SCI FI Channel announced a development slate of original programming at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. on July 15, including exclusive "mini-sodes" tied to the upcoming Battlestar Galactica: Razor movie; an animated comedy from Saturday Night Live's Lorne Michaels, Seth Meyers and Michael Shoemaker; a miniseries featuring actor Thomas Jane (The Punisher) and comic-book author Steve Niles (30 Days of Night); and a miniseries that reunites Farscape veterans Ben Browder and Andrew Prowse.
In advance of the two-hour movie Battlestar Galactica: Razor on Nov. 24, SCI FI will air an eight-week series of exclusive mini-sodes, between two and three minutes in length, beginning in October. The promotional shorts will provide a backdrop to events that will take place in the rest of the fourth season of Battlestar. Written by Michael Taylor and directed by Wayne Rose and Felix Alcala, the shorts will take place during the original Cylon War and center on a young William Adama (played by Nico Cortez), who discovers a dangerous Cylon weapon that will come to haunt him and his crew 40 years later. The mini-sodes will be available on SCIFI.COM after they debut on the network.
The new animated workplace comedy The Awesomes focuses on America's aging first superhero team as they try to get back into the limelight. Formed in the 1940s, the team has gone through a revolving roster of the world's top heroes, gradually losing popularity as other, cooler superhero teams come into favor. Saturday Night Live's Meyers, Shoemaker and Michaels will executive-produce.
From comic-book authorNiles (30 Days of Night) comes a new untitled miniseries starring Jane, about a space-shuttle pilot who becomes trapped on a newly discovered planet. After teaching the locals to use weapons and defend themselves, he becomes the leader of the planet and must eventually choose between his native society and his adopted one when a group of humans arrive to rescue him 10 years later.
The new miniseries Going Homer stars Browder (Stargate SG-1) as the father of a 12-year-old boy named Homer, who can see Greek and Roman deities walking among us. Fleeing from a custody battle, the two travel from Los Angeles to Ithica, N.Y., and encounter a variety of gods who help and hinder them along the way.
The network also announced a pair of new series from award-winning filmmaker Francis Stokes. God, Inc. is based on a series of viral videos directed by Stokes, which tackle social issues as handled by the bored, petty and overworked pencil-pushers in the offices of Heaven. Stokes is also developing a new scripted one-hour time-travel drama for SCI FI.
In the area of alternative development, SCI FI also announced four series in development: Run for Money, a reality competition based on a Japanese game show; Brain Trust, in which a team of real-life geniuses develop clever solutions to everyday problems; What Can't It Do?, which explores the claims and warnings of well-known products; and UFO Hunters, a reality series about a team of UFO investigators, from the creators of Ghost Hunters.