Fantasy returns to syndication


It’s been nearly seven years since the final episode of Xena graced the airwaves. Apparently, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert have experienced what one might consider to be a seven-year itch. Raimi recently inked a deal with Dinsey and ABC Studios to produce 22 episodes of a new fantasy series for syndication called Wizard’s First Rule. The TV series will be based on Terry Goodkind‘s The Sword of Truth series of novels.

When Xena and Gabrielle faded to black in 2001, so did the heyday of first-run fantasy shows in syndication. And since my favorite warrior took her leave, I’ve been not-so-patiently waiting for my next chance to see such exploits each and every week. Naturally, upon hearing of this series and the two men who will produce it, I began having flashbacks to happier TV times.

I know absolutely nothing about Terry Goodkind and his little book series, so I did some surfing to learn about what I might get to see when this new endeavor reaches the air. Naturally, I was hoping for a warrior woman with a fiesty female sidekick, but I was not deluded enough to believe that I would be that lucky.

What I found was a tale of a boy with a sword, his mysterious female companion and a host of other intriguing folk. The tales in Goodkind’s books follow a woodsman named Richard who meets a mysterious woman named Kahlan while seeking clues to his father’s death. Richard and Kahlan proceed to have adventure after adventure in this fantasy world that includes powerful sorceresses and a fair number of sword-wielding ladies as well.

Now the question is, what will the dynamic duo of Raimi and Tapert do with this fantasy land? Is there any chance we’ll get to see a strong woman or six who can lead, fight and love the way some of their previous creations could? And will a certain blue-eyed beauty make any appearances on her hubby’s new show?

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