Sci-Fi TV Tuesday: Fringe, The Walking Dead, Alphas, Smallville, Doctor Who + more

In Sci-Fi TV this week, there is hope Fringe will get another season, Syfy orders a new show, Walking Dead finale scores big, and you can win a guest spot on Smallville. All that and more including the latest television ratings, casting bites and new images and video previews.

 

GENRE TV NEWS

Fringe midseason premiere moved up one week + Rumor: Renewed for fourth season?

Grain of salt required for this rumor, but SpoilerTV is reporting via one of their sources that despite the move to Friday night’s, Fox is close to giving "Fringe" a renewal for a fourth season. Ratings have been weak this season — 5.12M viewers and a 1.9 A18-49 rating — but Fox is said to be happy with how the show performs given the strong competition on Thursday night’s and how well it does with time-delayed viewing. As previously announced, "Fringe" makes its transition to Friday nights next year, but Fox has pushed up the premiere to Friday, January 21, 2011. Here’s a brief synopsis for the episode, which the creators have aptly titled "Firefly". That’s right…"Firefly":

In the “Firefly” midseason premiere..an Observer makes contact with the Fringe Team to help rectify a mistake. Meanwhile, WALTER (John Noble) befriends one of his musical heroes (guest star Christopher Lloyd).

To their credit, Fox is using the whole "Friday Night Death Slot" to their advantage and have released this new promo for the show’s move:

Sneak peek at episode 3×10 – "Firefly" [Fringe Television / YouTube]

Interview with John Noble [YouTube]

The Walking Dead closes 1st season with record 6M viewers + Golden Globe nomination and Kirkman talks future

The season finale of AMC’s "The Walking Dead" went out with a bang last Sunday night. The finale drew a series-high 5.97M viewers with a 3.0 A18-49 rating to become the most-watched drama series in A18-49 delivery in basic cable history. For the six-episode season, "The Walking Dead" averaged 5.24M viewers and a 2.7 A18-49 rating. Looking towards the future, Inside TV | EW spoke with comic creator Robert Kirkman about last week’s season finale. Here’s an excerpt [SPOILERS]:

EW: The finale was very much a roller coaster episode in terms of my — and I suspect a lot of other viewers’ — thoughts about Shane. We really saw the extremes of his character.

Robert Kirkman: I agree. There were some great scenes in there with Jon Bernthal and Sarah Wayne Callies. One of the things I like about this episode is there’s a very big, cataclysmic thing that happens in the sixth issue of the comic book series involving Shane and Carl and Rick and Lori. I’ve been asked countless times how many issues these first six episodes cover and does it cover the first six issues. Because a lot of people think that would have been the perfect end to a season. And there are a lot of scenes in this episode where it seems like it could be building to that. But I like that it seemed we were building to that at times and it didn’t actually go there. I think for comic book fans especially, this episode probably held quite a bit of tension because they were thinking it was going to go somewhere that it ultimately didn’t. I think that’s one of the great things about this show, that it’s always playing with people’s expectations.

Kirkman also gave an interview to Comic Book Resources in which he discussed the first season and what he’d like to see in season two:

CBR: In terms of length, it must have been difficult to fit in everything you wanted to with only six episodes for the first season. Thankfully, season two is going to have 13 episodes. For all of the first season’s successes, it was short, but now you have some extra time on your side. Is that something you’re excited about for season two?

Robert Kirkman: Yeah, it’s going to be kind of awesome. I’m very excited that we have 13 episodes instead of six. We’re going to be doing so much more and I’m really excited to get in there and figure out what it is we’re doing with these 13 episodes. Hopefully we’ll be able to do all kinds of crazy stuff that’ll blow people away. The six episodes, it wasn’t that hard to do that. We were always planning on there being more episodes, so we tried to fit in a bunch of cool stuff, but we were always keeping it in the backs of our heads that we would have more seasons if the show does okay. We’ll get to continue, unless it’s a complete disaster. It wasn’t really a matter of trying to cram as much as possible into the six episodes, but I think the second season will probably blow the first season out of the water. That’s cool, because I think the first season is already really good.

