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James Marsters Returns to TV on New Syfy Series 'Three Inches'

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 24th 2010 2:30PM
James MarstersJames Marsters will finally get to play one of the good guys.

According to DigitalSpy.com, Marsters, best known to 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' fans as evil vamp Spike, announced that he will play Troy, leader of a gang of superheroes with substandard powers, in Syfy's new series 'Three Inches.' The project was previously announced in March with the pick-up of a 90-minute pilot episode from 'Twin Peaks' writer Harley Peyton.

In a March press release, Syfy Executive Vice President of Development Mark Stern said, "'Three Inches' is a fun, smart, offbeat spin on the superhero genre. It introduces a new group of crime fighters who possess some imaginative -- if not all that super -- powers."

The show revolves around a man named Walter who gets struck by lightning and finds he can move objects with his mind -- but he can only move them three inches. He is then recruited into a superhero gang full of people with similarly lackluster powers. Marsters' character, Troy, is the gang leader. His power(s) have yet to be revealed.

Marsters' cred as a crime fighter will be complicated, considering he has a history of playing troublemakers rather than authority figures. As Spike on 'Buffy,' he was ostensibly a bad guy but really more of a schemer and a pest than truly evil. As Captain Jack's ex, Captain John Hart, on 'Torchwood,' he caused problems for the team when he tried to get back together with his former flame. Marsters has also played Brainiac on 'Smallville' and religious fanatic Barnabas Greely on 'Caprica.'

'Three Inches' has potential, since there is a long tradition of un-traditional, ne'er-do-well superheroes in the comics ('Ambush Bug,' 'The Legion of Substitute Superheroes,' 'Lethargic Lad') and on the screen ('The Tick,' 'Mystery Men' which were also comic series, 'Blankman'). It's an appealing idea, bringing superheroes down to earth. When done well, it can be great.

But there's also a towering heap of used tights from projects that were worse than their heroes' powers. Marsters' involvement in 'Three Inches' is a good sign. So is the fact that Peyton, who also penned the screenplay for 'Less Than Zero,' is writing the series. Fox Television Studios, which is producing the show for Syfy, is promising something a little twisted. So far, they're off to a good start.

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I was not thrilled with the Alphas TV show, quite mediocre and boring. I thought the cast of characters did not blend well and they were annoying. The tv shows like Heroes, Santuary, Warehouse 13, Leverage, Fringe, Torchwood and others are superior in imagination, character casting and writing. I would rather see the new tv show Three Inches, there cast sounds like an excellent match. I also would like for the three Inches show to be the originally planned 1 hour show. I read it would be reduced to a 1/2 hour show, which is a big mistake. Haven't heard when the Three Inches tv show will be viewed. Maybe they should bring back Joss Whedon to write new tv shows. There's a talented guy who has imagination and originality.


July 18 2011 at 1:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

you leave out in your descriptions of previous characters the points that both Spike and John Hart eventually became heroes in their own rite-Spike fighting against his true evil (yes evil-see origins of his nickname)to save the world (more than once), and John Hart saving Jack and all of Torchwood even when it looked like he was the bad guy.
I hope this show takes off-it's about time Marsters got another show!

August 24 2010 at 10:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John F.C. Taylor

Well, at lerast, it is science fiction. Something that seems to be disappearing from the channel. Instead we get Ghost Hunters and a bunch of other reality shows. Reality shows being about the biggest waste of TV air time ever. And what's with wrestling being on this channel? By no stretch of the imagination is wrestling even remotely associated with science fiction. I'd rather be watching Thundarr The Barbarian. It may be animated, but it is science fiction.

August 24 2010 at 7:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to John F.C. Taylor's comment

I so agree with you. There are so few things I ever watch on that station anymore because it's mainly dross. And PLEASE, no more post nuclear war zombies!

August 25 2010 at 9:20 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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