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This week in Sci-Fi TV, we’ve got you covered with the first eight minutes of the new ABC series V, David Goyer taking full showrunning duties on FlashForward, some updates on Lost, Justice League casting news on Smallville, a scheduling change for Dollhouse and more, including the latest television ratings, casting bites, images and videos.
GENRE TV NEWS
Marc Guggenheim Leaves FlashForward; David Goyer Becomes Sole Showrunner
Marc Guggenheim, who has experience as a showrunner and was brought in help co-creator/executive producer David Goyer, is leaving the series. With his departure, Goyer will step up as a sole showrunner. Brannon Braga is a co-creator on the series but is unavailable per his commitment to the Fox series "24". A new episode of "FlashForward" airs this Thursday at 8:00 p.m. on ABC. Here’s an excerpt from ABC’s press release for the subsequent episode "The Gift", which airs on November 5th:
"The Gift" – Mark, Demetri, Gough and MI6 agent Fiona Banks (Alex Kingston, "ER") investigate a Blue Hand club and its possible connection to some recent suicides. Meanwhile, Aaron receives a surprise visit from a former army buddy of his late daughter’s, Demetri comes clean with Zoey (Gabrielle Union) about his lack of a flashforward, and Nicole helps Bryce uncover the mystery of his flashforward while volunteering at the hospital.
Promo for episode six – "Scary Monsters and Super Creeps"
Interview with V Star Morena Baccarin + ABC Goes "Sky-High" With Series Promotion
Morena Baccarin was interviewed by SCI FI Wire about the new series. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
"It completely re-invents the material, actually," Baccarin told us in an exclusive interview last week. "It’s a re-imagining of the old one, so it’s the same concept. Aliens come down from space. You have the conflict between them and humans. Why are they here? The show in the ’80s was more about communism and totalitarianism, and our show plays a little bit more with the terrorist aspect, which is more the reality of the world we’re living in now. And the characters are different. I’m not Diana. I play Anna."
Head on over to SCI FI Wire to read the rest of the interview. Meanwhile the network has begun a new marketing campaign to the promote the show. Beginning this past Friday, a giant red letter V (written by skywriting planes) will appear over 26 landmarks across the United States. From the ABC press release:
Beginning October 23 through November 3, the Visitors from "V" will mark the sky with their distinctive red "V" over several U.S. landmarks in different cities in preparation for their highly anticipated arrival to ABC on NOVEMBER 3 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET). The sky-written image will be visible multiple times during the day above and around the cities below at the times listed.
Here is the list of cities and times the image will be visible:
October 23 — 9:00 a.m. Boston, MA
October 23 — 9:00 a.m. Minneapolis, MN
October 24 — 9:00 a.m. San Francisco, CA
October 24 — 9:00 a.m. Seattle, WA
October 24 — 9:00 a.m. Orlando, FL
October 25 — 9:00 a.m. Chicago, IL
October 25 — 12:00 p.m. Hollywood, CA
October 25 — 9:30 a.m. New York, NY
October 25 — 2:15 p.m. Philadelphia, PA
October 26 — 12:00 p.m. Tempe, AZ
October 26 — 9:00 a.m. Atlanta, GA
October 27 — 12:00 p.m. Dallas, TX
October 28 — 4:15 p.m. Austin, TX
October 28 — 9:00 a.m. Las Vegas, NV
October 31 — 12:00 p.m. Hollywood, CA
October 31 — 12:10 p.m. Hollywood, CA
October 31 — 12:20 p.m. Los Angeles, CA
October 31 — 12:00 p.m. Santa Monica, CA
October 31 — 9:00 a.m. New York, NY
October 31 — 9:15 a.m. New York, NY
October 31 — 9:30 a.m. New York, NY
October 31 New York, NY (throughout the morning)
November 3 — 12:00p.m. Hollywood, CA
November 3 — 12:10 p.m. Hollywood, CA
November 3 — 12:20 p.m. Los Angeles, CA
November 3 — 12:00 p.m. Santa Monica, CA
"V" premieres on Tuesday, November 3rd on ABC. It will run for four weeks before heading into hiatus until the new year.
First Look: Watch the first eight minutes of V
Damon Lindelof Talks Lost: The Final Season + Show Taking Hiatus During Olympics?
Speaking with Comic Book Resources during an appearance at LA’s Earth-2 Comics, "Lost" co-creator/co-executive producer Damon Lindelof said that although fans will receive answers to many of the questions that have come up over the years on the series, not everything will be revealed:
"I don’t think it would be ‘Lost’ if we answered every question to every viewer’s satisfaction," Lindelof said. "I mean, there are some people who are still asking us ‘What’s the story with Kate’s toy plane?’ and there is nothing more to say about it; we’ve definitively answered that question to the best of our ability on the show, so you won’t be hearing anymore about the toy plane. That being said, there are other sort of meta questions, like, what do the numbers mean, that we will be addressing more directly in the final season. But some people will feel like, ‘Wow, they answered more than I thought they ever would about that question,’ and some people will say ‘What a hose job, I am so unsatisfied!’ Our goal is to land in the middle of the ‘hose jobers’ and the ‘too much informationers,’ because you can’t make everybody happy."
