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Tube Bits For 03/04/2009

It’s a veritable cornucopia of bits today, so let’s dive right on in!

  • The ‘big’ news coming out yesterday was that ABC has canceled it’s ‘SF’ series, Life on Mars. Not surprising really. In every way the American version is inferior to the British version, especially so concerning Harvey Kaitel as Gene Hunt, who seemed to be mailing it in every episode. Life will continue its run through 17 episodes, then go dark. Bonus: Play the missed opportunity headline game! For instance: “NASA Finds no life on Mars, ABC just catching on”, or “Life on Mars goes extinct, Harvey Kaitel hit hardest”.
  • Brian Fuller, creator of Pushing Daisies, is apparently trying to create a new Star Trek TV series, this time with the old ’60s vibe. He said “I would love to return to the spirit of the old series with the colours and attitude. I loved Voyager and Deep Space Nine, but they seem to have lost the ’60s fun and I would love to take it back to its origin.” I guess old 60’s SF is the new, modern SF (see The Prisoner). I’m not sure a retro vibe will endear a new show to today’s audiences. I guess we’ll see how well the movie does. That will go a long way toward allowing a new series to get started.
  • As you might expect, both Dollhouse and Sarah Connor are suffering in the ratings by being aired on Friday night, when the target demographic is busy not watching TV. The Nielson Live+7 ratings (which capture DVR use) show a big uptick in the ratings for both shows when those DVRs are fired up later. Still, 30% of a small number is still a small number. I don’t expect either show to survive past this season.
  • The fight between Hulu and TV.com is getting interesting. First, Hulu yanked all of their content from TV.com. Now, TV.com has released an iPhone app that allows streaming of their content to Steve Jobs’ money making device/consumer brainwashing device. If there’s anything I want to do more than stream video over a wireless network to teeny tiny screen, I don’t know what it is.
  • Brad over at Brad Ideas has a very interesting post about Battlestar Galactica as high quality SF. He goes over the nature of hard SF and why it’s important that high quality SF gets on TV (hear hear!)
  • In case you can’t enough things Watchmen, NBC is airing, then hosting, Watchmen Character Profiles. If you’ve never read Watchmen before might want to check it out. Of course, it gives away a lot of character development that happens in the film…
  • Kings is NBC’s retelling of the David and Goliath story, set in an alternate world, future New York (sweet!). They’ve been busy releasing all kinds of information. For instance, here is a video with the cast talking about the making of Kings. And check out the new promo clip. I can’t put my finger on it, but I’m looking forward to this one. Kings starts Sunday, March 15th.
  • What would you do if your roommate was a Cylon? Maybe something like this:
  • Blade: The Series was a short lived series that ran on TNT and based on the movie Blade (which starred everyone’s favorite tax cheat, Wesley Snipes). Joost now has the entire 13 episode run online for you to watch if you dare (although SF Signal’s own Tim has said the series isn’t too bad. Of course, he has nicknames for all of his appendages…) You can see the pilot episode below:
    <a href="http://www.joost.com/175s3ui/t/Blade-The-Series-Pilot-part-1">Blade: The Series:Pilot &#8211; part 1</a>
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