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29 January 2011 @ 09:04 pm
ah...what, exactly?  
ABC has ordered a new drama pilot focusing on the fictional exploits of author Edgar Allan Poe.

Poe will portray the Pit and the Pendulum writer as a detective employing unusual methods to solve crimes in 1840s Boston, according to TV Guide.


Look, I'm not saying I wouldn't watch it (quality permitting). I'm just sort of bemused that it exists.

Apparently there is a Poe movie in the works, too. How strange.
litlover12 on January 30th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
I . . . kind of love the idea. Don't hate me!!

(Even though Poe routinely scares the daylights out of me!)
tempestsarekind: little womentempestsarekind on January 30th, 2011 02:32 am (UTC)
No, that was exactly my point! I can't imagine anyone deciding to do it (how many historical TV shows are there, period, let alone on major networks?), but I would totally watch it if it were good.
litlover12 on January 30th, 2011 04:26 am (UTC)
Ah, I see. Then let's hope it comes on and is good; we can fangirl it together! (If it's not too grisly!)
tempestsarekind: better a witty fool than a foolish wittempestsarekind on January 30th, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, that would be the ideal. TV needs more historicals!
Danielle_Pdeleilan on January 30th, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
Done well, this could be absolutely brilliant. However, it could very easily be utter crap. Seeing it's Poe, I'd give it a fair chance.

Re. John Cusack as Poe in the movie... Quoth my brains: "WTF?"
tempestsarekind: regency house party [s&s]tempestsarekind on January 30th, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)
Heh. I have no idea either.

And yes, that's the problem--it could be great, or horrible. There's probably not a lot in between.
viomisehuntviomisehunt on January 31st, 2011 06:47 am (UTC)
American response to Sherlock Holmes, I suppose. They could of course have a rather angsty series about his real life. It might be fun. I don't mind myth sometimes with real characters -- since a lost of history is often myth.
tempestsarekind: very few dates in this historytempestsarekind on January 31st, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
Very true. I like myth-as-history provided that it's not disrespectful to the person in question, and that it's not trying to pass itself off as the truth. (Something like Becoming Jane loses on both counts.) Anyway, I'm hoping for good things, because if one historical show is successful, maybe there will be more of them!