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Sci-Fi TV Wednesday: New Shows Announced + Chuck, Doctor Who, Smallville, Walking Dead, Locke & Key + more September 1, 2010

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

In Sci-Fi TV this week we have news on a number of new genre TV projects, including a new shows from Ron Moore and Neil Gaiman. Plus there is big casting news with James Marsters joining a new Syfy show and another big Chuck guest star. We also have a big Doctor Who update, and lots of previews, including Smallville and The Event. All that plus the latest television ratings, casting bites and more.




Ron Moore making Harry Potter-like sci-fi show for NBC

Battlestar Galactica and Caprica creator (and former Star Trek TNG/DS9 writer/producer) Ron Moore is creating a new sci-fi pilot for NBC described as "an adult Harry Potter set in a world ruled not by science but my magic." Deadline reports that this is "one of the biggest commitments so far this pitch season," confirmed by the fact that the series got pilot and series penalties totaling close to $2 million. What that means is regardless of whether the show gets made, NBC has already committed $2 million.

Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman to be adapted as a TV show

Warner Brothers TV is close to acquiring the television rights to the Neil Gaiman-written comic book series "The Sandman" and are in talks with several writer-producers about adapting the 1990’s comic. Eric Kripke ("Supernatural") is said to be at the top of the list [via Heat Vision]:

“Sandman” told the tale of Morpheus, the Lord of the Dreaming, a deity who personifies dreams. The book began in the horror realm but quickly made its mark in fantasy and mythology as Gaiman introduced the Endless, a group of powerful brothers and sisters named Destiny, Death, Destruction, Despair, Desire and Delirium (as well as Dream).

Gaiman is not currently involved in the project, but that could change as it moves further into development.

Syfy developing four-hour Peter Pan prequel "Neverland"

Syfy has announced that they are teaming with writer/director Nick Willing for "Neverland", Willing’s original prequel to author J.M. Barrie’s classic "Peter Pan". The four-hour movie will begin production next week in Genoa, Italy and Dublin, Ireland. The cast includes Rhys Ifans (Pirate Radio, Notting Hill) as James Hook, Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies) as Captain Elizabeth Bonny, Oscar nominee Bob Hoskins as Smee (who previously played the character in Steven Spielberg’s feature Hook), Raoul Trujillo (Tin Man) and Charlie Rowe (Pirate Radio) as Peter Pan. Neverland is slated to premiere in 2011 [Syfy]:

Raised on the streets of turn-of-the century London, orphaned Peter (Rowe) and his pals survive by their fearless wits as cunning young pickpockets. Now, they’ve been rounded up by their mentor Jimmy Hook (Ifans) to snatch a priceless—some believe, magical—treasure which transports them to another world. Neverland is a realm of white jungles and legendary mysteries of eternal youth, where unknown friends and enemies snatched from time welcome the new travelers with both excitement and trepidation. These groups include a band of 18th century pirates led by the power-mad Elizabeth Bonny (Friel), and the Native American Kaw tribe led by a Holy Man (Trujillo), which has protected the secret of the tree spirits from Bonny and her gang for ages—and that has meant war. But as the fight to save this strange and beautiful world becomes vital, Hook, Peter, and the ragamuffin lost boys consider that growing old somewhere in time could be less important than growing up—right here in their new home called Neverland.

Fox makes series commitment to Kurtzman/Orci’s Locke & Key adaptation

As previously reported on TrekMovie, Fox has made a series commitment to the recently announced TV series adaptation of Joe Hill’s comic book "Locke & Key". As previously reported, "Star Trek" producers/writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are on board the project to executive produce along with several others including Josh Friedman ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles") who has been tapped as the lead writer/showrunner.

James Marsters joins the cast of Syfy’s "Three Inches"

James Marsters is among seven new additions to the Syfy pilot "Three Inches" which stars Noah Reid. Here are the character breakdowns for the new additions [Syfy]:

James Marsters will star as Troy Hamilton, a former government agent who takes Walter in to his own team of “super” heroes who fight evil wherever they find it. He is a father figure to Walter.

Andrea Martin will play Belinda Spackman, Walter’s mother, a brutally honest, comically cynical force of nature that loves her son more than words can say and will do anything to protect him.

Stephanie Jacobsen plays Watts, a beautiful “super” hero who has the ability to shape the emotions of anyone she meets at close range.

