Thunderbirds Are Go Again?

BBC: Thunderbirds creator tells of new series as stamps unveiled
Fanderson: New Series Of Thunderbirds

Well, that’s one hell of a surprise.

Gerry looked fit and fine in the BBC News video, which bodes well for his continued longevity.

It will be interesting to see what he does. I’d rather not see it as CGI, but he’s stated in the past that would be his goal.

I grew up with Anderson’s series, from Supercar all the way through to Space:1999. Then came Terrahawks and Space Precinct. I’ve grown fonder of Terrahawks as time has gone by. Space Precinct has yet to win me.

New Captain Scarlet was his last series and it was sabotaged by lack of CGI experience, shredded airings in the U.K., and a very different TV landscape in the U.S.. It never became the triumphant comeback he hoped for.

It’s not enough for him to produce the series, he must seriously line up a broadcast partner here in the U.S. that will give it a prominent timeslot. When Thunderbirds originally aired here in NYC, it was, if I recall correctly, 6PM on Saturday evenings, as a syndicated series. The three TV networks at the time seriously bid on it, but ITC asked too much money and screwed the pooch, exiling the program to an ad-hoc network sold to stations one-by-one. (The TV networks would later ignore Space:1999 altogether, which led to blistering condemnations from critics at the time!)

I hope he’ll do a revived Thunderbirds that lives up to the heights of his career.

Good luck, Gerry!

Warning: Chances are most of the embedded videos below no longer work.

Previously here:

Barry Gray Music Rarities
Gerry Anderson: The Protectors DVD

Previously at Mike Cane 2008:

Interster Episode Two: Saboteur
Gerry Anderson: Still Screwed By ITV
Interster Episode One: Proxima Clash
Gerry Anderson New Scarlet Videos
Barry Gray: Immortal Music
Gerry Anderson BBC Interview
Gerry Anderson: GFI Is No Go
Speakers UP! Barry Gray Pop Music
Strings: A Puppet Movie
Orbitz And Dell: Puppet Ads
Gerry Anderson’s Space Precinct
Extinct: Super Adventure Team TV Series
Rare Sylvia Anderson Interview
Interster: Rare Puppet Series Pics And Videos!
UFO: Timelash
Gerry Anderson: Not UFO Season 2
OMFG!!! INTERSTER!!!
Video: Indirect Gerry Anderson
Reference: Anime Tropes 2
Two More Gerry Anderson Videos
From Space:1999 To Space:2099
Two Gerry Anderson Videos
The Mac Vs. PC War Takes An Awful Turn
Some Rare Gerry Anderson Videos
Christine Glanville Video Interview
Gerry Anderson: Thunderbirds, Next Generation?
Some Gerry Anderson Items
Supermarionation Is Not Easy
Gerry Anderson’s Doppelganger
R.I.P.: David Mitton
Enhanced Gerry Anderson
A Must For Gerry Anderson Fans
Gerry Anderson’s UFO
Rare 1960s TV: Space Patrol
The Original Thunderbirds Atrocity
Someone At Carlton Must Pay For This Atrocity
Jane Merrow Is On YouTube!
Thunderbirds: Terror In New York City
Sylvia Anderson: Future Of Fashion
Gerry Anderson’s Eternity
Better Than Space:1999!
Via WordPress Search, #3
Reference: Anime Tropes
Thunderbirds: Simulated Tanker Rescue
Sylvia Anderson Interview
Wet Circuit Is Fixed!
Digital Water
Star Wars Spin-Off Goes CGI
Marvel Comics: Some Great Vids
Gerry Anderson Supermarionation TV Ad
Joost: Stand By For Action!
Interster Still M.I.A.
BBC Four: All About Thunderbirds

Previously at Mike Cane’s Blog:

Gerry Anderson post category

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