Television writer and producer Bryan Fuller has gained cult status with genre shows such as Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls, and Dead Like Me. His brief stint on the TV series Heroes in 2006 gave the superhero TV shows new life, but sadly his absence was the start of Heroes‘ downfall as well. With the growing success of NBC’s Hannibal this year, Fuller is finally one of the rare breed of genre TV showrunner who is both critically acclaimed and commercially successful. About a year ago, Syfy lured Fuller to cable with a science fiction/western hybrid TV series called High Moon, and now we’ve got some new details about what the show’s all about.
As reported on THR, High Moon recently cast Chris Diamantopoulos (The Office) and Jake Sandvig (Easy A) in the lead roles of the show. Based on John Christopher’s novel The Lotus Caves, High Moon is set in the year 2068, when the countries of Earth establish a numerous colonies on the Moon to mine its precious resources. But when a new life form is discovered on the lunar surface, the government tries to bury its secrets as they also try to suppress the Moon’s new citizens.
Chris Diamantopoulos will play the character of Ian, a chief investigator for the American federal government. He was sent to the Moon to investigate the cause of a mysterious explosion. When he discovers the cause, Ian is horrified by his new findings. The character is the strong and silent type who is also a closeted neurotic.
Jake Sandvig will play Ian’s brother Marty, a convict sentenced to serve time as a laborer on the Moon. He is investigated for espionage and sabotage after the explosion. When Marty discovers the truth, he will stop at nothing to reveal it to the people of the Moon colonies.
High Moon is positioned to be the space western genre fans have been waiting for since the demise of Firefly. From how it sounds, the new TV series might be like Deadwood, but in space. Even the title of High Moon is a play on the western genre and the classic western High Noon. Considering it’s on Syfy and not HBO, High Moon probably won’t be as gritty and dark as Deadwood, but it still sounds like something worth watching, especially if you’re a fan of Bryan Fuller’s work.
Chris Diamantopoulos has appeared in minor roles on a number of TV series such as Charmed, The Sopranos, Nip/Tuck, and Boston Legal. He is most recognizable as Brian the boom mic operator on the final season of NBC’s The Office, and Lindsay Bluth’s ostrich-loving new boyfriend on the latest season of Arrested Development on Netflix.
Jake Sandvig is mainly a television actor, as he appeared on TV shows including Veronica Mars, Once and Again, Journeyman, and Reaper. He has appeared in movies like Sky High and Fired Up!, but he is most known for his role as Emma Stone’s character’s unwelcome suitor Anson in Easy A.
Bryan Fuller will produce High Moon with Adam Kane (Being Human), and the pilot will re-unite him with director Kane and writer Jim Danger Gray from Pushing Daisies. Production on High Moon will begin on August 26 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Syfy has yet to announce a release date for when High Moon will air.