Sci-Fi TV Sunday: Fringe, SGU, Smallville, Sanctuary, The Clone Wars, Wonder Woman, BSG: Blood & Chrome + more

In Sci-Fi TV this week we have good news for Fringe fans, Wonder Woman getting a network pilot, new details on the next Battlestar show, possible hope for the future of Stargate Universe, and much more more including the latest television ratings, casting bites and new images and video previews.



Surprise: Fringe ratings jump in new Friday night time slot + new previews/details

Most expected "Fringe" to drop at least a little in its new Friday night timeslot, but the show surprisingly held its own and returned with stronger numbers than where it left off in its highly competitive Thursday night time slot. According to preliminary numbers, "The Firefly" drew 4.86M viewers (+3%) and a 1.9 A18-49 rating (+12%). While the show is still down for the season compared to last year’s first 10 episodes (5.06M viewers and a 1.9 rating — or -17% in both categories), this is an encouraging sign. Expectations are lower on Friday nights and if the show can remain at these levels, it really does have a legitimate shot at being renewed for a fourth season. Looking towards the future, producers Jeff Pinkner and Joel Wyman were asked by io9 whether or not they have the show’s ending mapped out. Here’s what they told the site:

We know where the show ends. And we know several of the season-long chapters that will occur along the way. Much of our storytelling has been seeded from very early on. The only real question is how many of these chapters we will be able to explore.

The two producers were also asked about the origins of fan-favorite character Walter (John Noble), in which they reveal that J.J. Abrams, Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman created the character in the pilot but that he has since grown:

Every great Mad Scientist needs a healthy dose of curiosity, boundless imagination and elevated sense of his own abilities, along with some disregard for the consequences of whatever he may be doing. Walter and Bell were also products of the late 60s, when psychedelics and other drugs were viewed as a very viable tool for mind expansion — so his LSD use, etc was a natural choice.

This week’s episode is called "Reciprocity". Here’s the synopsis:

When the Fringe Team visits Massive Dynamic’s assembly of doomsday device, Walter becomes greatly concerned for Peter’s well-being, so he turns to Nina for added brain power to understand the relationship between Peter and the superweapon. Meanwhile, the discovery of a dead body triggers an intense investigation in the all-new “Reciprocity” episode of FRINGE airing Friday, Jan. 28 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (FR-311) (TV-14 L, V)

Check out a sneak peek promo of the episode below. In other news, episode 3×13 will be called "Immortality" and you can check out the synopsis here. "Fringe" airs Friday night’s at 9PM on FOX.

Set images [more via SpoilerTV, (2)]

Sneak peek at "Reciprocity" [YouTube]

New details on the BSG prequel ‘Blood & Chrome’

Producers for the proposed prequel series "Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome" have begun the process of casting for the series. Casting calls have gone out to casting agencies and io9 recently got their hands on some of the pages which they say may come from the actual script. Here is just a small excerpt from their article [SPOILERS]:

So the arc of Blood and Chrome is the first mission for a young William Adama, a green pilot just out of training. Over the course of his first week on the job, Adama loses his innocence and discovers that things in war are more complicated than he’d believed when he signed up. The story starts at the end, with the battle-haunted William Adama looking up in a stained Colonial uniform under a tattered parka, with a "thousand yard stare," as a voiceover talks about you find out who you are in wartime, both the good parts and the bad parts… and we all get what’s coming to us.

There’s much more at io9, but here’s how the site closes their article:

The best thing I can say about Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome is that it feels like BSG. More than the BSG TV movies, more than Caprica, this feels like the gritty, intense show about real characters in impossible situations that we fell in love with. Of course, this time around, we’ll know how everything turns out in advance — but the journey may actually be pretty gods-damned compelling, judging from these pages.

NBC picks up David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman pilot

As noted in last week’s TV report, David E. Kelley hadn’t given up hope on his "Wonder Woman" project being picked up despite networks initially passing on it. Turns out his optimism was well-placed. Deadline reports that NBC has picked up the show to pilot. Here are the details as we currently have them.

