The Dresden Files (TV series)

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The Dresden Files
The Dresden Files 2007 Intertitle.png
The Dresden Files' intertitle
Genre
Created byJim Butcher
Developed by
Starring
Country of origin
  • Canada
  • United States
No. of episodes12 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)
Broadcast
Original channelSpace, Sci Fi Channel
Picture format
Original runJanuary 21, 2007 (2007-01-21) – April 15, 2007 (2007-04-15)
 
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The Dresden Files
The Dresden Files 2007 Intertitle.png
The Dresden Files' intertitle
Genre
Created byJim Butcher
Developed by
Starring
Country of origin
  • Canada
  • United States
No. of episodes12 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Lawrence Walsh
  • Jack Bernstein
  • Barry Schkolnick
  • Curtis Kheel
  • Jonathan Hackett
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)
Broadcast
Original channelSpace, Sci Fi Channel
Picture format
Original runJanuary 21, 2007 (2007-01-21) – April 15, 2007 (2007-04-15)

The Dresden Files is a Canadian television series based on the books by Jim Butcher. It premiered January 21, 2007 on the Sci Fi Channel in the United States and on Space in Canada. It was picked up by Sky One in the UK and began airing on February 14, 2007.

The series ran for a single season of twelve episodes, and has since been released on DVD. The Sci Fi Channel announced on August 3, 2007 that The Dresden Files would not be renewed for a second season.[1]

Characters[edit]

Casting was confirmed on November 29, 2005 by Robert Hewitt Wolfe:[2]

Main cast[edit]

(From left to right) Paul Blackthorne, Valerie Cruz, Terrence Mann, Conrad Coates: the main cast of The Dresden Files

Recurring cast[edit]

Minor magical characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Development[edit]

In 2005, the SciFi Channel announced that it had optioned The Dresden Files as a two-hour film and backdoor pilot. Nicolas Cage executive produced alongside Hans Beimler, Robert Hewitt Wolfe, Norm Golightly, and Morgan Gendel. It was produced by Lionsgate Television in association with Cage's Saturn Films.[3] Production began during the Autumn of 2005. Originally, a Summer 2006 release was anticipated, but on May 23, 2006, a January 2007 airdate and 11 episode pick-up was announced on JBAnnounce, the official Jim Butcher announcement list. It was confirmed the next day by Sci-Fi.[4]

The pilot film was made from a screenplay by television writers Hans Beimler and Robert Hewitt Wolfe, and based on Butcher's novel Storm Front. David Carson directed and shooting took place in Toronto. It was announced in November 2005 that Paul Blackthorne had been cast in the lead role.[5] The two-hour pilot was originally intended to serve as the premiere, but certain last minute developmental and casting changes delayed its completion. Episode three (in production order) was aired in its place. Along with the re-shooting of several scenes, the two-hour pilot has been cut to an hour and was the eighth episode to air. The full version of the pilot was broadcast late at night on March 7, 2008 by SciFi Channel but did not adhere to later Television revised continuity.[6]

Most notable in the re-edited version of the pilot was the fact that Bob, played by Terrance Mann in the series as a full apparition, was limited to only a disembodied voice who was centered around the familiar rune covered skull with animated lighting to symbolize the spirit within, more akin to the Bob of the novels. This re-editing was done later in the series as Mann did not join the series until after the original filming of the pilot had already been concluded. The full pilot version of "Storm Front" was not included in the original DVD release of the complete series.

Departure from novels[edit]

In a forum post Jim Butcher stated "The show is not the books. It is not meant to follow the same story. It is meant as an alternate world, where the overall background and story-world is similar, but not all the same things happen. The show is not attempting to recreate the books on a chapter-by-chapter or even story-by-story basis." continuing by saying that viewers should not expect a duplicate of the books, and those expecting it would be disappointed.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roush, Matt (August 3, 2007 (2007-08-03)). "Dresden in Sci Fi's Circular File". TV Guide. Retrieved February 23, 2010 (2010-02-23). 
  2. ^ Wolfe, Robert (November 29, 2005 (2005-11-29)). "DF: Our Actual Cast!, Yes, real names and stuff! Plus trivia!". Ex Isle Forums. Retrieved November 29, 2005 (2005-11-29). 
  3. ^ SciFi Channel press release (October 11, 2005 (2005-10-11)). "Nicolas Cage does some detective work for Sci Fi Channel". The Futon Critic. Retrieved October 12, 2005 (2005-10-12). 
  4. ^ SciFi Channel press release (May 24, 2006 (2006-05-24)). "Dresden Gets SCI FI Pickup". Sci Fi Wire. Retrieved February 23, 2010 (2010-02-23).  [dead link]
  5. ^ SciFi Channel press release (November 9, 2005 (2005-11-09)). "Paul Blackthorne casts a spell over Sci Fi". The Futon Critic. Retrieved November 11, 2005 (2005-11-11). 
  6. ^ Wolfe, Robert (January 28, 2007 (2007-01-28)). "Questions for Robert Wolfe". jimbutcheronline.com. Retrieved February 23, 2010 (2010-02-23). 
  7. ^ Butcher, Jim (February 12, 2007 (2007-02-12)). "Ah HELL NO". jimbutcheronline.com. Retrieved February 23, 2010 (2010-02-23). 

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