Firefly: Browncoats Unite
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Firefly was the ill-fated sci-fi western-like series from Joss Whedon. It was his next big project after his Buffy the Vampire Slayer series, that premiered as the Buffy spin-off series, Angel, was starting to wind down.
Unfortunately, the show aired on Fox and the creative management under Fox made some executive decisions that doomed the show right from the get-go.
Fox forced it’s creative choices onto Joss and the show aired a bit out of order from what Whedon had intended, forced him to film it differently than planned, and during the season, stuffed one of those huge show-ending-breaks in the middle of the season. You know that kind that kill any momentum a show could have? The break lasted from mid-December to late July of that year.
The more challenging aspect for fans was that when Fox showed the episodes out of order, it didn’t make much sense, as far as a continuation of any semblance of a plot and it seemed to be the victim of the preempting beast called sports. Plus it didn’t help that Fox tried to pitch it to the audience as an action-comedy. Seriously.
Needless to say, it stumbled at the ratings and faded from production.
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But that show is one of the backbones of Joss Whedon’s creative history that many fans latched on to.
Forever and a day since, fans have been crying for a new series with the same cast, but alas, Joss moved on and as some may not like to see, so have the cast.
Some of the cast parlayed their careers with good agents and went on to hit TV shows, others, their true talents, have started shining of late. And a few others, (who need better agents), seem to have a smattering of guest appearances and other small roles.
But with Joss moving on, this and other projects since were seeming like (from the outside looking in) struggles for Joss, more or less, including one of his latest swings at a mind-f* series called Dollhouse. (Which aired on Fox, and guess what… a few episodes were again re-ordered. At least they’re consistent.)
Whedon has had a decent career since Firefly, but obviously nothing that had any break-out momentum. That is, until the writers strike hit and he decided to kill some time and put a silly thing together called Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. (Horrible recently aired on The CW, but a complete and total lack of marketing on the channel seemed to doom it to a quiet run through.)
That was a huge success for what it was, and then Whedon landed the directorial gig of The Avengers. And suddenly, all media outlets are starting to look at Joss Whedon’s past work and NOW, giving it the credit it’s due.
Hey, momentum… right?
The Firefly franchise has lived on in comic form, and more than likely, there will never be another Firefly series. It made its mark on the entertainment venue and Joss has moved on, focusing on project in his future. I know we like to think to “never say never,” but the amount of pressure or huge expectations from fans, on a new version of the series would possibly set many up for a disappointment in one way or another. That’s my fear. Yet…
I think, with Joss not looking back and trying to keep Firefly alive, is not a bad thing. The original content is not diluted by anything new that might come up and it does have its place in television history.
It was a magical combination of Whedon’s brilliant writing and a great, energetic and (at that time) young cast. But no one knew just how insightful or smart Whedon’s writing could be. That is, not until The Avengers came out. And now the world knows what the Whedon Fan Alumni have known for many years.
And now, Joss has control over his own destiny.
And to be honest, things happen for a reason. in this case, had Fox not “foxed” with his creation and treated Firefly like Whedon envisioned, where would that have landed him in the tree of fate/destiny? Would he still have gone on to helm The Avengers, or would he have taken some other route and produce a billion new little shows that barely last a season or two each, like some other guy/producer out there that has shows all over the place?
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via press release
TENTH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL FIREFLY: BROWNCOATS UNITE LIFTS OFF ON SCIENCE CHANNEL THIS NOVEMBER
Highly-Anticipated Special Chronicling Joss Whedon cult sensation starring Nathan Fillion Premieres Sunday, November 11 at 10 PM ET/PT on Science Channel–
–The All-Day FIREFLY Event Begins with a Full Series Marathon at 7 AM ET/PT —
TWITTER: @ScienceChannel #FireflyNov11
(Silver Spring, Md.) —After months of intense buzz and two blockbuster panels at both San Diego and New York Comic-Con, it’s finally time for the main event – FIREFLY: BROWNCOATS UNITE on November 11 at 10 PM (ET/PT), Science Channel reunites Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion and the entire renegade crew of the Serenity for the first time ever to provide the complete oral history on the franchise that continues to explode in popularity – despite meeting its end a decade ago. The 60-minute special includes secrets from the set, exclusive cast interviews, and footage from this year’s colossal Comic-Con panel that dominated the pop culture conversation. Joining Whedon and Fillion for FIREFLY: BROWNCOATS UNITE are Serenity crewmembers Sean Maher, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin, Morena Baccarin, Alan Tudyk, Gina Torres and Jewel Staite; along with executive producer Tim Minear and executive story editor Jose Molina.
This summer, FIREFLY creator Joss Whedon triumphantly exclaimed to a crowd of thousands at San Diego Comic-Con that “the story is alive.” Legions of fans across the world couldn’t agree more, proving that a series which is comprised of only 14 episodes had endured the test of time. Guided by Entertainment Weekly senior writer Jeff Jensen, Science Channel re-created the set of the Serenity for this epic gathering capturing the insights and memories of space’s most-rebellious flight crew – including the moment they realized they were canceled and where they believe the FIREFLY universe could live next.
“When Science Channel began airing FIREFLY in 2011, we immediately realized that these fans are a subculture united by a unique and fanatical passion for the series,” says Debbie Adler Myers, general manager and executive vice president of Science Channel. “Our goal is to present them the series they love – but in a totally new and surprising way. Whether that’s through exploring the science behind the show or reuniting the entire cast for the first time, we want Science Channel to be the home for Browncoats everywhere.”
Science Channel’s FIREFLY Sunday extravaganza begins at 7AM ET/PT with an all-day marathon of the series. Then, at 10PM ET/PT, the event Browncoats everywhere have been waiting for – FIREFLY: BROWNCOATS UNITE premieres on Science Channel.
FIREFLY the series is set in the year 2517, in a new star system and follows the adventures of the ragtag crew of Serenity, a “Firefly-class” spaceship. The ensemble cast depicts nine distinct characters who, have all banded together for very different reasons. Led by Captain Mal Reynolds (Fillion), who fought on the losing side of a civil war, viewers engage with characters who, are now living on the outskirts of society,
FIREFLY: BROWNCOATS UNITE is produced by Science Channel. Debbie Myers is general manager and executive vice president of Science Channel. Bernadette McDaid is vice president of production and Kaitlin McIntyre is producer for Science Channel.
About Science Channel:
Science Channel, a division of Discovery Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), is home for the thought provocateur, the individual who is unafraid to ask the killer questions of “how” and “why not.” The network is a playground for those with audacious intellects and features programming willing to go beyond imagination to explore the unknown. Guided by curiosity, Science Channel looks for innovation in mysterious new worlds as well as in its own backyard. Science Channel and the Science Channel HD simulcast reach more than 74 million U.S. households. The network also features high-traffic online and social media destinations, including ScienceChannel.com, facebook.com/Science Channel and twitter.com/Science Channel.
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