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Sci-Fi TV Sunday: Fringe, FlashForward, Stargate, Caprica, Eureka, Venture Bros., Heroes, Smallville + more August 23, 2009

by Rosario T. Calabria , Filed under: Fringe,Sci-Fi , trackback

The genre TV news is coming in fast now that Fall season is coming soon. We have big updates with previews on what is next for Fringe, Smallville, Stargate Universe, Heroes, FlashForward, Caprica and more. Plus more video and images from upcoming epsidoes of your favorite shows, including Eureka, Venture Brothers and many more.   

 

GENRE TV NEWS

Warehouse 13 Renewed for Season Two
Syfy has renewed its hit freshman drama "Warehouse 13" for a second season.  The show continues to draw strong ratings for the network, especially among female viewers, a point which Syfy president David Howe was quick to note:

Unlike other Syfy series, “Warehouse 13″ has a near 50% female viewership and is performing better in its first season than the first season of “Battlestar Galactica,” which ended its four-season run in March.

Syfy only ordered 13 episodes of the second season, but as with past shows such as "Battlestar Galactica", that number may go up in subsequent seasons:

“We took a look at doing 20 episodes, but for logistic and financial reasons, it didn’t make sense to do that right now, but I wouldn’t rule it out,” Syfy president Dave Howe said.

The most recent episode of "Warehouse 13" drew 3.27 million total viewers.  It’s averaging 3.7 million viewers a week (1.4 million within the A18-49 demographic) according to Live + 7 day numbers.  Check out new episodes every Tuesday night at 9:00 p.m.

Clip from episode eight, "Duped"

Top Stories from Fringe’s "Over There"
The season one DVD/Blu-ray set of "Fringe" will be released on September 8th, but some may not have seen the season finale yet, so here’s your spoiler warning…Alright, still with us?  Good.  During the TCA summer press tour, critics received newspaper copies from the "Fringe" alternate reality.  Here are some details of what’s going on in "Over There" [E! Online]:

  • President John F. Kennedy is still alive and active in politics.
  • The powers that be can manipulate the weather.
  • The stock markets have been closed for 21 days and counting.
  • All four Beatles are all alive and heading out on a reunion tour.
  • New Orleans is hoping to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, leading us to believe the Crescent City was never hit by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Genetically engineered glow-in-the-dark pets are available for purchase.
  • Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy album was released in 2000!
  • Dwayne Johnson plays the Terminator in a stage version of the movie.
  • Former star Arnold Schwarzenegger is now a senator.

And in casting news, SpoilerTV has casting calls for episodes six ("Earthling") and seven ("Of Human Action") covering three characters, two of which may be recurring.  "Fringe" premieres its second season with the episode "New Day", airing September 17, 2009 on Fox.

Images from the season two premiere "A New Day in the Old Town" [FOX]

More images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

Rough storyboards from Jon Cassar, director of episode six [Jon Cassar]

Set images [more at Jon Yeo via SpoilerTV]

Season two cast images [more at Fringe Television]

Season premiere promo

"The first scene of the second season is…"

Season two teaser

First Look at Brian Austin Green as Metallo in Smallville
Here’s our first look at Brian Austin Green as the character Metallo.  Green will appear in at least two episodes of "Smallville" this season as the Daily Planet reporter John Corben who becomes comic-book villain Metallo:

click for a larger image courtesy KryptonSite

From TV Guide Magazine:

Executive producer Kelly Souders won’t reveal the identity of his Frankenstein-esque savoir, but says Corben is turned into “a rough version of Metallo, a first attempt at the technology, and eventually he’ll get sleeker.” So might we see him again? “Well of course—it’s Smallville,” she says with a laugh. “We’re actually throwing some ideas around right now in the hopes that we might be able to bring him back for another episode.”

