In Sci-Fi TV this week we have news on a number of new shows in development, including a new Incredible Hulk series and a reboot of Wild, Wild West. We also have details on the second season of V, and tons or previews, and a close look at the ratings of of the genre shows.
GENRE TV NEWS
Marvel and ABC developing Incredible Hulk TV series
The Hulk appears headed back to the small screen. Deadline is reporting that Marvel and ABC are in the "very early stages" of development on a new live-action TV series based on "The Incredible Hulk":
There is no writer on board yet with search underway. Marvel, which was acquired by ABC parent Disney last year for $4 billion, started a major push in TV in June with the launch of Marvel Television whose goal was to adapt Marvel characters and stories to the small screen. Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb (Smallville) and his team quickly zeroed in on The Hulk, with rumors of a potential Hulk live-action series first surfacing in mid-summer.
Following on WB and DC Comics’ recent announcement of development on a "Wonder Woman" series (from "Boston Legal" creator David E. Kelley), this marks the second major comic book character to get a primetime treatment for next season.
ABC delays V return: January 4, 2011 + S2 Details
"V" fans are in for a LONG wait between seasons. ABC has just announced that the second season of the sci-fi remake won’t be returning this November as originally expected, but will instead debut on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 9PM. That puts the wait between between the season one finale and the season two premiere at nearly nine months and the gap between the series premiere and the seecond season debut at an extraordinary 14 months. Here’s a excerpt from the ABC press release giving a little tease of the new season:
Season Two will feature more character and lizard reveals, more details about the V’s mythology, while along the way featuring even more action and more plot twists. Viewers can expect a roller coaster ride week to week.
On the more substantive front, executive producer Steve Pearlman spoke to Blastr about what they have planned for the second season:
"We want to make the show louder, bolder and faster," he said. "We want to give the audience some new iconic images that they didn’t get the first season or in the original series."
Pearlman also spoke about the addition of Jane Badler as Diana, Anna’s mother:
"We didn’t set out to bring Jane Badler to the show," he said. "We set out to introduce Anna’s mother. The goal was to cast the best actor for the role. There was always the intrigue of ‘What if it was Jane Badler?’, and I think the fans certainly spoke very loudly and clearly, and we got the message from that. But we had a lot of actresses interested in the role. We had a lot of people come and read for it, and Jayne won the part. It’s not the same character that she played in the original series, but there are opportunities to play tribute to the original, like the fact that she wears a red dress."
"Anna represents aliens, and Erica represents humanity and mankind. The addition of Jayne at this point for the season has played only with Anna. But what that’s allowed us to do is to be able to play mother/daughter. And we’re also playing mother/daughter on various levels, like the one between Erica and Lisa, which we saw the beginnings of last season. Seeing Anna and her mother and playing off how they are similar and different has been a real fun area for us to go to in the storytelling."
Ron Moore developing Wild, Wild, West reboot + talks Caprica ratings
Star Trek (TNG & DS9) and Battlestar vet Ron Moore is working with "CSI" writer/producer Naren Shankar (also a TNG/DS9/VOy writing vet) on a remake of the 1960s classic "The Wild, Wild West". The Ausiello Files | EW reports that they are in the "very early stages" of development" and have not yet pitched it to the networks.
In other Ron Moore news, despite disastrously low ratings, the producer is confident Syfy will renew "Caprica" for a second season, revealing that the network should be making a decision on the second season by November 15. See more on the ratings in the ratings section below. [Zap2It]
Speaking of Caprica, here is a sneak peek at episode 1×13 – "Things We Lock Away" [Syfy]
Watch another clip here
Syfy renews Haven for a 13-episode 2nd season
Syfy has announced that they’ve renewed their new original series "Haven" for a second season of 13 episodes. Ratings weren’t particularly strong for the show — the season averaged 1.85M viewers and a 0.5 A18-49 rating — but it did see an uptick in ratings for the season finale (1.70M viewers [+18% from the episode prior (1.44M)] and a 0.5 A18-49 rating [+25% from the episode prior (0.4)]. Syfy also notes, via their press release, that viewership increased by about 33% when accounting for viewers watching the program over the course of 7 days (Live +7 was 2.6M viewers through episode 10 vs. 1.95M with Live +SD).
