Joss Whedon has created some of the best television in pop culture history. He returns to tv with a new sci-fi drama titled, The Nevers. HBO gave the project a direct-to-series order, beating out Netflix for the show.
The Nevers is described as “an epic science fiction drama about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world.” Sounds interesting, and very Whedon-ness. Whedon will serve as showrunner, writer, director, and executive producer for the series. When asked about The Nevers, Whedon says this could be the “most ambitious narrative that I’ve ever created.” That’s saying a lot since he created Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Whedon expressed his excitement about returning to television, stating HBO is the best place for the series.
“Not only are they the masters of cinematic long-form, but their instant understanding of my odd, intimate epic was as emotional as it was incisive. It’s been too long since I created an entirely new fictional world, and the HBO team offer not just scope and experience, not just ‘prestige,’ but a passionate collaboration. I could go on, but — I’m impatiently grateful to say — I have work to do.”
HBO execs are just as excited about the partnership. Casey Bloys, President of Programming said:
“We have long been fans of the incredibly talented and prolific Joss Whedon and we can’t think of a better project than The Nevers with which to welcome him to the HBO family. We look forward to meeting the strange, multifaceted characters of The Nevers, to learn their stories, see them in action and share them with our viewers. We’re honored that Joss chose HBO as the place to build his ambitious new world and we are excited to get started.”
Whedon has been focusing on more cinematic projects, most recently stepping in to complete DC’s Justice League. He was set to direct the upcoming Batgirl movie, but exited the project due to lack of creative motivation. His return to the small screen is very exciting news. The name Whedon is synonymous with cult phenomenons like Buffy, Angel, and Firefly who have legions of loyal fans. Whedon brings a new flare to HBO that television has been missing for a few years. I sense a new fandom forming.
Stay tuned to Geek Girl Authority for the latest on the development of this new series.