Sci-Fi TV Sunday: Battlestar Galactica, Chuck, The Event, Smallville, V + more

In Sci-Fi TV this week there is big news for Galactica fans with news of a new BSG spin-ff. We also have news on the futures of Chuck, The Event, V, and even a possible 11th season for Smallville. All that plus more including the latest television ratings, casting bites and new images and video previews, including the latest from Doctor Who.

 

GENRE TV NEWS

Syfy greenlights Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome backdoor pilot + Caprica future in doubt?

Ratings may be getting smaller and smaller for "Caprica" (last weeks episode drew a series-low 718,000 viewers), but that hasn’t dampened the desires of Syfy to push forward with another ‘BSG’ prequel. The network has announced that they’ve greenlit "Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome. The project, which would focus on a young William Adama — set 20 years after the events of “Caprica” and 40 years before the events of “Battlestar Galactica” — will be seen as a TV movie to be followed by a possible TV series. ‘Blood & Chrome’ was originally announced this past July and in that announcement Syfy said it was designed as a 9 to 10-part online series — 10 or so minutes each. But Mark Stern, Syfy’s executive vice president of original programming, says the decision was made to move forward with a TV movie/potential series pilot after a strong script was turned in by "Caprica" co-creator
(and Trek vet) Michael Taylor:

“When we read Michael’s script, it was so clearly a full-blown pilot for a series,” Stern said in a Thursday interview. “The scope is fantastic and bigger, I think, than anticipated, so we said, ‘Let’s do it as a 2-hour backdoor pilot.’ … We’re trying to get up and running as soon as possible.”

Stern also described the series in some detail:

“This is very much an action-adventure, war series,” Stern said. “This is definitely dealing with people who are fighting the fight. … As you hope ‘Battlestar’ would do, it kind of comments on that process a little bit… but not in a preachy way, not in an issues-oriented way, not in a hitting-you-over-the-head way. Really, the fabric and the canvas of the series are people in the fight and what they grapple with when it comes to each other and what they grapple with when it comes to the enemy they’re fighting.”

"Blood & Chrome" will be produced by Daid Eick and Michael Taylor, but Eick’s BSG co-creator (and Trek vet) Ron Moore will not be involved. So who will play William Adama? Will it be Nico Cortez who played the character in the BSG movie "Razor"? Stern says Cortez was "great" in the movie, but he’s not a lock for the role: "I’m assuming there will be a full casting process for this pilot, but with Nico at the top of the list," Stern said. Stern also noted that there’s a chance we could meet other younger versions of BSG and Caprica characters. Production on the TV movie/pilot is expected to get underway in Vancouver, Canada in early 2011. Although there’s a chance the show could be ready by the fourth quarter of 2011, it more than likely wouldn’t launch until early 2012.

As for "Caprica", the future does seem to be in some doubt. However, Stern told AOL:

To be really categorical about it, this is not about finding something else so we can get rid of ‘Caprica. I don’t know the fate of ‘Caprica’ yet, but, if anything, ‘Blood & Chrome’ going to series would only be a great opportunity to pair it with something.’

A decision on the future of Caprica will be made no later than Nov. 15. Here’s the latest promo for Caprica along with a 20-minute interview with Ron Moore and David Eick.

Interview with Ron Moore and David Eick [Daemon’s TV / Vimeo]

Read a transcript of the 20-minute interview here

Sneak peek at episode 1×13 – "False Labor" [Syfy]

Watch two more sneak peeks here and here

ABC cuts V season order to 10 episodes

It hasn’t been a very good past few weeks for "V" fans. First we learned that ABC had delayed the second season launch to January 4, 2011 — a nine month wait between finale to premiere — now comes word that the network has slashed the 13-episode second season order by three episodes:

…V is being reduced from 13 to 10 episodes for scheduling reasons. ABC last week announced that V will return January 4 and will air in Dancing with the Stars’ result show slot at 9 PM on Tuesdays, following fellow sci-fi drama No Ordinary Family. That gives V a 12-episode window until the spring season premiere of Dancing on March 29, but I hear the period is expected to include 2 preemptions, leading to V’s order getting trimmed. Since the series is still filming, V producers will adjust the storyline for a proper season ending.

Barring another change, "V" (9PM) will be paired up with "No Ordinary Family" (8PM) when it returns next January.