Meanwhile comic book writer Geoff Johns, who returns this season to pen the as-yet-unscheduled episode "Society" which features the Justice Society of America, gave a brief quote to KryptonSite about what we’ll see in the episode: "The Justice Society will be heroes that come out of ‘retirement’ to see how the current generation operates. Can’t say much more than that right now. Sorry! :)"  And lastly, check out casting slides for episode nine "Roulette" over at SpoilerTV.

The ninth season of "Smallville" debuts on The CW Friday, September 25th with season premiere "Savior".

Set images [Devoted to Smallville via SpoilerTV]

Season nine promo (shown previously at Comic-Con)

Ming-Na Talks SGU
Ming-Na, the actress who plays Camile Wray on the upcoming Syfy series "SGU: Stargate Universe", talked about her character and the new series in an interview with IGN.  Here are some excerpts.

IGN: It looks very different from the other Stargate series, with a grittier feel. Did you get the idea that was the intent?

Ming-Na: Absolutely. More in your face, where it just had elements of almost a reality show that everyone is so used to and the voyeuristic approach to showcasing an episode of almost anything these days. And what’s fun for us as actors is that because we don’t know where the cameras are half the time, we just pretty much have to play it like a theater piece and just be fully invested in it, each and every take.

IGN: What can you say about your character?

Ming-Na: I play Camile Wray. She’s an IOA officer – head of the human resource department. She’s very complex. She is a woman in a very male-dominated world of the military, as well as the diplomats that she works with. When she’s stranded on Destiny, along with everyone else, she has to sort of figure out who she is in that environment, and her ultimate goal is to still get these people back to Earth, when it seems like everyone else’s goal – the military and the scientists – is to continue to travel through the Galaxies.

Head on over to IGN to read the rest of the interview.  "SGU: Stargate Universe" premieres on Syfy Friday, October 2nd.  The show premieres in the UK on Sky 1 four days later on Tuesday, October 6th.

Series premiere poster [EW]

Set images [via GateWorld]

Set video from episode 14 "Human" featuring guest star Michael Shanks [via GateWorld]

Awareness High for ABC’s FlashForward
Awareness studies from the ratings tracking company Nielsen show that ABC’s "FlashForward" had some of the best awareness among Adults 18-49, with Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood Daily noting the show also had "strong intent-to-view sentiment among those aware" of the series.  While the only other new sci-fi/genre show to get strong awareness was The CW’s "The Vampire Diaries", it’s important to note that shows premiering later in the season or being held till midseason (for instance "V" and "Day One") tend to have less awareness than Fall premieres.  In other "FlashForward" news:

"FlashForward" premieres Thursday, September 24th at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.

New poster [TV Overmind]

Cast images [more at SpoilerTV]

Sneak peek promo

James Marsters and Comedian Patton Oswalt Join Caprica Cast
James Marsters ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") is joining the cast of Syfy’s upcoming ‘BSG’ spinoff "Caprica" for a "sizeable arc" of a minimum of three episodes [EW]:

"Marsters will play a dangerous terrorist leader by the name of Barnabus Greeley in a minimum of three episodes. Driven by desires both moralistic and carnal, Barnabus is as lethal as he is unpredictable."

Also joining the cast will be comedian Patton Oswalt.  Oswalt will guest-star as Baxter Sarno, "a popular Caprican comedian talk show host on whose show Daniel Graystone (Eric Stoltz) and Amanda Graystone (Paula Malcomson) ultimately appear." "Caprica" is set to debut on Syfy Friday, January 22, 2010 at 9:00 p.m. with a two-hour premiere.  The show will air Friday’s at 10:00 p.m.

Russell T. Davies Discusses Torchwood’s Future
In the latest issue of Torchwood Magazine [via io9], creator Russell T. Davies reveals that he already has mapped out the future of the "Doctor Who" spinoff:

"I could write you scene one of series four right now", Davies said. "I know exactly how to pick it up. I’ve got a shape in mind, and I’ve got stories. I know where you’d find Gwen and Rhys, and their baby, and Jack, and I know how you’d go forward with a new form of Torchwood."

