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Learn The Title and Premise of the AMC Sci-Fi Comedy TV Pilot GLOBAL FREQUENCY Creator Warren Ellis is Writing!!

I am – Hercules!!

AMC, which thinks it’s so big because its first original miniseries “Broken Trail” did so well in the ratings, just announced a whole slew of new original projects.

Among them is the until-now hush-hush proposed series created by Warren Ellis, the finest comic book writer not named Alan Moore. From Wednesday morning’s Variety:

… graphic novelist Warren Ellis' half-hour "Dead Channel," a sci-fi story about a fictional entertainment industry …

Ellis, who's never written a TV pilot before, says he got pointers from his pal Joss Whedon. Read all of Variety’s story about what AMC is up to here.

Ellis-y Goodness!!
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  • Aug. 2, 2006, 12:47 a.m. CST


    by Xanther

    Who knows...

  • Aug. 2, 2006, 12:53 a.m. CST

    It sounds like this show will be...

    by Xanther


  • Aug. 2, 2006, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Didn't AMC stand or American Movie Classic at one time?

    by Shermdawg

  • Aug. 2, 2006, 3:33 a.m. CST

    Put the Global Frequency pilot on iTunes!

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    Warner Bros., people would buy it, so please put up for sale! Who knows -- maybe it will sell well enough that they could fund the production of a second episode. This could be the future for television on the Internet. Maybe not a full 22 episode season, but instead 6 episodes per year, based on the sales of downloads.

  • Aug. 2, 2006, 3:59 a.m. CST

    I heard Ratner...

    by adambalm

    was going to direct one of the episodes. The episode was going to center around him calling and emailing Warren, trying to buddy up with him and then flying Ellis and his dad to LA to see his latest movie, and then when Ellis fails to return his man-love he goes and tears into him on CHUD.

  • Aug. 2, 2006, 7:04 a.m. CST

    Warren Ellis

    by JuggFuckler

    Please do not let any advice from Whedon taint your genius with mediocrity. I have sent a similar message to Jesus.

  • Aug. 2, 2006, 9:20 a.m. CST

    ah, Joss Whedon... now i see why this is a story

    by chickychow

  • Aug. 2, 2006, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Warren Ellis is like Alan Moore

    by RealDoubleJ

    They both take themselves far too seriously these days. Both men's later works just fizzle out because they never let their ideas run their course, they just keep shoving so much superfluous shit into their writing it all collapses on itself. I'll get my hopes up when directors have been announced to reign in Ellis's ideas.

  • Aug. 2, 2006, 10:15 a.m. CST


    by The Funketeer

    Though he hasn't done it in a little while, Herc will also post any news remotely tied to Warren Ellis. I'm surprised he didn't use his "the greatest comic book writer not named Alan Moore" line. Or maybe he did. I didn't actually read the whole thing because I didn't want to get my hands wet with Herc's unprofessional fanboy drool.

  • Aug. 2, 2006, 10:48 a.m. CST

    there already is a "Dead Channel"

    by white owl

    it's called CBS

  • Aug. 2, 2006, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Ellis a tech guru

    by adambalm

    He reminds me of the guy you know who figures out how to download a new ringtone for his cell and then spends the next two weeks telling everyone about how he 'hacked' his phone. But imagine that guy with a cult of personality and an agent...

  • Aug. 2, 2006, 11:42 a.m. CST

    "fictional entertainment industry"?

    by newc0253

    a little vague, no? does this mean fictional in the way that studio 60 is fictional? or fictional in the way that hollywood populated by vampires would be fictional?

  • Aug. 2, 2006, 12:41 p.m. CST

    i love ellis' work and herc did use that line

    by blackthought

  • Aug. 2, 2006, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Is Warren Ellis smarter than Alan Moore?

    by 3 Bag Enema

    I was considering recently that he seems to be, though he's not as good a writer. I've also been considering that Grant Morrison is better than both of them, yet in interviews seems most daft. I think I may be on to something here.

  • Aug. 2, 2006, 4:28 p.m. CST

    A channel of zombie reality shows.

    by themikejonas

    "So You Think You Can Decompose?" "America's Got Maggots," "Dead or Rolling Stone?", "Nonsurvivor," "Widowswap," and, of course, "America's Top Model."

  • Aug. 2, 2006, 5:23 p.m. CST


    by Nairb The Movie

    Is he really that good? I mean he is good... But really... That good? Alan Moore Good? Morrisson can run circles around Ellis and not even break a sweat. That isn't even mention Busiek or K. Vaugh.

  • Aug. 2, 2006, 6:16 p.m. CST

    But, Nairb...

    by adambalm

    ...Ellis's dad could beat up Busiek's dad.

  • Aug. 2, 2006, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Neil Gaiman can wipe the floor with all of them!

    by Jimmy Jazz

    Had to be said.

  • Aug. 2, 2006, 10:20 p.m. CST

    looks like this is the happening co-ax thread lol

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    I got to hear Warren Ellis speak last month at Heroescon...the guy is a riot. As far as best/favorite writers I think Moore is the best all-around, Busiek's Astro City is my favorite, and Sandman by Gaiman is the best series of all time imho. HERC: If last weeks "Who wants...superhero" is still showing up on the main page, ya gotta sniff out some new stories!!! eh?

