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SciFi Revives FARSCAPE
As Webisode Series??

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I gather this is from a press release disseminated at the SciFi Channel’s Television Critics Association event:
Sci-Fi.com has ordered a 10-part webisode series based on the multi-award-winning “Farscape” the fan and critical darling that has been widely recognized as one of the greatest sci-fi series in television history. Executive-produced by Brian Henson and Robert Halmi, Jr., and produced by The Jim Henson Company, in association with RHI Entertainment, the series will revive and expand the beloved “Farscape” universe.
Now webisodes are by their nature really short, right? Also, does “expand” mean the webisodes will not feature the adventures of John Crichton? Read all of Will Harris’ Premium Hollywood story on the matter here.





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  • July 15, 2007, 7:50 p.m. CST

    I hate webisodes.

    by tonagan

    It's either all or nothing for me, damn it!

  • July 15, 2007, 7:55 p.m. CST

    The Internet!

    by XAOS

    The end of the future of entertainment!

  • July 15, 2007, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Wow, really?!

    by Spice-Orange

    This came out of nowhere. i loved farscape, but figured it was gone for good as all the actors are off on new projects... I sure hope the webisodes are interesting, at least. the farscape universe was very compelling, twisted and strange... too bad it was so expensive to produce! i would have loved to see it last as long as stargate has.

  • July 15, 2007, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Length Determines Love?

    by FreeKill

    There are quite a few shows like Farscape that many of us hold in our minds as really amazing television, but you ever wonder if we maybe think of them that way because they were cut short? All of the really good ones that people are fond of, FireFly, The Original Star Trek, FarScape, they all ended prematurely.

  • July 15, 2007, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Starburst

    by The Fanboy

    This would be awesome it if had the original cast. Fuckin hated SciFi for ending Season 4 on a huge ass cliff hanger, then rushing to finish the story with a meager 3 hour mini series ;\

  • July 15, 2007, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Re: FreeKill. Also..

    by Spice-Orange

    non-scifi shows like freaks & geeks, wonderfalls...

  • July 15, 2007, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Why?

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    You heard me.

  • July 15, 2007, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Ugh

    by BackwardGalaxy

    I hate Sci-Fi and its ridiculous half-assery.

  • July 15, 2007, 8:47 p.m. CST

    good news

    by jccalhoun

    I hope that it has the cast but isn't Browder scheduled to be in some other show about a modern take on the Odyssey or Illiad?

  • July 15, 2007, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the bone, Skiffy...

    by vhsiv

    <p>You're 4 years short and a proper budget short of my admiration.<p><p>What's the budget going to be for this new 'web-ivision' series? $10k an episode?</p><p>I'm sorry – do it right, or don't do it at all.</p><p>If you're really desperate for viewer now that your beloved SG-1 is gone and your other new series aren't drawing an audience – Painkiller Barbie and the Dresden Circular File – you're just going to have to do better.</p><p>And I'm pretty sure the advertising revenue on webisodes is pretty weak.</p>

  • July 15, 2007, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Well...

    by NudeandAroused

    I will watch this of course. But it pretty much ended with the mini series, didn't it?

  • July 15, 2007, 9:04 p.m. CST

    This is just...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...too easy to make fun of.

  • July 15, 2007, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Could They Be Amping Up Farscape:TNG?

    by CBS Exec

    Leviathans are long lived, so Moya and Pilot would still be there. They could base a new series around D'Argo Sun-Crichton, Jothee and a new crew. The only reason I suggest this is because with SG-1 off air, BSG going into its final season Sci-Fi is going to need something that will actually draw viewers. Farscape has a vocal, rabid built in audience. There's hope for something more coming, whatever form it may take.

  • July 15, 2007, 10:15 p.m. CST

    So make fun of it, MNG...

    by kintar0

    I dare you. This is awesome news.

  • July 15, 2007, 10:21 p.m. CST

    kintar0

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    No offense. My statement is more loaded than it appears.