Davies also re-iterated that he’s confident he’ll be able to match the quality of the well-received miniseries "Torchwood: Children of the Earth" regardless of how many episodes BBC asks for:

"If the BBC asked for another 13 one-part stories, that’s what we’d do", Davies goes on to explain to Torchwood Magazine. "I’m ready for anything, but I think it works well as one continuous story. But if the BBC decide they want 13 one-offs, I’ll suddenly decide that¹s the best format in the world!"

The full interview can be found in issue #17 of the magazine, out now in the UK and available in the US on September 15th.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Will Go Darker in Season Two
The second season of Cartoon Network’s hit animated series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" will go a bit darker than the first, mainly by introducing new and familiar mercenaries:

"The second season is a bit darker," Dave Filoni, supervising director of Clone Wars, told Wired.com. "We have the rise of the bounty hunters entering the war — bringing in a lot of chaos and a whole new set of problems for Anakin and Obi-Wan."

Filoni also teased beyond the second season as well, including in regards to the eventual turn to the dark side for Anakin Skywalker:

"Anakin’s future is kept very much in mind,” said Filoni. "We’ll see signs of what’s inside of him this season. But right now, I think Clone Wars gives fans a chance to see the heroic side of Anakin — to see that he really is the chosen one that could save the galaxy."

Meanwhile James Arnold Taylor, the actor who voices Obi-Wan, has "seen some of the new episodes already completed, and they’re amazing,” Taylor said. “The action is there, and the humor is there. But we also see some new aspects of Obi-Wan and his past."  And Catherine Taber, who voices the character Padmé Amidala, said that the second season will also examine the roots of her relationship with Obi-Wan:

"Padmé is a loyalist, not a pacifist,” Taber said. "She’s as involved in this war as Obi-Wan or her husband (Anakin). She’s very affected by everything going on around her. She obviously has a strong relationship with her greatest love. But the war involves her with Obi-Wan, too. Not in a romantic way, but there’s a strong bond there — partly because of their love for Anakin."

Head on over to Wired to read more thoughts from the cast and crew.  The second season will premiere this fall on Cartoon Network.

Season two trailer

Bounty Hunter Cad Bane [Wired]

Zachary Quinto on Heroes Season Four
Zachary Quinto (Sylar on "Heroes") teased the upcoming season in an interview with SCI FI Wire:

"The carnival is going to be awesome," he said. "It looks so incredible, and Robert Knepper, who plays Samuel, Ray Park, who plays Edgar, and Dawn Olivieri, who plays Lydia, … these are really, really incredible actors, and their characters are really multifaceted. It’s a whole new dimension for the show. I think it’s going to be incredibly exciting and really colorful and really dynamic. My involvement in it is unfolding as we speak. We’re about to start shooting episode seven, so we’ll see if I end up there or if I stay or what ends up happening to me, and I think it will be good. I think people are going to dig it. I know I am."

Quinto also revealed that there may be a new romantic interest for his character: "There are a couple of little percolations, but we’ll see if any of them take," and also addressed when his character will figure out the situation he’s in with Nathan Petrelli:

"It’s a long road for me to realize that," he said. "I’ll say that. It doesn’t happen right away. And the character exists in a couple of different places this season, one of which is in Matt Parkman’s [Greg Grunberg] imagination. The other one is in Nathan’s body. So it is a long road to getting right back to who we know him as."

Check out more from Quinto over at SCI FI Wire.  In related news, SpoilerTV reports that the seventh episode of the season is called "Strange Attractors".  "Heroes" season four — Volume 5: "Redemption" — debuts on NBC with a two-hour premiere ("Orientation" and "Jump, Push, Fall") on Monday, September 21st.

