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Farscape’s Creator Is Bringing This Amazing Warren Ellis Comic Series To TV

GlobalFreqRockne S. O’Bannon earned our eternal devotion by giving us Farscape, so we’ll pretty much follow him anywhere at this point. That being said, those journeys don’t always work out — sometimes they dead end in something like The CW’s troubled Cult or the frustrating Revolution. Nevertheless, I’m hugely stoked for his next TV project: an adaptation of Warren Ellis’ excellent Vertigo comic series Global Frequency. That enthusiasm is only dampened by the network involved: sigh, Fox.

Deadline reports that Warner Bros. TV and Jerry Bruckheimer are developing a Global Frequency pilot for Fox, with O’Bannon writing the script. If you’re not familiar with the comic, it’s one of those concepts that lends itself perfectly to the TV format. The story focuses on “a privately funded crime-fighting operation that uses worldwide crowd-sourcing to solve crimes the police cannot.” The group is headed by the enigmatic Miranda Zero and consists of 1,001 people around the world, each with unique skills and who can be activated via their phones. Sort of “crowdsourced crisis management,” if you will.

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Harlan Ellison & Stan Lee Visit The Simpsons: Today In Science & Science Fiction

EllisonDid you know that The Simpsons is still on? I know, it’s hard to believe. And honestly, it pains me to make that joke about a show that used to be one of the best on television, but whose longevity has come at the price of seriously diminishing returns. But tonight, for the first time since I sampled one of the Halloween specials and ran screaming into the night a couple of seasons back, I will be setting my DVR to record Fox’s ridiculously long-lived animated sitcom. The reason for that comes down to two names: Harlan Ellison and Stan Lee.

Yes, tonight’s Simpsons — entitled “Married to the Blob” — will feature cameos by both legendary speculative fiction writer Harlan Ellison and Stan the Man himself. You can see a preview vid from The Hollywood Reporter below, with Ellison and Lee talking about their appearance in the show. For Lee it’s a return voyage, as he previously popped up in the 2002 episode “I Am Furious (Yellow).” Lee jokes, “I was here 12 years ago, and I think I impressed them so that after 12 years, they figured they had to have me back.” Both icons are playing themselves, and Ellison looks to be proving a good sport by poking fun at his often litigious reputation.

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Rockne O’Bannon Promises Quantum Leaps In Revolution’s Future

BurningManNBC’s perpetually uneven Revolution returned from winter hiatus this week, and it was…the same. I can’t honestly say it was bad, but neither did it keep me on the edge of my seat. Part of the problem is that it sidelined the one really interesting subplot it’s got going for it, the relationship between Aaron (Zak Orth) and the energy-eating nanites. What we got instead was a focus on Monroe’s search for his son, Neville climbing the food chain in a violent manner, and the Patriots doing bad things to fruit. The show’s wheels are definitely spinning but, for whatever reason, it’s just not engaging me like I wish it would. Well, along comes Revolution executive producer (and Farscape creator) Rockne S. O’Bannon with promises that the show is going to be making “quantum leaps” in the episodes to come.

Sadly, those quantum leaps will not involve the arrival of a time traveling Dr. Sam Beckett, hoping to put right what once went wrong. He might have been able to infiltrate the writing staff and get things firing on all cylinders. Nevertheless, O’Bannon promises big, big things for Revolution this season. Here’s what he had to say in an interview with Blastr:

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Revolution’s Rockne O’Bannon Teases What’s To Come

RevI had high hopes for Revolution first premiered, primarily owing to showrunner Eric Kripke, whose Supernatural run was stellar. Sadly, a potentially interesting concept spent half a season mired in a road trip to rescue a character we didn’t care about, largely dancing around the elements that could have taken the show up a notch. It improved significantly during the second half of the season, but many thought it was too little, too late. Going into season two I was again in a hopeful place, this time because Farscape’s Rockne O’Bannon was joining as co-showrunner. Now we’re at the midpoint of Revolution’s second season, and while it was definitely more consistent than the first year, it still hadn’t really done anything that made it must-see TV. The events of the final episode before the hiatus were easily the best the show has been yet…but will it be able to follow up on that, or dwindle back into a show that’s mostly just forgettable.

Talking to TV Line, O’Bannon provided a few hints as to what’s to come, and more perspective on exactly what happened in “Everyone Says I Love You.”

SPOILERS BELOW!

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Farscape’s Rockne S. O’Bannon Joins The Revolution For Season Two

Revolution castFarscape creator Rockne S. O’Bannon’s latest series, Cult, may have recently been cancelled by the CW, but that’s not going to keep him out of the game for long. In fact, he’s already set to join the star=studded producing team behind the scenes for NBC’s post-blackout drama Revolution for the show’s second season.

Just this past week NBC renewed Revolution for a second season, a move that makes sense given that it’s the highest-rated freshman series that the network has had in what seems like forever. Moving into year two, O’Bannon will play a heavy role, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He will serve as the number-two man in charge, next to series creator and showrunner Eric Kripke. J.J. Abrams’s Bad Robot produces Revolution, and Iron Man director Jon Favreau helmed the pilot episode.

After Cult failed to take off at the CW, O’Bannon is coming back to sci-fi, though he’s kept a foot in the genre by working on scripts for Syfy’s new show Defiance.

Revolution still has a handful of episodes left in its initial voyage—it has all been pushed back a week due to the tragic bombing in Boston—and overall, it’s been an up-and-down ride for viewers. However, since returning from an extended mid-season break, the show has been making strides. They killed off an annoying, unnecessary character that was more of a plot device than an actual person; the scope and scale of the world is expanding as the protagonists explore areas outside of the Monroe Republic; and in general there is much more at stake, for the individuals and the world at large.

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The CW Cancels Cult, Stunning Exactly No One

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When it was announced that Farscape creator Rockne S. O’Bannon was bringing a non-space-y meta-thriller to the CW, it raised a lot of eyebrows, though not necessarily a lot of interested ones. Cult was a thriller-within-a-thriller, telling the story of a journalist whose brother got caught up in the for-real cult following of a CW show called Cult — therein lies the meta — about a cult leader whose following is infiltrated by a cop whose sister he kidnapped. Everything everyone did was drowning in conspiracy, and it seemed like everyone was in on it. It could have been a pretty solid one-off, if nothing else.

So it’s no surprise that the CW has canceled Cult after only seven episodes, at the height of its central mystery! Only that was to be expected, because the ratings weren’t great, especially after it moved to Friday nights just a couple of episodes in. There’s a reason why those ratings were so low: the show seemed to have been written by someone who only found out about things like TV shows and mysteries secondhand, without ever experiencing these things for themselves. The overall approach in everything from the writing to the pacing to Matt Davis’ understated way of overstating everything made for a wacky combination that was 90% fun to watch because of its WTF factor, and 10% to actually see where the mystery was going. O’Bannon tweeted his response, keeping it cool.

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