Season two set images [V Filming in Vancouver | Flickr via SpoilerTV]

Check out more set images here

Interview with Morena Baccarin, Laura Vandervoort and Jane Badler [Access Hollywood]

Watch another interview clip here

The Event and Chuck get full season orders; Chuck season expands to 24 episodes

NBC has given the go-ahead on full seasons for both "The Event" and "Chuck". "The Event" gets the standard back-nine order –bringing its first season to 22 episodes — but with "Chuck", which is now in its fourth season, the network decided to order an additional 11 episodes which would bring its fourth season to a total of 24 episodes. That’s the largest episode order for the series (Season 1: 13 episodes; Season 2: 22 episodes; Season three: 19 episodes). In other news, star Zachary Levi make his way behind the camera once more for episode 4×10 – "Chuck vs. the Leftovers". Levi previously directed the season three episode "Chuck vs. the Beard". Also, SpoilerTV reports that episode 4×11 will be called "Chuck vs. the Balcony". On the scheduling front, NBC will be putting both "Chuck" and "The Event" on a brief hiatus during December to make room for "The Singoff".

J.J. Abrams fans take note: "Undercovers", which didn’t get off to a strong start and has been dropping since (6.83M viewers / 1.6 A18-49 rating average), did not get picked up for a full season pick-up announcements for several other new and returning NBC shows. That obviously doesn’t bode well for the future of the series, but Undercovers did get four additional scripts ordered last week so there still may be a future for the show.

Behind the scenes clip from "Chuck" – 4×06 – "Chuck vs. the Aisle of Terror" [NBC]

Promo for "Chuck vs. the Aisle of Terror" [YouTube]

Promotional stills for "The Event" – 1×06 – "Loyalty" [more at SpoilerTV]

Promo for "Loyalty" [YouTube]

Could Smallville get an 11th season?

Will this really be the 10th and final season of "Smallville"? Best answer? Probably. Although the show has experienced a ratings, and some say creative, high this season — the 200th episode drew a season-high 3.19M viewers and a 1.3 A18-49 rating — show runners Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson tell E! Online that they think it’s the final season:

I can’t say it’s the first time the words season 11 have creeped up this year," laughed Brian. "As we’ve been pushing that it’s the final season of Smallville, I think it’s the final season of Smallville. We don’t know [of any] plans, but we never bet against ourselves and the show.

There are also more hints that we’ll see the transformation from Clark Kent to Superman this season, but likely not until late in the season:

He still has quite a bit to go through," Kelly said. "We’ll see that the world around [Clark] puts up some major stumbling blocks for him. As much as he’s progressing things around his life, the environment around him is going to shift after this episode to a place where he’s still got some major battles to overcome. [But] he’s earning his stripes all along.

"Smallville", the 10th and final (?) season, airs Friday nights at 8:00PM on The CW. Also, expect some more Justice League appearances toward the end of the season.

Promotional stills for episode 10×07 – "Ambush" [more at OSCK]

Season 10 set images [SpoilerTV]

Promo for episode 10×06 – "Harvest" [YouTube]

Christopher Lloyd to guest-star on Fringe

Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future, Star Trek III) will guest-star on the 10th episode of "Fringe" Lloyd will play Roscoe Joyce, the keyboardist for Walter’s favorite band from the 70’s. According exec producer Jeff Pinker tells EW that the lives of Joyce and Walter have overlapped "in strange and unexpected ways." John Noble teases Lloyd’s guest-spot on the show, telling TV Guide: "We all know how much Walter loves music, right? Well this fellow was one of his icons…He adored this man. So Walter gets to be a bit of a fanboy."

In other Fringe news, here is the latest promo for episode 3×05 – "Amber 31422" [Fringe Television / YouTube]

And here are some set images [more at SpoilerTV]

PREVIEW Videos & Images

Destination Truth

Sneak peek at episode 4×08 – "Guam Zombies/Fangalobolo" [Syfy]

Doctor Who

Season six set video [YouTube]

Watch two more set videos here and here

Sneak peek at "Amber 31422" [YouTube]

CityTV cast interview [YouTube]

Ghost Hunters

Sneak peek at episode 6×20 – "The Oldest House In Georgia" [Syfy]

Misfits

Promo for season two [YouTube]

No Ordinary Family

Promotional stills for episode 1×09 – "No Ordinary Visitors" featuring guest-star Jackson Rathbone [more at KSiteTV]

Promo for episode 1×05 – "No Ordinary Quake" [YouTube]

Riese: Kingdom Falling

Promo for the Syfy (online) original series [Syfy]

Airs every Tuesday and Thursday on syfy.com/riese, 12pm/11c, beginning on Tuesday, October 26th.

