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Science Channel Plans ‘Firefly’ Special

Cable channel capitalizing on success of 2011 re-air of series

For a show that no one supposedly watched more than a decade ago leading to an abbreviated half season, it’s amazing that “Firefly” is getting so much attention.

Science Channel recognizes that, and has planned a new “Firefly” special featuring the cast and crew of the series called “Firefly: Browncoats Unite” that will air on Nov. 11 at 10 p.m. ET. The special will include interviews with series creator Joss Whedon as well as cast Nathan Fillion, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin, Morena Baccarin, Alan Tudyk, Gina Torres and Jewel Staite.

The special will also include interviews with executive producer Tim Minear and story editor Jose Molina.

The goal of the special is to provide an oral history of the show, including what Science promises are “secrets from the set,” as well as footage from the San Diego Comic-Con panel the cable channel hosted last July.

“When Science Channel began airing ‘Firefly’ in 2011, we immediately realized that these fans are a subculture united by a unique and fanatical passion for the series,” said Debbie Adler Myers, general manager and executive vice president of the cable channel, in a release. “Our goal is to present them the series they love — but in a totally new and surprising way. Whether that’s through exploring the science behind the show or reuniting the entire cast for the first time, we want Science Channel to be the home for Browncoats everywhere.”

Many of the cast and crew have found tremendous success since the series ended in 2002. Fillion is the star of the hit ABC series “Castle,” bringing both his comedic and dramatic talents to the show. Baccarin, who starred in another ABC series (the remake of “V”) is now in her second season on the Emmy-winning drama “Homeland.”

Whedon, of course, directed just his second movie ever (the first being the film version of “Firefly,” called “Serenity”), and made it the third highest-grossing film of all time, “The Avengers,” earlier this year.

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