Behr Talks 'Twilight Zone', Fuller On 'Dead Like Me'

By Lisa
August 2, 2002 - 1:39 AM

Though they're no longer involved with the Star Trek franchise, two of Deep Space Nine writers have some exciting projects in the works.

Ira Behr, DS9's former executive producer is now executive producer of 'The Twilight Zone.' He recently spoke about his new job to Starburst Magazine.

"I think doing a show like this is like doing any other show," he said. "You think it's easy being on the 2000th cop show that's been done on TV? It's all been done. We all know that.

"I did [DS9]. They had done close to 300 episodes already, and yet we found a niche that was unique to ourselves. And I think whenever you have creative people who get along, you stick them in a room, you don't let them out of that room!"

More from Ira Behr can be found in the current issue of Starburst Magazine on sale now in the UK. Alternatively, extracts are online here at the Great Link.

Meanwhile former DS9 writer and Voyager co-producer Bryan Fuller is embarking on a new venture for MGM. Fuller wrote the pilot and will serve as Executive Producer on 'Dead Like Me' which has recently begun production.

Described as a quirky and dark comedy, the show will take a look life and death - and what comes next. It will star Mandy Patinkin from Chicago Hope and 'The Princess Bride' and Rebecca Gayheart, best known for roles in 'Scream 2,' and Beverly Hills 90210.

The series begins when a young woman is killed by a piece of the Mir space station hurtling to earth. She discovers that the afterlife does indeed exist, where she has been assigned a job as a 'Reaper.' It's her job to reap the souls from the living and guide them to their eternal reward. Besides coping with her new job, she must learn to deal with being young and starting out - and of course, being dead.

'Dead Like Me' is set to air on Showtime in 2003. More details about the show can be found in the official press release. Thanks go out to Curt Danhauser for this news!

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