In Sci-Fi TV this week we have all the news (and previews) for Lost, FlashForward, Stargate Universe, V and (the musical) Fringe, and more. Plus some hints at the Smallville finale (and next season), schedule changes for SyFy, and more including the latest television ratings, casting bites and new images and video previews.
GENRE TV NEWS
News and bites from LOST cast
Is Desmond on the side of Jacob or the Smoke Monster / not-Locke? Which ever side is right, says Henry Cusick:
"I think Desmond has always been on the side of doing what’s right, whatever that would be, trying to always do the right thing. So far I’ve never seen him do anything for his own personal satisfaction. He’s never come across as a selfish character. He’s come across I think even more now, a self-less character, so I think that’s the side he’s on."
"Obviously Jin was infertile on the island, but in the flash-sideways he’s perfectly healthy," she says. "I don’t know if that’s because we spent time on the island, even though it’s a different lifeline, and the island cured his infertility, therefore in the flash-sideways he’s completely healthy. That’s what I assumed when I read the script."
Next week’s episode of "LOST" is called "The Last Recruit" and features a showdown between Locke and Jack as the camps merge and "alliances are forged and broken", Tuesday, April 20 from 9:00-10:02 p.m. ET. Here are some bites to round out the week’s "LOST" coverage:
- There have been a ton of cast returnees this season, but Julie Bown (who played Jack’s ex-wife Sarah) won’t be one of them. [Fancast]
- One of the upcoming deaths is considered a "game-changer"… [E! Online]
- …But it looks like [highlight to view] Hurley, Jack, Frank and Sun are safe, because of what the Man in Black said earlier in the season, according to Jorge Garcia: "[he] did give them their word that he wasn’t going to do anything. It’s been established that he has to keep his word," says Garcia. "So if he gives his word, then he’s bound to it." [TV Guide]
- …Garcia also guest-blogged about last week’s episode, the final Hurley-centric episode of the season, over at TV Watch.
- Check out an interview with Harold Perrineau — who in last week’s episode reprised his role as Michael — at TV Guide.
- Download this week’s official "LOST" audio podcast here.
- And a final note, contrary to what ABC put out in last week’s press release detailing the post-LOST finale "Jimmy Kimmel Live" episode, executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse will not appear on the show to talk about the finale. As they originally said they’re going directly into radio silence after the finale airs.
Promotional stills from episode 6×13 – "The Last Recruit" [more at TV Overmind]
Promo for "The Last Recruit" [YouTube]
Sneak peek from "The Last Recruit" [YouTube]
Executive producer Brian Peterson talks Smallville season finale
"Smallville" executive producer Brian Peterson spoke with TV Guide and E! Online about the remainder of the season as we head into the show’s ninth season finale. Here are some excerpts:
What does it mean that the hero has been wearing black all season?
Peterson: This season has been about Clark exploring an identity as Clark Kent and a very separate identity as this cold, saving Kryptonian. That will propel us into the next season, where he has evolved out of that. He’s been in his Kryptonian cocoon, and he will evolve out of that into the hero we all recognize. For everybody who goes out to be a hero for good, you have to struggle with the darkness before you really can come out the other side of it.
What can you say about the Red Queen? Some fans seem to think that it’s Martha Kent (Annette O’Toole).
Peterson: Obviously I don’t want to tip it one way or another because we have a lot of players on the board that could be the Red Queen. But the Red Queen will continue to play a role all the way through the rest of the season. We’ll find out that the Red Queen trumps almost everybody we thought was actually in control and becomes a really big power player in the show. It’s a really fun direction for the end of the season.
Clark and Lois’ relationship has been great so far. Will she finally learn his secret?
Peterson: What I can say is that this year we’ve really explored the tough duality of Lois having one relationship with this hero, the soldier of duty relationship, and one romantic love relationship with Clark, and so that just drives all the way through episodes 19, 21 and the finale. Everything that’s been going on with that love triangle converges.
