‘Anything Is Possible’ Says ‘Virtuality’ Creator Moore

Jun 11, 2009  •  Post A Comment


Fox is taking a wait and see approach with the two-hour pilot movie "Virtuality," airing June 26.

virtuality.jpgWhile co-creator Ronald D. Moore said it doesn’t look like the project is going to series, he cautioned, "Never say never."

"They [Fox] haven’t picked it up to date. Their attitude, I think, is kind of wait and see. They want to see what the reaction is going to be," Moore said in a conference call. "I think right now it doesn’t look like it’s going to series, but if enough people watched and enough people got excited about it, anything is possible."

If the pilot, which doesn’t completely resolve itself in two hours, is not picked up for series, Moore said it could continue in another medium, such as comic book form or as another TV movie.

"We’ve talked about all those possibilities. It depends on where we go after the broadcast," he added. "Sometimes these things have a bigger life that blossoms a few weeks after the broadcast."

But with dense, sci-fi shows like “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” getting canceled and “Dollhouse” just barely earning a surprise renewal, “Virtuality’s” situation seems even more precarious. Moore, who was able to juggle “Virtuality” with cable sci-fi shows “Battlestar Galactica” and “Caprica” thanks to the proximity of their Vancouver sets, expressed concern over the state of network television and reinforced the need for patience on the network’s side.

“I think it’s a difficult time for the networks in general. Everybody in the business has a sense that television is changing right underneath our feet,” he said. “While we all say we’re going to be ahead of the curve, nobody has an idea of what it’s changing to. That sort of anxiety and lack of knowledge of where we’re going contributes to an atmosphere of panic and of fear.”

Moore thinks that panic is to blame for many shows getting pulled from the airwaves far too quickly. He pointed out that many of TV’s most successful shows started out on uncertain ground, singling out “Seinfeld” as an example of a show that eventually went on to become both extremely lucrative and a critical favorite after a rocky start.

“There’s certainly a strong argument for having patience and faith and trusting your audience and trusting your instincts and going with programming,” Moore said. “Unfortunately, we’re in an atmosphere where everyone is just afraid and everyone’ really worried what’s going to happen next week. I would not want to be in charge of one of these networks because it would be really hard to know how I’m supposed to program this thing.”

Fox executives faced similar fears when they screened “Virtuality’s” complex and multi-layered two-hour pilot, which was filmed for last fall’s development slate.

The sci-fi thriller stars an ensemble of twelve actors, including Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Joy Bryant and Clea Duvall, as astronauts on a 10-year journey to a distant solar system in order to save Earth. In their downtime, the crew enjoy virtual reality modules to pass the time, but a bug develops in the system. They’re also being filmed for a reality show airing back on Earth.

The initial reaction from Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly was positive, but there were doubts about how it would play on TV.

“He said, ‘Wow. If this was just a movie, I would say ship it right now. It’s fantastic, but it’s a pilot for Fox,’” Moore recounted.

The pilot was recut by director Peter Berg into a one-hour version at the request of Reilly, but the creative team and network didn’t feel like it was the best version of the show and decided to just air the original two-hour pilot on June 26.

Now, Moore is left waiting to see what the future holds for “Virtuality.”

Regardless of its fate, the show will have a life outside the TV screen. Webisodes from "Edge of Never," the reality show within "Virtuality," will be put up on the show’s Facebook page. Although he started out as a “skeptic/hater” of the genre, Moore decided to include the reality show within the show because of the dominance of reality TV in our popular culture. He now lists “Deadliest Catch,” “Project Runway” and “Top Chef” among his favorite reality shows.

