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2013-08-03 08:31:51 PM  
Some guy no one has heard of writes a sci-fi drama script and is suddenly the hottest guy in television. "Everyone wants it. And I mean everybody except for SyFy"
 
2013-08-03 09:03:07 PM  
A couple with an android for a child... so this is a reboot of Small Wonder?
 
2013-08-03 09:03:19 PM  
"about a couple with a human-like android son created by the dad"

flavorwire.files.wordpress.com

Not impressed.
 
2013-08-03 09:04:14 PM  
Missed it by 12 seconds.

/shaking my robotic fist at you, LesserEvil
 
2013-08-03 09:05:58 PM  

DanZero: Some guy no one has heard of writes a sci-fi drama script and is suddenly the hottest guy in television. "Everyone wants it. And I mean everybody except for SyFy"


Well, yeah. First, SyFy isn't in the business of making good movies, and B) SyFy is going broke after dumping everything they have into the almost lifeless Defiance.

It's going to be interesting seeing what that network will be in five years once Bonnie Hammer is finished driving it into the ground. I'm thinking it will become a home-shopping channel targeting sci-fi collectors and other nerds.

Anyway, as for this script, I'm glad real networks with real budgets are fighting for it. It sounds interesting.
 
2013-08-03 09:08:13 PM  
If everyone in Hollywood wants it, it must suck.
 
2013-08-03 09:09:24 PM  

chandie: "about a couple with a human-like android son created by the dad"

[flavorwire.files.wordpress.com image 250x200]

Not impressed.


"is about a couple with a human-like android son created by the dad and another child, possibly an alien, on the way. "

wow
just wow

THIS is what they are excited about?
I guess there might be something that we are not seeing.
shudder
 
2013-08-03 09:10:58 PM  

namatad: chandie: "about a couple with a human-like android son created by the dad"

[flavorwire.files.wordpress.com image 250x200]

Not impressed.

"is about a couple with a human-like android son created by the dad and another child, possibly an alien, on the way. "

wow
just wow

THIS is what they are excited about?
I guess there might be something that we are not seeing.
shudder


There's also a time machine. And a talking goat. Who only speaks in haiku.
 
2013-08-03 09:13:09 PM  
And he's been in L.A. HOW long? Ugh... unbelievable. Y-you know he actually called the main character "John Everyman"? Tsch... come on. Well... good for him.
 
2013-08-03 09:14:36 PM  
Do they have wacky neighbors that always walk right in? Because that could really be something.
 
2013-08-03 09:15:22 PM  

Vodka Zombie: DanZero: Some guy no one has heard of writes a sci-fi drama script and is suddenly the hottest guy in television. "Everyone wants it. And I mean everybody except for SyFy"

Well, yeah. First, SyFy isn't in the business of making good movies, and B) SyFy is going broke after dumping everything they have into the almost lifeless Defiance.

It's going to be interesting seeing what that network will be in five years once Bonnie Hammer Mark Stern is finished driving it into the ground. I'm thinking it will become a home-shopping channel targeting sci-fi collectors and other nerds.

Anyway, as for this script, I'm glad real networks with real budgets are fighting for it. It sounds interesting.


While I still haven't forgiven Ms. Hammer for what she did during her Scifi channel reighn, she is no longer the head of Syfy programming she had moved up the ladder, not that she can't still do harm in charge of the NBC Entertainment Group.
 
2013-08-03 09:16:38 PM  

chandie: Do they have wacky neighbors that always walk right in? Because that could really be something.


An eccentric unemployed guy who lives in an expensive well maintained house. He talks with a goofy voice, and twitches a lot.
 
2013-08-03 09:17:08 PM  
Dammit, preview is your friend, meant to fix the typos in my previous post.
 
2013-08-03 09:17:52 PM  

namatad: chandie: "about a couple with a human-like android son created by the dad"

[flavorwire.files.wordpress.com image 250x200]

Not impressed.

