This will be seen as the other end of Part I.
Now that you’ve green lighted the development of shows based on existing SF material, you now have the chance to create something totally original. As President/CEO you get to be the guy with the ideas and won’t have to actually develop the show. And you get to decide if the product is crap or not. Anyway, what would be your ideas for an original SF show for:
1. Neophyte or non SF fans.
2. Lifelong fans of SF.
Let me tackle them in order.
1. For this, I’d probably want a procedural drama, focusing on either a police unit or a SWAT-like group within the police. The stories would focus on the human aspects of crime and society, but would leave a lot of leeway for cool tech and an interesting society. I think a world based on David Brin’s book, The Transparent Society, is rife with cool possibilities. It would have to have action, humor and Joss Whedon writing. For an even more interesting experiment, I’d try to come up with shows that would follow the Japanese Anime model, which is basically a limited run of shows (26 episodes or so) and that’s it. That would give the producers time enough to explore the world without repeating themselves (Enterprise?). Of course, if one of these limited series was terribly successful, it could be expanded with more episodes. New limited series could always be in development and production to replace previous shows. As this would be expensive to do for live action, these would probably have to be animated, either traditional or CGI. In the world of cable TV, you don’t need a huge audience to be successful.
2. This one is a bit more difficult. I’d really like to see a show that would take one of the modern day Space Operas and make it a compelling TV show. Something from Reynolds or Simmons might work. Something that would take a look at humanity in a really big picture way. I’d also like to see something kinda Star Treky, focusing on an interstellar exploration company. The possibilities are endless, especially if you ask real SF writers to come up with ideas for the show.
Any other ideas?