As we did last week, we will for now on be splitting our weekend Sci-Fi news wrap ups into two articles (one for TV and one for movies). Even most TV seasons are over, we have lots of small screen news, including a new companion for The Doctor, definitive word for Sarah Connor, an update on the future of Chuck, previews of summer shows like Eureka and True Blood, TV Season DVD news and more.
Doctor Who Heading to BBC America, New Companion, Feature Film News + more
BBC America outbid the SCI FI Channel for the US rights to "Doctor Who". The network will air last year’s Christmas special "The Next Doctor" on June 27th, followed by the four 2009 specials — which feature the final performances of David Tennant as the Doctor — starting with July’s airing of "Planet of the Dead". The second special "The Waters of Mars" and two as-yet untitled specials will premiere in late 2009 and early 2010 in the states. Meanwhile, BBC has confirmed that Tennant will guest star on two episodes of the upcoming third season of the spinoff "The Sarah Jane Adventures". BBC has also cast the new companion, relative unknown Karen Gillan. The actress will co-star with new Doctor Matt Smith when he takes over for the fifth season. Rounding out this week’s "Doctor Who" news, the BBC has confirmed that they are developing a big-screen version of the franchise (not clear if Tennant, Smith or someone else will star), while Den of Geek reports that a second animated series, titled "Dreamland", will air on Children’s BBC. The seven 6-minute episodes will feature the voice of Tennant.
The new companion, Karen Gillan
Set images [more at Sky TV]
Summer Glau in Dollhouse?
Joss Whedon told EW’s Michael Ausiello that he’s already talked to Summer Glau ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles") about her jumping over to Fox’s "Dollhouse":
"If anybody thinks [bringing Summer onto Dollhouse] hasn’t occurred to me already then they have not met me," he says. "I mentioned it to her before [SCC] was canceled. I was like, ‘You know, we should get you in the ‘house.’ But first we have to come up with something that works."
Whedon insists, however, that were Glau to be cast it would not be as a Doll:
"Summer would be perfect to play an active, but she’s done that [type of role] a lot," he says. "I’d rather see her play someone who talks too much. The most fun I have is when I get somebody who’s good and comfortable at doing something, and then I make them do something else. Summer said to me, ‘I would like to play a normal girl before I die of extreme old age.’"
TSCC Creator Josh Friedman: "The Show is Over"
"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" creator/executive producer Josh Friedman rules out continuing the show via another network or on DVD, at least at the moment [via io9]:
"I know there’s been a lot of talk online about moving the show elsewhere but I’ve said before and I still believe that the show is over. I don’t own it, control it, or have any pull with those who do. James Middleton and I had conversations a while back to do our homework in the case of cancellation and didn’t find anyone receptive to moving it. There has to be a motivated buyer or seller to make it work and currently we don’t have either one."
Friedman also discussed the show’s season two/series finale:
I think the finale can be looked at both as an end and also as a springboard to a new part of the story—that’s what I intended, at least. I wanted to bring an end to many of the questions that I’d raised in the episodes previous but it’s dramatically unsound to try and create a rogue’s gallery of scenes just to check off every narrative box. I knew there was a chance we were being cancelled but I also needed to let the network see where we could take the story if given the chance. So I tried to close one door while opening another. There’s obviously different opinions as to how successful I was hitting that target. But I’m very proud of the episode.
Head on over to io9 to read the rest of the interview.
Bryan Fuller on What To Expect The Last Episodes of Pushing Daisies
"Pushing Daisies" creator Bryan Fuller talked to SCI FI Wire about what was planned for show’s second season:
"The unfortunate thing about how we were breaking the season was that we were taking a break from the Chuck and Ned central storyline for three episodes to tell an Olive story, to tell an Emerson story, to tell a Lily/Vivian story," Fuller said. "And then with episode 14, open back up the whole thing with Chuck’s father and Ned’s father in a bigger way that was going to be our arc of the back nine of the season, … but we ended up not getting a back nine. So, in an unfortunate way, those elements of Chuck’s father and Ned’s father and the pocket watches, that story is the story that’s going to be continued in the comic book. So we’ll understand all about that, but the three episodes that are about to air I’m really excited about."
