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"Redshirts" is the affectionate term for nameless characters who exist just to die and make things look dangerous for our heroes. The phrase was coined in reference to the security teams in Star Trek, who never made it home alive. Sci-fi writer John Scalzi wrote a novel inspired by these characters called Redshirts. Now, FX is reportedly adapting the novel into a television series.
In the novel, a 25th century spaceship gets new crewmembers and discover that their colleagues die regularly for some reason. It turns out that a 21st century TV crew has hijacked the ship and their reality, letting crewmembers die for the sake of the show. Zap2It notes that the novel won the 2013 Hugo Award.
According to Deadline, the show is being developed by Jon Shestack (Dan In Real Life) and Ken Kwapis (Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants) with Alexandra Beattie.
There’s no other crew attached at this point, but it is being planned as a limited series. FX is set to dive into the limited series world with a series based on Fargo, which starts in April.
Kwapis and Beattie’s In Cahoots banner was developing Happyish, the Showtime project that was set to star Philip Seymour Hoffman, who tragically died last weekend. A pilot was filmed, but the show’s future remains unknown.