The Sarah Jane Adventures

Promo for episode episodes 4×05-06 – "Death of the Doctor" [Blogtor Who / YouTube]

"Death of the Doctor" trailer narrated by Matt Smith [Blogtor Who / YouTube]

Promotional stills for "Death of the Doctor" [more at Blogtor Who]

Behind the scenes images from "Death of the Doctor" [more at Blogtor Who]

Scare Tactics

Sneak peek at episode 4×14 – "Vampire Stakeout" [Syfy]

Stargate Universe

Promotional stills for episode 2×05 – "Cloverdale" [more at SpoilerTV]

Sneak peek at "Cloverdale" [Syfy]

Supernatural

Promotional stills for episode 6×06 – "You Can’t Handle the Truth" [more at SPNSite]

Promo for "You Can’t Handle the Truth" [YouTube]

The Vampire Diaries

Season two promotional image [SpoilerTV]

November Sweeps posters [SpoilerTV, (2)]

Promo for episode 2×07 – "Masquerade" [YouTube]

Sneak peek at "Masquerade" [YouTube]


TV BITES

  • Fox has ordered two additional scripts for the second season of "Human Target". [Deadline]
  • The third season premiere of "Sanctuary" on Syfy drew 1.79 million viewers and a 0.6 A18-49 rating. That was an increase of 20% in viewers and 50% in the demo over the two-hour season two finale this past January. [via YourEntNow]
  • "No Ordinary Family" will move to 9PM for three weeks November 30 – December 14, before shifting back to 8:00PM when it returns on January 4, 2011 (followed by the season two premiere of "V"). [via YourEntNow]
  • "Fringe" executive producer Jeff Pinkner hints that we may see the "Over Here" version of the character Lincoln Lee who is currently seen as a part of the Fringe Team in the "Over There" universe: "We look forward to spending more time learning about Lincoln. And you raise a very interesting point: What is his doppelgänger “Over Here” up to?!" [The Ausiello Files | EW]
  • Check out a spoiler-free review of the first two episodes of the new AMC series "The Walking Dead" over at io9.
  • Some basic descriptions have been revealed for some of the new CIA characters joining the cast of "Torchwood: The New World" (which premieres next summer on Starz). Esther Katusi is described as "very much an optimist" with a "strong faith in mankind". More character descriptions at the link. [Den of Geek]
  • Check out an interview with Ben Richards, the creator of the upcoming post-Earth era sci-fi drama "Outcasts" over at Collider.
  • Stan Lee gave his stamp of approval to ABC and Marvel’s for their recently announced "Incredible Hulk" TV series: "Actually, I think the potential for a successful Hulk TV show is greater now than ever…For one thing, think of the sensational special effects available to us now, plus the fact that ol’ green skin is known and loved world-wide. Factor in a cameo by me and how can it miss?" [NY Daily News]
  • Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain ("Angel", "Dollhouse") are teaming up to develop an adaptation of L.J. Smith’s three-book series "The Secret Circle"… [Vulture]
  • …While Marti Noxon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Angel") is developing "Chloe" about "a young female con artist who dies and returns to earth as a Divine Covert Operator.). Both projects are in the script stage and would air on The CW, with Andrew Miller writing for "The Secret Code" and Jason Fuchs writing for "Chloe". [Vulture]
  • The CW has given a full-season order to new drama "Nikita". [via YourEntNow]
  • TV Reminder: The Syfy original movie "Red: Werewolf Hunter", starring Felicia Day, debuts Saturday, October 30, at 9PM (ET/PT). [Syfy]
  • Various episode synopses/descriptions:
    • "Smallville" – 10×07 – "Ambush". [OSCK]
    • "Smallville" – 10×08 – "Abandoned". [KryptonSite]
    • "Supernatural" – 6×08 – "All Dogs Go To Heaven". [KSiteTV]
    • "Fringe" – 3×05 – "Amber 31422". [Fringe Television]

    • "Fringe" – 3×06 – "6955 kHz". [TVOvermind]

    • "Fringe" – 3×07 – "The Abducted". [TVOvermind]

    • "Stargate Universe" – 2×05 – "Cloverdale". [SpoilerTV]

