17th July 2007 - Surprise! The "universe" of Farscape is making a return, this time as a web feature - 10 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...

'Farscape's' unlikely but welcome return by Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune

The "Farscape" franchise will live on as a live-action Web series. Post-Gazette.com Arts & Entertainment

Original press release from the Sci Fi Channel: Farscape Revived on SciFi.com SCI FI Channel will revive its popular original show Farscape as a Web-based series of short films on SCIFI.COM's SCI FI Pulse broadband network, part of a slate of new original online programming.
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

To Be Continued...Peacekeeper War on Sci-Fi later this year!

It's official: the Sci Fi Wire is reporting [link]:

SCI 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.

Farscape 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.

TV Guide [link]has more:

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 the year.

Farscape Fantasy is monitoring the situation and will post information as quickly as possible.
More Farscape news as it becomes available. Other Farscape news>>

14 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...

13 NOVEMBER 2003
10:20 AM DALLAS TIME (GMT - 6)
TV GUIDE IS REPORTING THE FOLLOWING:

That 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.)

Farscape 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 programming...

 

9 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.

Perhaps 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.

Right 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 tuned.

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.

CBS Marketwatch 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 by Dallascaper.


It's 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 -

Okay, 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:

Date

Episode Ratings* 7 PM / 11 PM
10 January 4.12 Kansas 1.4 / .8
17 January 4.13 Terra Firma 1.0 / .8
24 January 4.14 Twice Shy 1.3 / .6
31 January 4.15 Mental as Anything 1.0 / .4
7 February 4.16 Bringing Home the Beacon 1.3 / .6
14 February 4.17 A Constellation of Doubt 1.0 / .7
21 February 4.18 Prayer 1.1 / .6
28 February 4.19 We're So Screwed, part 1

1.0 / .7

7 March 4.20 We're So Screwed, part 2 1.2 / .9
14 March 4.21 We're So Screwed, part 3 1.2 / .8
21 March 4.22 Bad Timing 1.4 / 1.0

* 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 here >>

7 January 2003

TV 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

Crunch Time. 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!

3. Farscape 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.

New 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 Farscape!

Dallascaper

3 November 2002

Hello Scapers,

Just 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.

To 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 stampers:

Deneba - webmaster of Save Farscape and the general organizer of the Internet's largest Save Farscape organization.

Dani 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.

Dallascaper - webmaster of this site.

Though 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 >>

If you wish to make a donation to the Save Farscape project, known as the Beyond Hope Fund, the button is below:

 

14 October 2002

Re: Where we stand right now.

Hello Scapers,

I've 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:

The 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.

Citing 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.

Under 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.

So 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:

Scenario 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.

Scenario 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.

I'll post further developments here as they become publicly available.

20 September 2002

Hello Scapers,

Well, 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.

As 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 so.

At 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.

As 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.

On 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?

Zhaan, "Time and patience"
Crichton, "Time and patience. Is that your answer for everything?"
Zhaan, "Yes, because it's always the right answer."

That may be good advise for scapers right now.

 

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The 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.

 

Transcript of the original announcement | Fan Art Gallery | Music Videos | Ben's CNN interview

 

 

 

For more information, here is a list of the best Save Farscape resources I have found so far:

savefarscape.com - Unofficial home to saving Farscape - a huge site.


NewScape - brought to you by Karlsweb - tons of stuff here.


Farscape World - UK based site at the center of the save-Farscape storm.


Farscape-one - Lots of info, including downloads of the CNN Farscape reports (must see)

Click Here to view one online petition.
Click Here to view another online petition.

If you want to help fund Farscape's fifth season, please make a pledge here >>

 
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