The project is described as a reinvention of the iconic D.C. comic in which Wonder Woman — aka Diana Prince — is a vigilante crime fighter in L.A. but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life.

Stargate Universe update: Joseph Mallozzi says "major hurdle cleared", Still a chance it could return

Despite Syfy canceling "Stargate Universe" after weak ratings — the series had the smallest audience of any program in the "Stargate" franchise — "Stargate Universe" still has a dedicated and strong cult audience and its producers remain committed to trying to bring it back for a third season. To that effect, executive producer Joseph Mallozzi provided an update to fans via his blog and he says the latest developments have brought encouraging news [emphasis mine]:

I was in the office yesterday to watch the Day 1 Mix of The Hunt. Great stuff! Anyway, while there, I talked to Brad [Wright]. Needless to say, he’s been working hard to ensure we all get the opportunity to work with Mark in 2011. Nothing definite as of yet to report but a minor hurdle was cleared. Quite a few hurdles still lie ahead and there’s always the chance it might all be for naught – but right now, things are looking positive.

We spent a couple of hours in the late afternoon discussing the potential game plan if all goes well – and, if all DOES go well, I can assure you that it’ll be very, VERY exciting for all.

Hard to say what that means without additional information, but one would assume they may have found a way to continue the show without Syfy as its network home. Those of you interested in joining the fight to save the show can check out the Facebook group Save SGU for more information. After "Caprica", "Stargate Universe" remains the lowest-rated scripted program on the network (with an average viewership of 1.08M viewers).Unless producers find a way to continue the show elsewhere, the final half of season two will remain series-ending. They’re scheduled to debut on the network later this year.

Syfy renews Sanctuary for a fourth season

Syfy has picked up the Amanda Tapping-led sci-fi series "Santuary" for a fourth season. The network greenlit production on a 13-episode season that will begin shooting this spring in Vancouver, BC. Syfy says they are eying a premiere this fall:

Sanctuary follows brilliant scientist Dr. Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping) and her team, who use their unique combination of instinct, medicine and cutting-edge science to find and aid a clandestine population of beings that the world refuses to believe exists. The series also stars Robin Dunne as forensic psychiatrist Dr. Will Zimmerman, Agam Darshi as the quick-witted Kate Freelander, Ryan Robbins as tech wiz Henry Foss and Christopher Heyerdahl as the sinister John Druitt.

"Sanctuary", although fairly lowly rated in the key A18-49 demographic (with a 0.4 rating) had consistent numbers for its third season, averaging 1.46 million viewers with a peak of 1.79M for the season premiere (with a 0.6 A18-49 rating) and a low of 1.26M (two episodes–3×04 & 3×06). The show never fell below a 0.4 A18-49 rating and ended its third season with 1.47M viewers (+5% from the episode prior). Also positively worth noting was that the show held onto 95% of its season two audience (1.53M viewers) and was down just a touch in A18-49 rating (from a 0.5 rating to a 0.4 rating). For the season, "Sanctuary" was the network’s fourth most-watched scripted program behind "Warehouse 13" (2.46M), "Eureka" (2.33M) and "Haven" (1.85M).

Nearly 2M tune in to premiere of Syfy’s Being Human (US)

In other Syfy series news, the network got a solid start out of their adaptation of the BBC series "Being Human (US)" . The two-hour series premiere drew 1.96M viewers and a 0.8 A18-49 rating. Syfy notes that the premiere was the most-watched Syfy winter scripted premiere since 2005 and also set a record for young female viewers in the A18-49 demo. Here are a few notes from the press release (emphasis mine):

The series about a vampire, werewolf and ghost who share a Boston brownstone and the secret of their true natures, set a network record for Syfy. Of the 1 million Adults 18-49 tuning in, 58% (582,000) were women — the highest percentage of female viewers ever for a Syfy original scripted series telecast.