  • Aug. 2, 2006, 11:44 p.m. CST


    by The Funketeer

    Moore is a good writer to be sure but his best works are behind him. The three things he's most known for are probably Watchmen, V, and Swamp Thing and those were all back in the 80s. Since then he's become a bit of a loon and lately a bit of a publicity whore. The man who appears to give only "rare" interviews to anyone who will listen has milked more publicity out of his "refusal" to have his name associated with any of the movies based off his work than he would have if those movies had made billions of dollars with his name attached.

  • Aug. 3, 2006, 3:07 a.m. CST

    There are better comic book writers today...

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    ...Who do not get much, if any, recognition. For example, the guy who writes the new DC Comics Vertigo imprint series, DMZ, is one to keep an eye on (and I have no idea what his name is). I saw the Global Frequency pilot back before it "leaked" onto the Internet, and I really could not see what was so special about it. It reminded me of The X-Files crossed with Wikipedia, and the lead actors were not appealing. Michelle Forbes was so-so.

  • Aug. 3, 2006, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Thank God...other nerds.

    by grendelson138

    There is no way Ellis is second only to Moore. In fact, based on the variety of work and current out put, I would say Morrison, Moore, and that order. Ellis is a good one, but I have read plenty of stinker stories he wrote (LDK anyone?) before the glory of Transmet. That is all.

  • Aug. 3, 2006, 8:48 a.m. CST

    In defense of Alan Moore

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    Not that he needs my help! Of course, everyone always mentions V, Swamps, Watchmen. Those ARE good. But geez...League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (I & II), From Hell (one of the best graphic novels of all time), PLUS *some* of the 'ABC' line like COBWEB (my fave) and Jack B. Quick. This guy is really really good, and entertaining as fuck.

  • Aug. 3, 2006, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Ministry of Space is unreadable

    by Rupee88

    I bought the first issue and could not get through it. There are many writers better than Warren Ellis.

  • Aug. 3, 2006, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Alan Moore is a sucky hack !

    by Rupee88

    Just kidding...I wish there were some other comic book writers that you could even put in the same category as Alan Moore...but there aren't. He's widely regarded as the best, because he is the best and by a wide fucking margin.

  • Aug. 3, 2006, 9:58 a.m. CST

    The Funketeer

    by Rupee88

    You are totall clueless and talking out of your ass. "Moore is a good writer to be sure but his best works are behind him. " shit..he is pretty much retired so of course his best works are behind him. And you don't even mention "Miracleman" so that shows your knowledge of this subject. He did lots of amazing work in the 90s as well as the 80s.

  • Aug. 3, 2006, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Nextwave Rules Everything

    by Tall_Boy

    Seriously, that's why I'll check anything Ellis does. Because Nextwave is better than air.

  • Aug. 3, 2006, 2:04 p.m. CST

    a network with actual scifi/fantasy programming!

    by oisin5199

    These series all sound interesting and their pedigree certainly peaks my interest. This looks like the new Scifi channel! Seems an odd fit for AMC, but I hope they work. Certainly catches my interest more than the boring sounding new shows on the major networks next season. And say what you want about Whedon, he certainly knows how to write a genre show and a comic book, and his colleagues in the comics industry seem to generally like him. Any genre show writer can do much worse than get advice from him.

  • Aug. 3, 2006, 2:06 p.m. CST

    oh yeah, another vote for Moore and Gaiman

    by oisin5199

    Moore's Promethea is still one of the most brilliant things I've ever seen put in comic form. It might not be what the average comic reader is looking for from the medium, but it pushed the genre in ways that will still be studied many years later. And there will always be love for Neil.

  • Aug. 3, 2006, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Moore, Gaiman, Ellis, and then Morrison

    by DOGSOUP

    The thing about Global Frequency is, yes the pilot wasn't so good but it set up an extraordinary potential that no series could ever do. The plots could go anywhere, they could bring in anybody, it could do anything. I'll watch this show because I have faith in Warren's ability to fuck with us. Does anyone read his blog? He's slightly less insane than Alan Moore.

  • Aug. 3, 2006, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Moore and Ellis

    by The Funketeer

    I saw the Global Frequency pilot and it was ok but the comic was actually very good. It's probably one of the best things Ellis has done. As for Moore, yes I'm familiar with Miracleman and I'll be sure to read it as soon as all the copyright issues are resolved and they get around to reprinting it. His ABC stuff was hit or miss. I loved the Jack B Quick stuff but that was maybe an issues worth of material in all. Top 10 bored me after a while. Promethia was just more of his magic babbling. Tom Strong and LOEG were the only titles I bought consistently. Everything he's done in the past 10 or 20 years has been derivitive. Good for sure but he hasn't really created anything new in a long time. For all his bitching about people taking his characters and changing them for movies, he certainly had no problem doing the same thing with LEOG or Lost Girls. The entire ABC line just plays with archetypes of pulp and comic book fiction. Hell the guy even whored himself out for Rob Liefeld back in the 90's. I just think it's funny that everyone continues to drool over this raving, publicity hound but condemn Frank Miller who, like his work or not, continues to grow and change as a creator.

  • Aug. 4, 2006, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Moore only did Supreme...

    by DOGSOUP

    ...after telling Liefeld it was all total shit and the only way he would write it is if he was relinquished total control over everything. What we got was his love letter to comic books themselves which as a story was lame but as a look at the history of comics was actually well done.