Season four poster [THR]

Set images [more at SpoilerTV (and here)]

New promo: "Other Plans"

New promo: "Dreams"

 


 

NEW IMAGES

Dollhouse

Images from the season two premiere "Vows" [more at The ODI]

Season two cast images [FOX]

More images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

Character (Echo) image [SpoilerTV]

Eastwick

Cast images [more at Eastwick Fans via SpoilerTV]

Ghost Whisperer

Images from the fifth season premiere, "Birthday Presence" [more at SpoilerTV]

Set images [more at Celeb Fan Forum via SpoilerTV]

Medium

Season six cast images [one more at Picshot via SpoilerTV]

 

Supernatural

Images from the fifth season premiere, "Sympathy for the Devil" [more at SpoilerTV]

True Blood

Images from episode 10, "New World in My View" [more at Fractured-Simplicity via SpoilerTV]

The Vampire Diaries

Cast images [more Celebutopia via SpoilerTV]

NEW VIDEOS

Eastwick

Promo: "I Wish I May"

Promo: "Stirring Up Trouble"

New cast interview + new scene

Eureka

Promo for episode 16, "You Don’t Know Jack"

The Guild

"Do You Wanna Date My Avatar"

Medium

New clip: "Man of Your Dreams"

Supernatural

Season five promo #1

Season five promo #2

"Sympathy for the Devil" Trailer #2

Venture Bros.

Season four trailer

TV BITES

SCI FI TV RATINGS

CHART (8/10/2009 to 8/16/2009)

 


 

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Comments

1. Robert H. - August 23, 2009

Heard some of those new shows are pretty lousy, including the Vampire Diaries and Eastwick.

2. la'Hom Ho'neH jorDe' vestai-VamPyr - August 23, 2009

Venture Bros. rocks

3. Chronus - August 23, 2009

I am totally psyched about that Venture Bros. Season 4! I was worried that it might not be back.

4. CarlG - August 23, 2009

Supernatural can’t come back soon enough — I’m in withdrawl!

Flash Forward looks interesting. And it’s got Sulu and Peter Griffin in it, so that should be fun. :)

And when is Doctor Who going to come back to Canada, FFS?

5. LOO-SER! - August 23, 2009

@4. Ditto. I can’t wait for “Smallville”. I may just pee myself a little!
“Flash Foward” does sound interesting, but I wonder how they’ll keep it fresh after the initial few episodes.
I can’t wait for “Medium” either! It’s the best show of it’s kind ever I think.
And in no way do I hope that they do a crossover with “Ghost Whisperer”. That would definitely just ruin the integrity that “Medium” has built for itself over the years.
But dear god!
“Eastwick”!
This just sounds like some monkey-brain from ABC got a saucepan. Poured in some water. Added a great big helping of “Desperate Houswives”. Left it to boil. Then added a pinch of “Charmed”, Leaving it to simmer and Kablamooo. A hearty broth of crapfest.
Also, I can’t wait to see Ming Na again! She used to be on ER and she was just wonderful.

6. Tanner Waterbury - August 23, 2009

WHAT THE HELL? The FlashForward commercial borrowed the Star Trek 2009 trailer music!

7. wickedjacob - August 23, 2009

I am you from the future.

I’ve come back to tell you the 4th season of Venture Bros. looks awesome.

8. SciFiMetalGirl - August 23, 2009

My DVR is going to b e very busy next month!

9. noirgwio - August 24, 2009

Looking forward to Smallville… Very bored with all the tired vampire crap. Not alot on TV that’s good, IMO. But then, I’m really picky. It’s hard for me because I’m a film/TV buff… Since I rarely follow these dingleberry trends, and my idea of classics or any of the other genres don’t usually attune to the will of the masses.

10. Valenti - August 24, 2009

Can’t wait for the new seasons of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Heroes”.

11. Mr Man - August 24, 2009

In the title, what is Carpica?? Did you mean Caprica? Or is this a new fish based Sci-Fi series……Editor!!!

12. Seekerpsion2012 - August 24, 2009

True blood’s the only “vampire” show worth watching ATM.

Yay Supernatural! Can’t Wait!

13. Spockish - August 24, 2009

I’m suprised nothing new about ‘V’ but there was some news last week, namely they had already started filming shows up in the Great White North.

