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The pain! The space family Robinson is back, but won’t have a Dr. Zachary Smith character stowing away this time around, according to Variety.

Five-year “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” vet Doug Petrie (“As You Were”), last seen writing Fox’s seemingly doomed Eliza Dushku midseason drama “Tru Calling,” is behind a proposed series revival of “Lost in Space” for the WB. Director John Woo (“Windtalkers”) is also producing the project.

The netlet has committed only to a pilot production at this point. We’ll likely have to wait till May to see if the project, set in 2097, goes forward as a series. Read Josef Adalian’s story in Thursday morning’s Variety here.

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  • Oct. 9, 2003, 9:51 a.m. CST


    by Blacket-Man

    ha ha ha first haters

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Every post in this thread will mention Firefly

    by Fred

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 10:09 a.m. CST


    by mag7man

    I just hope they bring back the giant talking carrot from the original series

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 10:14 a.m. CST

    WTF? No Dr. Smith? Is television tiring of mincing, seemingly-

    by Chastain-86

    That's just stupid. Dr. Smith provided a nice foil to the Robinsons, and I don't see why eliminating the character is a good thing. C'mon, Whedon-philes, Dr. Smith could be, written correctly, the gay Spike of the show.

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 10:19 a.m. CST

    God I hope they have Lacy Chabert in this

    by LargoJr

    She's such a sweety

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 10:26 a.m. CST

    I can picture it now: Smatrly written quips while Matt LeBlanc s

    by Big Bad Clone

    It's all about fusion...

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 10:31 a.m. CST

    must have doctor smith!

    by Eyegore

    When I was a boy I used to watch the show and loved how dr smith would wrinkle up his forehead. I wished that when I grew up, I would be able to wrinkle my forehead just like him. My wish came true so I've got that going for me. Now I'm working on Thufur Howat's bushy mentat eyebrows.

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Does Hollywood have no original ideas anymore

    by ThingsThatTimDog

    WTF Tarzan, Lost in Space, remake (and destroy) all the classic movies. Hell Tru Calling is exactly like those two time tripping sitcoms from last year. Does anybody remember those? Yeah, me either. These people are morons.

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Dr. Smith was one of the stand outs of the entire concept

    by Terry_1978

    And true, he is similar to Spike in that he's part of the team, but due to his past, he ain't exactly 100% part of the team, ya know?

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Lacy Chabert

    by Trik

    She's the chick with the creepy voice that played Penny in the *bad* LiS movie, right?

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Good. No Dr. Smith: The Child Molester...

    by Steal_Dragon

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 12:02 p.m. CST

    I heard Delta Burke will be in this

    by Pattymelt

    I read this in a magazine when I was getting my hair cut but couldn't finish it because I got called to my appointment early. I'm not sure who she is supposed to play, but I am assuming it is Mrs. Robinson. Personally, I think Anne Bancroft would make a perfect Mrs. Robinson. I also heard they are going to make most of the cast black to "urbanize" the Robinson family the way they are "urbanizing" the Honeymooners. How creative! This would allow the new Lost in Space ample room for butt jokes and rapidly-annoying catchphrases like, "What up, my space homey, welcome to the space hood". Can't you just see that printed on a tee shirt? Bill Cosby can play the new Dr. Smith and will be very grumpy and potentially constipated in every episode. Now that I think of it, maybe Delta Burke was going to play the robot. I should have read that article more carefully.

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 12:08 p.m. CST

    I only require 2 things of this...

    by mbeemer

    1. Judy Robinson must be an absolute babe. 2. The design of the Robot must be cool. That is all.

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 12:19 p.m. CST

    No Dr Smith is good.

    by SexyBeast

    I think No Dr. Smith allows for much better story telling, rather than having to always write in Smith's character as some kind foil in every story.

