Saturday night of Comic-Con, at the Entertainment Weekly / Syfy party, my world came crashing down. I'm a huge fan of Joss Whedon and I'm generally obsessed with Firefly . I haven't had the time to make a fan vid about it yet, but believe me, I will. So, imagine my utter despair as Joss Whedon told me that Firefly is over. "No one's ever given me the slightest hope," he said when asked about the franchise. I might be naive, but that's not the answer I was expecting. Comic books, straight to dvd, nothing? I couldn't be all sad though. I mean, there I was, standing right in front of one of my idols, chatting with him about some of my favorite TV shows of all time. Was I happy? No, I was ecstatic! Whedon even discussed Glee briefly with us, which isn't in the video. Evidently, he's a huge fan of the new series. Whedon tells us he promised his wife he wouldn't go to the screening at Comic-Con but just couldn't resist temptation. So, for those of you unaware, Whedon's recommendations for last year: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Fail guys. I mean, you couldn't help Joss out and tune in?). Whedon's recommendations for this year: Glee . Don't let him down. Other than that, Joss Whedon tells us what's in the works for Dr. Horrible and Buffy, including his take on the (second) Feature Length Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie. Source & Video
EW asked PopWatchers which science-fiction characters/creatures they'd most like to hang out with; Kara Thrace, Bender, Hiro, E.T., and more have an open invitation to get in your fave fives. I'd like to be friends with Kara Thrace (Starbuck) from Battlestar Galactica . I love her hard-drinking, frak-the-world attitude. She would be tons of fun at the bar. Maybe Colonel Tigh could come along too. EW: Sci-Fi Characters Buddy List
The Firefly cast members have popped up on Desperate Housewives , Chuck , Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and more! Find out where else we've seen them since their space cowboy days. Nathan Fillion - Mal Reynolds Nathan Fillion has popped up on various shows and movies since his days as captain of the Serenity, including roles in of course Serenity like the rest of the Firefly cast, plus Slither , Waitress , Desperate Housewives , and Lost . He's also starring in an upcoming midseason newbie, Castle , which we fear may already be falling into the Cancellation Danger Zone even before it premieres! Adam Baldwin - Jayne Cobb It's hard to follow a role like Jayne, but Adam Baldwin has found another excellent muscleman role for himself on the beloved Chuck as NSA Agent, John Casey. Other than Chuck, Baldwin appeared in a few films including Drillbit Taylor , had roles on Day Break, Stargate SG-1 , NCIS , CSI: NY , and a few other shows. Gina Torres - Zoe Alleyne Washburne Gina Torres has shown up in a variety of films including reprising her tough-gal role in The Matrix films, then appeared opposite Chris Rock in I Think I Love My Wife , and took part in other films as well. On a personal note, Torres had her first child with husband and Matrix co-star Laurence Fishburne in 2007. Alan Tudyk - Hoban "Wash" Washburne Alan Tudyk has been busy with films and plenty more since Firefly, appearing as Steve the Pirate in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story , plus taking part in I, Robot , Knocked Up , Death at a Funeral , and 3:10 to Yuma. Jewel Staite - Kaylee Frye Jewel Staite is currently playing Dr. Jennifer Keller on Stargate Atlantis (which according to Wikipedia makes her the third Firefly cast member to appear in a Stargate series). She also starred in the brief Fox series Wonderfalls in 2004. Summer Glau - River Tam Summer Glau has become one of the most successful Firefly alums with her role on the so far successful Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles . She also had short runs on The 4400 and The Unit , and will soon make an appearance as herself on The Big Bang Theory . Sean Maher - Dr. Simon Tam Sean Maher appeared on CSI: Miami in 2004, then took part in various movies and shows since including Ghost Whisperer , Serenity , and Wedding Wars. Morena Baccarin - Inara Serra Since her Firefly days, Morena Baccarin took part in Serenity and Justice League Unlimited , then various TV roles including on How I Met Your Mother , The O.C. , Las Vegas , Stargate SG-1 , and Dirt . Source: Wikipedia: Firefly
Did Britney Spears really almost appear on Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Why was Anya afraid of rabbits? Was Drusilla a potential slayer? Will Buffy reunite with Angel anytime soon? And how are things looking for a Serenity 2 movie? I brought your questions about Buffy, Angel and Firefly to Joss Whedon, when he dropped by to talk up his new Fox series, Dollhouse . For Joss Whedon Video Click Here .
