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Greg_P

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Fox:

Please consider releasing a season set of "Space Above and Beyond".

I just watched this series for the first time and "WOW" is it ever great. Morgan/Wong (From X Files fame) do an amazing job with this series. Amazingly well written scripts, and a killer of a cliff hanging finale. It just screams for either a second year of programming or at least a 2 hour TV movie to wrap things up. I'm surprised this series was not picked up for a second season. It's still better than a lot of the current prgorams out there.

I would think with the success of the X Files dvd's "Space Above and Beyond" would be a natural fit to get a full season box set as well.

Thanks for considering.

Greg
 

Jeff Kleist

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After Buffy, this is my #1` want from Fox TV

Unfortunately it doesn't look like they're very interested in doing it

HOWEVER word on the street is that Morgan and Wong are trying to do it themselves, probably something like "My so called life"
 

Greg_P

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Hey Jeff,
If you hear any more word "on the streets" please let me know. I'd grab a season set in a heartbeat. If Fox has no plans to do this on their own, I would think they should jump at the chance for someone else to front the money and they still take their cut :)!
Thanks,
Greg
 

Greg_P

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(Edited to add URL link to dvd rumor, which is about half way down on the page of this link:) )
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Jeff,
Someone sent me a URL (Damn, can't find it right now), that a third party approached "Fox Lawyers"(sounds like a new show)in March about obtaining the rights to "Space Above and Beyond" for a dvd release. Unfortunately no further news since then, which is probably bad news.
However I still don't understand why if Fox has no intentions of releasing this on dvd why not let someone else and Fox can still pocket some change too??
Greg
 

Jeff Kleist

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Greg, licensing deals take an eternity. I'm sure that entity was probably representing Morgan & Wong.
Mmmm, think how delicious it would be if that entity were Anchor Bay! :)
 

Greg_P

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Funny, that was my first thought as well. Let it be "Anchor Bay" !!
However, I don't seem to remember Fox sub-licensing anything out, so I'm still not that hopeful :frowning:!
 

Greg_P

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If anyone is still interested I update my previous post (post #7) with the URL which contained info about someone "contacting Fox Lawyers" for obtaining the rights to release the show to dvd.
Also, a couple of people mailed me different petitions for getting this show on dvd. Not sure how much good it will do, but here's a link to one of them that at least had 500+ signatures:
http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_pe...d.cgi?SPACEAAB
It looks like there are a few petitions out there. Obviously it'd be better if these were stream-lined so Fox would have a better gauge of interest in this show. But figured I'd add a link anyways.
Greg
 

Louis-Olivier

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count me in as well! In my book, Space above and beyond is second only to Twin Peaks. I've asked peter at every chat if they were planning to do it, and will continue to do it until i get it in my hands :)
 

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I'm surprised this series was not picked up for a second season.
I'm not really. Early on it was pretty cliche-ridden - I watched it because it was on at a good time and we enjoyed it.
However, the writing quickly gathered a bit thought and in the last third of the series it became especially dark and impressive.
However, I was always given the impression that it was being told they were dropped for a second season that made the show become so good - they seemed to take way more risks and push out all the ideas they had for it.
I'd buy a series box in a minute.:emoji_thumbsup:
 

Jeff Kleist

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I talked to most of the FX team at a convention

THey didn't know they were cancelled until the very last minute. Joel De La Fuente (Wang) was VERY angry because his fate was supposed to be part of the cliffhanger, and he had a party at his house of family and friends and saw himself greased onscreen

So basically they had to try to re-edit their cliffhanger finale into a series finale at the very last minute.

The NFL killed SAAB (or Space: 2063 as Theo probably knows it as), never forget this. The constant pre-emptions killed what started out as good ratings, especially considering it was in the worst slot on television (Sunday at 7). It also didn't help that another good Sci-Fi show, Earth 2(another victim on the NFL's rap sheet) was on exactly opposite it.
 

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Oh right, cheers Jeff. It wasn't clear about the axing, and the fact that we all felt it got so much better towards the end just lent credence to the idea that it must have been given the axe early on.

And it was always called Space: Above and Beyond on BBC2 - dunno about that other title...Both of them are pretty bad, to be honest.

Still worth a purchase in anyone's book.
 

Greg_P

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I'm surprised this series was not picked up for a second season.
Let me further followup on my original quote since TheoGB had highlighted it. Jeff K. has already done a far more eloquent reply than I could, but let me expand on my original thought.
Back in 1995/1996 days, Fox used to give shows a little more slack in regards to finding an audience for its show. The X Files didn't perform too well the first few seasons, but Fox renewed it and it eventually found an audience (I began watching the X Files from Day 1, so I was quite psyched it eventually caught on). Shows like Beverly Hills 90210 (One of my wifes favorites shows back then) was in a similar situation. Low ratings initially but eventually caught on and did quite well for Fox. It's surprising that Space Above and Beyond wasn't given the same slack. After all Morgan/Wong had written quite a few successful X Files episodes including the imfamous "Home" episode which has always ranked as one of the top X Files episodes ever. And considering how Space Above and Beyond's timeslot was bounced around (See Jeff K.'s post #13, two back from this one) you figure Fox might give this show a little slack too.
One ironic thing is that after Space Above and Beyond was cancelled Morgan/Wong moved onto "Milenium". This show also had similar low ratings but was given a couple of years to try and find an audience. I liked Milenium as well, and find it interesting that (at least in their previous chats with HTF) Fox has expressed interest in releasing Milenium, but has shown no interest in releasing Space Above and Beyond.
Since Fox has been successful with the X Files box sets, shown interest in releasing "Milenium" box sets (both of which Morgan/Wong had wrote numerous episodes for), why not also release Morgan/Wongs "Space Above and Beyond"?? After all we're only talking one season and Morgan/Wong seem anxious to do it. Hey, Morgan's wife Kristen Cloke was one of the star's of the show so they should no problem getting a "present day interview" with her. :) ! The show doesn't seem to be airing much (at least in my area) so I can't imagine Fox is currently making much money off the syndication dollars from this show. With the high current demand for TV shows, why not release a season set of this?
Respectfuly,
Greg Purvis
 

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