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Firefly Returns … To Basic Cable

Firefly returns in March, but not in the way fans might hope.

Entertainment Weekly announced that Joss Whedon’s cult television series will re-air on basic cable for the first time in three years, courtesy of the Science Channel, which plans to broadcast the series’ entire run in the correct order and in high definition. Following each episode, renowned physicist and author Dr. Michio Kaku will offer his thoughts and insights on the science behind the show. The two-hour pilot premieres March 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, with the first episode following at 10 p.m. After that, episodes will continue to air every Sunday.

EW also spoke with series star — and the voice of Hal Jordan in Warner Bros.’ upcoming animated Green Lantern: Emerald Knights — Nathan Fillion about the show’s return.

“It was my favorite job ever,” the actor said. “What wasn’t great about it? I got to wear a low-slung holster. I got to ride horses. I got to have a spaceship. I got to act mean and curmudgeonly. [Creator Joss Whedon] is really good at kicking characters in the nuts so the other characters would have laughs at my expense and that was great too.”

Fillion also said he would love to slip on that holster again and give Firefly another go. In fact, if he could, he’d bring the show back himself.

“I would examine very closely Fox’s reasoning — I’m a little gun-shy,” he said. “If I got $300 million from the California Lottery, the first thing I would do is buy the rights to Firefly, make it own my own, and distribute it on the Internet.”

Check out the official press release below:

“Firefly” Lands at Science Channel – Premieres Sunday, March 6 @ 8pm ET

New episodes air every Sunday @ 10pm ET only on Science Channel

Renowned Astrophysicist Dr. Michio Kaku also reveals the “Science behind Firefly”

From the creator of the hit TV series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” sci-fi savant Joss Whedon delves into the final frontier with “Firefly,” which lands exclusively on the Science Channel on Sunday, March 6 @8pm ET with the airing of the original 2-hour pilot. Immediately following, episode one of the 15-part series will air at 10pm ET.

“Firefly” will dominate the airwaves every Sunday with an encore episode of the previous week airing 9pm ET to be followed by the network premiere of the next episode in the series airing at 10pm ET.

As a special treat for “Firefly” fans, star of Science Channel’s “Sci-Fi Science,” and the cofounder of string field theory, Dr. Michio Kaku, will be commentating on the science behind “Firefly” for each episode. From terraforming, to anti-matter, Kaku will be explaining why the science fiction featured in the show really isn’t that far from science fact.

When “Firefly” first aired in 2002, Whedon’s sci-fi western quickly became a cult favorite. Set 500 years in the future, in the aftermath of a universal civil war, the story centers on the renegade crew of a small transport spaceship led by “Castle’s” Nathan Fillion, who directs the ragtag team through adventures into unknown parts of the galaxy, as they try to evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them.


  • Kenneth Livitski

    Fillion is so awesome. It’s nice to hear that after all these years, he still loves Firefly the most. I’d love it if Whedon made a Serenity 2 after The Avengers. I’m sure it’d do better at the box office with a simple “FROM THE DIRECTOR OF THE AVENGERS” stamped on the poster and trailer. If I were him, I’d definitely consider it. Oh, and getting back to Fillion, everyone needs to watch Castle. It’s such a smart and witty show. It’s easily my favourite show on television right now. You’re missing something great if you’re not watching it.

  • ATK

    That’s awesome. I’ve often had the same thought about winning the lottery and using it for more Firefly/Serenity.

  • pclira

    It was such a shame they cancelled after the first season. Even now I still hope that there is some possibility in reviving Firefly and bringing back the cast, esp Nathan Fillion. You would think with all the DVD sales of Firefly, they might give it another go . . . if only.

  • Ad Served

    Seconded! Castle is amazing.

  • Saide Heldberg

    I’ve been a Science Channel buff since it was released in 1999, the content is extraordinary and knowledge is abundant within the variety of scientific data covered in multiple programs. Throughout the history of mankind science has been exploding with every new type of hypotheses as soon as the resources are available. Unless you are a an astrophysicist or cosmetologist then the information shared among the super minds of today has to stream down through books, and TV. I like TV programs because of the graphic artwork that goes along with it. It’s amazing to watch the programs in that detail to produce a better reference point. I’ve been working for Dish Network for a while and have been really impressed with the “knowledge channels” I receive especially the ones that come in HD. If I was not getting so many of these channels in high definition I would change services due to my need for constantly obtaining information. I’ve got a pretty good feeling that my preferences for the fascinating will never change and for that reason thank the good lord we have programming like the Science Channel.