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Sci-Fi Channel Picks Up Firefly

samzenpus posted more than 9 years ago | from the best-show-ever dept.

Sci-Fi 406

An anonymous reader writes "Firefly, a science fiction series that was canceled midway through its first season on Fox, has found a new home on the Sci Fi Channel. Fans of the cult-hit series Firefly will be pleased to learn that the show has been picked up by the Sci Fi Channel--just two months before the release of Serenity, a Universal Pictures film based on the series. Looks like they'll be airing all the ones we've already seen, plus 3 that never got aired the first time around. A bonus - They'll be seen in the correct order."

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406 comments

the obvious question (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12829738)

what's the chance of there ever being new episodes?

Re:the obvious question (1)

AoT (107216) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829872)

And wher do I find the old episodes? without cable.

Re:the obvious question (2, Informative)

Hidyman (225308) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829913)

On DVD of course.
That's what brought Family Guy back.

Re:the obvious question (1)

Olaserov (785074) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829972)

I have to respectfully disagree and say that it was [adult swim] on cartoon network. They aired it for years late at night, rebuilt the fanbase, and then Fox suddenly "changed their minds".

Go figure.

Re:the obvious question (4, Informative)

sangreal66 (740295) | more than 9 years ago | (#12830012)

I have to respectfully disagree and say that it was [adult swim] on cartoon network. They aired it for years late at night, rebuilt the fanbase, and then Fox suddenly "changed their minds".
It was both [usatoday.com] , actually.

Will there be more episodes? (4, Interesting)

Banner (17158) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829741)

That's what I'd like to know. Maybe if Serenity does well in the theaters?

Re:Will there be more episodes? (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829763)

Will there be more episodes?

Well, Farscape was picked up for a mini-series after the Fans pushed it, and now FireFly is going to the Theaters. I'd say there's a reasonable chance that we might have a revival of Star Trek proportions on our hands. :-)

Re:Will there be more episodes? (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12829798)

When negotiating for the rights to make a Firefly movie, Fox's contract specifically says that Joss can never bring the tv series back in any form. It did not, however, preclude additional feature films.

Re:Will there be more episodes? (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829862)

It did not, however, preclude additional feature films.

If that's true, then FireFly's return really WILL be of Star Trek proportions! ;-)

Re:Will there be more episodes? (2, Funny)

stfvon007 (632997) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829881)

Loophole:
A new feature film every week on Sci Fi! :D

Re:Will there be more episodes? (5, Funny)

Rei (128717) | more than 9 years ago | (#12830003)

Whedon: We will rule over this time slot, and we will call it... "This Time Slot".

Fox: I think we should call it... your grave!"

Whedon: Ah, curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!

Fox: Ha ha HA! Mine is an evil laugh...now die!

Re:Will there be more episodes? (1)

Banner (17158) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829807)

Yeah, that's what I'm hoping too! :-)

It was a really good show over all. At first I thought it was just 'cowboys in space' but as I started to watch it I could see there was a lot more going on there. I STILL want to know just what the heck is up with Ron Glass's character.

I also like 'Beware of the hair!'

Re:Will there be more episodes? (1)

Adrilla (830520) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829892)

I must agree, his hidden story intrigued more than River. Something tells me, he did some dirty deeds in his day. Something I doubt they'll go into too much depth in the movie.

Re:Will there be more episodes? (1)

the gnat (153162) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829968)

I STILL want to know just what the heck is up with Ron Glass's character.

That's seriously weirding me out (I just watched the last half of the series on DVD recently). I had assumed "hey, maybe this guy's a reformed criminal or a veteran", since he seemed a little too handy with guns. And then in the bounty-hunter episode (which I guess was the last on the DVD), the bounty hunter makes an offhand remark to Simon to the effect of "that's not a Shepherd." Very quick and I almost missed it. So he's obviously *still* more than he seems.

Re:Will there be more episodes? (2, Funny)

Rei (128717) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829974)

I wasn't going to discuss his character, but if it's a lecture you want, I've a few very catchy ones prepped...sin and helfire... one has lepers.

