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    Re: New TV shows for Fall 2011

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    I think Bones is taking a break. They did an abbreviated season this year - only 13 episodes - because of Emily's pregnancy. I read something a while back that said they might do some summer episodes too if Fox approves it and Hart Hanson (and the cast) is up for it.
    They just announced today that they will be airing the last episode of the "fall finale" after the Christmas break-- January 12 to be exact. It will lead into The Finder.

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    Re: New TV shows for Fall 2011

    Here's a good link for when some fall shows will return in the new year Fall 2011 Finales and Winter 2012 Premiere Dates. Dates are subject to change based on how well (or poorly) some of the mid-season replacements fare.
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    Re: New TV shows for Fall 2011

    Bringing this back to the front page for the winter return dates link from Archie above.

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    Re: New TV shows for Fall 2011

    What do you know the SyFy channel has some interesting shows for spring 2012. There is Lost Girl which is a Canadian import and has been picked up for a 3rd season up north and there is 3 Inches. SyFy ordered pilots for Alphas and 3 Inches and both were good, both a little similar, so SyFy ordered Alphas and had 3 Inches retooled. BBC America's The Fades looks interesting. I must admit I will also watch the pilot of Touch and some of the others look interesting. I am starting to enjoy the shorter seasons cause we get to watch more but I don't mind the mix and match of shorter seasons vs longer traditional runs.

    Still am looking forward to Once Upon A Time returning and lets not forget Spartacus: Vengeance.
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    Re: New TV shows for Fall 2011

    BBC America's The Fades looks interesting.
    I will be checking this out for sure!
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    Re: New TV shows for Fall 2011

    I think I'll check out the "Three Inches" pilot tonight.
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    Re: New TV shows for Fall 2011

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    I think I'll check out the "Three Inches" pilot tonight.
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    Re: New TV shows for Fall 2011

    Just watched the pilot for Three Inches. Liked it. It was very, very good. Reminded me a bit of the TV series Chuck.

    Syfy Pilot ‘Three Inches Casts James Marsters, Andrea Martin, Stephanie Jacobsen & More - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers

    SYFY PILOT THREE INCHES CASTS JAMES MARSTERS, ANDREA MARTIN, STEPHANIE JACOBSEN, ANTONY DEL RIO, NAOKO MORI, KYLE SCHMID AND BRANDON JAY MCLAREN

    Alona Tal, Craig Eldridge and Julian Richings to Guest Star

    Production Commences in Toronto August 30

    New York City, New York – August 26, 2010 – Syfy’s Three Inches has added an all-star cast to the 90-minute pilot, starring Noah Reid (Strange Days at Blake Holsey High). James Marsters (Smallville, Caprica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Andrea Martin (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, SCTV Network), Stephanie Jacobsen (Melrose Place, Battlestar Galactica: Razor), Antony Del Rio (The Super Hero Squad Show), Naoko Mori (Torchwood), Kyle Schmid (Blood Ties) and Brandon Jay McLaren (TRON: Legacy, Harper’s Island) will join the action-adventure/fantasy as series regulars. Alona Tal (Veronica Mars), Craig Eldridge (Covert Affairs) and Julian Richings (Supernatural) will guest star in the pilot episode.

    Three Inches, from Fox Television Studios and Landscape Entertainment, will begin production in Toronto, Canada on Monday, August 30.

    In Three Inches, professional daydreamer and underachiever, Walter Spackman (Reid) is struck by lightning, and develops a unique "super" power -- the ability to move any object using just his mind... but only a distance of three inches. He's soon recruited by a covert team of superheroes each gifted with their own extraordinarily ordinary abilities. Together, the unlikely band of heroes proves that "super" is simply a state of mind.

    Jace Alexander (Rescue Me, Prison Break) is directing the pilot, written by Harley Peyton (Twin Peaks), who also serves as executive producer. Fox Television Studios is producing with Executive Producer Robert Cooper, through his company Landscape Entertainment. J.J. Jamieson heads up television for Landscape Entertainment.

    James Marsters will star as Troy Hamilton, a former government agent who takes Walter in to his own team of “super” heroes who fight evil wherever they find it. He is a father figure to Walter.

    Andrea Martin will play Belinda Spackman, Walter’s mother, a brutally honest, comically cynical force of nature that loves her son more than words can say and will do anything to protect him.

    Stephanie Jacobsen plays Watts, a beautiful “super” hero who has the ability to shape the emotions of anyone she meets at close range.

    Antony Del Rio will portray The Human Smell, an adventurous, often irritating teenager who is able to emit a pungent gas through his pores that disables anyone nearby.

    Naoko Mori plays Annika, a woman who can duplicate and broadcast any sound she hears.

    Kyle Schmid will play Brandon, the “super” hero team leader with all the cockiness and strength of a true action hero, minus the superpowers. He is the opposite of Walter and sees most of the team as freaks.

    Brandon Jay McLaren plays Macklin Sportello, Walter’s best friend, a big talker with not a lot to back it up. His relationship is tested when Walter begins to change, but he’s the friend that will always be there for him.

    Alona Tal will guest star in the pilot as Lily Theroux, the kind, pretty girl next door and Walter’s long time crush who loves him but “not in that way.”

    Craig Eldridge will guest as Todd, part of Troy’s team of “super” heroes who can see two minutes into the future at the cost of a massive disabling headache.

