RIVERWORLD IS ALL WET
Monday night, SyFy premiered Riverworld, a four-hour miniseries based on the series of novels by Philip José Farmer. The novels chronicled the adventures of those resurrected after death, living on a cultivated river-planet overseen by extraterrestrial powers.
SyFy is notorious for hilariously abysmal weekly movies. Their miniseries have fared a little better from additional time and care—not that this tempers the glee with which they can throw a decent cast into a cauldron of plot soup for four hours. (Lookin’ at you, Tin Man, and Alice, and Children of Dune, and…)
With Riverworld, SyFy was more ambitious, and this backdoor pilot is a full-on narrative bouillabaisse, thick with confusion and seasoned with questionable overtones. (Mmm, soup metaphor.)
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WHAT ARE THE NEW GENRE SERIES CHANCES?
Pilot season fast approaches and word from Hollywood is leaking out about the chances for the new genre series.
The announcements of new series and the network’s preliminary fall schedules will occur in what is called the upfronts. The upfronts are when these revelations are made to the advertisers, so they have a chance to buy commercials for the new shows.
In 2010, the networks upfront meetings are:
May 17 – NBC
May 17 – Fox
May 18 – ABC
May 19 – CBS
May 20 – The CW
Now on to the chances for our genre series as found at deadline.com:
At Fox, the Stephen Spielberg show “Terra Nova” has gained ground. Peter Chernin’s company has a series commitment deal with Fox, and it appears this show will fill the bill. It looks good for a mid-season launch. The interesting thing about this show is it appears star power and deals are pushing it to the air, not a pilot.
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‘ICE AND FIRE’ AUTHOR TALKS ABOUT NEW HBO SHOW
New York Times best-selling author George R.R. Martin took a reprieve from writing his newest novel to be a guest at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo this past weekend.
Martin, known most for his fantasy novel series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” sat at the Avatar Press booth for the weekend-long convention to promote the comic adaption of his 1982 novel, “Fevre Dream.”
While on the show floor, Martin was able to talk about the television adaption of “Game of Thrones,” his first novel in the Ice and Fire series.
“HBO has picked us up for one season, so far, at 10 episodes,” Martin said. “We made the pilot; it was shot last fall, and it’s been in post-production ever since.”
Martin admitted the impossibility of including every detail from the 674-page novel.
“You can’t get every word or every line of dialog, or even every character in,” he said. “But 10 hours is a lot of time, so we hope to be able to capture most of it. From what I’ve seen so far, it’s going to be quite faithful to the books.”
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Did you catch Riverworld? What did you think? Are you happy to hear Game of Thrones appears to be true to George RR Martin’s books?
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