Re:Will there be more episodes? (1)

bsharitt (580506) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829845)

I hope so, I mean I already have all the episodes on DVD.

Re:Will there be more episodes? (1)

Svet-Am (413146) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829848)

that's what always annoyed me about Sci-Fi buying the rights to seaQuest DSV. They bought the show from NBC (and also, Earth2) and promised the community that they'd be producing new episodes and that all of the cast had signed on, etc.

However, we have yet to see any new episodes and it is unlikely we ever will now given the divergent paths of the actors' careers and the untimely death of Jonathan Brandis.

what (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12829743)

honestly, is this even news? a network picks up repeats of a cancelled series, whats next, updates on "where is the cast of cheers now?"

Re:what (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12829784)

Sci-Fi picks up Enterprise...

Re:what (5, Funny)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829786)

whats next, updates on "where is the cast of cheers now?"

Ted Danson is in San Diego

Shelley Long is in Fort Wayne

Kirstie Alley is in Wichita

Nicholas Colasanto is in Providence (the place, not the show)

Rhea Perlman is in Brooklyn

John Ratzenberger is in Bridgeport

Oh fuck. That's where they were born. Screw it. You can look it up yourself to see where they are.

Re:what (1)

LOTHAR, of the Hill (14645) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829942)

I can tell you where Nicholas Colasanto is.

He's dead. Died during Cheers. They even had a tribute episode and everything. He was replaced by Woody Harrelson, so I guess it worked out.

A half hour later the Bailiff on Night Court died. They went through two of them in nearly as many years. Sad times. I cried.

Re:what (2, Informative)

Rei (128717) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829901)

Firefly has a huge fan base. Myself included; that's why I took the time to make fortune-mod-firefly [daughtersoftiresias.org] :)

Awesome... (4, Insightful)

brxndxn (461473) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829745)

I think it's about time networks start to realize they need to have a 3-season investment, at least, in order to establish a larger viewership. All these reality TV shows score big on their first season and then never add up once the hype is gone.

Also, changing the time every week and having them be interrupted by the 'MJ verdict' doesn't do much for people trying to set up a schedule around the shows. Ya, people have Tivo.. but then again, the networks aren't targeting those people anyway.

Re:Awesome... (2, Insightful)

mattdm (1931) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829775)

I think it's about time networks start to realize they need to have a 3-season investment, at least, in order to establish a larger viewership. All these reality TV shows score big on their first season and then never add up once the hype is gone.

Which do you think is cheaper: a dozen new hyped-up shot-on-video minimal-effects minimal-EVERYTHING reality shows, or a 3-season investment in developing the fanbase for a quality show?

Re:Awesome... (2, Insightful)

AoT (107216) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829902)

But what was the last reality show you watched in reruns?

Re:Awesome... (4, Insightful)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829978)

"I think it's about time networks start to realize they need to have a 3-season investment, at least, in order to establish a larger viewership. All these reality TV shows score big on their first season and then never add up once the hype is gone."

Actually, they do realize it. The reason why 3 seasons is a magic number is because they end up with enough episodes to make money off of the airing of reruns. For them to cancel it when they did, they probably ran across some VERY bad numbers. Perhaps they realized they could spend that hour on a show that was more likely to succeed. Perhaps the ratings just weren't what they wanted given the cost of making the show. Perhaps a new fad came along that they really wanted to tap into.

It's hard to say. Sci-fi, however, is notoriously difficult to hold on to for a long period of time. It's expensive (compared to a reality show, for example) and, let's face it, sci-fi doesn't have the mass-market appeal we'd like it to. Shows like Star Trek and BSG are the exceptions, not the rules.

Yes, these shows get unfairly dumped. However, you have to remember that TV's a business, not an art form. It's a business built on the whims of a constantly changing mass-market audience. The original Star Trek series, for example, wasn't all that popular. Years after it ended, the 'space race' happened, and suddenly there was interest again. A few years later, bam, Star Trek: The Motion Picture came along. *That* wouldn't have happened if not for the success of both Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third kind. (It was quite a shock that either of those movies did so well.) It wouldn't be unreasonable to assume that the numbers these guys use to figure out of a show is worth the risk or not are about as accurate as a Magic 8-ball. With the millions of dollars involved in producing a show like FireFly, I can't say I'm all that shocked they'd pull out when they did.

