The Browncoats have won another victory. "Firefly" will return to TV for the first time in three years.
The Science Channel has announced that it will air all 14 episodes of "Firefly" in high definition and in their originally intended order. Additionally, physicist Dr. Michio Kaku will host a segment after each show that offers his insights into the science used within the episode itself.
"Firefly" was infamously canceled by Fox early in its first season in 2002, a move executives at the network later characterized as a mistake. The series was created by Joss Whedon ("Buffy The Vampire Slayer") and it took place 500 years into the future, with elements of Westerns and science fiction mixed throughout the show’s short but memorable run. In 2005, Universal released a sequel film called "Serenity," which brought all of the main characters from "Firefly" back and gave the series some closure.
Entertainment Weekly spoke to series star Nathan Fillion about the show’s return… and his enthusiasm for the series doesn’t seem to have diminished.
"It was my favorite job ever," gushed Fillion. "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. [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."
When asked if he would ever come back to the role of Captain Malcolm Reynolds and reteam with Whedon and the rest of the cast, Fillion replied "Yes. Yes. I would examine very closely Fox’s reasoning — I’m a little gun-shy. If I got $300 million from the California Lottery, the first thing I would do is buy the rights to ‘Firefly,’ make it on my own, and distribute it on the Internet."
"Firefly" will debut on the Science Channel on March 06 at 8PM. Subsequent episodes will be aired on Sundays.