| write up courtesy of wikipedia
Blade: The Series
was a 2006 American live-action television program based on the Marvel
Comics character and film series. It premiered on Spike on June 28, 2006.
Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" Jones starred in the title role, along with
Jill Wagner as Krista Starr, Neil Jackson as Marcus Van Sciver, Jessica
Gower as Chase, and Nelson Lee as Shen.
The two-hour pilot was directed by
Peter O'Fallon from a script by David S. Goyer (who wrote all three
feature films) and comic book writer Geoff Johns.
originally going to produce the series with Wesley Snipes
reprising his famous role as Blade. The series was going to be a
loose adaptation of the Blade: The Vampire Hunter comic
book series. Katharine Isabelle was going to be a regular in the
series, and the character of Karen Jensen from the first film
was going to return. Marc Singer was going to be a main
character in the series playing Bible John from the comic. But
after Snipes turned down the role due to his lawsuit with New
Line, Showtime decided not to develop the series.
In February 2006, Spike TV had
given the green light for a television series based on Marvel
Comics superhero Blade as the network's first original scripted
series. Spike TV executive Pancho Mansfield expressed to
AllHipHop.com, "We're extremely pleased with the pilot for
Blade, which delivers a thrilling action-adventure for its
built-in fan base as well as a character-driven drama filled
with heart-pounding tension and suspense. The series will be the
first of our scripted fare as we embark on creating a greater
mix of original programming for our viewers."
It was announced on November 7,
2005 that rapper Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" Jones had signed
to star as Blade, filling the role made popular in the films by
Wesley Snipes. Sticky would go on to comment that he was not out
to make people forget about the Blade movies, but he also
wanted to put his own spin on the character. "I think it's
more my own direction, but I have to incorporate some of what
[Snipes] did," he said. "That's what people are
familiar with, and you don't want to change it up drastically.
You might want to change the seasoning a little bit, but you
want the same meat."[
|Spike TV ordered 11
one-hour episodes, in addition to the two-hour pilot episode, to
be produced by New Line Television. Production was said to begin
in Vancouver in the spring of 2006 and the show later premièred
on June 28, 2006 followed by the standard one-hour episodes on
July 5, 2006
David Goyer, who wrote all
three films and co-created the television series, commented that
the open-ended nature of a TV series supported the kind of
storytelling that will allow viewers to delve more into the
inner workings of the vampire world. The series picked up where
the last film, Blade: Trinity, left off and added several
new characters, including Jill Wagner as Krista Starr, Neil
Jackson as Marcus Van Sciver, Jessica Gower as Chase and Nelson
Lee as Shen.
Goyer later explained,
"What the series is, in a weird way, is kind of like a Wiseguy
with vampires, because Jill's character is kind of a double
agent working for Blade, within the vampire community, and
[we're] treating the vampires sort of like the ultimate crime
family. Blade realizes at the beginning of the pilot that he's
not making much headway, just sort of hacking and slashing, that
he needs to know more about their inner workings"
Although the series premiere had 2.5 million
viewers, was the most-watched original series premiere in Spike TV
history, and was also the #1 show on cable for the evening with Men
18–34 and 18–49, this occurred in a year where most cable premieres
were outstanding, and the series has since failed to hold its numbers.
On September 28, 2006, Jill Wagner, star
of Blade: The Series, announced that she was informed that there
would be no second season of the show. The next day, Spike announced in a
press release that the show would not be picked up.
As a response to a letter in Wizard
Magazine, series writer/producer Geoff Johns gives a reason why he thinks
the series was canceled: "The network didn't want to cancel it, I
just think Spike TV is still a young network, and the price it was costing
to make...they just weren't able to do it."
Lets face it, Sticky Fingaz could do the
stunts, but he was too short. When he opened his mouth the facsimile of
blade was gone. The writing was horrible and the overall performance
of the cast was just bad. The series from bad casting and writing.
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