Check out the rest of the interview here. In other news, the show was nominated for Best Television Series – Drama by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for "The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards". Unfortunately, that was the sole nomination for the show as none of the actors were recognized and no other Sci-Fi/Genre received nominations. Last year two Sci-Fi/Genre shows were recognized with nominations but no wins: "True Blood" (2) and "Lost" (1).

Watch every zombie death from season one [YouTube]

Syfy orders Alphas to series

Syfy has given a greenlight to "Alphas". Production is slated to begin early 2011 in Toronto with an expected summer 2011 debut. Here’s how Syfy describes the series:

Alphas follows a team of ordinary citizens whose brain anomalies imbue them with extraordinary mental and physical abilities. Taking the law into their own hands, the unlikely team, led by Dr. Lee Rosen (Strathairn), investigates cases that suggest other Alpha activity to uncover what the CIA, FBI and Pentagon have not been able, or willing, to solve. These gifted individuals must balance their quirky personalities and disparate backgrounds with their not always visible powers as they work to solve crimes, stop the ticking time bomb and catch the enemy.

Syfy has ordered 11 episodes of the sci-fi series (in addition to the 90-minute pilot):

“With each step in the development and production of Alphas, we knew we were onto something very exciting,” said Mark Stern, Executive Vice President of Original Content, Syfy and Co-Head of Original Content for Universal Cable Productions. “Under [executive producers] Gail [Berman] and Lloyd [Braun]’s leadership, [writers] Zak [Penn] and Michael [Karnow] created a smart, fast-paced script that attracted an amazing director in Jack Bender and an incredible cast. We couldn’t be happier to see this first-rate project come to fruition as a Syfy series.”

Win a guest spot on the Smallville

The CW is running a contest where fans can win an opportunity to appear in the February 4, 2011 episode of "Smallville" – "Beacon":

Do you believe in heroes? If so, The CW’s hit series SMALLVILLE (Fridays, 8:00–9:00 p.m. ET/PT) wants to hear from you. Fans of SMALLVILLE, from Warner Bros. Television, will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to appear in an upcoming episode of the 10th and final season via the “Smallville:” Believe in Heroes Challenge, a 10-day promotion running from Friday, December 10—Monday, December 20, on CWTV.com.

Here are the rules:

  • Beginning Friday, December 10, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time, and continuing through Monday, December 20, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time, SMALLVILLE fans can submit their own video testimonial as one of these hopeful citizens by uploading videos to The CW’s official website at http://www.cwtv.com/smallville

  • In these videos, viewers – speaking in character as impassioned citizens of Metropolis and around the world, fighting for the rights of their heroes – can express what The Blur means to them and talk about why they believe in these super heroes.

  • SMALLVILLE producers and the CWTV.com team will review the submissions and select a number of the user-submitted videos for broadcast as the testimonials that Clark watches during the “Beacon” episode airing Friday, February 4 (8:00–9:00 p.m. ET/PT) on The CW.

  • In addition to selecting the winning videos to be used in the episode, the SMALLVILLE producers and CWTV.com team will also select a number of additional favorite videos that will be posted to CWTV.com following the broadcast

Here’s the synopsis for the episode:

In the episode “Beacon,” to be broadcast on Friday, February 4, Clark (series star Tom Welling) is at an emotional crossroads, with Metropolis divided by a clash between supporters of the government’s Vigilante Registration Act and opposing rallies to generate support for indispensable heroes like The Blur. Clark’s friends assure him that he is, indeed, making a difference in his crime-fighting role as The Blur, and to prove their point, they show him videos from the Internet in which ordinary citizens express what The Blur means to them, what it means to be a hero – and what it means to have heroes and believe in them. One of these videos could be yours!

