Tube Bits for 06/29/2009

  • Noah Wyle has signed on with DreamWorks Television to star in a pilot for a new science fiction show. The pilot is being executive produced by Stephen Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan). The show will be about a group of resistance fighters attempting to stop an alien invasion. And here I thought V had that sewed up.
  • Anyone hoping that Ron Moore’s Virtuality could be saved and picked up as a series due to strong ratings can stop hoping. The ratings are in and they are terrible. Yes, it’s only the 18-49 demographic, but that’s where the money is and Virtuality was basically seen by no one. Sure the specials about Farah Fawcett and Michael Jackson didn’t help. I bet Moore is cursing Fox’s decision to move his show up a week.
  • Unless you live in the U.S., you are unlikely to be able to stream videos from Hulu. But things will soon change in Britain as Hulu is set to go ‘live’ in September. It looks like they will be adding several British channels worth of shows and maybe have access to the U.S. shows as well. Sweet! No our British friends can watch The A-Team!
  • Popmatters lists (at the end of the article) all the new science fiction shows on network TV through the fall season. The good news is there is a lot of SF-ish stuff coming, the bad news is almost none of it is of the ‘in space, with spaceships!’ variety. That’s what I really like to see, but I’ll watch the other stuff if it’s good.
  • You can excused if you’ve never seen (or heard of) the cable channel G4. It’s been through a lot of changes since being aimed at gamers and seems to have settled on a Spike TV-lite motif. However, with Comic Con 2009 coming up in July, they are doing something cool. G4 will broadcast, live, the Lucasfilm panel from Comic Con, which will focus on the extended universe of Star Wars and will feature a a live table read of an exclusive new Clone Wars script. That’s almost worth tuning in for (July 25th, 2pm/1pm C).
  • And lastly, a belated clip with the recently passed away Ed McMahon. It seems that in 1979 NBC aired a live-action psuedo-Super Friends show called Legends of the Superheroes. It had Adam West and Burt Ward reprising their roles as Batman and Robin, and a large cast of other superheroes. Who knew? Ed McMahon played the role of the host in this bizarre variety show meets superheros production. [via Fanboy.com]

3 thoughts on “Tube Bits for 06/29/2009”

  1. I don’t know if anyone else actually watched Virtuality but I really liked it. I’m ticked that there is going to be no resolution to any of it though.

  2. TV shows ‘in space, with spaceships’ are okay, but I’d rather see TV shows set in the future, 50-plus years from today, in an Earth that’s obviously changed from today. And no wimping out with tiny subcultures stranded on an island or in a bunker or a remote camp. How is Joe American Suburb living in 2209?

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