What we need is Baen TV!
I just can't freakin' believe that Sci-fi is now showing ECW...wrestling for god's sake!
It is bad enough that there is horror and fantasy about 75% of the time on there. I mean, Friday nights are about the only night they show decent sci-fi!
And the made for Sci-fi movies are usually very bad. Other than the Dune series they've had problems. Even Taken ended extremely stupid and poorly written.
If I knew how to get the money I'd put together a new network that shows ONLY sci-fi. I'm serious no Fantasy, no horror, no F'n wrastlin'. Wrastlin is ok but not on sci-fi channel...crap!
I'd propose Baen TV! Sure we license other programs to run regular like rerunning Robotech remastered, Star Treks, The Six Million Dollar Man, Old Sci-fi classics like Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, Space 1999, Dark Skies...ok maybe not that one, any of the sci-fi action B/C movies, and a weekly anime' late night uncensored double feature. Real movies, uncut, etc.
Then, the SHOWCASE! Once a week would be BAEN hour. 2 30 minute episodes written by or adapted from Baen author stories. We would also do a serialization of other successful Baen stories...author's willing of course.
And once a month a Baen Movie. On Saturday and Sunday mornings Baen author written/inspired animated programming at PG-13 or lower. Other cartoons could be licensed as well, like the old Star Trek animated series. Reruns of some of the better animated sci-fi from syndication.
With computer animation the way it is, we could put together real cool stuff!
We could have a regular 1 hour Baen Sci-fi News show in the evenings...rerun later also.
A 1 hours Con show where the host and hot co-host goes to cons all over the country interview and partying with folks. To boost ratings we can throw in the occasional NC-17 cosplay con folk like at DragonCon and other anime' cons.
And there could be a 30 min to 1 hour talk show about Science vs. Science Fiction and Where they Meet. Of course, I would host that one.
But the point is that it would be a channel with classic, modern, animated, CGI, news, and partying all sci-fi flavored 24/7/365.
Think of the self promotion it would do for the genre, for Baen, for the authors, for the fan, etc.!!!
We need Baen TV. Get DishNetwork or DirectTV or both to pick it up cheap and BOOM you got audience...BIG audience.
Damn, wish I had money or investors interested. Oh, and the other cool thing would be that it wouldn't be filmed in Canada.
There are a lot of small towns setting up shop for movies and television that don't allow the actors guild unions to come in. Huntsville is trying it and I know there is a place in South Carolina doing it. Hell, use fans, what I say.
Ok, so there.
Now that would be a dream come true! Well, that and warp drive, longevity, and my wife not bitchin at me for leaving my sweaty running shoes in the living room floor.