"Beacon" is the second episode back after the new year:

  • January 28, 2011 – 10×12 – "Collateral"

  • February 4, 2011 – 10×13 – "Beacon"

  • February 11, 2011 – 10×14 – "Masquerade"

  • February 18, 2011 – 10×15 – "Fortune"

  • February 25, 2011 – 10×16 – "Scion"

Promo for episode 10×12 – "Collateral" [YouTube]

Sam Neill joins J.J. Abrams’ Alcatraz series

Sam Neill has been cast opposite Sarah Jones in the J.J. Abrams-produced Fox pilot "Alcatraz", which may or may not have a supernatural element to it. The show is described as a drama chronicling "the efforts of a cop (Jones) and team of FBI agents tracking down a group of missing Alcatraz prisoners and guards who reappear in the present day". Emphasis mine. Neill is set to play Emerson Hauser, "the head of a government agency who radiates authority and piercing intelligence". "Lost" alum Jorge Garcia and Jonny Coyne have already been cast in the show — also as leads — along with Jason Butler, who is supporting.

PREVIEW Videos & Images

The Cape

Promotional cast images [more at Daemon’s TV]

Promo: "Orwell" [YouTube]

Watch another promo here

Dirk Gently

First look promo [YouTube]

Doctor Who

Inside look at "A Christmas Carol" [YouTube]

Clip from "A Christmas Carol" [YouTube]

Watch more clips here, here and here

Doctor Who Adventures: Shadows of the Vashta Nerada (Video Game)

Promotional stills [Doctor Who News Page]

Human Target

Promotional stills for episode 2×05 – "Dead Head" [more at IGN]

Promo for "Dead Head" [YouTube]

Sneak peek at "Dead Head" [YouTube]

Misfits

Promotional stills for episode 2×05 [more at Daemon’s TV]

Promotional stills for episode 2×06 [more at SpoilerTV]

Promo for episode 2×06 [YouTube]

Sanctuary

Promotional stills for episode 3×10 – "Hollow Man" [more at Daemon’s TV]

Supernatural

Promo for episode 6×12 – "Like a Virgin" [YouTube]

V

Behind the scenes promotional stills [more at SpoilerTV]

Promotional stills for episode 2×02 – "Serpent’s Tooth" [more at SpoilerTV]

Promo for the season premiere – "Red Rain" [YouTube]

Sneak peek at "Red Rain" [ABC]

TV BITES

  • The third season of the UK series "Being Human" will see the introduction of a new supernatural being: a zombie: "It kind of puts Annie in place,” Lenora Crichlow (Annie) explains. “This zombie exposes Annie to all the things she’ll never have again. Often the things that happen in Annie’s adventures really make her realise how in limbo she is, and just how unsettling that can be when you’re looking at that for eternity." [SFX.co.uk]

  • Shout! Factory has announced that the animated series "Black Panther" will arrive on DVD on January 18, 2011. [IGN]

  • ‘Vampire Diaries’ co-creator Kevin Williams talked about the recently announced un-titled supernatural series that could serve as a companion to ‘TVD’: "It’s set on a college campus. There’s a little bit of some paranormal investigation involved, but it’s more about the characters…A young girl goes to college, and it turns out there’s a lot more going on." [Inside TV | EW]

  • Episode 6×15 of "Supernatural" will be called "The French Mistake". [SpoilerTV]

  • Brian Michael Bendis has confirmed that former ‘Walking Dead’ writer Charles H. Eglee is "helping" get an adaptation of Bendis’ comic book series "Powers" into development. [IGN]

  • Syfy has announced that the U.S. adaptation of "Being Human" will premiere on the network on Monday, January 17, 2011 at 9PM. [Syfy via YourEntNow]

  • …The network also announced a Friday, January 7, 2011 debut date for the third season of "Merlin" (10PM). [Syfy via YourEntNow]

  • In other premiere news, the fourth season of the UK sci-fi series "Primeval" will premiere on Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 9PM on BBC America. [Daemon’s TV]