    • "Stargate Universe" – 2×06 – "Trial and Error". [SpoilerTV]

    • "No Ordinary Family" – 1×07 – "No Ordinary Mobster". [SpoilerTV]

CASTING BITES

  • Mindy Sterling and Natasha Leggero will co-star in the FX sci-fi comedy pilot "Alabama". The series is "set a thousand years in the future aboard the United Nations peacekeeping spaceship: The Alabama and begins six years into their seven year mission to maintain peace and enforce treaties between planets in their jurisdiction: Sector 187-G." [Deadline]
  • Bryan Callen has landed the lead role in MTV’s new COPS-type mockumentary series "Death Valley". The show is about "the dark comedic adventures of cops in the ‘UTF’ (Undead Task Force).  [Deadline]
  • A recurring character on ABC’s "No Ordinary Family" will be killed off in an early December episode of the series… [The Ausiello Files | EW]
  • …Meanwhile, check out an interview with co-stars Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz at TV.com.
  • Robert Englund will guest-star on the December 10 episode of "Supernatural". Englund will play a character named Dr. Robert. Executive producer Sera Gamble explains: "Robert plays an unlicensed doc who makes his living stitching folks up on the down low. One of our guys goes to him with a life-or-death problem." [The Ausiello Files | EW]
  • Actress Necar Zadegan will play a "mysterious character" named Isabelle on the NBC freshman drama "The Event". [The Ausiello Files | EW]
  • The producers of "True Blood" are looking for a new series regular called Marnie who is "taken over by a witch" for season four of the hit series. Filming begins on December 1. [SpolierTV]
  • Check out an interview with Tyler Posey and Crystal Reed, co-stars of MTV’s upcoming reboot "Teen Wolf", over at Collider.
  • "Eureka" star Neil Grayston (Fargo) reveals that Wil Wheaton will appear in "half the season" and Felicia Day is in
    "a lot of [episodes]", adding "[T]hey’re like members of the cast." [E! Online]
  • Wil Wheaton’s third guest-spot on the CBS comedy "The Big Bang Theory" will revolve around another throwdown with Sheldon, this time during a screening for a restored version of "Raiders of the Lost Ark". [E! Online]
  • Ian Tracey will play an "iconic character from history and literature" whom "we’ll love to hate" on the third season of "Sanctuary". Executive producer Damian Kindler describes the character as "the inspiration for Jekyll and Hyde". [E! Online]

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

Caprica

As I noted above, episode 1×13 – "Things We Lock Away" hit a series-low last Tuesday, dropping to just 718,000 viewers (-15% from the episode prior) and a 0.3 A18-49 rating (nc). The 12-week average stands at a 1.10M viewers and a 0.4 A18-49 rating. Caprica has now officially shed more than half of its premiere audience (1.60M to 0.72M / -55%).

Stargate Universe

  • Episode 2×04 – “Pathogen” – 974,000 viewers (-20%) and a 0.4 A18-49 rating (-20%).

This is the first time in series history that "Stargate Universe" has dropped below 1M viewers for a first-run episode. That brings the second season average down to 1.11M viewers and a 0.5 A18-49 rating.

Destination Truth

Episode 4×06 rebounded to to 995,000 viewers (+11%) and a 0.4 A18-49 rating (+33%) after hitting a season-low last week. The season four average is now 1.02M viewers and a 0.4 A18-49 rating.

Ghost Hunters

After hitting a season-low the week prior, episode 6×19 improved to 2.21M viewers (+32%) and a 1.0 A18-49 rating (+43%). Season six is currently averaging a solid 2.14M viewers and a 0.9 A18-49 rating.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

  • Episode 3×06 – “The Academy” – 1.80M viewers (+1%) and a 0.4 A18-49 rating (-20%).

The third season is currently averaging 1.91M viewers and a 0.4 A18-49 rating. In the network’s key demo (K2-11), the show is averaging a 2.2 rating.

Fringe

  • Episode 3×01 – “Olivia” – 5.73M viewers and a 2.1 A18-49 rating.
  • Episode 3×02 – “The Box” – 5.24M viewers (-9%) and a 1.9 A18-49 rating (-10%).
  • Episode 3×03 – “The Plateau” – 5.19M viewers (-1%) and a 2.0 A18-49 rating (+5%).
  • Episode 3×04 – “Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep?” – 5.22M viewers (+1%) and a 2.0 A18-49 rating (nc).

