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BYUtv taps anti-gay Orson Scott Card to create, write, produce its new scripted series

First Published      Last Updated Sep 16 2016 12:44 pm

In the midst of battling charges that Brigham Young University is anti-gay, BYUtv has announced that its new scripted series was co-created and will be written and executive produced by virulently anti-gay science fiction author Orson Scott Card.

Card and author Aaron Johnston are the co-creators of "Extinct," a 10-episode drama set 400 years in the future when aliens revive a small band of humans.

Summit Pictures, which produced the 2013 film "Ender's Game" — based on one of Card's novels — removed him from doing publicity for the film because it feared he would produce only bad publicity because of his anti-gay marriage, anti-gay views. DC Comics canceled plans for a new Superman comic authored by Card for the same reason.

Salon.com wrote of Card's "long history of homophobia," calling him "one of the most critically acclaimed writers of science fiction [and] also one of the most openly bigoted.... Card has been openly railing against what he calls 'the homosexual agenda' for decades."

In 2008, Card wrote in the Deseret News: "Regardless of law, marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down."

In 1990, he penned a piece titled "The Hypocrites of Homosexuality" for Sunstone magazine, writing, "Laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books, not to be indiscriminately enforced against anyone who happens to be caught violating them, but to be used when necessary to send a clear message that those who flagrantly violate society's regulation of sexual behavior cannot be permitted to remain as acceptable, equal citizens within that society."

He later modified that, writing that in the wake of the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage, "I have no interest in criminalizing homosexual acts and would never call for such a thing, any more than I wanted such laws enforced back when they were still on the books." He has also claimed that he was the victim of persecution for his views.

This is who will be producing the new flagship series for BYUtv — the series that will, to some degree, replace "Granite Flats."

Here's BYUtv's release about the show show:

BYUtv Creates Second Original Scripted Drama Show, Extinct

Sci-Fi Series Written Exclusively for BYUtv by Bestselling Authors Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston

Sept. 13, 2016, Provo, Utah – BYUtv today announced the launch of its second original scripted drama series, "Extinct," which will premiere in 2017. Created by "Ender's Game" author and science-fiction legend Orson Scott Card and New York Times bestselling author Aaron Johnston, "Extinct" will be a co-production of Taleswapper and Go Films, Adam Abel ("Forever Strong," "Freetown") producing and Ryan Little ("Saints and Soldiers," "Outlaw Trail") directing. Chad Michael Collins ("Sniper") is set to star.

The 10-episode, action-packed sci-fi series takes place 400 years after the extinction of the human race and follows a small group of humans who are revived by an alien civilization. The aliens claim they want to restore the human species, but the reborn humans uncover new dangers, hidden agendas and powerful secrets that challenge that claim and threaten to annihilate the human race all over again.

"We are pleased to debut a sci-fi thriller created exclusively for BYUtv by one of the most awarded and bestselling authors – Orson Scott Card," said Derek Marquis, managing director of BYUtv. "Following the incredible response to our first scripted drama, 'Granite Flats,' we are bringing a powerful apocalyptic story to life, written by two of the strongest writers in the world of speculative fiction, and directed and produced by top independent filmmakers."

"Extinct" carries the colony of revived humans through struggles with the aliens who extinguished humankind centuries before — while trying to understand and get along with the mysterious aliens who revived them. Nothing is as it seems to be, and if they aren't careful, courageous, and unified, they'll find themselves under the control of one group or the other.

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