Could Firefly come back?

Sherlock may have shown how to make a series with such an in demand cast

It certainly should but will it?

Despite the show’s resilient popularity and fervent fan base, a revival has always seemed unlikely.

The practical difficulties of doing so are that most of the cast and crew have moved onto other projects. The show’s creator Joss Whedon summed up this problem when someone in an online Q&A suggested fundraising on kickstarter could be the first step towards bringing the show back. He witheringly responded that the subsequent steps would be:

Step 2: Cancel Castle. Step 3: Cancel Homeland. Step 4: Generally destroy everybody’s careers. Step 5: Avoid Step 2.

A possible way around this obstacle has been suggested by the show’s former producer Tim Minear:

I would never foreclose the possibility,” Minear told EW about the potential of a Firefly rebirth. “I would love it. It would be great. But first everybody has their respective projects that limit them from crossing over into other things. It’s just trying to coordinate everybody’s obligations so they could somehow participate.”

However, Minear soon revealed that he did think about how it could be done in a profitable manner for 20th Century Fox TV.

“I’m completely talking off the top of my head, but there’s a show that’s been on for the last couple years that’s reinvented the form in terms of the limited series. I’m trying to think of the name of that show—Oh yes! American Horror Story! It doesn’t even have to be 13 episodes. Look how Sherlock does it….I think a limited series of some kind would work best. Something like that could also work if, say, 20th could partner with Netflix, or another distributor. It could have its home on Fox, of course [then a second window on streaming]. A limited series would do very well, I bet.

Sherlock is an interesting precedent. Its co-creator Stefan Moffat has said that the show would be “done” by now was it not for its short series. They allow it to slot into the increasingly busy schedules of the show’s stars. In short it has solved the problem a new Firefly or Serenity would have.