17th July 2007 - Surprise!
The "universe" of Farscape is making a return, this time as a web
episodes of a few minutes each - on SciFi. There is very little
information available at this time, such as casting and schedule,
but the net is buzzing with news and speculation. Could this lead
to full epidosdes, a fifth season or another mini? Stay tuned...
press release from the Sci Fi Channel: Farscape Revived
on SciFi.com SCI FI Channel will revive its popular original show
SCI FI Pulse broadband network, part of a slate of new original online
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.
5th April 2004
Be Continued...Peacekeeper War on Sci-Fi later this year!
official: the Sci Fi Wire is reporting [link]:
FI Brings Back Farscape SCI FI announced it will be bringing back
Farscape with an all-new miniseries ‹ called Farscape: Peacekeeper
War ‹ slated to air in the fourth quarter of this year. The four-hour
miniseries picks up where the cliffhanger series finale left off
and will reunite John Crichton (Ben Browder), Aeryn Sun (Claudia
Black) and the rest of the Moya crew.
creator Rockne O'Bannon and executive producer David Kemper wrote
the miniseries, which was directed by Brian Henson. "Peacekeeper
War" was produced by the Jim Henson Company and Hallmark Entertainment,
and executive produced by Robert Halmi Jr. SCI FI will make the
official announcement at noon on Monday, April 5, during the channel's
advertising sales "upfront" presentation.
FAR OUT!: Farscape
is returning home to the Sci Fi Channel. The cabler has finalized
a deal to air Farscape: Peacekeeper War , the highly anticipated
four-hour miniseries that will tie up all the loose ends left dangling
when the network axed the acclaimed drama last year. The project
has already wrapped production and is slated to air at the end of
Fantasy is monitoring the situation and will post information as
quickly as possible.
Farscape news as it becomes available. Other
November, 2003 - Okay, so nearly everything I said on 9 November may
have been wrong. There's some very interesting information coming
from the Burbank convention right now. Unconfirmed reports are quoting
actress RaeLee Hill (Sikozu) as saying that the Fox Studios in Sydney
have been reserved for Farscape for December - February, the sets
are being rebuilt now, and the show will return as a mini-series and/or
a movie. RaeLee made it clear that nothing is "set in stone,"
but she wasn't concerned about being quoted on all this, which is
interesting. Events are moving quickly. Stay tuned...
10:20 AM DALLAS TIME (GMT - 6)
GUIDE IS REPORTING THE FOLLOWING:
Farscape press conference we told you about yesterday , during
which producers were going to "announce an exciting new development
in the campaign to continue" the franchise, has been postponed,
a rep for the Jim Henson Company confirms. But never fear, 'Scapers.
Sources tell me the media event will be rescheduled for sometime
next week. (And trust me, it'll be well worth the wait.)
Fantasy will report details as they become available. The current
rumor circulating is that the show will return as a mini-series
of approximately 6 episodes. And now back to our regularly scheduled
November 2003 - Thought I'd check in to give a quick assessment
of where we currently stand with saving Farscape. The rumor mills
are busy churning all kinds of stories, most of which are probably
not true. While we all want the show to return, I wouldn't put much
faith in some of the stories floating around.
the most recent rumor involves someone who knows someone who thinks
the Farscape set is being moved somewhere. While it is possible
that whatever is left of the set may very well be moving, it would
seem unlikely that the transfer is occurring for any reason we would
find interesting. See, if Henson does give the green light to produce
a fifth season, or mini-series, or movie or whatever, I doubt they
will keep it a secret from everyone. You can bet we will hear about
Farscape's return long before anyone gets around to moving set pieces.
now, the most credible news suggest the show may come back as a
mini-series. One thing is for sure, the show won't return for at
least a year. So, I suggest you snuggle up to some good fiction,
play a few vids, and prepare for a lengthy wait. Of course, the
moment we hear something definite, the Farscape interest community,
including Farscape Fantasy, will be buzzing with excitement. Stay
11 May 2003
CBS Marketwatch: Henson Family Swoops in for Muppets.
There is still the end of this story that needs to be told,"
said Brian Henson, who is looking at a TV special and TV movie to
continue the franchise.
has a very interesting
story about the Henson family buying The Jim Henson Company,
and a few hints as to the future of Farscape. This is a must read.