  • July 15, 2007, 10:22 p.m. CST

    New Farscape

    by Cobbio

    If this is directed/produced by Henson, it should be pretty cool. Webisodes are only teeny-tiny bites of shows, but SciFi's just dipping its toes in the water to see how wet the audience is.<p> Crichton and Aeryn most likely won't be cast. And they shouldn't be. They're more associated with SG-1 now, though I'm sure Farscape fans would argue this.<p> I'd like to see a whole new angle on the Farscape universe. Something unusual, something unexpected. Hopefully that's what these webisodes will be. I'll check it out.

  • July 15, 2007, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Re: Freekill

    by Larry of Arabia

    You are partly on to something. Because they were short they didn't get a chance for the writers to run out of ideas. It's still the characters that attract us to the show. Chrichton's loyalty and spirit, Spock's humanity, Zoe and Wash's love, Jayne Tyler's begrudging and baffled acceptance of her situation, and even the long lived whimsical Britishness of Dr. Who. They could have all gone on forever and, as long as the characters remained true to themselves, we'd still love them and their show. Hell, Dr. Who has gone on forever now, hasn't it?

  • July 15, 2007, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Rygel's Litterbox

    by snowpuff

    The webisodes will about be all about Rygel's litter box. He hasn't cleaned it in 97 arns...

  • July 15, 2007, 10:45 p.m. CST

    God I hope it's about Stark.

    by Shermdawg

    And he somehow crosses over and brings D'argo and Zhaan back from the dead for a future movie. <br><br> I miss that "blue bitch".

  • July 15, 2007, 10:51 p.m. CST

    It could be anything, really...

    by kintar0

    Hopefully it's popular enough that we get a new show or a movie, or SOMETHING. Farscape was a brilliant, mind-blowing television event. Sometimes a show is just magic and Farscape is a sterling example of this.

  • July 15, 2007, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Hot sweet frell, that's AWESOME!

    by Horseflesh

    Seeing any sign of this universe continuing makes me a happy little dren.

  • July 15, 2007, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Want the show back....

    by Ka Dargo

    Whats the point of doing stupid little episodes on the web? If you don't have high speed then wont it suck trying to watch? They need to bring the show back in some form. It was the greatest show ever!!!!!!!!!! The hotness of Aeryn!!!....Frell the rest!!!

  • July 15, 2007, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Ben Browder + Claudia Black = Sci-Fi Money

    by Horseflesh

    Stargate just ended... yeah it's time for a new series. Although I would be curious to see what the backdrop of a new Farscape show would be with all the wormhole business seemingly over... Technically we didn't see Dargo die! YEE-HAW!

  • July 16, 2007, 12:11 a.m. CST

    new characters

    by johnnysunshine

    considering how many characters came and left that ship over four seasons, I couldn't really complain if the original cast wasn't all there and the universe definitely has more potential. Until Battlestar Galactica arrived and blew us all away, Farscape was SciFi channel only great series. Webisodes sound a little like a half-assed revival though. Considering how expensive I imagine it would be to rebuild those sets or create new ones, it seems like they should either commit to something for tv or not at all. I just don't see the point in doing all that work for what would probably end up being about 20 minutes worth of online video.

  • July 16, 2007, 12:32 a.m. CST

    I'd be willing to bet...

    by mullymt

    that this is a way to see if direct-to-DVD movies would be viable (ala Stargate). They measure the response, and they make the call. Thoughts?