Antony Del Rio will portray The Human Smell, an adventurous, often irritating teenager who is able to emit a pungent gas through his pores that disables anyone nearby.

Naoko Mori plays Annika, a woman who can duplicate and broadcast any sound she hears.

Kyle Schmid will play Brandon, the “super” hero team leader with all the cockiness and strength of a true action hero, minus the superpowers. He is the opposite of Walter and sees most of the team as freaks.

Brandon Jay McLaren plays Macklin Sportello, Walter’s best friend, a big talker with not a lot to back it up. His relationship is tested when Walter begins to change, but he’s the friend that will always be there for him.

Chuck gets another high profile guest star: Timothy Dalton

The "Chuck" season four guest list continues to amaze. The NBC series has landed former Bond actor Timothy Dalton for an upcoming multi-episode arc:

Dalton will be playing a mysterious stranger who has a history with Chuck’s (series star Zachary Levi) mom, played by Linda Hamilton (“Terminator,” “Terminator II: Judgment Day”). This marks Dalton’s first series appearance on American television since he guest-starred on “Charlie’s Angels” in 1979.

In other casting news, WWE wrestler Batista, Eric Roberts and Joel David Moore will guest-star as Casey’s (Adam Baldwin) 90s-era soldier-of-fortune buddies in the fifth episode "Chuck vs. The Couch Lock [EW]:

The trio…have gone rogue and are back to seek revenge on their ex-comrade.

And in episode title news, episode 4×06 will be called "Chuck vs. the Aisle of Terror". "Chuck" premieres its fourth season on Monday, September 20 at 8:00 p.m. on NBC.

Promotional stills from episode 4×01 – "Chuck vs. the Anniversary [more at Zap2It, 5975 (via SpoilerTV) and SpoilerTV]

Greg Grunberg still hoping for Heroes TV movie

Greg Grunberg still thinks — and remains hopeful — that "Heroes" will get some sort of conclusion, TV movie or otherwise:

"…I think there has to be [a movie]. But I also predicted they wouldn’t just out and out cancel it, so what do I know [laughs]. It makes business sense to do something—there’s a huge fanbase that wants some sort of conclusion and I think the actors want to do it. It’s not about making a fortune to come back—we all appreciate the fans so much, I think if the call went out, we’d all be on board."

Doctor Who season six will be split into two parts + Who Games + Roof TARDIS

BBC has announced that the sixth season of "Doctor Who" will be split into two parts, with the first part airing in the spring of 2011 followed by the second part in the fall of 2011. Showrunner/writer Steven Moffat also says there will be a "game-changing" cliffhanger separating the two parts:

"Looking at the next series I thought what this show needs is a big event in the middle.

"I kept referring to a mid-season finale. So we are going to make it two series—seven episodes at Easter building to an earth-shattering climax, a cliffhanger we could never normally do because it would be too long before it came back. An enormous game-changing cliffhanger that will change everything.

"The wrong expression would be to say we are splitting it in two. We are making it two separate series."

In other "Doctor Who" news, Asylum Entertainment has announced the video games "Doctor Who: Return to Earth" and "Doctor Who: Evacuation Earth" for the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS, respectively. Here are the synopses for the two games:

Return To Earth [Wii]

The Doctor and Amy help the SS Lucy Gray to return home to Earth, unravelling a Cyber Plot and preventing the Daleks from retrieving a lost Time Axis along the way. The Doctor and Amy arrive on a human colony ship returning to Earth after it was rendered uninhabitable by solar flares. Without provocation they are attacked by the ship’s maintenance robots and become separated in the struggle.

The Doctor is eventually led to the ship’s Head Quarters, where he discovers a Cyber Leader has connected himself to the ships AI and is blackmailing it into doing his bidding, or else he’ll kill the crew. Meanwhile the Cybermen that were hiding in the ship ambush Amy and chase her out into space.

Guide the Doctor and Amy as they face their biggest adventure yet!

Evacuation Earth [DS]

The Doctor and Amy arrive at the Lake District to watch the humans leave the planet. Suddenly the TARDIS gets lifted from them and bolted onto the evacuation ship. They have to make their way onto the ship before it leaves As the ship launches it has technical problems and they realise the Silurians have built a ship underneath. The Doctor finds a solution to make the ship work.

