If you haven't already heard, BBC America announced that a new Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency series is in the works. Here are some reasons why you should be super excited and anxiously await it's premiere in the fourth quarter of 2016.
First off, the series is based on stellar source material. Douglas Adams is the funniest science fiction writer of all time. His satirical humor and intelligent science fiction stories have had many adaptions over time. If you've read, seen, or heard The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, you know Adams' works. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency was the start of Adams' second science fiction series, later continuing in The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. Adams is also known for his work on Doctor Who, writing three serials during the Tom Baker era and serving as script editor for season 17. Some unused elements from his writing for Doctor Who eventually got worked into Dirk Gently releases.
Secondly, the new series will be written and executive produced by Max Landis. Known for writing Chronicle, American Ultra, and Mr. Right, Landis is well versed in science fiction and quirky comedies. If there is one person I trust to know the material well enough and respect it, it is a fellow nerd fan boy like Max Landis. Landis understands how to write well drawn characters. If you have been reading his comic series Superman: American Alien, you'll know he can take beloved characters and show them in a fresh way that honors the original material. BBC America President Sarah Barnett says they are excited for "Max Landis’ brilliant and audacious take on this material."
The third reason to get excited for this series is that Dirk Gently does not have a successful adaption yet. There is a successful comic book series, which will play into the story lines of the new series with IDW Entertainment co-producing. However, a previous attempt at a Dirk Gently television series got cancelled after only 4 episodes. With an eight episode order from BBC America, fans are already getting more than they've ever had before.
Lastly, perhaps you are not already a fan of Dirk Gently, but you like the mystery genre. This is the perfect show to tide you over until Sherlock returns. Series 4 of Sherlock doesn't even start filming until this April and won't be back on our screens until 2017. So why not watch Dirk Gently solve strange mysteries in another British derived show in the meantime! Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency is the perfect blend of Doctor Who and Sherlock, that WhoLock fans have been craving!
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