I remember back in 1980 how excited I was that a new Sci-Fi show was starting. But that was back in the day that Sci-Fi show news was like dessert mirages. You’d see news but as you approached it, it only became a dream. And any behind the screen new was as rare as winning the Lottery.

It seems as the video camera became more portable the more news became available, most likely because in the past your word counted on your reputation. But video or a picture backs up thousands of words.
If I still watched TV live my remote would be eating batteries weekly. But with a DVR I can tape them all and watch when I want. And if I like it move it to a DVD to keep it.

30 years ago all I had was a VCR, and now that they are dead I bet most never learned how to program them to record what and when they wanted. Every thing today is now becoming GUI (Graphic User Interface) based, and even a dummy can point and click.

Hope the new shows are half as good as the promos say, but I bet more than half will be lucky to have a second season. But remember suprises can happen, but so can duds.

14. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - August 24, 2009

In my Flash forward i seen an article from Trekmovie talking about the Trek 2011 and Khan was not going to be in it. Also. Anthony Pascale will have a small role in Trek 2011.

15. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - August 24, 2009

Theres some good shows coming up im realy looking forward to seeing. Flash Forward and SGU and V. The others im not sure about. But at least theres some Scifi coming out and thats great news for all Scifi fans. Wherehouse 13 loos to be a good show.

16. Derf - August 24, 2009

“Ming-Na: Absolutely. More in your face, where it just had elements of almost a reality show that everyone is so used to and the voyeuristic approach to showcasing an episode of almost anything these days. And what’s fun for us as actors is that because we don’t know where the cameras are half the time, we just pretty much have to play it like a theater piece and just be fully invested in it, each and every take.”

You know, I just recently worked through the 5 stages of grief with “SG: 90210″. Now we get someone floating it’s going to be like a reality show.

At least Warehouse 13 is fun and doesn’t take itself overly serious. That’s what was always so much fun about SG-1.

Jack: “Now we came in peace and we expect to leave in one. Piece.”

I just hope I don’t end up being Ron Moore in the CSI episode at the Sci Fi convention standing up and yelling ‘You suck!’ to the guy who just got done showing his new ‘re-imagined, grittier’ sci-fi remake of a classic series :(

17. Scott B. here. - August 24, 2009

If you’re not watching “Eureka” and “Warehouse 13″ on that Siffy channel, you’re missing some good, fun teevee. Fun for the whole family.

Scott B. out.

18. Captain Braxton - August 24, 2009

Nothing on Doctor Who Dreamland?

19. Crewman Darnell - August 24, 2009

“Defying Gravity” is a colossal bore, with lame soap opera story lines. (Who is screwing who -and- is she going to keep the baby?) Jeeze Louise. I regret having even given that half-witted series a chance, beyond the craptacular pilot.

20. The Gorn Identity - August 24, 2009

CLONE WARS season 2 looks great. Finally, the Mandalore Warriors enter the fray!

21. Norm - August 24, 2009

Smallville lost my interest in the 7th season, and because of my work schedule I missed the entire 8th, but it looks like it may be worth watching again.

Supernatural looks sweet, as always!

22. Lore - August 24, 2009

I read Tom Welling will be getting credit as a producer of Smallville this year. Maybe this will allow the show to compensate him differently and allow for more budget for the show itself. Meaning: Perhaps they will be outside occasionally instead on one of three sets most of the time.

23. Colonel West - August 24, 2009

Is that Jamie Bamber in that second dollhouse pic? As much as I like Joss Whedons stuff, theres no way dollhouse deserved a pick up ahead of TSCC. Yep, still annoyed at that one.

24. Thorny - August 24, 2009

NBC already made “The Time Traveler’s Wife” as a TV show. It was called “Journeyman” in 2007 and it failed despite being a pretty good show. Okay, so it wasn’t Claire and Henry in “Journeyman”, but it was so close to TTTW that I doubt the ABC version (which also will have to be changed a lot from the book) will be green-lit.

