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'Firefly' returning to cable; Fillion says he'd play Mal aga

Post#1 » Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:29 am

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Browncoats rejoice: "Firefly" is returning to basic cable -- and Nathan Fillion has something to say about it.

The Science Channel has acquired the rights to the cult-hit and will air the series in its short-lived entirety, plus some new extras. Science Channel will wrap each episode with interstitial segments starring renowned physicist Dr. Michio Kaku, who will discuss the theoretical science behind the show's sci-fi concepts.

According to "Firefly" studio 20th Century Fox, this will mark the first time "Firefly" has aired on a fully distributed basic cable channel since 2008, when it ran on USA Network.

In honor of this occasion, star Nathan Fillion took a brief break from shooting ABC's "Castle" today to jump on the phone and answer five "Firefly" questions -- including whether he'd ever reprise the role of Captain Mal again. That interview and more details about Science Channel's "Firefly" plans below:

EW.com: More on television.

Entertainment Weekly: What was the part about playing the character?

Nathan Fillion: It was my favorite job ever. What wasn't great about it? I got to wear a low-slung holster. I got to ride horses. I got to have a spaceship. I got to act mean and curmudgeonly. [Creator Joss Whedon] is really good at kicking characters in the nuts so the other characters would have laughs at my expense and that was great too.

If "Castle" had its series finale tomorrow and Fox said to you and Joss: "We screwed up, let's try doing 'Firefly' again." Would you do it?

Yes. Yes. I would examine very closely Fox's reasoning  I'm a little gun-shy. If I got $300 million from the California Lottery, the first thing I would do is buy the rights to "Firefly", make it on my own, and distribute it on the Internet.

What's the most common thing "Firefly" fans say to you?

No. 1, "Is there going to be more?" No. 2, "Why was it canceled?"

Why do you think the show has had such an enduring appeal?

It's a great question. We're the most story-literate society the world has ever seen. What Joss tends to do is twist story conventions into reality. Whereas the story goes like this, real life goes like this, and that's what Joss has mastered.

Do you ever watch the show nowadays or is that just weird?

It's not weird. I haven't watched it in a long, long time and I would like to revisit it.

"Firefly" premieres on Science Channel on March 6 at 8 p.m., with the two hour pilot, followed by the first episode at 10 p.m. Following that, "Firefly" episodes will air every Sunday -- and, yes, in their original intended order and upgraded to high definition.
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Re: 'Firefly' returning to cable; Fillion says he'd play Mal

Post#2 » Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:00 am

I wouldn't get too excited about it, from what I understood when reading the article a few days ago ,all it is is a re-run of the original series "spiced up"at the end of each episode by some physicist who will discuss the "science" of the show...so nothing new apart from some Doc chatting about the tech in the show. yawnnnnn
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Re: 'Firefly' returning to cable; Fillion says he'd play Mal

Post#3 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:18 am

I have been wanting to re-watch firefly again for some time, but I don't think I get this channel through my cable. Perhaps buying the bluray of it is my best course of action (even though I have it on dvd).
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Re: 'Firefly' returning to cable; Fillion says he'd play Mal

Post#4 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 12:00 pm

I was going to insert a sarcastic comment along the lines of "why don't you try this (link to firefly here on ice) instead of buying it on Blu-ray?" and then I re-read otis' post and realised you already got it on DVD ...so a sarcastic comment seemed somewhat redundant......see what happens when I try and be clever !!! :eek: :'(
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Re: 'Firefly' returning to cable; Fillion says he'd play Mal

Post#5 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 12:01 pm

lol I just want the HD goodness and the extras, I don't mind paying for something of this caliber.
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Re: 'Firefly' returning to cable; Fillion says he'd play Mal

Post#6 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 12:07 pm

Dammit Otis !!! you saw the original un-edited response !!!! now I feel even more of a pratt !! LOL
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Post#7 » Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:45 pm

lol, that makes more sense now.
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