Overall, with repeat airings on Syfy at 10:02PM and 11:02PM on a highly competitive night, Being Human reached an unduplicated audience of 3.8 million total viewers for the series’ debut episode (1.867 million Adults 18-49 and 1.967 million Adults 25-54).

Cutting through the spin, here is how "Being Human" compares to some other recent notable series premieres on the network:

  • "Stargate Universe" — 2.35M viewers / 0.5 A18-49 rating
  • "Haven" — 2.34M viewers / 0.7 A18-49 rating
  • "Caprica" — 1.60M viewers / 0.4 A18-49 rating

"Being Human" airs Monday nights at 9PM on Syfy. Check out some promotional stills and a promo for tomorrow night’s episode below.

Promotional stills (for episodes 1-8) [Pizquita — more at Multipleverses]

Sneak peek at episode 1×02 – "There Goes the Neighborhood, Part 2" [Syfy]

Fox hopes Tim Kring has the ‘Touch’

Tim Kring, better known as the creator of the once-promising canceled NBC series "Heroes", has gotten back into the TV business. Kring’s supernatural drama pilot "Touch" has been picked up by Fox:

Touch centers on a father who discovers that his autistic, mute son can actually predict events before they happen.

As noted, "Touch" marks Kring’s first pilot script since "Heroes".

Liam Neeson to voice Qui-Gon Jinn on Cartoon Network’s ‘The Clone Wars’

The Cartoon Network series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" has cast Liam Neeson to  reprise his role as Qui-Gon Jinn in an upcoming three-episode arc beginning with the January 28 episode "Overlords". Neeson will be voicing the character in the January 28 episode and the February 11 episode. In the episodes, Qui-Gon will appear to Obi-Wan Kenobi in visions. The arc will deal with Anakin Skywalker’s destiny as the Chosen One. Some may find this casting news surprising, but Neeson told Inside TV | EW that he wanted to return because "these characters resonate…even after all these years," adding: "Growing up, my heroes were cowboys; they were strong and mysterious, and it seemed like they always rode off into the sunset. For kids today, Star Wars has that same kind of magic. I really wanted to be a part of that." "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" airs Friday nights at 8:30PM.

Smallville returns this week + Booster Gold and Blue Beetle cast + New teaser poster

With "Smallville" returning with new episodes this week, producers are filling out some remaining cast positions. First up, KryptonSite is reporting that Lucas Grabeel will guest star in the episode "Scion" (February 4). Grabeel first appeared in the season six episode "Reunion" where he polayed the role of Alexander/Young Lex. He’ll be playing an aged Lex clone in "Scion". In other casting news, "Days of Our Lives" actor Reric Martsolf will be playing Booster Gold while Jaren Brandt Bartlett has been cast to play Jaime Reyes/Blue Beetle in the 17th episode "Booster". And lastly, SpoilerTV is reporting that episode 10×18 will be called "Kent". Rounding out this week’s "Smallville" coverage, check out two interviews with star Erica Durance at Newsarama and TVLine and a synopsis for episode 10×14 – "Masquerade" here. "Smallville" returns this Friday with the episode "Collateral". Check out a promo for the episode along with more media from the series, including a new teaser poster, below.

Promotional stills for episode 10×13 – "Beacon" [more at SpoilerTV]

Another "Clark as Superman" teaser poster [SpoilerTV]

Sneak peek at episode 10×12 – "Collateral" [YouTube]

Interview with Erica Durance [E! | YouTube]

Previously on NBC Orders Supernatural Cop Pilot From Ron Moore

Veteran Star Trek writer/producer (and Battlestar Galactica re-imagineer) Ron Moore may be headed to network TV with a new genre show. NBC has announced they have picked up a pilot order for Precinct 17, a supernatural police drama written and produced by Moore.

