Global Frequency was a television project based on Warren Ellis' popular graphic novel franchise of the same name. A pilot episode was produced and completed and the show was scheduled to premiere in the Spring of 2005 on the WB television network. The series was executive produced and had a pilot written by John Rogers (The Core, Catwoman, Transformers), with many other high-profile names attached on the production staff, including Mark Burnett (Survivor), Diego Gutierrez (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Ben Edlund (Angel, The Tick), and David Slack (Teen Titans). Nelson McCormick (Alias) directed the series pilot.

The pilot starred Michelle Forbes (Star Trek: The Next Generation, 24) in the part she was born to play, the enigmatic Miranda Zero. Also on the Frequency were Aimee Garcia (All About The Andersons) as Aleph, Josh Hopkins (Ally McBeal, Pepper Dennis) as Sean Flynn, and Jenni Baird (All Saints) as Dr. Katrina Finch.

A change in network management altered the plans for Global Frequency. While a 13-episode midseason order seemed to be a lock, and a WB logline for the show was released, it seemed in late 2004 that Global Frequency would never be seen and there would be no more filming beyond the initial pilot episode.

In June 2005, a digital copy of the Global Frequency pilot episode made its way onto the Internet. No, we can't tell you where; we don't condone illegal downloading around here, even though we do promise that if you see it, you'll probably like it. The pilot leak achieved international attention and as of this writing, it seems there may be another future for Global Frequency on television....

 

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NEWS POSTED NOVEMBER 18, 2009

global frequencyThe CW Reinstates The Global Frequency
The CW might have a new development for 2010 that would actually be worth watching.

The Production Weekly Twitter feed has revealed and MTV's Splash Page has spread the word that The CW will be giving Global Frequency another chance by ordering a pilot script. The original Frequency pilot for The WB, despite having a great reaction from fans, did not get picked up by the network when it was produced in 2005.

Scott Nimerfro (Pushing Daisies, Tales From The Crypt) will be writing the script. Sadly, John Rogers, who produced the excellent 2005 Global Frequency pilot, will likely not be involved, as he has his own hit show now, the TNT success Leverage.

Here's what Global Frequency creator Warren Ellis has said on his blog:

"I haven’t been cleared to comment yet, so I can’t really add anything to this. I’ve spoken briefly to Scott Nimerfro — by which I mean I threatened to have him stabbed, and he thanked me and told me a funny story about how he’s had worse threats — and he is Okay.

Anyway. Yes. Shouldn’t say any more until I get the nod from the studio. But yes."

So there you go. Could a new Frequency be something The CW could pair with a tenth season of Smallville on Friday nights? Or do you think the concept shouldn't be tried again for TV? Talk about it on our forum.

UPDATE: John Rogers has now commented on Twitter: "I wish the new guy all the luck in the world & many residual checks for Warren to buy replacement robot parts for his ailing meat-being."

And clearly, all of the headlines below this point are talking about the original Global Frequency pilot project of 2005....

 

NEWS POSTED AUGUST 25, 2005

John Rogers On Attack Of The Show
Global Frequency TV showrunner John Rogers will be appearing live on G4TV's Attack of the Show at 7PMET/4PMET on Thursday, August 25. That's tonight!!

He will be on the show to discuss - you guessed it! - the leaked Global Frequency pilot, among other things.

You can find out more about the show at AttackOfTheShow.com.

NEWS POSTED JULY 6, 2005

Global Frequency In The UK's Metro Tabloid
The Global Frequency TV project made international news last week as it was featured in a large article in the UK's Metro tabloid.

Click here to see a scan!

Special thanks to BlackBeltJones @ Flickr for letting us post the scan, and to Nick Ludlum who originally made the scan in the first place.

NEWS POSTED JULY 5, 2005

FrequencySite 2.0
To tie in with the recent resurgence in popularity of the Global Frequency TV project, FrequencySite has undergone a facelift. Special thanks to Blair Marnell at SilverBulletComicBooks.com's All The Rage for some of the screen captures. (Blair's weekly column is fantastic, and at the link above, has a feature about, you guessed it, Global Frequency)

Feel free to post your thoughts on Global Frequency the show, or about the website's new look, on the GF forum at KryptonSite.

New John Rogers Interview Online
Global Frequency TV showrunner John Rogers spoke with SilverBulletComics.com in a new interview about his past and present projects, from the Catwoman movie all the way to Transformers, and, of course, Global Frequency. Here's a sample excerpt from the interview

:“The whole point of the first two years is – and you’ll notice Sean saying this at the end of the episode: ‘I don’t trust you.’ And for the first season, she gives him no reason to. She does unpleasant thing after unpleasant thing, and the arc of the second season was a very specific ‘Should we even be trusting her?’ ‘Cause she’s an awful human being.”

