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Sci-Fi Saturday: New Genre TV Shows + Lots of Sci-Fi Movie Sequels + more

The biggest news this week is all about the new genre shows that were given the greenlight by the networks this week. We have a rundown and videos from each. Plus there is a ton of news on movie sequels from Indy to Spider-man to Iron Man and more. And the usual assortment of new images and trailers and other TV news so what are you waiting for?

2008 NEW GENRE TV SHOWS

This past week saw the networks present their new and returning shows to advertisers. Due to the writers strike there are about half as many new shows for next season, but still a good amount of new genre TV.  Here’s a quick rundown of the new genre shows for 2008/09.

ABC:  "Life on Mars"
Sam Tyler, a modern-day police detective, mysteriously finds himself transported back to 1973 after a car crash and still working as a detective. DS9’s Colm Meaney co-stars in the UK to US import.

CBS:  "Eleventh Hour"
Rufus Sewell stars as Dr. Jacob Hood, a brilliant biophysicist and special science advisor to the government who investigates scientific crises and oddities.

FOX:  "Fringe"
From JJ Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci, Fringe is an X-Files like show about a special FBI team paired with a scientist, researching the paranormal.

FOX:  "Dollhouse"
From Joss Whedon, Dollhouse is about a secret-and highly illegal-facility where human slaves are programmed to fulfill the fantasies, needs, and whims of the rich and powerful..

NBC:  "Knight Rider"
Essentially a continuation of the two hour movie which NBC aired in Spring.

NBC: "Merlin"
A modern day retelling of the story of Camelot focusing on before Merlin and Arthur ‘became legends.’ Features a young cast along with Buffy’s Anthony Head as Uther.


Cast of "Merlin"

Coming back and saying goodbye
This week also has news on what genre shows will be returning and which ones are history.

Returning Shows (10):

  • ABC:  "Eli Stone", "Pushing Daisies", "Lost"
  • CBS:  "Ghost Whisperer"
  • CW:  "Reaper", "Supernatural", "Smallville"
  • FOX:  "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
  • NBC:  "Heroes", "Medium"

Canceled Shows (5):

  • CBS:  "Jericho", "Moonlight"
  • FOX:  "New Amsterdam"
  • NBC:  "Bionic Woman", “Journeyman”

 

MOVIE NEWS

Spider-Man 4 and 5 May Shoot Back-to-back
James Vanderbilt ("Zodiac") has turned in a draft for "Spider-Man 4" which apparently allows Sony/Columbia to shoot two films back-to-back. Cinematical reports:

"[Vanderbilt’s] story arc has encompassed two films, making "Spider-Man 5" shootable at the same time. The studio saw dollar signs and is in the process of reworking his deal to snatch up the story arc."

Lucas has an idea for Indy 5
Speaking of 5s, George Lucas wants to make more Indiana Jones films and his ‘Indy 5’ idea revolves around having Mutt Williams (Shia LaBeouf) as the lead: “I haven’t even told Steven or Harrison this,” Lucas told Fox News, "but I have an idea to make Shia [LeBeouf] the lead character next time and have Harrison [Ford] come back like Sean Connery did in the last movie. I can see it working out.” For his own part, LaBeouf told MTV that he didn’t “think a Mutt spinoff would be as big as Indiana Jones, [but] fingers crossed!”

Cloverfield sequel not a sure thing
J.J. Abrams, co-producer of "Cloverfield" told SCI FI Wire that a sequel to the hit monster film is not a given, revealing that he’d rather do another project with his "Cloverfield" partners:

"We’re talking about it," Abrams said of Cloverfield 2 during an interview at the Fox upfront presentation for advertisers in New York on May 15, where he was promoting his upcoming SF TV series Fringe. "But the truth is there’s another idea that I’d rather do with the same people than do a sequel. It’s a whole new thing."
Abrams added, "So my dream is to work with [Goddard and Reeves] again, but do something that’s [new]. Having said that, Drew and Matt both, separately, have really good ideas for what [Cloverfield 2] could be. So I don’t know. We’ll see. I know the studio wants it."

Twilight Sequels Could be shot back-to-back
Though Summit Entertainment’s big screen adaptation of "Twilight" only recently entered post-production, the studio is already talking about the possibility of filming the sequels back-to-back: "Our vampires can’t age…if they were like 45, people would say ‘What’s up?’" laughed director Catherine Hardwicke told MTV. "[Filming them together] could be the case. Then, you just get it done." The lead stars are already contractually signed on for at least three films, so if the sequels ("New Moon" and "Eclipse") are green lit, they could go into production immediately.

