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August 23 2010

Syfy greenlights James Marsters pilot from Fox Television. He has been set in the SyFy channel pilot "Three Inches". James will play the role of 'Troy'; the mysterious leader of a band of unlikely superheroes.

[ edited by zeitgeist on 2010-08-23 15:28 ]

Oh no, that's an unfortunate title...
Haha TWS! I don't think the title refers to that but who knows.
I think the makers are very well aware of what that title will bring to many people's minds.
“‘Three Inches’ is a fun, smart, off-beat spin on the superhero genre. It introduces a new group of crime fighters who possess some imaginative – if not all that super – powers,” said Stern. “We look forward to working with Harley, Bob, and Fox Television Studios on this project.”

David Madden, executive vice president, Fox Television Studios, said, “We felt there was something special and particularly twisted about this script, both in tone and in its sense of imagination. We could not be more thrilled to be working on it with Syfy.”


Harley Peyton was producer and/or writer of more than 20 episodes of David Lynch’s groundbreaking television hit Twin Peaks, for which he received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing for Drama Series (1990). He also wrote the screenplay for Less Than Zero based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis. He is currently working on a follow up to the feature film The Thomas Crown Affair
I changed the link over to the official tweet as people don't have to log-in or get an account for that.
Yeah, it is a bad title. If you follow the link it says,

"In Three Inches, professional daydreamer and underachiever, Walter, is struck by lightning, and develops a unique “super” power — the ability to move any object using just his mind… but only a distance of three inches. He’s soon recruited by a covert team of superheroes each gifted with their own extraordinarily ordinary abilities. Together, the unlikely band of heroes proves that “super” is simply a state of mind."

The press release sounds interesting, even if the title doesn't. Good thing that it is easier to change the title than everything else. ;-)

Anyway, best of luck to JM that this has legs.
People seriously put the film adaptation of Less Than Zero on their resume?
Sounds interesting! I will definitely give it a shot whenever it comes on.
Well the series has to be greenlit but it's a positive sign that the show has made to pilot stage.
There was a skit on DragonCon*TV last year with that premise... I wonder if they are getting royalties ;)
Yay, James. Nice surprise for your fans on your birthday.

Best of luck.
Oh, I'd love to see James on my TV screen every week once again. And this sounds like it would be a fun show... *crosses fingers for him*
I remember hearing about this pilot from a while back, though James wasn't cast at that stage. It's an interesting concept, slightly different than the usual superpower type anyway and could be fun if done right. The title is both unfortunate and intentional, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was changed at some point if the project moves forward. SyFy has been greenlighting a lot of twists on the "superpower" pilots recently though, so I guess only a couple will actually be ordered to series. I'll definitely keep an eye on this development.
Sounds nice :)

And things featuring JM are always welcome.

The story sounds as if it could be fun . You never quite know with SyFy but it deffinitely has potential!
More James Marsters on my screen. I like it.
Soooo...it's like Mystery Men?
As a child of the 80s, I loved Less Than Zero.

Congrats to JM!

Very wary of new Syfy shows. *crossing fingers it's that special one*
I wonder what this means for his recurring role in Caprica and a theoretical Caprica season 2. (Seriously, SyFy, stop stringing us along and just renew it already!)

I wonder what this means for his recurring role in Caprica and a theoretical Caprica season 2. (Seriously, SyFy, stop stringing us along and just renew it already!)


SyFy seem to have several actors who pull double duty on their shows, so theoretically it might be possible for him to do both if both are picked up/renewed. Especially as he's not in that much of Caprica (1.0 anyway) so far, and if they both film in Vancouver. But for both shows it's probably going to be a while until they get to that issue.(And seriously even though it doesn't have particularly good ratings I can't imagine them not renewing it for at least a shorter S2, though we might not hear until 2011).

[ edited by Heavs on 2010-08-23 17:19 ]
Congrats to James. This role sounds different in a good way.
How does "7.64 CM" sound as a title?
How does "7.64 CM" sound as a title?


Less than adequate.
Still not quite as bad as the original title for "Hancock" (at least according to an EW article) --

"Tonight He Comes"

Article said Will himself demanded it be changed. Which is why he makes a bajillion dollars a movie. He may have been born at night, but it wasn't last night.

Upshot being, A) that's what she said, and B) gotta have a new title. Just gotta. Can't make a movie called "The Old Mill" without an old mill, and can't call your movie "Three Inches" unless it's, like, a parody of "Hung".

