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OTRC: Joss Whedon's cult favorite 'Firefly' returns to television

Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Alan Tudyk, Gina Torres, Nathan Fillion, Sean Maher and Summer Glau in a promotional photo from the 2005 film, 'Serenity.' (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures)

"Firefly," the Sci-Fi western which aired for one season in 2002 and instantly became a cult favorite, will return to TV with unaired episodes on the Science Channel.

The show premieres on Sunday, March 6 at 8 p.m. ET with an airing of the original two-hour pilot, followed by episode one of the 15-part Joss Whedon series.

Whedon rose to fame with his hit TV series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and fans followed him when he created "Firefly," which only aired for a single season.

The series is set 500 years in the future and follows a renegade crew aboard a small "Firefly-class" spaceship called Serenity. The crew, helmed by Captain Malcom "Mal" Reynolds (Nathan Fillion), fight for survival as they venture into unknown parts of the galaxy, evading warring groups and agents who're out to get them.

Last week, Fillion, who now stars in ABC's "Castle," told EW that he would love to play Mal again, even if he had to make it happen on his own.

"If I got $300 million from the California Lottery," Fillion told Entertainment Weekly, "the first thing I would do is buy the rights to "Firefly," make it on my own, and distribute it on the internet."

"Firefly" fans will also have a chance to hear "Sci-Fi Science" star Dr. Michio Kaku, who co-founded string field theory, comment on the science behind "Firefly" for each episode. Kaku will discuss why things from terraforming to anti-matter, which are featured in the show, aren't that far from scientific fact.

Following the success of the cancelled show, Whedon made the Universal Pictures feature continuation of the series, "Serenity" in 2005. The movie picked up where the last epidoes left off and received generally positive reviews.

"Firefly" will premiere on Sunday, March 6 at 8 p.m. ET on the Science Channel, with the unaired episode at 10 p.m. ET.

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