Image Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images/ Joe Scarnici/FilmMagicAmong the shows on Syfy’s development slate are two tongue-in-cheek half-hour comedies starring Hercules‘ Kevin Sorbo and The Six Million Dollar Man‘s Lee Majors, which could seem out of left field if you haven’t seen how good Sorbo looks recently or Majors’ recent guest spots on shows like Community (watch that one below). The seven scripted series in the works:
Me and Lee: “A down-on-his-luck 20-something undergoes back surgery, only to find that the procedure did not go well. Enter Lee Majors, who claims he has the perfect solution. He entices the young man into his ultra high-tech lab and makes him bionic. Now intrinsically bound together, Majors tries helping his new partner get his life back on track.” If this sounds familiar, that’s because it was a pilot at Fox in 2007.
Legendary: “Kevin Sorbo plays an exaggerated version of himself… a former syndicated television series star. When a fan approaches Sorbo to enlist his skills in combating the underworld mythological creatures that threaten to destroy Los Angeles, an unlikely partnership is formed. Together, they use their intimate knowledge of the myths of Hercules to defeat a myriad of beasts.” If this is as funny as Galaxy Quest — which was really funny — it could be promising.
Ball & Chain: “After months of emotional tumult, Edgar and Mallory call their relationship quits. As they say their final goodbyes, the ex-lovers are nearly hit by a meteorite that, it turns out, imbues them with extraordinary powers. Unfortunately, the powers only work when they are in close proximity to each other. Though the last thing they want to do is stay together, they’ll need to try if they hope to overcome the newly arrived other-worldly forces that threaten to destroy them and anyone else who gets in the way.” In my alternate universe, this would star Spaced‘s Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes.
Orion: “National Treasure meets Firefly in this swashbuckling space opera about an adventurous female relic hunter and her team as they hunt down — and sometimes steal — valuable and powerful objects to sell on the black market, all while staying one step ahead of the bounty hunters hot on their heels.” Sexy badass female = good. Firefly reference = good. National Treasure reference…
Sherwood: “In this ‘Robin Hood’ story for the 23rd century, a young man of privilege teams up with a misfit spaceship crew to right the wrongs of his family.” This could have used a Firefly reference. Right now, I’m just wondering what he’ll be wearing.
Human Relations: “The Office meets Men in Black in this project featuring an office Temp who slowly discovers that his off-kilter and odd-ball bosses at the strange hi-tech ‘ad agency’ where he works are really aliens working on a plan to destroy the Earth.” If upper management was The Kids in the Hall, I would be into this.
Zeros: “When the zombie population of Marshall City overcomes the 30-foot barrier separating the infected people from the rest of the city, the Zombie Extermination and Removal Operations company (the Zeros) are called in to keep the peace. When they can get out of their own way long enough to focus on a case, they are pretty effective with very unorthodox methods.” Zombies will be hot with AMC’s Walking Dead, which is a plus for this satire. But it’ll be tough to top Shaun of the Dead in that genre.
Which shows are you rooting for?