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Re: Not Worth a Thread: TV Edition
« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2009, 09:55:11 AM »
I just want a pajama suit!


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Re: Not Worth a Thread: TV Edition
« Reply #16 on: March 18, 2009, 09:56:38 AM »
No man...night shirt for me.

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Re: Not Worth a Thread: TV Edition
« Reply #17 on: March 23, 2009, 10:17:51 AM »
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Sci Fi orders 'Phantom,' 'Riverworld,' 'Alice'

So what's going to take the place of "Battlestar Galactica"?

Sci Fi Channel has few ideas.

The network-soon-to-be-known-as SyFy has greenlighted a trio of miniseries fantasy projects, including two that will serve as potential series pilots, and two of which are based on well-known classic titles.

Sci Fi has ordered a retelling of "Alice in Wonderland"; a fresh take on the comic-book hero "The Phantom"; and "Riverworld," from a series of fantasy books by Philip Jose Farmer. All the projects are four-hour movies from prolific production company RHI Entertainment.

"Riverworld," about a photojournalist transported to a mysterious world occupied by everyone who has ever lived on Earth, and "Phantom" will air as backdoor pilots (titles under consideration for a series order contingent on drawing a large enough audience). It's the programming model the network has used with success before, as in the case of "Battlestar."

"The four-hour format allows us to command large dollars around the world for our shows that puts about ($4 million-$6 million) of production on the screen per hour," said Robert Halmi Jr., president and CEO of RHI entertainment. "It gives the network a chance to try a concept with the same production values, if not better, than you'd get for a series."

The new "Alice" promises to be different than previous incarnations (more than a couple of which were produced by RHI). The project is written and directed by Nick Willing, who also did Sci Fi's highly rated "Wizard of Oz" revamp "Tin Man."

"We thought 'Alice' was the perfectly underlying material to tell a classic story with a modern twist," Halmi said. "We'll have new incredible worlds and a more grown-up feel."

Sci Fi Channel executive vp original programming Mark Stern pointed out that weaknesses in the original "Alice" story, which often was more about the passing scenery than character development, allow for more leeway and modernization than most fantasy tales.

"Lewis Carroll was more concerned about politics and satire then telling a mythological story," Stern said. "You're not really engaged with Alice in a proactive and emotionally fulfilling way."

"Phantom" has been adapted a few times without much success, but Halmi said the previous stumbles are a good reason to try again.

"That there hasn't been a successful 'Phantom' leaves the door wide open for us, since nobody has made it their own yet," Halmi said.

Sci Fi appreciates that the crusader doesn't have superpowers and is more in the grounded vein of Iron Man and Batman. "It's not a guy in purple tights," Stern said.

"Riverworld" is considered to have the most series potential if producers pull off the novel's tricky combination mixing a modern protagonist with reborn historical figures.

"'Riverworld' has a little bit of everybody's' idea of heaven and everybody's hell," Halmi said of the setting.

Characters in the story's world will be portrayed by actors in their 20s, so somebody like Napoleon wouldn't be "a balding man with his hand in his coat."

"Part of the fun of this is the reveal of who each character is," said Stern, whose network previously took a crack at a "Riverworld" pilot some years ago.

"Alice" is planned for the winter; "Riverworld" and "Phantom" come out next year. RHI also is doing "Meteor" and "The Storm" for NBC in the summer. The Sci Fi backdoor pilots are part of RHI's effort to expand from movies to series programming.

"They're one of the few production companies that are still doing longform and really doing it well," Stern said. "They have an economic model that most of us are mystified about, the way they're able to fund their shows and make a deal very attractive for us."

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Re: Not Worth a Thread: TV Edition
« Reply #18 on: March 23, 2009, 10:40:47 AM »
Riverworld... I like that sci-fi is now remaking their own original movies.

Next up:  A remake of Submarine Shark Attack.

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Re: Not Worth a Thread: TV Edition
« Reply #19 on: March 23, 2009, 12:28:52 PM »
"Just when you though your nuclear sub was safe!"  Co-ordinated shark attack!

