Firefly Gets Second Life

Originally Published: June 23, 2005

The Sci Fi Channel has announced that it will air reruns of Fox’s canceled sci-fi series Firefly, including three episodes that never aired. Sci Fi will air all 14 hours of the show, from creator Joss Whedon, starting July 22, at 7 pm. It will be followed by new episodes of Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis and Battlestar Galactica at 10 pm.

The channel will air the episodes in their original order, starting with the pilot. Fox began with the show’s third produced hour, The Train Job, and aired the two-hour pilot at the end of the show’s abortive first season.) Sci Fi acquired the rights to the show from 20th Century Television, which produced the show for Fox.

Firefly centers on the ragtag crew of the firefly-class transport ship Serenity 500 years in the future, led by renegade Capt. Mal Reynolds (played by Nathan Fillion), a veteran of the losing side in a galactic civil war.

Universal Pictures will release Serenity, a theatrical film based on Firefly, on September 30, 2005.

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