Excerpt from Indian Television 7/26/02
Star World looking to hook viewers with 'Becker' and Mutant X
Indiantelevision.com Team (26 July 2002 5:30pm)
Star World is also set to unleash action with the weekly 'Mutant X' that premieres on 17 August at 6:30 pm and 10 pm and will air every subsequent Saturday. Creation of Richard Donner, the director of 'Lethal Weapon', Mutant X is a sleek, fast-paced new age series, exploring the world of genetic engineering. The show chronicles the adventures of Mutant X, a team of human mutants possessing extraordinary powers as a result of genetic engineering. Like hundreds of other unsuspecting subjects, these new mutants were altered in secret experiments conducted in a covert government project. Realising that events have spun out of control, the organization that created them is now hunting them down in an urgent "product recall." Mutant X's mission is to seek out their fellow new mutants to help them come to terms with their astonishing abilities and protect them from their creators.
The show stars John Shea, Victoria Pratt, Victor Webster and Lauren Lee Smith.
Screen India: 8/9/02
Mutant X premieres on STAR World
Star World is upping the action quotient with the premiere of Mutant X on Saturday, 17 August at 6.30 p.m. and 10 p.m. exclusively on Star World.
Brainchild of Richard Donner, creator of 1979’s Superman and Lethal Weapon, it’s in the genre of Matrix. Said Tarun Katial, Senior V P., Prgramming, STAR India, Mutant X is a sleek, fast-paced new age series, exploring the world of genetic engineering. In Mutant X, the viewers will for the first time witness, big screen effects, on small screen. This is the best of action series now on television.”
The highly anticipated new weekly action series, Mutant X chronicles the adventures of Mutant X, a team of human mutants possessing extraordinary powers as a result of genetic engineering. Like hundreds of other unsuspected in a covert government project. Realising that events have spun out of control, the organisation that created them is now hunting them down in an urgent “product recall.” Mutant X’s mission is to seek out their fellow new mutants to help them come to terms with their astonishing abilities and protect them from their creators.
Adam (John Shea), whose last name is shrouded in mystery, is arguably the smartest man alive - the strategist, tactician and moral center of Mutant X. It was his genetic research that inadvertently created new Mutants - and he takes as his responsibility the salvation of these innocent victims of society. Adam has the serenity of a warrior poet the perfect leader for Mutant X.
Shalimar Fox (Victoria Pratt) is in her mid 20s... fiery, and stunning, a sensual beauty utterly in touch with her primal self. Blessed with both human and animal DNA, Shalimar has the strength, speed, and cunning of the animal kingdom... with a tempestuous nature to match. She is uncannily fast, inhumanly agile and sensually feline. Walking the line between human and feral, Shalimar is a little wild and completely unpredictable.
Brennan Mulwray (Victor Webster) is a tough, yet vulnerable, street-smart wise guy in his late 20s with the astonishing ability to generate enough electricity from his own body to power a small city. A fast talking cavalier with an ingratiating grin, Brennan is a master of electricity - who can throws bolts of energy from his fingertips. Brennan loves being a New Mutant... throwing of sparks is an absolute blast.
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New Sunday Times 8/16/02
Dial M for Mutant Powers
by Rina Omar
They're young. They're stylish. They're good looking. And, oh yeah, they have mutant powers. Welcome to the world of Mutant X.
Get set for the action-packed series, about a team of mutants who each possesses extraordinary powers as a result of genetic engineering when it premieres on Star World tomorrow night. Of course, in true American style, these mutants were all part of a secret government project.
But now, Genomex, the organisation that created these special individuals, wants to "correct its mistakes" and hunt them down. Meantime, Mutant X races against time and the GSA to find and help these extraordinary people develop their special abilities.
If you're starting to hear echoes of The X-Men resounding in the background, it's no surprise -- both series come from Marvel comics, except that none of the characters run around in Lycra suits. Everyone's dressed in some seriously stylish outfits -- knee-length leather jackets, high-slit skirts, high-heeled boots -- well you get the point.