Incorrect... (1)

oSand (880494) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829982)

You need half a season. What you need is to not farq it up by canning it 1/2 way through and showing episodes out of order.

What? (1)

lionheart1327 (841404) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829747)

Firefly, a science fiction series that was canceled midway through its first season on Fox

Yeah, right, like any Slahdotter doesn't know what Firefly is.

Re:What? (1)

gumpish (682245) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829800)

No shit.

Amazing that this gets explained but crap like AJAX floats by in aubmitted blurbs without so much as a Wikipedia or AcronymFinder link.

No clue... (-1, Offtopic)

Saeed al-Sahaf (665390) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829805)

I'm a Slashdotter. I don't play games, not into Japanese animation, and don't watch "sci-fi". I guess I really don't care if this series I've never heard about gets picked up or not. But, post a story about some wild advance in RAID technology, I'm there!

Re:No clue... (5, Insightful)

techno-vampire (666512) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829938)

Would you be interested in a well written show with good acting? That's what Firefly was, and I've heard the movie is the same. I'm not a fan of the show because it's Sci-Fi, but because it's good, and I doubt I'm the only person who feels that way.

Re:What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12829818)

I've heard of it because I read Slashdot, but honestly I haven't the slighest idea what makes the show so goddamn amazing. I've never seen an episode, but I just don't understand what makes it like liquid sex to you people. Who knows, maybe I'll see it when they start rebroadcasting it.

Re:What? (1)

Adrilla (830520) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829976)

I was like you. I didn't know, nor care about the show, until I read a couple articles here. So, I rented the DVDs out of curiousity, and found it to be quite a solid show with solid storylines, and complex, realistic characters. After watching the entire series, I'm now excited about the film. I'd say try it out, maybe you like it, maybe not. But I think it's worth a go round and maybe next time a Firefly article pops up, you might be one of us blathering idiots, screaming things like "I can't wait for the movie" and "I can't believe those idiots at Fox ruined this series", etc, etc.

ps: I'm not a die hard Sci-Fi series fan. I haven't ever really followed any of the Star Trek series, or Battlestar Galactica (new series), or any thing on the SciFi network for that matter. I just found Firefly to be a good show.

Re:What? (3, Insightful)

hoka (880785) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829849)

I didn't know what it was, in fact, I posted a question about it when a Firefly article came up and I was modded -1 Offtopic. Not everybody can get cable television or can be up to date on bloody everything, just don't assume everybody is the same as you. We are a very diverse group of nerds.

Re:What? (1)

Rei (128717) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829946)

What was wrong that prevented you from watching Firefly? Was it monkeys? Some terrifying space monkeys maybe got loose?

Re:What? (1)

TLSPRWR (711680) | more than 9 years ago | (#12830022)

Firefly wasn't originally aired on cable. Just on plain old 'rabbit-ears' TV on your local Fox station. Granted, it wasn't on for long, but the series has picked up a big following on DVD. Sci-Fi Channel is just jumping on the bandwagon.

Re:What? (1)

patio11 (857072) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829870)

Some sort of new browser extension for viewing web pages from the comfort of your seat in first class? Seriously, I never heard of nor saw the show.

old news (3, Insightful)

brian0918 (638904) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829748)

"Fans of the cult-hit series Firefly will be pleased to learn that the show has been picked up by the Sci Fi Channel."

Correction: were pleased to learn... over a month ago.

Re:old news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12829855)

just because you read alt.nerd.fan.firefly.gossip doesnt mean the reast of us arent interested.

Re:old news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12829963)

Don't poop on my parade, Mr. Wanna-be Comic Book Guy.

No new episodes? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12829749)

Kind of kills the point for those who bought the DVDs.

Re:No new episodes? (1)

Adrilla (830520) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829833)

I'd much rather have the DVDs, than have to wait for Sci-Fi to pick it up, and air it at their discretion. "Hmm, do I want to wait until Sci-Fi shows it Wed. @ 8:00, or whenever I damn well please?". Winner: DVDs. Bonus, you get all the extras, like the gag reel, and the behind the scenes stuff.

