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20 October 2010 @ 03:54 pm
Fake!TV Show, ver. 3.0  
For tafkarfanfic's meme (which is kind of like the other fake!tv show meme, except backwards), lyssie gave me:
Michael Trucco
JR Bourne
Grace Park
Daniel Dae Kim
Kristen Cloke
Cliff Simon
Mira Furlan

I suppose plotless soft-core porn on Starz AfterDark is out of the question? yes? So instead, how about my far-too-hot cast be actually ... inhuman?

The Other Side

Detective Bridget Ferguson (Kristen Cloke) thinks it's a homicide like any other. But there's a strange shadow around the corpse that only Bridget can see. As she probes deeper into the victim's life and death, she uncovers a world inside her own, where the deathless play with the mortal and ancient magic hides in the city lights.

The Other Side is an urban fantasy about Bridget, a human who tries to bring a killer to justice and discovers a hidden world of secrets and magic, when she meets the ageless Others and becomes drawn into their intrigues. It's slow-motion warfare among enemies who know each other well, with humans as their pawns. But Bridget is a wildcard in this very old game and may upset hundreds of years of machinations and immortal ennui. She'll need the support of her family and her partner, to face the enemies of humanity. But if she's determined enough, she could remind those who live forever what it means to be alive.
Detective Bridget Ferguson (Kristen Cloke) --- lead investigator. Practical and smart, she can't deny the truth of what she sees. Empathetic toward the dead and victims, she's a single mother of a seven-year old girl. Her grandmother warned her that the ancient blood is strong in her veins. Bridget never believed her until she saw the corpse with the strange dark aura around it.
Det. Kevin Lim (Daniel Dae Kim) -- Bridget's partner. More reticent and skeptical of what Bridget senses -- or at least he seems to be, trying to protect her from finding out the truth. But he's one of them, and he may be Bridget's only ally.
Terell (Cliff Simon) -- Crime lord. He is also duke of the Others, enjoys debauchery and using his powers to get what he wants. He thinks of humans as vaguely amusing pets, but does like modern Earth quite a bit.
Saskia Sharapova (Mira Furlan) -- by day, a prosecutor. She's been a friend of Bridget's for years. Secretly, leader of the opposition to Terrell and once she learns of Bridget's new ability, it's a struggle not to see Bridget as her pawn to defeat him at long last.
Mae (Grace Park) -- Kevin's sister. Enjoys toying with everyone around her in her immortal ennui. Dangerous, playful, and ruthless, she's manuevering to try to take power.
Liam (Michael Trucco) -- Once the greatest warrior of his people, now fallen into weariness and dissolution. He wants no part of the ancient conflict, but it won't leave him alone.
Marcus (JR Bourne) -- Takes a hardline against the humans finding out the truth. He's Terrell's second/enforcer, but he'd follow his old leader Liam into hell if Liam said the word.

Bridget discovers the Others exist, and slowly gets to meet all of them. At first, she thinks it's pretty amazing - they're immortal, they have magic, how cool is that? - but then realizes that most of them don't care -- not about the man who died, not about humans at all, and some about nothing at all. Even Saskia and Kevin, the 'best' of them, do their jobs, mostly as a way to check Terrell's schemes not because the people matter. Saskia is sure to tell her all about his power and influence her refuses to wield, and Bridget is frustrated by his attitude, convinced that he could stop these predations if he wanted. Kevin realizes she's going to get herself in trouble, and finds himself wanting to protect her. When she's glamoured to forget everything, Liam realizes he doesn't actually want that. But she remembers him anyway and the spell fails. Terrell decides against killing her, knowing it will push Liam to be his enemy, but she must keep their secret or they will ALL be in very big trouble.

"the Others" are, basically, elves/Tuatha de Dannan/Sidhe (Kevin and Mae are an Asian branch of the same people, and the Others themselves make no distinction, as their outer forms are all glamoured anyway). Only a portion are on Earth, living among humans, and the rest (including their court) are in the Underverse. There is no permanent Seelie/Unseelie division - there are clans and alliances and eternal feuds. But they all know each other well and very little surprises them anymore, among each other or humans. But Bridget does surprise them, and push them out of complacency and boredom. Her powers are something new (something old, thought lost), and make her a player. She's not a kid, she has family, so it's important to her to figure out what's important and safe.

And.... I realized belatedly that this is probably close to 'Lost Girl', which I still haven't seen but I have heard the premise with the Fae running around in the city. *sigh* Damn it, real tv stop getting in the way of my fake tv!