  • Episode 4×15 of "Chuck" will be called "Chuck vs. the Cat Squad". [ChuckTV.net]

  • Syfy has annouced the first-ever live episode of "Destination Truth". The episode will air live from Ireland on March 17, 2011 and center around the "search of the truth behind the legend of the legend of the banshee". [Syfy via YourEntNow]

  • The CW has announced their midseason schedule, slating the return of original episodes of "The Vampire Diaries", "Smallville" and "Supernatural" for January 2011 (1/27 and 1/28, respectively). [The CW via YourEntNow]

  • Here are the titles for episodes 2×12-2×14 of "The Vampire Diaries": 2×12 – "The Descent"; 2×13 – "Daddy Issues" and 2×14 – "Crying Wolf". [SpoilerTV]

  • Here’s the synopsis for "No Ordinary Family" – 1×11 – "No Ordinary Friends". [SpoilerTV]

  • We’ll learn a little about the meaning of the title of the "V" season two premiere — "Red Rain" — in the episode. We’ll also learn of a possible traitor in the Fifth Column… [Inside TV | EW]

  • …Here are the titles episodes three and four of season two: "Laid Bear", "Unholy Alliance". [The V Files]

  • …Check out an interview with Elizabeth Mitchell at VisitorSite.net.

CASTING BITES

  • Mekhi Phifer has joined the cast of Starz’s "Torchwood: The New World". Phifer will star opposite John Barrowman and Eve Myles in the sci-fi drama. [Deadline]

  • …In related news, Kai Owen, who played Gwen’s husband Rhys on "Torchwood", has confirmed that she will be returning for the new season: "In about one month from today I’m gonna be putting on my ‘Rhys’ costume once more!!". [Doctor Who News Page]

  • …Also, actor/comedian Tom Price hinted that he too will be making an appearance on the show: "Doing a little bit of Torching Wood in America next year. Already trying out my Welsh/LA accent. It’s SO hot, like." [Doctor Who News Page]

  • Leslie-Ann Brandt will guest star alongside John Larroquette in an upcoming episode of "Chuck". [Chuck Bartowski.it via SpoilerTV]

  • HBO has announced that Christina Moore, Neil Hopkins and Chris Butler will all appear in multiple episodes of "True Blood" during season four. [Inside TV | EW]

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

CHART (11/29/2010 to 12/5/2010)

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allister gourlay

is that jane badler in red?

Fox uses the Friday Night Death Slot to promote Fringe in a witty way. Ha, ha. I hope they’re serious about looking at Friday night as a slot they can program a show and stick with it, not just send shows there to die. Of course, X-Files premiered there. But ouch, Fox moved Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles there, where it died. Let’s hope the rumors are true and Fringe will be renewed.

Again, I love John Noble. Great actor. And his character of Walter Bishop is iconic. Just great to watch Walter do his thing and deal with life.

Markonian

Why are they making so many Sci-Fi series instead of just one new Star Trek series set in the 25th or 26th century? – my humble opinion

Vultan

At the very least they could make a new Star Trek animated series. I mean, c’mon, it certainly didn’t hurt the brand in the 70’s.

Harry Ballz

A chance for a video cameo on Smallville? I’m ready for my close-up!

Now, how does one praise The Blur while trashing the gawdawful Lois Lane?

@ 3

Because CBS owns the TV rights to Star Trek. Don’t expect them to do anything soon. According to Doug Mirbello, an assistant to Rick Berman, CBS head Les Moonves “hates all things sci- fi.” As UPN head, he killed “Enterprise.” (Link below.) And its not like UPN was easily available to the public. I think with CBS’ failure with the scii-fi show, Threshold may discourage future science fiction with CBS, at least until other networks do well with the genre.