"is about a couple with a human-like android son created by the dad and another child, possibly an alien, on the way. "

wow
just wow

THIS is what they are excited about?
I guess there might be something that we are not seeing.
shudder


It's all in the script. The best show sounds dumb if you just read a one line summary. Colombo is a cop who bumbles around and pesters the bad guy, who we all know is the murderer, into confessing. The Wire is about a corrupt cop in the force. Battlestar Galactica is a reboot of a cheesy 1970s kids sci fi series. The Sopranos is about a mafia boss who sees a shrink.

It's all about how it is done.

Of course it could be great now but by the time every network exec has given them a few dozen notes.....
 
2013-08-03 09:19:54 PM  
i92.photobucket.com
Has Moonvest seen it?

/better make sure to ask for that alarm clock radio in contract negotiations.
 
2013-08-03 09:23:17 PM  
human-like android son created by the dad

3.bp.blogspot.com

The only way this could possibly be stupider is if the dad 3D printed the android son.
 
2013-08-03 09:24:20 PM  
Fox will get it and kill it before it has a chance because fark you that's why
 
2013-08-03 09:26:19 PM  

Flint Ironstag: The best show sounds dumb if you just read a one line summary. Colombo is a cop who bumbles around and pesters the bad guy, who we all know is the murderer, into confessing. The Wire is about a corrupt cop in the force. Battlestar Galactica is a reboot of a cheesy 1970s kids sci fi series. The Sopranos is about a mafia boss who sees a shrink.


This is very true. I almost didn't bother with Breaking Bad because the concept of a high school teacher with cancer who turns to making meth in New Mexico sounds like the worst TV show ever.

But then Breaking Bad is the best show of all time, so yeah.
 
2013-08-03 09:32:30 PM  
Give it to the BBC, they are the only ones that really do Sci-Fi right nowadays
 
2013-08-03 09:35:20 PM  

Confabulat: Flint Ironstag: The best show sounds dumb if you just read a one line summary. Colombo is a cop who bumbles around and pesters the bad guy, who we all know is the murderer, into confessing. The Wire is about a corrupt cop in the force. Battlestar Galactica is a reboot of a cheesy 1970s kids sci fi series. The Sopranos is about a mafia boss who sees a shrink.

This is very true. I almost didn't bother with Breaking Bad because the concept of a high school teacher with cancer who turns to making meth in New Mexico sounds like the worst TV show ever.

But then Breaking Bad is the best show of all time, so yeah.


Same here. I was convinced I'd hate Breaking Bad, and didn't start watching it until a few seasons in.

Needless to say, that pilot episode was probably one of the best pilots for any show ever. Since then, every episode has been pretty solidly awesome, and I'm glad I was so very wrong about it.
 
2013-08-03 09:36:54 PM  

chandie: Missed it by 12 seconds.

/shaking my robotic fist at you, LesserEvil


You took the time to find a picture, so you get a 30-second leeway.
 
2013-08-03 09:39:38 PM  

Piizzadude: Give it to the BBC, they are the only ones that really do Sci-Fi right nowadays


Or let some Canadian produce it... they'll put a bunch of boobs in it.
 
2013-08-03 09:40:08 PM  
I am a bit curious as to how/why the couple thinks the mom might be pregnant with an alien baby... I'm assuming either medical experiment or she had an affair with an alien, which would be pretty damn interesting.

/Cue the "I'm not saying aliens" meme.
 
2013-08-03 09:40:12 PM  
Sounds like they are gonna turn it into a massive pile o'crap.
 
2013-08-03 09:40:29 PM  

Candygram4Mongo: namatad: chandie: "about a couple with a human-like android son created by the dad"

[flavorwire.files.wordpress.com image 250x200]

Not impressed.

"is about a couple with a human-like android son created by the dad and another child, possibly an alien, on the way. "

wow
just wow

THIS is what they are excited about?
I guess there might be something that we are not seeing.
shudder

There's also a time machine. And a talking goat. Who only speaks in haiku.


And blackjack. And hookers.
 
2013-08-03 09:45:31 PM  

YodaBlues: Candygram4Mongo: namatad: chandie: "about a couple with a human-like android son created by the dad"

[flavorwire.files.wordpress.com image 250x200]

Not impressed.

