Have SyFy screwed up?

Syfy are making a new sitcom described as an alien version of The Office – and that isn’t going over well with former Buffy stars Amber Benson and Adam Busch, who’ve already made a movie with pretty much the exact same pitch

Syfy’s Human Relations, announced last week, describes itself in this way:

The Office meets Men In Black in this project featuring an office Temp who slowly discovers that his off-kilter and odd-ball bosses at the strange
hi-tech “ad agency” where he works are really aliens working on a plan to
destroy the Earth.

Benson and Busch’s movie Drones, which premiered last January and has just been picked up for distribution, has the following synopsis:

The Office meets The Day The Earth Stood Still, [Drones] is about a guy who works 
in an office with a kooky, off-kilter boss/co-workers, who then discovers
 that he’s really working with aliens who are plotting to blow-up the Earth.

the two Buffy stars had this to say!

We just find it hard to believe that no one involved with “Human Relations” (the writer, the producers, the network) ever sat down and Googled the words “aliens” and “office comedy” — because if they did, they would have discovered that the very network they sold their show to had premiered a trailer to a movie with the exact same concept.

Personally to me this looks a bit dodgy! the discriptions are nearly identical! (only the names and locations have been changed to protect the guilty)

SyFy have yet to comment of the story!

What do you guys think?

GS Reporter: Matt

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2 comments

  1. It is always tough when comparing something unseen to something so popular. It is easy to see the “rip off” potential and thereby judge it negatively (instead of the intended excitement it is supposed to garner). I like Amber Benson’s writing, so hopefully this turns out well. At the very least, give it time to breath (which I think is more likely with the SyFy network than most):

    http://onegoodminute.wordpress.com/2010/08/05/shame-on-you-television-networks-a-k-a-party-down-deserves-to-live/

  2. Yes, they screwed up.

    But I think SyFy screwed up long before this idiocy when they thought it was okay to show Wrestling and James Bond movies, when they changed their name to SyFy, and when they decided to join the reality-tv bandwagon.

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