Several sources, including The Futon Critic , have announced that the Virtuality has finally been given an air date. The series from Michael Taylor and Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald D. Moore has been one of the most talked about scifi shows in the works this past year.
The story revolves around a malfunctioning virtual reality system on board Earth’s first starship The Phaeton. The cast includes Clea DuVall, James D’Arcy, Jimmi Simpson, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Joy Bryant, Kerry Bishe, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Sienna Guillory.
Early news on the series was the Fox wanted the original two-hour pilot to be re-shot. There was also some rumored concern about a same-sex marriage between two of the characters. According to Airlock Alpha, there was also some early issues about potential copyright infringement.
So now Fox has scheduled the two-hour pilot to air on Saturday, July 4 and they couldn’t have picked a worse night. A Saturday and a holiday where most of the people in the United States are out watching fireworks or having barbecues. It’s hardly the vote of confidence we were all waiting for.
There’s a small ray of hope that a good turnout for the pilot might encourage Fox to go ahead with the series. But it’s more likely that they decided to get their money’s worth out of a very expensive project by airing it on TV then releasing it to DVD.