Suddenly the Dalek ship smashes into the human one and splits the Silurian half off. It’s the Dalek ship that chased the Time Axis into the sun – they weren’t destroyed, they actually made a random jump several hundred years into the past.

The Daleks are pleased that they can exact revenge on the Doctor but first they make him fix their ship. The Doctor goes along with their plan but tricks them into bolting the TARDIS onto their ship, which he promptly jumps into and uses to fling them into the nearest black hole.

In other news, the recent Doctor Who concer "Dr. Who at the Proms 2010" will be broadcast on BBC Three on Monday, September 6 at 8:30 p.m. A 90-minute version of the program will air Friday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m. on BBC Three. Ending on a fun note, here’s the latest Hack at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology): the TARDIS [via io9].

Karen Gillan talking about "The Adventure Games" [YouTube / Blogtor Who]

The Walking Dead interview +  season two to shoot in early 2011?

Earlier this week there were reports that "The Walking Dead" had already been given a 13-episode second season renewal and was scheduled to begin shooting in February 2011. However, AMC contacted IGN and Fangoria to "dispel the rumor" The initial report originated at Fangoria. The six-episode first season kicks off on Halloween night at 10:00 p.m. on AMC. Here is an interview with Robert Kirkman [Wired]

L5 — A hard science fiction miniseries

Director Stanley Von Modevey is developing what is described as a hard science fiction miniseries called "L5". So what makes it ‘hard’ science fiction? The official site explains:

The director, Stanley Von Medvey. Before pursuing concept artwork and film making as a career, Stanley began as an astrophysics student at the University of Chicago. He designed small payloads for the space shuttle and NASA’s sounding rocket program. Since switching careers, he has maintained close ties with the aerospace community, is an active member of the National Space Society, engaged in such projects as working with think tanks and lobby groups to promote Space Based Solar Power through viral marketing. In short, Stanley is an obsessed science geek.

The plan is to fund the $10,000 project online (by September 30, 2010), with hopes to debut the pilot episode spring 2011.Here’s the synopsis for the project:

Imagine returning from an exhausting adventure only to find that your home is abandoned, empty. Not just your home, but your neighborhood, your city, in fact, everyone, everywhere, seems to be missing. This is what happens to the crew of the first manned mission to Barnard’s Star – they return after awakening from suspended animation to find that their ship-board AI has sent them on a relativistic tour of the stellar neighborhood while they slumbered, dilating time so severely that nearly 200 years have passed on Earth. After coming to, they discover their vessel is adrift at LaGrange point 5, within visual range of a vast O’neill cylinder-colony. The night side of the Earth shows no lights, and no one answers their calls across all frequencies. They have no choice but to dock with the colony and explore its cavernous interior in the hopes of finding help. When they find the colony to be airless and devoid of life, the remains of human civilization baking in the Sun for decades, their predicament becomes even more dire. Following in the traditions of great legendary hard science fiction, their exploration of this relic of their own civilization will take them on a trans-humanistic and spiritual sojourn.

Check out the official website and the production blog for more and to keep up to date on the project. Here’s a video and some concept art [more here].

PREVIEW Videos & Images

Being Human

On-set interview with director Philip John [BBC via SpoilerTV]


Promo for the midseason finale, episode 4×09 – "I’ll Be Seeing You" [Syfy]

The Event

Two new promos for the series premiere [NBC]


Promotional stills from the season three premiere – "Olivia" [more at SpoilerTV]

Cast promotional images [more at SpoilerTV]

Promotional poster [FOX]

Several easter eggs have already been discovered in the poster–see them highlighted here

Season three promo [YouTube]

Human Target

Promotional stills from the season two premiere – "Ilsa Pucci" [more at SpoilerTV, (2)]

Cast promotional images [more at SpoilerTV]


Matthew Fox: How LOST really ended [Newsweek]


Promotional stills from episode 10×01 – "Lazarus" [Fancast and more at SpoilerTV and EW]


Promotional stills from the season premiere: 6×01 – "Exile on Main St." [more at DaemonsTV]

Set images (for episode 6×06 – "Live Free or Twihard") [more at SpoilerTV]

True Blood

Promo for the season three finale – "Evil is Going On" [YouTube]