Many a quirky show gets canceled because it's a little too quirky to pull in the crowds, but so brilliantly quirky that it leaves behind many very sad fans. In our Quirky Characters Week definition of quirky including characters that "have some sort of secret life or ability or just a big dose of oddness that sets them apart," there are some tragically canceled shows that were entirely hilarious and off the wall quirky or had those wonderful bizarre characters considered nutso because of their weird "secret life." Here's our list of the most quirktastic, but tragically canceled shows! Journeyman : This show was most certainly an under-appreciated dose of quirkiness as the main character, Dan Vasser, found himself time traveling, at often awkward or dangerous moments of his normal life, which led him to moments in time which he needed to alter to save someone or stop something from happening that would botch the future as it was supposed to be. Sure enough, the time traveling quirk of Dan's life caused him plenty of fascinating trouble - but also unfortunately, the trouble of getting canceled as well. New Amsterdam : This show was not as amazing Journeyman, but it also included a fascinatingly quirky character, John Amsterdam, who back in the time of the American settlers, was made immortal when he was dying, so that he would live forever - until he found "the one." Weird. Now to wish to find the one to spend one lifetime with or the wish to live "forever" alone where you witness so much of the world, yet don't have someone to share it with? We'll never really know how things worked out for John, but it was quirkily intriguing while it lasted. Arrested Development : If any show were to be next to the standard definition of "quirky" in the dictionary, Arrested Development would be it! These characters really had nothing special about them - besides total insanity. The Bluths are probably the funniest TV family ever with kissing cousins, a narcissistic sister married to a cat-like never-nude, an untalented magician, a rich papa in prison, and a "slow" mama's boy... and the ever so normal Michael and alcoholic mother. This was a misunderstood show that was so quirky, the characters even pleaded not to be canceled, but to no avail. Firefly : Firefly can fall onto any form of tragically canceled list as it was a fun and quirky scifi show that was misunderstood and missed by many who would've been big fans if they'd just realized the awesome scifi aspect, or the utterly quirky and hilarious aspect. Oh, Firefly. Family Guy : Yes, it was picked up again (twice) - hooray! But it should be noted on this list that many viewers didn't get or appreciate the quirkiness of Seth MacFarlane and his offensive, silly characters like Stewie the evil talking baby, Brian the talking alcoholic dog, Quagmire the sex-maniac neighbor, or even the mildly retarded star of it all, Peter Griffin. Thank heavens those Fox people came to their senses (twice) and put it back on the air - and here we are in the 7th season! Futurama : This deserves a spot on this list as it's hard to get much quirkier than a pizza boy frozen in the year 2000 and waking up in the year 3000, only to take on a delivery job - but surrounded by some pretty ridiculous futuristic outcasts. It had a pretty good run, though on-again-off-again, until finally off for good. Wonderfalls : Wonderfalls is among those great but short-lived and misunderstood shows. This quirk-ster featured a college grad in a dead-end job at a Niagara Falls gift shop, who talked to animal figurines who led her to people she was supposed to help. Sadly, it didn't get much viewership, and despite efforts to get this one on a different and more successful network, Wonderfalls did more falling than wondering as it was canceled after just 4 episodes.
As SideReel's Geek Week continues, we're taking a look at our favorite geeks on TV , but we can't skip over our favorite geeks in front of the TV! Ah yes, the honorable geek viewers who can be credited for many a wonderfully geeky show staying alive. But sadly, as for any group of TV fans, these viewers have had their losses as well. So let's take a moment to honor some of the great but canceled geeky shows of our time! Firefly Carnivale Freaks and Geeks Arrested Development Battlestar Galactica (1978) V: The Series Deadwood Push, Nevada Jake 2.0 Buffy The Vampire Slayer Having only recently begun my geek TV education, I figured it best to leave you to check out the full list and explanations from greatwhitesnark.com: Top 10 Most Tragic Geek TV Show Cancellations Photo courtesy of wired.com
First we got a teaser trailer , and now we have both an official website as well as a date that Joss Whedon's Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog will be coming live to your computer screens...July 15th! Actually, the musical will be a multiple day event. Here is the complete schedule, as copied from the MySpace blog: "ONE WEEK ONLY! AN INTERNET MINISERIES EVENT! Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog will be streamed, LIVE (that part's not true), FREE (sadly, that part is) right on Drhorrible.com, in mid-July. Specifically: ACT ONE (Wheee!) will go up Tuesday July 15th. ACT TWO (OMG!) will go up Thursday July 17th. ACT THREE (Denouement!) will go up Saturday July 19th. All acts will stay up until midnight Sunday July 20th. Then they will vanish into the night, like a phantom (but not THE Phantom - that's still playing. Like, everywhere.)" Source: Dr. Horrible on MySpace
I've only recently joined the Firefly following, so I can certainly understand how these fans have kept their Firefly and Serenity flames burning! While years later there's no hope for Firefly resurrection, that doesn't mean the love has to stop for the show and the movie that came of it. Read about the current Portland Serenity film screenings via fan rallying! Wanted, Dead or Alive: How Portlanders Resurrected a TV Show, Got Their Favorite Movie Photo courtesy of binarymoon.co.uk
Normally, an internet musical might sound like a terrible idea. However, since the one mentioned above - Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog - has been written and directed by none other than Joss Whedon, I absolutely cannot wait! We already know that Whedon has a knack for musicals (Buffy's Once More, With Feeling). Combine this with the fact the musical will be starring HIMYM's Neil Patrick Harris and Firefly/Serenity's Nathan Fillion and I can smell an instant internet classic. Whedon says he wrote the musical during the strike and it will consist of three 10 minute episodes. Though he is vague on specific plot details, he revealed that it will focus on "the story of a low-rent super-villain, the hero who keeps beating him up, and the cute girl from the laundromat he's too shy to talk to." It is still unknown when the first episode will be available for viewing. Source: Superheroflix.com