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I Don't Know About Them, But I've Gone To Heaven: "12 Monkeys" Television Series

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | July 23, 2013 | Comments ()


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12 Monkeys is one of the greatest time travel stories ever told. I sincerely hope that in ten years I will be able to say the same thing about “12 Monkeys”.

Welcome to Pajiba. Come for the Idris Elba pictures, stay for the orthographic cleverness.

SyFy, oh network of frustrated spellings, has ordered a 90 minute back door pilot for a series adaptation of that fantastic film. The idea is to go “Battlestar Galactica” on the project, blow everyone’s minds with the pilot and then spin it into a full fledged series.

The network is trying to stay strong on original programming, which is excellent news to anyone who likes actual science fiction and has little need for professional wrestling, reality television, or whatever the fuck “Ghost Hunters” is supposed to be. Says disposable SyFy executive Mark Stern:

We’re looking at short orders, maybe eight to 10 [episodes] as opposed to 13. Some may be [split runs of] 10 and 10. Our goal is to do five or six original scripted series a year and a big tentpole event miniseries that could also possibly serve as a backdoor pilot to a series as well, the way that Battlestar Galactica did. It’s an exciting time for us.”

Short orders are probably best, there seems to be a perfect sweet spot around a dozen that works well for shows. While I can appreciate that procedurals and sitcoms that just hit the reset button every week can certainly fill a couple dozen weeks, the deep dramatic shows have settled into that shorter run, keeping the story telling tighter. Or at least in the case of “True Blood”, making the pain end sooner.

In case you get too excited, please remember that SyFy also has a similar backdoor pilot plan with a series from M. Night Shyamalan. Maybe the twist ending will be him blowing up the SyFy network.




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  • apsutter

    I just watched this movie for the first time last year and was so impressed. I doubt the show would be any good.

  • TCH

    This could go badly. Given SyFy recent aversion to original programming.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Well 12 Monkeys was probably the best role Brad Pitt has ever played, he is excellent at crazy and deranged. And the movie was pretty much excellent so that could be interesting.

    And yeah... why the hell is wrestling on the SyFy channel? Sure it is fiction... but what the hell does it have to do with science? There really isn't any physics there even, just subterfuge.

  • It's consistently one of (if not 'the') the highest-rated(in terms of number of people watching) blocks of programming the SyFY channel has, so my advice would be to go ahead and make peace with it.

  • NateMan

    I think they're owned by the same company as USA, and (at a guess) when USA started doing more original programming they switched it over. Or they wanted to pull more viewers over to get them to watch the shows surrounding it.

  • weetiger3

    No. Just no.

  • JJ

    "Our goal is to do five or six original scripted series a year and a big
    tentpole event miniseries that could also possibly serve as a backdoor
    pilot to a series as well"

    So if the goal is five.
    And if the tentpole is six.
    Then backdoor pilot is seven?

  • NateMan

    I'm ashamed to admit I've yet to see 12 Monkeys. Huge scifi fan, never heard anything but good things about it, and yet I've never seen it.

  • Maguita NYC

    Found a Turkish version on YT. You interested?

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    I am at a loss. I don't know whether to weep for your ignorance or curse you for a heathen.

    When in doubt, always go with curse. Feelings are a sign of weakness.

  • Dude. Now. Home, go. Tell all the people to fuck off, remove your bladder and place it on the bladder shelf, and watch and fall in love.

  • Uriah_Creep

    I don't have a bladder shelf. I wonder if I can get one at IKEA?

  • You can get anything at IKEA. Apart from an Oscar for Leo.

  • Uriah_Creep

    No, obviously for that, Leo will have to go to the pawnshop in Hollywood where Cuba Gooding Jr. hocked his.

  • NateMan

    If I can find it I will. Sadly, it's not on Netflix or Hulu and I don't know that I'm interested enough to buy it. I'll see if a friend has it.

  • Stephanie C. Bois

    Isohunt...Utorrent....

  • My butthole just clenched with equal amounts anticipation and dread.
    My butthole has never been this confused.
    More zeke butthole news as and when we get it.

  • BWeaves

    Perhaps this show should be called "12 Goatse?"

  • Maguita NYC

    *Preparing enema solution*

  • Bert_McGurt

    With all this talk about back door piloting, no wonder your butthole is anxious.

  • NateMan

    I just... I don't know how to take this news. On the one hand, it's highly amusing. On the other, it's more information about your butthole than I really wanted to know. I'm about as confused as your butthole, is what I'm saying.

  • Uriah_Creep

    Says the man who told us all about his semen in an earlier thread.

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    I think they're owned by the same
    company as USA, and (at a guess) when USA started doing more original
    programming they switched it over. Or they wanted to pull more viewers
    over to get them to watch the shows surrounding it.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    The rest of us will just leave the room so that you two can figure out Zeke's butthole.

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