Network television has been suffering from Lost syndrome ever since the J.J. Abrams-produced miniseries became a ratings giant that had the entire nation swarming their water coolers season after season. Every network tried to get into the serialized, ensemble mystery game that would promise them a primetime tentpole for years to come. Very few of those Lost-esque shows survived. So now at least one network is getting away from that long-haul plan and (wisely) focusing on something that isn't quite so ambitious: miniseries.
Of course NBC prefers to call these smaller shows "event television," but whatever it wants to name them, it's a smart call in our book. Not every TV show needs to have a 24-episode season, or a seven-season lifespan. It's okay to let a story only be as long as it needs to, and that's why we're a bit encouraged by NBC's plans for Rosemary's Baby and The Tommyknockers, even though we don't know a whole lot about either project.
What we do know about Rosemary's Baby is that NBC is billing it as a four-hour miniseries and that the story will relocate from New York City to Paris. There's no talk of how much it will have in common with Roman Polanski's 1968 film, nor if he or original star Mia Farrow will be involved (don't count on it). So for now we have to assume it's a new spin on a young, pregnant woman who suspects that the people in her apartment building are Satanists hell-bent on sacrificing her child to the devil. If NBC needs any suggestions for who to direct, though, we'd gladly throw Jaume Balaguero's name into the mix. His [Rec] and Sleep Tight are the best apartment-based horror movies since Rosemary's Baby, so this would be a nice, fitting hat trick for him.
As for The Tommyknockers, NBC was also very sparse on details there, but we do know that they've hired Yves Simoneau (HBO's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee) to direct the pilot. It will, of course, be based on Stephen King's novel about a small town whose citizens are psychologically affected by a UFO buried in the woods. It's kind of a weird story (even weirder if you watch the 1993 ABC miniseries starring Jimmy Smits), but it's ripe for retooling on network TV and should be just as popular as CBS' Under the Dome (which is now getting a second season).
And lastly in Reel TV news, Syfy has given the green light to a 90-minute pilot for Dominion, a continuation of the 2010 movie Legion. If you haven't seen the latter, it's a rather crummy fantasy action flick about a war between angels and mankind. The show will follow after the movie and tells the story of "a rebellious young soldier who discovers he's the unlikely savior of humanity." Scott Stewart, who wrote and directed Legion, will executive produce the TV show and direct the pilot. This gives Syfy two new shows based on movies, the first being the recently announced adaptation of 12 Monkeys.