Back in the 1990s, Babylon 5 pretty much changed the face of TV sci-fi. A space station set show before Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Babylon 5 had it all. Politics, space-battles, Claudia Christian. It also, at times, felt like the FX were the spiritual successor to those in The Last Starfighter.

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The original series followed ambassadors from the five major races in the galaxy onboard a five-mile-long space station during a time of uneasy peace. It is claimed that the entire show was mapped out before they started, allowing a more dense and interconnected story to play out.

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So it was with a sense of trepidation that we received the news that the CW was going to be home to a reboot. The CW? The home of the Arrow-verse? That CW? Still, the original show creator is involved so we will give it a chance.

Now that creator, J. Michael Straczynski, has revealed that the show did not receive a pilot order or get picked up this season. That doesn’t mean Babylon 5 is dead. It just wasn’t ready and won’t make it into the development schedule this time around.

The CW’s CEO Mark Pedowitz reportedly believes in the project and according to Straczynski it remains in active development. However… the CW is up for sale. How long does Pedowitz remain in that chair?

The new take is said to be:

“John Sheridan, an Earthforce officer with a mysterious background, being assigned to Babylon 5 while an exploratory Earth company accidentally triggers a conflict with a civilization a million years ahead of us. Sheridan and the rest of the B5 crew are soon in the line of fire.”

Straczynski writes and executive-produces the new Babylon 5 for Warner Bros. Television.

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