The show returned to ABC last night with the episode "Window Dressed to Kill". It drew a weak 2.35M viewers and a 0.7 A18-49 rating according to preliminary data, down 50 and 56 percent, respectively, from the prior episode (Wednesday, December, 18th: 4.67M viewers, 1.6 A18-49 rating). Those numbers aren’t all that surprising considering the late Saturday night burn-off. Two more episodes remain: "Water and Power" (June 6th at 10:00pm) and the series finale "Kerplunk" (June 13th at 10:00pm). Head on over to SCI FI Wire to read Fuller’s extensive comments on the episodes.
Third Season of Chuck Could Still Run 22 Episodes
NBC Entertainment president Ben Silverman told TV Guide that while the current plan is for a 13-episode third season of "Chuck", the network could pick the show up for a full season — 22 episodes — if it performs well: "we may extend it out and continue it through the summer," adding, "We’re looking to … keep [Chuck] incredibly viral and buzz-worthy until it returns, and then hopefully have it on our air for many years to come." Meanwhile, SCI FI Wire interviewed executive producer/co-creator Chris Fedak and told the site that despite the budget cuts, the producers plan for the entire cast to return. Here’s another excerpt from the interview:
"We’re actually just getting back up and running with our writers," Fedak said. "So I am knee-deep in the writers’ room, working on story, kind of cutting into how we’re going to tell this epic season of Chuck. … We have some really fun, super-exciting stories up on the board, and we can’t wait to tell them."
Asked about specifics, Fedak isn’t too forthcoming. "You’re getting nothing out of me," he said, adding: "Do you know what Schwartz would do to me if I give you anything? Mum is the word at the moment."
Head on over to SCI FI Wire to read the rest of the interview. And finally, Collider interviewed star Zachary Levi about the second season finale, Subway’s huge role in securing a third season, and more. Watch it below.
Click the image below to see two clips from the season 3.5 premiere [io9]
"Children of the Earth" Trailer
New season two promo
- The second season of "Merlin" will debut in the UK on BBC One Sunday, June 21st. That’s the same date as the season one US premiere on NBC. [via TV Squad]
- Tricia Helfer, Michael Hogan and Mark Sheppard, all from "Battlestar Galactica" fame, as well as "Stargate Atlantis" star Joe Flanigan have signed on to guest star in SCI FI’s upcoming dramedy "Warehouse 13" (which premieres on July 7th). [SCI FI Wire]
- There’s speculation that Zod may show up in season nine of "Smallville"… [EW]
- …Meanwhile The CW head Dawn Ostroff is keeping expectations low for its move to Friday night: "I think Smallville will do better [than 2 mil]." Even 3-4M+ viewers on Thursday nights. [TV Guide]
- "Lost" writer/producer Damon Lindelof says that since they started planning out the final season of the show, the issue that has come up the most relates to reuniting all the castaways. [EW]
- Javier Grillo-Marxuach, creator of the canceled ABC Family series "The Middleman", has been hired as a writer on NBC’s post-apocalyptic drama "Day One". Also, check out some new images from the show below. [via io9]
[one more at io9]
DVD/BLU-RAY BOX ART
Coraline (July 21, 2009) [DVD Active]
DVD (Single and Two-Disc–includes 2-D and 3-D versions)
Blu-ray–includes 2-D and 3-D versions
Dragonball Evolution (July 28, 2009) [DVD Active]
DVD (will also be released on Blu-ray)
Fringe: Season 1 (September 8, 2009) [DVD Active]
Heroes: Season 3 (September 1, 2009) [DVD Active]
DVD and Blu-ray
Knight Rider: Season 1 (July 28, 2009) [DVD Active]
The Middleman: The Complete Series [Shout! Factory—click for an article on the evolution of the box art]
Mutant Chronicles (August 4, 2009) [DVD Active]
DVD (Single and Two-Disc)
Race to Witch Mountain (August 4, 2009) [DVD Active]
Batman: Arkham Asylum (Video Game)
SNL "Jizz in my Pants" Spoof [via Topless Robot]
Hi, I’m a Marvel…and I’m a DC
Wolverine (Deadpool) and Watchmen
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 (Video Game)
The Strain: Jail (First volume of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s trilogy of vampire novels)
"The Strain: Jail" trailer
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Video Game)
"One Shall Stand" trailer
SCI FI RATINGS
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