Jon Favreau still unsigned for Iron Man Sequel
With a sequel already in development and with the almost unanimous critical praise for the first film, it’s hard to imagine not seeing director Jon Favreau return for the Iron Man sequel, but the director told Howard Stern he’s still not signed: “They haven’t offered me anything yet.” “They’re all talking – they want to do it, they even announced a date.” Favreau also confirmed that if he were signed for a sequel, he was interested in taking on the Demon in a Bottle storyline.

Fraggle Rock Musical on the way
The Weinstein Company is reviving the classic Jim Henson Co. HBO series "Fraggle Rock", turning the series into a live-action musical feature. Cory Edwards ("Hoodwinked!") will direct and write the screenplay. The Jim Henson Co. will produce. The film will feature the core characters Gobo, Wembley, Mokey, Boober and Red as they interact with humans, who they believe are aliens. [Variety]

Frank Miller will not be directing ‘Buck Rogers
As noted in last week’s Sci-Fi Saturday, Nu Image/Millenium immediately contacted IGN informing the site that Frank Miller was not signed on to direct their "Buck Rogers" update. This week comes confirmation of that news from writer-producer Flint Dille, who says that Miller is definitely not directing it. The studio is on the hunt for a new "contender" to direct the film.

NEW IMAGES

The Dark Knight

Punisher: War Zone

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D (poster)

G.I. Joe (set photos–more here)

Twilight (set photos–more here)

Friday the 13th (set photo)

Dragonball (magazine scans)

Thundercats (possible character art)

NEW VIDEOS

The Incredible Hulk (Trailer–three new TV spots can be found here)

The X-Files: I Want to Believe

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (teaser trailer)

The Dark Knight (TV Spot–two other spots here and here)

City of Ember [HD Version]

The Happening (Red Band Teaser Trailer–check out an alternate extended clip with a M. Night Shyamalan intro here)

Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D (Trailer #4)

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (featurette)

MOVIE BITES

  • Production for "Transformers 2" kicks off next month in Pennsylvania.  Get a sneak peak at one of the locations here.
  • Character designer Miles Teves tells Fanboy Confidential podcast that the new Terminators in "Terminator 4" will be more retro looking.
  • A real crystal skull, similar to the one center of "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" has gone missing from the New Age store in California. [AP]
  • Catch a sneak peak of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios “Star Wars Weekends” this summer. [ComingSoon.net]
  • Details for the July 29th direct-to-video release of “Wargames: The Dead Code” and a special 25th anniversary release of the original film have been announced. Check them out here.
  • The film adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.s “Kick-Ass” has now officially entered pre-production. [Comic Book Resources]
  • A promotional brochure released by Dolby for this year’s ShoWest lists “Transformers 2” under 2009’s 3D features alongside “AVATAR” and “Tintin”. [Comics2Film]
  • Will Smith’s superhero comedy “Hancock” is currently undergoing re-shoots in New York. It’s set for a worldwide release on July 2nd, so the late re-shoots are pretty late in the game. [CinemaBlend]
  • Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro will hold a live chat about The Hobbit on May 24th.  Click here for details and a link to register for the event.
  • If you don’t want to know who John Hurt plays in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, then don’t watch the new Indiana Jones DVD special features. [Film Chat]
  • Adam Brody talked to IGN about his preparation for the now defunct Justice League America project.
  • Check out Frank Miller’s blog on the development of his upcoming film "The Spirit"
  • BenderSpink and FilmEngine have announced that they are working on a third installment in the "Butterfly Effect" franchise. [SCI FI Wire]
  • The film rights to R.L. Stine’s young-adult "Goosebumps" series have been acquired by Columbia Pictures, who will be bringing the series to the big screen for the first time. [Variety]
  • 20th Century Fox has set a February 27, 2009 release date for "Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li". [ComingSoon.net]
  • Director Michael Bay confirmed on his message board that Australian actress Isabel Lucas has been cast in the role of Alice in "Transformers 2".