Gag reel (4, Interesting)

H_Fisher (808597) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829878)


Bonus, you get all the extras, like the gag reel, and the behind the scenes stuff.

Actually, the *full* gag reel is floating around on the 'Net. It's about 2x longer than what you saw on the DVD, and contains quite a bit of profanity and one bit (a play on the opening credits) that would have been hard-core copyright infringement had it gone on the commercial DVD.

It's quite amusing. You can find it floating around p2p land, and I'm sure there's a torrent out there.

Tell them I ain't coming back. (2, Insightful)

VonSlatt (16207) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829751)

You can't take the sky from me . . .

Nice :) (1)

Ka D'Argo (857749) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829752)

Good tv is hard to find these days. The only thing sustaining me is Lost and Battlestar Galatica..

Nice to see Firefly get a home on Sci Fi. Even though theres only one season, it's better than nothing.

Misleading (4, Insightful)

Knara (9377) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829754)

Looks like they're just airing the original episodes in-order to help promote the upcoming movie (not a bad thing, mind you). When I hear "picked up" in relation to a TV show, I usually associate it with "making new episodes".

Re:Misleading (1)

double-oh three (688874) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829958)

One does not preclude the other. If they find that with the replay shows and the movie that there is a large enough audience, they will probably bring it back and bump Andromeda from the Friday lineup (which they should have done a while ago). This show is right up SciFi's alley, the market might be too small for Fox but just right for a Cable channel.

Re:Misleading (1)

adpowers (153922) | more than 9 years ago | (#12830039)

I'd love if a channel that was dedicated to the show picked it up and gave Joss free reign.

As much as I love Firefly, I won't be watching it... I already have it on DVD :). Hopefully enough people that don't own the DVD will watch the episodes, in order to show SciFi there is interest in it. After much prodding, I finally got my college roommates to watch the show and they loved it. They were very hesitant at first, but once they saw what a quality show it was, they were begging to see more. Actually, to be honest some of them got mad at me because they wanted to sleep, but we had to watch another episode :).

Let's hope enough people give it a chance and then realize how good the show is.

Andrew

New? (3, Interesting)

Zeebs (577100) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829756)

I know there was something about and agreement between fox and Universal(was it?) about no more tv. Damn I got my hopes up for about 10 seconds when I read the headline, but no mention of new eps. Damn again.

Re:New? (4, Insightful)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829793)

I wouldn't give up just yet. Sci-Fi picked up both Sliders and Stargate SG-1, and poured quite a bit of development money into both. Plus, the amount of money they spent of Battlestar Galactica and the Farscapre Mini-Series (another cancellend show, remember?) shows that the Sci-Fi channel will most certainly make new episodes if they smell money.

So everyone with a Neilson device, make sure you turn on every episode of FireFly! We need to make Sci-Fi think that FireFly is the hottest show since the original Star Trek got cancelled! ;-)

But I just bought it! (1)

civman2 (773494) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829757)

I just bought Firefly on DVD. It's really good and I recommend that everyone watch it, but I wish someone would have told me in advance so I could have saved $35.

Re:But I just bought it! (1)

Zeebs (577100) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829774)

The DVD sales were in all most likely a great part of the reaon there will be a movie. I guess what I'm trying to say is, don't think of it as $35 wasted, just a really expensive movie ticket, that you have to buy again for $15+. Actually just think of it as $35 wasted ;)

Re:But I just bought it! (1)

gebbeth (720597) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829919)

I just bought Firefly on DVD. It's really good and I recommend that everyone watch it, but I wish someone would have told me in advance so I could have saved $35.

Yeah, but consider that you help improve visibility of the show's popularity by buying the DVD. DVD sales are one of the main reasons that family guy is back. I bought the DVD for myself after I had watched the whole thing just for that purpose. I also bought all of futurama even though I can watch it almost nightly on Cartoon Network. Firefly has been in the Amazon top 50 for DVD sales since the DVD's were released. Keep up the good work folks!

Read carefully to see if any words out.