Again, I suggest that Paramount help us out. Cast Moonves’ wife Julie Chen aka Chenbot in the new Star Trek movie. Maybe then Moonves willt like Star Trek. : )

1. CBS ‘ Les Mooves hates sci-fi?
http://www.cinemablend.com/new.php?id=2286

@ 4

I keep yelling about making a CGI TV movie or direct to video Star Trek CGI film. This would whet the appetite for the 2012 movie. That might require some cooperation between CBS and Paramount. I mean how much financial risk would it be for CBS to do one TV movie or DVD?

I’ve said it many times. Deage William Shatner with CGI. Take D.C. Fontana’s script for the abandoned videogame “The Secret of Vulcan Fury” and use the voice work by the original cast already in the can for a CGI TV movie.. This site reported that D.C. Fontana did try to get CBS to let her put it into a novel. But alas, CBS did not get back to her. ( Link below.) Anyway, again check out the promo cutscenes for the game below.

1. Interview with D.C. Fontana
https://trekmovie.com/2007/08/16/dorothy-fontana-on-new-comics-new-novel-canon-ds9-ent-new-movie/

2. Two kick ass promos for “The Secret of Vulcan Fury.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQHyg6nFpAY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8o4YtpKnT00&feature=related

captain_neill

1

It is indeed.

I watched the new series of V but I still preferred the original mini series’

Really pumped that Jane Badler and Marc Singer are appearing this season.

Craig

Am I the only one that cant seem to wrap my head around the decision made by NBC to pick up that god awful idea for a super hero show where The Cape is the super powers? That has to be the dumbest, most weak idea I have ever heard. It will fail, no one will watch. Im just curious how long it will take for them to cancel it.

Kirk, James T.

@6 that iink was quite interesting.

Personally I think Paramount show own the entire franchise. They seem to be the more creative side to the Star Trek franchise where as CBS aren’t really renowned for Sci-Fi. I think Paramount should buy CBS’s stake in Star Trek and team up with JJ Abrams production company Bad Robot to bring it back to TV in a few years after the last Abrams movie.

I’m not saying Abrams himself should be involved with a Trek TV series but it seems to me Paramount and Bad Robot are just far more cut out to be handling Star Trek as a brand as well as the creative side.

Jake

@6
Very topical article, from 2006. Maybe that opinion should be reevaluated since The Big Bang theory couldn’t get more sci-fi themed, or successful.

Derf

@9 At least be socially responsible and call it “The Patch”, where a guy trying really hard to quit smoking is suddenly given magical powers :)

Harry Ballz

9+12.

Hell, why not call it “The Cup”, and make it about a guy who gains super powers every time he dons his athletic support for sports?

I can see it now….as the crooks are fighting him, one of them yells, “kick him in the balls!”. Our hero, grinning, barks back, “go ahead, make my day!”

I'm Dead Jim!

@13

I’d watch that!

NuFan

Just once, I’d like to read the tv news without somebody whining that there’s not enough glut of Star Trek on the market.

Capt Mike of the Terran Empire.

Hey Harry. Time for you to be a great Actor. Just Sing the Praises of Lois Lane Played by Erica Durrence. If you can pull that off you would deserve an Emmy.

Capt Mike of the Terran Empire.

I may try and Submit a Video for Small Ville. Love this Show and can’t wait to see Clark as Superman. Looking forward to V and to see Jane Badler as Diana. No Ordanary Family is realy a good show as well. Walking Dead has life in it. Lol.

I am not Herbert

the Dr. Who video game looks like it has potential… hope it’s good! =)

Harry Ballz

16. Capt Mike “Sing the Praises of Lois Lane Played by Erica Durrence”

Yes, except apparently the clip we submit should be in admiring The Blur, not praising The Cur!

Battle-scarred Sciatica

Harry, you have to get yourself onto Smallville.
That would be excellent. You could mention the need for en-Durance, etc etc.
Here is a superb opportunity to stick it to her in a dastardly, sly underhanded manner. You never know, you may win. Go for it!

How did I miss the fact that Dirk Gently has been made into a show?
Probably living at the arse-end of the world doesn’t help I s’pose.
I look forward to downloading it immensely!