 

MORE TV NEWS

NBCU looking into producing more Battlestar Galactica TV Movies
Though ratings were weak for the two-hour “Razor” TV movie (a 1.2 rating), Chicago Tribune TV writer Maureen Ryan is reporting that up to three more “Battlestar Galactica” TV movies (all likely prequels of some sort similar to “Razor”) may get made later this year:

Executives are now doing number-crunching for these proposed films, and any deals for these movies are far from done. However, it would make sense to make more “Battlestar” TV movies while the show’s creative team and actors are still all in one place, as it were.

Ryan also adds that EP Ron Moore is currently writing the series finale. The movies could air this autumn, before the final 10 episodes of the series premiere on SCI FI. And lastly, Ryan reveals that a new set of webisodes are scheduled to premiere online that will link the first and second halves of season four.

Allison Mack returning to Smallville next season
"Smallville" fans can breathe a sigh of relief, Allison Mack is not leaving the series. TV Guide is reporting that the actress has signed a deal to remain a series regular next season and will appear in every episode of the show’s eighth season.  With Michael Rosenbaum’s exit and Kristin Kreuk only returning in a limited capacity, the show regulars next season are expected to be Tom Welling, Laura Vandervoort, Erica Durance, Aaron Ashmore and Allison Mack as well as the two actors who’ll play Davis "Doomsday" Bloom and a new female character named Tess.

"Heroes" Webisodes To Premiere in July
During their upfront presentation this past week (which was actually their second presentation), NBC revealed that they will premiere a set of webisodes for "Heroes" on NBC.com in July.  Details are scarce, but early word indicates the episodes may be used to introduce a new villain leading up to the third season premiere.  Looks like this may be NBC’s workaround for that "Heroes: Origins" spinoff that they were forced to cancel late last year.  The third season of "Heroes" kicks off on September 15th with a one-hour recap special at 8pm, followed by the two-hour season three premiere from 9-11pm.

TV BITES

  • Packed with five featurettes, bloopers, audio commentaries and even an Oceanic Airlines Safety Guide, the fourth season of “Lost” hits DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def on December 9th. [TVShowsOnDVD]
  • Fox’s two upcoming SF series “Dollhouse” and “Fringe” will be accompanied by just 5 minutes of commercials. [THR]
  • Moonlight was canceled by CBS, but Nikki Finke is reporting that Media Rights Capital (who is programming The CW’s Sunday night’s next season) is keeping their options open for a possible midseason pickup of the series though the prospects for a renewal still remain very weak. [DeadlineHollywoodDaily]
  • Peter Fonda has joined the cast of SCI FI Channel’s upcoming two-hour pilot "Revolution". [SCI FI Wire]
  • Kelly Preston, who had a guest role on NBC’s Medium, told SCI FI Wire that she would be open to return to the series next season.

 

SCI-FI RATINGS

Top 10 SF&F Broadcast Shows   HH Rating/Share
1)
Lost  
7.4/12
2)
Medium  
6.5/11
3) Ghost Whisperer 5.7/11
4) Moonlight 5.0/9
5) Smallville 2.2/4
6) Medium (R)   1.8/4
7) Reaper   1.5/2
8) Supernatural 1.4/2

4/21/2008 to
4/27/2008
– Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top 10 SF&F Syndicated Shows   Rating
1)
Stargate SG-1
0.9
2)
Star Trek  
0.8
3)
Dead Zone  
0.7
4)
Stargate Atlantis  
0.7  

4/21/2008 to
4/27/2008
– Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report via SCI FI Wire

Top 10 SCI FI CHANNEL Shows   Rating  
1)
Ghost Hunters  
1.7  
2) Battlestar Galactica   1.3  
3)
Bloodrayne Deliverance
1.2  
4)
ECW  
1.2  
5)
Infected
1.1

6) Invasion, Part Two   
1.0
7)
Invasion, Part One  
1.0
8)
Ghosts of Mars  
1.0
9)
Invaders, Part Two  
1.0
10)
Doctor Who   
0.9

4/21/2008 to 4/27/2008 – Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report via SCI FI Wire

 

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May 17, 2008 8:00 pm

No Thomas Jane in Punisher: War Zone? I have no desire to see it then. That’s like having Captain Ki… nevermind, but my desireless remains.. :-\

I looked it up and it says Jane left for creative differences. I wonder what the details were.

