Joss Whedon recently got a straight to series order on HBO for a TV series called The Nevers.
It's a sci-fi story about a group of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, ruthless enemies and a mission that might change the world.
Whedon will be the writer, director, executive producer, and showrunner. Holy Whedonverse crap!
This is the first time since Fox's Dollhouse, that he's returning to the small screen. And Fox won't be f*ing it up on him! (Yes, they still tampered with the Dollhouse episode order despite the damage they had done some years earlier pulling the same crap with Firefly. You would think they learned... but nah.)
Now even though his fans accepted Dollhouse, it was a weird kind of series and it took a lot to wrap one's mind around the premise. Good story, weird premise.
Turns out both Netflix and HBO were bidding on the project, with HBO winning out.
In a statement Whedon released,
"I honestly couldn't be more excited. The Nevers is maybe the most ambitious narrative I’ve created, and I can’t imagine a better home for it than HBO. Not only are they the masters of cinematic longform, but their instant understanding of my odd, intimate epic was as emotional as it was incisive. It's been too long since I created an entirely new fictional world, and the HBO team offers not just scope and experience, not just 'prestige,' but a passionate collaboration. I could go on, but — I’m impatiently grateful to say — I have work to do."
I'd be surprised because whedon is not that kind of producer, but when a network gives you money, they are the boss. We'll see how this goes.
Right now there's no premiere date, but HBO has a lot of content coming out in 2019...
Shows that are returning or new include
Big Little Lies,
Demimonde (new from J.J. Abrams)
The stupidly short FINAL season of Game of Thrones,
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