Click here to read the full interview.

NEWS POSTED JUNE 27, 2005

The Frequency Gets Wired
Wired today posted a feature about the leaking of the Global Frequency pilot. The article linked to Frequencysite, which has given this website the most daily hits in the site's history.

"Whether the pilot was picked up or not, it is still the property of Warner Bros. Entertainment and we take the protection of all of our intellectual property seriously," Craig Hoffman, a company spokesman, told Wired. "While Warner Bros. Entertainment values feedback from consumers, copyright infringement is not a productive way to try to influence a corporate decision."

Read the complete article by Wired's Michael Grebb here

NEWS POSTED JUNE 13, 2005

Frequency Future?
The recent leak of the Global Frequency TV pilot has gotten people talking. A LOT of people are talking. For the first time, possibly, ever, the fans are wanting a regular series out of a pilot that was never publicly screened in the first place.

"I assure all of you, I will call all the cast members over the next few days and convey to them your wonderful reactions, the genuine enthusiasm their performances created. (I think Josh and Jenni would like to know that a night under the rain machine wasn't a total waste)," producer John Rogers said today in his online blog. "I'll also call Nelson McCormick, the director and let him know that on several counts he was right and I was wrong, and I owe him a beer. They made the show, you like the show. We executive types need to get the hell out of the middle of that relationship."

To read more about what Rogers had to say, as well as what the show's future chances may be, click here. The future is slim, but who knows?

Also feel free to post your thoughts on Global Frequency on the GF forum at KryptonSite.

NEWS POSTED JUNE 12, 2005

Producer John Rogers Breaks Frequency Silence
Global Frequency executive producer John Rogers finally wrote about what might have been in his Kung Fu Monkey weblog. A number of recent posts, all since the release of the torrent, give a little bit of insight as to what might have been.

In a post dated on Saturday night, Rogers reveals the following tidbits for those who had seen the torrent: "Somebody who saw the torrent e-mailed me and asked if we would've abandoned the 'multiple guest star' structure from the comic for the show. No. In order to have some semblance of continuity for network audiences, I needed some viewpoint characters -- but it couldn't be Miranda, because you never knew what was going on in her head. As a matter of fact, part of the entire five-season arc was that you were never sure what Miranda was up to.

"The only person who knew what the entire five season arc was was, actually, Michelle. She knew what Miranda's full plan was. And if you've got the torrent, watch her face in the final scene. When Flynn and Dr. Finch hook up, to start the five year journey. That is not a happy face..."

Rogers also hinted that one of the characters in the pilot would not survive that first 13 episodes. Click here for that post.

At the blog, John Rogers also posted some behind the scenes photos, including the groovy shot of Miranda Zero (Michelle Forbes) that accompanies this article. If you get a chance, check out the blog and you'll see what a labor of love this pilot was for many people who worked on it.

NEWS POSTED JUNE 10, 2005

Global Frequency Pilot Leaked Online
We don't normally condone illegal file-sharing of television programs online, although since at this time there's probably no other way to see it... It seems that the pilot episode for the Global Frequency TV series has finally made its way to the Internet.

Because this news is becoming pretty high-profile, and we'd prefer not to have any kind of lawsuit from Warner Bros., we're going to leave it at that. We don't encourage the downloading of illegal files or anything of that nature here at Frequencysite... but we do hope that the word can be spread so the pilot can be seen by a wider audience. Hey, TPTB: How about a DVD release, or a one-time airing? The fans will thank you...

NEWS POSTED FEBRUARY 10, 2005

A Surprise Treat: An Offical Global Frequency Cast Shot
At the rate things are going, the Global Frequency TV pilot may never end up being seen by the general public. We've heard nothing as far as shopping the series around elsewhere, or if the completed episode will show up any place.

However... we did come across an official cast shot from The Series That Didn't Happen...

So without further ado, in-costume photos of Josh Hopkins (Sean), Jenni Baird (Dr. Finch), Aimee Garcia (Aleph) and Michelle Forbes (Miranda Zero).

Click here to take a larger look!

