Alien Nation

1989, TV Show


Tim Minear and SyFy Explore a New Alien Nation

James Caan and Mandy Patinkin in the original Alien Nation

Sci Fi Channel, which on July 6 will relaunch as SyFy, is developing a new take on the 1988 movie Alien Nation. Tim Minear (Angel, Firefly) will pen the series.

Previously adapted in 1989 as a short-lived Fox series (succeeded by five TV-movies), Alien Nation follows a human cop and his alien detective partner, against the backdrop of Earth's begrudging assimilation of ETs banished from their home world, where they served as slaves. The original film starred James Caan and Mandy Patinkin (sporting a prosthetic scalp).

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"It's genre mixed with procedural mixed with funny mixed with big, giant scary," Minear told ... read more

Extras Series Finale and Other Announced Releases

Ricky Gervais courtesy HBO Home Video

New releases announced today, January 13:Alien Nation - The Ultimate Movie Collection will be coming out April 15This American Life - Season 1 will be coming out January 29Extras - Extra Special Series Finale will be coming out February 26 Visit for the complete stories on these and other news items. read more

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Premiered: 1989, on FOX
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Premise: A sci-fi cop series about an alien detective and his family trying to adapt to life in L.A. following the crash of their spaceship in the Mojave Desert. The Franciscos are among 250,000 stranded Newcomers from the planet Tencton, and the series explores racial themes as it charts their assimilation.



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