Watch another promo here


Set images from the second season premiere "Red Rain" [more at The V Files, (2)]

The Vampire Diaries

Promotional poster / ads [the live feed]

Promotional cast images [more at Vampire Diaries Web]

First look at Michael Trevino as Tyler Lockwood [Vampire Diaries Show]


Promotional still from episode 2×03 – "Bad Moon Rising" [Daemon’s TV]



SCI-FI RATINGS (Based on final national numbers unless otherwise noted) [@TravisYanan]

True Blood

Episode 3×11 – "Fresh Blood" drew a series high 5.44 million viewers (+1%) and a 3.2 A18-49 rating (+7%). The season average is now up to 4.93 million viewers and a 2.8 A18-49 rating.


After hitting series lows the previous week, Episode 6×11 – "Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences" increased to 1.98 million viewers (+12%) and a 1.1 A18-49 rating (+38%). That was the show’s highest performance in viewers since episode seven ("The Late Philip J. Fry" — 2.05M) and largest A18-49 rating since episode five ("The Duh-Vinci Code" — 1.1). The season six average is 2.15M viewers and a 1.1 A18-49 rating.

Warehouse 13

Episode 2×08 – "Merge with Caution" was flat from the week prior, drawing 2.36 million viewers (+1%) and a 0.7 A18-49 rating (n/c). The season average is now 2.54 million viewers and a 0.8 A18-49 rating.


Episode 4×08 – "The Ex-files" bounced up to 2.44 million viewers (+6%) and a 0.8 A18-49 rating (+14%). The season four average is now 2.39 million viewers and a 0.7 A18-49 rating.


Episode 1×08 – "Ain’t No Sunshine" drew 1.97 million viewers (+4%) and a 0.6 A18-49 (+20%) rating this week, causing only a slight change in its season average: 2.02 million viewers and a 0.6 A18-49 rating.

Stan Lee’s Superhumans

Episode four hit another series-high, drawing 1.55 million viewers (+14%) and a 0.6 A18-49 rating (n/c). The season average is now 1.38 million viewers and a 0.6 A18-49 rating.

CHART (8/16/2010 to 8/22/2010)

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1. thebiggfrogg - September 1, 2010

No Caprica news. Don’t like that. I hope that SighFigh lets them at least do a wrap up movie.

2. thebiggfrogg - September 1, 2010

BTW, can we drive a stake into the heart of the angsty vampire dramas for a decade or so? I live in China and don’t even see ’em, but the lemming like nature of all these productions is enough to turn me off before even turning them on.

3. TMMW (formerly TrekMadeMeWonder) - September 1, 2010

Sif-Fee is making a Peter Pan prequel?

Ok. after reading the synopsis, it sounds pretty good.

I guess it’s the Sif-Fee name change that has still left a bad taste
in my mouth.

4. Chronus - September 1, 2010

Well for the most part, the current slew of genre shows seem somewhat lame, though I do have a soft-spot for both Eureka and Warehouse 13. However, this L5 miniseries sounds like it could be pretty much exactly what the doctor ordered.

5. Jim Nightshade - September 1, 2010

yah the peter pan prequel sounds fascinating—-myth making almost–kinda like oliver twist meets harry potter-and hoskins reprising his role of smee wow—he was one of the few acting highlghts of hook—-julia roberts ruined tinkerbells character–hook had a beautiful john williams score that soared like the movie never did–
is it just me or does the three inches pilot sound like a bad reboot of mystery men? a super hero with a bad smell-pee wee herman–would be rolling in his grave except hes not dead jim hah–

6. Harry Ballz - September 1, 2010

Funny about the images from Smallville….you can stick Durance on a crucifix, give her breast implants and slap an “S” on her chest, but why stop there? Please stick a gag in her mouth lest we hear her try to act! Hopeless!!!

Here’s the blunt truth……the show is filmed in Vancouver. Because of that, the producers are compelled (by union rules) to hire a certain number of Canadian actors. They stupidly cast Durance (a Canadian) in the key role of Lois Lane. I am pointing this out, even though I myself am Canadian. The girl is hopeless as an actor. She really does stink up the place. The zenith of her career path should have been, maybe, as a hostess in a Denny’s……and that’s on a GOOD day!

Sad when rules and regulations ruin art! This is why Hollywood RARELY cranks out anything worthwhile. Bullsh*t really does baffle brains!