Why Fox moved this show to Thursday nights continues to be a head-scratcher for me. It’s probably on the bubble this year, but on the plus side, it continues to hold steady despite a very tough time slot.

The Event

  • Episode 1×04 – “A Matter of Life and Death” – 6.50M viewers (-14%) and a 2.2 A18-49 rating (-8%).
  • Episode 1×05 – “Casualties of War” – 6.41M viewers (-1%) and a 2.2 A18-49 rating (nc).

From premiere (10.88M / 3.6 A18-49 rating) to the most recent episode, "The Event" has shed 41% of its audience (39% of its demo).  It may have just been given a full-season order, but that’s more a reflection of NBC’s weak status than strong performance of the show. The season average is now 8.08M viewers with a 2.7 A18-49 rating.

Chuck

  • Episode 4×01 – “Chuck vs. the Anniversary” – 5.79M viewers and a 2.0 A18-49 rating.
  • Episode 4×02 – “Chuck vs. the Suitcase” – 5.37M viewers and a 2.0 A18-49 rating.
  • Episode 4×03 – “Chuck vs. the Cubic Z” – 5.38M viewers and a 1.9 A18-49 rating.
  • Episode 4×04 – “Chuck vs. the Coup D’Etat” – 5.32M viewers and a 1.9 A18-49 rating.
  • Episode 4×05 – “Chuck vs. the Couch Lock” – 5.23M viewers and a 1.9 A18-49 rating.

Not a particularly strong performance for the show this season, but it has held steady, hence the NBC pick-up.

The Vampire Diaries

Episode 2×06 – "Plan B" hit a season-high with 3.62M viewers (+9%) and a season-high 1.7 A18-49 rating (+6%). That brings the show’s second season average to 3.37M viewers and a 1.6 A18-49 rating. This was the highest-rated episode of "The Vampire Diaries" since episode 13 last season (February 2009).

Nikita

Despite its stronger performing lead-in, "Nikita" episode 1×06 – "Resistance" fell slightly to 2.81M viewers (-3%) and a 1.0 A18-49 rating (-9%). The season average is now, ever so slowly, creeping down to below 3M viewers (3.05M viewers and a 1.1 A18-49 rating).

CHART (10/11/2010 to 10/17/2010)


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An 11th season of Smallville???

ARRRGGHHHHHH!!!!!

More Smallville!

Aw, you’ve GOT to be kidding me!!!

#1

I don’t know how you are going to endure another season of Erica Durance, Harry. Although you’ve managed to get through ten years of an Erica EN-Durance marathon. Must have a good supply of red wine!

Why is Sy Fy even contemplating another “Battlestar Galactica” spin-off?
Hardly anyone watches “Caprica”. I still haven’t watched that show myself, so I can’t say anything about its quality. I just can’t believe a network would do another spin-off while one show can’t hold its audience. Though I think I answered my own question when I mentioned “Sy Fy”!

“Fringe” is really the only show I care about right now. Sci-fi on television is nowhere near what it was like fifteen years ago. The networks just don’t get it. Oh well.

No Ordinary Family had more views than The Event? Seriously? NOF is bubblegum television, but loses it’s flavor long before it’s hour is up!

okay, first thing i wish to say is….

CONGRADS TO MICHAEL TAYLOR for co-creating BSG: Blood and Chrome. He deserves some credit ! He wrote probably the greatest DS9 episode “In Pale Moonlight”. I’m very happy to see him active once again in BSG and co-creating the new series. Good job Michael !

Second, I hope Caprica stays alive at least for another Season. If they do cancel it, then i hope they give it a deserving finale. Very sad that people don’t tune in into Caprica. Like anthony said previously, might have been better suited as a HBO show. But non the less, very good show. Hope it stays alive !

The quotes by the Smallville producers were taken out of context by E! Online and besides, even though it’s predetermined that this will be the final season, the producers always can’t resist teasing people with the possibility of ‘you never know’ to create more of a buzz.

#4: I’m thinking any BSG spin-off that’s actually going to deal with space and the first Cylon war and really feel like a BSG spin-off will automatically do much better than Caprica.

I don’t know how much better though.

I don’t like Caprica. At least BSG had Vipers and somewhat unique gadgets. on Caprica, everything looks like it’s the 1950s.

