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Sam Raimi’s Fantasy Series
Gets A Debut Window!!

I am – Hercules!! The two-hour premiere of Sam Raimi’s new hourlong fantasy series "Wizard's First Rule" will launch the weekend of Nov. 1. Writer-producer Kenneth Biller – whose resume includes stints on “The X-Files,” “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Smallville” – is showrunner on the series, based on the Terry Goodkind book. The Hollywood Reporter earlier described the project:
"Wizard's" stars Craig Horner as woodsman Richard Cypher, who transforms into a magical leader and joins with a mysterious woman named Kahlan (Bridget Regan) to stop a bloodthirsty, sinister tyrant. The series has been cleared in more than 95% of the country for its fall launch. Twenty-two episodes will be produced for the 2008-09 season.
Read all of the Hollywood Reporter’s story on the start date here.

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  • July 18, 2008, 12:55 a.m. CST


    by Krangelus


  • July 18, 2008, 12:55 a.m. CST


    by Muskratluvin

    My first, and now that I have done it, last FIRST. And I don't care what you literaties say about WFR, I think the books were a fun read and could be made into a series that doesn't totally suck.

  • July 18, 2008, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Took to long typing.

    by Muskratluvin

    When will I learn.

  • July 18, 2008, 1:04 a.m. CST


    by sidshifty

    It's all well and good to post an article about a new show, but wouldn't it make sense to post ALL the salient details? Of course, otherwise I'll just go ahead and assume sci fi channel

  • July 18, 2008, 1:21 a.m. CST


    by JackNF

    Its going straight to syndication, = check your local listings because it'll be a different station in each market.

  • July 18, 2008, 1:23 a.m. CST

    by JackNF

    much like Raimi's previous fantasy television endeavors with Hercules and Xena.

  • July 18, 2008, 2:05 a.m. CST

    If this suck (which it very well might)

    by Nerdgasm

    Some limp dick at HBO will cancel Game of Thrones. You just wait and see if they don't.

  • July 18, 2008, 2:08 a.m. CST


    by Krangelus


  • July 18, 2008, 4:13 a.m. CST

    moore says the wire best tv ever

    by bacci40 needs an award from the master is all one needs

  • July 18, 2008, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Bad books, bad TV

    by Mr Willi

    Sorry dude, these books were awful. And I'm no lit'ry snob. Bad writing, overuse of cliches, uninteresting characters. Sad to see such of a waste of resources when there are better -- and more entertaining -- fantasy series out there.

  • July 18, 2008, 7:29 a.m. CST

    So how will it run? *Spoilers*

    by Kizeesh

    Episode 1 - Richard and Kahlan potter around then meet at the end <p>Episode 2 - They bumble around pointlessly and met an old man who talks men's cocks off literally <p>Episodes 3 - 10 - They travel a lot then argue with some people and Richard kills the ones who disagree. <p> Episodes 11 - 14 They wander round more and get worried. <p> Episode 15 - Richard is Kidnapped <p> Episodes 16 - 20 Richard is subjected to lots and lots of BSDM, and I mean LOTS. <p> Episode 21 - Kahlan gets PMS and goes nuts killing pedos <p> Episode 22 - Crap Crap crap ending with bad guy losing. <p> Did I miss anything, apart from everyone swallowing their own tongues in order to avoid having to watch such shite?

  • July 18, 2008, 7:55 a.m. CST


    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    get Martin's stuff greenlit, please.

  • July 18, 2008, 7:57 a.m. CST


    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    i saw that. quite high praise. i guess i should check it out.<p>i feel a bit like all the poor sold who haven't read Watchmen.

  • July 18, 2008, 7:59 a.m. CST


    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    is what i swear i typed.

  • July 18, 2008, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Screw Game of Thrones

    by Bride of Mecha-Bill Pullman vs. Mecha-Bill Paxton

    Instead of HBO doing Game of Thrones they should just do a show that stars George R. R. Martin. I met that guy, he's wicked. ...and looks like a pirate.

  • July 18, 2008, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Why they hell isn't it a shorter season??

    by performingmonkey

    If this is a full-length season it will SUCK. They need to concentrate it into 10-13 hourlongs.

