American television can always do with more infusion from north of the border, especially when it comes to the supernatural. Half of our genre shows are filmed in Canada--why not see more of the kinds of stories that originate among our northern brethren?
Anna Silk and Ksenia Solo in Lost Girl.
© Showcase Television
I'm not just saying this because I still miss The Listener, which NBC gave short shrift to a few summers ago. (In case you're wondering: this spring it finally started its second season a year late, and has since had a rocky time of it on the CTV schedule.) Anyway, the current news is that among the sold and unsold pilots and new schedules being announced by the broadcast nets was word that a Canadian drama about a magical young seductress has been picked up by Syfy for broadcast here in the States.
Lost Girl is about Bo (Anna Silk) who discovers she's a Succubus. Bo was raised by human parents and did not realize she was different until (like Rogue in X-Men) she accidentally drained her first boyfriend to death: a Succubus has the capacity to steal a person's life force with a kiss. Bo then becomes a loner and discovers she is one of the Fae, a creature of legend and folklore (and, also along the way, that she's bisexual).
Lost Girl, the pilot for which was written by Michelle Lovretta (part of the writing team for Mutant X), has a lot of the fantasy stalwarts American audiences love--Dyson (Kristen Holden-Ried) is a werewolf/shapeshift/cop/love interest; Hale (K.C. Collins) is a male siren; and there are a number of savvy human allies of the Fae, both light and dark, including Bo's roommate Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) and Lauren (Zoie Palmer). Season 1 featured the gradual exploration of the world of the Fae, and Bo's place within it.
Bo won't be alone--the premise bears a superficial similarity to both Once Upon a Time on ABC and The Secret Circle on the CW, both of which involve young women discovering their supernatural origins and the hidden communities they're associated with; so it will be interesting to see how the Canadian perspective fits into the mix.
One 13-episode season of Lost Girlhas aired on Showcase Television, with another already produced and slated broadcast for this fall. Syfy has bought the rights to both and is likely to do what it did with Merlin--air them both as a 26-episode season early next year, though no dates have been set. Lost Girl is the top-rated show on the Canadian cable network, its premiere having drawn a half million viewers.
The boffo ratings drew Syfy's attention. "In one year, Lost Girl has electrified viewers in Canada and around the world," said Thomas Vitale, executive VP for programming and original movies at Syfy. "We're delighted to bring this fascinating, high-octane series, which depicts a unique world and memorable heroine, to the Syfy audience."
What makes it "unique"? According to Jay Firestone, executive producer of Lost Girl, it's the way the show "thrusts a strong, independent female lead into uncompromising circumstances. It's a series that takes risks with unconventional storylines and provocative character development."
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