I guess it's a sign of audience transition as much as anything, but it's a little sad and a little perplexing to read about ABC's Masters of Science Fiction, an anthology series narrated by Steven Hawking and based on great works of SF.
When I first saw it spotlighted in TV Guide, I assumed it was on The Sci Fi Channel or somewhere on cable.
Apparently the series was developed with an eye toward low-cost Saturday material for ABC. That it was developed at all goes against the current tide, I guess.
Not many people watched the first installment with Sam Waterston from Law and Order, though I've watched both episodes that have aired.
Last Saturday's featured Terry O'Quinn, Locke of Lost as a scientist dealing with an alien mummy that's demanding world peace. It was probably his presence that doubled the ratings between episodes one and two, but apparently only four of six--if that many--episodes will be seen on the network.
Both episodes so far have been cerebral tales, tied to limited sets. You can see the budget showing.
In tone, they remind me a lot of the modern Outer Limits, but any thoughtful and diverse programming is welcome and worthy.
A Robert Heinlein story is next, and Harlan Ellison is behind the fourth episode, if it turns up. Check it out, and join me in waiting for the DVD which will hopefully bring all six episodes to the forefront.
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