A Fox recusou mas a ABC acolheu. Parece até que a emissora criou um novo reality: America’s Next Top Lost. Agora serão no mínimo três ficções no canal: FlashForward, V e Gravity. Bom para os produtores desta última, afinal eles já tinham 13 episódios da série estrelada por Ron Livingston.
Trata-se de uma produção internacional que será transmitida também pela emissora canadense CTV, pela alemã ProSieben e pela BBC. O produto vem de bons e velhos amigos da ABC, o criador e produtor executivo James Parriott, que foi produtor executivo de Grey’s Anatomy e Ugly Betty, e o produtor executivo Michael Edelstein, ex-produtor executivo de Desperate Housewives.
O elenco de Gravity inclui astros como Laura Harris, Christina Cox, Malik Yoba e Florentine Lahme. Ela se passa no futuro e conta a vida de oito astronautas de quatro países diferentes que são tomados por engano para uma misteriosa missão de seis anos no sistema solar.
A produção é do FtvS e deve ser trasmitida no verão norte americano. Ela vem sendo considerada a Grey’s Anatomy do espaço, segundo David Madden. “Ela tem a premissa de uma série sci-fi, mas é contada de uma maneira mais amistosa às mulheres.”
Se Gravity se sair bem, tanto a ABC quanto a FtvS planejam mais temporadas, é claro. “Eu tenho as três temporadas prontas na cabeça, eu já sei até o final da série,” disse Parriott.
The network has picked up Fox TV Studios’ 13-episode adventure drama starring Ron Livingston.
The internationally produced series, also set to air on Canada’s CTV, Germany’s ProSieben and the BBC, hails from familiar ABC auspices: creator/executive producer James Parriott, who served as an exec producer on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Ugly Betty,” and exec producer Michael Edelstein, former exec producer of the network’s “Desperate Housewives.”
“Gravity,” whose cast includes Laura Harris, Christina Cox, Malik Yoba and Florentine Lahme, is set in the near future and revolves around eight astronauts from five countries who undertake a mysterious six-year mission through the solar system.
The FtvS-produced series, slated to air on ABC this summer, is a co-venture with Vancouver-based Omni Film Prods., whose Brian Hamilton and Michael Chechik also exec produce.
“Gravity” is one of three drama series that FtvS produced independently with international partners in the past year, along with “Mental” and “Persons Unknown.” It is the second after “Mental” to land a U.S. distributor and the first to go somewhere other than a Fox-affiliated network.
“Since we originally pitched “Gravity” to the international marketplace as ‘Gray’s Anatomy’ in space, getting the series on the network that has ‘Grey’s’ and makes the most successful sci-fi show on TV in ‘Lost’ is a good fit,” FtvS executive vp David Madden said. He describes the show as “having a sci-fi premise but being told in a female-friendly way.”
At ABC, the deal was championed by senior vp Quinn Taylor, who added acquisitions to his longform duties during the network’s recent executive restructuring.
FtvS is in advanced talks with cable networks for “Persons,” with a sale expected during the next couple of weeks.
Unlike “Persons” and “Mental,” which were existing pilot scripts at FtvS originally developed for other networks, “Gravity” was developed specifically for the company’s international producing model.
“We’re excited about being pioneers in doing television a different way,” said Edelstein, who got the ball rolling on the project more than three years ago when he caught a repeat of the BBC docu-drama “Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets” on Discovery Channel, about an international crew of astronauts on a trip through space.
He acquired the rights to it from British producer Impossible Pictures and approached Parriott, with whom he worked on ABC’s drama “Threat Matrix.”
If “Gravity” goes well on ABC and FtvS’ foreign broadcast partners, the two hope to do more seasons of the show.
“I have the first three seasons blocked out, and I know the ending of the series,” Parriott said.