Thursday, August 16, 2007

Farewell, My Harry...

Boohoo. I just learned yesterday that the SciFi Channel has canceled The Dresden Files series after only one season (12 episodes). Although the TV show did not match the excellence of Jim Butcher's novels, it was enjoyable and I found it worth watching. It was one of those programs that started out a bit weak, but grew better with each episode. Paul Blackthorne was great as Harry Dresden--not only did he look like my idea of the wizard-detective, but also he's a good actor. According to an August 3 item at TVSeriesFinale.com,
Perhaps not coincidentally, this news comes on the same day that it's been announced that Dresden Files star Paul Blackthorne has joined the cast of new ABC drama Big Shots. Blackthorne will play a high-powered CEO that draws the envy of characters played by Joshua Malina, Dylan McDermott, Christopher Titus, and Michael Vartan. Big Shots will begin airing this Fall on Thursday nights, following Gray's Anatomy on ABC.

I wonder whether the series cancellation was because Blackthorne wanted to move on to bigger and higher-paying things, or whether he moved on because he'd been told the series wouldn't be renewed? We'll probably never know. Well, it was a good run, albeit brief. Fortunately, the single season of The Dresden Files has just been released on DVD, which I plan to purchase. As pointed out by E.A. Solinas in his review on Amazon,


"The Dresden Files" are only loosely based on the Jim Butcher novels -- it's not as dark or as complex, and a lot of characters are changes. But take it as its own animal, and it ends up being a very solid detective series... albeit one where the suspects and victims just happen to be vampires, devils, lycanthropes, incubi and necromancers.

Regardless of the television industry's fickle finger, Jim Butcher is still writing Dresden books--the best source of entertainment and enjoyment for me. Yo, Butcher--Dresden Forever!



5 comments:

Brenda Howard said...

Since I missed it on TV, looks like I'll have to watch it on DVD. Maybe I can borrow your copy!

Charles Gramlich said...

I never did get around to watching an episode, although I intended to. Knowing the Sci Fi channel, they tend to rerun things, though. So I'm sure I'll have another chance.

Kate S said...

I don't have cable, so I never got a chance to see it. Loved the books, though. It might be fun to see in reruns or on DVD.

OOC said...

Fickle finger eh? I am still ticked off Firefly, Futurama, and (the new) Fantasy Island, were all thrown from our lives.

Hmm, you think it has to do with the letter 'F'?

ninthmuse (roz m) said...

AIGH!