#22 at present. (2, Insightful)

Grendel Drago (41496) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829993)

Currently #22. For a DVD released in December 2003, that's pretty goddamn impressive.

If it's not worth it to Fox to bring back something this popular, then the economics of television production are seriously fucked.

--grende drago

Let me be the first to say (1)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829758)

YIPPEE!

Does this mean new episodes will be made as well?

Yeah, whatever... (1)

OrthodonticJake (624565) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829760)

The REAL question is whether or not they're going to make new episodes. Did they buy the repeat rights or the rights entirely?

No mention of new episodes (1)

mwyner (65962) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829761)

This sounds great, but the article doesn't say anything about new episodes. Assuming a "try before you buy" type of thing?

oh, *reruns*. (2, Interesting)

mattdm (1931) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829762)

Okay, that's nice and all, but man that headline got my hopes up. Oh well. This'll probably be good for the few potential Firefly fans who haven't already seen the show yet are avid Sci-Fi channel watchers -- but for the existing fan base, it's not that exciting. I mean, who *doesn't* already have the DVD set?

As I understand it based on random internet rumor, Fox has the TV contract for approximately until the MP3 patent expires. So, if things go well with the Serenity movie this fall, we can maybe hope for a few more movies in the coming years, but no more TV series in the reasonable-at-all future.

Original Staffs (1)

fembots (753724) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829764)

Are all the original writers, actors, actress etc. still available and willing to continue?

Futurama might be picked up (via DVD-only release) but if the original bunch is no longer there, the "feeling" will be different.

Re:Original Staffs (1)

sirsnork (530512) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829825)

From the things I have read that quoted the actors directly everyone of them would happily drop whatever they were doing to make more Firefly. The all consider it the most fun they have had acting ever.

Finally some decent news. (1)

probatus (892359) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829765)

Its no Enterprise or Dr. Who but its good to see some sci fi on TV

PS -The Daleks are on the upcoming dr who episode.

http://www.cbc.ca/doctorwho [www.cbc.ca]

Re:Finally some decent news. (1)

TheKidWho (705796) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829842)

ehh, doctor who sucks... The jokes are corny, and the stories are corny too.

Re:Finally some decent news. (1)

dstech (807139) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829890)

"Its no Enterprise or Dr. Who"

And thank god for that!

HOLY SHIT! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12829766)

Oh my god! I'm so happy!

April Fools! (1)

azcoffeehabit (533327) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829770)

April Fools!

The upcoming special (1)

evenprime (324363) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829771)

Well, that means SciFi will definitely be airing a "Making of" special for Serenity.....

Picked up? (3, Insightful)

ErikZ (55491) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829772)


When I see "Picked up" I think "Own it and is developing new shows."

It's nice that they will be getting more FireFly awareness out there. But they're just popping in the dvds into a player and broadcasting it.

Not too impressive from where I'm sitting.

Darn... (1)

lasmith05 (578697) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829781)

When I saw picked up, I also though it meant there would be new episodes. But I guess 3 un aired episodes and reruns will do for now.

Not so wonderful as it appears... (1)

bani (467531) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829787)

...looks like they just bought broadcast rights for the episodes already made. I would have been happier if it were for a contract to make new ones.

Hooray! Renew series? (1)

Sean Clifford (322444) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829788)

Hooray, SciFi! If Serenity [serenitymovie.com] does well in the theater, perhaps we'll see a lot of renewed interest in the series. I understand there's a three movie deal, but hey - hopefully the gang will be game for reviving the series.

Just re-watched my DVD collection, but for the folks who haven't seen FireFly [imdb.com] check it out. The writing and acting are both excellent and it has a feel of authenticity. "Old West" in space.

Woah... (4, Funny)

MagicDude (727944) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829794)

First news that the Super Mario Brothers Super Show [slashdot.org] is being released on DVD, now this. Next think you'll be telling me is that they're bringing back crystal pepsi. Oh damn, just thinking about that makes me feel tingly...

Just got the DVD set (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12829796)

off amazon.com. So far I've watched only the first couple of episodes and I already love it. Cant wait till Serenity and hope Sci-Fi makes more.