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PREVIEW Videos & Images


Promotional stills for episode 4×13 – "Chuck vs. the Push Mix" [Zachary Levi Fan via SpoilerTV]

Promotional stills for episode 4×14 – "Chuck vs. the Seduction Impossible" [more at Zachary Levi Fan via SpoilerTV]

Promo for episode 4×12 – "Chuck vs. the Gobbler" [YouTube]

Doctor Who

Karen Gillan Radio Times photo shoot [more at Blogtor Who]

Family Guy

Shot-for-shot recreation of The Incredible Hulk TV intro [The Daily Beast]

Game of Thrones

Trailer: "The Game Begins" [HBO]

Interview with series creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss [Access Hollywood]


Sneak peek at episode 3×03 – "Goblins Gold" [Syfy]


Set images [more at Nigel Horsley | Flickr]

Promo for upcoming episodes [YouTube]

Terra Nova

Promotional still [EW via SciFi Cool]

Conceptual art [EW via SciFi Cool]

True Blood

Season four teaser trailer [HBO | YouTube]


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

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

Sneak peek at episode 2×04 "Unholy Alliance" [YouTube]

The Vampire Diaries

Promotional stills for episode 2×13 – "Daddy Issues" [more at SpoilerTV]

Promotional stills for episode 2×14 – "Crying Wolf" [SpoilerTV]

Extended promo for "Crying Wolf" [The CW | YouTube]

Interview with Ian Somerhalder [Cambio via SpoilerTV]

Watch additional interviews with the cast: Candice Accola | Nina Dobrev | Katerina Graham | Paul Wesley


  • Joss Whedon teases what’s ahead for the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" comic book series (season nine). [Whedonesque]
  • A video game adaptation of "The Walking Dead" may be on the way. [1Up]
  • "Red Dwarf" star Robert Llewellyn may have inadvertently revealed that a new season of the British sci-fi series is on the way: "So, the thing is, the whole point was that I was told not to say anything. Doug told me, face to face, ‘don’t tweet this bobby. Not yet." Llewellyn goes on to say that new episodes could hit TV screens in 2012. [Robert Llewellyn via]
  • "Chuck" co-creator Chris Fedak is hopeful that we’ll see a fifth season of the NBC dramedy: "I don’t use the word confident ever in my vocabulary. Television is a weird world. But we’re excited to consider the idea of actually doing a fifth season. That’s big news. That’s exciting to us."… [Give Me My Remote]
  • …Looks like Ellie and Devon’s baby will be delivered in the January 31 episode, "Chuck vs. the Push Mix". []
  • Episode 6×17 of "Supernatural" will reportedly be called "Gallows Pole". According to reports, the episode will be set in 1861 and will feature a female angel named Rachel who is loyal to Cass and the cause. [SpoilerTV]
  • Ratings for the new season of V" have only been so-so, but producer Steve Pearlman assures fans that the show still has a chance at being renewed for a third season…as long as we continue to watch: "YOU HAVE TO WATCH IT! TUES @ 9PM. You can make a difference!". [via SpoilerTV]
  • "The Event" star Blair Underwood says there will be no more "confusing" flashbacks when the show returns with new episodes beginning on February 28: "We had been jumping around a lot and doing flashbacks and that was confusing to people…So when we come back, that device is done with! We are now telling the story straight through so people can track it and follow it easier." [Inside TV | EW]
  • Here are the titles for episodes 6×14-6×18 of "Supernatural": "Mannequin 3: The Reckoning"; "The French Mistake"; "…And Then There Were None"; "Trailer of the Dead" and "Your Time Is Gonna Come". [KSiteTV]
  • The seventh season/series finale of "Medium" experienced a solid increase in the ratings Friday night, drawing 7.77M viewers and a 1.6 A18-49 rating according to preliminary ratings. If the numbers hold, the episode was up 18% in viewers and 19% in A18-49 rating over season average before this episode (6.56M / 1.3 A18-49 rating). [PIFeedback]
  • There’s a report that The CW will renew "The Vampire Diaries" for a third season. That wouldn’t be the least bit surprising. The show is BY FAR the network’s most-watched and most buzz-worthy program and has fared well in relation to its ratings from last year (3.41M viewers / 1.6 A18-49 rating vs. 3.66M viewers and a 1.7 A18-49 rating in its premiere year last season)… [The Voice of TV via SpoilerTV]
  • …Check out interviews with "The Vampire Diaries" castmembers Nina Dobrev and Candice Accola here and here plus two more interviews with co-creator/executive producer Julie Plec here and here and an interview with fellow co-creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson here. [via SpoilerTV]
  • "Torchwood: Miracle Day" is now through their second week of filming in the United States. Check out a great round-up of the latest news over at Doctor Who News Page.
  • The five-episode January 4, 2011 burn-off/marathon event (6PM-11PM) of "Caprica" averaged just 660,000 viewers and a 0.2 A18-49 rating for Syfy. Among those episodes was a series-low producing result for "Blowback", the first episode of the marathon (528,000 viewers and a 0.2 A18-49 rating), but the series finale "Apotheosis" at 10PM perked up slightly to 782,000 viewers and a 0.3 A18-49 rating. Overall, the 18-episode season averaged a dismal 966,000 viewers and a 0.4 A18-49 rating. "Caprica" was the lowest-rated scripted drama on the network last season. [PIFeedback]

