News Briefs: Science Announces a Firefly Reunion Special

By C. Killian

Jul 12, 2012

BUSINESS TIME

... And we thought we were excited for Comic-Con's Firefly 10-year anniversary panel. The Science channel has announced that the panel is just the beginning. On November 11, the network will air Browncoats Unite, an hour-long special starring Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau, and more to address the phenomenon that was Firefly—and that's after the network runs a full-on marathon of the series! Mark your calendars, kids: 11.11.12 is Firefly remembrance day. [Science via press release]

... Starz's Spartacus producers are working on two new original series. The first, Incursion, is a sci-fi action thriller about a team of soldiers who are engaged in a dark, gritty battle with an alien race. Each season will take place on a new, exotic planet. How's that for an enticing gimmick? The second, Vlad Dracula, is a retelling of the classic Dracula story that will attempt to blend the fictional tale with historical facts about the 15th-century Prince of Wallachia. Historical fiction? Count me in! [Starz via press release]

... truTV has decided to shine the green light on a new series starring Shaquille O'Neal. It's currently titled Upload with Shaquille O'Neal, and the network has ordered 10 episodes. The series is about Shaq and his comedian buddies (Gary Owen and Godfrey) as they scour the internet looking for hilarious videos to discuss. Topical. [via press release from truTV]

...The Legend of Korra will see the light of a second season, says Nickelodeon. The network has officially picked up the animated series for a second round after phenomenal ratings in Season 1. There will be 26 episodes, which will reportedly be broken into two 13-episode segments. You go, Korra! [EW]

...NBC is shacking up with Facebook to promote the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The network will be decking out its NBC Olympics Facebook page to display timely news, polls, trivia, photo galleries, and more. If the Olympics weren't social before, they're certainly trying to be now. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Mindy Kaling's upcoming new Fox comedy, The Mindy Project has a couple of new names to add to its cast list. Up first, Gossip Girl's Amanda Setton, who will play an obstinate office manager from Jersey. Glee's Stephen Tobolowsky will play the director of Mindy's practice, Dr. Marc Shulman. And finally, MADtv's Ike Barinholtz has nabbed the recurring role of Morgan Tookers, a male nurse who also happens to be an ex-con. Sounds like a blast already! [EW]

... Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette, and Sean Murray will all return for NCIS's tenth season. All three actors' contracts were up at the end of Season 9, and while we weren't necessarily expecting them to walk, we're glad to hear the family is still intact. [Deadline Hollywood]

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  • Kerkesh Jul 04, 2014

    Great news for Firefly.
    I don't think that in our world today Vlad Dracula would be such a good idea since the original Vlad Tepec fought and impaled Turks and was the epitome of anti-Muslim xenophobia.

  • Chaos-Melly Jul 29, 2012

    Love seeing Serenity's crew all together like this! Such happy memories!

  • shootingstar609 Jul 17, 2012

    Firefly reunion will be amazing! Every time I watch an episode on DVD I think "why aren't there more episodes of this show?" or "13 episodes is not enough!!!"

  • KayWatkins Jul 15, 2012

    Looking forward to checking out that Firefly reunion! And now that Legend of Korra will have more eps, maybe they can give us some character growth and improved writing! I'll give it another chance:-)

  • bkyle2429 Jul 15, 2012

    little too late for a Firefly Reunion or reboot

  • CharmedOneP391 Jul 15, 2012

    So is it true If the reunion does good, Science and Whedon are actually rebooting the show? with the original cast?

  • KayWatkins Jul 15, 2012

    Doubtful, three of the actors off the top of my head have solid current TV roles.

  • Muderboy Jul 14, 2012

    My wife loves Rick Castle but found Malcolm Reynolds a bit hard to take and didn't like him but gave it a second chance. After the second episode she says she wants more and I think she might get it now so I have to watch it all over again. Poor, poor, pitiful me ;)

  • Acrobit Jul 14, 2012

    Sounds good, as long as they don't kill anyone else. I don't mind someone getting put in the infirmary, as long as they walk away.

  • isakura Jul 13, 2012

    11-11 is St. Martins Day.... if you are looking for a Saint to thank. and thanks to Science

  • isakura Jul 13, 2012

    ^ ^ flagged this ^ ^

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