I don't know how series work.. but.. (1)

Idimmu Xul (204345) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829801)

It would be awesome if shows that will never see the light of day ever again were donated to some kind of PBS channel, rumour has it that there are countless programs that have been made, but are just sat on the shelves because noone want's to buy them..

Imagine an advertless channel, full of free shoes that none of the normal stations can justify paying for....aaaaaaaaaah nirvana!

Re:I don't know how series work.. but.. (1)

jfengel (409917) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829885)

The "countless" programs are pilots. One episode gets made, and that's it. For the most part, if you'd seen them, you'd know why they never got made. If you hate the trash that makes it to TV now, you should see the crap that even studio executives can't stomach. Even if it was good, all you'd see is one episode and that's it.

Join the Browncoats, see Serenity (2, Informative)

Lynchenstein (559620) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829803)

...and maybe, just maybe we'll see more of Firefly than the first 1/2 season.

Browncoats: http://browncoats.serenitymovie.com/serenity/ [serenitymovie.com]

It was a great show that Fox in its short-sightedness cancelled way WAY too early to tell if its was going to be a hit or not. I have the DVDs and share them with as many people as I can in hopes that they will see the quality of the writing and acting and get hooked. Now that the show has been picked up for broadcast in the 'states again this should help the word get out.

BSG is being called the best sci-fi on TV right now, and Firefly (IMHO) was the best sci-drama I've ever seen.

Watch the series and if you like it, go see the movie.

../end evangelical post

Re:Join the Browncoats, see Serenity (1)

Lynchenstein (559620) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829831)

Oops, are 13 episodes considered an entire season or 1/2 a season? I dunno. Anyway...

Re:Join the Browncoats, see Serenity (1)

Quietude (634889) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829996)

13 episodes would be considered a short season. 22 is a full season, 6 is a disaster, and 2 means you're a sitcom on Fox.

Serenity and Firefly.... (2, Informative)

tenchiken (22661) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829809)

There will not be a TV series if Serenity does well. Rather there will be two more movies as most of the actors are under contract for all three.

They have the option of doing a TV series at some point in the future, but only after the movie has been out for some period of time.

Firefly Won't Be Returning To TV (4, Interesting)

WombatControl (74685) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829813)

...at least not for a long while.

Universal produced the show, but as a condition of picking up a series, a network gains the exclusive first rights to air the series on television. The rights to Firefly are still held by Fox, and Fox has expressed no interest in transferring those rights back.

Universal retains all the other rights, which is why Serenity got made, but unless someone's willing to cough up a very large amount of dough, it's unlikely that Fox would let their first-run TV contract drop.

Re:Firefly Won't Be Returning To TV (2, Interesting)

grungebox (578982) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829941)

Couldn't have put it better myself. I mean, look at Family Guy. That thing was sitting pretty at TBS and Cartoon Network in perpetual rerun land for a looooooong time till Fox got off their duff, listened to fans (and DVD sales numbers) and ordered new episodes. I imagine Firefly will suffer the same fate.

Bah, Sci Fi channel (1)

fishbowl (7759) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829820)

My cable provider refuses to carry Sci Fi, except for the way overpriced digital cable product. I'd go as far as to say Sci Fi channel is the *only* interesting thing in the digital cable line, and that's not enough to make me want it.

Now, when they release these things on DVD, that's when I see them.

Re:Bah, Sci Fi channel (1)

MayonakaHa (562348) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829899)

Err... you missed the boat by a few years methinks.

Firefly on DVD [amazon.com]

For the love of God and all things holy. (4, Insightful)

bucky0 (229117) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829824)

Please, let there be more episodes done. A friend of mine casually showed me the pilot movie (she bought the DVDs). Two days later, I had watched them all and craved more. I'm gonna echo everyone else's sentiment that I really wish that more of this would be on tv as opposed to whatever crap reality show is undergoing it's 15 seconds.

Can You Say Rerun Only (1)

Ranger (1783) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829826)

This isn't the show you were looking for. There are no new episodes of Firefly. The Sci-Fi Channel thought farscape was too expensive, so I really, really doubt they'll fund new episodes. I think UPN or WB networks would be a better place for it anyway if it were to be ressurected. You are better off buying the Firefly DVD set so you don't have to watch the other crap The Sci-Fi Channel shows.

