Michael Taylor, one of the creator and executive producers of Virtuality recently spoke to io9, in an interview where he cast doubt over the property’s prospects for going to series, and cleared up a few lingering questions that have hovered over its troubled production.
“Fox has not given us the official word,” said Taylor, in a tonally confusing interview where he veered between being obliquely critical of the network and praising it for its support. “I have to be honest, I think the scheduling of this the way it is… it does not look good. The chances are very slender. Slim to none — who knows? It would take pretty much a miracle for that to happen. It would take millions of people watching, on this night when people normally aren’t watching television in general.”
The cutting of Virtuality’s pilot from a two-hour event to a one-hour was widely publicised at the time. Taylor, however, has clarified that the studio interference wasn’t as heavy handed as many suspected, particularly with regards to a proposed homosexual couple on the show. Previous rumours had it that Fox was nervous about including that aspect of characterisation, but he insists that it was blown out of proportion. “None of that is true. I think that was at the point where the network said, ‘Gosh this is very cool but I don’t know if this is for us.’ They basically took their hands off. They didn’t give us any budget to do some of the things we wanted to do, but they said, ‘Do what you want.'”
Perhaps the most damning indictment of the show’s future comes at the end of the article however, when Taylor fully expresses his pessimism towards seeing a serialised Virtuality. “Neither Ron [Moore] nor I are holding our breath for a miracle. We’re just happy people have a chance to watch what we made.”
To read the full interview, which goes into far more depth on the characters and mechanics of the show, click here.