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Re: Not Worth a Thread: TV Edition
« Reply #20 on: March 29, 2009, 10:20:14 AM »
You know what... I love HIMYM:


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Re: Not Worth a Thread: TV Edition
« Reply #21 on: April 01, 2009, 10:15:11 AM »
Not really worth it's own thread, but The Haney Project is freaking hilarious.

http://www.thegolfchannel.com/haneybarkley/

Basically the worlds best golf coach is trying to teach Charles Barkley how to fix his swing.  Barkley is renowned for his horrific swing.  It's horrible, it looks like a chicken having a fit.  And Barkley is just sitting there seriously trying to fix his swing while all his friends are laughing at him.  He takes it really well and the show is quite funny.

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Re: Not Worth a Thread: TV Edition
« Reply #22 on: April 01, 2009, 10:52:46 AM »
Having trouble playing the videos... But will get this into me when I get home.

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Re: Not Worth a Thread: TV Edition
« Reply #23 on: April 07, 2009, 11:41:13 AM »
Sci-Fi (or Scy-Fy) continues to strip-mine BSG for it's new series.

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Sci Fi casts 'Riverworld,' 'The Phantom'
Trio join RHI movies being eyed as possible new series

Sci Fi has found lead actors for "Riverworld" and "The Phantom," its upcoming movie events that will serve as trials for possible new series.

"Battlestar Galactica" veteran Tahmoh Penikett and "Smallville" supergirl Laura Vandervoort will star in "Riverworld," and Ryan Carnes ("Desperate Housewives") has been cast as the Phantom.

Penikett is best known for playing Helo on "Battlestar." In "Riverworld," he will play war correspondent Matt Ellman, who is killed along with his fiancee (Vandervoort) but awakens in a mysterious world populated by everyone who has lived on Earth.

Alan Cumming is set to guest star as the Caretaker; Jeananne Goossen and Mark Deklin also have been cast.

In "Phantom," Carnes will play the well-known comic book hero, and Isabella Rossellini will guest star as the villainous Lithia, who is overseeing a mind-control experiment. Additional "Phantom" cast members include Cameron Goodman and Sandrine Holt.

"Riverworld" and "Phantom" will air next year as four-hour movies on Sci Fi. Both are from RHI Entertainment and began production Monday.

A third RHI project for the cable network, "Alice," will air this year.

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Re: Not Worth a Thread: TV Edition
« Reply #24 on: April 07, 2009, 12:08:19 PM »
Man, Helo is a poor man's Nathan Fillion.

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Re: Not Worth a Thread: TV Edition
« Reply #25 on: April 07, 2009, 05:27:15 PM »
Am I the only one interested in Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire? 

Previews now online (which I can't see at work):
http://www.comedycentral.com/shows/krod_mandoon/index.jhtml

The Firefly of my youth was Wizards & Warriors --

http://www.greatsociety.org/fpm/content/view/175/2/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wizards_and_Warriors_(TV_series)

A hilarious, short-lived show that was the grandfather of stuff like Brisco County and Jack of all Trades. 

Keeping it in the not worth a thread because it probably sucks.

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Re: Not Worth a Thread: TV Edition
« Reply #26 on: April 07, 2009, 05:30:46 PM »
I almost posted a Krod Mandoon thread when I heard about this show a few weeks ago, but I started looking around for clips, saw the trailer and decided that the show looks... well, not that great.  I mean, I guess it could be okay, but my initial impression was that it reminded me of Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
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Re: Not Worth a Thread: TV Edition
« Reply #27 on: April 07, 2009, 05:36:53 PM »
Yeah, that's what I thought.  Haven't seen anything on it besides all the blog talk.  How do the new clips look?

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Re: Not Worth a Thread: TV Edition
« Reply #28 on: April 07, 2009, 05:42:59 PM »
Man, the commercial I saw for it was just straight up not funny.  I didn't really laugh at all.  But... it's got Matt Lucas in it, so that is enticing.
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Re: Not Worth a Thread: TV Edition
« Reply #29 on: April 10, 2009, 05:58:15 PM »
Harper's Island --

Netflix has the first ep up:
http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Harper_s_Island_Season_1/70112534

It's sort of like a not-weird Twin Peaks with bland actors written by Stephen King while he was waiting in the grocery store parking lot and talking on the phone about the possibility of writing the screenplay for Wrong Turn 3.