Navarro
May 17, 2008 8:47 pm

Dragonball movie, are you serious?
I used to love that…

I Hate Shatner
May 17, 2008 8:55 pm

Personally this new Punisher movie looks like it’ll actually live up to its name. Thomas Jane was a poor choice to play someone who goes by “The PUNISHER” IMO. Sure, the first movie had cheesy acting and a bad storyline (not to mention the lack of the skull on his shirt, but I digress on that), but at least Dolph Lundgren lived up to the name of “The PUNISHER”.

I’ll pass on Journey to the Center of the Earth.

May 17, 2008 9:00 pm

3 change your name…it is considered trolling

sean
May 17, 2008 9:58 pm

I have to say, I’ve always been impressed with Joss Whedon’s loyalty to his actors. He’s been trying to find a vehicle for Eliza Dushku for forever. Hope this one works out.

Boborci
May 17, 2008 10:04 pm

If I may just say, there is no such thing as a movie being pre-greenlit before there’s a script!

Magic_Al
May 17, 2008 10:04 pm

Nobody really hates Shatner. The hate thing is all part of the media hype. ;-)

The old TV theme music in the new Hulk movie is cool. The Hulk himself doesn’t look very convincing. Call me old fashioned but at least a body builder painted green looks physically real. I bet digital technology could be used to make an actor playing the Hulk look convincingly bigger than Lou Ferrigno and it wouldn’t look like a video game.

May 17, 2008 10:12 pm

6….like you would know

oh wait…never mind

I assume you are talking about the section on Iron Man2. So what would you call the status of that project? By the way…Transformers 2 sure seemed to have some color light before you handed in the script in April…they were already in pre-production right?

Boborci
May 17, 2008 10:29 pm

8. I’d call it “the studio really wants another one”

On TF2 they were prepping off a treatment… but prepping and green lit are worlds apart!

The Lensman
May 17, 2008 10:31 pm

#7
“it wouldn’t look like a video game.”

Oddly enough, parts of it are from the Hulk video game that came out a few years ago. The part where he grabs the two cars, smashes them up and then puts them around his hands was a special attack that could be used in the video game. And coupled with the “thunder clap” (yeah, I know he did this in the comix) also from the game, it’s not doing anything to get me interested in this.

May 17, 2008 10:36 pm

9 fair enough

I have changed the above article to note that Iron Man 2 is ‘in development’ and I admit I should have caught that before. Back in 2006 and 2007 this site often noted that even though Paramount had put out a poster and you and JJ were talking about Trek, it still wasnt greenlit and wouldnt be until your script was done. Of course Trekmovie.com was the first to write a ‘Star Trek has been greenlit’ article in late February
http://trekmovie.com/2007/02/26/star-trek-xi-has-been-greenlit/

Although I believe you clarified for me once that technically the film was greenlit in January before JJ made his final decision to direct.

Anyway, thanks for the clarification…if you care to drop by the spoiler article and clarify any in that one…in great detail…please feel free

;)

Dr. Wh-at now?!
May 17, 2008 11:08 pm

Dollhouse looks cool!

Knight Rider and Terminator will be welcome back!

I miss Trans Ams…

And I think KITT would look great in a BMW…

Dr. Wh-at now?!
May 17, 2008 11:11 pm

It’s so nice to see Summer in the middle of winter…

Of course, Summer would look even better in a BMW as well…

Sean
May 17, 2008 11:13 pm

I hope the webisodes for BSG put some of the story together. Ever since the Season 3 finale the show has been awful. It’s like they had storylines for 3 more seasons, but are now trying to smash them all into one.

Green-Blooded-Bastard
May 18, 2008 12:31 am

The more I see of GI Joke, the more my childhood cries.

Of all the movies coming out over the next year and a half or so, the two I look forward to most are Watchmen, and of course, Star Trek. though I must say, this year for movies is shaping up to be one of the best in a long while.

I’m praying the powers that be breath new life into Trek. It’s certainly due and it’s a shame such a fine and established franchise has been allowed to hang by one finger over a cliff for so long.

Some pics would be nice, too ;)

Irishtrekkie
May 18, 2008 1:10 am

Cool to see Colm Meaney co staring in Life on Mars,
but yet again why do you need an american verison
the Uk one was fine, good god people why do you need to remake
shows ? that are already in English , we all know what happened
when you tried Red Drawf

and sarcastic yay !!! Night Shyamalan is back on the Hype train, i wonder what lame paranoid twist we will get this time

May 18, 2008 1:10 am

… and still no word on Steven Spielber’s proposed remake for “When Worlds Collide.” Mr. Speilberg, you’re killing me…

May 18, 2008 1:13 am

gee, NBC’s “Merlin” sounds like the underpinnings of “Smallville.” i.e., the telling of the tale of Clark Kent before he becomes “Superman.”

