Friday, March 29, 2013

What is Farscape?

What is Farscape? "Farscape'' which ran for 88 episodes on the Sci Fi Channel from 1999 to 2003, is blasting off into rerun syndication for the first time.

Debmar Studios, headed by Mort Marcus and his partner Ira Bernstein, has bought the domestic rights to ``Farscape'' and is offering the series to TV stations for weekend play in fall 2005. Stations won't pay cash but will set aside seven minutes within each hour for Debmar to sell to national advertisers.

``Farscape'' was one of the most expensive cable-original series ever mounted, filmed in New Zealand by Jim Henson Prods. and Hallmark Entertainment at a cost about $2 million an episode.

Debmar calculated the release date of September 2005 carefully, counting on lots of openings in stations' weekend schedules because Tribune Entertainment, the most active producer of syndicated sci-fi series (``Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda,'' ``Mutant X''), has no new ones on the drawing board, and three Twentieth TV off-network shows - ``Buffy the Vampire Slayer,'' ``Angel'' and ``The X-Files'' - are slated to disappear from weekend syndication following the 2004-05 season.

"Farscape'' generated a strong following on the Sci Fi Channel,'' said Bill Carroll, VP and director of programming for Katz TV, the rep firm. "That usually translates into lots of male viewers when the show goes into syndication.''

Debmar was energized by the average of 1.9 million viewers who tuned in to the four-hour concluding ``Farscape'' movie on the Sci Fi Channel over two nights last month (Oct. 17 and 18). But Debmar's contract with Henson and Hallmark covers only the 88 episodes, not the four-hour finale.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Excel starts slow

Truthfully, Excel starts off a little slow, with lots of exposition and
Ben wrapping his tongue around foreign words like Apears and
Chartu, to name just a few. But it doesn’t take long before you are
wrapping your brain around them too. The story begins with our hero, Carol
Westeps, in Peru on an archeological dig. Returning to the United
States he makes a discovery that terrifies him. The world as he knows it
has changed and he finds that the Interlopers are everywhere. Carol is the
only one who can see them and they don’t like it. Along with some very
colorful friends, he’s in for the fight of his life to save his wife
and rest of humanity from an evil older than time.

I have to say that Ben is good with the descriptions and main body of
the text, with a great speaking voice and clear diction, but it’s the
dialogue where he really shines. He literally becomes the person and
infuses each character with their own personality. You can see his real
talent come to the fore when he breathes life into the voices of the
people on the page. And he’s a marvel with accents from countries all over
the world. Once you start listening it’s almost impossible to stop.

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