25. Jorg Sacul - August 24, 2009

Chuck. Now.

26. SupremeDalekOnTheBridge - August 24, 2009

#18 I saw the picture thr Beeb released, and I think it looks a lot better then the “The Infinite Quest” animation from 2006.

In the TV Bites section, it mentions this: BBC has announced that they will air a new series of “greatest moments” of “Doctor Who” focusing on events since the series was re-launched in 2005. The three-part series, “Doctor Who’s Greatest Moments”, will be produced by the team behind “Doctor Who Confidential” and includes a voiceover by Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley. [Digital Spy]

The first episode was on last Thursday on BBC Three. It was all about the Doctor, this weeks one is about the Companions, and the final episode is about the Monsters. Sixty Minutes long. I personally found it very boring, it was too long for it’s own good.

And did’nt SGU have an awful bad week over the paraplegic episode controversy?

27. SChaos1701 - August 24, 2009

Can’t wait for new Venture.

28. Craig - August 24, 2009

@ #6. Ya I know what the hell. I thought Paramount locked that song down since it was such a hit for the Star Trek Trailer. Not sure if that show could have done that.

29. Dr. Image - August 24, 2009

Is it just me or is this current crop of genre stuff incredibly lame?
And for me, it’s Dollhouse that leads the current downward spiral.

30. Naver Drol - August 24, 2009

What is with the links to the tiny Dollhouse images? You should link to the full size image.. not the thumbnails.

31. trekologist - August 25, 2009

Defying gravity is GREAT television… and they take the time to explain (to all us science purists), why their hair (and bodies) don’t float around in the Zero G Spaces… ;-) love nano tech and electromagnetism! Someone is paying attention to science (unlike Ron Moore’s recent Virtuosity show).

Also, is anyone else confused as to WHY fox cancelled The Sarah Connor Chronicles? This was great television? How they chose to keep dollhouse over TSCC frustrates and baffles to no end?!?!

Regarding Flash Forward… After ruining Enterprise, Brannon Braga does yet another show about time lapses/traveling. Maybe future guy will be the cause of this latest incident (yawn) (rollseyes).

yes, this post is somewhat bitter, but I am still really sad they cancelled Enterprise after a MAGNIFICENT 4th season. The proposed 5th season would have been great! More Shran, Giant evil cats, Romulan War Arc, T’pol’s dad as a Romulan agent! :-O

32. Thorny - August 25, 2009

31… I, for one thought both “Sarah Conner Chronicles” and “Dollhouse” were absolutely awful television and I’m baffled how “Dollhouse” survived to a second season.

“Flashforward” was a very good book, but I think the TV reworking will ruin it. The change in the “flashforward” dates (from 30 years in the future to just 6 months) eliminates the “big” impact of seeing your future (you’re not the success you hope to be, for example) and leaves just the soap opera plots (she’s not shacking up with that guy anymore in 6 months…) Yawn.

33. Becky - August 25, 2009

If John Lennon agreed to do a reunion tour then that must mean he’s less of a hypocritical jerk then in our universe. Julian Lennon must wish he lived there.

34. Thorny - August 25, 2009

33… People mellow with age and life experience. Remember, Don Henley said the Eagles would reunite when hell freezes over. Their 1990s reunion album was titled “Hell Freezes Over.”

35. Crewman Darnell - August 25, 2009

Re: “Defying Gravity”

I wasn’t too impressed with the “science” explanations in this series, such as the “artificial gravity” uniforms. I can almost appreciate the effort on the part of the writers but it still seems pretty weak. The constant flashbacks to the whiny crew’s Earth-side soap opera is the worst of all. It takes up most of the episodes and makes for one big yawn fest.

36. Losira - August 27, 2009

I watch scifi to rscape reality. My entertainment for fun . If one wants reality, there is the 6pm news. Sci fi is supposed to be fun & fantsay & inspiring to be food for yhought.

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