FOX adds Virtuality to their slate of new shows

By Mike

April 16, 2008 Television 7 Comments

Okay, I have to agree with ProgGrrl over at Galactica Sitrep…FOX is rocking right now. They have pilots in the work from not only J.J. Abrams and Joss Whedon, now they’ve added Ron Moore from Battlestar Galactica to help pen a new series.

We told you about Fringe by Abrams in February, and Dollhouse from Whedon last year. There is also the sci-fi comedy Boldly Going Nowhere by the Always Sunny in Philadelphia team.

Now comes Virtuality, which has a script written by Moore and is scheduled to possibly debut in February of 2009.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, FOX had approached a bunch of writers before loving what Moore did with the idea. Moore brought over Michael Taylor, another writer-producer on BSG to help out, and they’ll join the team of Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun who created the series.

(btw, no, it’s not Lloyd Braun from Seinfeld)

The premise of Virtuality is this:

The sci-fi project, from Universal Media Studios and producers Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun, is set aboard the Phaeton, Earth’s first starship, on a 10-year journey to explore a distant solar system. To help the 12 crew members endure the long trip and keep their minds occupied, NASA equipped the ship with advanced virtual reality modules, allowing them to assume adventurous identities and go to any place they want. The plan works until a mysterious “bug” is found in the system.

“It’s very much about what’s fantasy and what’s reality; what we do to escape our lives and what actually institutes our lives, and are these things very different,” UMS president Katherine Pope said.

It sounds a bit…just okay dawg right now, but with Moore creating the script and pilot for it, I am going to hold out hope.

It’s pretty insane how much sci-fi stuff is going to be coming out next TV season.

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