Promo for episode 9×19 – "Charade" [YouTube]
More details from the Fringe musical episode, "Brown Betty"
"Fringe" executive producer Jeff Pinkner told EW that they "didn’t set out to do a musical", but the story they set out to do lent itself well to the format:
"We set out to do an episode that explored Walter’s state of mind — he’s dealing with some very upsetting news. When we realized that the way Walter would deal with such news would be to try to anesthetize himself with copious amounts of marijuana, well, singing and dancing became a natural outcome."
Pinkner also teased that Olivia (Anna Torv) plays a central role in Walter’s drug-induced fairy tale: "It’ll be interesting to see how Walter really perceives her." Here are some rumored titles for the final three episodes of the season [via SpoilerTV]: "Northwest Passage" (May 6), "Over There: Part 1" (May 13), Over There: Part 2" (May 20). Speaking of the finale, fellow executive producer J.H. Wyman promises the alt universe will be "different from our own world in ways that are both delightful and disturbing."
Promotional stills from episode 2×20 – "Brown Betty" (aka the musical episode) [more at BSC Review]
Promo for episode 2×18 – "The Man From the Other Side" [YouTube]
Watch some new featurettes at the official website
Stargate Universe: Watch a new Kino webisode
In scheduling news, Syfy has released its broadcast schedule for May which include dates for three episodes of "Stargate Universe":
May 7 – “Sabotage”
May 14 – “Pain”
May 21 – “Subversion”
The show will be off the air on May 28th due to the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Additionally, the first season finale will air on Friday, June 11. Also, executive producer Joseph Mallozzi revealed on his blog the title for episode 13 of season two. The episode, written by new staff writer Linda McGibney, is titled "Alliances". Meanwhile, David Blue, who plays Eli, told Newsarama that we’ll start to see a different dynamic between his character and Rush (Robert Carlyle): "I think Eli and Rush are going head to head…you’re going to see more of Eli not just doing what Rush says…Eli is coming into his own and that frustrates the heck out of Rush."
Promotional stills from episode 1×14 – "Human" [more at MGM]
Promo for "Human" [YouTube]
Q&A with Elyse Levesque [SCI FI Wire]
April 29th FlashForward (mostly) shown May 6th
Originally the April 29th episode of "FlashForward" (titled, "Goodby Yellow Brick Road") was going to correspond to the date of ‘flash forward’ shown in the pilot episode, but due to schedule changes that is no longer the case. However, E! Online is reporting that the April 29th episode will show "the beginning" of the event, with the rest coming on the April 6th episode ("Course Correction"). E! also reports, despite continued declining ratings, there’s "definitely a chance" that "FlashForward" will be renewed, mostly due to do strong performance overseas, with a source saying: "This is a rare case where a low domestic performer could get a surprise pickup."
Promotional images from episode 1×17 – "The Garden of Forking Paths" [more at Pizquita]
Promotional images from episode 1×18 – "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" [more at Pizquita]
Promo for "The Garden of Forking Paths" [YouTube]
Watch another promo here
Syfy moving SGU, Caprica and Sanctuary to Tuesdays next season
Syfy will reportedly move its Friday night TV lineup, which includes "Stargate Universe", "Caprica" and "Sanctuary" to Tuesday nights beginning this fall. According to USA Today, the move is both to capture higher ratings and in relation to the network picking up the WWE series "Friday Night SmackDown" (which is exiting MyNetworkTV) and dropping WWE’s new "NXT".