    Julian Richings will also appear as a guest star playing Ethan, a man with the ability to communicate with and control the insect kingdom.
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    Re: New TV shows for Fall 2011

    Then it gets confusing:

    Syfy Pilot Three Inches – Deadline.com

    It is usually a great problem for networks to have when all the pilots they’ve orderered come in strong. But, in the case of Syfy’s similarly-themed Alphas and Three Inches, it created a dilemma. Syfy had been looking to launch a series set in the world of real-life superheroes. To increase its chances of success, the network ordered two such pilots, Alphas and Three Inches, “that were slightly different in tone but very similar in subject matter,” said Syfy EVP original content Mark Stern. Alphas, from BermanBraun, in-house studio UCP, writers Zak Penn and Michael Karnow and director Jack Bender, stars David Strathairn and follows a team of ordinary citizens who possess extraordinary and unusual mental skills. Three Inches, from writer Harley Peyton, director Jace Alexander and Fox TV Studios, centers on an underachiever (Noah Reid) who can move any object three inches with his mind and recruits a team of fellow heroes. The hope was for one of the pilots to become a series.

    Instead, unexpectedly for everyone at the network, “we found ourselves with 2 pilots that we loved,” Stern said. “They were both excellent and tested very well. Ultimately it came down to which pilot would work best as an hourlong franchise. We thought they both did but felt Alphas had a little bit more potential for that.”

    So Syfy on Tuesday gave Alphas an 11-episode series pickup. But it is not giving up on Three Inches just yet and is looking for ways to redevelop it. Usually that is done to fix things a network didn’t like in the pilot. Not in this case. “We loved the cast and the directing, and the writing was fantastic but it’s very similar to Alphas,” Stern said. “Now we have to figure out a way so both show can live on our air.”

    To differentiate between the two, Syfy is exploring the idea of converting Three Inches to a single-camera half-hour, a genre the network has been actively pursing for the past several months. If the show stays hourlong, Syfy is mulling several scenarios, including making the show “less mission-oriented and more about the characters and their lives or focusing more on the central character played by Reid and not so much on the team.” Syfy is high on Reid, whose option is expected to be extended by FtvS along with other key cast members
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    Re: New TV shows for Fall 2011

    Now it gets weird:

    A Tale of Two Years and 'Three Inches' - The pilot for the putative underpowered superhero series 'Three Inches' gets an airdate

    Here's a little window on the tortuous production process you face when you try to get your quirky new TV show on the air. A full year and nine months ago, in March 2010, we heard that Syfy had ordered a 90-minute pilot from Harley Peyton (writer of 14 episodes of Twin Peaks) about a slacker who ends up with an underwhelming superpower -- the ability to psychokinetically move objects all of three inches -- and subsequently teams up with a group of similarly low-wattage superheroes.

    That journey has now ended, with an airdate quietly scheduled for the unsold pilot during the fallow week between the year-end holidays. So what happened to this promising show that everyone, from the network execs on down, talked up at every turn?
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    After that initial announcement of the pilot order in March 2010, updates followed at irregular intervals. In August 2010 we heard that the pilot had been cast, with the hero played by boyish Canadian actor Noah Reid and a supporting cast that mixed in a few more familiar names (James Marsters, Andrea Martin, Stephanie Jacobsen, Naoko Mori, Kyle Schmid, and Brandon Jay McLaren). The pilot was filmed in Toronto the following month under director Jace Alexander.

    The characters were described as follows: Reid as Walter Spackman, a "professional daydreamer" and underachiever who's struck by lightning and develops his unique "super" power; Marsters as Troy Hamilton, the mentor to the band of heroes, who recruits Walter; Carlo De Los Rios as Caros aka The Human Smell; Andrea Martin as Belinda Spackman, Walter's mom; Schmid as the smug Captain Normal, whose superpower is that he doesn't have one; the beautiful Mood Swing, who has the ability to shape the emotions of anyone she meets at close range; Mynah Bird, who can duplicate and recite any sounds she hears; plus wild cards like The Bugmaster and Time Zone.
    Trouble with the Alpha Dog

    In December 2010 came word that Syfy was looking to retool the show as a half-hour so it resembled Alphas less -- which was surprising, considering the tongue-in-cheek Three Inches was conceptually closer to Mystery Men or the UK No Heroes and other send-ups of the superhero genre than to the more earnest Alphas. At the time Syfy honcho Mark Stern said the two shows were "slightly different in tone but very similar in subject matter" and needed to be differentiated.

    In March Three Inches was announced in Syfy's "upfront" materials under the category of half-hour scripted series in development. Then in June 2011 came the intriguing news that Stern, who'd called Three Inches "fun, smart, offbeat spin on the superhero genre" back in March 2010, hadn't given up on the show -- despite what he implied was still a problematic perceived overlap with Alphas. "We're looking at another way to get Three Inches going," Stern told Assignment X. "We love it, so we're trying to figure out a way to do both right now."

    Meanwhile, the cast was taking up various other projects, most of them short-term. In April Reid took on a role in a miniseries adaptation of Titanic starring Linus Roache, while Blood Ties veteran Schmid did a stint on season 2 of Syfy's Being Human.
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    Then in July, the network evidently gave up trying to reconcile the two shows. Co-star James Marsters announced on his official Facebook page that "Syfy has decided not to proceed with THREE INCHES to series. However, they do have plans to air the pilot sometime in the near future. We will announce the airdate here as soon as we are advised."

    And now, the culmination of that long process: Syfy, which hypes everything on its grid from Scare Tactics to Snowmageddon, has quietly slipped the Three Inches pilot onto its schedule for Thursday, Dec. 29 at 9 p.m. ET. That Thursday night slot, in case you're wondering, is normally occupied by random Hollywood movies.

    Is this really the end of the road for Three Inches? Stranger things have happened than a TV movie getting enough buzz and ratings to be called up to series. But Harley Peyton will have the unusual satisfaction of knowing that all that hard work and a year of his life, instead of being seen only by a clutch of network execs and disappearing into the vault forever, will at least be out there. It might not have become a series, but 90 minutes of his vision still got shared with the world - and that's a lot more than most people get.
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