Sci-fi on NBC — Yippeee!

NBC seems to get it! They canceled most of its drama series for next season, and added in their place lots of scifi series: a Heroes spin-off (Heroes ripoff), the return of the Bionic woman (BionicWoman ripoff), Journeyman (time travel, Quantum Leap ripoff) and Chuck (spy sci-fi, Jake 2.0 ripoff). Their only sitcom is “The IT Crowd” (ripoff, or the original UK series?), which is about a bunch of IT professionals! Get the theme? NBC tries to appeal to geeks! Even at the expense of not being original.

NBC announced a few weeks ago that this season was one of their worst in all the decades the network exists, with Heroes being their only show that floated above average. They figured, ‘if we try to get as many geek series as possible, our chances of creating franchise shows with appeal on the internet crowd that will provide us with free advertising, business will get better’. I would have done the same thing! Kudos to NBC.

Now, where can I get more space/ship-based sci-fi?

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Phil wrote on May 14th, 2007 at 11:57 AM PST:

It’ll be interesting to see the US version of “The IT Crowd” (the UK version of which I quite liked), also “The Bionic Woman” for the simple reason that I don’t think soap-opera actresses like Michelle Ryan have much acting ability.


Memsom wrote on May 15th, 2007 at 9:05 AM PST:

> Actually, most soap opera actors are pretty good.

Yeah, maybe in the US. She is English and was in Eastenders. Surely you remember the dire acting in Eastenders?

The IT crowd… that will be a short run. It was a typical UK show with about 6 episodes. We don’t do mamoth 20+ runs over here. All the good UK shows (Red Dwarf, Blakes 7, Doctor Who, etc) tend to have less than 20 shows in a series (season to use UK speak.)

You should scream for the Mighty Boosh and Nathan Barley. Both of those shows absolutely rule.


Luis wrote on May 15th, 2007 at 9:08 AM PST:

I never watch tv (except for some sports), so I might be wrong, but I wonder why all the series you talk about never show on Spanish TV. I even didn’t know that sci-fi series were produced for tv at all (I thought Space battles were too expensive).

Only things like X-Files or CSI seem to have some following here. Some dramas or comedies maybe, but not sci-fi. I think Spanish series are the most successful here.


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Eugenia wrote on May 15th, 2007 at 9:11 AM PST:

It’s the same for Greece these days, very few US series are shown there. But personally, I don’t like Greek shows at all. I always hated their cheapness. I like some US series, a few UK ones and that’s it.


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Eugenia wrote on May 15th, 2007 at 12:49 PM PST:

Actually, most soap opera actors are pretty good. They have to be, or the soap scripts would feel even more disastrous.


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