7. Nemesis4909 - September 2, 2010

FAO HARRY BALLZ, you have made your opinion on Erica Durance quite clear about a million times now so care to kindly shut the hell up?

Seriously, it’s the same rubbish every other day and it’s very tedious, everyone on this site…nay the internet knows your opinion so there’s no need to constantly re-tread it all the time.

You don’t like Erica Durance, fine. We know so go onto something else now.

I’m off the opinion that you’re an immature flamer with too much time on his hands.

Everytime there’s an article mentioning Smallville we get your diatribe, I think it might be time for you to give it a rest.

8. Phaser Guy - September 2, 2010

We all know that Harry Ballz is in love with himself.

9. Just Another German Trekker - September 2, 2010

Whoa! That L5 miniseries looks great! Let’s just hope that they really get it done on such a small budget and that they also find some decent actors…

10. Robert H. - September 2, 2010

Oh boy, Linda Hamilton isn’t aging that well, isn’t she?

11. bo - September 2, 2010

Star Trek 09 is the only trek film that seems to be art. True, the others had artistic aspirations, but the execution usually fell quite short. I look forward to the new future.

12. Frederick - September 2, 2010

Just a comment on the lame straight-to-DVD “The Phantom” movie showing in the ads on the site… the term “epic fail” is so applicable to this that the phrase must be forever retired from use, as it was used up on it. Reminds me of the “Daredevil” seen on the old “Hulk” made-for-tv movie, excpert worse.

13. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - September 2, 2010

Wow. Timothy Dalton and Linda Hamilton together again. They did the Movie Dantes Peak. Loved them in that Movie. Chuck is realy looking up. Ron mores new Series has gotten my attention. I hope it is as good as it sounds. peter Pan Prequel looks to be good as well and getting Bob Hoskins in there is a stroke of Genious. Loved him in HOOK. Smallviloe is looking good for the season. Issis coming in and love Michael Shanks as Hawkman. They should do a series with Michael Shanks being Hawkman. That would be great.

14. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - September 2, 2010

Ok. My typing was pretty bad. Sorry. Oh and Harry. You have made it clear on many and I mean many occasions that you do not like Erica Durrence. As a fan of the show since the first Ep I think she is ok. Not the best choice for Lois but she is ok.

15. DS9 Rocks - September 2, 2010

L5 = Rama?

16. Stephen whelan - September 2, 2010

#10 let’s not start with the ageing actress/letting themselves go stuff again…we all had way too much of it for Jennifer lien so please don’t go there

17. Weerd1 - September 2, 2010

Yeah, because Margot Kidder deserved an Oscar…

I think Durance has a good mix of sass and melodrama for Lois. She’s at least old enough to play the role, as I recall Kate Bosworth was 22 when she did Superman Returns while playing a Lois with a 5 year old kid. And I LIKED that movie.

I think Harry that Erica is less the problem than the scripts.

18. AJ - September 2, 2010

Is this the ‘Harry Ballz’ thread?

I stopped watching “Smallville” When Superboy turned 40.

19. Harry Ballz - September 2, 2010

To each their own, folks! I have made my point and will not bother with this issue again (unless provoked).

But, hey, thanks for caring! Tell ’em what they’ve won, Johnny!

20. HMS Enterprise - September 2, 2010


Wasn’t that Pierce Brosnan is Dante’s Peak?

21. rm10019 - September 2, 2010

18 Didn’t you know, this is his website. We just get lucky sometimes to read other Trek and Sci Fi opinions when he is at nap-time or getting changed by his mommy.

22. British Naval Dude - September 2, 2010

Mayhaps Harry liked Smallville so much that he be psychologically hurt by a bad actress takin’ a key role…

It be like CGIin’ Kate Bosworth inta’ Scarlett O’Hara fur’ Gone Wit’ Tha’ Wind…

I know tha’ feelin’, Harry… Tha’ last Thai hooker I had kept rollin’ her eyes and e’en read “The Brothers Karamozov” as I wuz’ gettin’ busy… talk aboot’ a bad actress!

Except maybe fur’ Terri Hatcher, Lois Lane has always been miscast…

Awwwwwwk! Margot Kidder in in me lawn, nude, wit’ a dart gun! Helps! Helps!