Capt Mike of the Terran Empire

Hey Harry. it is easy. While Prasing the Blur you can say that the storys that the Great Lois Lane Writes are true. Theres way to do it.

im surprised mooves is not running the syfy channel. same mundane mentality

Desstruxion

I’m betting that we never get to see Clark as Superman unless it’s a blurry shot or shadow on the skyline. Here’s why: If they were to show him in the traditional get up, the fans of the new mythos would be ticked off. If they were to greatly stylize a new version then the purists (the ones that aren’t already pissed) would be the ones complaining. The only way around this is to end the series as it is and piss everyone off.

Harry Ballz

21.

Aw, c’mon, Capt Mike….if I had to do a “sincere” video take where I actually praise Lois Lane, I’d probably swallow my tongue in the process!

Red Dead Ryan

Erica Durance’s Lois Lane……….Harry Ballz’ kryptonite!

Capt Mike of the Terran Empire

Ah come on Harry. That’s why it is called Acting. #23. Clark will be seen as Superman and my guess is that it will be for the next to the last Epp. For the Series Finale it will be Clark as Superman vs Doomsday.

Thorny

John Larroquette is returning to “Chuck”? Hooray!

Brilliant “Fringe” promo. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Season 4!

Harry Ballz

25+26.

How about, “I love The Blur, but who is that skank I see him with around town?”

Red Dead Ryan

28

Or maybe have The Blur “blur” out the leaden actress?

Rick

They need a new genre: Super Hero or Vampire. While I do enjoy some super hero type shows, and a vampire one on ocassion, I fail to see how these are sci fi. I mean real sci fi.

Traditional sci fi is dying. While we have Fringe, and the extremely limited release of Walking Dead, and Dr. Who the oldest sci fi series around, we are so lacking in traditional space based sci fi (and please SGU is just a soap opera pretending to be sci fi).

The 90’s were the golden age (in recent years), we had 3 Star Treks, Babylon 5, SG1, and even the non-space based sci fi was hot with X-Files … so what happened?

The beginning of the next century was still looking good till about 2005, a new Star Trek series (not as good as the old ones but it got a lot better in the 3rd 4th seasons) , Firefly, SG1 and SGA, BSG, Stat Wars movies, Clone Wars …

And now what? Certainly 2009 with Star Trek was a big boost, but what do we have to watch now? The only space based series is SGU, which IMHO does not deliver.

Back in the hey day, DS9 verse B5 was awesome!!! Even though you sided with one you still loved the other.

Sigh. No Star Wars live action series. Firefly is dead and will not return. SGA and SG1 movies are stalled. Sci Fi fans bitch about being sick of Star Trek yet seem happy with Super Heroes and Vampires.

Please bring back the 90’s.

Star Trek doesn’t have to be the Next Next Generation or even the Enterpise Mk 99. It could be Star Trek Engineers (like the book series) or Star Trek Marines or even a Star Trek Firefly / Star Wars theme about a trader ship.

Space based sci fi!!!!

sean

I think people have warm and fuzzy feelings about the original V (I did too!) but I watched it when they rebroadcast it and, phew, it really stunk, for the most part. Hammy and heavy-handed. If the new series can get rolling, storywise, it could easily surpass the original.

Interesting peek at what I imagine is Utah behind Rory in the Doctor Who behind-the-scenes video? Wonder how that will pan out. IIRC, the 9th Doctor story ‘Dalek’ took place in Utah, but you never really saw Utah.

Mike

Fringe will pick up more viewers going to Friday night. My girl friend chooses not to watch it, since Greys Anatomy and Private Practice take up it’s time slot.

Dr. Image

U.S. Being Human. P-UUUUUUUUUU!!!!
Like the U.S. Top Gear.

Ashley

I love Misfits! :D Can’t wait for the next ep, even though it’s the last of series 2.. :(

sean

#33

Exactly! Why can’t they just broadcast the UK version? It’s fantastic.

