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View from Wonderfalls Next Week

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“Wonderfalls” was one of the series discarded last year by Fox in their “non-scripted” search for instant ratings gratification. A critical favourite, the show earned a devoted following, based in part from the involvement of Tim Minear in BtVS and Angel. The show had a good cast, witty, sharp writing and much portions of the funny, the one thing the show didn’t have was good ratings or a good time slot, and was deleted after four broadcasts. While it has been broadcast internationally, such as on Vision TV cable channel in Canada, the DVD offers many extras.

Since then teevee studios have discovered the cream of DVD. Thirteen episodes were made for “Wonderfalls”, and next week all of them, plus commentaries and extras will be available on a DVD box set.

Fortunately, the creators of the series hedged their bets by writing an arc, and somewhat of a resolution over the eps with a couple of “floater” shows. The show centres around Jaye, a young woman (played by the wonderfully expressive Carolyne Dhavernas) who starts to get cryptic directions from inanimate animal figures. And she works in a tourist gift shop in Niagara Falls, surrounded by cute animal figures.

Like “The Family Guy”, “Firefly” and made for cable series such as “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, “Wonderfalls” is another addition to alternate distribution of television shows.

You can find out more about the set here.

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  • Eric Olsen

    very good news Jim, thanks! I’m always happy to see work-arounds to the media bottleneck, which in theory should make everyone more willing to take chances. In theory anyway.