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Here's the lineup for Masters of Science Fiction

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 28th 2007 11:01AM

Terry O'QuinnRich told you a year ago about ABC's new anthology series Masters of Science Fiction. It starts on Saturday, August 4 at 8pm. This is great news. We need an anthology series like this, even if it's just a series of specials and not a permanent weekly show.

There will be four episodes altogether, at least for this first go around. I'm sure ABC will make more if there's an audience for it. There are some great names involved, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Keith will be reviewing the show starting August 4. Full schedule and details after the jump.

  • August 4: "A Clean Escape." Judy Davis stars as a psychiatrist who tries to help Sam Waterston recover his memory. Written by Sam Egan (from the John Kessel short story) and directed by Mark Rydell.

  • August 11: "The Awakening." Lost's Terry O'Quinn and Law and Order's Elizabeth Rohm star in this episode about soldiers finding an injured non-human in Iraq. Written and directed by Michael Petroni (based on a short story by Howard Fast).

  • August 18: "Jerry Was A Wise Man." Malcolm McDowell and Men In Trees star Anne Heche star as a rich couple who buy an anthropoid named Jerry. Not really sure what an anthropoid is, but it's written and directed by Michael Tolkein (from a Robert Heinlein short story).

  • August 25: "The Discarded." Brian Dennehy and Desperate Housewives star James Denton star in this story about minorities ordered to drift forever in outer space. Written by Harlan Ellison and directed by Star Trek's Jonathan Frakes.

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The Last Melon

I just saw the first episode of this - it's excellent, or at least the first episode is. The ending left me in some confusion, but it overall had me sitting at the edge of my seat (not literally), wondering what would happen next. Sam Waterston (thought he looked familiar; since I don't watch that much Law & Order, it wasn't instant recognition and I had to look him up) was excellent, as was Judy Davis.

August 05 2007 at 2:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So, I'm missing the "Masters" part of this. Can't we spring to get Joss or JJ to do an ep?

July 29 2007 at 10:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The web site lists two more episodes, watch bird and little brother, which don‘t have air dates.

This really is a shame; we really need a good anthology show. Given Masters of Horror, with exception of two or three episodes, was god awful, but that was because they placed too much importance on comedy and social commentary, then straight out horror.

Personal I want a new Twilight Zone, Monsters, Darkside or Crypt.

July 28 2007 at 12:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This show has been collecting dust on ABC's shelf for quite some time, and the head of ABC programming recently said they were burning the episodes off now because they were disappointed with the uneven quality of the episodes. Doesn't sound like there's much chance for a reprieve - but who would have thought JERICHO would would return from the ashes?

July 28 2007 at 12:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hmm... I wonder if there will be more episodes. It's on Saturday Night, in the summer. I'm sure it will be a hit! :)

July 28 2007 at 11:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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