Episode descriptions/synopses

  • "Supernatural" – 6×14 – "Mannequin 3: The Reckoning". [SpoilerTV]
  • "Chuck" – 4×13 – "Chuck vs. the Push Mix". []
  • "Chuck" – 4×14 – "Chuck vs. the Seduction Impossible". []
  • "Being Human (UK)" – 3×03 – "Type 4". [SpoilerTV]
  • "The Vampire Diaries" – 2×14 – "Crying Wolf". [SpoilerTV]
  • "Human Target" – 2×12 – "The Trouble With Harry". [SpoilerTV]
  • "No Ordinary Family" – 1×15 – "No Ordinary Powell". [SpoilerTV]
  • "The Cape" – 1×05 – "Dice". [CapeSite]


  • Starz has selected Australian film and TV star Liam McIntyre to play the title role in the second season of the hit original series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand". [Starz via YourEntNow]
  • Lauren Ambrose has joined the cast of "Torchwood: Miracle Day", the upcoming fourth season of the "Doctor Who" spinoff. Ambrose will appear in 7 of the 10 episodes playing Jilly Kitzinger, "a sweet-talking PR genius with a heart of stone who’s just cornered the most important client of her career … and maybe of all time." [InsideTV | EW]
  • Lauren Cohan will play Vivian, "a beautiful, charming and sophisticated socialite who is currently enrolled at Oxford studying history. She is the daughter of a criminal mastermind," in an upcoming multi-episode arc on "Chuck"… [TVLine]
  • …Also cast in the show is Robin Givens. Givens will play "a powerful and controlling agency bigwig who makes an intriguing offer to Casey (Adam Baldwin)." Both characters will debut in March. [TVLine]
  • Former "Battlestar Galactica" star Tricia Helfer has revealed that she’ll appear on an upcoming episode of the new ABC series "No Ordinary Family"… [Tricia Helfer | Twitter]
  • …Meanwhile, Eric Balfour has signed on to play "a death row inmate named Marcus Winnick". His character will appear in two episodes that are expected to air in March.[TV Guide]
  • "The Cape" is getting two new villains. Michael Irby and Romeo Miller will play Pokerface and Lil’ Z, respectively. Pokerface is a "high-level associate of Scales (Vinnie Jones)" and described as "a ghoulish-looking thug dressed in a suit whose face is frozen in an expression of glum murderousness". Miller meanwhile will play "a baby [gangster] and a mean, smack-talking chatterbox." [TVLine]
  • Samatha Ferris has confirmed that she’ll be returning to reprise her role as Ellen on "Supernatural". [Samantha Harris | Twitter via SpoilerTV]
  • Roger Bart is joining the cast of "The Event". He’ll play the White House Chief of Staff to Blair Underwood’s character (President Elias Martinez). [Inside TV | EW]

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

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All I can say is that Wonder Woman sounds like it’s going to suck!

