Legend of the Seeker


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From Terry Goodkind's official website:

Sam Raimi, best known as the director of the hugely successful SPIDER-MAN and SPIDER-MAN II films, and his producing partner Joshua Donen, have optioned film rights for Terry Goodkind’s enormously popular bestselling SWORD OF TRUTH adventure series, published by Tor Books.

Having been approached by Hollywood a number of times over the past decade, Goodkind was never convinced that his 400,000 word bestselling novels could be successfully compressed into worthwhile feature films. In a meeting at the author’s home, the renowned director and producer instead conceived of a groundbreaking mini-series. Within two hours Goodkind was sold on the concept and negotiations commenced. Ten months later the deal was finally concluded. “It’s a dream come true to work with someone of such remarkable vision, talent, and ability,” Goodkind said. “Given Sam’s sincere love for these stories and his determination to only make great films, this mini-series will be a watershed event.”

All of Goodkind’s novels have been international bestsellers. Translated into 20 foreign languages, there are over 10 million copies in print. The SWORD OF TRUTH series began with WIZARD’S FIRST RULE in 1994. The 10th novel in the series, PHANTOM, is on sale now. The 11th and final volume is under contract and will be published in 2008.

Raimi and Donen hope to begin production of the opening mini-series, WIZARD’S FIRST RULE, within the next year, to be followed by ensuing volumes of the epic novels. The development process will begin while Raimi completes SPIDER-MAN III. Definitive word on the production will be available in early 2007.

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"Spider-Man" franchise director Sam Raimi is teaming with Disney-ABC Domestic Television and ABC Studios on a new first-run, live-action weekly series targeted for a fall launch, says The Hollywood Reporter.

The series, titled "Wizard's First Rule," is based on Terry Goodkind's best-selling epic fantasy series "The Sword of Truth."

"Sword" follows the extraordinary transformation of woodsman Richard Cypher into a magical leader who joins with a mysterious woman to stop a bloodthirsty tyrant.

Raimi is executive producing the hourlong series with Robert Tapert (The Grudge), Joshua Donen (The Quick and the Dead) and "Xena: Warrior Princess" production executive Ned Nalle. Disney-ABC Domestic TV is distributing, and ABC Studios is producing.

Production on 22 episodes is slated to begin in May.

"Wizard's First Rule," Goodkind's first installment in the "Sword of Truth" series, was published in 1994, followed by 10 additional titles.


A series instead of a mini series? Interesting.

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Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert have tapped "The X-Files" vet John Shiban to exec produce their upcoming syndie skein "Wizard's First Rule."

Shiban, who is with the CW's "Supernatural," will help translate Terry Goodkind's series of books into a weekly TV series. Project is set in a fantasy world of magic and wizards and focuses on the Seeker, a man who is destined to save the world, but not before battling a whole bunch of bad guys.

Scribe said he plans "to take a cue from 'The X-Files'" in setting up the skein's structure.

"There's an overarching mythology to the series, but the job of Seeker allows (the lead character) to fight evil in self-contained episodes," he said.

Shiban, new to the syndie realm, said he's enjoying the genre's advantages.

"We don't have to worry about network issues and what our competition is," he said. And since the show is a firm go for 22 episodes, "It's nice to know we can tell this whole first season of stories."

Shiban said "Wizards" will strive for network quality effects and production values. "We're going to make it look huge," he said.

After spending seven years on "X-Files," Shiban co-created spinoff skein "Lone Gunmen" and worked on skeins such as "Star Trek: Enterprise" and "Revelations."

"Wizards" has been cleared for broadcast in 84% of the country and all of the nation's top 50 markets. Disney-ABC Domestic Television is producing.

In addition to Raimi, Tapert and Shiban, Joshua Donen and Ned Nalle are set as exec producers on the project, which begins lensing next month for a fall bow.


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Sam Raimi's scripted series "Wizard's First Rule" will debut the weekend of Nov. 1 in national syndication, Disney-ABC Domestic Television and ABC Studios said Thursday.

The hourlong epic fantasy series, starring Craig Horner and Bridget Regan, will kick off with a two-hour premiere. Raimi exec produces with Rob Tapert, Joshua Donen, Ned Nalle and Kenneth Biller.


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Disney's experiment in reviving the firstrun syndie drama biz with the Sam Raimi-produced "Legend of the Seeker" has paid off with a second-season renewal on the Tribune Broadcasting stations.

Filmed in New Zealand and based on Terry Goodkind's "Sword of Truth" book series, "Seeker" has delivered a credible 2.0 household rating or so in its run to date. It scored a 1.6 household rating for the week ended Jan. 11.

Its two-hour preem in November posted a 2.9, indicating an appetite among viewers for the kitschy fantasy-action genre that peaked in the late 1990s with "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" and "Xena: Warrior Princess."

Disney-ABC Domestic Television is also filling a void for TV stations such as Tribune's CW affils that used to thrive with firstrun dramas. Tribune stations run "Seeker," a "Lord of the Rings"-esque vehicle, on Saturday nights when there is no CW-supplied programming.

Tribune's stations account for 35% of "Seeker's" national clearances and cover most of its key top markets.


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So I just watched the Season Two premiere.


This show just got upgraded from "Semi-good, pretty fun show" to "Damn Good Fantasy Entertainment."

It's got production values that are on-par with any of the highest-budget shows on TV, great action, and a complex new storyline that blows Season 1's simple premise out of the water.

I think it might be my new favorite currently-running show.

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I don't like how far from the books they have strayed this season.

Richard should be Richard Raul and be in charge of the Daharan army and the Mord Sith. Every citizen knows where the Raul is at all times so they all should know it's Richard. At the beginning of the book Richard and Kahalen are getting married at the Mud People's city (who they also left out of the show), and instead they seem to be dragging out their relationship through the whole series in true tv fashion. If he's not learning magic sometime soon I'm really going to be mad.

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Is Legend of the Seeker cancelled? The situation certainly isn't good for the fantasy series, though its ultimate fate remains unclear.

KSiteTV has noted that Tribune Company is informing Seeker fans that, "Seeker's ratings do not merit renewing it," and that they won't be bringing the show back for a third season.

Legend of the Seeker is produced by ABC Studios, but airs in syndication, sold to local stations across the country. However, TVBytheNumbers.com notes that Tribune apparently owns most, if not all, of the stations the series airs on -- likely purchasing it as a package, to air across the country on various Tribune channels. So Tribune not renewing it is almost the same as if it were airing on a major network who cancelled it.

What's unknown yet is if ABC Domestic Television, who distribute the show, might look to other non-Tribune stations across the country to air Legend of the Seeker, or if this definitively marks the end of the series. We'll keep you updated on the situation.


Well, crap.

The whole reason I don't DVR it is because it's not in HD out here.

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I have to say, this is maybe my favorite show at the moment. It's not exactly super-high quality, but it's definitely a lot of fun. For a fantasy action fan like me, it's like someone handing me a free fifty-dollar bill every week.

If the cancellation rumors are true, I'll be very upset.

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Unfortunately for viewers of the syndicated Legend of the Seeker, the series will not get a third season and has been canceled, according to EW.com's Michael Ausiello.


Damn Tribune for pulling it from their stations. Oh well. Maybe now we can get a movie that actually follows the book.

Although it is strange that even Sam Raimi couldn't convince anyone to pick it up. Hell, this is the kind of show people actually want to watch on SyFy.

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