It also appears that the sixth season won’t be running straight through. The ODI is reporting that while visiting Harvard, writer Carlton Cuse explained that the show would begin airing this January and then stop for the Olympics before starting up again in February. The Olympics run on NBC from February 12, 2010 to February 28th. Meanwhile in casting news, EW’s Michael Ausiello reports that Emilie de Revin (Claire) will be back for the whole sixth season:
My Lost mole says season 6 will showcase “a version of Claire we’ve never seen before — a Rousseau-esque version.” We’ll be in need of a Rousseau fix since the real version will be MIA.
However, Mira Furlan (who played Rousseau), turned down the show’s request to return for the final season due to a “prior overseas commitment.” And lastly, DarkUFO reports that the sixth episode of the series will be called "Sundown" and is presumed to involve either Sun or Jin or both.
Set images [more at HawaiiWeblog]
Bloopers from the Season Five DVD
Smallville Justice League Casting: Hawkman, Doctor Fete, Stargirl and Dark Archer
We’ve known that this season of "Smallville" would feature the Justice League in an upcoming episode written by comic book writer Geoff Johns, and now we’ve got some casting news on just what characters, and actors, will appear. IGN reports that two of the characters will be Hawkman and Doctor Fate and they’ll both be played by ‘Stargate’ alums:
Playing Hawkman will be an actor who brings his own notable sci-fi following to the role. Michael Shanks, who has recently been appearing on Burn Notice, but is best known as Daniel Jackson on Stargate SG-1, will portray the classic DC hero.
Doctor Fate will be played by Brent Stait, who had an ongoing role on Andromeda as Rev Bem. Stait also has experience in the Stargate world, having appeared on SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, along with the direct-to-DVD movie Stargate SG-1: Children of the Gods.
Shortly after that news broke, Fancast reported that the third JSA member would be Stargirl and the character would be played by Britt Irvin ("Aliens in America"). "Society" is scheduled to air on The CW in January. In other casting news, Comic Book Movie reports that Steve Bacic has been cast as the Dark Archer. He’ll appear in the episode "Disciple".
Promo for episode six – "Crossfire"
Fox Pulls Dollhouse from Nov. Sweeps; Joss Whedon Responds
Last week there was some good news to report for the low-rated Fox series "Dollhouse" when Fox announced that they intended to air all 13-ordered episodes of the show this season. This week? Not so much. The network has announced that they will temporarily pull the show from November Sweeps (a critical ad sales-related period). It will return to the line-up in December, where they will basically burn off the remaining episodes in back-to-back blocks at 8:00 p.m. on December 4th, 11th and 18th. Joss Whedon responded to the news in a post at Whedonesque:
"Howzabout that schedule? Well, I’m not as depressed as everyone else. We weren’t about to rock sweeps anyway, and though there’s a chilly November, December is CRAZY. It’s like an Advent calendar of episodes! We get November to try to spread the word (which I’ll be leaning on Fox to do, though it’s hard to imagine them doing as good a job as the WhyIWatch guy) and then December is pure gluttony. Plus the episodes line up extremely well in these pairs, and we’ll have an absurdly appropriate lead-in. Back to breaking Tim’s [Minear] episode.
