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article imageShowtime adds two science-fiction series to line-up

By Justin Crann     Jun 15, 2011 in Entertainment
Hoping to cash in on the resurgence of the science-fiction genre and gain an edge on their competitors, cable network Showtime has bought the rights to two new programs.
Not much is known about the appropriately-named Last H.O.P.E. (which stands for "Hospital on Planet Earth"), other than the fact that it is being billed as a mash-up of post-apocalyptic storytelling in the vein of Mad Max and popular hospital shows like M*A*S*H, QuietEarth reports.
The pitch was penned by screenwriter David DiGilio, who was also recently hired as the writer of an untitled third part to Disney's Tron series of films.
Last H.O.P.E. is the second science-fiction series Showtime is adding to its programming schedule, following the announcement that the network hired on award-winning author Salman Rushdie to write The Next People, a series "based in factual science... [that] will contain elements of the supernatural or extra-terrestrial," the Observer reports.
Both series will join an already successful line-up that includes critically acclaimed series Dexter, Californication, the Tudors, and Weeds.
As the projects are still in the early stages of development, no official air date has been attached to either series' premiere.
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