Sci-Fi TV Sunday: Fringe, FlashForward, Stargate, Caprica, Eureka, Venture Bros., Heroes, Smallville + more August 23, 2009by 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]
Rough storyboards from Jon Cassar, director of episode six [Jon Cassar]
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".
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.
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:
- The Mosaic Collective, a new viral site connected to the series, has gone live and is tracking reports about what people saw six months in the future during their 2 minute and 17 second blackout (you can watch videos on the YouTube site as well).
- Also, ABC has announced that the show will be previewed at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California which runs September 10-13th (the final season of "Lost" will also be discussed at the expo).
- And SpoilerTV has a casting call looking for 12 characters, three of which are recurring.
"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]
New promo: "Other Plans"
New promo: "Dreams"
Images from the season two premiere "Vows" [more at The ODI]
Season two cast images [FOX]
Character (Echo) image [SpoilerTV]
Images from the fifth season premiere, "Birthday Presence" [more at SpoilerTV]
Images from the fifth season premiere, "Sympathy for the Devil" [more at SpoilerTV]
The Vampire Diaries
Promo: "I Wish I May"
Promo: "Stirring Up Trouble"
New cast interview + new scene
Promo for episode 16, "You Don’t Know Jack"
"Do You Wanna Date My Avatar"
New clip: "Man of Your Dreams"
Season five promo #1
Season five promo #2
"Sympathy for the Devil" Trailer #2
Season four trailer
- "V" stars Elizabeth Mitchell ("Lost") and Morena Baccarin ("Firefly", "Stargate SG-1") talk about their roles in the upcoming ABC remake in a new interview with IGN. "V" premieres Tuesday, November 3rd at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.
- ABC has picked up the script to "Clive Barker’s Hotel" from writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton ("Saw"). McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision banner is in talks to produce and McG may come on board as a director in the event the project moves forward. [THR]
- 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]
- Here’s the synopsis for "Apocalypse Now", the fifth season premiere of The CW’s "Supernatural": "Picking up where the finale left off, Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) watch as the Devil (guest star Mark Pellegrino, “Lost”) emerges from Hell. The brothers and Bobby (Jim Beaver) deal with the aftermath of Lucifer rising and the stunning news from Chuck the Prophet (guest star Rob Benedict) that Castiel (Misha Collins) was blown to bits by the archangels." [SpoilerTV]
- ABC has picked up the rights to Audrey Niffenegger’s 2003 novel "The Time Traveler’s Wife" (which was recently released in theaters) and will adapt the novel to television. "Friends" creator Marta Kauffman will write and executive produce. The series has a pilot commitment from ABC. [The Wrap]
- NBC has picked up a live-action adaptation of DC Comics’ Vertigo comic book series "Midnight Mass". The series has received a script commitment from the network. Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts will write the project for Warner Bros. TV. [THR]
- AMC is close to finalizing a deal with Frank Darabont to write and direct a series adaptation of the Image Comics graphic novel series "The Walking Dead". [Variety]
- Ryan McPartlin of "Chuck" (Devon "Awesome" Woodcomb) talked about his character’s role in the third season: "I don’t know if I’ll be made a spy, but I’m getting involved in the spy world. Chuck’s going to [be] in a pinch and call on me to help him out." [E! Online]
- …Meanwhile, a casting call for the series is searching for a major guest star role for a character named Premier Allejandro Goya, described as a "Dashing, handsome, charming and suave. He is the ruler (dictator) of a small, fictitious Latin nation called Parador," in episode three "Chuck vs. the Angel of Death". [SpoilerTV]
- A couple changes made in the transition from the "The Vampire Diaries" book series to its CW adaptation include Elena’s very young sister being replaced by a troubled teen brother and the fact that the siblings are returning to high school several months — as opposed to several years in the book — after the death of their parents. [E! Online]
- Casting calls have gone out for ABC’s "Eastwick" series looking for three extras: a late 20’s/early 30’s clerk, a teenage boy and an elderly woman. [SpoilerTV (and here)]
- John Hawkes ("Deadwood") is joining the final season of ABC’s "Lost" as a recurring character. Hawkes will play Lennon, described as a "scruffy, edgy and charismatic spokesperson and translator for the president of a foreign corporation who is far more powerful than it seems from his position." [THR]
- Here’s the synopsis for episode seven ("Fear") of the ABC series "Defying Gravity": "It’s Halloween aboard the Antares and the forces of darkness are revealed in more ways than one, as feverish hallucinations jeopardize the lives of the crew just as they’re about to embark on a promotional event for which the whole world is waiting." [SpoilerTV]
- "Supernatural" producers are looking for an "all-American boy age 11 who is wise beyond his years. He was adopted as an infant and remains perplexed by his unusual powers. He possesses a childlike innocence—he believes in the Tooth Fairy! He suddenly finds himself faced with a very adult decision." [EW]
- …Check out another casting call for "Supernatural", for episode six "I Believe the Children Are Our Future", at SpoilerTV…
- …And here are some more casting calls for various sci-fi/genre shows: Ghost Whisperer and V.
- Josh Blacker has landed a role on ABC’s "V". It’s suspected that he’ll be playing the character Billy Hamlet and he may appear in more than one episode. [Josh Blacker via SpoilerTV]
- Jennifer Love Hewitt has chimed in on the possibility of a "Ghost Whisperer"/"Medium" crossover episode: "Everyone’s been speculating, and I’m up for it if it’s handled the right way," Love said. "Melinda and Allison handle things very differently. Allison focuses on crime and Melinda deals with crimes of the heart, so maybe Allison could do a little detective work and then Melinda could sweep them into the light…"
- …However, "Medium" executive producer Glenn Gordon Caron doesn’t like the idea: "I’m a big Jennifer Love Hewitt fan, but our show is based on the life of a real woman. There really is this Allison Dubois who lives in Phoenix, Arizona. While Ghost Whisperer is inspired by the life of James Van Praagh, Jennifer doesn’t actually play him. I’m very uneasy with the idea of mixing and matching fiction with non-fiction, so I think it’s very unlikely." [TV Guide Magazine]
- A&E Home Video have unveiled the complete list of extras for their upcoming Complete Series DVD release of Farscape. The DVD art is included below. Head on over to TV Shows on DVD for full details. The set will be released on November 17th.
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