23. Nemesis4909 - September 2, 2010

FAO Harry Ballz, does provocation count as Smallville appearing in an article? Because if so that means we’ll be reading your crap about three times a week.

24. Harry Ballz - September 2, 2010

Calm down, kiddies! Opinions are usually welcome here. Yes, even yours!

25. Simon - September 2, 2010

#17 – They still should have chosen a Lois that has no plastic.

26. TMMW (formerly TrekMadeMeWonder) - September 2, 2010

My problem with Smallville is that I NEVER SEE IT!

What time is the show on, anyways?

If you ask me Durance is the prettiest on the show. And her acting has never bothered me. But, I only get to see the show once a season.
I can just NEVER find it.

27. Scott B. here. - September 2, 2010

I just read the blurb on “L5″ (haven’t watched the video yet), but … doesn’t that seem like the kind of thing a channel like SyFy SHOULD be doing? I for one could do with a little less horror, fantasy, monsters and science fantasy, and a bit more “hard” science fiction myself.

Scott B. out.

28. TMMW (formerly TrekMadeMeWonder) - September 2, 2010

I think its about time they update the Dalek’s look on Who’sville.

29. Ashley - September 2, 2010

L5 sounds good! Can’t wait! ^_^

30. Vultan - September 2, 2010


Exactly. I miss hard science fiction. I had high hopes for ABC’s Defying Gravity series, but that was more soap opera than anything. Sigh….

31. Lore - September 2, 2010

Good thing Erica Durance will be in all 22 episodes of Smallville this season. I’m sure the opinion of one HARRY BALLZ keeps her awake at night, terrified the Smallville producers might read his postings and fire her.

32. Lore - September 2, 2010

#26 Seasons 1-9 are now available on iTunes. Seasons 8&9 are available on XBOX LIVE. The DVD’s are a nice edition to any collection, or I’ve heard of these DVR things, then there’s TI VO………however FYI, the show comes on Eastern Time at 8:00 PM on Fridays on the CW Network. The show will return with new episodes on September 24th.

33. Dr. Image - September 2, 2010

Missing Tennant (and Davies) on Who.
Thought I wouldn’t, but after that silly fairy tale-like finale, I do.
Now Karen Gillian…..

34. Lore - September 2, 2010

Just to keep the fires burning: Erica Durance would be the perfect actress to play Gov Sarah Palin in the movie that will inevitably be made. Before Harry says its because their both stupid. To Quote Barack Obama: “Let me be clear”. Its because she has a resemblence and her voice is perfect for the role. Again: “Let me be clear”. Their both HOT!!

35. TMMW (formerly TrekMadeMeWonder) - September 2, 2010

32. Lore

Sweet. Thanks. Now that I have that burned into my memory banks I will tune in tomorrow night.

Actually, I’ve been waiting for the cast to go into FULL superhero mode.
I want to see cool superhero uniforms! And when is Welling going to do a movie version of his ‘Supes’?

Nolan would be wise to use him. IMO, in as much as Reeves did a fantastic job, Tom is born for the role now.

36. ejdubya - September 2, 2010

What hell happened to Linda Hamilton?

37. Harry Ballz - September 2, 2010


One can always hope!


….and both are good at reading the lines scribbled on the palm of their hands!

38. TMMW (formerly TrekMadeMeWonder) - September 2, 2010


Too many years drinking. Too many years Cameroning, Too many years bitchin.

39. rm10019 - September 2, 2010

Cameron absorbs the energy from his companions and then disposes of them. Did you see his current wife at the oscars this year!? She was the cute grand-daughter of the old lady in Titanic!! Now she IS the old lady in Titanic!

40. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - September 2, 2010

#20 you are correct. I always get them mixed up for some reason.

41. Areli - September 2, 2010

The “adult Harry Potter in a world ruled by magic” sound interesting. I really wish it was actually Harry Potter. But that is because I don’t want HP to end. Oh well.

42. skyjedi - September 2, 2010

I cannot wait for smallville.

Would not be surprised if super spy geek Chuck’s dad is Dalton, would sort of fit being he was James Bond.

As for Gaiman let him do sandman at least there he is not ruining great works of Western literature like Beowulf, how i long for a film adaptation of Seamus heaneys translation, too bad it will never happen. Just like we will never get good Iliad or Odyssey movies, a good film version of Le’morte D’arthur. But somehow we got decent Lord of the Rings films, go figure.

