Sometimes I wonder why we buy you the freaking comic and all you do is color over it.
These people get salary increases greater than what many CPF members make in a year, above and beyond a STARTING salary so grotesque they can't help but become addicted to keeping that cash-cow coming.
Yes, Fillion softened from FIREFLY and SERENITY. For what they were paying him, I'd stand there in a pink tutu or adult diaper just like any other TV clown. But that does not mean he himself became soft or is incapable as an actor of creating a believable James Tiberius Egotrip.
You old romantic you. You've fallen in love with personas as well as formulaic bull shit, it's time for something bold, "Go where no TV series has gone before" (sadistic plagiarism)....
Are they looking for another Saturday afternoon serial, or a Sean Connery character to set this apart from it's predecessors?
Granted, a Nathan persona would generate an instant Firefly following, but that, like Star Treks first run was short, as was FF.
How about new blood and maybe, just maybe, they have actual creative writers with a network willing to spend the capital on a quality set, and not relying totally on CG.
History says they'll shoot for somewhere in between and milk it for a 5 year run...