Alien Nation, sour-milk drinking returning to TV

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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