Jeff
May 18, 2008 1:41 am

Hmm, the US version of the Eleventh Hour is using the script from one of the four UK episodes. But they way they played that scene revealing the info about the cloned babies was…ehhh. I hope their original scripts come out better.

Is it a new trend that “experts” on TV have to act like total jerks? (Ala House)

Mr. AtoZ
May 18, 2008 2:49 am

Tom Jane left for on reason, he wanted more money. The powers that be said “No” and he left. Thats ok, Tom Jane was tp munch of a pretty boy anyway. Check out the movie “Outpost” Ray Stevenson is going to be a good Punisher.

AJ
May 18, 2008 2:57 am

I get worried when I hear people say things like :”The first one had the Knight Industries 2000, and this one has the Knight Industries 3000!” with gusto and self assuredness.

Then they show a talking late model Mustang (snore) with a supersized logo on the front and Cylon headlights which, when seen in your rearview mirror, will make you crash..

When this burst of creativity peters out, I have an idea: Lindsay Lohan drives up in Herbie the Love Bug, and the hijinx ensue. Herbie was always far cooler than KITT because half the time the driver was scared he/she would die or be maimed in a fiery car crash.

Or give KITT this feature: Michael fears for his very life every time he gets in. How about a Star Trek reference?

Michael Tracer: “KITT! You’re going 180 MPH towards that truck full of kittens!”

KITT 3000: “I am Nomad… I am performing… my function… Deep… emptiness… it approaches… Collision… damage… blackness… I am “the other”… I am Tan Ru… Tan Ru… Nomad… Tan Ru… Error… flaw… imperfection… must sterilize… Rebirth… we are complete… much power… Gan-ta-nu… ick-ka… Tan-Ru… The creator instructs… search out… identify… sterilize imperfections… We are Nomad… we are Nomad… we are complete… We are instructed… our purpose is clear… sterilize.”

Michael: “Uh-Oh”

If you’re going to be unoriginal, at least have fun with it.

SPB
May 18, 2008 4:45 am

#5 – SEAN

Got a little chuckle out of that one… have you SEEN Elisha Dushku??? OF COURSE Whedon’s gonna work with her forever! Wouldn’t you?

shat hands
May 18, 2008 5:17 am

I love these sci-fi saturdays!

I am now officially excited about transformers 2!

I hope we see soundwave

KHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 18, 2008 5:21 am

Can you heaRR the BRRitish actoRRs tRRying haRRd to do AmeRRican accents? :-D

CmdrR
May 18, 2008 5:52 am

A real mixed bag.

City of Ember looks cool.

Indy with Shia? Not so much. Ditto Cloverfield II. Sorry JJ — some things just aren’t meant to be sequeled.

I’m gonna go all knee-jerk on this one… but… The Happening looks like something that shouldn’t even have been made. Is it really a good thing that a trailer full of suicides air? Honest to God, I have kids. I don’t want this trailer on TV. I’m the last one to push for censorship, but suicides encourage more suicides. How much coke did they snort outta the trough before green-lighting this one??

Tom
May 18, 2008 8:03 am

Isn’t Jericho being picked up a satellite or cable provider for exclusive broadcast to their subscribers? I remember reading something to this effect, but might be confusing another show.

Green-Blooded-Bastard
May 18, 2008 8:05 am
Cloverfield stunk IMHO. I know a lot of people liked it, but most of those people would also like 1 straight commercial-free hour of explosions and car accidents and bodies being thrown from buildings. Also, I expect Knight (coattail) Rider to be canceled within it’s first season. Actually, I hope it will be. Anyone that saw the two hour movie will agree. It was god-awful and in no way carried the same charm and personality as the original. It thrills me to think the makers of such shlock think me so unintellectual as to be remotely interested by such utter incompetence, from the “acting” to the writing and the cruddy CGI. While I’m at it: Attention Hollywood writers and directors; use your collective imaginations and come up with an idea of your own. The majority of remakes, reboots and continuations are failing and do not cut it with most TV viewers and ticket buyers. Just because you liked it as a kid doesn’t mean you should probably make a movie or TV show of it (Speed racer, Dragonball-Z, another Knight Rider series, Bionic Woman, etc.). I understand nostalgia, but come up with something new or get out of the industry. Unless the rumors are true, and you’re all simply out of ideas. And I agree with 25.CmdrR. The Happening looks like it should go straight to DVD, if not the garbage. Why make a movie about something in the water making people kill themselves? Is there nothing else that can… Read more »
AJ
May 18, 2008 8:06 am

I think “Fringe” looks cool. That Steward of Gondor guy just eats up those lines.

