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Tube Bits for 12/10/2008

  • Fringe‘s Joshua Jackson has some interesting things to say about Fringe and The X-Files. First, he says that comparing Fringe to The X-Files is ‘lazy’, to which I say, “If by lazy you mean accurate, then yes.” But then he goes on to say he wants Fringe, in later years, to be the show future new SF shows are compared to, the same way Fringe is compared to The X-Files. Well, Fringe has a long way to go to get there, and not being as big of a ‘hit’ as The X-Files doesn’t help.
  • ABC has ordered a pilot of the DC Comics property, Fables, about fairy tale characters living in exile in New York. Having never read the comic, I have no idea if it’s any good. Anyone?
  • Battestar Galactica returns on Jan. 16th and in effort to drum up more hype, Sci Fi Channel is releasing more webisodes leading up to the premier. There will be two a week for five weeks, starting on Dec. 12th. The storyline sounds kind of odd, considering a Raptor isn’t that big so how could a ‘killer’ hide?
  • And in case you can’t remember what’s happened on Galactica over the past three years, Sci Fi has posted a handy dandy 13 minute recap video, “Catch the Frak Up!“.
  • Apparently, the developer behind the Stargate Worlds MMO, Cheyenne Mountain, hasn’t paid their developers in over a month, and yet they say the MMO isn’t in trouble. If not now, certainly in a month or so when people start leaving due to not being paid. It’s too bad, I was looking forward to this one.
  • Showtime is developing a new SF series called Syns, which “centers on a world in which humanlike synthetic organisms, known as Syns, are used for various purposes.” Hmm, sounds rather like Dollhouse and to make the comparison stick even more, Syns used to be called Dolls’ Hospital. I wonder why they changed? Is it just me, or does anyone else think that David Brin’s Kiln People would make a good series?
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9 Comments on Tube Bits for 12/10/2008

  1. I haven’t read Fables either, but the concept sounds a lot like the standard folklore in the city fare of Charles DeLint.


  2. If you go into Second Life, just look up Stargate Central Command; they’ve got the entire Cheyenne Mountain complex recreated, as well as Atlantis and Midway!

  3. Fables is a great comic book, a lot of fun to read and fascinating in its development.  I highly recommend it.  I think DC Comics keeps the first issue available as a free download on their website, and many libraries stock the trades if you don’t want to buy the books at first.

    Willingham managed to do some very clever things with the concept.  Oddly, the book gets recommend often with a comparison to Sandman, but it’s really very different.

  4. Bill Spangler // December 10, 2008 at 8:14 am //

    Fables is a great comic and has the potential to convert well to a TV series.As a friend of mine pointed out, it has the sprawling cast of Heroes, but the characters’ basic back stories are already known, so the mythology won’t be so daunting to a general audience.

    Incidentally, along with Fables, DC publishes a spin-off comic, Jack of Fables and Chris Roberson will be writing a second spin-off, a limited series featuring Cinderella.

  5. Chalk up another FABLES endorsement. It’s really, really good.

    No, the concept isn’t completely original, but what Willingham does with it is. Hopefully the TV version will be as good.

  6. I really like Fables, despite the recent issues piling up unread in my living room, but I have a very bad feeling about it in TV form.

    I might be just a cynic…

  7. Fables is fantastic. I’ll be interested in seeing what ABC makes of it.

  8. John Wright // December 12, 2008 at 3:16 pm //

    FABLES is one of the best comics I’ve read in years. Not as good as WATCHMEN or as Jeff Smith’s BONE, but better than just about everything else.

  9. Another FABLES recommendation from me. It’s good. It actually feels like a comic which evolved from the Alan Moore/Neil Gaiman school of comic sensibility. Rather than just copying those two, it took the intelligence and cleverness of story and then applied it to new ideas. See what I mean?

    Very enjoyable reads. Get some of the graphic novels at Barnes & Noble and have a good time.

    Of course, that might just make you MORE nervous at the prospect of them making a TV show out of it.

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