  • July 16, 2007, 2:57 a.m. CST

    So I guess this means slim case DVD sets coming?

    by Mace Tofu

    And this web crap will help promote sales seasons 1-4 to new fans of the webisodes... I guess Peacekeeper Wars didn't do that great on DVD so no more new DTV movies : (

  • July 16, 2007, 3:58 a.m. CST

    I'm hoping that you're right, mullymt...

    by raw_bean

    ...and that you're wrong, Tofu. I know at one point, Brian Henson said he had his eye keenly on Serenity to use as a barometer for whether feature films could be a viable future for Farscape. Bugger. :(<p>However, with Babylon 5 and Stargate SG1 returning as DTV productions, I really hope these webisodes are a precursor/testing of the waters for some larger new Farscape project, but we'll see. At least there's going to be *SOME* new Farscape! Now we just need D'Argo to come back to life. :(

  • July 16, 2007, 4:44 a.m. CST

    Everybody knows that ...

    by LargoJr

    ...girth is MUCH more important then length

  • July 16, 2007, 6:36 a.m. CST

    Slim Case and HIGH DEF!

    by Horseflesh

    After all the re-releases it's time for some bluray or HD up in this piece!

  • July 16, 2007, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Webisodes funded by Product Placement.

    by V'Shael

    Crichton : Good thing we managed to escape from the Pepsi nebula. <p> Dargo : Indeed <p> Crichton : Say, did I mention we had a delicious low calorie soft drink on my planet with that name? <p> Dargo : Many times now. <p> Crichton : Man, I could do with a long cold Pepsi right now.

  • July 16, 2007, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Zhaan

    by NudeandAroused

    Was actually pretty cool.

  • July 16, 2007, 7:49 a.m. CST

    FRAK or FRELL?

    by Abin Sur

    The geek generation's Coke vs. Pepsi.

  • July 16, 2007, 7:50 a.m. CST

    And Claudia Black needs to work...

    by Abin Sur

    Acting chops (not shown on Stargate, unfortunately) AND HOT! Please, if not here, let's see her somewhere.

  • July 16, 2007, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Re: Freekill--Length Determines Love?

    by CrichtonAstronut

    I think we fans love these shows because they are little bit different and a lot more complex than the standard Lite Beer programming that takes of the majority of screen time. Unfortunately, that doesn't catch on with a mass mainstream audience. Especially in a Reality TV generation that is unconforable with anything they can't drunk, lobotomized and unconscious and still follow. A good Stout, sadly, is a little much for many palats. And networks are even less comfortable because they don't know what pigeon hole to fit Firefly or Farscape, or The Original Star Trek in its day, into.

  • July 16, 2007, 9:44 a.m. CST

    So this is what happend to Flash?

    by Billyeveryteen

    Dark times are ahead, brotherns.

  • July 16, 2007, 9:56 a.m. CST

    just out of curiosity

    by Lost Prophet

    i vaguely remember seeing farscape years ago on TV, and could someone tell me what happened after Crichton and Aeryn were vaporised on the lake? or was that the end of the series?<p>On length- The reason short lived series are loved is that the shorter the series, provided it was well made, then there is a high chance of the quality being consistently high without any burn out. This is especially true of comedy. Course the flipside of this is that sometimes programmes need to find their feet.

  • July 16, 2007, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Abin Sur

    by NudeandAroused

    Frak dominates. Though Frell is cool as well.

  • July 16, 2007, 10:48 a.m. CST

    RE: Lost prophet

    by Dangerousapple

    *SPOILER* What you are describing is the end of season 4 - after which The Peackeeper wars mini series concluded the story (and brought Crighton and Aeryn back to life'. On another note, I wouldn´t call 88 43-minute episodes + a 3-hour miniseries ``short-lived`. It was cut short by cancelation - not short lived. By the way, I find it odd that sci-fi would cancel a series, only to revive it several years later out of the blue. Perhaps they finally realized they were wrong.

  • July 16, 2007, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Proposal of name for Webisodes

    by SpenceJT

    "The Adventures of Ploppy, Ploppy the Spaceship"

  • July 16, 2007, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Ta Dangerous

    by Lost Prophet

    I was curious about that. <p>I know it was cancelled, I just didn't know when. <p>Wasn't me that bought up the short lived thing- but there is a grain of truth to it.

