Today we get two frightening pieces of news about upcoming series on SciFi and NBC.

First, SciFi News Wire has a small blurb about actor Paul Blackthorne who will be playing Harry Dresden in the upcoming SciFi series, The Dresden Files. Paul talks about how he developed Harry Dresden as an onscreen character:

So I went about creating a character in the same way as I would whether people were aware or not. Obviously, Jim Butcher gave me a considerable push-off in the world and the character that he created. I just took it beyond there with regard to the scripts. When the scripts came in, the character further developed in my mind.

So instead of using Butcher’s characterization of Harry, he used Butcher as a starting point to create his own. This doesn’t bode well. Additionally, Blackthorne doesn’t look like what I thought Harry would look like. Blackthorne looks too frail to take the beatings that Dresden takes. And in the trailers I’ve seen, Blackthorne’s character seems somehow smarmy, which Harry definitely isn’t. I’m wondering how much of the books they will follow. I can’t see them doing a book a week as they will run out of story in about 8 weeks. This suggests they will have to create their own stories, and that The Dresden Files will be based on Butcher’s books, as opposed to being a serialized version (which they should do). Which is too bad, since much of the enjoyment from the books comes from Butcher’s writing and Harry’s observations about the situations he finds himself in. Still, I’ll give it a chance, which is more a testament to Butcher’s writing ability than of faith in SciFi’s ability to successfully adapt a novel series for TV.

Second, and in the WTF department, NBC is moving forward on a new SF series pilot, called Journeyman. Its about a man who travels in time to fix the lives of people in trouble. I think I saw that show before, when it was called Quantum Leap. No word on whether Scott Bakula or Dean Stockwell are interested. Seriously, what the hell? Is NBC so bereft of ideas for SF shows that they have to re-hash one of their own properties? For the love of fall things SF, call a real SF author and come up with something new! Please.

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