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Some People Call Me the Space Cowboy:CW Picks Up Western on Mars

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | September 26, 2013 | Comments ()


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Well, it’s not “Firefly”, but the CW has announced that it has picked up a science fiction western set on Mars. Presumably it’s also set in the future, though this is coming from the network that brought us 9 seasons of “One Tree Hill”, so for all I know, it’s Victorian era. No, scratch that, that would involved way too much creativity. On the bright side, the series is almost guaranteed to run for however many seasons the creators want, since the CW has not in fact ever cancelled a series. Examples to the contrary will be ignored in the interests of poetic hyperbole.

The series is called “Red”, which I can only assume means that it takes place in the same universe as “That Seventies Show”, and the town was named after Red Foreman, the series protagonist’s great grandfather. This is obviously the simplest explanation for why a show on Mars would be called “Red”.

The obligatory press release describes the show as a “neo-Western drama about the first human settlement on Mars and life on this new frontier, centering on the relationships between the town’s female sheriff, a doctor and a criminal.”

Due to Oxford comma orthodoxy, I choose to believe that the sheriff is both a doctor and a criminal, which would probably be more interesting.

The show is being created by Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist”) and Tom Szentgyorgy (“Journeyman”), which is a strange combination that just might yield delightful results. This means though that in my head the show now features Lucius Vorenus and Patrick Jane, possibly as criminal sheriff doctors, and most definitely dressed as Roman legionaries.



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  • dave dorris

    So, it's Defiance. On Mars.

  • BlackRabbit

    Journeyman!

  • Misomaniac

    Since Sheriff is a elected position, it wouldn't be that hard for the town doctor to coerce/blackmail/extort the votes from her patients. Hence, criminal sheriff doctor.

    BtB, when I read it I glossed over the 'a's and it read as "centering on the relationships between the town’s female sheriff, (the town's) doctor and (the town's) criminal."

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Due to Oxford comma orthodoxy, I choose to believe that the sheriff is both a doctor and a criminal, which would probably be more interesting.

    makes my day.

  • Michelle

    YES. Oxford comma for the win.

  • JFD108

    Will this Sheriff right the outlaw wrongs on Mars?

  • Peachee keen

    And he's... From Earth.

  • JFD108

    One of the most fun podcasts out there. I loved the musical episode and the "drunk Croach" story arc.

  • Ruby

    The CW is quickly becoming what the Syfy channel wishes it was.

  • Helo

    "The series is called “Red”, which I can only assume means that it takes place in the same universe as “That Seventies Show”, and the town was named after Red Foreman, the series protagonist’s great grandfather. This is obviously the simplest explanation for why a show on Mars would be called “Red”."

    /golfclap

  • emmalita

    Since the sheriff is a female, Kevin McKidd and Patrick Jane would need to be trans, which would be fine, but if you're going that route why not Laverne Cox?

  • Fredo

    Could be good...

    /sees the usual CW cast of mid-to-late 20s pretty cardboard actors

    ...never mind...

  • emmelemm

    Sigh. One hopes you are wrong, but the odds say you are right.

  • Quatermain

    'Firefly' was kind of a space western, which is one of the reasons I liked it so well. I don't think this will be anywhere as good as that was though, even if it does involve criminal doctors who are also sheriffs.

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