Firefly

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I've seen the many promos for ...

Question: I've seen the many promos for the upcoming series Love Monkey and plan to watch because of Tom Cavanagh. My question is, do you know if Josh Randall (also from Ed) will be in any episodes? I've noticed him doing guest spots on a few different shows recently and would really like to see the two together again. Seriously, how much would you like to see the $10 bet at least one more time? The show looks funny enough to throw it in at least once. On a different note, I still don't agree with you that Battlestar Galactica is a top-ranked show. Sure, this half of the second season finally shows a little promise, but I think it's still nowhere near as good as Farscape or Firefly. Answer: No disrespect to Farscape or Firefly (which should be obvious if you've ever read me before), but Battlestar is hardly comparable to those more fanciful sci-fi/fantasy series. (As with soaps in the earlier discussion, it's dangerous to judge shows against each other merely because they exist within ... read more

OK, I get that shows get ...

Question: OK, I get that shows get canceled. I understand why other networks don't pick them up and I understand that money drives the whole DVD-release decision. What I don't get is why Fox, in the case of Reunion, but other networks, too (CBS and Threshold come to mind), can't give fans a little morsel of relief and post answers/scripts/show outlines on their websites. I mean, could this really cost that much money? Even if they had to pay a couple of writers to smooth out the outline, how much money could that be? And wouldn't it be worth it to satisfy those loyal fans who watched the show? I get that this is TV and that most everyone would rather watch than read, but I, for one, would still like to know how and why Sam was killed. Fox's handling of this show and of Wonderfalls (and of Arrested Development) makes me wonder why I invest any time in watching shows on that network. Answer: It's at this point that I would like to offer at least a feeble defense of Fox. Yes, the network ... read more

Guest Columnist Joss Whedon Eyes the Future of TV

Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, cocreator of Angel

Many people have asked me, "Joss, what is the future of television? What will we watch? And how will we watch it? Surely you must know, for you are wise, and slender." I usually smile and say nothing, because I wasn't actually listening to the question. But it's a good one, and I think it's time I let you in on a few highlights of Television-to-Be. The networks will all be creating exciting, innovative new spin-offs of today's shows. Approximately 67 percent of all television will be CSI-based, including CSI: Des Moines, CSI: New York but a Different Part than Gary Sinise Is In and NCSI: SVU WKRP, which covers every possible gruesome crime with a groovin' '70s beat. (Jerry Bruckheimer will also have conquered Broadway with t read more

Guest Columnist Joss Whedon Eyes the Future of TV

Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, cocreator of Angel

Many people have asked me, "Joss, what is the future of television? What will we watch? And how will we watch it? Surely you must know, for you are wise, and slender." I usually smile and say nothing, because I wasn't actually listening to the question. But it's a good one, and I think it's time I let you in on a few highlights of Television-to-Be. The networks will all be creating exciting, innovative new spin-offs of today's shows. Approximately 67 percent of all television will be CSI-based, including CSI: Des Moines, CSI: New York but a Different Part than Gary Sinise Is In and NCSI: SVU WKRP, which covers every possible gruesome crime with a groovin' '70s beat. (Jerry Bruckheimer will also have conquered Broadway with t read more

Joss Whedon Talks Up Serenity, Wonder Woman

Joss Whedon with Serenity star Nathan Fillion

As the series creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, Joss Whedon ushered in a new era of TV sci-fi and cemented his VIP status at Comic Con. However, it was one of his lesser-known creations that he chose as his directorial debut on the big screen. With Serenity, Whedon revisited his short-lived Fox series read more

Bones It was a very bizarre Christmas...

Megan Linz, The Amazing Race

BonesIt was a very bizarre Christmas at the Jeffersonian. The squint squad was trapped inside the facility because of some scary disease, or as Booth said, "Nothing brings people together like a Christmas lung fungus." But the biggest surprise didn't come wrapped with a bow. In a euphoric drugged state, Booth admitted that he had a 4-year-old son and that the kid's mom had refused to marry him. He seemed devastated by Bones' insensitive speech about unwed parents. But then he was charmed at finally getting to be the cool dad with Zack's wacky robot. I knew he was a big softie. And Bones didn't know she was being harsh with all her "Christmas killer" conversations and babbling on and on about meaningless presents and the Christmas myth — it's just that she lost her parents right before the read more

Now that Reunion's producers ...

Question: Now that Reunion's producers have announced that there is not going to be a resolution to the murder, or any of the other story lines, why is Fox going to bother airing the rest of the 13 episodes? I like the show and will be sorry not to see how it unfolds, but what is the point of airing six more episodes of a show that is going nowhere? It seems more logical to either let the show run the whole season or to cut their losses and air something else. The audience certainly isn't going to increase after an announcement like this. I'm very disappointed in Fox for not giving the show a chance (not that I'm surprised), but even more disappointed with the writers and producers who can't come up with a bone to throw to those of us who have been watching. Answer: I think I got mail from every single Reunion fan out there in the wake of the cancellation and the producers' statement that they weren't going to be able to wrap up the whodunit by the 13th and final episode. This letter ... read more

Is there any special reason ...

Set a course for home!: Nathan Fillion

Question: Is there any special reason Serenity is available on DVD so quickly? Not that I'm complaining, but it seems as though it was just in theaters.


Answer: Serenity did come to DVD especially quickly for a major studio release: Roughly eleven weeks separate the Sept. 30, 2005, theatrical opening and the Dec. 20 DVD release date. But to put that turnaround in context, the window between theatrical and DVD/video has been shrinking steadily for several years. While I'm not going to go into all the ins and outs of how various parties make money from movies, certain factors have a direct bearing on why studio producers and distributors are putting movies out on DVD (and, to a lesser degree, video) faster than ever before.

When movies play in a theater, the theater owner and the distributor (which is often also the same company that produced the movie, in whole or in part, or paid read more

Is there any news about Keri ...

Question: Is there any news about Keri Russell starring in a sequel to January's Hallmark movie, The Magic of Ordinary Days?


Answer: That's the first I'm hearing of it. Seems a long shot considering she's going directly from Mission: Impossible 3 to the romantic comedy Waitress. She'll play a pregnant waitress who develops an "unlikely relationship" with Firefly stud Nathan Fillion. Curb Your Enthusiasm's Cheryl Hines and Six Feet Under's Jeremy Sisto will costar.

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Loved the Whedon treat in ...

Question: Loved the Whedon treat in last week's AA. Did you see Serenity? And hey, wanna be my peep?


Answer: I liked — not loved — Serenity. Since I missed most of Firefly's run (go ahead, excommunicate me now), a lot of stuff went over my head. That said, it doesn't take a Browncoat to figure out that Nathan Fillion is the next Harrison Ford. Why he's not already a member of Hollywood's A-list is beyond me. And sure, I'll be your peep, Martin! Want to come to CarnyCon with me this spring?

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Premiered: September 20, 2002, on FOX
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: A former rebel and his shady crew embark on galactic missions for profit in a transport ship, the ironically named Serenity, in this space swashbuckler set 400 years in the future. 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' creator Joss Whedon pitted the crew against the Alliance, a totalitarian interplanetary regime. 'It plays like a normal drama except that it's floating in space,' said Whedon. It was an ambitious and original sci-fi enterprise, but 'Firefly' never caught on and was gone in three months.

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