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 12:45 p.m. CST

    No Dr. Smith? Then what's the point?

    by SirSpike

    I think it's a really foolish idea to take out the character of Dr. Smith from an updated version of Lost In Space. If they portray him right, and get the right actor for the job, he can be a rather formidable antagonist for the Robinson family. They could slowly change his character over time to the anti-hero type, like Spike became in BtVS. In the right hands, he won't have to become the simpering, whiny, obnoxious, "alleged" comic relief they turned Jonathan Harris's Smith into. Say what you will about the cinematic version of LiS, but I thought Gary Oldman was a perfect Dr. Smith. He had the subtle touches of what made Harris' Smith endearing to the fans, but he also added a deeper villainous side that fit the character perfectly. If they don't have a Dr. Smith in the new series, it won't feel right...that's just my opinion, anyway.

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Eyegore, that was the geekiest post I've EVER seen.

    by GenericGeek

    I salute you, you magnificent bastard. Fer real.

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Eyegore, that was the geekiest post I've EVER seen.

    by GenericGeek

    I salute you, you magnificent bastard. Fer real.

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 1:33 p.m. CST

    I'd rather see Pigs In Space

    by rev_skarekroe


  • Oct. 9, 2003, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Reinventing Dr. Smith

    by GypsyTRobot

    Make him an Avon type of guy, a self-serving mercenary whose behavior is only predictable insofar as you can tease out his complex motivations. Also, get him out of the velour simper-suit and into a black outfit, preferably with metal studding galore. Finally, he should bat for both teams and cause all kinds of romantic tension on the Jupiter. It just - might - work.

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 1:55 p.m. CST


    by Tall_Boy

    Sorry, I clicked on the Talkback, walked away from the computer and came back and saw a waiting talkback and couldn't remember what the story was about. So AICN catchphrases was all I had. My bad.

  • I understand wanting to avoid the shit that Dr. Smith devolved into, but the whole idea was this bad guy gets them LOST IN SPACE! Dear god don't tell me they'll explain it all away with technobabble. Even the crappy LiS movie was okay when it came to Dr. Smith...even with the shitty time travel parts. They're taking out an important element here, creating new problems while trying to solve old ones. Try NOT making Smith a good guy! There's plenty that could be done with Dr. Smith, throwing him out is not the answer. Hell, make Smith female if you have to! But don't throw out your villain.

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Dr. Smith

    by radio1_mike

    Dr. Smith was a great adversary in the beginning. Yes, he got campy and slightly flamboyant, but it was fun. And really if you think about, his character was really complex: because he was not a super, always-evil bad guy- he did have his moral flaws, cowardice. And- if you really think about it, he just got reverse Stockholm Syndrome over his adventures on the Jupiter 2.

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 2:14 p.m. CST


    by radio1_mike

    If you are going to amplify him to make him this-malevolent supreme bad ass-- you may as well go all the way amp up the 'flamboyance-factor' and have him successfully seduce Major West or John Robinson. That is if you going to really modify his character.

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 2:16 p.m. CST


    by radio1_mike

    But Dr. Smith as a female- does pose some very interesting possibilities. Get an uber-hottie, like Natasha Henstridge... Mmmm.

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 2:26 p.m. CST


    by Deep Blue Sky


  • Oct. 9, 2003, 3:19 p.m. CST

    I liked this show....when it was called Earth 2

    by Ishkibble

    They even had the evil female Doctor Smith and had to bring in Tim Curry for true Smithlike hamminess. But unless they can get talent like Clancy Brown, they're certained to join the ranks of the unemployed. And speaking of Clancy Brown, where's the Carnivale talkback?

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Aiieee John Woo!?

    by Gheorghe Zamfir

    Ick, the guy has been stinking it up on this side of the ocean (though I loved the hell out of Face/Off), and I can almost forgive him for his movies, but his tv projects have been horrible, seeing his name attached to a tv project is not at all encouraging.

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Oh, great. A Buffy-ized "Lost in Space".

    by TheWoodMan

    Despite being a huge fan of "Lost in Space" as a kid, I'll have to skip this one since I'm not in the "Buffy demographic" of gay men and teenage girls. What a shame for me, since this is gonna be, uh, really great. I'm sure the ambiguously-oriented Robot (a.k.a. "Miles with tank-treads") will go over big, though, with his witty bon mots and cutting comebacks. Is the WB even capable of doing anything that doesn't suck?

