The Frankenstein Code picked up by Fox

Tim’s new series, The Frankenstein Code (formerly Frankenstein), has been picked up by Fox! The pilot has already been filmed, but now that the show has been picked up, they’ll continue filming the first season. Here are a few articles announcing the show order.

Deadline – The Frankenstein Code Picked Up by Fox
The Wrap – Fox Orders Drama The Frankenstein Code to Series

Though there’s not much there as of this posting, Fox does have a page for the series on its website: The Frankenstein Code

The Frankenstein Code

Congratulations to Tim and the rest of the cast and crew!

12 Comments on “The Frankenstein Code picked up by Fox”

  1. Happy, happy, joy, joy!

    I first read the news on my Twitter feed and actually let out a squeal. Congrats to Tim, the cast, and crew–I hope this will be a great experience for all of you!

    I’m glad the title was changed. From what I’d read, the original title of “Frankenstein” was misleading and didn’t accurately reflect the show’s theme.

    When I first read about the pilot, I was a little concerned this not be a White Collar-meets-True Blood mash-up, but I’ve learned to trust Tim’s choices so I’m just going to look forward to seeing him in a lead role again, so soon after White Collar–he deserves it.

  2. By the way, I wanted to mention, the bonus features on the s6 DVD are great, if you haven’t seen them yet. Favorite deleted scene is from “Return to Sender”, Jones coaching Peter on how to act older so that he’ll be convincing as Neal’s father. Very funny. The gag reel is entertaining as always. The retrospective, especially Jeff King calling the series wrap, was very emotional.

    Both commentaries are fun to listen to, too. It’s interesting and fun to hear Tim’s (and Jeff’s and Willie’s) perspective on the final episode, but it’s just as much fun to hear Matt talk about Tim in the second commentary. It will be strange watching Tim’s character with a different partner in Frankenstein.

    1. That’s one of my favorite deleted scenes as well! I posted some shots from it on our Instagram account a couple of nights ago:

      My favorite deleted scene, though, is definitely the one from Au Revoir, because really…

      <3 <3

      As far as trusting Tim's choices, I'm the same way. He did tell me that he's really excited about it and that it (the pilot) was a smart script. I'm hoping that Fox gives them the time that they need to get the first season together without rushing it.

  3. Super excited to hear this news – salvaged my day. Loved seeing Willie congratulate Tim on twitter. I’m sad to say I really don’t know the premise of the show but I’m in, whatever it is…

  4. You’re welcome!

    I also wanted to thank you for posting the season 1 stills from Carnivale. I’m starting a re-watch soon, thanks to a comment Matt made about the “innate likability” that Tim infuses into his characters, regardless of how dark they are. I immediately thought of Jonesy, whom I adore despite his being deeply flawed. One of the things I miss most from there not being a season 3 is that we won’t know how deeply Jonesy’s resurrection transformed him, but he was definitely a different man after Ben saved him–and that’s loosely the same theme to be explored in The Frankenstein Code, being given a second chance to live life better.

    Of course, if, as Tim said at Paley, that Jonesy would’ve survived the season 2 finale, that too might have had a profound affect on him. How many of us get not only a second chance, but a third?

    I really loved Carnivale. Not in the same way I loved White Collar, but the storytelling was complex, the exploration of good vs. evil is infinitely ongoing and relevant. Had it been just a little more popular, Carnivale was rich with storytelling possibilities.

    1. Actually I’ve been wondering about what Jonesy would have become if he had been brought back from the deads by the sister. Would they have kept him as a good guy, or would that have affected him (in a bad way)?

      Tim definitely has an inner likeability to him, a decency that transfers to his characters (unless he plays a cold bad guy), and that’s why he can’t help but love him. 😉

  5. I read in one of Tim’s interviews (I can’t remember where or when I read this) that, had Carnivale returned for season 3, that Jonesy would’ve first been seen pitching in a baseball game, maybe for a barnstorming team that were common in the 1930’s. One can’t play baseball without having a soul, so I tend to think Jonesy’s innate goodness (which I think he possessed even in his darkest moments) would’ve risen to the surface.

    I haven’t seen all of Tim’s work (not by a long shot) but his bad guy roles tend to be guest-starring roles, and those characters generally exist for one reason–to be the foil for the series regulars.

    1. I do think Jonesy works as a good guy. This was just some speculations, based on Adrienne Barbeau’s character (I think?), who was affected by her resurrection. Not that I would have wanted Jonesy to change.

      Most of Tim’s bad guys were either cartoonish, or a good guy accidently doing something wrong. He wasn’t really given any good, complex ‘bad guy’ material. So it’s hard to really compare his ‘good’ vs. ‘bad’ guy, but I do prefer him as a good guy. I think he can bring a lot more to those human, normal, people than to dark character (I don’t really see him as a psycho for exemple). Though I wouldn’t mind being proven wrong. Well, just once.

  6. I would like to see Tim play a bad guy in a feature film or mini-series–those characters are generally better developed than one-off character roles in episodic TV. His character in Agents of Shield was definitely one of his better developed bad guy TV roles, probably because it was a two-episode arc, and his character had an emotional connection to a series regular.

    Jonesy was essentially, at his core, a decent guy, I think. He was a little too dependent on alcohol, he didn’t really regret sleeping with his friend’s wife and then same friend’s daughter, and he didn’t always treat Sophie with respect. He harbored bitterness about his injured leg–he was actually angry that Ben had resurrected him until he realized his leg was healed. Then, his gratitude transformed him, and he became steadfastly loyal to the man who had given him new life, a man who had had no reason to help him, a man toward whom Jonesy hadn’t even been particularly kind. That’s what unconditional grace can do for a person.

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