Keep the faith, peeps. I’ll bring you news (and hopefully a little humor, I mean would it kill me to punch these up a little?) when I can. -j joss
Battlestar Galactica: The Plan
Stills [more at Latino Review]
Set images [more at Blogtor Who]
Inside the Tardis (set images) [via Den of Geek]
Episode six – "The Left Hand" [FOX]
Episode seven – "Of Human Action" [FOX]
The Sarah Jane Adventures
Episodes five and six – "The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith" [more at Blogtor Who]
- CBS has confirmed that Katee Sackhoff ("24", "Battlestar Galactica") will guest star on the November 23rd episode of the hit comedy "The Big Bang Theory". She’ll reportedly play Howard Wolowitz’s fantasy woman. [Chicago Tribune]
- Jason Momoa ("Stargate Atlantis") has been cast in HBO’s pilot of "Game of Thrones", the network’s adaptation of the George R.R. Martin fantasy book series "A Song of Ice and Fire". [Winter is Coming via SCI FI Wire]
- A casting call has gone out looking for two characters to appear in this season’s 11th episode ("Sam, Interrupted:) of "Supernatural". [SpoilerTV]
- Sebastian Roche has been added to the cast of "Fringe" as a recurring villain character. He’ll play a soldier from another dimension, replacing Thomas Kretschmann who was originally cast as the super-spy and appeared in the Oct. 8th episode "Momentum Deferred" (we saw him lying on the table at the end of the episode). Kretschmann couldn’t recur because of a scheduling conflict. [THR]
Promo for episode six – "Bonfire and Betrayal"
Promo for episode six – "Earthling" (Featuring music by Trent Reznor)
Promo for episode six – "Head over Heels"
Promo for episode seven – "Strange Attractors"
Legend of the Seeker
Sneak peek clip from the two-hour second season premiere – "Prophecy" & "Destiny"
Promo for episode six – "Bite Me"
Promo for episode four – "Hero"
Promo for episode six – "Water"
Sneak peek clip from "Water"
Jamil Walker Smith (Master Sgt. Ronald Greer) Q&A – Part 1
Clip from episode seven – "The Curiouse Case of Dean Winchester"
- Sam and Dean will fight Lucifer in "Supernatural’s" 10th episode, which will also feature the death of two supporting characters. [EW]
- Here’s a brief description for "Shadowboxing", the eighth episode of "Heroes": "Claire is determined to get to the bottom of the attacks; H.R.G. realizes he may be the source of Claire’s troubles; Peter’s new ability is the perfect fit for his job; Sylar’s battle at gaining full control of Matt’s body escalates." [SpoilerTV]
- Sam Jones III (who played Pete Ross in seasons 1-3 of "Smallville"), was arrested last week for his alleged part of a conspiracy to deal several thousand pills of oxycodone. [TMZ]
- "The Vampire Diaries" has been a strong performer for The CW and the network is rewarding the series with a full season pickup. It premiered with 4.91 million viewers and a 2.1 A18-49 rating, and has held fairly steady–between 3.5 and 3.9 million–since, with last week’s episode drawing a post-series premiere high of 3.88 million viewers and a 1.8 A18-49 rating (the show is on hiatus until next Thursday). [LA Times]
- "Fringe" Spoiler [highlight to view] It’s not a definite that we’ve seen the last of Charlie on the Fox TV series, says executive producer Jeff Pinkner: “We’ve already met Charlie’s doppelganger in the alternate reality,” he says. “He still exists.” Pinkner is backed up by fellow exec. producer J.H. Wyman: “No one ever really dies on Fringe.” "Fringe" is hiatus until November 5th. [EW]
- Check out an interview with "True Blood" star Stephen Moyer at Den of Geek.
- Bad news for U.K. sci-fi fans. ITV owns the rights to both "The Prisoner" and "V" and while both shows will premiere this year on AMC (November 15th) and ABC (November 3rd), respectively, the network will not be airing the two shows until next year at the earliest… [Den of Geek]
- …Speaking of which, check below for a new ‘Prisoner’ trailer.
The Prisoner trailer [io9]
SCI FI TV RATINGS [Based on final national numbers]
The leveling off continues for "Heroes". The once-dominant sci-fi hit was up a modest 3% among viewers to 5.72 million and 4% in A18-49 rating to a 2.4 rating. Monday night also featured Wil Wheaton’s guest-starring role on the hit comedy "The Big Bang Theory". The show has improved dramatically this season in its new post-"Two and a Half Men" time slot, but the recent episode did even better than usual, hitting series highs in viewers (13.47M), A25-54 rating (6.3) and A18-34 rating (4.0) and matching a series high in A18-49 rating (5.3).
ABC may say they’re happy with the ratings for "Eastwick", but you can’t ignore the numbers for much longer. The show hit a series low this past week with 4.77 million viewers (-6%) and a 1.6 A18-49 rating (-6%).
"FlashForward" was even from the week prior in the key A18-49 demo (a 3.1 rating), but saw a nice boost in overall audience, increasing 9% week-over-week to a solid 9.87 million viewers. Fellow Thursday-night occupants "Fringe", "The Vampire Diaries" and "Supernatural" were in repeats this week.
Friday [Oct. 23rd episode numbers are based on preliminary fast affiliate data]
CBS’s "Ghost Whisperer" and "Medium" again led the pack Friday night. "Ghost Whisperer" grew 5% among both viewers (8.46M–#1 for the evening) and A18-49 (2.1), while "Medium" grew by 4% in viewers (8.43M) and an impressive 16% in A18-49 rating (2.2–#1 for the evening). Rounding out the rest of the evening, both "Dollhouse" and "Smallville" returned from their one-week hiatus but had different results. "Smallville" held steady in A18-49 rating (matching a season-high with a 1.1 rating) and was down only slightly in viewers (-3% to 2.52M), but "Dollhouse’ dropped a steep 20% in A18-49 (0.8 rating) and was off 7% in viewers to a weak 2.15 million.
In cable news, the October 16th episode of "Stargate Universe" drew 2.10 million viewers (-14%) and a 0.9 A18-49 rating (-10%), while "Sanctuary" drew 1.77 million viewers (-4%) and a 0.6 A18-49 rating (-14%).
CHART (10/12/2009 to 10/18/2009)