43. Imrahil - September 2, 2010

#36: We all get older, Khan.

44. Harry Ballz - September 2, 2010


If we’re lucky!

45. Jim Nightshade - September 2, 2010

Yah I think Margot Kidder was the best of all Lois Lanes….Teri Hatcher in Lois and Clark was 2nd best….she had sassy driven down good..problem with lois and clark was clark was just as heroic as superman only diff was the civilian suit hahah

Erica is at least easy on the eyes and cute trying to be lois….Chloe is a much better character….too bad she will only be in some episodes this last season. oh well….

Also loved those fringe photos…awesome cant wait!

46. Holger - September 2, 2010

A hard SF show!? That would be too good to be true.

47. TBW - September 2, 2010

42, Bakula was Chuck’s dad, you know…

48. skyjedi - September 2, 2010

Really my bad i have not seen the show in ages.

49. moauvian waoul - September 2, 2010

Damn Harry, you’ve rattled a few cages. Let the boys fantasize.

50. Harry Ballz - September 2, 2010


nobody is stopping them!

51. Phaser Guy - September 2, 2010

Who actually watches Smallville when it’s on TV? I watch the DVD sets during the summer.

52. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - September 2, 2010

#51. I watch smallville on Tv. Just the new Eps though. But usualy on my Tivo so I can Skip the Commericals.

53. MidMoElMarko - September 2, 2010

Unlike the heretofore crucified H.B., I don’t really have a problem w/Erica Durrance as Lois either. Being an old (and old school) comics kinda guy, I hope for more stuff like last season’s Absolute Justice; a little Alan Scott, some Jay Harrick….you know, guys in tights doing super stuff. Also quite thrilled that John J’onzz got his schwerve back…..hoisting a glass of brew to a great final (?) season. BTW, didja all see the promo where Lois is opening a box that apparently contains the “super suit”?

54. Will_H - September 2, 2010

A new Ron Moore series, sounds good. I think Caprica was kinda a mistake honestly. I mean its good, dont get me wrong, but being in the shadow of the masterpiece that was Galactica doesn’t help and to me it no where near lives up to Galactica. I honestly think a mini-series for the first Cylon war would have been a better move, but oh well, I still hope they get a chance to wrap up Caprica nicely. I think it’ll be good for RDM to get out of that universe and do something else, though. I’ll check out any new show he puts out.

55. moauvian waoul - September 2, 2010

50. Now Harry, you know a little dose of reality can ruin a good fantasy.

56. Lore - September 2, 2010

#36 Thats what being married to James Cameron will do for you.

57. Lore - September 2, 2010

#37 I’m a single parent and business owner. I write myself reminders on my hand all the time. Busy people do that. As the old saying, if you want something done, get a busy person to do it.

58. Harry Ballz - September 2, 2010


Yes, except we’re talking about the kind of people who, when they read a STOP sign, their lips move!

59. moauvian waoul - September 2, 2010

57. Do you need to remind yourself of your own postions? Get a telepropter then, oh wait, she ridicules them.

60. Ometiklan - September 2, 2010

L5 sounds really good. I am thinking of donating to their production. Anthony, any chance of L5 getting its own post/article on the main page? I don’t normally read all the news articles and might have missed this gem except I got lucky and noticed it, and I would think many other people would be interested if it were a little more visible.

Oh, and I agree with Scott B., this is the kind of stuff Sci-Fi should be doing or supporting.

61. Jason P Hunt - - September 2, 2010

“L5″ has been done in the 1970s. It was called “Strange New World” with John Saxon and Keene Curtis. And a similar theme strings together “Genesis II”, “Planet Earth” and “Andromeda”.

62. Harry Ballz - September 2, 2010


I just answered your question on a very old thread!

63. grigori - September 2, 2010

Last year it seems everyone was whining that sci-fi on TV is dying and dead!! Not so, if you look at reports like this.

I’m a bit like #27, some of this is “soft” stuff that stretches my preference for sci-fi, but I definitely get into sci-fi with humor, Warehouse 13 and Dr Who and CHUCK.

I can’t wait for CHUCK! The show I didn’t watch for so long because NBC didn’t promote it in a way that gave me any CLUE I might like it, but now I’m rabid about.

