NBC Universal has announced that August 18th will be the debut of their first online-only series titled Gemini Division, which stars Rosario Dawson (Clerks II, Deathproof) and Justin Hartley (Smallville). The show will be available on NBC.com and SCIFI.com, with new webisodes rolling out weekly. Webisodes will also be available weekly on VOD via Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS, and DISH Network, in addition to EST (Electronic Sell-Through) via Amazon Unbox, Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE and Zune, NBC Mobile, and several online video portals.
Gemini Division is set a short time in the future and follows Anna Diaz (Dawson) who’s a NYC vice cop trying to figure out the mystery behind her murdered fiance when she stumbles upon a secret war between human and human creation. A few years back, the Government created a mass of simulated soldiers called SIMs to send to Iraq where they fought for two years. At some point, 217 of these SIMs went AWOL and an agency called Gemini Division was formed to find these soldiers and destroy them. The question is, can they stop them and how does Diaz fit into all of this?
In a time where people can watch TV shows whenever they like without even turning on their TV, having a series play only online was the next logical step. A few smaller attempts have been tried out, but with Gemini Division, it’s the first time one is being lead by a big-time star. I know for me personally, there’s many shows I would like to watch, but I really suck at actually keeping up, so without OnDemand or DVR and the ability to watch these shows online, I’d never see anything without waiting for a DVD.
Whether this show will be good or not, who knows. I like the sound of it, but I’m not so sold on the very green-screened look of it. Below is a clip for you to check out for yourselves and decide!
I had a chance to prescreen the first two episodes. While the trailers felt a little flat, the episodes themselves were very different with a direct emotional appeal. I am looking forward to seeing the episodes and the story play out. I reviewed my experience at my blog, including a conference call with Brent and other bloggers. Very cool stuff.
Comment by Tim Todd — August 17, 2008 @ 1:12 am