Back in June I wrote in my article "The Golden Age of Science Fiction Television" (which originally ran in the June 2008 Internet Review of Science Fiction, and which you can now read on this web site by clicking here) that the boom in syndicated, original drama was crucial to the boom in fantasy and science fiction television during the 1990s, extending into the very early 2000s. Of course, that boom's long since waned, with very little such programming in its first run during the last several years.
Still, Sam Raimi, who had huge successes with Hercules and Xena then, is taking a new crack at it with an adaptation of Terry Goodkind's Wizard's First Rule for television, Legend of the Seeker. (You can read an interview with Raimi about it here.)
Meanwhile, George R.R. Martin's Song of Fire and Ice series may be coming to HBO. Might fantasy TV in general be poised to make a big comeback?