I really like Caprica, but the arthritic pace of the first half-season surprised me! I like slowburners, but in the cutthroat world of US TV, any show where almost nothing happens in some episodes must have a death wish. Out of loyalty to the BSG brand, I’ve watched it and, y’know, I actually like it, but it needs a serious adrenaline boost! The content of the first half-season could easily have been compressed into half that number of episodes!

I tried out Stargate: Universe (Stargate ***not*** being a brand I have any particular attachment to) and gave up in the end for similar reasons to the above. When brand loyalty is the only thing keeping you watching at times, there’s something very wrong with the product!

Blood & Chrome is something I’d watch in a heartbeat! IMHO right now, do another season of Caprica, running alongside B&C and feature some of the cast members (Esai Morales as Joe Adama for example!) in both. Let the events of Caprica directly influence the week to week events on B&C. If things still don’t pick up for Caprica, B&C could subsequently do flashbacks, Lost-style, to that era!!

10- Good plan. But, you do realize you’re asking for brain activity from the network that plays wrestling shows alongside giant snake movies…

BSG was a dark fascination. Caprica is just depressing. And cheap.

It seems really, really shortsighted to have a season of only 10 episodes. I’m not a huge fan of this iteration of “V,” but if it’s going to make it, it’ll have to be because the viewers form a habit. That won’t happen if it’s on one week in five. Yikes. Plus, there’ll be that many fewer eps to sell on DVD or to syndication.

Stargate: Universe needs a villain. Or something. It’s another depressing show. If the Destiny has the power to jump from galaxy to galaxy, couldn’t someone find the rheostat and turn the frakkin lights up? Oh, and a razor for Dr. Rush. Seriously, the show would do better if they focused on “brave new worlds” rather than Rush vs. Young every week. We get it. Move on.

Glad to hear about B&C. Dismayed to hear about Caprica, especially since SyFy seems to have helped nail the coffin by doing a dumb ass midseason split of the show. I’m hoping for season 2, but minimally for a wrap-up send off barring that. A great show (not all sci-fi need be zap guns and BEMs). Too bad it isn’t catching on.

Ten episodes for V?! Extremely disappointing!!!!

I am in agreement about “No Ordinary Family” And “The Event” though good shows they are out shined by “Fringe” and “Caprica” and “Stargate: Universe” which show is finally picking up pace well both the last ones are finally stepping it up like I always thought they should have earlier on last year. Just hope that all can hang in there…and as for “BSG: Blood and Chrome” I hope it does get made into a series I want war again in the BSG Universe!

In a perfect world (at least my version of it), both Caprica and a series like BSG: Blood and Steel would co-exist for many, healthy seasons- the first one providing a slow-paced, thoughtful, philosophic vehicle for the dark and brooding visions of mankind’s downfall by RDM, the other one delivering great military Sci-Fi entertainment with some excellent characters, something today’s television ist sorely lacking. Like nuBSG split in two, forming a great, long-lived franchise.

But I’m almost sure that the new pilot is a try to replace Caprica with something more rating-friendly. That they realized nuBSGs original, better ratings were rather due to the military, space opera, and war aspects, and it lost its mainstream appeal when its depth, spirituality and ambition started to seriously confuse and bewilder casual viewers.

Knowing my luck with shows I love to watch, Caprica will be cancelled and Blood & Chrome won’t get past the pilot, as it’ll be to similar to BSG for picking up new viewers.

Ah well, that’s life.

Caprica’s good, hope it stays on… although all the main characters other than Clarice Willow aren’t getting much meat in recent episodes.

I’m pretty thrilled with Smallville and Fringe this season. It seems like it took Smallville nine seasons to find its legs.

How come every time I tune in SyFy it’s always horrible and awful? Who’s producing all those vapid, ridiculous screenplay abortions? How come I never see anything worth putting the remote control down for?

I never see any of the new BSG on there, shouldn’t they just re-run them all in a continuous loop?

I have to rely solely on Netflix if I want to see any of the brilliant new spinoffs of BSG.

I’ve watched Cparica and all it is ilet’s talk away the plot, too much talk not enough sci-fi producers were right it’s dallas on caprica

I was excited about Caprica, then I tried to watch it. Got over it really quick. I now refer to it as Crapica.

Smallville season 11 episode 1 should be the pilot for a new “Superman” series.

BSG spinoffs are always welcome as long as there is a BATTLESTAR in the series.

Looking forward to seeing the Doctor on the SJA.