"is about a couple with a human-like android son created by the dad and another child, possibly an alien, on the way. "

wow
just wow

THIS is what they are excited about?
I guess there might be something that we are not seeing.
shudder

There's also a time machine. And a talking goat. Who only speaks in haiku.

And blackjack. And hookers.


Better yet, forget the goat and the blackjack.
 
2013-08-03 09:49:30 PM  
I had a story about a very serious CIA agent who rescues an alien from Area 51 because he sees all the awful ongoings they were doing to the other survivors. Autopsies and such.
He keeps his job at the agency, but his boss is getting suspicious as are his colleagues.
His wife finds out and he finally has to tell his family, who now also have to keep it a secret.
They dress the alien up in something different every week to keep him safe.
It was very suspenseful and you never who was going to die.
Lots of mystery and intrigue.

Then Seth McFarlane bought it and turned it into a funny cartoon.
 
2013-08-03 09:51:08 PM  

Vodka Zombie: Confabulat: Flint Ironstag: The best show sounds dumb if you just read a one line summary. Colombo is a cop who bumbles around and pesters the bad guy, who we all know is the murderer, into confessing. The Wire is about a corrupt cop in the force. Battlestar Galactica is a reboot of a cheesy 1970s kids sci fi series. The Sopranos is about a mafia boss who sees a shrink.

This is very true. I almost didn't bother with Breaking Bad because the concept of a high school teacher with cancer who turns to making meth in New Mexico sounds like the worst TV show ever.

But then Breaking Bad is the best show of all time, so yeah.

Same here. I was convinced I'd hate Breaking Bad, and didn't start watching it until a few seasons in.

Needless to say, that pilot episode was probably one of the best pilots for any show ever. Since then, every episode has been pretty solidly awesome, and I'm glad I was so very wrong about it.

I'm glad you all agree with me.

 
2013-08-03 09:56:19 PM  

Piizzadude: Give it to the BBC, they are the only ones that really do Sci-Fi right nowadays


weknowmemes.com
The BBC couldn't do a decent sci-fi series even if you beat them black and blue with a William Gibson novel. All of their so-called "science fiction" shows are nothing more than fantasy shows trying to pass themselves off as "sci-fi."  In order to get an actual sci-fi series they had to turn to Canadian writers and actors.
 
2013-08-03 09:56:25 PM  
Hey Amazon you want to compete with Netflix? Time to open your wallet.
 
2013-08-03 09:56:56 PM  

www.joblo.com

Been done.

/Bonus: my Grandfather had a small part in this movie.
 
2013-08-03 09:57:59 PM  
So is this script Alf Part Deux?
 
2013-08-03 10:00:42 PM  
Why do I get the feeling this is trying to generate buzz rather than actually reporting it?
 
2013-08-03 10:02:09 PM  

Summer Glau's Love Slave: [www.joblo.com image 580x885]Been done.

/Bonus: my Grandfather had a small part in this movie.


www.jonathanrosenbaum.com

More than once.
 
2013-08-03 10:02:13 PM  

Zombie DJ: I had a story about a very serious CIA agent


I've never been able to come with stories at all...  I can tell you why a program is crashing, though.  I wish I had some sort of creative talent, even someone ended up coming up with that idea first.
 
2013-08-03 10:10:23 PM  
how did under the dome get a second season? wasn't it a one season adaptation of the book?
 
2013-08-03 10:16:34 PM  

namatad: wow
just wow

THIS is what they are excited about?
I guess there might be something that we are not seeing.
shudder


yeah, but you can make any show sound terrible with a two sentence synopsis.

/lawless group of cops who operate above the law, and play by their own rules
animated series featuring obese father and the attractive wife who has to keep the family together.
survivors of a plane wreck end up on deserted island, experience awkward romances and mysteries etc
medieval kingdom sees father juggle family duties with running a kingdom
Miami csi agent kills on the side, eludes his coworkers.

I am assuming that the actual script is more compelling than how it is described, but am less than interested in it right now too.
 
