Image Credit: 20th Century Fox/Everett Collection Firefly – about a tight-knit band of war-scarred smugglers, seekers and runaways eeking out a semi-honest living in the final frontier of newly colonized space — is remembered as one of the great shoulda-been/coulda-been TV tragedies of the young century. A quirky blend of sci-fi space saga and Western frontier adventure, the short-lived Fox series arrived in the fall of 2002 with great expectations from critics and geek pop fans alike thanks to the pedigree of its creator: Joss Whedon, the acclaimed mastermind behind Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel , an ace dramatist with a distinctive voice renowned for telling stories great with wit, scope, heady themes and psychologically complex, emotionally accessible characters. Also? Much with the Whedon Speaky and cool pop culture references. Buffy and Angel had been youth-skewing niche hits for The WB (and, during Buffy’s last two seasons, UPN); the hope was that Firefly would appeal to bigger, broader audience on Fox. It didn’t. The show – airing on Friday nights – premiered with 6.3 million viewers and declined from there. Fox cancelled the series, airing only 11 of 14 episodes produced by Whedon. Those who had taken an instant liking to the show – a tribe of fans who called themselves Browncoats – were heartbroken, as was Whedon and his cast, led by its breakout star, Nathan Fillion. An attempt to pull a Star Trek and keep the Firefly creative world alive as a movie franchise failed to launch: Despite admiring reviews, the Whedon-helmed 2005 feature Serenity grossed just $38.8 million worldwide. The dream of more Firefly was finally extinguished. Read More... http://popwatch.ew.com/2011/03/06/firefly-premiere-science-channel/
Firefly re-runs are back on television - and now star Nathan Fillion may be putting the pieces together to create new episodes of the cult show. Recently, the Science Channel revealed that it is re-airing the entire Firefly series in its intended order and in high definition (for those of you not in the know, FOX originally aired the episodes without any consistency). The Science Channel will be bookending each episode with additional content from Dr. Michio Kaku, who will discuss the theoretical science behind the show. Read more... http://www.starpulse.com/news/Casey_Johnson/2011/02/22/could_firefly_return_to_television_wit
For the first time since 2008, the short-lived cult show Firefly will be on TV again. Entertainment Weekly has just reported that The Science Channel has acquired the rights to the scifi favorite and will air the entire series, along with an extra segment at the end of each episode. Renowned physicist Dr. Michio Kaku wll be discussing the science aspect behind the show's sci fi concepts. Read More... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/tvovermind/tvnews/~3/d1SpqSmr6Y0/48676
SyFy has secured the talents of Firefly alum Jewel Staite (Kaylee) and Sean Maher (Dr. Simon) for an upcoming episode of Warehouse 13's second season. This is the first time the two have worked together since Serenity, and living proof that the Warehouse 13 folks know how to please their geek-filled audience. The title of the episode is "Mild Mannered," and in it Maher plays an object bearer named Sheldon. Described in the press release as "a quiet unassuming guy," Maher is physically affected by the object - in a way that may be obvious from the title. I'm thinking incredible Hulk here. Staite will play the part of Loretta, Sheldon's unobtainable object of affection. Warehouse 13 itself turned out to be one of SyFy's biggest successes, quickly earning a second season shortly following its premiere last year. Warehouse 13 will get, ironically, 13 episodes for its second season the SyFy equivalent of a full season and will be returning to the small screen on Tuesday, July 13th. No word on when "Mild Mannered" will be premiering. Source Here
Yesterday, an innocent conversation amongst the CliqueClack writers devolved into a discussion of Morena Baccarin's hair for her role as Anna on V. While the super-short haircut gives her a very distinctive look, the Firefly beauty now bears an uncanny resemblance to awkward, young Michael Cera. Compare the photos above, side-by-side. Some have even spotted a resemblance to The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons! The question is this: does Baccarin's hair work for her and for her current role as the Lizard Queen? Take the poll. Full story:
Joss Whedon appears to already have a plan regarding what his project is after Dollhouse, and apparently, it's already underway, if his comment is to be believed. In fact, some fans are speculating that we're already being given clues as to the nature of the project, and that it's related to the curious website at Spectrin.com . The relationship of this website to a potential post-Dollhouse Alternate Reality Game, and that to Joss' mystery project is unclear, but it definitely has Whedon fans all abuzz. Find more detail here at io9.com .
Seven years later, here's what Joss and the cast of Firefly and Serenity have been up to.
TV Guide is reporting that Firefly alum Gina Torres has been cast as Vanessa's mother - Gabriela Abrams - on Gossip Girl . She will begin appearing on the series this Fall in 2 episodes, and will be classified as a recurring character after that. From TV Guide: "Gabriela Abrams, mother to home-schooled vid-kid Vanessa, is described as being warm and outgoing, which will certainly be a change of pace for this show, not exactly known as the paragon of parental virtue. She is a free spirit, a former Brooklynite who lives "off the grid" in Vermont and has definite opinions about things, especially concerning her daughter." Do you like this casting choice? Gossip Girl has its 3rd season premiere on The CW on Monday, September 14th at 9/8c. Source
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