  • July 16, 2007, 11:45 a.m. CST

    This is great news!

    by NOVAJimBo

    I watched this show front to back when my first son was in the hospital during his premature birth. That was 5 years ago and i try to live the lessons i learned then. I even called my estranged father after "kansas". Good stuff.

  • July 16, 2007, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Claudia Black will get a briefe apparance on the NBC

    by CrichtonAstronut

    series Life. As the lead characters's ex-wife. Don't know if it'll be a recurruing role. And i can't say I know much about the series in general. But it could be good exposure for her. I'd love to see her on something as well written Lost so she could really show her acting chops. Of course seeing her on Farscape again really be the best for me anyway. Little iffy on the Webisode angle though. Farscape always had seriously big production values, hope they keep that up here, especially for Rygel and Pilot's sake.

  • July 16, 2007, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Sweet.

    by SpacePhil

    Don't care what you haters say. Long live the Muppets.

  • July 16, 2007, 11:55 a.m. CST

    It IS great News, though. Hope it is a sign of bigger

    by CrichtonAstronut

    Farscape news in the future. Like a big screen movie.

  • July 16, 2007, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Crichton, thanks for the CB update...

    by Abin Sur

    Life looks a little bit like most crime/procedural dramas, but it's got a great cast in Damian Lewis and (WOWZERS) Sarah Shahi.

  • July 16, 2007, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Mullymt is wise

    by snowpuff

    Watch the webisodes a few hundred times. We want new Farscape movies on DVD!

  • July 16, 2007, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Your favorite shows made smaller and blurrier

    by modlight

    woo hoo!!!!

  • July 16, 2007, 2:52 p.m. CST

    I am not dead!!!!

    by Ka Dargo

    I will be back if they somehow get their heads out of there asses and put my show back on!!! They don't want my Luxan rage to take over!!!

  • July 16, 2007, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Farscape Animated Series!

    by CaptGrelden

    I would not mind if the series came back in some way (web, TV, Cable) if it was in the animated style as seen in the episode Revenging Angel.

  • July 16, 2007, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Ka Dargo...

    by Fuzzinate It

    A bit late to the party on this one, but I'd suggest that anyone who doesn't have high speed internet really isn't a member of Sci-Fi's target market, y'know? If you can afford it, you HAVE DSL these days. It's just how it is. If you can't afford it... Then why would any potential future Farscape Sci-Fi channel advertising spot customers care about your viewership? If you aren't willing to fling 20 bucks a month at high speed, then Best Buy, Sony, and Samsung (Big advertisers on Sci Fi, at least as of a few years ago) know you won't be buying their products. As a Farscape fan and a marketing professional (who doesn't work in TV, just knows how the industry runs) I think this is awesome.

  • July 16, 2007, 5 p.m. CST

    It'll be those...

    by banditmania

    damned puppets farting helium!!

  • July 16, 2007, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Fuzzinate It

    by coop

    Don't make assumptions based on your life experience only. <p>There are many of us who have expendable income without high speed internet for various reasons. <p>I for one live in an area that makes it difficult to get anything but dial-up, <p>and a friend of mine is married and can't justify the cost of DSL to his wife, yet she's cool with buying dvds.

  • July 16, 2007, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Uh

    by Alientoast

    Well maybe someone will post the episodes in an ultra compressed state that won't overlord your dialup modem. It's understandable that not all areas have high speed (aka the Midwest or the boonies), but it's something you need to get used to...like the fact media stores don't carry cassette tapes of music anymore.

  • July 16, 2007, 6 p.m. CST

    Frell Yeah!!!

    by Russman

    I love that show. Maybe they'll cancel Eureka and that Superhero shit and put the series back on.............. hahahahahaha, wooooo! I crack myself up sometimes. Speaking of jokes, I haven't looked recently to see if they've lowered the prices on the DVDs yet.

  • July 16, 2007, 6:09 p.m. CST

    farscape was an amazing show!

    by warp11

    Any new farscape is better than nothing!