Capt Mike of the Terran Empire

Im realy excited for a new Bsg Prequeal. Looks very promising. Sorry Harry. I want another Season of Smallville. But with Clark as Superman. Stargate Univers seem to be picking up a bit. Disapointed about V. I hope it can make it. Love the Show. The Event seems to be getting better as well.

I’m thrilled about the quality and especially the pacing of this season of Smallville. What made the early seasons SO tepid was all of the soap opera stuff going on between Clark, Lana & Lex. While I’m glad they’ve managed to find a way to incorporate Lex in some fashion into the new season, I guess I’m one of the few who doesn’t really miss Michael Rosenbaum. The scenery chewing was kind of tiresome and what some have called a “complex relationship” between Lex & Clark on Smallville, I just found inconsistent and hard to swallow. The incorporation of so many of the DC universe characters has allowed for much more action, which is (IMHO) where the show should have been focused from the start. Unlike our old friend Harry, I don’t object to Ms. Durrance’s portrayal of Lois and expanding her role with the absence of Chloe, for the most part, has also helped keep the show from prolonged slow stretches. 11th season? Probably not, but count me as one who appreciates the fact that the show is going out on a major uptick.

Done with Caprica as of the last ep. Didn’t even finish watching it.
And NO MORE spinoffs, please.

I’m excited for Will Wheaton’s next appearance on TBBT, Sheldon really hates his guts and its always so funny!

23. *it’s

Is Morena Baccarin the new Ted McGinley? Seems that she can’t catch a break on keeping a series afloat. hmm. . .

“How come every time I tune in SyFy it’s always horrible and awful?”

Perhaps because it’s run by folks like Michael Stern, who (in this interview, at least) comes off like a 21st century distillation of every bean-counting drone Gene Roddenberry took such joy at poking fun at. Thanks for the reassurance that the Galactica prequel won’t be “issues-oriented,” Mr. Stern.

might the reason(s) that people dont watch poopy shows like Cap, the Non-Event or the like maybe….

1) Too busy playing WoW, DDO, STO, etc?
1a) Too busy being deployed/underway somewhere to watch something other than AFN (applies to your armed forces only).
2) Too busy to watch really, really crappy shows? i’ve masturbated to better programming on Youpr0n, come on!
3) since its proven fact that retards run hollywood (thus you never see live-action Macross, or Battletech or, hells, Mobile Suit Gundam… can you imagine MSG looking like BSG?)
4) another more spacy BSG wannabe show, since the Dynasty/DaysofourLives BSG doesnt do more than compete with sleep-aid medicines?

meh, ill just TNT when im not game grinding?

What is ABC thinking? IDIOTS! With all the delays & setbacks, & now episode cutbacks are they desperately trying to cancel “V” before it ever establishes an audience? Come on already! The addition of Jane Badler is a major coup this season and made me hopeful of this show going somewhere finally… but then what do the execs do? Bump it back from Nov.2nd to Jan.4th , another 2 month delay and now scaled back the season from 13 to 10 lousy episodes! The continuous delays in programming are killing this show, never mind ratings or such! ABC should be pulling out all the stops on this one, a real diamond in the rough that will never be given an opportunity to shine as brightly as it could! I have never been so disappointed… this series has not been given a fair chance @ survival in today’s market! And the network only has itself to blame! Here’s my suggestion: sell it to another network who will dedicate the time & effort into establishing it as a great series as it deserves! SC@#$W you ABC!!!!!

Smallville is having a boost because its actually focusing on ‘Superman’ and not beating around the bush, all we want is the man in tights flying around and saving people, this is the closest we’ve been so has been getting better ratings. If they do a Season 11 call it ‘Metropolis: The Continuing Adventures of Superman’.

If Caprica is cancelled I won’t be surprised at all, what a boring and lackluster series, sorry RDM but not everything you put out is gold. However Blood & Chrome would be brilliant, I loved the little shorts a few years ago about young Bill Adama (plus the little nods to the original BSG series) I would watch and enjoy.

Oh and just watched Sarah Jane Adventures with the Doctor, what a great episode and series, I know its aimed at kids but its better than most over serious stuff on other networks. at least if all else fails there will be Doctor Who (bring on season 32!).

BSG: Blood and Chrome takes place 40 years before BSG and 20 years after Caprica. Bil lAdama is a 12 year old kid in Caprica so this would make him around 72 in BSG. Ten years older than Edward James Olmos. Unless my math is wrong.