Oh, juh jen sh guh kwai luh duh jean-jan! (4, Funny)

Mateorabi (108522) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829830)

Too bad the FOX execs were a bunch of BUN tyen-shung duh ee-DWAY-RO the first time arround.

Give the show to a network that knows what it's doing and appreciate what it has got.

Re: Zhe4 zhen1 shi4 ge kuai4 le4 de jin4 zhan3! (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12829935)

At least try to use pinyin!

pinyin (with tones):

zhe4 zhen1 shi4 (yi) ge kuai4 le4 de jin4 zhan3.

tian1 sheng1 de yi4 dui1 ben4 rou4

Must be warmer... (2, Funny)

VivianC (206472) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829844)

This Sci-Fi must live somewhere warmer than Chicago. We won't be picking up any fireflies until later this month.

I guess I'll go read the article now....

best show ever? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12829861)

seriously, what is so good about this show? maybe there's a reason it got cancelled. let it go people!!! move on!

You should have been living in Canada (1)

Toxygen (738180) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829880)

The canadian sci-fi channel Space [spacecast.com] has been showing Firefly reruns all last year.

brilliant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12829910)

A bonus - They'll be seen in the correct order

Wow, this is what sets TV execs apart from mere mortals like us.

It will come back... if the movie does well enough (1)

buddahfool (123287) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829911)

I con't find the link but Fox announced that if Serenity does well they will bring back the series.

theme (1)

m()p3s (888808) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829912)

Please please please let them change the song. I know what he was trying with the country/wild west style show and a score to match but my goodness it is bad. We know he can do good after a very buffy music episode but Joss has let himself down here.

Joss, if you are out there, please know it isn't a sign of weakness that you can't do everything, delegate man!

Am I the only one? (1)

elmegil (12001) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829924)

I see the summary of the series and think "Oh, live-action Cowboy Bebop. Woo hoo."

Re:Am I the only one? (1)

Mr2001 (90979) | more than 9 years ago | (#12830028)

After watching the first DVD, I gotta say, I came to the same conclusion. I'm sure it's the best space western around, but personally, I haven't liked space westerns since I stopped watching Silverhawks as a kid.

Sci-fi == anticompetitive (1)

Hao Wu (652581) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829933)

They buy a show and claim that they "saved it". Then they run it for 2 seasons, and kill it.

I don't know how they get away with it.

But the Sci-fi channel.... (1)

theJerk242 (778433) | more than 9 years ago | (#12829995)

is where all great shows go to die.

For example, MST3K was first on Comedy Central. Then it moved to the Sci-Fi channel. Then the Sci-fi channel killed it off. It was a very sad day.

I just have a bad feeling that the same fate will happen to Firefly.

If Fox is the Alliance ... (1)

TR0J (854622) | more than 9 years ago | (#12830001)

... then is Joss Whedon Capt Reynolds or the skinny telepath in bicycle shorts? To paraphrase Book the Shepherd, there is a special place in hell reserved for people who speak in theatres that would suit Fox for their crime against Sci-Fi fans.

Loyality base? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12830009)

Sorry to bash sci-fi, but to refresh everyones memory, didnt they ditch their flagship series Farscape? i mean ok, the end result is money. but honestly i think Farscape had equal if not more of a fan base then Firefly..

Scifi's Priorities (1)

jeffkjo1 (663413) | more than 9 years ago | (#12830033)

Maybe Scifi has their collective heads on straight now, but they've really had some bizarro priorities when it comes to programming in the past, particularly shows they pick up from elseware.

Case(s) in point:

Sliders : Cancelled at it's peak of popularity, and as I remember, it was the No. 1 rated show on the channel.
MST3K : Cancelled because the show couldn't bring in more ratings, or because it was too expensive, depending on what time of day it is when you ask. Of course, the fact that Scifi never ran promos for the show helped.
Farscape : Cancelled when it was the No. 1 rated show on the channel, because it was too expensive. How is it possible for your most popular show to be too expensive?
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