Syfy’s history of original programming involving superheroes has not been stellar. Two short-lived efforts were the campy Flash Gordon and the earnest Painkiller Jane, both of which were not well received by the genre audience and lived for only one season.
Now it seems as though the network is willing to deep-end jump back into the superhero pool, Chuck-style with Three Inch Hero. The series revolves around a group of do-gooders with barely detectable paranormal powers. Noah Reid (Jane and the Dragon, Strange Days at Blake Holsey High) stars as Walter Spackman, a daydreamer and SyFy described “professional underachiever.” After getting struck by lightening, he develops the power to move things with his mind. Unfortunately, the wow-factor is low, as he can only move items a distance of three inches. Yet he gets recruited onto a team of crime fighters lead by Troy Hamilton, played by our own James Marsters. Maybe SyFy is hoping to cash in on the popular actor’s Buffy connection? Wouldn’t be a bad idea! As a former government agent, Hamilton provides the crime fighting foundation for this group of heroes.
Marsters has enjoyed quite a bit of success on the genre front lately, having recurring parts in The CW’s Smallville, Torchwood and Caprica. He has also appeared in such drama series as Numb3rs, Lie To Me, and the premier episode of CBS’s new Hawaii Five-O. Now with Three Inch Hero, hopefully we’ll see Marsters on a more regular basis.
Three Inch Hero mines genre’s rich actor pool by rounding out the cast with Naoko Mori (Torchwood) cast as Annika, a woman who can duplicate and broadcast any sound she hears; Kyle Schmid (Blood Ties) as Brandon. Strangely enough, he’s the team leader who has all the strength of a true action hero, yet he has no super powers at all. Also on board are Brandon Jay McLaren (Harper’s Island) as Walter’s best friend, Alona Tal (Supernatural) as Lily Theroux, Walter’s next door neighbor and long time crush, as well as Craig Eldridge and Andrea Martin. Another popular Supernatural guest star, Julian Richings (Apocalyptic Horseman: Death) will appear in the premier. I think I just felt a chill!
Look for Three Inch Hero to debut sometime in 2011!