As much as I like Caprica, it’s got too much of a religious spiritual theme to it and is too slow to be appealing the mass audience. Blood & Chrome should have more of an appeal by virtue of being more action packed.

Cancel Smallville and start a new spin-off show….Metropolis. The show focuses on the early days on Clark’s role as Superman. This is what the show has already evolved to essentially. Put Clark in the magic jammies and move on.

How will the 21st Century world react to the appearance of the Man of Steel? Superman: Year One. Seems like fertile territory to me.

Superman: Year One. Sure, why not? Welling will only BE 40!

Battle-scarred Sciatica

More Smallville!
Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
Please just finish it! Tom W will be 90years old by the time it ends. I can’t take much more.
More Erica! Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
Time to wrap it up.

And what the hell is it with with all these sodding vampire shows? Utter jism!

WHEN will SyFy LEARN, we dont want wrestling on Fridays – it should be on SPIKE or some other drivel-driven channel (G4)… SyFy is Sci-Fi. Put Caprica and SGU on Fridays where they belong. BTW, ever since G4 absorbed and excreted TechTv, I cant stand to hardly watch anything on there anymore, and I LIKE Adam Sessler and Morgan Webb. Their reviews on Genre gaming is usually dead-on and amusing. I wish they were on SyFy.

If Smallville goes to 11 seasons, it has to become Superman. Welling is in his 30s now and I still think he’d be the odds-on best possible choice for the new Superman flick since he can play younger than his age.

Smallville is now tied with “How I Met Your Mother” as a too-long, Shaggy Dog story of “Hurry up and finish it, already!”
Sorry to see ‘Undercovers’ not doing well — it’s a lot more fun than most other shows. “No Ordinary Family” is, unfortunately, very ordinary, and I’m on the fence with “The Event.”

I think SG-U is great, I really appreciate it for what it is: a modern, better made Stargate show.

Now if only there would actually be more “stargate” in it…

Love BSG and Caprica has grown on me, mostly because it’s fascinating to see how messed up (social commentary) society in the 12 colonies are, I wanna see how it spirals downward and eventually having the cylon war break loose.

With Blood & Chrome, it’ll be great to get back into space!

Smallville this season has been great in the mythmaking dept–ive loved how they blended scenes n little details referring to or showing iconic scenes we remember from superman the movie—if they keep doing this then i agree an 11th season bring it on-n call it superman—n i remember wtching the old george reeves supes series when a kid in glorious black n white hah–fringe great also-fun series–chris lloyd will be fun to watch in fringe–stargate universe soso still–why another bsg spinoff-none have been successful—Sanctuary is also a fun series one of the few good series on syfy that isnt a ghost hunting show or wrestling-stan lee gives hulk series his ok—and is touting how much better the effex will be compared to old hulk tv series? Say it aint so stan—all the efex in the two hulk movies were not as effective in playin hulk as bill bixby n lou ferrigno were in the tv show–bixby was so great as a gentle haunted scientist terrified of letting the monster inside him out-n ferrigno portrayed the hulk with frankenstein like pathos–n the scaled down powers from the comic helped to make the tv show more accesible to all-not just comic fans–stories also done well-let kenneth johnson?-produce n write n hulk series as well-he did awesome work in the original series–i dont think hulk works very well as a cgi creature-so far anyway–

Stan Lee forgot Banners first name during the original hulk tv series–which is why hes David Banner instead of good ole Bruce Banner–id like to say he forgot cause of old age but decades later Stan is more active than ever–he reminds me of the shat–those two guys are busier in their old age than when they were in their primes–stan lee presents the condor-striperella-reality shows like superhuman–cameos in marvel movies–interviews behind scene on dvds producing cartoons n movies n tv shows based on marvel characters busy man stan–

All that talk about avoiding issues is just code for ‘We want BSG, but we want it stupid with lots of explosions for a wide audience!’

CHUCK!!!
Awesome show. Defies genre, but always solid, funny, action-packed, complex characters, GREAT music, an all-around slick, tightly-scripted and well-produced show.
I never fail to LMAO and am often left spine-tingly with the long-term plot twists.
…Finally decided that as an American I’m gonna hafta BUY the Sarah Jane Adventures to see beyond Season 1. My favorite all-time Doctor companion was the best choice for a spin-off.

‘Metropolis: The Continuing Adventures of Superman’ A great name for a new Superman series although I hope Tom Welling makes it to the big screen as Superman

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