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 4:26 p.m. CST


    by mascan

    I think it's perfectly obvious that Dr. Smith was secretly banging Will. 7 1/2 months till radio becomes really interesting . . .

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 5:22 p.m. CST

    As long as it's not like Sci-Fi's new Battlestar Galactica

    by Drath

    Have you guys seen the ads for this thing? It looks so generic and bland, easily confused with the Space: Above and Beyond or even worse--the Wing Commander movie. Even if the show is somehow good, the ads make it look so forgettable. I hope a new Lost in Space wouldn't be that bad at least.

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 5:29 p.m. CST


    by Psynapse

    Way to be crass Herc, I'm sure Eliza appreciates such a vote of confidence said to millions potential viewers before they've even seen the first episode. In fact maybe one of her fans will send a link to this little gem so she can see what a butthead you can be.

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Good. Maybe they can get back to the core idea of the series as

    by Ardee-El

    Carl Barks. Yes, that's right, the artist-writer of the Best Donald Duck comic books. He's the one who originally came up with the idea of a "Swiss Family Robinson" in space.

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 5:50 p.m. CST

    tru calling seemingly doomed?

    by atomheartbrother

    oh well. at least now her schedule is clear to do that "faith" spinoff. hot diggity.

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 6:02 p.m. CST


    by DawnOfTheDead

    You nerds are funny__________________________________________

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Tru Calling actually starts on October 30th. They have been play

    by Monkeybrains

    Yankee's suck....... (sports reference, sorry)

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Great news

    by cooper2000

    First the original was announced for DVD now this. If they do it right it could be really good. Mimi Kennedy could do it and after Matt LeBlancs spinoff is cancelled he could do it too.

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Not what I was suspecting...

    by Liquid_Daze

    I thought Petrie would lean more towards Carnivale, Miracles, Brimstone type material. (off topic) I hold out hope that someday network TV will produce another sci-fi anthology series that doesn't regurgitate "The Twilight Zone," or "Outer Limits." (on topic) Doug Petrie was my fav. writer for "Buffy," but Lost In Space?? Be a miracle if this works... good luck though, Doug.

  • Oct. 9, 2003, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Lost in Space without Dr. Smith is like MisterRogers' Neighborho

    by Darth Brooks

    No casting choices yet? Billy Campbell IS John Robinson. Mrs. Robinson is Liz Vassey. Judy Robinson is Leslie Bibb. Major West is Jason Priestly. Penny Robinson is Caitlin Wachs (look her up - she was in "Ya Ya Sisterhood"). Wil Robinson is an open call audition. And what's wrong with Dr. Smith being portrayed by Steven Root? ---- I'd tune in every week. So would most of North America.

  • Oct. 10, 2003, 12:38 a.m. CST

    BART: Hey, I've seen the Lost In Space movie, and you're *not* D

    by Osmosis Jones

    R.I.P. Johnathan Harris. :(

  • Oct. 10, 2003, 1:03 a.m. CST

    I only have 1 request...

    by Wungolioth

    Get Bill Mumy to write a few episodes. He's a great writer, and he wrote a limited LIS comic series in the 90s that was creepy as all Hell. Since Doug Petrie is involved I'll probably give it a looksee, if it ever comes into being.

  • Oct. 10, 2003, 1:18 a.m. CST

    No Dr. Smith? Does WB stand for "We Bubble-Headed?"

    by The Ghost of Scrappy Doo

    Lost In Space without Dr. Smith is like a Tarintino movie without kayo syrup. HELLO, WB, GIVE THE PROJECT TO SOMEONE WHO ACTUALLY WATCHED THE FREAKING RERUNS IN THE SEVENTIES INSTEAD OF ONE DAY AT A TIME AND ALICE. Oh the pain, the pain...

  • Oct. 10, 2003, 5:17 a.m. CST

    A Lost In Space series with no Dr Smith? Is anyone actually surp

    by The Founder

    Who's phiucking bright idea was it to do away with the Dr Smith character??? After hearing this I WILL not watch a version of Star Trek thta will be called Lost in Space featuring a family. This will be like Voyager. WB is really phucking up, I mean it's like the suit in a can or Krypton not blowing up. I'll pass.