66 Comments

  1. I wasn’t sure if this was a movie or a pilot for an upcoming series. As a movie, it was great. It started a little slow for me, but after the first 1/4, I was totally hooked. And by the end, I was sitting forward in my chair. I was like, “What’s going on?”, “What’s gonna happen next?”. When it ended, I thought something was wrong with my channel. I was so mad. It can’t possibly end like that. If you turn it into a series, I would watch to see what happens. At the same time, I have to be honest and say, that if it comes on at the same time as something I’m already attached to, I probably wouldn’t make Virtuality a priority. Having said that, I wouldn’t miss a movie wrapping things up. An explanation of things, if you will. Sincerely, Jamie Miller

  2. There is obviously a lot to know about this, I think you made some good points in Features also.

  3. After seeing this i decided to give it a try to this TV Show. I`m already on and it looks great. Thanks a lot admin ! I might visit your blog in the future to find out news about this.

  4. Nice Blog ! Found it on yahoo.It seems that you`re doing a great job… I`m going to save this to my bookmarks…

  5. Thank you for a great post

  6. Thank you for a great post

  7. Wonderful to read!

  8. I’ll gear this review to 2 types of people: current Zune owners who are considering an upgrade, and people trying to decide between a Zune and an iPod. (There are other players worth considering out there, like the Sony Walkman X, but I hope this gives you enough info to make an informed decision of the Zune vs players other than the iPod line as well.)

  9. Good post, thanks

  10. I have seen alot of blogs but i really like the layout of yours keep up the good work my freind will be back i will.

  11. I will definatly be putting this post in my favorites great post very informative post thank you for the share.

  12. Thanks for your visiting this http://www.hello-free.com/freebies online Free WebSite.

  13. Thanks for your visiting this http://www.hello-free.com/freebies online Free WebSite.

  14. Thanks for your visiting this http://www.hello-free.com/freebies online Free WebSite.

  15. You you should make changes to the post subject ‘Anything Is Possible’ Says ‘Virtuality’ Creator Moore : In Depth : TVWeek – Television Industry news, TV ratings, analysis, celebrity event photos to more generic for your content you make. I loved the blog post however.

  16. Love all the opinions expressed here! How is everyone? Love how everyone expresses whatr they feel :)

  17. Know whether the site is opened too late.

  18. Interesting layout on your blog. I really enjoyed reading it and also I will be back to read more in the future.

  19. What kind of matter really, thank you for sharing, we have a common interest.

  20. I added Google Reader to your site when I have spare time try to follow.

  21. I really like the colors here on your blog. did you design this yourself or did you outsource it to a professional?

  22. One of the best posts on the subject I have read – so thanks.

  23. Nothing better than Google finding you a good site related to what I was searching for.

  24. Way to focus and straight to your point, i love it. Keep up the work people. Dont let anyone stop us bloggers.

  25. Kudos to you! This is a really good blog here and I love your style of writing. How did you get so good at blogging?

  26. I added Google Reader to your site when I have spare time try to follow.

  27. En güzel erotik filmler burada.

  28. This is the best blog I’ve ever seen in my life! I really appreciate you taking the time out of your busy day to share your this with everyone.

  29. I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you create this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz reply back as I’m looking to create my own blog and would like to know wheere u got this from. thanks

  30. Hey I really thought about the post , good info, Is RSS still not working. . .? or is it my browser. Well, thanks again.
    http://www.facebooknuke.info – Make Money With Your Facebook Account – Hey, it Works!

  31. Great blog!! You should start many more. I love all the info provided. I will stay tuned :)

  32. This is great news! Looking forward to see more.

  33. Love all the opinions expressed here! How is everyone? Love how everyone expresses whatr they feel :)

  34. Great wordpress blog here.. It’s hard to find quality writing like yours these days. I really appreciate people like you! take care and see you soon

  35. Keep focusing on your blog. I love how we can all express our feelings. This is an extremely nice blog here :)

  36. I really like the colors here on your blog. did you design this yourself or did you outsource it to a professional?

  37. acqc234fvwevwevew

  38. I like that! Also check out http://www.kmusikonline.com

  39. I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you create this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz reply back as I’m looking to create my own blog and would like to know wheere u got this from. thanks

  40. Interesting layout on your blog. I really enjoyed reading it and also I will be back to read more in the future.

  41. I agree with your thoughts here and I really love your blog! I’ve bookmarked it so that I can come back & read more in the future.

