‘Firefly’ Returns To TV in HD on Science Channel

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You can’t stop the signal. Almost nine years after Fox infamously cancelled Joss Whedon’s space cowboy series Firefly, Science Channel will give Serenity and her crew another run on the airwaves.

The entire series will be broadcast in high definition with special editorial features from the cable network.

Science Channel announced its plans in a press release earlier today. The two-hour Firefly pilot will air Sunday, March 6th at 8 PM. Subsequent episodes will move to 10PM immediately after the premiere – with encore airings of the previous week’s episode shown at 9PM. To put the science in Firefly‘s science fiction, Sci-Fi Science host Dr. Michio Kaku will offer commentary on the various scientific themes and sci-fi tropes the series employs.

Firefly was originally created for Fox by Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Due to low viewership (which many fans later attributed to poor marketing and a schedule shift to the “Friday night death slot”) the series was cancelled before finishing a single season. Only 11 of 14 episodes created were ever aired.┬áIn spite of the early cancellation, die-hard fans kept up a constant Internet and word-of-mouth campaign for the return of the series – and the DVD set became an underground hit.

While the series itself was done for, the cast and crew were reunited for the feature film Serenity in 2005. The Firefly IP has since expanded to comics, role-playing games, and a host of toys and memorabilia. Considering its humble beginnings, the show has made an impressive impact on science fiction fandom and geek culture in general.

Despite its inauspicious start, Firefly and Serenity proved to be feathers in the cap of many of the shows stars. Leading man Nathan Fillion has secured a spot on ABC’s Castle, as well as voice acting jobs on direct-to-DVD DC animated movies like Wonder Woman and the upcoming Green Lantern: Emerald Knights. Summer Glau has starred in two series since, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and The Cape. Unfortunately, the former was cancelled and the latter seems to be on its way out. Morena Baccarin plays the head member of the malevolent alien race on the V reboot. And of course, Whedon is writing and directing the superhero team-up tentpole The Avengers, currently set for a summer 2012 release.

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Fox remastered the original episodes for Universal HD in 2008 and a Blu-ray box set was released shortly thereafter. But, according to industry estimates, less than 20% of households have a Blu-ray player and DVDs still outsell Blu-Ray discs by a nearly ten to one – making the Science Channel’s Firefly airing the first time many fans will see the show in high definition.

Picking up Firefly is a smart move for Science Channel. Sci-fi fans and educational TV viewers have a large amount of overlap, and securing a cult classic could drive up the cable channel’s ratings and mindshare. You can bet that the Discovery subsidiary will use the relatively high-profile ad space to highlight its original programming, especially Sci-Fi Science.

Firefly aims to misbehave on Science Channel Sunday, March 6th at 8 PM. Following episodes will air at 10 PM through the spring.

Source: The Futon Critic

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  1. I hate you for momentarily making me believe that the show was being revived. Still, cool news.

    • I also had the same reaction.

  2. Tim, this post has been here for hours and nobody wanted to be the first to say anything because it would make others have to read the comments…and perhaps divulge your concern or lack of for the show. Alas. Two posts now, and I who could care less, just trolling.

    Hopefully replying or reading this is more exciting than the post itself.

  3. Can’t get the Science Channel so the news is moot for me. But I do have a Blu-Ray player so I am ahead of the other 80% of the population it seems. lol

  4. Good news, but a new Firefly series would be welcome as well. The ratings on SyFy would be ok and the costs could be kept low since it was always a low-budget series anyway, and costs of special effects have come down. The only change I would make is to keep the “wild west” concept, but not as literal as it was originally. I found the characters and stories to be great, but I was always a bit turned off by them combining future tech with 1800′s tech, just a little too 1800′s for me. I didn’t expect laser guns, but still using 6-shooters in the future, I don’t think so.

    • I would use a 6 shooter if I were there! Some people are just old fashioned that way. Not to say that I wouldn’t have something newer, but the 6 shooter is awesome!

  5. Co-incidently, I just finished the main series 6 hours ago!! How weird is that??

    Anyways, I have been a Whedonite for going on 12 years now and I finally got around to watching this series after Xmas. I can’t believe how awesome this show was.

    My only regret is that I STUPIDLY watched Serenity years ago (there was a Whedon film in the cinema – sue me) so now I know the fates of both Book and Wash. However I refuse to believe what happen’s to Wash.

    Wash is a legend – and so will he remain.

    • Wash is a cylon. Its simple; earth that was is the first earth that the Galactica found. The one that Ty and the other final 5 came from. It would allow Wash to come back in the next movie/show, and at the same time explain his acting ability…

    • Whoa! You just finished watching a television program, and then went online and looked up that show, and discovered information relating to said show? That IS crazy!

  6. Shiny. I’ll be in my bunk.

  7. I watched it when it was playing live and hated Fox for killing it. Loved the movie and hoped for a return since Joss said at the time it all depended on how well the movie did. Well, we all know how that turned out and now only in my dreams could they bring back the cast (- 2 from the movie). But then it would turn horrible cause I love Castle and V.

  8. Why do ‘trolls’ even exist?! go away and watch Jersey Shore or something.

    This is fantastic news – a beloved show available in HD, let us enjoy it – however briefly it lasts.

    • I say this for all the US based browncoats – I, sadly, live in NZ, and Firefly has NEVER been on the air here (hooray for DVD’s!)

      Enjoy – and THANKS Science Channel.

  9. Have the people at ScreenRant forgotten about Adam Baldwin? He plays John Casey on ‘Chuck’ – possibly the best show any of these actors have been in since ‘Firefly.’ Granted, his characters are similar in personality, but he’s still great, as is ‘Chuck.’

  10. You forgot that the ever beautiful Gina Torres has been a regular in Suits (Jessica Pearson) and also lent her voice in Transformers Prime (Airachnid), along with roles in the series 24 (Julia Milliken), Alias (Anna Espinoza), and Standoff (Cheryl Carrera) and movies like Matrix Revolutions (Cas) and Fair Game (Stacy); that Adam Baldwin has also lent his voice to Transformers Prime (Breakdown) along with dropping in on the series Leverage (Colonel Michael Vance), Law and Order SVU (Captain Steven Harris), Day Break (Chad Shelton), and Stargate-SG1 (Colonel Dave Dixon); and that Alan Tudyk has had featured roles in movies like A Knight’s Tale (Wat), I Robot (Sonny), 3:10 to Yuma (Doc Potter), Transformers Dark of the Moon (Dutch), as well as the miniseries Into the West (Nathan Wheeler) and the V series (Dale Maddox).

    I am really happy that the Science Channel has chosen to re-air Firefly in HD. I watched the Marathon in November and Browncoats Unite! “You can’t take the sky from me.”

  11. Browncoats LIVE. I love this series.

  12. I really hope they are serious about this I can’twait for tthis is font have TV bout I will find a way to watch it I love this show its the t $hits!!! !!!!!!

  13. Pff. I knew the movie. Watched it a view times since 2005, but i never heared about the tv show. It never aired in germany, as i know. Now i watched the the one and only season and i’m so disappointed. Disappointed about the cancel. The show is great and there was so much further potential. F_ck_ng FOX.
    Even i don’t think it will ever be rebooted, i still think it would be great.

    • don’t forget Summer Glau getting her role in arrow. Browncoats forever