2013-08-03 10:22:40 PM  

Nefarious: While I still haven't forgiven Ms. Hammer for what she did during her Scifi channel reighn, she is no longer the head of Syfy programming she had moved up the ladder, not that she can't still do harm in charge of the NBC Entertainment Group.


img.photobucket.com
 
2013-08-03 10:24:29 PM  

Myria: Zombie DJ: I had a story about a very serious CIA agent

I've never been able to come with stories at all...  I can tell you why a program is crashing, though.  I wish I had some sort of creative talent, even someone ended up coming up with that idea first.


You should write a story about a program crashing, except that program is someone's android son. He has android cancer! At the end of the story, the father learns how to open up his heart and love again.
 
2013-08-03 10:29:56 PM  

Vexed Thespian: how did under the dome get a second season? wasn't it a one season adaptation of the book?


They're going to keep going past the book. Stephen King is writing the first episode of the second season, so at least they're using him as a jumping off point. It's a pretty lousy show though, but dumb enough to count as a guilty pleasure.
 
2013-08-03 10:36:54 PM  

Confabulat: They're going to keep going past the book. Stephen King is writing the first episode of the second season, so at least they're using him as a jumping off point. It's a pretty lousy show though, but dumb enough to count as a guilty pleasure.


I know nothing of it other than there is a town.  and It is under a dome.

I know people want to compare it with the simpsons movie, but for me, the town stuck in a dome was done with the Luna Brothers' "GIRLS"

which was okay, but nothing compared to the awesomeness of the Sword, which is getting produced with a screenplay by the guy who did the first xmen movie I think.

/excited
 
2013-08-03 10:41:56 PM  

Vexed Thespian: I know nothing of it other than there is a town.  and It is under a dome.


Yep, that's pretty much what it is. Sometimes those one sentence concepts really do explain everything.
 
2013-08-03 10:46:56 PM  
Tried to watch the dome thing.  Sucked.  In fact, tried to watch just about every recent sci-fi show that's been on network tv, and the vast majority are complete failures.  They take a great premise, maybe even decent writes and somehow manage to squander that with crappy special effects, minimal or mismanaged budgets and commercial after commercial after commercial.  Last major disappointment was that Fox dinosaur show...I had high hopes, but ended up feeling like the network took a dump on film, slapped some commercials in there, and then called it a day.
 
2013-08-03 10:48:44 PM  

MrHappyRotter: Tried to watch the dome thing.  Sucked.  In fact, tried to watch just about every recent sci-fi show that's been on network tv, and the vast majority are complete failures.  They take a great premise, maybe even decent writes and somehow manage to squander that with crappy special effects, minimal or mismanaged budgets and commercial after commercial after commercial.  Last major disappointment was that Fox dinosaur show...I had high hopes, but ended up feeling like the network took a dump on film, slapped some commercials in there, and then called it a day.


You should be watching Orphan Black.
 
2013-08-03 10:52:37 PM  

Bslim: YodaBlues: Candygram4Mongo: namatad: chandie: "about a couple with a human-like android son created by the dad"

[flavorwire.files.wordpress.com image 250x200]

Not impressed.

"is about a couple with a human-like android son created by the dad and another child, possibly an alien, on the way. "

wow
just wow

THIS is what they are excited about?
I guess there might be something that we are not seeing.
shudder

There's also a time machine. And a talking goat. Who only speaks in haiku.

And blackjack. And hookers.

Better yet, forget the goat and the blackjack.


Can they have the hookers only speak in haiku?
 
2013-08-03 11:04:39 PM  

Flint Ironstag: namatad: chandie: "about a couple with a human-like android son created by the dad"

[flavorwire.files.wordpress.com image 250x200]

Not impressed.

"is about a couple with a human-like android son created by the dad and another child, possibly an alien, on the way. "

wow
just wow

THIS is what they are excited about?
I guess there might be something that we are not seeing.
shudder

It's all in the script. The best show sounds dumb if you just read a one line summary. Colombo is a cop who bumbles around and pesters the bad guy, who we all know is the murderer, into confessing. The Wire is about a corrupt cop in the force. Battlestar Galactica is a reboot of a cheesy 1970s kids sci fi series. The Sopranos is about a mafia boss who sees a shrink.

It's all about how it is done.

Of course it could be great now but by the time every network exec has given them a few dozen notes.....