  42. Nice!! Great Ifo. Great People. Great Blog. Thank you for all the great sharing that is being done here.

  43. I love the way you write and also the theme on your blog. Did you code this yourself or was it done by a professional? I’m very very impressed.

  44. Interesting thoughts here. I appreciate you taking the time to share them with us all. It’s people like you that make my day :)

  45. Neat blog layout! Very easy on the eyes.. i like the colors you picked out

  46. Excellent information once again! I am looking forward for more updates!

  47. I really like the colors here on your blog. did you design this yourself or did you outsource it to a professional?

  48. Awesome information once again! Thumbs up:)

  49. Hands down, Apple’s app store wins by a mile. It’s a huge selection of all sorts of apps vs a rather sad selection of a handful for Zune. Microsoft has plans, especially in the realm of games, but I’m not sure I’d want to bet on the future if this aspect is important to you. The iPod is a much better choice in that case.

  50. Hands down, Apple’s app store wins by a mile. It’s a huge selection of all sorts of apps vs a rather sad selection of a handful for Zune. Microsoft has plans, especially in the realm of games, but I’m not sure I’d want to bet on the future if this aspect is important to you. The iPod is a much better choice in that case.

  51. Hands down, Apple’s app store wins by a mile. It’s a huge selection of all sorts of apps vs a rather sad selection of a handful for Zune. Microsoft has plans, especially in the realm of games, but I’m not sure I’d want to bet on the future if this aspect is important to you. The iPod is a much better choice in that case.

  52. Hands down, Apple’s app store wins by a mile. It’s a huge selection of all sorts of apps vs a rather sad selection of a handful for Zune. Microsoft has plans, especially in the realm of games, but I’m not sure I’d want to bet on the future if this aspect is important to you. The iPod is a much better choice in that case.

  53. I’ll gear this review to 2 types of people: current Zune owners who are considering an upgrade, and people trying to decide between a Zune and an iPod. (There are other players worth considering out there, like the Sony Walkman X, but I hope this gives you enough info to make an informed decision of the Zune vs players other than the iPod line as well.)

  54. I’ll gear this review to 2 types of people: current Zune owners who are considering an upgrade, and people trying to decide between a Zune and an iPod. (There are other players worth considering out there, like the Sony Walkman X, but I hope this gives you enough info to make an informed decision of the Zune vs players other than the iPod line as well.)

  55. Hey I actually like your ideas very much. I noticed your blog on Opera and I am confident you will get many visitors.

  56. Thanks for your insight for the great written piece. I am glad I have taken the time to read this.

  57. I would like to start my own blog one day. This was a really nice blog that you made here. Keep up the success :P

  58. Hey how are you doing? I just wanted to stop by and say that it’s been a pleasure reading your blog. I have bookmarked your website so that I can come back & read more in the future as well. plz do keep up the quality writing

  59. I like your blog!Just keep on doing so.Greetings.

  60. Thanks alot for the post !

  61. Good to be visiting your blog again, it has been weeks for me. Well this is the article that I’ve been waiting for so long. As a roofing contractor I would say this is very informative post and I like your post. Regards, excellent share.
    best
    Vancouver Roofing Company

  62. Took me moment to look at each and every one of the comments, other than I in fact loved the commentary. It proved being in truth helpful to me plus I am positive to each and every one the commenters here! It’s usually kind whenever you be able to not just be informed, but in addition entertained! I am constructive you had satisfying writing this write-up.

  63. I typically don’t respond lying on internet sites but you have some high-quality comprehensible material.

  64. Hi there could I use some of the content from th is blog site if I give a hyperlink again for your internet site?

Your Comment

Email (will not be published)