Posted September 12 2003 - 04:34 PM
A Potpourri of SciFi-Horror-Fantasy II (tv)
What we can look forward to (or away from) in genre tv:
SciFi Wire: "WB Speeds with Flash"
dateline: September 12, 2003 9:00 a.m. ET
| The WB has ordered a pilot for a TV series based on the DC Comics series The Flash, Variety reported. Todd Komarnicki (Resistance) is writing the pilot and will executive produce the project via Warner Brothers Television and his Guy Walks Into a Bar company, the trade paper reported. The WB has attached a hefty penalty to the project if it's not picked up to series. |
The Flash, which centers on a man with superhuman speed, is the Frog network's latest attempt to reimagine a comic or literary classic for prime time, following its Superman-inspired Smallville and this season's upcoming Tarzan, the trade paper reported.
As with Smallville , the new Flash will have a "no tights, no flights" philosophy, which means the character won't be clad in his classic red suit, the trade paper reported. The new show will also reportedly incorporate a time-travel element: The hero will be a fresh-out-of-college Gothamite who discovers he has the ability to move so fast, he can travel backward or forward in time.
Note the producers' distancing themselves from the very costumed super-hero genre they seek to exploit.
SciFi Wire: "Wright Rewinds Questor Tapes"
: September 12, 2003 9:00 a.m. ET
Herbert Wright, executive producer of the proposed television series Gene Roddenberry's Questor, told SCI FI Wire that the show has found financing and is moving forward. Questor will be based on The Questor Tapes, an NBC pilot that Star Trek creator Roddenberry co-wrote and produced in 1974, but that never materialized into a weekly series. "We're financed," Wright said in an interview. "We have more meetings, because we've not yet chosen what broadcaster will carry us, whether it will be network or cable. We may still go with syndication."
Questor will follow the plight of an android on a mission to help save mankind from itself. Wright said that the show will launch with a two-hour kick-off episode rather than a standard pilot. "That's what they did with Star Trek: The Next Generation," said Wright, who was a co-producer on TNG. "It's not really a pilot, because a pilot means that everyone needs to see it and see if they like the numbers before they go forward. In fact, we're thinking we'll start off each season with a two-hour show. But after the first two-hour, we're planning 24 hourlong episodes. We're doing this show on a prime-time level, with a prime-time budget, so it's obviously of high class, and it's not going to be done low-budget like some of the more recent Roddenberry projects."
Joining Wright as co-executive producers are Michael Ewing (Anger Management), producer-director Peter Segal (Nutty Professor II: The Klumps) and Roddenberry's widow, Majel Barrett Roddenberry. "Peter will direct the first two-hour [episode]," Wright said. "Peter is probably known for his comedies, but Nutty Professor II was also sci-fi. We're not going to make Questor a comedy, but we are going to have a lighter tone to this. The original pilot that Gene did also had a lot of funny moments. One of the things that Gene and I had discussed 30 years ago, and also while we were doing Next Generation, was lightening the mood with appropriate comic moments." Wright expects that Gene Roddenberry's Questor will be ready in time for the 2004-2005 television season.
Is it just me that has never found Roddenberry's Earthbound material at all interesting?
SciFiWire: "Begley Admitted to Hospital"
: August 14, 2003 9:00 a.m. ET
| Ed Begley Jr. (St. Elsewhere) will again play a doctor as the head of Kingdom Hospital, ABC's upcoming Steven King supernatural horror series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Begley joins the cast as hospital chief Dr. Jesse James in the midseason drama, the trade paper reported. The 15-hour series also stars Andrew McCarthy and Diane Ladd. |
Begley earned an Emmy and a Golden Globe nomination for his role as Dr. Ehrlich in St. Elsewhere. Kingdom Hospital is slated to premiere Jan. 5, 2004.
Shades of All Souls
SciFiWire: "Spotnitz Readies 13th Floor"
: August 29, 2003 9:00 a.m. ET
| Former The X-Files executive producer Frank Spotnitz has set up a supernatural series at FX tentatively titled The 13th Floor, Variety reported. The show deals with a lawyer who serves as an advocate for dead people who believe they've been wrongly condemned to hell, the trade paper reported. |
Spotnitz is working with novelist Brad Meltzer and Washington insider Steve "Scoop" Cohen on the series.
: August 1, 2003 9:00 a.m. ET