Syfy Tries a Comedy?

Syfy (that's the re-imagined name of the Sci-Fi network, for those of you scoring at home) is looking at a possible half-hour comedy. According to, they've narrowed it down to three possible pilots.

1) In the Dark

In the Dark follows a misfit group of third-tier ghost hunters whose misguided efforts tend to highlight their incompetence rather than paranormal activity. From Universal Cable Prods., In the Dark is being written by Michael Davidoff and Bill Rosenthal, who are exec producing with Dan Taberski through Idiot Box Prods.

So... it's basically going to be Ghostbusters sans Egon? I love the concept of having an alternate universe where ghost hunters are totally legit, so that a bogus group of f*ck-ups looks hilarious by contrast.

"Hey, Jimbo, did you accidently release the containment field again?"

"No, but I started brewing coffee, it should be ready soon. BTW, whose decision was it to put the new coffee-maker right next to the C.F. interface? We should move that, it could cause accidents..."

*Ghostly starbucks employee materializes, pleading:*
"Sir, I don't set the prices, and I don't know why they call it venti! Sir, put the gun away, please!"



2) Three Inches

In Three Inches, professional daydreamer and underachiever Walter Spackman is struck by lightning and develops a unique "super" power -- the ability to move any object using just his mind ... but only a distance of three inches. He's soon immersed in a world of extraordinarily ordinary people like himself. Three Inches was one of two drama pilots about ordinary people with powers along with Alphas. When Syfy in December opted to pick up Alphas to series, it put Three Inches in redevelopment as a half-hour. The project's studio, Fox TV Studios, extended the cast's options until June. Harley Peyton is the writer/exec producer. Bob Cooper is exec producing through Landscape Entertainment.

For some reason, this reminds me of that Family Guy where everybody gets powers and Meg's is that her finger-nails can grow kinda quickly.

"Sir, do you know how fast you were going?"

"No, officer, how fast was I going?" *Walter squints a little bit and the cop's gear shifts into reverse, the car starts slowly rolling down the hill.*

"Dammit! My CAR!!!!!"
*Cop runs after his squad-car and show does not get picked up for a full season.*


3) Me and Lee

Me and Lee, once produced as a pilot for Fox, is about a down-on-his-luck twentysomething who goes in for back surgery, but the procedure doesn’t go well. Enter Lee Majors, who entices the young man into his ultra high-tech lab and makes him bionic. Majors becomes the unlikeliest of mentors helping the young man get his life back together. Weeds creator Jenji Kohan exec produces Me and Lee with the project's writer Matthew Salzberg, Allan Loeb and Steven Pearl. Lionsgate TV is producing.

Lee Majors, the original Six Million Dollar Man has graduated to crazy scientist, and will create his own six million dollar man (the price will be about the same because the inexpensiveness of semiconductors has been neutralized by inflation). Not a bad Syfy type show, but they're gonna make it a COMEDY?

"Lee... I need help..."

"How could you be calling at this hour??-- oh, I see... Just stir a crushed up viagra into a Redbull and hum Final Countdown. Make sure you wrap it in tin foil because latex won't be strong enough for THIS go-go Gadget!"


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