Adam (John Shea), is the leader of Mutant X. It was his genetic research that created the mutants and he has taken it on to protect and save these kids. He is aided by two mutants, Shalimar Fox (Victoria Pratt) and Jesse Kilmartin (Forbes March).
Fox is a feral mutant, possessing the strength, speed and cunning of an animal with a fiery nature to match. You're going to enjoy watching her kick butt, with skills and style that will put Buffy and the gang to shame. Plus, she's not even half as bimbo-ic.
Kilmartin is the all-round nice guy who neutralises Fox's tempestuous nature. He has the ability to change the density of his body at will, deflecting bullets by making his body solid as a rock or walking through walls.
They recruit Emma deLauro (Lauren Lee Smith), who is on the run from GSA because of her psionic abilities, being able to read and influence the thoughts of people.
At the same time, they also recruited hottie Brennan Mulwray (Victor Webster), who can manipulate electricity. He's a fast talking, cocky guy, who had initially used his powers for crime but changes after meeting Adam and the gang.
The bad guy is Mason Eckhart, who's inclined to murder people who don't do what he says.
He brainwashed the mutants that were left in the centre to be part of his army that tracks down the New Mutants. He thinks he's doing the world a favour by ridding it of "Freaks."
So there, you have it: the basic rundown of Mutant X. The scenes are fast-paced, action-packed, with fight sequences not unlike that of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.
The show is brought to you by Star World (known to Astro subscribers as Channel 70). Steve Askew, executivevice president of programming at STAR, said Mutant X is currently the highest-rated syndicated show in the United States and is in its second season.
An interesting fact is that Malaysia has been given exclusive rights to be the first Asian country to screen the series -- pretty cool or what?
"Expect to see a theatrical-type experience in the regular weekly drama series that has sensational action sequences, usually associated witht he best Hong Kong movies, well-packeged in the sleek American style that everyone enjoys!"
He further said that Mutant X is one of the only series that uses fly-wire stuntwork, making action sequences similar to those of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.
Askew is responsible for choosing the programmes that are brought to Star World and he believes that in the television industry, the younger viewers are important and should not be ignored.
"The young people are truly the highest in television viewership and in some ways almost dictate what gets watched! So we constantly work on keeping the schedules contemporary and modern -- that's how focused we are on the younger viewers," he said.
"We do want to appeal to the younger audience and have them experience the channel with us for life, so we try to select programming that can do that."
Citing Mutant X as a good example, he said that while the show will definitely appeal to the youth because of its action sequences and special effects, the storyline is engaging enough for the older viewers to enjoy as well.
"We're really confident it's going to do well here. The show is well-produced and I can't say enough about the exciting action-packed scenes in the series!"
Curious about Mutant X? Check it out at 9pm tomorrow night on Star World!
© New Sunday Times
Excerpt from Agency FAQs: 6/3/04
STAR World gets popular among kids
NEW DELHI, June 3
The other programme launched recently by STAR World was Thunderdome - an extreme motor sports entertainment show, which replaced Mutant X. This new show also saw a spurt in children's viewership. As per TAM, the viewership of Thunderdome proportionally increased from 17 per cent (at the time Mutant X was on air) to 44 per cent (C&S SEC AB). Male viewership (15-34 age group) for Thunderdome also increased proportionally from 6 per cent to 24 per cent. But male viewership in the 35-plus age group decreased proportionally from 48 per cent to 15 per cent. The newly launched programme also had a proportional decrease in female viewership. While the 15-34 age group (female) contributed 11 per cent of the viewership to Mutant X, it contributed just 4 per cent to Thunderdome. Likewise, the 34-plus age group (female) contributed 19 per cent of Mutant X's viewership; for Thunderdome, the figure dropped to 13 per cent.
English general entertainment channel programming in India has predominantly been male-oriented, but a slight shift in the programming strategy at STAR World has suddenly increased viewership among kids. Whether this programming strategy is something that other English general entertainment channels would successfully replicate remains to be seen.
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