This week’s Sci-Fi TV features news on Lost, Chuck and V, plus news on the earlier than usual U.S. debut of Doctor Who on BBC America and a date for the previously announced FlashForward recap episode on ABC and more, including casting bites and new images and video previews.
GENRE TV NEWS
Lost: Answer to what is the island to be revealed before the finale?
One of the biggest questions surrounding "Lost" is what exactly is the island? Well, according to E! Online we won’t even have to wait until the end of the series to find out. The revelation — to be delivered by Richard Albert and Jacob — will reportedly be made somewhere around halfway through the season:
So…What Is the Island? It’s described as a four-letter word. There’s your first clue! Shall we play Hangman? There are no A’s or E’s in the word…Wanna buy another vowel? OK, but you only get one.
Another thing I can tell you: The Island has to exist, according to my sources, and more important, someone has to protect it. It’s important to the world outside.
Meanwhile executive producer Damon Lindelof tells TV Guide Magazine that next week’s episode ("Sundown") will explore Dogen’s (Hiroyuki Sanada) origins and history with the island:
…we’ll learn why Dogen left Japan for a new life on the island. Hiro hints his appearance in Jack’s flash-sideways suggests that Dogen’s paternal influence may be realized in the temple. Also significant is the name of Dogen’s hippie translator, Lennon (as in the peace-loving Beatle), as well as Dogen’s name and costume, modeled after a 13th-century monk who introduced Zen meditation to Japan. “I believe Dogen and Sayid will experience some kind of friendship in the end,” Hiro says. “Temples are built for peace and saving people.”
In an interview with EW, Terry O’Quinn talked about his character recruiting others:
EW: In last week’s episode, Ilana said that Smokey is “recruiting,” and we saw him go after Richard Alpert and Sawyer. Is his first order of business to recruit all of the castaways?
O’Quinn: There’s some recruiting that goes on. We’re doing an episode now called “The Last Recruit.” He has a purpose. As you know, all of a sudden, they’re establishing all these rules. “You can’t do this unless this…” It’s like a children’s game. We keep making up new rules [laughs]. So the recruiting has to do with fulfilling the rules.
In casting news, Harold Perrineau (Michael) says there is no truth to the rumor of a Michael/Walt (Malcolm David Kelley) reunion: "It is not true as of this moment," he said. And lastly, be sure to head on over to GQ to check out a great interview with Michael Emerson (Ben Linus).
UPDATE: Lindelof & Cuse give more secrets at Paley Fest
On Saturday night Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse and cast members from Lost attended a panel at the Paley Festival in Los Angeles. A breakdown of what was revealed (with spoilers is at eonline.com, here are just a few:
1. Jack’s baby momma (mother of David Shephard in the flash-sideways world) IS somebody we’ve met before. Juliet? Kate? Sara? Hmm…
2. We probably will see Walt again. "[Malcolm David Kelley] absolutely would still be on the show," Carlton Cuse said, "but the actor aged." Damon Lindelof: "We are working on a way to bring Walt back before Lost is all said and done."
3. Damon: "Ilana and Richard will say things to each other and about each other in the future."
4. Terry O’Quinn is "playing a guy who we’re not going to see until the finale." (Eeeee!)
5. Someone IS coming to the island.
Episode 6×06 – "Sundown" [more at SpoilerTV]
Promo for episode 6×06 – "Sundown" [YouTube]
Watch another promo here
Sneak peek for "Sundown"
Watch another sneak peek video here
Damon Lindelof and Calrton Cuse offer spoilers for "Sundown" [YouTube]
Chuck season finale details – Bakula returning
"Chuck" executive producer/creator Josh Schwartz is in the middle of casting [SPOILERS–highlight to view] younger versions of Chuck and Ellie (7 and 11, respectively) to appear in a flashback sequence for the season three finale, according to Michael Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly. Ausiello later updated his report to add that [SPOILERS] the flashback sequence will flash back to the night that Chuck’s dad (played by Scott Bakula) left home. In other news, Jeff and Lester’s band Jeffster will be featured in Monday’s episode "Chuck vs. the Fake Name, and NBC has released press releases for episode nine ("Chuck vs. the Beard" — 3/8/2010) and episode 10 ("Chuck vs. the Tic Tac" — 3/15/2010). "Chuck" returns this Monday, March 1st.