  • July 16, 2007, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Farscape without Crichton is like ...

    by FrodoFraggins

    the X-Files without Mulder. You can't remove the heart of the show. Crichton is central to the show. I'd say he's the only non-expendable character. I'll definitely check out the webisodes though. SciFi canceled this show at least one season too early.

  • July 16, 2007, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Re: AshokO

    by Cobbio

    In response to your inquiry, I'd say Farscape is on par with Firefly and not as good as BSG. The premise of Farscape is John Crichton, an astronaut, gets shot through a wormhole into a different part of the galaxy. The show is basically him trying to survive in an odd, sometimes seriously fucked up part of the universe. The underlying plot is him wanting to find a way home.<p> The group of characters (and living ships) Crichton encounters are entertaining, often in subtly dramatic ways. Each character has his or her own backstory, thus Farscape is akin to Firefly with its group dynamics.<p> Farscape is definitely worth Netflix-ing because Farscape's DVDs are so rediculously overpriced. I'm not sure why, but they're some of the most expensive television DVD sets ever. Go with Netflix. You'll probably dig Farscape more than you anticipate. I certainly did.

  • July 17, 2007, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Hell yeah its worth it!!!

    by Ka Dargo

    In my humble Luxan opinion, it's better then BSG and all other Sci-Fi shows. BSG is mostly drama, not much humor. Farscape has it all, with the drama, humor, action, cool effects and makeup/puppets, hot women. Not to mention the Chricton/Aeryn angle!!! It really does need to come back in some form of series.

  • July 17, 2007, 4:32 a.m. CST

    Dial-up

    by Atropos

    Dial-up? Sometimes I pity americans... I don't think you can even get that if you wanted in the rest of the world. If there are copper lines, the companies could if they wanted bring you DSL. And don't bring me any shit about sparsely populated areas, Scandinavia is similar to the midwest in pop. density. Farscape for the people!

  • July 17, 2007, 8:38 a.m. CST

    So am I the only one...

    by JoeyJoeJoeJr.Sh

    Who wants to see a LEXX web series?

  • July 17, 2007, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Lexx

    by Alientoast

    Adventures aboard Baby Lexx? It could work...although they would probably revolve around Xev getting naked, Stanley not getting any sex, and 790 plotting their demise for it's entire run! For the cliff hanger, His Divine Shadow could infest 790 and turn himself into the new harbinger of death...and then promptly ingested by Lexx somehow, at which point she would declare "Stan...I don't feel too well...I think I ate something bad" "Well darn it, Baby Lexx, I told you not to just eat random stuff floating around in space! You just don't know where it's been!"

  • July 18, 2007, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Two Things America sucks at, building a decent DSL...

    by CrichtonAstronut

    infrastructure and building public education system that actually educates people. Seriously, we live only a few miles from town and the onluy high speed we can get is the HughesNet for $60 a month, and that woulsd probably go out every time it rained. Doesn't make much sense eithert, it's the folks who live farthest from who'll want to buy crap on the net instead of driving an hour to get to the nearest Mall or WalMart. Instead the people who get to have cheap high speed live about five feet away from every kind store you can imagine, so why pay shipping. The world's right. We are idiots.

  • July 18, 2007, 10:49 a.m. CST

    And Another Hell Yeah. It is worth it.

    by CrichtonAstronut

    Definitely closer too Firefly than BSG on the humor scale(sometimes even more outrageous). But, like Firefly it doesn't short you on the Drama either, there episodes and scenes as serious and heartbreaking as anything on BSG or Firefly. It also gets better and better as the series progresses. Once the characters and their relationships start to gell, about nine episodes into the first seasomn it really develops into something special. By the season finale, if you loved Firefly, I expect you'll be hooked on Farscape.

  • July 18, 2007, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Knowing Sci Fi, they'll cancel it 4/5 in and then...

    by SpyGuy

    ...fans will have to launch a campaign to get the remaining fifth posted.