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What If, You Were A Sci-Fi Programmer

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#1 DWF


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Posted 12 June 2003 - 02:29 PM

What if you were a sci-fi/fantasy programmer, for a network, how would you make the schedule, and why?

Here's the rules:

No currently running shows.

If a show had a final ep., then it can't come back

Only shows that ended on a cliffhanger, or had one season or less, or just ended, without a finale

No filling up a schedule with one show

And if you bring back a show, state how it's different, or the same, considering the passage of time.

Explain your choices, wherever possible

You can fill up a week's worth of programming, seven days a week, three hours a day, or only as much as you want to.

Here's mine:

Monday Night all times EST

8:00 Alf
8:30 Dr, Who
9:00 Space: Above and Beyond
10:00 Special Unit 2


8:00 The Pretender
9:00 Total Recall 2070
10:00 Farscape


8:00 Brisco County Jr
9:00 Invisible Man
10:00 Blake's 7


8:00 Misfits of Science
9:00 Quark
9:30 Red Dwarf
10:00 Legend


8:00 Space Precinct
9:00 Roar
10:00 Dark Angel


8:00 Dinotopia
9:00 Firefly
10:00 SeaQuest


9:00 Cleo 2525
10:00 The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne

I'll post my reasons, and/pr any changes tomorrow.
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#2 cylkoth


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Posted 12 June 2003 - 03:06 PM

Weekday afternoons
1:00pm-4pm A three hour block of first run science fiction serials, each, 1 hour long.

8pm-Farscape Universe
An anthology series set within the Farscape universe, telling single, and multiple episode stories (ala Masterpiece Theatre, with sometimes 2, 4, or 6 parters), following the many characters (main cast and reaccurring) introduced on the original, critically acclaimed series.

9pm-Neon Genesis Evangelion
10pm-Space Above and Beyond

...This was a bit harder than I first thought, if I'm to stick to your rules. And since you didn't prohibit creating first run programmimg, I hope the first two ideas aren't in violation of your edict.  :)
I've longed for Sci Fi to consider doing something original during weekdays. Dark Shadows was made over 30 years ago, it's way past time for someone to take the 5 day a week, scripted, serial format and do something other than the typical (and kiddie/animated) soap genre with it.
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#3 BR48


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Posted 13 June 2003 - 01:15 AM


No currently running shows.

If a show had a final ep., then it can't come back

Only shows that ended on a cliffhanger, or had one season or less, or just ended, without a finale
There are only three shows that interested me and meet those criteria:  Now and Again, Brisco County Jr., and Pretender.

Of course, if I were a network executive, I'd still be promoting good sci-fi, so I suppose I would also bring back Farscape, Babylon 5: Crusade, and Firefly.  I might bring back some other shows that you mentioned them, but I'd have to review them for myself first.

So, it is a little difficult to create a schedule based only on those few shows that I'm familiar with.  Nevertheless, I am curious to see what others come up with.

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