Promo for episode 3×08 – "Chuck vs. the Fake Name" [YouTube]
ABC sets date for FlashForward recap episode + James Callis joins cast
ABC has set an airdate for the previously announced "FlashForward" recap special. The one-hour episode will recap the first 10 episodes and is called "FlashFoward: What Did You See? It’s set to air on Tuesday, March 16th at 10:00 p.m. Then on Thursday, March 18th at 8:00, "FlashForward" returns with two back-to-back episodes (which will be rebroadcast on Saturday, March 20th at 8:00). In casting news, co-showrunner Jessika Borsiczky revealed to SCI FI Wire that James Callis (who played Gaius Baltar on "Battlestar Galactica") has been cast in a major role. He’ll appear in several episodes towards the end of the season:
He’s playing a big role in some of the final episodes this season, and it was for that very reason."
"I don’t actually want to tell you anything about the character, because he’s a really exciting, unusual character. So I think it’s going to be fun for the audience. He’s going to be involved with Olivia’s trajectory … some of Olivia’s journey."
In other casting news, Ravi Kapoor will appear in an upcoming episode of the show as the character Malik, "a man who comes in contact with Aaron Stark (Brian F. O’Bryne) when Aaron travels to Afghanistan to search for answers related to his daughter’s military service and subsequent disappearance."
Behind the scenes clip from Season 1.0 DVD [IGN]
V producer Jace Hall talks second half
Jace Hall, one of the producers of the ABC series "V", was interviewed by TV Guide and hints that some nods to the previous versions of the franchise could be upcoming:
"Because we’re dealing with a franchise that existed before in the ’80s, there are certain things that people expect and hope that this franchise will either nod to or communicate in some way…We’re able to actually go further with the story, beyond what people have seen or what they can predict. When this reimaging took place, we actually had a plan and a sense of direction of where this whole thing is supposed to go, so it doesn’t have to be thought up at the last minute."
Hall also told TV Guide that although the audience will get answers to several unanswered questions, those answers will lead to even more questions:
"We’re trying to keep this show grounded and character-centric as much as possible, really think about if this was happening, what would logically start to occur and how would people naturally react…Yes, you’re going to get answers, but those answers are going to create even more questions."
In other news, new producer Scott Rosenbaum revealed to TV Guide Magazine that [SPOILERS–highlight to view] Valerie (Lourdes Benedicto) who is pregnant with Ryan’s baby (Morris Chestnut) will give birth before the end of the season, leaving fans with "an understanding of what could be coming," but Rosenbaum thinks what they have planned for before the birth is more interesting [SPOILERS]:
"The birth is going to be less interesting than the stories beforehand. What happens when the baby kicks? Or when Val gets her ultrasound?"
"V" returns with new episodes on March 30th. In the mean time, check out some new images and videos below.
Promotional posters [SpoilerTV]
TV spot: "Anna is a fan of Lost" [YouTube]
Promo: "Embrace Change" [YouTube]
Watch another promo here
BBC America sets April debut for Doctor Who
Good news for U.S. fans of "Doctor Who". Unlike in the past where we had to wait months until episodes aired in the states, BBC America has announced that the fifth season will premiere on Saturday, April 17th. That’s just two weeks after the BBC premiere (April 3rd).
"Britain has a tradition of reinventing its iconic characters, like James Bond and Sherlock Holmes—and Doctor Who," Richard De Croce, senior vice president, programming, of BBC America, said in the official announcement (below). "In introducing the Eleventh Doctor, writer Steven Moffat is opening the show to a whole new audience, while serving fans with an exciting mix of inter galactic, time travelling adventures. We can’t wait to meet his new Doctor!"
The fifth season, now spearheaded by new showrunner Steven Moffat, is 13 episodes long and, of course, is the debut season of the 11th doctor Matt Smith and new companion Karen Gilliam. BBC also confirmed the names of the first three episodes of the season: "The Eleventh Hour" (written by Steven Moffat), "The Beat Below" (also by Steven Moffat) and "Victory of the Daleks" (by Mark Gatiss). In casting news, James Cordon ("Gavin and Stacey") will reportedly star in an upcoming episode of the series. Check out some set images and a new shorter season five trailer below.
Images from the set of episode 5×06 – "Vampires of Venice" [Blogtor Who—click to read a script excerpt]
Season five promo [Blogtor Who]
Roland Emmerich’s 2013 TV series no longer in the works
"2013" — the proposed TV follow-up to Roland Emmerich’s "2012" — is no longer in development:
"We tried to do that. But the TV people soon realized what we really wanted to do with the concept. They said, "You cannot do this on television." So I said, "Let’s not do it. It was just too big for TV. What we wanted to do."