7 May 2003 -
Reuters news service is
reporting this morning that the Henson family, headed up by
Brian and Lisa Henson, is buying back The Jim Henson Co. from German
media conglomerate EM TV. Assets in the sale include intellectual
property, including Farscape. Why is this a big deal?
One of the most
frustrating aspects of the Farscape debacle, is that the show is
financially feasible in the long term. Broadcast rights, DVD sales,
reruns and merchandising all make another 22-episode season a good
investment. However, whoever invests in the show will have to wait
years to see a return on their investment. The problem is that EM
TV is broke and can not take a loss funding a fifth Farscape season.
And the people who own Sci-Fi are broke, so they can't take a loss
broadcasting Farscape. That is what we call an impasse - nobody
can make the moves necessary to bring back Farscape. That impasse
has been broken, though the impact on Farscape is unknown, at least
my estimate that the difference between what Sci Fi had originally
agreed to pay for a fifth season and what they offered last September
is about $4 - 5 million dollars. That's a lot of money for most
people, but in the entertainment business it's chump change.
One would hope
that the Henson's can arrange the funding for Farscape. It's in
their best interest to do so, if only they have the financial means
to pull it off. According to Reuters, the Hensons paid $89 million
for the company, but didn't say how much in debt they went to make
the purchase. If the Hensons, through private investors and their
own money, made the purchase relatively debt-free, they can probably
find the financing for more Farscape. As I stated earlier, it could
be a good long term investment. Farscape back on the air in 2004?
Who knows? What I do know is that this is the best news we've had
in a long time. I'll keep you posted with news as it happens.
23 April 2003
this isn't quite the latest information, but a Scaper way down there
in OZ just sent me a tape with some interesting Farscape interviews
on it. Did you miss Channel Ten's news report of Farscape's cancellation
last September? I'm guessing you did, so here's your chance to read
the transcript and / or download the clip and see how the news was
broken to Aussie Scapers. It's interesting, including brief clips
of Ben, David Kemper, the cast learning of the cancellation and
of the set being dismantled. Download
the clips / read transcript >>
Here are the
Sci Fi Channel ratings for the three episodes broadcast in the US:
* Each rating
point represents approximately 1 million people.
Did you have
a chance to view the new fan-produced commercial that aired during
the Farcape broadcast? View images, the transcript and download
the video from here >>
There is a movement
to help fund Farscape's fifth season. To learn more click
7 January 2003
Guide has an interesting interview
with Bonnie Hammer, The Sci-Fi Channel's president. She discusses
Farscape and details why her network decided to cancel the show.
6 January 2003
Okay Scapers, new episodes in the US are right around the corner,
which means we will soon know if all your hard work pays off with
saving the show. Farscape needs strong ratings for the final eleven
episodes if there's to be any chance of reviving the fifth season.
I have a feeling the show will earn its best ratings in a long time
for the following reasons:
1. The Promos
Sci Fi has been running lately are short and contaminated with clips
from Stargate SG-1, but at least people are watching them. Sci Fi
played Farscape/Stargate SG-1 ads during its much ballyhooed broadcast
of Taken, a show that earned solid ratings and may have put Sci
Fi on the map for allot of US viewers. Exposing Farscape to millions
of people who may never have heard of it before can't hurt.
2. The Save
Farscape Campaign has gotten a lot of press, thanks to the hard
work of some very persistent Scapers. CNN, TV Guide and many local
papers have all mentioned the campaign. Interestingly, the campaign
has succeeded at infiltrating the common culture a bit. I've noticed
comments about Save Farscape in Apple Computer ads, video trade
magazines and other places that wouldn't seem to have any connection
to the show. You are making an impression, Scapers!
has generally earned solid ratings in January, which is good. Also,
the new time-slot, 7 PM Central, is going to help. I believe Sci
Fi is going to try something different this year. Instead of broadcasting
four episodes in January, then waiting until March to show more
new episodes, we are probably going to see the final eleven episodes
without interruption. If this is the case, whatever momentum the
show produces will not be lost by an ill-timed hiatus, which is
what happened last year.
This late in
the game, is there anything else we can do to promote the show?
Spread the word, tell your friends, family, coworkers, fellow students,
the guy on the street corner, the lady working the cash register,
etc... We have to generate some excitement for the show. If people
are curious as to why so many people are fanatic about Farscape
they may take the time to catch an episode or two.
episodes start this Friday, 10th January 2003
7 PM Central | 8 PM Eastern & Pacific
4.12 Kansas was broadcast in the UK December
30 and has earned generally strong reviews. Now is the time for
people new to the show to watch.
