Alien Nation, sour-milk drinking returning to TV

By Tim Surette

Jul 01, 2009

Stop us if you've heard this before--a network is bringing back a popular 1980s sci-fi property about aliens coming to Earth for a modern-day remake. Last October, ABC unveiled its plans to revive V as a shiny, new series for today's audiences. But because network execs share one collective brain, V won't be the only xenophobic blast from the past coming to a TV near you.

SciFi Channel (don't forget to update your contacts to "SyFy" when the network officially changes its name on July 7) is giving a second chance to Alien Nation, reports Variety.

Alien Nation began as a 1988 feature film about an alien race that comes to Earth as refugees and assimilates into human society. The movie starred James Caan as a Los Angeles police detective who is partnered up with an alien, played by Mandy Patinkin. The movie was spunoff into a television show -- which ran for one season -- and five made-for-television movies.

SciFi is spinning the new Alien Nation as a science-fiction program grounded in reality and modern-day themes--much like the revived Battlestar Galactica (also on SciFi) touched on today's issues of war and politics during its critically acclaimed run.

Scribe Tim Minear, whose previous credits include Angel, The X-Files, and Firefly, is setting the series 20 years after the "Newcomers" have landed and placing it up in the Pacific Northwest instead of L.A.

Let's hope they still get hammered on sour milk.

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  • joeybrandojones Jul 07, 2009

    I dont know whats this show is, but at least they are going to have Warehouse 13 (which looks pretty good)

  • chaosrainz Jul 06, 2009

    I loved the original. Hopefully this will be done as well and doesn't get cancelled too soon.

  • jyarter Jul 05, 2009

    The original was great full of possible stories we never saw. If the series is well done maybe we'll see some of those stories told this time around.

  • timgueguen Jul 05, 2009

    The move to the Pacific Northwest setting makes me suspect they're going to be filming in Vancouver. Of course if this kind of thing keeps up in 20 years the TV schedule will consist entirely of remakes of remakes of 20 year old TV shows.

  • archangelwho Jul 05, 2009

    This as with all remakes must be a wait & see. Do they improve on the story the fans enjoyed or do they hip hop/PC it so much that there none of the old story left but the name and makeup.

  • SparkleFarkle Jul 05, 2009

    Wow! I can't wait! I was a big fan of the original series!

  • dizilerim Jul 05, 2009

    I don't like old one. But remake show will be excited..

  • 66fiveandahalf Jul 05, 2009

    These people are so tired, where are all of the NEW ideas?!?!

  • Kittykatsky Jul 03, 2009

    I really enjoyed the original show (still watch my dvds), so I'll reserve judgement until I see the new show. Now I've got the theme song running through my mind!

  • firedrakes Jul 03, 2009

    sounds interesting

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