When pressed, Emmerich added that producer Mark Gordon is "still trying to come up with an idea on how to make it cheaper", but he doesn’t think it’ll come to be:
"I don’t think it will happen. I had a certain vision. We realized what kind of compromises we were going to have to make. Because of that, I said, "No thank you."
Emmerich also categorically shot down any chances of a sequel to the film (which hits DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, March 2nd):
"No, no, no. It was not a sequel. It was a story you could only tell once. There was no sequel to Noah’s Ark."
PREVIEW Video & Images
Promo: "The End of Everything"
Images from episode 1×06 – "Know Thy Enemy" [more at Pizquita]
Behind the scenes images of Walter’s lab [more at Facebook]
Promo for episode 9×15 – "Escape" [YouTube]
Episode 1×07 – "Salvage & Reclamation [more at SpoilerTV]
Legend of the Seeker
Promotional stills for episode 2×06 [more at Film Review Online]
- Fans can join Josh Gates, host of the Syfy series "Ghost Hunters", for a live broadcast of "Ghost Hunters: Alcatraz" on March 3rd. Details are here. [via SCI FI Wire].
- The soundtrack for "Fringe" is now available for pre-order. The CD is scheduled to be released on March 23rd. [Amazon]
- Fox has released a short synopsis for episode 1×07 of "Human Target": "Chance reunites with a fiery former flame when he is called to South America to rescue an archeologist whose discovery of a lost treasure makes him the target of a South American army and a deadly bounty hunter."…
- …Fox also announced finale dates for the 2009-2010 season. "Human Target" is slated for Wednesday, May 5th at 8:00 p.m. and "Fringe" on Thursday, May 20th at 9:00 p.m. [The Futon Critic]
- An upcoming episode of "Supernatural" will feature the character "Death"… [SpoilerTV]
- …And according to executive producer Sera Gamble "a very important character will sacrifice themselves in a suicide mission" in the April 15th episode (episode 100 of the series). [EW]
- Episode 3×06 of "True Blood" will be called "What Do You Know About Love". [SpoilerTV]
- Crystal Reed offered some details about MTV’s upcoming TV movie remake of "Teen Wolf" — which is serving as a TV pilot for the network — in an interview with Shock Till You Drop.
- There are concerns that MGM’s financial troubles could affect the future of "Stargate Universe". [Gawker via Stargate-SG1-Solutions]
- Samantha Smith will reprise her role as Mary in "Supernatural" later in the season… [Facebook]
- …Meanwhile, a dead character is returning to the show in episode 16 – "Dark Side of the Moon". [SPOILERS–highlight to view]: Traci Dinwiddie, who played psychic Pamela Barnes and appeared in four episodes in season four, will reprise her role as the character. [BuddyTV]
- Gil Bellows ("Ally McBeal") has been cast as the DC Comics character Maxwell Lord in "Smallville". He’ll appear during the 19th episode of the season ("Charade"). It may turn into a potentially recurring role (dependent upon whether or not the show returns for a 10th season). [IGN]
- David Anders ("Heroes", "24") is joining the cast of "The Vampire Diaries". Anders will play Johnathan Gilbert, the uncle of Elena and Jeremy. [EW]
- David Lyons has been cast in NBC’s "The Cape". Lyons will play the lead character Vince Faraday, a disgraced cop who dresses as a superhero in order to clear his name and be reunited with his son. [KSiteTV]
COMEDY: Lost & Heroes Hate Black People [YouTube]
SCI-FI RATINGS (Based on final national numbers unless otherwise noted) [@TravisYanan]
"Caprica" returned to the airwaves on February 19th with the episode "Gravedancing" but the episode failed to turn around the low ratings. "Gravedancing" drew just 976,000 viewers and a 0.4 A18-49 rating. It’s the first time it has fallen under the 1M viewer mark. The 4-episode average is 1.32M viewers and a 0.4 A18-49 rating and "Caprica" has fallen in audience every episode (1.6M; 1.41M; 1.13M; 0.98M) for an overall episode decline of 39% or over 600,000 viewers from premiere to episode four. [TravisYanan]
CHART (2/15/2010 to 2/21/2010)