Neat CBS sci-fi series for 2003

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  1. Jason Seaver

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    http://tv.zap2it.com/news/tvnewsdaily.html?27658
    Lawyers in 2053. I like it; supposedly it's already got a commitment (likely 13 episodes) and will also run on Sci-Fi (probably a week or so later, as USA does with the two newer "Law & Order" series). It's an idea so obvious I'm stunned that it took so long to come up with (and will take even longer).
    There was a goofy story on moviepoopshoot.com a few days ago about a potential "NYPD Blue 2024", but I guess that's not happening.
    (What really disappoints me is that the ancient Roman cop show never happened. Sure, it would have been a "Cop Rock"-esque eight-episode novelty, but you need these bizarro ideas every once in a while)
     
  2. Jack Briggs

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    Jason, for the simple reason I acknowledge very infrequently that perhaps a small fraction of your Star Trek opinions are somewhat valid, I will check this series out. [​IMG]
    It doesn't surprise me the concept appeals to you--I remember your idea for a fifth Star Trek series from almost two years ago. There's a vague similarity in a way.
     
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    Sounds like it might be cool, hope my cbs affilliate is up and running with HD soon enough (fat chance).

    There was a one-off Roman private-eye tv movie on some of the cable channels a while back--Starz I think. The show looked to have been an Australian production and was based on a series of books written by Lindsey Davis (check out Borders, they have several of them).
    It was pretty good, imho, and sure looked like a pilot to me.
     
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    It's an interesting concept, I'm betting it doesn't fly, but I hope I'm wrong
     
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    Hmm...just about the same time period as in "Minority Report".
     
  6. Jason Seaver

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    Well, when it premieres next fall, it will be "50 years in the future", a nice, easily grasped number.

    Personally, I think this is a potential gold mine - cloning alone could probably give you a season or two of interesting cases, and with "Homicide" and "Law & Order" vets working on it, the writing at least should be decent.
     
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    If it's on cbs it won't last long; anyone remember Now and Again.
     
  8. Jason Seaver

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    "Now And Again" lasted one complete, 22-episode season, and if I recall had a pretty stable timeslot. Heck, its early, strong start was given as one of the reasons "Harsh Realm" tanked. It, unfortunately, wasn't economically worth renewing for CBS.

    To be honest, I don't really expect this show to last more than 13 episodes before cancellation or a budget cut so that the Sci-Fi Channel can cover the entire cost. Sci-Fi just seems to be too much of a niche market to survive on the Big Three nowadays.

    I think this show has a chance to survive, though, because its creators are good TV people who probably have a good idea how to run a good legal drama, and its setting gives it some of what "The X-Files" had going for it - it doesn't look like sci-fi (nobody running around in their PJ's or with funky spotted heads), but lets the viewer wrap his head around a neat concept.

    Won't know until October '03, though.
     

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