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Let's Just Fire Everybody

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | November 4, 2010 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | November 4, 2010 |

Steven Spielberg’s new series “Terra Nova” starts with the premise that scientists of the near future manage to open a portal to prehistoric Earth. Groups of colonists are sent through and the action really heats up when the last group is accidentally landed near some carnivores. It’s not clear whether the show will just be about “holy shit that dinosaur ate Bob” and a half-assed metaphor of the importance of environmentalism or whether there will be some butterfly stomping time travel philosophizing. Or maybe both. Like, what if the inevitable evil company funding the research in order to go back and pump oil that they already know is there pumps out oil that they’ve already pumped out in the future. Mind. Blown. I just hope that if the series does get off the ground, that they make a joke about running into Baltar screwing a Cro-Magnon.

When it was originally announced, Fox disposable executive Kevin Reilly said “This thing is going to be huge.” In addition to that indeed being what she said, this highlights why you pay a PR agency all that money, because Kev-dog should not be allowed to speak to the press by himself, even if he kindly asks if bro would like to partake in some jello shots after the meeting.

Things went from suck to blow when executive producer David Fury jumped ship over the summer, citing “creative differences.” Fury is awesome not just because his name sounds like the sort of comic book character who tortures the protagonist’s side kick to death in the second act, but because he wrote some of the best episodes of “Buffy” and “Angel.” Therefore it probably follows that the “creative differences” were of the sort where he was creative and they were different.

Well, the initial plans were for the series to debut in either the Fall or Spring of this season after Fox canceled something to make room for it. But since Fox is just too packed to the brim with quality entertainment, there just isn’t a slot for it. So now production has been pushed off all the way until next summer. Of course, that would leave a bunch of writers sitting around doing nothing. So naturally, Fox fired them all, because fuck if they were going to pay a bunch of lazy writers to sit around doing nothing for the next six months.

Really, Fox? There was nothing else you could get the writers to do during that period, like I don’t know, write the second season of the show that you think is going to be, and I quote Kev-Dog here, “HUGE.” Spin off comic books, webisodes, wikipedia entries … nothing? I know, I know, writers are so massively expensive, they are by far the most expensive part of a special effects laden science fiction series. How can a series that is only budgeted $4 million per episode afford to keep the writing staff around?

The bottom line is that if you want to even pay lip service to giving a shit about the creative quality of a series, firing the fucking creative team because the show’s been delayed a few months might not be the brightest move. But then we all knew that if it was any good it’d be gone in three months anyway, right?

(source: Blastr)

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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