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Joss Whedon signed on with HBO for The Nevers, "a sci-fi epic about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world." Some have noted similarity with a proposed comic book, Twist, described as "a Victorian female Batman," with which he was associated for a time.

No premiere date as yet, but probably not before 2020, is my guess.

Apparently Whedon is also still working on a Freeform series called Pippa Smith, Grown-up Detective. Don't hold your breath.

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There is this difference between the growth of some human beings and that of others: in the one case it is a continuous dying, in the other a continuous resurrection. (George MacDonald, The Princess and Curdie)

Isn't narrative structure enough of an ideology for art? (Greg Wright)

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Update with casting news for this show, plus some additional writing/producing staff:

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Jane Espenson and Doug Petrie will write and executive produce...

Espenson and Petrie both worked on Buffy, Angel, and Firefly.

There is this difference between the growth of some human beings and that of others: in the one case it is a continuous dying, in the other a continuous resurrection. (George MacDonald, The Princess and Curdie)

Isn't narrative structure enough of an ideology for art? (Greg Wright)

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Twelve cast members announced, along with some intriguing character descriptions. It's starting to look good. Among the new names: Olivia Williams (Dollhouse), Nick Frost (The World's End), and Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark).

There is this difference between the growth of some human beings and that of others: in the one case it is a continuous dying, in the other a continuous resurrection. (George MacDonald, The Princess and Curdie)

Isn't narrative structure enough of an ideology for art? (Greg Wright)

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Six more cast members reported, with descriptions hinting at outlines for the series.

Whedon again seems to be showing his ability to cast distinctive actors.

There is this difference between the growth of some human beings and that of others: in the one case it is a continuous dying, in the other a continuous resurrection. (George MacDonald, The Princess and Curdie)

Isn't narrative structure enough of an ideology for art? (Greg Wright)

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The Nevers wrapped filming season 1 Nov. 15 and seems to be still on track to premiere on HBO sometime in 2021. Joss Whedon, however, will have no further involvement with the series.

 

There is this difference between the growth of some human beings and that of others: in the one case it is a continuous dying, in the other a continuous resurrection. (George MacDonald, The Princess and Curdie)

Isn't narrative structure enough of an ideology for art? (Greg Wright)

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Is anyone else watching The Nevers? Episode 1 premiered April 11. Last night was ep. 4, so two more to go in the first half season.

The remaining six episodes will be run by Philippa Goslett. No word yet whether writers/producers Jane Espenson and Doug Petrie will remain with the series.

From Caroline Framke's Variety review:

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For as much as “Nevers” might try to divorce itself from Whedon amid his ongoing controversies, there’s no denying that he’s all over it — and that, in many instances, his approach is effective. The series has so much mythology and so many characters (far more than I could feasibly list in this review), but its vision and characters are nonetheless immediately distinct and cohesive. It’s just also undeniable that its vision and characters are also ones Whedon has used before, over and over again, often with diminishing returns. This tendency towards repetition isn’t altogether unusual for creators who find a lane and stick to it; you only have to look so far as the Aaron Sorkins or Ryan Murphys of the TV world to know that. But it’s interesting, to say the least, to watch a show so obviously borne of its creator and know that it will soon be forging ahead without him.

This doesn’t have to spell doom for “Nevers.” On the contrary, David Semel’s nimble directing in the third and fourth episodes stands out more than Whedon’s more straightforward approach to the first two, and the possibility of other writers twisting the script into more unexpected shapes could give “Nevers” a necessary jolt of contrast. For now, though, the show is unmistakably a Joss Whedon production, with all the quippy banter, elaborate world-building, supernatural strangeness and Badass women that his trademark implies.

 

There is this difference between the growth of some human beings and that of others: in the one case it is a continuous dying, in the other a continuous resurrection. (George MacDonald, The Princess and Curdie)

Isn't narrative structure enough of an ideology for art? (Greg Wright)

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