Fox 'Falls' For FullerBy Caillan
April 10, 2003 - 11:33 AM
Fox yesterday added Bryan Fuller's new series, Wonder Falls, to its 2003-2004 prime time line-up.
The network ordered 13 episodes of the "dramedy" series, created by the former Star Trek: Voyager scribe and Todd Holland (Malcolm In The Middle), according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Described by its creators as Touched By A Crazy Person, Wonder Falls will star Canadian actress Caroline Dhavernas as a souvenir shop worker at Niagra Falls. After she suffers a nervous breakdown, the show's wacky premise kicks in — the souvenirs start to communicate with the woman and encourage her to help people in trouble.
"We've had a lot of support and enthusiasm for the project from Fox, 20th and Regency and it's been a really positive experience," Fuller, who is currently supervising the editing of the pilot episode, told Zap2it.
Production on Wonder Falls will reportedly commence in the next few weeks with a view to a summer debut. The network plans to launch the series early in order to avoid scheduling problems with the Major League Basketball playoffs in October.
Fox entertainment president Gail Berman is confident Wonder Falls and The O.C., another series which the network picked up yesterday, will perform well. "We felt that both of these shows were in good shape and that they were the kind of shows that could premiere well in the summer. Both shows have very strong female appeal. That's our goal for the summer — to be able to capitalize on the women [viewers] who have returned to the network [this season] for American Idol and other reality shows."
Bryan Fuller wrote several episodes for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager before officially joining the Voyager writing staff. During his tenure, he penned episodes such as "Someone To Watch Over Me", "Barge of the Dead" and "Flesh and Blood". After the series ended, Fuller wrote the Carrie telemovie for NBC and created Showtime's upcoming drama series, Dead Like Me.