SyFy Channel sometimes gets a bad rap for not really sticking to its namesake when it comes to programming. However, they announced two new shows that should find appeal among the sci-fi crowd.
1. M. Night Shyamalan, who hasn’t made a decent movie since the first 2/3rds of The Village, will be teaming up with Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer/producer Marti Noxon with a scripted television series called Proof. The pilot will be co-written by Shyamalan and Noxon and directed by Shyamalan about a “billionaire tech genius” who loses his parents in an accident and offers a reward for proof of the afterlife in an attempt to reconnect with them.
I wouldn’t be remotely interested in this if not for the participation of Marti Noxon, who, like Jane Espenson, is one of the unheralded geniuses who helped make Joss Whedon’s BTVS better than it had any right to be.
2. Speaking of TV genius, Bryan Fuller is finally bringing an adaptation of John Christopher’s best-selling novel The Lotus Caves to pilot after trying to do in 2010.
Now, the show will be called High Noon with the initial premise that “the future countries of Earth have established colonies to mine the Moon’s resources. When a new life form is discovered, chaos erupts as various factions race to uncover and exploit its powerful secrets.”
I can’t imagine a world with three Fuller shows on simultaneously, but that could be the case with High Noon, Hannibal, and Mockingbird Lane.