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October 17 2006

Nathan Fillion signs deal with Fox. "Under the pact, the studio and the network will develop a comedy or drama script for the actor".

Hey Fox, I've got an idea for a TV series starrring Nathan Fillion! You wouldn't even need to choose between drama or comedy, because this one has both!

Ahh, you'd probably just cancel it again.

::cries::
You know, Joss' TV contract says he has to go back to 20th Century Fox if he does another TV show.

Kitten straws clutch.

Also, congrats to Nathan.
Should be interesting to see how this works out. He really needs his own vehicle, and a comedy/drama series starring Nathan will probably be great!
Oh God, they'll probably cancel him, too.

Couldn't it be a contract with Joss?
I wouldn't get too worked up about this news, he had the same sort of deal with NBC three years ago. And how many shows did he get out of that deal?
They'd cancel him!? TV is a harsh landscape.

Simon - the NBC deal was to keep him at NBC Universal, just as Serenity was being prepared but before it went into production.

[ edited by gossi on 2006-10-17 15:43 ]
Best of luck Cap'n.
This is cool. And also sad. But mostly cool. I love that our people are getting work even if it aint 'verse work.
So, if a new show can't be found, I guess he'll be asked to play Summers love interest on The O.C.
I dunno, that's got some weird to it. The Cap's kind of a big brother to River and accepting that they're both actors and not really the Captain and River (well sort of accepting ;) it'd still be strange (as it would with Jewel Staite, IMO).

Sounds like he's guaranteed something anyway, which is cool, though his own show would be cooler and a much deserved leap to big screen superstardom coolest of all.

They'd cancel him!? TV is a harsh landscape.

Ya disrespect TV, ya disrespect da family, capiche ?
*clutches at Gossi's straw*
Simon - the NBC deal was to keep him at NBC Universal


I thought the deal was with the network rather than with Universal per se.
More Nathan on TV, in 'verse or not, is good for TV. This man is the most talented and under-utilized actor in Hollywood. Congrats Nathan and I wait with bated breathe....
Why would they make a show especially for him? I'm confused.
This makes me happy. :)
The best case scenario in this deal is that Nathan gets a long-running series befitting his talent, and letting us gaze on him weekly once again. Even better, Alan Tudyk or another Firefly alum is his co-star.

The worst case scenario in this deal is that Nathan gets a long-running series befitting his talent, and letting us gaze on him weekly once again. Even better, Alan Tudyk or another Firefly alum is his co-star, and then plans to do another Serenity film comes along and they are locked into doing the series. Unless they do it on Summer hiatus. Which would be okay. Sweats bullets...
Uh, no, the worst case scenario is they put him on a show which gets cancelled before it airs. Which, statistically, is the likely thing to happen in US TV.

I'll fetch the razor blades.
<< If it doesn't go to pilot, Fox and 20th TV would cast him in an existing project.>>

Methinks he would make a awesome CTU agent. Or a lab tech at the Jeffersonian.

Just sayin'.......
First Nathan's gonna be on Lost, and now they're gonna try to make a show specifically for him? Awesome. I just hope it's a good show, like something I would actually watch even if he weren't in it.

And if he's to be put into an existing project...does anyone know which shows right now are made by 20th Century Fox? 'Cuz right now I'm only watching Studio 60, Veronica Mars, and Lost.
I dunno, that's got some weird to it. The Cap's kind of a big brother to River and accepting that they're both actors and not really the Captain and River (well sort of accepting ;) it'd still be strange (as it would with Jewel Staite, IMO)....

Saje


Um...I think Nancy Boy hair Gel was referring to the character of Summer Roberts (played by the hottie that is Rachel Bilson) on The O.C., not "our" Summer, Saje

;)

But then again, I was kinda hoping for either a teary hugfest or a catfight when Morena did that two episdoe guest shot on The O.C. cuz of Melinda Clarke. Though I still maintain there's no way in Hell that Mischa Barton could have come from Melinda's womb;)
Nathan signs a deal with a network?
As a former actor, I say Congratulations, Nathan!!
Because the network is FOX, I add: ...And may God have mercy on your soul.
AmazonGirl, you did acting? In theatre, tv, or film? And I guess this is good, but you know making a deal with the devil is not a good thing. WHAT?????

OH OK Fox is not the devil. Just the earthly institution carrying out his work, akin to Wolfram and Hart. I kid. I joke....
kurya: "...but you know making a deal with the devil is not a good thing. WHAT?????"

Good for Nathan -- he just needs to remember to use a long spoon.

" 'Therfor bihoveth him a ful long spoon
That shal ete with a feend,' thus herde I seye."

