is the fact that they all say expletive whenever they should be cursing. It just sounds so weird when they say something and follow it with "Expletive."
    -One of the most annoying aspects of this show is the cabal of old women who are running things behind the scenes, mostly because they seem to have turned Electric City into a strictly controlled environment for no reason other than losing their children in the post-apocalypse. They even kill one of their operatives because he wants to have a child (which you have to get a permit for), which makes no sense.
    -They really need to show us something about the electrical generation in this city, because I can't see why the Spiteful Old Bitches go on and on about wasting electricity when they apparently have solar power in restaurants and give their operatives lightning guns. They've either got to show that electricity generation is hard in this post-apocalyptic world or the SOBs are stuck in their revenge fueled mindsets and ignoring the fact that they don't need to be as stingy with electricity, because this is a major part of the story and world that needs to be understood for most of the events in the show to make sense.
     
  2. Caliburn24

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    Anyone here familiar with the Outlander books? I'm curious why Ron Moore would go for such a project, it seems outside his usual tropes of identity/technology+society/religion.
     
  3. Christopher

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    But Dollhouse is a key example of how the current FOX executives are far more nurturing and supportive of their shows than the execs a decade ago were. Dollhouse got terrible ratings. The old FOX regime would've cancelled it midseason with episodes unaired, as they did with Firefly. But the new execs stuck with it and allowed it to play out its whole season, and then, once Whedon proved with "Epitaph One" (made for the DVD due to a contractual discrepancy) that he could produce episodes on a much tighter budget by using digital cameras, FOX agreed to give him another season, another chance that the old guard never would've given him -- and, again, they let the whole season play out rather than cutting it off in the middle, so that Whedon was able to bring the story to a satisfying (if relatively rushed) climax and resolution. The network gave the show all the support it possibly could -- but the audience wasn't there, and ultimately it's the audience that's responsible for whether a show succeeds or fails. If they don't watch, the network can't keep making it, no matter how much it wants to.

    As for Tru Calling, I don't recall exactly, but while it was under the old regime, I think it was lucky to be granted a second season. Again, the audience just didn't come, and that's why it was cancelled. Really, the problem is that the show took too long to really find its voice and start getting good, too long to start fleshing out its mythology and story arc, so that audiences lost interest early on. By the time it started to get really interesting, it had lost too much ground and wasn't able to recover.

    The bottom line is, most new TV shows fail, period. That's true on any network. The viewing audience only has so much time and attention to spare, shows are competing with other shows for that attention, and some of the shows are going to lose the competition. And SF shows have a harder time than most because of their more niche appeal and their greater cost to produce. So even with the most supportive, generous network imaginable, as long as that network is still supported by ad revenue and depends on ratings, not very many of its genre shows can be expected to succeed and endure. Yes, there are some cases where the network makes bad decisions that kill a show, like what FOX did with Firefly, or the way UPN totally failed to promote and schedule Michael Piller's Legend in a way that would pull in the Voyager audience. Or where they cancel a decently performing show for business reasons that are understandable but still unrelated to the show's own success, like when the young FOX network cancelled Alien Nation because they wanted to expand their then-limited lineup to more nights and could produce four sitcoms for the same cost as that one show. (Although in that case, FOX didn't give up on the show and kept on looking for a way to make it feasible to bring it back, eventually reviving it for a series of TV movies.) But a lot of the time, the network isn't to blame, and it's simply that the show didn't find or hold an audience.
     
  4. Sindatur

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    Agreed on all of the above, which is why I pointed out "When the network makes the Business decisions it has to".

    Tru Calling, if I remember correctly went as follows:
    1. 13 Episode S1 comission
    2. Addition of Jason Priestly inspired them to comission the back 7 episodes
    3. Renewal for S2 of 13 episodes
    4. While filming episode 6 of S2 (The Christmas Episode), they changed their mind and squashed it right there, and decided to not start airing in late November as intended and instead aired Point Pleasant (which, I believe lasted 3 or 4 episodes before being canned)
    5. January or February, they finally showed episodes 1 - 5, but, decided to not air episode 6, since Christmas had passed
     
  5. RJDiogenes

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    And yet I was directly referring to the people who Temis said forget, obviously. In any case, it was just a joke. No need to overthink it. :)

    But she changed everybody else's future, too. How many people were alive in the original timeline that were never even born in the altered one? And genocide is kind of on the list of bad things, too. No, "Endgame" was a low point in Trek lore.

    Okay, they can be space vampires if you want. :D But I could barely manage one watching. The one I find rewatchable is Generations. Maybe occasionally Insurrection. I have little interest in seeing Nemesis again.

    All true.

    Well, I suppose it might be hurtful to the writers, but they did an awful job and there's no need to soft soap it. In any case, they've become millionaires despite their awful writing, so I imagine that eases the pain. :rommie:

    That's good. I don't either.

    Good thing I never did any of that, huh? ;)

    Okay.
     
  6. JD

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    I watched the first episode, and thought it was pretty good. It was only 5 minutes long, so it didn't get real deep into the story or world, but what I saw was pretty interesting and unique. I especially like the fact that their people manipulating things behind the scenes (at least that was the impression I got) was a bunch of old ladies sitting around knitting.
    I'm pretty sure that them saying expletive was their version of cursing. It's pretty much their version of Red Dwarf's smeg, Farscape's frell/dren, and BSG's frak.
     
  7. Christopher

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    ^Yeah, sounds like one of those cases where a euphemism gets so associated with the thing it's euphemizing that it ends up being considered vulgar itself. (In-universe, I mean.)
     
