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Firefly Producer Utters The Words “Limited Series”

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You may have spotted a certain something on the cover of the Veronica Mars Entertainment Weekly image we posted yesterday. “What’s next for Firefly?” it said. Coincidentally, EW just posted some possible answers.

The magazine spoke with writer-producer Tim Minear about the chance of more Firefly, though they did preface the interview with this message:

To be clear: There’s no revival currently planned and there are many obstacles to this happening (perhaps first and foremost is that star Nathan Fillion is exclusive to Fox’s rival network ABC for his role on Castle, which is currently in its most-watched season). And last year, the show’s ultra-busy creator Joss Whedon told EW he preferred to focus on building new worlds rather than revisiting old ones.

I think we’ve all been clear for a while more Firefly as we know it isn’t happening but then people go and talk like this.

“I would never foreclose the possibility,” Minear told EW. “The fact that it was even a feature film after it spectacularly failed on Fox was a miracle. And of course it lives on in other forms.”

Of course EW poked a bit more – if it were to happen, how would it happen?

I’m completely talking off the top of my head, but there’s a show that’s been on for the last couple years that’s reinvented the form in terms of the limited series. I’m trying to think of the name of that show — Oh yes! American Horror Story! It doesn’t have to be 13 episodes. Look how Sherlock does it.

I think a limited series of some kind would work best. Something like that could also work if, say, 20th could partner with Netflix, or another distributor. It would have its home on Fox, of course [then a second window on streaming]. A limited series would do very well, I bet.

You can almost hear the hint, hint, nudge, nudge there to Netflix. Though we must end this on a more definitive note so we don’t get anyone too excited, Minear said no one has actually talked to him about continuing the series, adding the last time he and Whedon discussed it in any seriousness was eight years ago.

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Jill Pantozzi
Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."

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