Ok, let me get this out of the way first. Firefly was the best new show of 2002's season on Fox or any other channel. It may have been the best piece of televised genre fiction in a decade. Though, it appears not many viewers agreed with me on that point, and certainly even fewer television executives. SciFi.com is reporting that several television networks have turned down Joss Whedon's bid to resurrect Firefly after Fox cancelled the show last December and replaced it with Fastlane. Those networks passing on the offer include all three major networks, UPN, and the SciFi channel. Click on the read more button for additional information.
Christopher Buchanan, president of Josh Whedon's production company, Mutant Enemy, is quoted as saying the following:
"We've explored some of the networks and haven't really made a lot of progress," Buchanan said at UPN's winter press preview. Why? "The cost of the show, the timing, the fact that we didn't finish a full season and have other networks out there figuring out what they have in terms of pilots, what they have in terms of their own series cancellations. Timing is just horrible."
While there seems to be little life left for the ailing series, Whedon is determined. Still planning talks with cable networks, and considering a significant cut to each episode's two million dollar budget, Mutant Enemy has not given up all hope. Even offering (threatening?) to move the endeavor to Canada if need be, it seems clear to me that these guys will do anything to keep Firefly flying.