Roberto: He’s the kind of guy you and your colleagues could have real fun writing for. I hope he is a regular!

May 18, 2008 9:35 am

“Fringe” yeah sure another epic fail X-Files clone

AJ
May 18, 2008 9:50 am
26: GBB: There is a deficit of creativity these days in “Hollywood” which is alarming. Maybe someone could help me out here. The corporate process is alarmingly dysfunctional when it comes to green-lighting big-budget films. Let’s take “Speed Racer.” It is THE stinking turd of 2008 (so far). It’s made $37m worldwide in a week. $120m to make, almost as much to market. It’s about to close. What happened? First of all, Speed Racer is a property which most Americans over 40 (parents) regard as disposable crap. It gets on the list with “Wacky Racers” and “HR Pufinstuff” as forgettable fodder from our youth. I had many laughs with American friends as we discussed how a sh*tty show was getting high-budget treatment. My European friends had no recollection of the show. No market? No business. We over-40 types generally do not care about Japanese animation techniques, so most parents who were alive then won’t care or know what “live action anime” is. We saw Speed Racer and Gigantor as kids, and they were, honestly, crap cartoons. Also, we have seen the Flintstones destroyed, Popeye destroyed, the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch… Maybe Bob or Dennis can shed some light on where the process goes dreadfully wrong. George Lucas warned people to temper their expectations for Indy IV, and on-site rumors say it sucked wind. How does that happen, after this thing was re-written so many times? How could a fart-stinker like Speed Racer make it to the cinema?
Not That JJ
May 18, 2008 10:26 am

I expect Dollhouse to be incredible! There is so much room for humour, drama, tragedy, humour, introspection on the nature of identity, challenges to preconceived notions of accountability, humour, … the list goes on in this kind of premise. Joss Whedon is exactly the guy to helm this show, too, what with his work on Buffy, Firefly, and (IMO) his best show, Angel.

Best of all, in an interview with (I think) the LA Times, Whedon expressed confidence that the new regime at Fox “gets” the show in a way that the the old one never did with Firefly (Kevin Rielly fought hard at NBC to keep The Office on the air after low first-season ratings).

So to sum up, I am looking forward to Dollhouse quite a bit.

Fred
May 18, 2008 11:39 am

CBS

In: Ass Whisperer

Out: Moonlight

I just don’t get it.

But then again, these two ladies still actually exist in America:

http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=168561&title=indecision-2008-west-virginia

(if you have ADHD, please forward to around 1:30 and view to 3:15)

…which might explain the existence of reality TV.

Additionally, I’d rather not see ‘any’ program I like end up on the CW if it can be helped. Hopefully Sci-Fi will pick up Moonlight instead.

Too bad about Shark too :(

Rufus Sewell, big fan since “Dark City”, hopefully that’ll be good and not end up in a trash bin with Carla and “Threshold”, but I guess we’ll see.

Plum
May 18, 2008 11:47 am

Dear George Lucas,
Please STOP writing. You’re not good at it.
Peace out! :)

Plum

Ampris
May 18, 2008 11:48 am

I didn’t know The City of Ember was being made into a movie. From that trailer, though, it looks cool design-wise. I may have to check it out.

Mike T.
May 18, 2008 12:04 pm

I guess the NBC show “Journeyman” is really dead. I really liked that show and it was getting good at the end. I must have been the only person watching it…

Denise de Arman
May 18, 2008 12:42 pm

Anthony and Mr. Bob- Laughing out loud at the little interchange on production semantics. Perhaps there should be a column dedicated to debates between Anthony and Mr. Bob…

sean
May 18, 2008 12:55 pm

#22

Haha, yes I have, and yes I could certainly understand if that was the motivation! :) But if you look at Joss’s various projects, he’s keen on using the same actors in different shows. I think that’s a pretty cool thing.

