Defying Genre: Defying Gravity

Many noble professions get the television treatment; it's impossible to flip through the channels without finding shows about cops, lawyers, doctors, firemen, and even guys who make cakes. So why not astronauts?

That's exactly what ABC is doing with Defying Gravity, a new drama that premieres Sunday. Here's the gist: The show takes place in the future, circa 2050. Eight astronauts are manning a six-year space mission to explore planets in the galaxy. (Conveniently, there are four males and four females -- check that -- four HOT females.) And along the way, they struggle with interpersonal relationships and eerie space happenings.

The show has been pitched as Grey's Anatomy in space, but TV.com asked star Ron Livingston about the science-fiction aspect, and he said it's a bigger part of the story than one would think. Livingston equates the sci-fi aspects to classic tales from the genre's behemoths such as Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlin.

For those who prefer their shows to include more hanky-panky than techno mumbo-jumbo, don't fret. A large chunk of Defying Gravity features plenty of soap-style romance -- including love triangles and zero-G sex.

As a result, what Defying Gravity is two shows in one -- and this could be a good thing or a bad thing. No one will mistake Defying Gravity's sci-fi storylines for Battlestar Galactica's or compare its romantic drama to something out of a good episode of Grey's. But viewers will get is a taste of both sci-fi and sex -- even if neither component will be as good as if it were the focus of the show.

From what we've seen of the pilot episode, the sci-fi elements are much more intriguing than the kissy-kissy drama. If Defying Gravity is to succeed on its mission to become a sleeper summer hit, it's going to need a good intellectual payoff.

Defying Gravity premieres Sunday night at 10 p.m. on ABC.

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Have been waiting for somebody to take Ben Bova's 'Mars' onto the small screen for ages, I wonder if he has been told lol.



The pilot and 2nd episode showed promise - I'll be waiting with baited breathe for the next episode.



Just hope the POD 4 thing isn't too ridiculous :)
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I am curious about this show.
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I like drama and Sci-fi. I wouldn't call it soapish though. Come on, when unrelated guys and girls live together things happen... 1/3rd of my married friends were roommates before they ever hooked up.
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Anyone that watches sci-fi isn't going to be too excited about soapy melodrama, and anyone that's really into shows like Grey's Anatomy isn't going to be too interested in sci-fi about astronauts.

My money's on getting canceled in half a season.
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This is one sci-fi I will definitely avoid. I bet it will just be a cheesy prime time soap, in space... woooooo.
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ugh.. i was like, yay another sci-fi show! and now theyre comparing it to greys atonomy.. soap... romance.. wtf!? The whole point of a sci-fi, is to fight aliens/robots or explore unknown planets and such... not kissy kissy and I slept with your best friend last night... yuck!

I guess this will become another show trying to combine two completely different genres in the attempt to catch as many viewers as possible.. well I can tell already now, that it's not going to work!

But i'm going to watch the first ep, give it a try.. But i was already bored looking at the trailers.. so im not that excited... but who knows, maybe there's a god, and maybe this show can come out as something good... only the crazy-ones knows.
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I can get into the mystery in POD 4 on this show, that covers my need for sci-fi. The casting in this is interesting enough to hold my attention otherwise. Unlike others- I will watch with an open mind, and might enjoy this guilty pleasure. The difference between US networks and foreign networks is that companies like the BBC and CTV bought this season and more sight unseen. They got the pitch for it, but the bottom line, is they knew the heavy hitters behind the writing and production of this show spelled a hit. Too bad the average American viewer can't be that open minded. Oh, wait.....I am supposed to be pissed about another network canceling another sci-fi show.........
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"Soap-style romance"? Not my type of show.
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It so grat we need to compare it to other shows to show its originality. Please. This looks kinda similar to a new show, Virtuality except that looks interesting and original.
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hope it is good but i won't hold my breath
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I'll give it a season before it's cancelled.
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"Defying Gravity features plenty of soap-style romance " nooooooooooooooo!
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I agree it looks good...



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This show sounds terrible
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It looks good, but looks can be deceiving.. Just have to wait and find out i guess.
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