E-mail from Sgt. Grump:
“Someone on the B5 newsgroup asked JMS about the status of his secret “Polaris” project that he’s been working on for some time. This was his response…
On Polaris…we got down to one of three projects of which one or two would be greenlighted for production. It went down to the wire, but finally SFC decided that the premise of Polaris was a little too science fictiony, when they were looking to go for ideas that had more immediate mainstream appeal. So even though they felt that Polaris was the best written of the projects they had in development, they went for a project about intergalactic (not interstellar, intergalactic) vampires called “Bloodsuckers.” It is, to be fair, one of those concepts that, when you hear it, you get it, there isn’t a lot of background needed.
So… the “Science Fiction” Channel turned down the project because it “was a little too science fictiony”. And then they picked up a project about “intergalactic (not interstellar, intergalactic) vampires”.
There is no justice…”
You said a mouthful, Grump.