Sci-fi take on Oz among new TV series

Jan. 12, 2007 at 5:31 PM

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- A new series from the creators of "Sex and the City" called "Tinman" is among the projects green-lighted by U.S. television networks.

The SciFi Channel partnered with "Sex in the City" creator Darren Star and writer Mike Werb on a "techno-crime" mini-series called "Tin Man," which will star Tony-winner Alan Cumming.

Cumming will play a person missing half his brain who lives among a crew of oddball characters on O.Z. (the Outer Zone). The Hollywood Reporter said Friday that yes, the series is loosely based on the book "The Wizard of Oz."

Also getting the go-ahead are ABC's "Pushing Daisies," a contemporary take on Raymond Chandler's noir detective Philip Marlowe, which comes from Bryan Fuller, creator of the ShowTime favorite "Dead Like Me." The show's primary character is described as "an unconventional detective" who magically can touch the dead and raise them back to life; the catch is that he then has to deal with what he has done.

"Zip" will come to viewers from NBC Universal Studio and Reveille. It involves a ne'er-do-well dad and his kids as they try to make it in 90210 proper, Beverly Hills. The Reporter said that Mark Rizzo has written the script and will be the supervising producer.

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