Dean Zanetos is a Southern California director, screenwriter, and producer who has had significant roles in producing shows such as Battlestar Galactica and Fitz & Bones. Dean Zanetos also produced the feature motion picture release Misfits of Science. An NBC Movie of the Week, Misfits of Science also served as the pilot for a series that introduced Courtney Cox.
The series’ first installment, Deep Freeze, features Dr. Billy Hayes, a shorts-wearing scientist at Humanidyne, a think tank with government ties and a mandate to help the human condition. Dr. Hayes is researching those with genetic anomalies, including Johnny, who has the ability to absorb electricity and redirect it outward through his hands. Played by Courtney Cox, Gloria is a telekinetic teen who has not fully learned to harness her out-of-control powers.
Similar to X-Men, Misfits of Science had a central premise that it is important to embrace who one really is, even if it is not the norm in society. Through banding together, the characters overcome insecurities and gain knowledge of how to unite for the betterment of society.
Broadcast 3DTV CEO and chairman Dean Zanetos has a varied career in film and TV, having worked as a director of photography, producer, and screenwriter on many projects. Dean Zanetos produced the pilot of the NBC TV show Misfits of Science.
The TV show aired 16 episodes starting in 1965 and starred a young Courtney Cox as a teenage mutant named Gloria with the power of telekinesis. Together with Johnny B, who has the power of lightning in his hands, Gloria works with Dr. Billy Hayes and his partner Elvin, a scientist who can shrink himself down to a tiny size, to fight crime. The characters work for an American think tank called Humanidyne trying to do good despite their evil boss, who tries to sell dangerous superweapons to the American government.
The show has a rating of 7.4 from IMDB and 7.7 on TV.com, a DVD of the full series was released in Germany, and clips are readily available on YouTube. Having fit well into the campy, fantasy and science fiction trends of film and TV in the 1980s, and involving the still-resonant basic idea of the comic book X-Men, the show maintains a small following of people who love it earnestly or nostalgically today and continue to write blogs and histories of it online.
As the chairman and CEO of Broadcast 3DTV, Dean Zanetos oversees the company’s production of a glasses-free 3D viewing experience and a 3D lens adapter for smartphones. Prior to joining the company, Dean Zanetos produced numerous TV movies and series, including a pilot for the Misfits of Science, which debuted on NBC in 1985.
The fantasy series, which lasted just one season, featured a group of humans with super powers who worked for a scientific research facility known as the Humanidyne Institute. One of the characters, a troubled teenager with telekinetic powers named Gloria Dinallo, was played by Courteney Cox, who was 21 years old at the time. Cox had appeared in episodes of The Love Boat, As the World Turns, and Murder She Wrote, but Misfits of Science was her first co-starring role on a television series.
Though the series was short-lived, she later earned a recurring role on Family Ties, made a guest appearance on Seinfeld, and by 1994 was cast as Monica Geller in Friends, a popular NBC series that lasted 10 seasons.