  8. Kegg

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    I'd be much more surprised to ever see it on Showtime or a similar premium cable channel, aber. It's a matter of what kind of TV channel Star Trek fits in, what kind of niche a new Star Trek series would be looking for.

    I've never heard of this premise and I have no idea whether or not I should be excited, but on the other hand, it's Ron D. Moore, so I'd definitely consider giving it a watch.
     
  9. Temis the Vorta

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    Star Trek will have to adapt itself to the channels available, not the reverse. do you really think any channel would change its strategy just for one show?

    Star Trek's options are basic or premium cable, or a streaming service. in any of those cases, it has to fit in with what already exists.
     
  10. RJDiogenes

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    It would be a good bet for Netflix or Hulu or something. It's got the name recognition and a built-in audience of a good three million minimum.
     
  11. Guy Gardener

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    There's not going to be tv until Abrams is finished with the movies.

    How many movies does he have in him, and how long will it take to make them, because he started on first movie almost 10 years ago, and the second one isn't out yet...

    So if he has a 5 movie story arc planned, then that really means that he may not be finished till 2050-something.

    By then, maybe whatever has replaced broadcast network TV might be interested.
     
  12. Temis the Vorta

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    If and when the next movie is a hit, then the time might be right to pitch CBS on a new series. Ideally, the series debut should coincide more or less with the third movie, to capitalize on PR. That would synch up well with Both tv and movie production schedules.
     
  13. Taylirious

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    If the JJ movies remain successful you can forget about a live action TV series. I would like to see an animated one though. Let's hope. :)
     
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  14. Temis the Vorta

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    Check Future of Trek, apparently Orci is saying the opposite - Trek on TV depends on the next movie's success, hitch makes sense. CBS wants assurance the last movie's success wasn't an anomaly.
     
  15. Taylirious

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    I would like to see an animated TV series and a live action TV version of TNG in the JJverse. :D Doing something radically different on TV doesn't make sense...why do TOS reboot in 2009? If they could have done something original under the 'Star Trek' name??? CW is he best bet for a new TV series unless they want to sell outside CBS kingdom and the direction CW wants to go...a Trek series would be a great opportunity.
     
  16. Sindatur

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    My first instinct would be to say "Ew...Star Trek 90210 isn't what I had in mind". However, I remember back to before Enterprise's Premise was announced (And possibly before Voyager's), and I remember a great of deal of fans were hoping for A Starfleet Academy Series, which actually would be right up CW's alley (Though, with an Academy Series, I think I would prefer alot of the Academy's Politics to be focused on then you'd likely get in a CW Starfleet Academy Series)

    I think I'd prefer an AMC, TNT or FX take on it, but, hey, Beggars can't be choosers.
     
  17. Temis the Vorta

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    Look at The Munsters reboot underway at NBC. Fuller is talking about bringing in Universal's stable of monsters from their old time monster movies, and the characters are already being changed a great deal, for instance Hermann is not green and looks essentially human.

    I'm sure Munsters fans are up in arms about these changes, but to NBC Universal, The Munsters is no more sacred text than Star Trek is to CBS. It's just fodder to be used to make a profit. I wouldn't be surprised to see Star Trek changed by CBS to the same degree, and for the same reasons, as NBC is allowing Fuller to change The Munsters.
     
  18. Christopher

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    It's not about "fodder." No text should be "sacred," especially not to creators. Human creativity throughout history has been about creating new interpretations of pre-existing works. Shakespeare's plays were almost all based on prior plays, myths, historical tales, and the like, and he completely "rebooted" and reinvented all of them, usually greatly improving on them in the process. And his works were reinvented in turn by other creators, producing new classics like West Side Story and Forbidden Planet and Ran. You don't honor a work by slavishly copying it, you honor it by letting it inspire you to create something new and different. That way you keep its essence alive and growing, rather than trapping it on a pedestal as some fixed, unchanging relic gathering dust.

    I mean, it's preposterous to say that Bryan Fuller of all people is some soulless network hack. He's a man of great creativity and originality, and if he's given a concept to remake, of course he's going to find a drastically fresh and original and twisted take on it, because that's what he does. And there's nothing in the world wrong with that.

    Personally I'd love to see a complete reinvention of Star Trek from the ground up. The original has had a really, amazingly long run and built up a rich continuity, but it's got a lot of baggage and a lot of its core concepts are increasingly antiquated. I'd welcome seeing something that took the important stuff, the characters and attitude and theme, and put them into a completely new context and continuity rooted in ideas from current science fiction rather than 1940s pulps and 1960s New Wave. Not because I'm a soulless network profiteer, but because I enjoy creativity and novelty, and because I want the franchise to stay new and adaptable, to seize the cutting edge again as it originally did rather than forever being a relic of the past.
     
  19. RJDiogenes

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    ^^ Then why not make up a new idea?
     
  20. Christopher

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    Why doesn't a painter make up new people instead of painting portraits of real ones? Why didn't Shakespeare invent a totally new verse form instead of writing a whole bunch of sonnets? Why do so many works of music use the same rhythm and chord structures?

    Every new idea builds on old ideas. That's how creativity works. Inspiration comes from experience. Structure comes from drawing on established elements and patterns. The structure you choose is just the substrate. Its familiarity is the anchor for the audience. Creativity is in what you build onto that framework, how you modify and augment it.

    And it shouldn't even be necessary to defend this. Human beings have been retelling old stories for as long as storytelling has existed. Before there was widespread literacy, that was the only way to keep worthwhile stories alive. It's not unoriginal, it's not a "ripoff," and it's not something that any creator needs to justify (so long as they have the legal right to adapt the property in question). Originality isn't in where your ideas come from -- it's in where you take them next.