CarlG

Bubbling test tubes full of mysterious green liquid, reckless self-experimentation… ah, it does my heart good to see a proper mad scientist on TV! :)

That starship bridge Amy and Rory were on… did anyone else get sort of a Trek09 vibe from it? I mean, it even had lens flares and everything!

Brett Campbell

It’s amazing how many Dover Thrift Editions you can buy in a month when you unplug the TV and ditch the cable bill! :D

@ 11

Okay, Jake let’s look at CBS’ recent schedule. (posted below) And while I agree “The Big Bang Theory” has sci-fi themes, it’s not science fiction. Lookin at their schedule, I see crime shows, sitcoms and reality programning No science fiction shows. I’m going to guess that somebody at CBS is not a fan of science fiction programming.

CBS schedule- Where are the science fiction shows?
http://www.cbs.com/info/schedule/index.php

Hugh Hoyland

I watched “V” when it was originally aired back in the early 80’s? if I remember correctly. The pilot started out with a bang but it got pretty lame to me after a few shows and I quickly lost interest. I dont think the series lasted that much longer afterwards either. I have yet to see an episode of the new one but I may check it out just for the fact that its been on the air for a while (its at least been/was a marginal ratings success) and wasnt a complete crapper from the start.

Harry Ballz

39. Hugh Hoyland

“V…I may check it out just for the fact…..wasn’t a complete crapper from the start”

Hugh, high praise indeed! You should be a TV critic! :>)

gingerly

@30

I honestly think the tide is changing. Superheroes are becoming a tired sub-genre. Many new offerings in that vein have underperformed.

Vampires? Not so much. Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, and True Blood are all still going strong and you forget Buffy was very hot in the 90’s.

The only difference this time, is more award show and mainstream recognition.

But I do see a change happening. Lost had a good run, and producers have tried and failed several times to duplicate the formula, of a large ensemble mystery sci-fi serial.

I see noir sci-fi being hot again in the future, if The Adjustment Bureau and Source Code follow-up Inception’s success and do well.

So those are my predictions.

Also you can be sure on the heels of big screen success, a new Star Trek series is forthcoming.

gingerly

I forgot to add, that Brits are a ahead in the youth game of sci-fi, with Misfits, Being Human, Dr Who, and Merlin all having healthy followings in the US.

I do have a few theories on why that is (less-forced diversity, uncondescending portrayals of young people) but I think Hollywood will take a while to figure these things out and implement real changes, in order to catch up.

captain_neill

31

Sorry but the new V will not surpass the original V Mini Series

It can be better than the weekly series in quality but the min series was cool

Phaser Guy

Stargate SGU canceled. Finally, the dreck put out of it’s misery.

Lore

#9. TV execs are notorious for unoriginal ideas. Ever hear of a show called The Greatest American Hero? Same premise. The power was in the suit.

Bucky

Summer Glau is in the cape. Which means A) she’ll be sexy and I’ll probably watch it B) it won’t be a very long or very deep investment.

“In related news, Kai Owen, who played Gwen’s husband Rhys on ‘Torchwood’, has confirmed that she will be returning for the new season.”

Kai Owen isn’t a ‘she’: http://www.kaiowen.com

grigori

#2 John Noble ROCKS. Walter is one of the most emotionally-tugging yet LMAO characters on TV! He is, incredibly, both comic and tragic at the exact same time. Here’s hoping he’s around for awhile, and that we get back to some more Walter-centered stories again. He has much background that is still mysterious–to us as well as himself.

Trekkie

@ 2 & 48: John Noble is just awesome, someone give that man an emmy!

I thought the promo was a great idea, taking the whole ‘friday death slot’ and putting a comedic twist on it. I hope that it shows the fans that just because Fringe is moving to fridays doesn’t mean it’s going to be cancelled.

Fringe may be in its thrid season, but I think it has enough material and character exploration to last another ten :)

TBW

Sorry, I can’t think “sexy” when I see Summer Glau without feeling like I’m being touched by a 13 year old.