  • July 18, 2008, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Coming this November?

    by andtheflesh

    I'm all for Raimi doing some fantasy series but this is starting to air in November? This is the first I've heard of it and, near as I can tell, there's no trailers or even screenshots from the show online yet. That doesn't bode well. I think they're hiding a big, putrid, slowly liquifying turd.

  • July 18, 2008, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Hey Herc

    by The Alienist

    A couple mistakes on your Emmy List from yesterday. I pointed them out to you on that page. You can't miss it, its titled "Herc, What the fuck?"?

  • July 18, 2008, 12:22 p.m. CST

    The book was a mess

    by There Are Twelve Models

    Recalling it makes my spine curl. A culture afraid of fucking fire? Motherfuckers DIE! Clearly written by a guy in complete goddamn ignorance of absolutely everything. Add a psychotic interest in dead kids and subjecting its main character to loads and loads and loads of some loser virgin's idea of fantasy bondage. (If that piques your interest don't say I didn't warn you.) One of the rare titles which earned the privilege of being thrown against my living room wall. But it's possible the TV series will be all right--stranger things have happened. Can't think of any off the top of my head, but it's possible they might have.

  • July 18, 2008, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Syndication is syndi-tastic!

    by Heckles

    Coming soon to MyTV, 3pm and 2am every Saturday. Ratings blockbuster. Come on now... DS9 was the last syndicated hourlong drama that will ever get decent ratings.

  • July 18, 2008, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Twelve Models

    by 2LeggedFreak

    Agreed. I have seldom read a book that inspired such sheer hatred for the written word. Felt like it was written by a twelve year old for most of it, then some weird sado masochist stepped in to put in the putrid bits.<br> <br> Maybe Raimi will film it as a comedy though ? That'd make sense, something like the 60's Batman TV series.

  • July 18, 2008, 2:43 p.m. CST

    A George R.R. Martin reality show?

    by Pops Freshemeyer

    I think Bride of Mecha Bills has a great idea there. I know I'd love to see a show about a writer who spends his days eating, going to hang out with cosplay geeks, updates his blog to tell people he isn't done writing, and painting miniatures... <p> <p> Of course, I've got a much better show I'm trying to pitch. It's designed to capitalize on all of this Alaska love going around. It would be called "America's Next Top Iditarod Racer" and it documents what happens when you take former America's Next Top Model contestants and introduce them to the world of dog sledding. I think it's a winner...

  • July 18, 2008, 4:48 p.m. CST


    by Itchy

    I think I've read just about every fantasy series published since 1980, and I can say with authority - this is the worst I've ever read. I made it through the first three books because of all the great "reviews" and I literally wanted to kill myself. I've never sloughed through such boring, derivative, infantile trite in my life. It made me want to kill the person who invented paprus. I literally considered filing a class action lawsuit to recover the value of the time I lost reading that dreck. I should have known from Goodkind's gay-ponytail glamour shot on the back cover that it would blow. Terry Goodkind isn't fit to lick the sweat from the balls of Steven Erikson, whose Malazan series is like Angelina Jolie to Wizard's First Rule's Bea Arthur.

  • July 18, 2008, 6:09 p.m. CST

    by Omar B

    I can't wait, I love this series.

  • July 18, 2008, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Well, as long as...

    by Kurgan

    ...they have the Mord'Sith women in their red skin-tight leather outfits, I'm gonna be glued to the boob tube.

  • July 18, 2008, 7:14 p.m. CST

    I was promised a debut date!

    by Dreamwriter

    Not just "the weekend of..." What's the exact date it's starting?? As for the person who first heard of this, there's been news about it for the last two years, they started filming a few months ago, and they are going to be showing footage at the comicon at the end of this month.

  • July 18, 2008, 8 p.m. CST

    Voyager? Smallville? SHIT!

    by Drath

    There goes any chance that THIS will be any good then. Those shows suck(ed). They had many seasons, but they're the shows you loathe for getting so many seasons when better shows had less. I never got into the X-Files, but there were a lot of problems I hear about from friends who did watch.

  • July 18, 2008, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Wrong Author

    by Succatash

    Not interested. I love fantasy books, but his are terrible.

