Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Temis the Vorta, Oct 10, 2011.
NBC is developing a haunted hotel series called The Inn. You can read about it here.
It's true that Sci Fi was used by some as a pejorative, but that wasn't everybody. When I was a kid-- the 70s or so-- we used Sci Fi and Sciffy more as terms of endearment, and we considered anybody who looked down their nose at it (and B-Movies and Pulps) as being way too uptight. And counter-productive. The same way that we look down upon the politically correct these days.
As for common usage, the common people use "science fiction" itself as a pejorative. I remember one time when I was hanging around with some security guys at a hospital where I worked, the director was mocking one of the guys for liking "all that science fiction stuff." Turns out he was a Stephen King fan.
But that wasn't what I was talking about. I was talking about usage of the term to include things that are by no stretch of the imagination related to SF, like Horror and Fantasy. Labels should be useful and instructive. Should we consider Three's Company Sci Fi because it takes place in an alternate universe?
Reece Ritchie has been cast as the lead in Fox's Hieroglyph. You can read Deadline's report on the casting here.
Don't think I saw this mentioned...if so sorry.
NBC has ordered Emerald City to series. From Deadline:
Yay, dark. Although in this case that probably translates to "jumping on the Once Upon A Time bandwagon."
Maybe this will be compatible with Supernatural's version of Oz.
The Barbarella TV show that's been in development without a network/platform attached is now headed for Amazon. From Deadline:
Amazon Studios? Does this mean that Amazon.com is getting into the production business like Netflix has? Are they becoming a source of original programming too?
They already have a limited slate of online programming.
AdWeek has a piece about Syfy:
You can read the whole article here.
Amazon's plans go back further:
2012 is when the mainstream was on notice although it was 4 years ago
We can see that Amazon.com will use the Amazon Prime membership to include not just Amazon Instant Video Service (the only place to watch these Amazon Studios original series) but lower costs & free shipping on products and other perks like Microsoft's X-BOX Gold membership's perks.
Has anyone mentioned Resurrection yet? My wife saw an ad for it on TV last night and it sounds just like the French show Les Revenants.
^ I think that's actually just the American remake of Les Revenants. Or at least it's based on the same novel.
E4 have commissioned an alternative reality show called Alt:
Here's how I see things as they now stand for the SFF shows on the US broadcast networks based on closely following the ratings:
Renewed or highly likely to be renewed
Agents of SHIELD (ABC)
Once Upon a Time (ABC)
The Originals (CW)
Person of Interest (CBS)
Sleepy Hollow (Fox)
Under the Dome (CBS; summer series)
The Vampire Diaries (CW)
On the bubble (50/50 shot at renewal)
Almost Human (Fox)
The Tomorrow People (CW)
Highly likely to be cancelled
Beauty and the Beast (CW)
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (ABC - sometimes billed as a limited series, but the intention was for it to continue had the ratings been good enough)
Haven't aired yet
The 100 (CW)
Note: edited for clarity
The only bubble/cancelled show on that list I would miss is Dracula. I now have two Beauty and the Beast episodes unwatched on my DVR and I don't know if I care enough anymore to watch them.
But it's impressive how much genre content there is on the broadcast networks. In particular, it's astonishing to see as many as three SF/fantasy shows on CBS in the same year.
Source? Man, I'm pissed. I've been enjoying the hell out of Almost Human-and even my mother likes it, despite it being scifi. Also, Intelligence has potential and despite its flaws, I think Revolution is a ton of fun. So, source?
My take from following the ratings closely and taking commentary on TV By the Numbers into account.
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