PREVIEW Videos & Images
Promotional stills for the US version of the BBC series [more at Daemon’s TV]
Interview with star Sam Witwer [via SpoilerTV]
Promotional stills for episode "4×05 – "Chuck vs. the Couch Lock" [more at SpoilerTV]
First look at Robert Englund’s guest-spot in episode 4×06 – "Chuck vs. the Aisle of Terror" [SpoilerTV]
First look at Timothy Dalton’s guest-spot in episode 4×07 – "Chuck vs. the First Fight" [The Ausiello Files | EW]
Set image: First look at Summer Glau (who will appear in episode 4×08) [Nathan Fillion | Twitter]
Promo for "Chuck vs. the Couch Look" [YouTube]
Season two DVD/Blu-ray deleted scene [Dread Central / Daily Motion]
Promotional stills for episode 1×05 – "Casualties of War" 
Promo for "Casualties of War" [YouTube]
First look at the Star Wars spoof "Family Guy: It’s a Trap" [AceShowbiz]
Promotional images for episode 3×05 – "Amber 31422" [more at SpoilerTV]
Promotional images for episode 3×06 – "6955 kHZ" [SpoilerTV]
Promotional images for episode 3×07 – "The Abducted" [more at SpoilerTV]
Sneak peek for "Amber 31422" [YouTube]
No Ordinary Family
Promotional stills for episode 1×04 – "No Ordinary Vigilante" [more at Pizquita]
Promotional stills for episode 1×05 – "No Ordinary Quake" [more at Pizquita]
Promotional stills for episode 1×06 – "No Ordinary Visitors" [more at KSiteTV]
Promo for "No Ordinary Vigilante" [YouTube]
The Sarah Jane Adventures
Promotional stills for episodes 4×03-4×04 – " The Vault of Secrets" [more at Blogtor Who]
First look at an Isis-possessed Lois Lane (Erica Durance) [TV Guide]
Promotional stills for episode 2×04 – "Pathogen" [more at SpoilerTV]
Sneak peek at "Pathogen" [Syfy]
Promotional stills for episode 6×05 – "Live Free or Twi-Hard" [more at SpoilerTV]
The Vampire Diaries
Promo for episodes 2×06 – 2×07 – "Plan B" & "Masquerade" [YouTube]
The Walking Dead
Promotional/production stills and behind the scenes images from the first three episodes [more at FusedFilm]
Featurette: "It’s About Survival" [YouTube]
- The 12 regeneration limit, long a part of "Doctor Who" canon, is going away. Yes, the Doctor is immortal. [The Guardian via Blastr]
- "The Vampire Diaries" show runner Kevin Williamson shared some secrets about what fans can expect for the remainder of the season in an interview with Blastr.