Sarah Connor was a hard-core hero for me at a time in life when I REALLY NEEDED a hero! Linda Hamilton will always be great. 18 days…

64. skyjedi - September 2, 2010

The problem with Caprica is that people wanted more space battles and Battlestars. It is a different kind of show but still science fiction. Being announced as a prequel kind of threw people for a loop they expected something different and more in line with the other show.

Some fans even hoped they might go back to light humor and fun again like the original 70’s show, but that had a zero percent chance in happening

Caprica deals with different scientific and philosophical ideas below the surface, some people could not get beyond the pilot for its gratuitous sex, violence and supposed anti Christian message..

65. sean - September 2, 2010

All these folks talking about Erica Durance when really Tom Welling is the giant, inescapable black hole at the center of Smallville. Watching him try to emote makes watching paint dry a truly compelling experience.

66. Richpit - September 2, 2010

Wow, Anna Torv looks great as a brunette!

And that Erica Durance is pretty easy on the eyes, too…though I don’t watch Smallville.

67. Oregon Trek Geek - September 2, 2010

I’ve watched about 4 episodes of Being Human. I have mixed feelings–I definitely want to like it. The pilot was rough, but most pilots are, and so I am continuing to watch.

It is improving, but the vampire and werewolf character a bit too much anxst-ridden for me. I wish they’d lighten up. I keep wanting to tell the vampire character to “just kill the bad guys” and he won’t have anything to worry about….

68. TMMW (formerly TrekMadeMeWonder) - September 2, 2010

Ya’ll did catch that about Erica Durance portraying Isis, right?

I thought she was getting a new series out the deal. Although Isis was a little thin for a tv show…wait. what am I saying? It”s TV.

cool link here…

69. JohnnieF - September 2, 2010

Harry – What is your opinion of Smallville in general? Do you like it or is it just Lois Lane?

70. Harry Ballz - September 2, 2010


When you’re right, you’re right!


Johnnie, I’ve watched Smallville from day one and always enjoyed it. Sure, it’s had it’s ups and downs, but if you’re going to do a TV show about a boy growing up to be Superman, it’s likely going to be hit and miss. Let’s put it this way…..I APPRECIATE what they’ve always attempted to accomplish with the show. Over the years I felt the best acting came from John Glover and Allison Mack. Mack works miracles portraying such a thinly-written character. Too bad she’s leaving. And, yes, like everyone else, I want to see Clark don the suit this season.

What’s your opinion about Smallville, Johnny?

71. Canon Schmanon - September 2, 2010

When you put Erica Durance and Tom Welling in a room together, it’s actually MORE empty than before they entered.

72. Schiefy - September 3, 2010

#58–Is that what Obama is doing all the time?

Ooops…that’s political…ummmm….so Obama could be the next Superman/Clark Kent after he leaves office?

73. moauvian waoul - September 3, 2010

Are you writting us from the mirror universe?

74. moauvian waoul - September 3, 2010

71. Now that’s funny.

75. Desstruxion - September 3, 2010

A knock off Harry Potter series? Two episodes in and cancelled.

76. TMMW (formerly TrekMadeMeWonder) - September 3, 2010

71. That’s the writer or directors fault. Guaranteed.

77. Lore - September 3, 2010

#72 We were sold Superman in 2008, we ended up with Clark Kent in office.

78. Lore - September 3, 2010

#58 Instead in putting only US leaders under the microscope, lets take a look at some of the great Canadian leaders. Oops…..there aren’t any.

79. moauvian waoul - September 3, 2010

You sound intelligent. Must be a business owner.

80. Harry Ballz - September 3, 2010


Wasn’t Shatner ( a Canadian) the greatest leader (Captain) of ’em all?


81. TMMW (formerly TrekMadeMeWonder) - September 3, 2010

Yes. He was.

Gotta go. Smallville is on.

82. John M - September 3, 2010

an adult Harry Potter set in a world ruled not by science but my magic.”

It was called The Dresden Files….

83. TMMW (formerly TrekMadeMeWonder) - September 3, 2010

Argh. That was so last season.

84. Rico - September 5, 2010

I like Erica on “Smallville.” I’m just not in love with the whole Kandor/Zod storyline from last season. Just kind of “meh” to me. is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.