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July 26 2006

Eureka! Is apparently David Greenwalt's new show. Although the credit isn't even showing up on IMDB yet, Tuesday's episode of the new Sci Fi Channel show 'Eureka' has David credited as consulting producer.

Eureka is a show about a small U.S. town where the government has put all of its weird geniuses to run their little experiments--experiments which sometimes get a bit out of hand. The show's quirky sense of humor reminds of Wonderfalls.

Oh, and also: watch the pilot for free on Sci Fi Pulse.

I didn't see David in the credits there yet when I watched it, but then I wasn't looking for him.
There was also a reference made to SMG in last nights episode. That one science dude wanted her to be the voice of his smart house called S.A.R.A.H.
Greenwalt gets a brief mention on this blog which I check out quite regularly by the guy that wrote episode 3 (I think).

(the same guy talks here about writing a freelance script for the show)
I thought he was solely devoted to Kidnapped. Sky One is airing Eureka soon in the UK, looking forward to seeing it.
Yeah, i'm surprised Sky's putting it on so quickly (less than a month behind the US premiere). Did they have a BSG style hand in the financing or something ?
I believe Nathan Fillion auditioned for the part of the Sherrif, but didn't get it.
Hmmm. I watched the pilot, but thought Eureka! wasn't very good. It's a mix of a mystery which isn't very exciting, with a comedy which isn't very funny. Plus, the science annoys me (I know it's supposed to be over-the-top unrealistic, but still).

I do think the presence of Nathan could've livened things up a bit. On the other hand: this means Nathan can go on to do better things (more feature films, anyone?).

If David ever writes an episode for this, I guess I'll give it another shot, but so far Eureka! has placed itself on my 'don't need to watch' list.
I just caught the second episode last night, and of course had to laugh at the SMG reference. Perfect geekiness.

I like the lead actor Colin Ferguson, and the show is what I would call "quirky". I quite like it.
In the article from Variety, when they made the announcement that he would be the showrunner of Kidnapped, they mentioned that he was currently working as a consulting producer for Sci Fi Channel upcoming show Eureka.

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117941679?categoryID=1236&cs=1&s=h&p=0

So I don't imagine he is still working as a consulting producer on that show.
I've been enjoying this show, but now I'm bummed: Nathan Fillion would have been PERFECT as the sherrif!
GACKK!! I forgot it was on last night. I had a nagging feeling there was something I wanted to watch, but I couldn't remember what it was. Any opinions on the show vs the pilot ep? I know there were changes, but it's probably too soon to tell.
That's kinda weird. I haven't watched the show, but every time I see the promo on the Sci-fi channel I think, that sheriff role would be perfect for Nick Brendon.
Kidnapped is Vanished now.
Nathan Fillion or Nick Brendon would have been great as the sheriff, but Colin Ferguson is holding his own in the role. I keep looking for former ME people in the credits, but they haven't shown up yet. The show seems like one suited for David Greenwalt's talents. And the SMG reference was a nice shout out to Buffy geekdom. ;-)
dreamlogic, is it? I think they are two separate shows. Kidnapped is about a kidnapped rich boy. Vanished is about politician's missing wife.
"Kidnapped is Vanished now."

So there is going to be a "Lost" a "Missing" and a "Vanished"?
Znachki: Here's my two cents on the show:

If you liked the pilot, episode 2 was more of the same. ;) Not a lot changed as far as writing improving or getting worse and except for the two big plot twists, not much new or surprising happened. We knew the daughter would have to come back.

Overall, the series has been exactly what I'd expect of a non-Stargate SciFi channel original series. Not as good as the tremors series, better than than the newspaper series from a few years ago, but the same level of writing and acting.

I'm actually a little dissappointed. I'd like to see Eureka as a town be more over the top than they've portrayed it so far. I'd like to see more of a Top 10 vibe if you are familiar with that comic.

At least they're making a good attempt at some back story and continuity. Still too early to tell if the show is worth it.

It's on several times a week and on USA too(at least the movie/premiere was) so if you miss it, it's easy to find.
Just to clarify, delirium_haze is correct: Kidnapped and Vanished are two separate shows. David Greenwalt is the showrunner for Kidnapped and the pilot is very good!
I really liked this new show. I think Colin Ferguson is doing a great job, though I agree that it is also a part Nathan Fillion would be suited for. They both have that understated way of expressing themselves that is so funny. I cannot see NB in the part at all. I enjoyed both the pilot and the 2nd episode. So much of what SciFi makes is so cheesy, especially their movies. Of course, I love Friday nights with SG-1, SG-Atlantis, BSG. I keep wishing they would take over making more episodes of Firefly, but that's just a dream of mine when I go to la-la land (where Buffy and Angel are still on).
I noticed this when I watched the latest episode, and was going to post about it here. But I forgot... shame on me.

I like the show, by the way. Good actors and interesting setting. Could be a little bit wilder perhaps.
"Kidnapped is Vanished now."

So there is going to be a "Lost" a "Missing" and a "Vanished"?


Does this also mean that Ben is Glory? ;-)

I watched the pilot and wasn't too excited about it. Now that I hear Mr. Fillion was up for the role of the Sheriff, that makes me really sad, because part of the reason I didn't get with this show was that I didn't really care about the Sheriff. He was kind of dull, IMO; I kept thinking that the actor was more a "typical hero" type when what they needed was someone who could be a hero but still really handle the humor of reacting to all these weird people. In other words -- Nathan. :-(

The good news is that SciFi has been repeating Eureka eps like crazy, so I'm sure that anyone who missed last night's (like I did -- I was watching House ;-)) can catch it again. I will give it another chance, to see what Mr. Greenwalt is up to. ;-)
So far, likin' Eureka! after the pilot. Got episode 2 on my DVR, but I'll give it at least 3 episodes before I make a yay or nay decision. That's how many episodes it took for me to go from mild disinterest to "I love this show!" with season 1 of the new Dr. Who series. So 3 ep's is my rule of thumb (not counting the new rule I made just 1 miserable hour into the Blade pilot).
I kept thinking that the actor was more a "typical hero" type when what they needed was someone who could be a hero but still really handle the humor of reacting to all these weird people. In other words -- Nathan. :-(


Agreed, billz. They needed someone to ground the series in a more believable way. I wouldn't actually mind the over-the-top-ness of the stuff going on in Eureka, if they had someone react to it as if it was completely over-the-top. For me, the 'funny' scenes fall completely flat.

Having said that, I much prefer a series that acknowledges the funny in a given situation, but does not do so by being completely over the top. I need to buy into a situation, characters and care about what's happening. A show like Eureka just doesn't do that for me.

Overall, the series has been exactly what I'd expect of a non-Stargate SciFi channel original series. Not as good as the tremors series, better than than the newspaper series from a few years ago, but the same level of writing and acting.


Ah, see, I hated that newspaper series. And while I didn't see the tremors show, I guess this means I can give that one a pass as well. Thanks for the heads up, jd142 ;-)

Fortunately, there are some promising shows coming up, making me excited about the upcoming tv-season. I'm looking forward to Heroes, Jericho and The Nine since I've seen their respective pilots floating around. And there's also the new Aaron Sorkin and Tim Minear shows to look forward to. Now if only some of them'd throw in a Jossverse reference (although the first ep of Heroes did have a Kitty Pride reference, which almost counts, I guess), life would be perfect ;-).
If Nathan has been the sheriff I would have been going "Bill Pardy, Bill Pardy, Bill Pardy" all episode.

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