BreathesStory, I see what you did there! I broke that code!
I wonder if I dare stand up at one of his panels at DC with the question:

"James, I hear you're in the cast of a new SyFy show called 'Three Inches', and I was just wondering... how did they know?"
You would win at least three internets for asking that question -- one per inch.
yFy seem to have several actors who pull double duty on their shows, so theoretically it might be possible for him to do both if both are picked up/renewed. Especially as he's not in that much of Caprica (1.0 anyway) so far, and if they both film in Vancouver.

The pilot of Three Inches is set to film in Toronto, and even if the series is picked up and stays here, Warehouse 13 (filmed in Toronto area) and Eureka (filmed in Vancouver) have had actors from each show appear on the other,
Still not quite as bad as the original title for "Hancock" (at least according to an EW article) --

"Tonight He Comes"


I actually would have rather seen that version, which was supposed to be much more subversive than the eventual mess of film that was made.
It's interesting that it's shooting in Canada... hasn't James always said he wouldn't take anything long-term outside of LA because of his kids?
I like the title. It's funny.
helcat said:
I think the makers are very well aware of what that title will bring to many people's minds.

Do you mean many spams?

SpendTheNightAlone said:
Soooo...it's like Mystery Men?

I think, by the decription, it's a little more like the Britsh "no Heroics"

Am I the only one who whenever seeing Rubicon remembers James Marsters?
Brasilian Chaos Man said:
Am I the only one who whenever seeing Rubicon remembers James Marsters?


No, you are not alone. They hired an actor who looks like James, whose name is James, but he's NOT James. What's wrong with the real deal? I was disappointed.

In any case, wishing James Marsters success with "Three Inches" and hopefully he'll stay on as Barnabus in "Caprica" for a second season if it's renewed.

[ edited by tickled pink on 2010-08-23 21:43 ]
James badge Dale doesn't look anything like Marsters. Loving Dale on that show, btw. I'm a huge fan of the understated delivery that seems to be cropping up in shows in the last year or so.
Add me to the list of those who think of JM when I watch Rubicon (which I like, so far). I like the actor, but I keep thinking this should be James Marsters' role.

As for the new show, not sure how I feel (except about the title, which I agree must go). I don't trust SyFy, but I guess we'll see how it shakes out.
I love Rubicon, but did not think of JM when watching. I don't care what the title is, if James is in it I will be there with DVR ready.
I must admit the first time I saw "Rubicon" and I had a glimpse of James Badge Dale my heart kind of skipped, I thought it was our James, until I got a closer look. So, yes, I would say he resembles him if you only get a quick glance. (I think it's the curly hair maybe)

[ edited by spikeangellover on 2010-08-24 13:08 ]
How does "7.64 CM" sound as a title?

Peanut Noir | August 23, 18:08 CET


sounds....wrong.

I'd go with "7.62 CM", personally ;)
Well, James Marsters isn't actually playing the character who ... moves things three inches. I am looking into two crystal balls and seeing a lot of con panel teasing in the futures of *everyone* involved in this show :)
I think, by the decription, it's a little more like the Britsh "no Heroics"

Brasilian Chaos Man | August 23, 21:09 CET


From what I've read of No Heroics and this show, No Heroics has heroes with serious superpowers (at least if Wikipedia's entry on NH is accurate). The heroes on Three Inches all sound like they have rather minor super powers, much like the characters in Mystery Men.
I like the premise of moving things a small distances and other small superpowers. That leaves room for lots of interesting applicatons and interesting ideas.

Can't wait to take a look at it.


How does "7.64 CM" sound as a title?


Less than adequate.


"Adequate", there's an adequate title.



Oh, and I can't wait to see it. Get Robert Duncan down as the composer and there you go!

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I don't see an HTML quote tag in the "allowed" section -- how is everyone quoting people?


Go to the how to page

Also, the site actually supports other HTML tags which you will see people using from time to time. Here's a nice list of possibilities.

From what I've read of No Heroics and this show, No Heroics has heroes with serious superpowers


Yes, they were supposed to be total loosers but their powers were fairly standard comic book for the most part. This seems to be the reverse of that here.

If anyone is interested Noah Reid and Andrea Martin have also been cast in this.
Someone from the Jossverse working with soemone from SCTV? If I had access to SyFy it'd be like I'd, to quote Rod Steiger, "died and gone to Himmel."

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