Writer Matthew Graham worked in British television for over a decade before he made a huge splash with the brilliant, mind-bending Life on Mars, which he co-created, and then with its spin-off series, Ashes to Ashes. His next project is jumping the pond onto American television, but it sounds like it could be just as trippy as Life on Mars. Graham is penning a new science fiction series, Para Time, for Fox.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Para Time will focus on a group that polices parallel worlds. So, maybe a more procedural version of Sliders? Either way, with Graham involved, this is one I’ll be keeping my eye on. Unfortunately, the other name in the equation – Fox – doesn’t exactly have the best track record when it comes to backing science fiction shows and giving them time to grow and find an audience. If Graham brings a truly compelling show to the table and then Fox cancels it after two episodes because it isn’t beating Dancing with the Stars in the ratings, that’ll be a damn shame.
Life on Mars followed a present-day police officer who awakened in 1973 after being struck by a car. As the series progressed, he struggled to figure out whether he was dreaming, dead, or had in fact time traveled. It was remade as a mediocre one-season ABC show in 2008. If you haven’t seen the original, it’s well worth tracking down.
In addition to Life on Mars, Graham has also earned his SF stripes by penning several episodes of Doctor Who, including “Fear Her,” “The Rebel Flesh,” and “The Almost People.”