Obviously this is influenced by every urban fantasy ever (esp quasi-political ones like Kindred), but still, I'm kind of in love with it at the moment. I might chuck all four other ideas for NaNo and do it instead, because I hate letting all this thinking go to waste!

So here's The Deal:

You post a comment on this entry. In return, I will give you a list of seven actors. (I may look at your profile for a refresher on your fandoms, so consider this a perfect time to update your Interests section!) Then YOU will go back to your LJ and do a quickie show bible. The show bible includes:

* A one-paragraph blurb on what the show is about (like you get in TV Guide)
* What character each actor is playing (you don't need character names, but you do need a description
* For extra credit, a sketch of a plot arc or two OR a couple of two-sentence teasers for first-season episodes.

If you choose to cast a few more "roles" in your write-up, all the more awesome!

Then you post The Deal at the end of your entry, and for anyone who comments on your post and wants to play, give them a list of seven actors.
Abyssisabyssinia4077 on October 20th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow. This reminds me a bit of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere only I think I like it better.

And, um, Cliff Simon? I believe you've been typecast. Also, I am giggling too much at the idea of Martouf as Ba'al's second. And Grace Park would be AWESOME in that role.

I'm just saying, if you wrote this for Nano, I'd totally read it. Sounds pretty darn awesome.
(but did I miss something? - you mention Liam not liking her getting glamoured, but I didn't catch where they had any previous interaction fro him to care....)

[and no actors, please. I already got some from Tafkar and am TOTALLY sharing your problem with OMG NEW STORY EATING BRAIN]
lizardbethlizardbeth_j on October 20th, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
heh, yes, when Lyssie gave me the actors, I knew Cliff had to be evil. Because it would be a waste for him NOT to be evil. Or mostly evil, anyway. And of course since JR's been both evil and Martouf, it kinda made sense to have him be a character who can be both.

oh, yes, I skipped over a great deal of plot in that summary. Saskia basically throws Bridget at him, to see she'll have more luck. And he annoys the crap out of Bridget with his "whatever" attitude, and he finds her self-righteousness irritating. But her powers are kind of interesting, and he's one of the few who can help her expand them if she wants. So that tempts her. So they work together and hopefully have a hilariously awkward dinner with her mom, who knows what he is, and her kid who doesn't.

and... anyway, yes, it's eating my brain, too! These fake-show memes always do, curses!!! :D
entertaining in a disturbing way: Tricia gets a piggy-back ridelyssie on October 20th, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
*g* I would happily read this.

And Lost Girl is stealing from War for the Oaks, so the entire idea of Faerie Politics isn't exactly new. But the difference is the spin you've put on it (clans instead of dark/light divides is a good start).
lizardbethlizardbeth_j on October 21st, 2010 05:11 am (UTC)
:D I'm seriously thinking about doing this for NaNo. It's so pretty and shiny! If, like you say, I can put enough that's different and interesting (and not sucky!) but man, it's intimidating realizing how much more awesome/cool/whatever this is gonna have to be to stand out from the crowd. yikes.

heh, I read War for the Oaks ages ago (was that the book you had in KC? I remember you had something I'd read long ago). I'm sure it's somewhere in the back of my brain as an influence.
noybusiness: Leoben/Anders/Starbuck threesomenoybusiness on October 21st, 2010 12:04 am (UTC)
I like The War of the Flowers, by Tad Williams, where the protagonist is sucked into Faerie and learns that he is a changeling, with the human counterpart being part of a scheme by an evil faerie lord to destroy Earth. But seriously, this is an interesting new spin.
lizardbethlizardbeth_j on October 21st, 2010 05:20 am (UTC)
hm, never read that one. That was after I got annoyed with Otherland. Though reading the description it sounds a lot more like my other theoretical NaNo entry, Which indirectly encourages me to do this instead! (which is what Shiny!loving Me wants to do anyway. Funny how that works)
bluediamond421bluediamond421 on October 22nd, 2010 01:53 am (UTC)
I also would read this. Or watch it on TV. (I've never seen Kristen Cloke or Mira Furlan in anything, but the rest I have, and it would be great, heh.) I don't know much about faerie stories, but I like the ennui thing. And Bridget having powers too is awesome....you should write it.... (and pair up Bridget and Liam, 'cause that part sounded really good, too)

(you can give me actors if you want, but I'm not promising anything, the last time I tried to do this the idea for my show was terrible and I ended up never posting it....)

Edited at 2010-10-22 01:55 am (UTC)