That's all I
can think of right now. Let's hope all the hard work pays off with
higher ratings and a chance for the show to complete its story the
way it is meant to. Thanks for all of your hard work and long live
a quick note regarding fan funding of the Save Farscape Project.
As you may already know, the Save
Farscape site has been raising money to fund Farscape awareness
projects in the US. To date, the fund has raised over $9,000 - not
pledges, but real cash. I suspect many people have a concern (myself
included) with the idea of sending money to a fan site with seemingly
no control over how the money is spent. The folks over at Save Farscape
have been completely upfront with the accounting of the fund, along
with how it is to be spent. As of right now, the Farscape Webmasters
Association votes on how the fund is to be spent. Recently, we voted
to invest around $800 for radio advertising in the Seattle area.
Based on 12 years experience in my own business, I believe the free
publicity generated by fans buying airtime for their favorite show
makes the $800 well spent.
avoid the appearance of impropriety, three "stampers"
now supervise how the fund is spent. Chosen by their peers based
on their reputation in the Scaper community, here are the three
- webmaster of Save Farscape and the general organizer of the Internet's
largest Save Farscape organization.
Moure - webmaster of Farscape World - a person whose dedication
to Farscape is exemplified by the hard work and attention to detail
he puts into his site.
- webmaster of this site.
I don't normally send money to people I have never met, I do feel
comfortable with the people behind the Save Farscape project and
their strategy for promoting Farscape. More information on the fund
can be found here
you wish to make a donation to the Save Farscape project, known
as the Beyond Hope Fund, the button is below:
Where we stand right now.
gotten a number of emails asking why Farscape has been cancelled
and what is wrong with The Sci Fi Channel. Frankly, I have no inside
information, nor am I an expert on the entertainment industry. However,
there are some unfortunate facts that are publicly known. Basically,
show was done in by money, or the lack of it. Here's a quick run-down:
Henson Co spends around US$1,400,000 to produce each episode. The
Sci-Fi Channel paid Henson around $700,000 per episode, which is
about half of the production cost. Other broadcasters, most notably
the BBC, pay enough to cover much of the remaining production cost.
It is likely Henson lost some money on each Farscape episode it
produced. Losing money producing a show is common; the profit is
in years of syndication.
Farscape's lower ratings, The Sci-Fi Channel is unable to sell advertising
to cover their investment in Farscape and is either unwilling or
unable to lose money broadcasting the show. See, The Sci-Fi Channel
is owned by a company called Vivendi, which happens to be in very
bad financial condition. Vivendi recently announced major layoffs,
so it's understandable that they aren't in the mood to lose money
broadcasting Farscape. According to reports, The Sci-Fi Channel
is willing to broadcast a fifth season of the show, but not at 700
grand an episode.
normal conditions, The Henson Company would probably accept Sci-Fi's
lower offer, even if it meant losing 2 or 3 million dollars producing
the fifth season. As I mentioned earlier, syndication is where the
real money is and Farscape's chances of long term financial success
is helped greatly by having another 22 episodes in the "can."
The problem is that Henson doesn't have the money to lose. Henson
is owned by a German entertainment conglomerate called EM TV. EM
TV is currently in bankruptcy protection, so they aren't willing
or able to lose money producing the fifth season, even if it is
a good long term investment.
there we are. What can we do about this situation? Farscape's chances
of being picked up by Sci-Fi or another network rest on two possibilities:
One: The Big 2.0
Farscape's ratings this past summer were kind of disappointing for
Sci-Fi. From what I recall, the show got a respectable 1.6 to start,
earned around 1.2 for most of the season, and ended with a 1.5.
To sell the show back to Sci-Fi or another network, Henson must
prove Farscape can attract and keep a solid audience. Somewhere
around a 2.0 rating would be nice. The problem is that most people
in the US have never heard of Farscape, so they have no idea the
show even exists. That is where we come in. There is a movement
within the Scaper community to make people aware of the show when
it returns with new episodes in January. Rallies, ads in trade publications
and newspapers, free publicity and media kits are a few of the tools
at our disposal. To learn more about what you can do to help Farscape
I suggest visiting www.savefarscape.com.
