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Rocketta
Feb 3rd, 2005, 07:40 PM
Networks Hoping to Scare Up New 'X-Files'

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By Cynthia Littleton

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The hunt is on for primetime's next big fantasy/sci-fi franchise.



Reality-bending concepts dot the drama development slate this year as networks search for a worthy successor to "The X-Files," which wrapped its nine-season run on Fox in May 2002. The success ABC has had with its spooky thriller "Lost" has helped whet the appetite among network buyers for genre-based shows, insiders say.



"I think people are trying to develop what is not currently on the air," said Dana Walden, president of 20th Century Fox TV, the studio behind such fantasy favorites as "X-Files" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." "There isn't a lot of science fiction on TV right now, and people are trying to capitalize on that."



The News Corp.-owned studio is attempting to do just that with "Briar & Graves," a project for its Fox corporate sibling, in which a priest and a female doctor investigate unexplained spiritual phenomena.



ABC has its share of weirdness with its revival of the 1970s cult favorite "Kolchak: The Night Stalker," which has generated strong buzz, and an untitled project from executive producer Shaun Cassidy (news (http://us.rd.yahoo.com/DailyNews/celeb/nm/tv_nm/television_fantasy_dc/14184018/*http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news?fr=news-storylinks&p=%22Shaun%20Cassidy%22&c=&n=20&yn=c&c=news&cs=nw)) revolving around the strange things that happen in a small Florida town after a hurricane.



CBS' "Threshold" has scientists and military types trying to make contact with a mysterious alien life-form, while the network's untitled John Gray project is inspired by the work of psychic James Van Praagh and the contacts he claims to make with those who already have done the mortal-coil shuffle.



NBC's "Fathom" aims to pick up the torch from James Cameron's 1989 feature "The Abyss" in exploring the mysterious creatures of the deep sea.



The WB, which has a solid fantasy series in "Smallville," is hoping to concoct a "Smallville" companion piece with "Supernatural," about two brothers who travel the country tracking down beings that aren't exactly Homo sapiens.



"I think shows that are blatantly science fiction or fantasy or horror-oriented have a harder time making it on network TV because there's only so many (viewers) willing to give that kind of show a chance," said Frank Spotnitz, the "X-Files" alumnus who is executive producing "Night Stalker." "'The X-Files' was really a police procedural -- they just happened to be investigating paranormal occurrences."



But where there's a void, there's a pilot concept. Spotnitz said his goal with "Night Stalker" is similar to what motivated Chris Carter to create "X-Files" more than a decade ago.



"I am looking to make a scary show," Spotnitz said.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

Rocketta
Feb 3rd, 2005, 07:40 PM
I'm going to have to read this article again because none of these jumped out at me and I love sci-fi, fantasy...:(

apoet29
Feb 3rd, 2005, 10:02 PM
Rocketta,

I would definitely recommend Lost. Believe me, one episode and you are totally addicted to it. The show comes on Wednesdays at 8:00.

Rocketta
Feb 3rd, 2005, 10:33 PM
Rocketta,

I would definitely recommend Lost. Believe me, one episode and you are totally addicted to it. The show comes on Wednesdays at 8:00.
Oh I know it's probably good but I never got around to watch it because I'm at work at 8pm and I already tape a bunch of stuff on Wednesdays.....so I didn't tape it.

Spunky83
Feb 3rd, 2005, 11:50 PM
:kiss: X-files...my first love :kiss:

Frank Spotnitz is doing Night-Stalker? That´s interesting, I never liked his scripts for the x-Files, so should be great fun for me;)

Hulet
Feb 4th, 2005, 12:20 AM
I recommend "Battlestar: Galactica" on the sci-fi/space channel (saturdays/fridays). It's not as good as the TV movie/mini-series by the same name, which is one of the best sci-fi movies ever, but almost all the characters from the movie are on the show.

Scotso
Feb 4th, 2005, 01:30 AM
Hulet, it's the same. They're the same characters. The mini-series was just the beginning of the series :p

I watch a lot of sci-fi. I love the X-Files. But I don't think anything will come close to it any time soon.

Rocketta
Feb 4th, 2005, 02:36 AM
has anybody watched 'The 4400'? I rented the DVD's and I really really enjoyed it...

GBFH
Feb 4th, 2005, 02:57 AM
x-files...eh...never really got into it. one of those things my sister liked, so, naturally, i had to hate it.

GBFH
Feb 4th, 2005, 02:57 AM
the 4400...sounds familiar...think the old folks watched it. when was it on tv?

Rocketta
Feb 4th, 2005, 03:17 AM
the 4400...sounds familiar...think the old folks watched it. when was it on tv?
It is new....the first season just happened last year. It's on USA network..

http://www.usanetwork.com/series/the4400/intro.htm

Bright Red
Feb 5th, 2005, 05:54 PM
I loved the 4400, and I heard it would be on again as a series.

I also enjoyed Lost, but recently, it's had to compete with American Idol and SI Swimsuit Model search. Three good shows on one night and at the same time. Pfft. So I've had to drop Lost. (I can only toggle between two channels at a time).

Rocketta
Feb 5th, 2005, 06:07 PM
haha Red, I just tape AI. :)

Hey you should post in the AI thread.

http://wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=147373

Bright Red
Feb 5th, 2005, 07:29 PM
Thanks, Rocketta. I think you and I have the same taste. I like your threads. ;)

Rocketta
Feb 5th, 2005, 08:02 PM
Thanks, Rocketta. I think you and I have the same taste. I like your threads. ;)

awww, Thank you! Thank you! :D