- The award-winning steampunk digital series "Riese: Kingdom Falling" will premiere on Syfy.com on October 26. Amanda Tapping ("Stargate SG-1", "Sanctuary") will narrate the 10-part series. [Syfy]
- If successful, producer Gale Anne Hurd expects AMC to pick up "The Walking Dead" for a second season consisting of 13 episodes. She also revealed that a decision would probably need to come before January 1, "because we’d want to be shooting by late spring ." [Blastr]
- …In related news, creator Robert Kirkman has closed a deal to make "a trilogy set in the zombie-infested world from Kirkman’s New York Times bestselling comic book series as well as the upcoming AMC television show." [Publishers Marketplace via io9]
- CBS is developing a television series based on Charlaine Harris’ ("Sookie Stackhouse") mystery novel series "Grave Sight". [Variety]
- The pilot for Fox’s high-concept prehistoric time-travel series "Terra Nova" hasn’t even shot a frame of film yet, but has already cost $10 million. Costs for filming the pilot could reach as high as $20M, which would be the most-ever for a television pilot (the "LOST" cost an estimated $10-14M and the pilot for "Boardwalk Empire" reportedly cost $18M). [The Wrap]
- "Chuck" episode 4×10 will be called "Chuck vs. the Leftovers". [SpoilerTV]
- Laura Innes, who plays Sophia Maguire on the struggling NBC series "The Event", says creator Nick Wauters has it mapped out for five years. [Boston Herald]
- Various episode synopses/descriptions:
- Ryan McPartlin (Devon ‘Captain Awesome’) confirmed that Morgan Fairchild will be back this season on "Chuck": "Mom does come back,” Ryan said. “It’s funny, because Mom and Ellie have to learn how to deal with their new roles that each one is going to play as a mother and a grandmother. So that creates a bit of fun drama." She’ll guest-star in episode 4×06 – "Chuck vs. the Aisle of Terror" [ChuckTV.net]
- Aaron Douglas revealed on his Twitter feed that he will guest-star on an upcoming episode of "Eureka". [Aaron Douglas | Twitter]
- Mark Sheppard ("Battlestar Galactica", "Supernatural") will appear in the "Doctor Who" season six premiere. [Doctor Who News Page]
- David Tennat offered his praise of "Doctor Who" with the new Time Lord, Matt Smith: "Genuinely, I think it’s been brilliant. I’ve loved every second of it. It’s a thrill for me to be watching as a viewer again. I knew Matt was going to be fantastic and he is. He’s a great choice and he’s knocked it out of the park." [The List via Blastr]
SCI-FI RATINGS (Based on final national numbers unless otherwise noted) [@TravisYanan]
Episode 1×12 – "Retribution" hit a series-low last Tuesday, dropping to just 840,000 viewers (-6% from the episode prior) and a 0.3 A18-49 rating (-25%). Both are new series lows. The 11-week average stands at a disappointing 1.14M viewers and a 0.4 A18-49 rating. Caprica has shed nearly half of its series premiere audience (1.60M to 0.84M / -48%).
- Episode 2×01 – “Intervention” – 1.18M viewers and a 0.5 A18-49 rating.
- Episode 2×02 – “Aftermath” – 1.07M viewers (-9%) and a 0.5 A18-49 rating (nc).
- Episode 2×03 – “Awakenings” – 1.22M viewers (+14%) and a 0.5 A18-49 rating (nc).
The third Stargate spin-off remains very far off from its year-ago numbers. Season one averaged 2.30M viewers and a 0.9 A18-49 rating through its first three weeks. Comparatively, the first three episodes this season have drawn an average of 1.16M viewers and a 0.5 A18-49 rating. That represents declines of 50 and 44 percent among viewers and A18-49 rating, respectively.
Episode 4×05 dropped to a season-low 894,000 viewers (-4%) and a 0.3 A18-49 rating (-25%). The season four average is now 1.02M viewers and a 0.4 A18-49 rating.
Episode 6×18 dropped to a season-low 1.68M viewers and a 0.7 A18-49 rating. The season six average, however, is still a healthy 2.12M viewers and a 0.9 A18-49 rating.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- Episode 3×03 – “Sphere of Influence” – 1.88M viewers (+11%) and a 0.3 A18-49 rating (-40%).
- Episode 3×04 – “Corruption” – 1.78M viewers (-5%) and a 0.5 A18-49 rating (+67%).
The third season is currently averaging 1.94M viewers and a 0.5 A18-49 rating. In the network’s key demo (K2-11), the show is averaging a 2.3 rating.
The Vampire Diaries
Episode 2×05 – "Kill Or Be Killed" improved to 3.47M viewers (+9%) and a 1.6 A18-49 rating (+7%), bringing the second season average to 3.32M viewers and a 1.5 A18-49 rating.
With its improved lead-in, "Nikita" rebounded from its series-low the week prior to 2.90M viewers (+8%) and a 1.1 A18-49 rating (+10%). The season average is now 3.10M viewers and a 1.2 A18-49 rating.
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