-- Chaucer, Canterbury Tales, The Squire's Tale (oft-used proverb employed here, among other sources)
Sure Fox has killed some great television, but Fox also has brought out some great television, albeit tragically short-lived. But it is too much of a stretch for me to contemplate Fox contractually securing the talents of our favorite artists simply to sequester them away and hide from us their brilliance.

I mean, Drive IS going to be produced. It IS going to be a big hit. And it IS going to remain for as many seasons as Tim deems appropriate. It IS because I will it to be so. Eunnngh!
I hear ya kurya. Really glad for all the 'verse people's success but is it purely bitter of me to not want Fox to profit from it too ? Guess it's just business at the end of the day but the killing of 'Firefly' still rankles (though in fairness the studio seem to have been pretty decent all round, AFAIK, and are separate to the network).

Um...I think Nancy Boy hair Gel was referring to the character of Summer Roberts (played by the hottie that is Rachel Bilson) on The O.C., not "our" Summer, Saje

Ah, buggerit. Seems i'm no longer down with the kids. I know who Rachel Bilson is, I just didn't know her character name. Does that make me half hip ? Like an ip maybe ? ;).
I didn't even know who Rachel Bilson was. Oh, wait, was she the one linked to play Wonder Woman? Well, one of two hundred.
Yay for Nathan! Still, Fox should have jumped at the chance just after Firefly was cancelled. He's got a presence and style that can bring a lot to the table
Congratulations, Captain! I have to guess that this kind of thing means that the networks know how great he is, also means that we might see him weekly for however long the Fox PTB allow, and that it also means he gets valuable cash and prizes just for signing the contract, right? I say, literally, it's all good! :-)
I think he'd be wonderful as a CTU agent. :) Or even a bad guy...
Not to worry, Saje...I ain't hip to the current trends and I am part of that generation;)

Personally, if the contract doesn't go through for a TV show (though I am hoping to all higher powers it does)...let Nathan be a big baddie. Besides Caleb in S7 of Buffy, I can't recall him playing an villian, so he needs that opportunity to just blow out little minds with his evil awesomeness:D
Yes Gossi please pass the razor blades. Would love to see more of our Captain in any form (I didn't mean it that way, really.) However, as kurya so correctly pointed out, we are talking about the institution of the fiery heartless evil one who overflows with torment and anguish. I'm not thinking it will end well.
Also thanks BlueEyed for clearing the Summer thing up, I was concerned for a moment I might have to sit through another episode of the OC to see one of the 'verse actors, sigh of deep relief.

[ edited by onthedrift on 2006-10-18 00:42 ]
Personally I think we owe Fox a great deal. Maybe when the revisionist history of the fandom comes out in a few years time, we'll see a different story.
Congrats to Nathan. Maybe something will even be up and running in time for mid-season replacement.
Well I was kind of kidding about the devil analogy to Fox. I am not saying they are pure evil, its just they have a record of cutting good shows, and not just Firefly. they have great shows on, its just well I don't trust their track record. I think it is great Nathan is going to do work with them, and if he gets a successful stint either in a new or an existing series thats great, I just hope they dont you know axe murder the show he is on or something.

And as Simon said, we do owe Fox a lot, the network and the studio, b/c without them there wouldn't have been Firefly. That simple. However, the network cancelled the show after mishandling it and not understanding what it was they had. I don't think that can be denied, it was stated by all those who are involved. It is hard to not be bitter towards Fox, when Firefly had the potential to be a cornerstone of the tv world, like LOST is. It could have lasted at least 5 years like Angel and maybe even 7 years like Buffy. the world, the characters the story writing, the dialogue, the silent moments, it was all great.

Anyway enough bitterness, hope Nathan has great success.
With everyone mentioning Mr. Fillion as a possibility for 24, I thought this article on the Hollywood Reporter website deserved mention:

The "24" team is developing another thriller for Fox.

The network has given a seven-figure put pilot commitment to a spy drama that "24" co-creator/executive producer Bob Cochran is penning with David Ehrman. Cochran's producing partners -- "24" co-creator/executive producer Joel Surnow and the show's executive producer/showrunner Howard Gordon -- are executive producing with Cochran and Ehrman.

The project, tentatively titled "NSA Innocent," hails from 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Real Time Prods. It centers on an everyman who finds himself caught up against his will in the world of espionage.


*coughperfectfornathancough* ;-)
That sounds like a perfect fit. I'd watch it. Then again, I'd watch pretty much anything Nathan was a part of.

"The project, tentatively titled "NSA Innocent," hails from 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Real Time Prods. It centers on an everyman who finds himself caught up against his will in the world of espionage."

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