12 Monkeys is an amazing movie. I know the premise was a retelling of a short French film that Gilliam basically padded out with 100+ extra minutes of science fiction and Gilliam-esque visuals. But the premise–that as a child, a man witnesses his own death that heralds the end of the world–is a powerful one. Gilliam has a hard time getting respect, or even movies made nowadays. But when he does manage to get them out there and they are coherent, they become classics. (See Also: Brazil)
So you may understand why I am highly nervous at the idea of a 13 episode seasonal show that is based on the premise.
The cable network on Friday announced that its adaptation of the Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis feature film has been picked up to series with a 13-episode order for a January 2015 premiere.
Nikita’s Aaron Stanford and Suits’ Amanda Schull star in the drama based on Universal Pictures’ Terry Gilliam film. In Plain Sight’s Natalie Chaidez serves as showrunner on the drama about a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in the present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race.
The reason 12 Monkeys is a classic is not the scenes in the mad house. it’s not the insanity of Brad Pitt (who nonetheless is stellar.) It’s the ending. Unless Syfy is planning this to be one of those very-now limited run series–and there’s no indication that is in the works–I’m not seeing that ending coming any time soon.
Don’t get me wrong–every step SyFy takes towards putting more actual Science Fiction content in their line up makes me happy. With the WWE network taking off, they’re probably going to lose what wrestling programming still exists on their line up soon anyway. They need to go back to basics and stop allowing BBCA to be the only destination for good science fiction on TV. This one just…doesn’t smell right.
When I was 12, I was in love with Wil Wheaton.
Looking back at TNG now, it’s kind of amazing what hormones can do, because holy hell, the character of Wesley Crusher is terrible. But much like I got over Wheaton, Wheaton has managed to get over TNG. His career may have never really taken off as an adult movie star, but he’s managed to find his niche as one of the most beloved nerd symbols of our time.
It took long enough for him to realise he could cash in on it. The only question I have is if he thought of it first or if Syfy did.
Syfy has greenlit the 12-episode summer series, The Wil Wheaton Project (working title), a weekly topical comedy show hosted by actor and champion of geek culture Wil Wheaton. The 30-minute show will offer a funny, fast-paced exploration and celebration of science fiction and genre entertainment. The series premieres Tuesday, May 27 at 10PM ET/PT on Syfy.
Project Runway Does Muppets?
Oh, We WILL be recapping this one. Rest assured everyone, this show WILL be recapped here.
Syfy has greenlighted eight episodes ofJim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, which will pit 10 aspiring creature creators competing in a series of challenges where they will build everything from mechanical characters to whimsical beasts. The winner gets $100,000 and a contract working at the famed Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. Jim Henson’s son Brian Henson is aboard as lead judge.
The show is currently slated for an early 2014 debut. I’m not sure if this would mean it will sit where the last season of Face Off did, or if the theory is to run two series of Face Off a year (Winter and Summer) and then run Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge directly following, the way Project Runway and Project Runway: All Stars abut each other.
With Eureka unceremoniously dumped last season, and Warehouse 13 coming to an end any minute now, SyFy is working to try and work up some original programming for their channel.
Unfortunately, they’re not going about it in the best manner. W13 and Eureka were not only original programming for the channel, but also original concepts. (Ok, maybe not *that* original. But they weren’t based on already existing properties.) They were also sunny, cheerful, and despite monsters of the week roaming free among the people for 50 minutes an hour, 98% of the time it was feel good television.
Apparently SyFy doesn’t trust their audience to flock to that anymore, despite the fact that we all loved it the first time. Instead we’re getting a “gritty post-apocalyptic” Wizard of Oz remake….and a “gritty post-apocalyptic” 12 Monkeys remake.
I don’t recap it, but I do have a soft spot in my heart for SyFy’s Eureka. I’m going to miss it when it’s gone.
One of the worst parts of the Eureka cancellation announcement last week was that they’ve all-but-finished shooting Season Five, and the “Six episodes of Season Six” that had been batted around as a way to wrap up the series suddenly disappeared. Unless there were massive re-writes and delays in production, it was not clear that Eureka fans were going to get any sort of satisfactory ending to a series that has yet to disappoint. Continue reading
Back in the spring, there was a little blurb floating round the ‘net that SyFy was greenlighting a spin-off from Warehouse 13. With Eureka‘s cancellation once again causing fans to wonder if SyFy is actually into the SciFi that it airs, it’s important to sit up and pay attention to what they have coming down the pipeline to replace it, and to note that it’s not all WWE Extreme Reality Paranormal Ghosthunting In The Dark. Continue reading
To gear us up for Warehouse 13′s return next week, the series is releasing a series of webisodes. The first four are up:
SciFi SyFy’s forays into original programming has not been without its bumps. But two of their biggest success stories are Eureka, and it’s slightly younger skewing cousin Warehouse 13. These both are their lighthearted summer fare. Even though Eureka is now doing “half-seasons,” a la BSG, these “half-seasons” have aired a year apart, keeping it summer viewing.
Last season Eureka found an ingenious way to reboot their entire storyline, with time travel and alternate universes. By keeping this “the second half of the season” the writers keep the viewers wondering if at the end of all this, we’ll return to the Way Things Were Before (which would be a nice way to re-un-boot all over again), or if the new timeline is here to stay. The promo of course doesn’t hint one way or the other…
Meanwhile, I’m not sure if the fear is that Warehouse 13 can’t stand on its own, or if SyFy is trying to pull in more Eureka viewers, because they seems to really like the whole “Let’s Do A Cross Over Episode!” gimmick. You can see glimpses of Fargo in the promo here…
…I just hope the show doesn’t end up as Eureka’s appendage. It’s got too much potential for that.