NEWS POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2004

Amazing Stories Takes A Look At Global Frequency
Issue #607 of the newly-relaunched Amazing Stories has a four-page feature about the Global Frequency TV project. Unfortunately this article seems to have been done before the WB passed on the pilot, but hey, we can still hope to see the show sometime. For the article, they've interviewed Warren Ellis for some comments. Among the highlights:

  • On Michelle Forbes as Miranda Zero, creator Warren Ellis says "I love Michelle. She's so smart it's scary. I saw some playback of her in a fight scene, and she was fantastic."
  • "If James Bond met Miranda he'd wet himself," Ellis said. "She is truly terrifying, but with a human side Fleming rarely alluded to with Bond. She never settled into being just a super-secret agent. She sees what's going wrong. She also sees how to fix it. She decided she isn't going to sit in bars, but get off her arse and do something about it."
  • "Jenni Baird is the next Gillian Anderson," Ellis said. "Kartina Finch is the Scully of the group. She's every boy's new TV crush. She's got the smart thing going."
  • About executive producer John Rogers: "If it wasn't for John Rogers, frankly, we'd be screwed. What I love about John is he won't call a spade a spade; he'll call it a lovely big stick with a huge piece of metal at the end of it. So when someone says something stupid about the show, he turns around and shouts at them that they are stupid and their idea isn't going to work, and then explains why it wouldn't work. There's no bull about him whatsoever."
  • And Ellis also had praise for director Nelson McCormick. "We are also lucky that the director is incredible," Ellis said. "He's got this fantastic sensibility and knows how to do great art photography yet ground it with a war photographer's professionalism. It's amazingly well shot."

The article also talks about some other script and story ideas that may be seen or may have been seen had Global Frequency gone to series. Since the project is not yet considered "dead," maybe we'll see this stuff someday.

Babylon 5's Straczynski Talks Global Frequency TV
Popular creator of the Babylon 5 television series and writer to many comics primarily for Marvel, J. Michael Straczynski, could have ended up involved with Global Frequency had it gone to series. On the rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated newsgroup, JMS had this to reveal:

"Since it's no longer an issue, because the show was not picked up, the series I'd mentioned that had come to me to talk about coming aboard as an EP was Warren Ellis' Global Frequency. I'd met with the people involved, been approved by the network, went by to meet Warren during filming in Vancouver, who seemed like a very nice sort, and was waiting for the next round of serious conversations...but the show has not been picked up by WB. I know they're shopping it elsewhere, so we'll see, but for now, at least, that's that. (I have to say, by the way, that the pilot script is probably the smartest script I've ever read. It could really be one hell of a series.)"

No new updates are available yet about how the "shopping around" is going.

NEWS POSTED NOVEMBER 4, 2004

It's Official: The WB Passes On Global Frequency
We have now received official confirmation that the WB has passed on the Global Frequency TV pilot. Here is what FrequencySite received from executive producer John Rogers to confirm the news:

You can make it official. The WB has passed on the pilot. However, they've also been real gentlemen and released it back to the studio to be taken elsewhere. Many networks hold onto pilots out of spite, fearing that if it succeeds elsewhere, they'll look bad. Luckily the WB folk value the product over politics.

On a personal note, everyone -- my fellow producer Mark Burnett, the director Nelson McCormick, the actors, the DP and his cameramen, the production design down to the ridiculously hyper-efficient PAs -- worked their asses off and BELIEVED in the project. As executive producer I owe -- no, I have a deep responsibility it to those people, to Warren's talent, and to the book's enormous fanbase to run this bastard out down every road I can, to get this show on the air.

And, frankly, it would be selfish of me to keep to myself the little chill I get when I hear Michelle say the line "My name is Miranda Zero... and you are on the Global Frequency."

We're scheduling meetings now between various studio humans to decide where to take the show from here. Fortunately for us the television landscape has changed. Midseason and summer launches, 13 episode runs, genre shows are now no longer longshots but viable strategies. DC Comics stands enthusiastically behind both the comic and the show, especially now that they've seen the pilot.

I only ask that when we come back to you and ask you to show the TV humans that there IS an audience for a smart, hip genre show, you answer the call. We'll keep everyone updated.

And a note from the FrequencySite webmaster Craig: Those of you who would still like to see Global Frequency on television who would like to get the word out are all invited to the GF forum at KryptonSite to discuss ideas!

NEWS POSTED SEPTEMBER 9, 2004

Frequency Silence...
No new news to report on the Global Frequency TV project, as all sources and folks involved are being very quiet, likely editing together the pilot.

We'll let you know if and when we hear anything!

NEWS POSTED JULY 20, 2004

KryptonSite's Global Frequency Forum
For those of you who would like to discuss the Global Frequency TV project... KryptonSite's Global Frequency forum section is now open! Feel free to talk about what you'd like to see on the show, and anything else!

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Older Headlines...
Travel further back into the development of the Global Frequency TV project by reading some of our older headlines! Includes original casting announcements.