--- Jack Bagley <jack_bagley@...
> --- Bob Greenberger <bobgreenberger@...>
> > Very reminiscent of our late lamented show. Makes
> > me think, if Leslie Stevens were still around, it
> > would be a worthy series for revival.
> The idea of a series revival isn't too
> far-fetched...consider. Warner Brothers owns rights
> to SEARCH; Warner Brothers has its own network now;
> good programming is darned hard to come by; mix well
> and add a small (but devoted) fan base...voila! A
> potential recipe for a revival of SEARCH.
> Now the fun begins -- just as an exercise, who would
> you cast as:
> Would you use the original Probe Control or the
> model (yuck)? (My prejudice is showing -- notice I
> didn't mention anyone from the later-model Probe
> Control like Harris in the casting list above.)
> How would the Scanner look in 2002? Would it be
> similar to the original (hey, let's face it -- that
> was pretty advance for TODAY, much less 1972!) or
> would it be even smaller -- or would the camera
> actually be an implant, like the earjack?
> Consider the possibilities -- in today's world,
> Securities would be a major player now that we're on
> war footing and everything. The story potential
> (post 9-11) is endless!
> Your thoughts?
First off, I'd say it would depend on the format
for a SEARCH revival: motion picture, television
movie, television series or mini-series. All have IMO
somewhat different requirements in terms of casting,
direction, script and so forth. Second, if it was
intended to be a "Next Generation" type of story
(i.e. the original World Securities advanced 30 years
in continuity as in ST:TNG or Hugh O'Brian's 1990's
Wyatt Earp revival) or a remake of original
PROBE/SEARCH script(s) (as with the Brady Bunch movies
a few years back)...or something entirely new, just
using the World Securities concept more or less
without the original characters or any mention of them
(like the current Rollerball remake).
If a TNG format, perhaps Franciosa and/or O'Brian
could be induced into a cameo appearance...so in that
case no new actors for Bianco or Lockwood. But
offhand, some possible analogues:
Another thing, I mentioned this in a previous
post, is that there would now likely be probes of
different ethnic/national backgrounds: Black,
Hispanic, Asian...not just at Probe Control but also
agents (as well as, possibly, at least one female
probe). So this might be an opening for new
characters...Again, depends on what sort of revival is
planned. Bianco could well be "ethnic" enough to be an
interesting character in 2002...Afaik it was never
mentioned if he was supposed to be Hispanic, Italian,
something else or anything in particular. Just thought
he was Italian since TF was playing him (present
writer is Italian-American). But whatever the case,
probably there would also be more "character
development" in terms of background and so forth than
was present on the original series. Maybe there was
more characterization planned but the cancellation
after one season obviously
cut short any such plans.
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