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SG1/SGA are mentioned in this article on a new SciFi Channel series.
Sci Fi high on 'Eureka'
Drama neither spin-off franchise nor space opera
By DENISE MARTIN
Sci Fi Channel has greenlit 13 episodes of "Eureka," a quirky one-
hour billed as a cross between "Northern Exposure" and "Twin Peaks."
Drama stars Colin Ferguson ("Coupling") as a federal marshal who gets
stranded in the small northwestern town of Eureka. He quickly
discovers the town is composed of oddball geniuses assembled by the
government to conduct top-secret research -- a clustering that may
inadvertently put their lives at risk.
Andrew Cosby (UPN's "Haunted") and Jamie Paglia wrote the script and
will exec produce the series. Production begins in January in
Vancouver for a summer 2006 premiere. NBC Universal TV produces and
will distribute the series.
"Eureka" is the first original series in recent Sci Fi history not
spun off from an existing franchise. It's also the first drama to
strike out of the space opera genre.
Exec VP of programming Mark Stern said the show will be a major part
of ongoing efforts to broaden the cablercabler's base beyond sci-fi
"This is the first scripted series we've done that really reaches out
to a new audience," Stern said. "Moving forward, we'd like to expand
beyond space and aliens. Frankly, those are things you can get on the
broadcast networks now."
Sci Fi last year premiered "Legend of Earthsea," a mini based in the
fantasy genre, to tepid response. Cabler will take another swing with
the Bryan Singer and Dean Devlin produced event skein "The Triangle,"
about mysteries revolving around the Bermuda Triangle.
"Eureka" was one of two drama pilots in consideration for a series
pickup (Daily Variety, Jan. 14). The other was "Painkiller Jane";
Stern said not to count it of contention.
Project still could receive a series greenlight, but only after it's
weighed against another pilot about to go into production. Exec was
tightlipped on the details of the second project but said, "We're
still focused on finding a cool superhero drama."
"Painkiller," also from NUTS, is a comicbook adaptation about a young
woman exposed to a biochemical weapon that gives her self-healing
powers. Production wrapped early this year.
Salli Richardson-Wittfield, Greg Germann, Joe Morton, Debrah
Farentino, Maury Chaykin, Matt Frewer and Jordan Hinson also star
in "Eureka." Series next year likely will be joined by new seasons of
Sci Fi's dramas -- "Battlestar Galactica," "Stargate SG-1"
and "Stargate Atlantis" -- which all helped the cabler climb 4% in
the adults 18-49 demo this summer. Block will be back in January to
finish out the season.
Sci Fi's most recent launch, the reality skein "Master Blasters," was
shelved after the first three episodes bowed to poor ratings.
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