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Firefly Reunion to Air

From Comic Con to your TV

By Robert T. Trate     July 12, 2012
Source: Entertainment Weekly

Firefly is getting a shiny new TV special.

To celebrate the cult-favorite sci-fi drama’s 10th anniversary, Science Channel is shooting a new one-hour special chronicling the Firefly cast reunion at Comic-Con this week.

The special — titled Browncoats Unite — will include footage from Friday’s reunion panel, featuring several members of the original team including star Nathan Fillion and creator Joss Whedon. Plus, the cast is shooting an in-depth behind-the-scenes roundtable interview that will dive deeper into burning fan questions about the beloved series. Both the panel and the roundtable will be moderated by Entertainment Weekly‘s own Jeff Jensen.

“Firefly is a landmark work of science fiction and a favorite with our viewers,” said Debbie Myers, general manager and executive vp of Science. “Ever since it premiered on Science, fans have asked us to do something special to mark its 10-year anniversary. With this signature celebration, punctuated by Browncoats Unite, we will connect the minds behind this classic franchise with its legions of passionate fans.”

In addition to Whedon and Fillion, Friday’s 12:30 p.m. Comic-Con panel will feature Alan Tudyk, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin, Sean Maher, showrunner Tim Minear, and writer Jose Molina. The special, produced by Pangolin Pictures, promises to unearth defining memories and first-person accounts of making the show from both sides of the camera. Browncoats Unite will air on Science, along with an all-day marathon of Firefly episodes, on Sunday, Nov. 11.

Thanks to Chopsaki for the submission.

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Dazzler 7/12/2012 3:56:13 AM

How long can they beat this dead horse?

Hethrow 7/12/2012 5:38:53 AM

 Firefly seems to be on the same trajectory as Star Trek.  Original show cancelled early...legions of die hard fans...movie...reunions...  When is Firefly the Next Generation coming out?

Hobbs 7/12/2012 7:12:53 AM

The big difference is that Star Trek had a successful movie run before the TNG started.  Same can't be said for Firefly, it wasn't a flop but wasn't a hit either or we would be on movie number three by now.

xJokersxWildx 7/12/2012 7:22:06 AM

No Fox TV shows make it .. period they cancel every new show they put out each year lol

monkeyfoot 7/12/2012 7:47:36 AM

I was never a Firefly fan. People would constantly rave about it but I never really watched it. When it started running on Science channel I did end up watching episodes and realized what they loved about it.

The show does have a diehard fanbase stronger than most other short lived shows I've ever seen. Star Trek had this as well as Buffy, and the Stargate TV franchise. Those were able to parlay that into further adventures in one way or another. Even though a theatrical was only moderately successful, I wouldn't be surprised if a special TV movie gets made for the Science Channel at some point.

mike10 7/12/2012 8:39:15 AM

 Sadly they killed off the characters of Book and Wash and actors Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk are on successful shows on ABC so unless it's a TV movie I can't imagine anything else happening. 

InnerSanctum 7/12/2012 8:48:34 AM

 XJokers:  Um, I'll just rattle off a few FOX shows that have stuck around...House, Family Guy, The Simpsons, Malcom in the Middle, 24, King of the Hill, The X-Files, ...the list goes on.  All had to be new shows at some point.  I think they have had a pretty good hit ratio.  

I think Firefly was wrapped up with the film (and, if that had been truly successful, you would have seen more films...well, of the few surviving members of the team.)  It was a fun little series, but I don't see it ever going any further than it has now.  

redvector 7/12/2012 11:03:10 AM

I never saw the attaction of the show either. The fact remains is that if was all that it'd still be on the air. Or at least would have lasted longer than it did. Period.

ztigr 7/12/2012 11:24:02 AM
Actually there is a firefly fan series I've seen kicking around the net.  I loved firefly, the space meets western, US meets China theme.  The no Einstein stuff, one solar system setting.  The Civil war aftermath.  The colorful characters.  Some really good quirky dialog.  The movie rocked, except for some cheezy effects here and there.  We browncoats always get thrown a crumb of hope like this docuspecial now and then.  But its probably too late.  I think SYFY really missed the boat when they didn't grab this after Fox cast it off.  It was definitely not a one episode and you're hooked type of show, you had to watch a few to get the flow.
 

 

toran 7/12/2012 12:55:36 PM

Good point InnerSanctum, although I would point out wasn't Family Guy canceled a couple times before the brass at Fox understood what they had. The point I think Joker was trying to make is that Fox has a reputation of shooting alot of other shows dead just after the get out the gate (Space:Above and Beyond springs to mind).

At the same time, the one thing that has always frustrated me about Whedon's work was WHY it never caught on the way (I think) it should have. Firefly is a perfect example. Here he had a show with a great cast, smart scripts, well-developed characters and a setting filled with imagination and infinte possiblilties.

But above all that, it was ACCESSIBLE!   No techno talk, no TNG space anomalies,and  the stories were all character driven.  My 60 year old mother, who is not a sci fi fan at all, loved Firefly when I showed it to here because she could relate to the characters despite the sci-fi setting.

It wasn't until the Avengers came out that the rest of the world finally understood what fans of Whedon's work have known all along: Joss is one hell of a good storyteller. He is the master of ensemble fiction whether it be in tv, film or comicbook form (for those who don't know, yeah he writes for comicbooks too).

Firefly is still popular on Netflix 10 years after its birth so it still resonates with people. I only hope that because of the success of The Avengers others will take a look at his previous work and discover it for themselves.

 

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