ABC sends V remake to pilot

ABC fired a big blank in 2005 with its highly touted alien-invasion series Invasion, even with a cushy post-Lost slot, young talent such as Reaper's Tyler Labine, and veteran freakiness from William Fichtner. But that hasn't discouraged ABC from more close encounters.

The network has given the go-ahead for a V pilot, says Variety, in an attempt to revive the 1980s franchise that began as a miniseries. The original miniseries featured lizard-like aliens disguised as humans that were scheming to take over Earth…and it was awesome. The show was later turned into a full-fledged series.

The new version will be set in the same V universe and follow a female Homeland Security agent whose son becomes involved with the alien movement. It's unclear what time period the new take will be set in, but given the inclusion of a Homeland Security agent, it's a safe bet that it takes place in present day, some 25 years after the first invasion by the rodent-eating reptilians.

Done well, the V remake could be something to look forward to. Done poorly, we're looking at another Knight Rider. Please don't mess this up, ABC. Thanks!

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I AM SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED.......:)
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OMG OMG OMG!!!! I have the whole mini-series and TV Series on DVD. I can't wait! I've been hoping someone would remake V like BSG was done. I only hope ABC does it justice and not totally muck it up.
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Love Scifi love aliens..Looking forward to watching V
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I loved the original mini series though the actual series was a little less exciting (Especially when you consider the ending and the missing parts of the stories - By that I mean they never logically explained why Donovan stopped looking for his son plus there was 1 episode where 3 or 4 characters were written out permanently including the mercenary HAM) Hopefully if ABC does bring this back they do it properly and show it more respect than it got the first time round, And wouldn't it be good if they got at least some of the original cast to put in cameo appearances.
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Can you say stupid. Sounds like a waste to me.
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All these old shows coming out of the grave. When does My So Called Life get a reboot? Or Baywatch?
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Loved the original mini series, it was highly entertaining for the times. I wonder if it'll get the Battletstar remake treatment and be all serious and a draw on contemporary political and/or environmental landscape.
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I loved the original mini-series but was less impressed by the full season. Hopefully ABC will finally get something right and it may just be watchable.
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How about some original ideas please. If the original only lasted 1 season, this will be lucky to last a few episodes. I'll still watch it though.
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"V" was one of my favorite mini-series in 1980s. I'm looking forward to the remake.
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Holy. i loved this show when I was little. so cheesy, but I loved it for some reason.
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Very Cool!!!



More Alien Series Thanks!!
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I was a big fan of V in the 80s! The show was killed way too quickly. Would love to see it continue again. As long as its done properly and doesnt end up like the other recent 80s remakes...
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I did love V back in the 1980's. Here's hoping a new one on ABC will not be hokey & can live up to today's better standards!
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So its like a continuation or sequel, not a remake?
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YES! Please do it well ABC. This show is one of my all time favorites, after Farscape of course.
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Having read the original article, I believe there is an error here. The Variety piece talks about the main character's son becoming obsessed with the aliens when they land. This indicates to me that the story will be about first contact, not a continuation of the old series.
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It's ABC, even if it does do well, it'll get cancelled! I'm still grieving for Pushing Daisies! Another supernaturual show they had I enjoyed but got cut - Miracles. Why can't Skeet Ulrich keep a show??!! :-(
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here's a crazy concept: something new. enuff with Knight Rider, 90210, Melrose Place, Bionic Woman, etc. now this. no wonder network television is falling apart...
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cool cool cool i loved that show and sci fi are always replaying it is so cool
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I remember the image of the hot female alien lizard commander swallowing a rat stayed with me for a long time.But as already mentioned 80's were a wacky era.
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quote from Pi:



"They need to start from scratch and not have it be a continuation in any way. That would be a mess. Trying to explain people still working with the aliens after they were exposed and nearly exterminated would be ridiculous. It would end up like War of the Worlds, the series. PLEASE reboot the franchise from scratch and begin the story with aliens landing for the FIRST TIME as in the original. And what is up with the Invasion bashing? Invasion wasn't a bad show, and the ratings were better than anything they have put in that slot since. Everything they've slotted in that spot since has been canceled immediately. It was a huge mistake to cancel it, regardless of opinions on the storyline. Invasion held its own in a tough time slot. Look at what they replaced it with.....The Nine. And thanks for leaving off at a cliffhanger. I'm still bitter, if you couldn't tell. Hopefully the new V (as I had hoped Invasion would, alas) will take a Dark Skies approach to the subject. I have to say that Dark Skies was the ultimate alien Invasion TV show. Only First Wave and Odyssey 5 came close, and First Wave could get a little corny at times with the Nostradamus elements. I always wished FW had been exactly the same but without ol' Nos, although I did like the Fugitive-like elements. Anyway, I DO have fond memories of V and hope it is done right. I would love to see someone from one of the other great alien invasion series be cast in V.......Sebastian Spence, Peter Weller, Chris Gorham, Eric Close, Scott Bakula, Sebastian Roché, etc. Or Tim Daly! I would love to see him cast as Mike Donovan. Here's hoping....."



Nah...



Remakes/Reboots/Re-Imaginings are for notalent hacks like Michael Bay, Ron Moore, Rob Zombie and Tim Burton.



I'm so glad that this new version will be a continuation. Now I have hope.
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wow I loved this show when I was young. I bet it'd be totally cheesy to watch now but it was such a fun series.
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They need to start from scratch and not have it be a continuation in any way. That would be a mess. Trying to explain people still working with the aliens after they were exposed and nearly exterminated would be ridiculous. It would end up like War of the Worlds, the series. PLEASE reboot the franchise from scratch and begin the story with aliens landing for the FIRST TIME as in the original.

And what is up with the Invasion bashing? Invasion wasn't a bad show, and the ratings were better than anything they have put in that slot since. Everything they've slotted in that spot since has been canceled immediately. It was a huge mistake to cancel it, regardless of opinions on the storyline. Invasion held its own in a tough time slot. Look at what they replaced it with.....The Nine. And thanks for leaving off at a cliffhanger. I'm still bitter, if you couldn't tell.

Hopefully the new V (as I had hoped Invasion would, alas) will take a Dark Skies approach to the subject. I have to say that Dark Skies was the ultimate alien Invasion TV show. Only First Wave and Odyssey 5 came close, and First Wave could get a little corny at times with the Nostradamus elements. I always wished FW had been exactly the same but without ol' Nos, although I did like the Fugitive-like elements.

Anyway, I DO have fond memories of V and hope it is done right. I would love to see someone from one of the other great alien invasion series be cast in V.......Sebastian Spence, Peter Weller, Chris Gorham, Eric Close, Scott Bakula, Sebastian Roché, etc. Or Tim Daly! I would love to see him cast as Mike Donovan. Here's hoping.....
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V was awesome! I will be checking it out and give it a chance.
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I might check it out. I do love sci-fi.
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if we R lucky we will get another BSG. as i said there is a big "IF"! i am optimistic, but sceptic. the original was far better than we all think, but YES, it could B a great show if there is a good story behind all the scifi universum … we will C!
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It may be hard to make the full V universe work in a totally modern setting. The 80s was a bit different.
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It may be good. I will certainly give it a try when it comes out.
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I remember V yes I too hope ABC does not mess this one up
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