  • Oct. 10, 2003, 7:40 a.m. CST

    What kind of fraggin Lost in Space series doesn't have Dr. Smith

    by Zefram Mann

    Character conflict = Good story. So what do these guys do? Cut out the backstabbing evil machiavelian character that would otherwise be responsible for at least half of the shit that happens to the family. Brilliant fucking move.

  • ...Just like Jack Nicholson's idea for having Jack Napier as the Wayne's killers. Anytime a writer or contributor "changes" a basic concept, they get PAID.

  • Oct. 10, 2003, 9:33 a.m. CST


    by the_talkbacker

    Remember everyone vote for the Buffy musical episode at We don't want any old crap getting in there. And it is already on the list.

  • Oct. 10, 2003, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Word, bitch, Phantoms like a mother-fucker!

    by Kauzi Sezso

    What's up now?

  • And who will Don get mad at now? Goddamn Penny!? Son of a bitch Billy!? Sneaky Bastard Judy!? No, you gotta have the "SMITH" to keep it tense and funny.

  • Oct. 10, 2003, 5:59 p.m. CST

    NO Dr. Smith !?!

    by Gandalf Lives

    Ohhhhhh Dear Boy !

  • Oct. 10, 2003, 7:26 p.m. CST

    no doc? blasphemy!

    by Hypestyle

    that's kinda dumb.. i guess the producers don't want to fall into any expectations of campiness, but that's not how the earliest episodes worked, including smith.. sigh..

  • Oct. 10, 2003, 8:42 p.m. CST

    kudos to eyegore!

    by rotten666

    Congrats on the best talkback of the day. Thufur Hawot! So funny I nearly plozt!

  • Oct. 10, 2003, 8:44 p.m. CST


    by rotten666

    I meant plotzt. Damn it.

  • Oct. 10, 2003, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Ummm--what is the point?

    by Noriko Takaya

    No Dr. Smith = teh suck. It's kinda like doing a Superman movie with no Lex Luther. It just puts a damper on things, ya know? As for the Lost In Space movie, I thought I was going just great until that goddammed CGI monkey showed up. From then on it crashed and burned faster then Gray Davis' political career. I hate when that happens 'cause it's like you get your hopes up for the first few minutes or so, things are going along just great and then all of a sudden they yank it out of your pussy and shove it right up your ass. Fucking Hollywood. Toppu o Nerae!

  • Oct. 12, 2003, 4:09 p.m. CST

    No Dr. Smith?

    by Nicky Butane

    What the hell are those WB knuckle heads up to now? I know it's already been said but Dr. Smith is the reason the Robinsons were Lost In Space. WB assclowns here are some of the "gotta haves" 1. Dr. Smith, (cold, evil and smart) 2. Totally hottie Maj West (I'm saying he's shirtless by episode 3) 3. Kick ass ROBOT 4. Sense of urgency (the Earth is ficking doomed if the Robinsons dont' find their way home. 5. Pay John Williams a shit load aof money and have hime revamp the theme (not that techno shit from the movie). 6. Dr. Smith, gay but not some big mincing queen( No disrespect to the late mincing queen Jonathan Harris)

  • Oct. 12, 2003, 6:16 p.m. CST

    The only reason I watched the show and movie was for Dr.Smith

    by 007-11


  • Oct. 16, 2003, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Dr. Smith popped my ass-cherry

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Yeah, he did. With that big ole talking carrot. I needed some anal lube, and only the Carrotman could provide it. MOISTURE! I NEED MOISTURE! Then POP went my ass cherry. Or so I was led to believe...Micheal Rennie was THE BOMB as the Keeper, too, but he didn't ass-rape me.

  • Oct. 17, 2003, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Will & Dr. Smith continue.....

    by Elvez

    The only way I will even consider watching a reemake of one of my favorite boyhood shows of all time is if Will's son and Dr. Smith's son play the main characters. Just think of the intrigue and mystery the audience will have when we tune in to perhaps discover who their mommies turned out to be on that ill fated trip. I mean, afterall, there were no other women. Oh yeah, and the giant carrot's baby carrots join there still ongoing journey through space! Now that's entertainment!