Spock w/ a Crowbar
May 18, 2008 1:10 pm

Fringe looks… wow. I mean, it just looks so terrible. Viva X-Files and all, but is this the best they could do as a watered down clone?

I suppose I’ll have to reserve final judgement, but that clip is also ripoff of ‘The Cell.’

Have we run out of original sci-fi?

Spock w/ a Crowbar
May 18, 2008 1:14 pm

Merlin?!!

Not only has this exact same show been made (it was a miniseries w/ Sam Neil), it carried the exact same title!

Shenanigans! Shenanigans! These producers should be tarred and feathered.

Thorny
May 18, 2008 2:29 pm

35… I miss “Journeyman” also. The idiots at NBC poured all of their marketing and promotion into “Bionic Woman”, a show which was vastly inferior to “Journeyman” in all aspects. Oh well, at least they picked up “Chuck” and “Life” for next season.

By the way, “Chuck” should be on the list of genre shows NBC renewed. Chuck had a computer downloaded into his brain, afterall.

May 18, 2008 3:16 pm

If there is a Spider-Man 4 and 5 let’s go a new direction with a new cast and everything else.

On an unrelated note….anyone out there who is a Shatner fan has got to get his book on tape (CD – whatever they’re calling it these days). Pure gold.

I’ve added to my list of Shatner pronunciations
“somber”
“buffet”
and “debacle”

May 18, 2008 3:31 pm

I just wanted to make a note on that ‘Happening’ trailer. As noted in the parentheses it’s a red-band trailer, which means it’s not approved for general audiences (i.e. not the normal green-band trailer). Follow the other link I have posted there for a longer trailer that in addition to being more on the safe side in terms of what content is shown, also includes an intro from M. Night. It’ll give you an idea of what he’s going for with the movie.

Then again early reviews are really harsh on the movie, so he may have completely missed the mark. Time will tell.

Thanks for the comments and noticing some of the mistakes everyone. We’ll remedy the mistakes shortly.

Rosario

DrNebuloso
May 18, 2008 3:34 pm

Some one tell me what the hell is wrong with Lucas?

I mean, he used to be great……Shia’s Character as the lead in an Indiana Jones movie?……………………..Jar Jar is still painful.

George…………..time to retire.

steve623
May 18, 2008 3:35 pm

Just curious, AJ, but did you actually see the Speed Racer movie?

Garovorkin
May 18, 2008 3:38 pm

Andy I agree, Spiderman needs to go in an entirely new direction. In addition to recasting, I think they need to give him a truly worthy adversary Someone who would really challenge Spiderman in a way he”s never been challenged before. The movie that i want to see Spiderman pitted against Beyonder. That would greatest nono second superhero battles of all time, the one drawback with my idea is what would you do to fill up the remaining 2 hours plus funning time of the movie.

Plum
May 18, 2008 4:00 pm

#42. DrNebuloso…

I feel it’s that George Lucas doesn’t have great writers around him like the old days (thinking Lawrence Kasden). George Lucas is a wonderful film maker… but he can’t write film.

AJ
May 18, 2008 4:02 pm

44:

Garo,I miss your contributions these days. You have a computer connected to your brain which references the depth of obscurity. My first “Marvel Teamup” was Spidey and the Falcon in 1977. How cool is that?.

Garovorkin
May 18, 2008 4:18 pm

You mean nobody remembers who Beyonder was? One of the most powerful characters any comic book ever came up with. Actually in one of th spiderman series spiderman was summoned by Beyonder to fullfill a task and He did actually try to battle him, that battle to was brief. The only vcahters that might pose a challenge to beyonder would be the migty Korvac who has not known power limits who if im not mistaken is happily residing in Deahts Relm,Siesneg who from what I have been told is the magic equivilant to Korvac.

Xai
May 18, 2008 4:48 pm

Bob Orci….

Come in Roberto (tunes the tiny communciator dial…)

May I suggest a show that needs to be done?

Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln need another Assignment.

xai.hamlin at yahoo.com

:-)

Angel
May 18, 2008 5:13 pm

I think the poster for The Mummy you have there is fake… If you look closely to the names beneath you’ll notice those are the cast members names of The Dark Knight, You can clearly see Christopher Nolan Chris Bale Maggie Gyllenhaal and Morgan Freeman in the first row (sorry for spelling the names wrong)

Looks like a fake to me…

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