PREVIEW Videos & Images
Ashes to Ashes
Promotional stills from episode 3×03 [more at Den of Geek]
Promotional stills from the video game "Doctor Who: The Adventure Games" [more at Blogtor Who]
Promotional stills from episode 5×04 – "Victory of the Daleks" [Blogtor Who]
Promotional still for season five [Blogtor Who]
Introducing the Daleks (with introduction by Matt Smith and Karen Gillan) [Blogtor Who]
Watch more clips here
Footage from the first installment of "Doctor Who: The Adventure Games" [Blogtor Who]
Interview with Steven Moffat on the future of "Doctor Who" [Film School Rejects]
Promotional stills from episode 5×19 – "Hammer of the Gods" [more at SPNsite]
Promo for "Hammer of the Gods" [YouTube]
Clip from "Hammer of the Gods" [YouTube]
Season three poster #4 [Shock Till You Drop]
Promotional stills from episode 1×09 – "Heretic’s Fork" [more at The V Files]
Promo for episode 1×08 – "We Can’t Win" [YouTube]
Clip from "We Can’t Win" [YouTube]
Watch another clip here
The Vampire Diaries
Promotional stills from episode 1×21 – "Isabel" [more at Vampiresite]
Interview with the cast [via SpoilerTV]
Promo for episode 1×19 – "Miss Mystic Falls" [YouTube]
Clip from "Miss Mystic Falls" [YouTube]
Watch another clip here
The Syfy original movie event “Riverworld”, written by ‘The Next Generation’ / ‘Deep Space Nine’ writer Robert Hewitt Wolfe airs tonight on Syfy from 7:00-11:00 p.m. ET.
Internal BBC memos reveal that Doctor Who‘s regenerations — which started in 1966 — were modeled on bad LSD trips, meant to convey the "hell and dank horror" of the drug. [BBC]
The season finale of "Chuck" will feature the return of someone from Chuck’s past that will "do him great harm". [EW]
Rachel Miner, who played Meg on "Supernatural", will not be returning before the end of the season. [EW]
"The Vampire Diaries" fans/spoiler hounds, be sure to head on over to SpoilerTV for an update on what’s to come for the remainder of the season.
You can now put in your pre-orders for DVD sets of the ninth season of "Smallville", the third season of "Chuck", the first season of "V" and the first season DVD and Blu-ray set of "The Vampire Diaries" on Amazon.com.
The 10th episode of "V" is called "Hearts and Minds"… [SpoilerTV]
…And you can check out an interview with star Joel Gretsch (Father Jack) at The Flickcast.
Here are some press releases/synopses from the various shows we cover:
"Smallville" – 9×21 – "Hostage". [SpoilerTV]
"Supernatural" – 5×21 – "Two Minutes to Midnight". [SpoilerTV]
"Doctor Who" – 5×05 – "Flesh & Stone". [Blogtor Who]
"Chuck" – 3×15 – "Chuck vs. the Role Models". [ChuckTV.net]
"The Vampire Diaries" – 1×21 – "Isobel". [SpoilerTV]
"FlashForward" – 1×17-1×18 – "The Garden of the Forking Paths" & "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road".
"V" – 1×09 – "Heretics Fork". [MultipleVerses]
A rumor surfaced last week that Brandon Routh would be starring in AMC’s "The Walking Dead", but it wasn’t true. The official site for the actor has debunked the rumor. [@BrandonRouthcom]
Sendhil Ramamurthy (Mohinder) has confirmed that he is no longer on "Heroes". [BBC]
SCI-FI RATINGS (Based on final national numbers unless otherwise noted) [@TravisYanan]
"Ghost Hunters" drew 2.15 million viewers and a 1.0 A18-49 rating last Wednesday, up +3% in viewers and even in A18-49 rating from the week prior (2.08M / 1.0 rating). Lead-out "Destination Truth" drew 1.93 million viewers and a 0.9 A18-49 rating. That was up +10% in viewers and +29% in A18-49 rating from the week prior (1.76M / 0.7 rating). [@TravisYanan]
"Legend of the Seeker" ran a repeat in the most recent week’s ratings, although it may be important to note that the repeat drew the series’ lowest audience yet (1.74M viewers). "Legend of the Seeker" has averaged 2.40 million viewers through 15 original episodes so far this season. [TV by the Numbers]
"Doctor Who" set a new record for most downloads in a week from BBC’s online iPlayer. The fifth season premiere, "The Eleventh Hour", garnered 1.27 million requests to view seven days after it aired on BBC. The record for most views in 2009 was an episode of "Top Gear". It’s possible "Doctor Who" will exceed that figure when final figures are calculated.. [The Doctor Who News Page]
CHART (4/5/2010 to 4/11/2010)