Two: The White Knight
Do you have an extra 3 or 4 million dollars laying around? If so,
Henson would like to talk to you. Better yet, a spare 150 million
will buy you the entire Henson Co. Think I'm being a smart-ass?
I'm not. In fact, this scenario is Farscape's best chance of coming
back, and it might already be happening. As you know, EM TV is broke
and would like to dump Henson. Henson would love to be owned by
either by a group of independent investors or a well-healed entertainment
co. With cash in hand, I truly believe Henson would strike a deal
with Sci-Fi and produce the show at a short term loss. There are
reports that Haim Saban (a very rich dude) is interested in buying
Henson. If this happens, Farscape could be back in time for summer.
Even if Henson isn't sold outright, there is one more possibility.
Farscape's producers are probably looking for another investor willing
to commit a few million dollars to complete the fifth season. Remember,
all Henson has to cover is the difference between the amount of
money they thought Sci Fi would have paid for a fifth season and
what Sci-Fi offered. I don't know for sure, but 3 - 5 million dollars
should be enough. Keep your fingers crossed.
post further developments here as they become publicly available.
last night's chat with David Kemper and Richard Manning (Farscape
producers) went about as expected. In other words, a bit depressing.
The good news is that we have a plan to save Farscape.
I'm writing this, the Moya sets in Australia are being dismantled,
which is not as horrible as it sounds. The most expensive elements
of the set, such as the Pilot puppet, have been placed in storage.
Everything else can be rebuilt, should it become necessary to do
this point, fans of the show have made their displeasure of Sci-Fi's
actions known around the world. Too bad the show wasn't cancelled
two months ago, it might have been revived by now. Here's what I
mean. Farscape is a show that only a very small percentage of America's
population has ever heard of. However, following the shocking news
of the show's cancellation, fans everywhere have been making noise,
and getting the attention of media outlets from all over. Farscape
has gotten more publicity in the last two weeks than it has in the
last four years combined. Right now there are people all over the
US who are wondering what Farscape is and why so many are people
are upset at its demise. I suspect people are checking out the Sci-Fi
channel to learn for themselves what the big deal is and finding...crap.
No Farscape. If this was July, potential views could decide for
themselves if the show is fun for them. If nothing else, the ratings
would have gone up at least a little.
it stands right now, we must wait until January to convince America,
or at least a little more of it, that Farscape is a show worth watching.
That's where we come in. Last night in chat, David Kemper said he
didn't want Scapers to burn themselves out pushing for Farscape.
Timing is everything and Farscape's time is next year. I suggest
waiting until December before pushing the show again. Letters, faxes,
and emails may have more impact if the show is actually on TV. Also,
convincing friends and family to watch will help much. If you can
afford it, giving Farscape DVDs as gifts may be a way to spread
the word. We shouldn't give up, just change our tactics.
another note, last night I got an email
from a scaper upset over his perception that I lack interest in
saving Farscape. I decided to post my response
to this site because others may be thinking the same thing. Basically,
Farscape Fantasy hasn't gone hog-wild over the whole save Farscape
campaign for a number of reasons, which are explained in my reply.
I would like to make something very clear, I love Farscape and believe
it will return in some form some day. I also believe what Scapers
have done to save the show in the last two weeks is amazing and
the effort is not wasted. Remember what Zhaan said to Crichton near
the end of 1.03 Exodus From Genesis?
"Time and patience"
Crichton, "Time and patience. Is that your answer for everything?"
Zhaan, "Yes, because it's always the right answer."
may be good advise for scapers right now.
your love of Farscape
links listed above are great for getting save-Farscape info. However,
if you wish to inspire scapers by creative means, you have already
found the best place to do so. Share with
us your Save-Farscape inspired art, images, music videos, stories,
etc. Time is of the essence, thus I will ignore the usual update
schedule and post your work here ASAP.
of the original announcement | Fan
Art Gallery | Music Videos
| Ben's CNN interview
more information, here is a list of the best Save Farscape resources
I have found so far:
- Unofficial home to saving Farscape - a huge site.
- brought to you by Karlsweb - tons of stuff here.
World - UK based site at the center of the save-Farscape storm.
- Lots of info, including downloads of the CNN Farscape reports
Here to view one online petition.
Here to view another online petition.
you want to help fund Farscape's fifth season, please make a pledge