Listen here fellow Browncoats: The Science Channel has acquired the rights to Joss Whedon’s epic space western Firefly and is prepared to air all thirteen episodes, including the two-hour pilot, this March. What’s more is each episode will be tagged with interstitial segments hosted by physicist Dr. Michio Kaku who will discuss the theoretical science behind the show’s sci-fi concepts. Nerdgasm! Since FOX axed the short-lived series in 2002, it traveled to the USA Network in 2008 and now it has found a home with the Science Channel where it will continue to live on as one of the most original, character-driven sci-fi series ever produced.
In addition to scooping this news, EW also sat down with Malcolm Reynolds himself Nathan Fillion to discuss he thoughts about the show. When asked about playing Mal he said, “It was my favorite job ever. What wasn’t great about it? I got to wear a low-slung holster. I got to ride horses. I got to have a spaceship. I got to act mean and curmudgeonly. [Creator Joss Whedon] is really good at kicking characters in the nuts so the other characters would have laughs at my expense and that was great too.” He went on to share his enthusiam about potentially bringing back the show if the opportinity showed itself. “If I got $300 million from the California Lottery, the first thing I would do is buy the rights to Firefly, make it on my own, and distribute it on the Internet,” he said.
Firefly‘s run on The Science Channel beings March 6. The premiere night will air the 2-hour pilot “Serenity” starting at 8PM and this will be followed by episode 2 “The Train Job” at 10PM. The channel will then air one episode every Sunday at 8PM in their intentional order. You can’t take the sky from me.
Now that Dollhouse has been (sadly) cancelled, Joss Whedon now undoubedly has time to focus on his highly successful Internet-series project, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. New comments have surfaced concerning the anticipated sequel. MTV News has the scoop…
Joss’ brother Zack Whedon: “We’ve been planning it pretty much from the minute we finished the first one.” “They finish up ‘Dollhouse’ in the winter—at least what they’ve scheduled to shoot thus far—so hopefully when that’s done, we’ll all be able to get together more frequently and grind it out,” he explained. “There are a couple of songs written. It’s very promising. We’re all very excited about where it goes.” “Yeah, you have to see them [Dr. Horrible and Captain Hammer] in the sequel. We will expand the world a little bit into other areas you have not seen… and it will be hilarious.” He concludes, “We’re doing it for fun and for ourselves and for the fans. So doing a sequel is really a no-brainer.”
Star Nathan Fillion (Captain Hammer): “There are plans.” “The media for the sequel has not yet been decided, but there is a title.” “Joss, I was talking to him right before we won the Emmy. He said that he’s finished writing a song or two. He told me a couple of verses to the song.” “It’s going to be great. I know a bunch of cast members of Dr. Horrible who would love to get back into it.”
So, a SEQUEL is coming…a TITLE has been selected…and some SONGS have been written. Still no word on “dead” Penny (Felicia Day). I’m sure some way or another the Brothers Whedon will figure a way to get her back. Can’t wait.