  • July 18, 2008, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Awful Awful book

    by Charlie_Allnut

    I can't believe I read this whole book. It's been years now, but I remember the dialogue being the worst I have ever read in a published work. And the wizard came off as being severely mentally handicapped, as in Forrest Gump, as opposed to sage and wise. Then the BDSM was totally out of left field. It almost inspired me to become a writer...I mean if someone can make millions off of this shit why not me?

  • July 19, 2008, 12:25 a.m. CST

    I agree, this book BLOWS

    by G8kpr

    I'm glad I'm not alone, a friend of mine told me about this "Great book". Man. WFR was just awful from start to finish. I completely agree with it's load of cliches, it borrows HEAVILY from Star Wars, LOTR, and several other books. When it got into bondage and kiddies, and lots of torture, I just wanted to tear it in half. I actually finished the book, but vowed never to read it or another one in the series EVER!. This is deffinately a series I will avoid like the plague. Reading Game of Thrones and comparing it to this is like night and day. Like looking a painting by Da Vinci and Comparing it to a paint by numbers done by a 3 year old. Now I'm trying to remember specifics of the book, and it's bringing back really bad flashbacks of the awful storyline, so I'd better stop now before I get myself more angry.

  • July 19, 2008, 9:22 a.m. CST

    There will be air rams

    by BrandLoyalist

    and small trampolines... Hercules and Xena generally had at least one stuntman in the air throughout the episode

  • July 19, 2008, 11:44 a.m. CST

    I put on my robe and wizard hat...

    by theredtoad

    wait, wrong topic.

  • July 19, 2008, 1:41 p.m. CST

    There's one book in this series that would floor anyone with its

    by Sick Fixx

    The Faith of the Fallen. I enjoyed the whole series, but can understand why many people find it juvenile/emotionally arrested writing. Still, Faith of the Fallen is that one book where Goodkind got everything right. It's just so powerful when Richard teaches everyone to stand up and stop trying to justify their own lives and instead, fight for them.

  • July 19, 2008, 2 p.m. CST

    So many great fantasy books out there...

    by untamedc

    this is not one of them. I couldn't even finish this in audio book form. Just ponderous and dreadful. How about a great series like "Wheel of Time" or "The Black Company"?

  • July 19, 2008, 5:29 p.m. CST

    The option on this turd of a series must have been cheap

    by Nerdgasm

    When you set out to make a shitty series, you certainly don't want to spend a shitload of greenbacks on something that doesn't actually suck Oger nuts. Take Game of Thrones...great series, George R.R. Martin knows what he's got, and was smart enough to option it to HBO where it should shine in all it's naughty nasty glory. But really, I'd love to see just about any fantasy series other than this festering pile. How about The Borne Queen by Greg Keys, thats a great series, and not well known (but should be). Another great one would be The First Law series by Joe Abercrombe...I'd love to see the "Bloody-Nine" kick the living shit out of somebody. I think another series that would kick ass on screen as a mini-series would be The Live Ship Traders by Robin Hobb. Or how about The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch? That would make a great show too. I could sit here all day writing about stuff I'd rather see than the shitfest that is WFR.

  • July 19, 2008, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Good news then...

    by Werthead

    Scott Lynch's book was optioned before it even came out. I think it's still stuck in scripting hell at the moment. Rumours of some big news on the Game of Thrones TV series in the nearish future, which is looking more likely now that the BBC has come on board to co-fund. As for the Goodkind series, it'll be great. It will have absolutely nothing in common with the books apart from a few character names though. I mean, they're not going to have the 20-something 'hero' beating the living shit out of an 8-year-old girl on screen as in the novel. Although I'd pay money to see the evil chicken sequence on screen.

  • July 20, 2008, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Yeah, it's not a highminded read,

    by Silverhour

    It's been a while since I've read WFR, but I enjoyed the first 6 books in the series. Yes, they were derivitive of better works, and they didn't really add anything to the genre, and they were long winded and repetative, but I still found enough to enjoy. The TV series sounds like it will loosely follow the plotline, with many things added and removed (likely at whim) to better fit the syndicated market. I still think it would have fit better as a mini-series of 4-6 hours, more faithful to the book but cutting out the bulk of the filler. I've also heard rumours that the first season will include not only WFR, but Stone of Tears as well.