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Tonight is the fifth episode of the kickass postapocalyptic Web TV show Lady Wasteland, which will pick up right after our heroine (the titular Lady Wasteland) gun-fu'd her way out of a robbery, rescued a guy and his kid, got shot by a mysterious someone, had her blood drunk by zombies, then narrowly escaped. Plus, civilization has collapsed and we don't know why. This cool show, co-created by Mark Roush, is a near-future version of Firefly with scrappy heroes on a brokedown frontier. It's exactly the kind of show that should get picked up by SciFi Channel now that Battlestar Galactica is heading into its final season.

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I chatted with Roush over email, who said he's definitely interested in moving over to traditional television, but that he wouldn't dismiss just staying Web. Why did he pick the gun-toting, Xena-esque heroine, played by Brynne Worley?

Alien had a huge effect on me when I was a kid because of seeing a strong woman stand up to incredible odds. I originally called the story Gentleman Wasteland but figured there were so many lead characters in post-apocalyptic films who were men, that a strong leading woman may be more compelling for our audience. I have always enjoyed seeing lead female characters in action/adventure movies and simply put... I find them quite often to be equally if not more bad-ass then most leading men.

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There will be an initial run of seven episodes of Lady Wasteland, airing every Friday night. [Lady Wasteland]

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