I was actually going to use Caprica as the example of a bad Elevator Pitch: A teenage girl is killed in an explosion except her mind was uploaded into a virtual reality world where she's stuck until she gets to inhabit a warrior robot's body.
 
2013-08-03 11:08:03 PM  

mekki: Piizzadude: Give it to the BBC, they are the only ones that really do Sci-Fi right nowadays

[weknowmemes.com image 479x356]
The BBC couldn't do a decent sci-fi series even if you beat them black and blue with a William Gibson novel. All of their so-called "science fiction" shows are nothing more than fantasy shows trying to pass themselves off as "sci-fi."  In order to get an actual sci-fi series they had to turn to Canadian writers and actors.


They have Doctor Who, which, even if you don't like it yourself, you have to admit has been a huge cultural phenomenon for a very long time.  BBC-America also has Orphan Black, which is possibly the best Sci-Fi show on the air right now, though it is produced by the Canadians as you mention.

The Canadians are also in charge of Continuum, which is starting to get really interesting this season.   It seemed a bit sideways from the beginning - we're supposed to root for the future-cop who was an enforcer for corporate-owned government instead of the freedom fighters who were trying to fight for individual rights against the system?  They did a good enough job of turning the Liber8 crew into hardened terrorists to make them less than sympathetic characters, but then they introduce the present-day people who have been harmed by the corporate system and formed the roots of the organization with good intentions, and now we're seeing more of the evils of the corporate government and how one of the 'good guys' might grow into a very bad guy... it's doing a good job of not being cookie-cutter, and I'm really interested in seeing where it goes.

As far as this new show, I guess it could be good if it's written well, though I worry a bit about the family drama focus.  I want a well written big budget Sci-Fi show with space ships and aliens and exploration again though.  That's a sub-genre that is currently being woefully underserved.
 
2013-08-03 11:08:53 PM  

Mentat: MrHappyRotter: Tried to watch the dome thing.  Sucked.  In fact, tried to watch just about every recent sci-fi show that's been on network tv, and the vast majority are complete failures.  They take a great premise, maybe even decent writes and somehow manage to squander that with crappy special effects, minimal or mismanaged budgets and commercial after commercial after commercial.  Last major disappointment was that Fox dinosaur show...I had high hopes, but ended up feeling like the network took a dump on film, slapped some commercials in there, and then called it a day.

You should be watching Orphan Black.




Orphan Black is a very good show.
 
2013-08-03 11:13:36 PM  

HempHead: Mentat: MrHappyRotter: Tried to watch the dome thing.  Sucked.  In fact, tried to watch just about every recent sci-fi show that's been on network tv, and the vast majority are complete failures.  They take a great premise, maybe even decent writes and somehow manage to squander that with crappy special effects, minimal or mismanaged budgets and commercial after commercial after commercial.  Last major disappointment was that Fox dinosaur show...I had high hopes, but ended up feeling like the network took a dump on film, slapped some commercials in there, and then called it a day.

You should be watching Orphan Black.

Orphan Black is a very good show.


Orphan Black is awesome, Continuum is becoming very good (the first season seems paint by numbers but the longer you stay with it the more the subtlety and shades of grey start to become apparent) and Falling Skies is very solid (a bit melodramatic at times, and you can tell where they have to do 'bottle episodes' to conserve money for the big-CGI filled ones, but there's a lot more to like than dislike, and Noah Wyle is great in anything).
 
2013-08-03 11:13:51 PM  

HempHead: Mentat: MrHappyRotter: Tried to watch the dome thing.  Sucked.  In fact, tried to watch just about every recent sci-fi show that's been on network tv, and the vast majority are complete failures.  They take a great premise, maybe even decent writes and somehow manage to squander that with crappy special effects, minimal or mismanaged budgets and commercial after commercial after commercial.  Last major disappointment was that Fox dinosaur show...I had high hopes, but ended up feeling like the network took a dump on film, slapped some commercials in there, and then called it a day.

You should be watching Orphan Black.

Orphan Black is a very good show.


Tatiana Maslany deserves Emmys for lead actress, supporting actress, and guest starring actress.
 
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