FIREFLY Writer-Producer Tim Minear Toys with Fans’ Emotions; Raises Possibility of Limited Series

     February 13, 2014

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Firefly fans always want more. I suspect that even if the entire Serenity crew dies, nothing short of a complete collapse in quality will deter fans from wanting the short-lived show to come back in any way possible, and damn the logistics of making that happen. Enter writer-producer Tim Minear to tease the possibility of a return, specifically in the form of a limited series. Minear noted that shows like American Horror Story and Sherlock have upended the traditional form of TV series, so why not Firefly?

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joss_whedon_firefly_castEven though creator Joss Whedon said last year that he would prefer to focus on new worlds instead of old ones, and even though there have been no official discussions whatsoever, Minear tells EW:

I would never foreclose the possibility. The fact that it was even a feature film after it spectacularly failed on Fox was a miracle. And of course it lives on in other forms. In terms of getting the band back together to make a new adventure, who knows? I would love it. It would be great. But first everybody has their respective projects that limits them from crossing over into other things. It’s just trying to coordinate everybody’s obligations so they could somehow participate.

firefly browncoats unite posterSpecifically, some members of the Firefly cast have ongoing responsibilities to various TV shows. Nathan Fillion does Castle, Gina Torres does Suits, and the other cast members are either working on other shows or doing various projects. To ask them to set aside a space in their schedules to work on a show that doesn’t exist yet is a tall order. You can point to Arrested Development, but the fourth season was only able to get the entire cast together for one scene.  I know fans really want Firefly to return, but is that how they want it?

Nevertheless, Minear specifically called out Netflix as a place where the show might be able to keep flying:

I think a limited series of some kind would work best. Something like that could also work if, say, 20th could partner with Netflix, or another distributor. It would have its home on Fox, of course [then a second window on streaming]. A limited series would do very well, I bet.

So now the “limited series” becomes part of the conversation about how to resurrect the show that already found a satisfying conclusion. I wouldn’t necessarily object to more Firefly, but I think there are bigger obstacles than just the format.  As Whedon said almost a year ago, “What if it’s not that good?


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  • Before Anything Else…

    Joss Whedon and his fans need to apologize and atone for Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD program. Mistakes were made. An idolized man was found to be human. Shuffling blame on his brother and his wife won’t do.


      His nephew wrote it.

      • Whedonites, Apologize Now

        Still no excuse. He signed off and approved of EVERYTHING!

      • Scratch89

        Yeah, calm down, spaz.

      • Scratch89

        *his brother

    • The_Dude

      Why should the fans apologize? You’re way off base with that idiotic mentality.

    • Matt Hardwick

      C’mon, the show’s not THAT bad.

  • Drake

    Not getting my hopes up at all. BUT, if this ball does get rolling, it would be the best thing that ever happened!

  • Hey…HEY!

    It ended 12 years ago. Get over it, people.

    P.S. Bring back Wonderfalls!

    • Matt Hardwick

      That ended 10 years ago. Get over it.

      See how it hurts?

      • Hey…HEY!

        That was the joke, dummy!

      • Matt Hardwick

        As was mine.

  • pinkincide

    Um…but they killed off two main characters. All I would want is prequels with those two on board, and none of them look young enough for that.

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  • The_Dude

    It’d be great if “24: Live another day” does great and opens up the door for FOX to take on that particular format for other shows like Firefly, The X-files, etc.

  • LEM

    I watched Firefly long after it was cancelled and for the longest time that damn theme song would pop into my head.

  • eternalozzie

    Firefly didn’t get traction as a series because it was that great … the movie was much better written than the TV series. It ended on a good note. We need to let it rest in peace.

  • milo

    Well if it did happen, it wouldn’t be on Netflix. When arrested development came back, one of the NF execs was asked about FF and he said the audience just isn’t there for it. NF’s ability to know exactly what is being watched, beyond even specific episodes to what people fast forward and rewind, may give them a better idea than anyone else of what people are really watching and which revivals justify spending the money.

  • tarek

    This could be fixed if they will do a good star wars series a la Firefly. Best of both worlds.

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