SDCC2012: Firefly returns to television for cast special

Posted by CB Droege

2012 marks the tenth anniversary of Firefly's debut. The sci-fi classic is often cited as one of the greatest tragedies of genre television, as it ran for only about a dozen episodes before cancellation due to low ratings.

The series was subsequently discovered by legions of fans who lamented that they didn’t notice it fast enough to get the ratings up in time. Mention the show to almost any genre television fan, and you’ll get a sad smile and a slow nod in appreciation for Firefly, famously cut short before its potential was even half realized.

A film - dubbed Serenity - hit theaters later. While the movie was excellent, it was not a mainstream box office success, and so the show did not see a true resurgence.

Today at Comic-Con 2012 San Diego, a panel was held in honor of the anniversary, which had seven members of the cast reunited for the pleasure of the fans. The panel was moderated by Jeff Jensen from EW, and saw the stars discussing their current work, and answering fan’s questions.

Footage from this panel is slated to form the core of the television special, which will also feature footage from the episodes and further interviews with cast and creators.

The future show has been dubbed Browncoats Unite, a reference to the name fans have given themselves over the years, and will appear on Science, a minor television network originally dedicated to scientific documentaries, but which now seems to show anything slightly geeky.

"Firefly is a landmark work of science fiction and a favorite with our viewers," explained Science exec Debbie Myers. "Ever since it premiered on Science, fans have asked us to do something special to mark its 10-year anniversary. With this signature celebration, punctuated by Browncoats Unite, we will connect the minds behind this classic franchise with its legions of passionate fans."

The Comic-con panel included stars Nathon Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin, and Sean Maher, showrunner Tim Minear, writer Jose Molina, and the show’s creator Joss Whedon.

Browncoats Unite will appear on Science on August 11th, 2012 along with a Firefly marathon.