July 17th, 2007 | about warren ellis/contact
As in direct-to-internet TV, as opposed to D2DVD/direct-to-DVD. In the serial form, the most recent big push in d21 has been SANCTUARY: notable for its visible budget, its fan-friendly casting and its pay model.
The other shoe just dropped at Sci-Fi Channel:
SCI FI Channel will revive its popular original show Farscape as a Web-based series of short films on SCIFI.COM’s SCI FI Pulse broadband network, part of a slate of new original online programming.
SCI FI has ordered 10 webisodes of Farscape, to be produced by Brian Henson and Robert Halmi Jr. and produced by The Jim Henson Co., in association with RHI Entertainment.
The series will expand the Farscape universe, but the network had no announcements on casting or premiere dates.
A near-perfect solution for FARSCAPE, which couldn’t grow its audience on Sci-Fi Channel in season 4 but which does have a massive, active internet fanbase. Including, yes, people who do say “frell” in actual conversation. Now, here’s the trick: do they offer it free to the web and make their money back on the DVD, or do they pay-gate it?
(Also, I saw a trailer for FLASH GORDON, which has, even in this 30-second tease, that unique “made in Vancouver with bits we nicked off the STARGATE sets” feel. And no rocketships.)