Excited that Fringe ratings were up, but there wasn’t any competition really so I’m more interested/nervous to see what Reciprocity’s numbers will be.

Yay for Sanctuary being renewed (just discovered the show a month ago and I’m completely in love) but I was hoping for more than 13 eps. But don’t look a gift horse I suppose!

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Wow! A special Erica Durance interview for Harry Ballz! ;)

I”m not sure why we should be excited about Blood & Chrome. It’s just BSG all over again, but ‘less challenging’. At least Caprica had something unique going for it. Stupid Syfy.

okey…..somebody’s excited about the new BATTLESTAR prequal

Great news about Fringe!!!

Terra Nova concept art looks like a nod to the show “Time Tunnel”.

*in the mouth. Forgot to add that part. *facepalm*

The Superman shadow on the Smallville poster looks like Brandon Routh’s promotional pose on Superman Returns.

Blood & Chrome seems like they are running back to the safety of the more action oriented BSG. Smart from a ratings sense but the description of the show’s premise sounds like its going to tread ground that was already covered by the original. Part of me thinks, “why bother?” other than to cash in on the premise. Hopefully Blood & Chrome brings something new to the table but so far this smells like a reheated rehash.

Fringe returned on the new night with one of the worst episodes ever. Am a big fan of the show, but if they throw more stinkeroos out as bad as “The Firefly”, I won’t mind it getting canceled very much.

@11… I thought “The Firefly” was great! Olivia and Peter moving a bit closer together again, The Observers, and some serious foreboding that Walter is going to have to risk Peter’s life soon. What’s not to love?

Eric Balfour is joining “No Ordinary Family”. Anybody who’s interested in that show better start watching. Every show Balfour joins gets canned not long after! Can’t believe nobody seems to get the message that some actors are just bad for business!

Great to hear that Liam Neeson will reprise his role as Qui Gonn Jinn. But wait……didn’t Obi Wan Kenobi have no idea how to communicate with his late master? He seemed to have forgotten about him. He seemed surprised that Qui Gonn returned to communicate with Yoda during the events of “Revenge Of The Sith”. “The Clone Wars” takes place a couple of years prior. Oh well. Can’t wait to find out. Liam Neeson was one of the few good things about “The Phantom Menace”.

This Clone Wars stuff is getting old. Time for a SW reboot similar to BSG. Make it dark and gritty…..and Luke a chick this time.

Karen Gillan is so cute

I dream of the day when I can read “Sci-Fi TV Sunday” and read that HBO or even FX (gasp) is excited to announce the return of FIREFLY!

Sadly, that’ll never happen.

Clone Wars is great as is. Jeeze, why does everything have to be Dark and Gritty? Thats whats getting old!

I hope that Blood and Chrome turns out a lot better than Caprica did. That show felt nothing like BSG and I liked it less the more I watched.

Ok. Someone look after Harry. he may be having Major fit that Erica was being Interviewed. Love the Teaser of Smallville. Look at the Shadow of Clark and it is him with the Cape. Kool. Hope that SGU can make it. Maybe in Syndication. like that Liam Neeson will be in Clone Wars. Wonder Woman Staring Erica Durance. lol. Harry would commit him self to the Mental Ward.

Ugh, the last thing we need is more Battlestar Galactica. Haven’t we had enough of sex-obsessed soap opera in space? That poorly-conceived, juvenile, sexist franchise needs to die. SyFy, spend your money on something more worthwhile, like a revival of Firefly.

Excited about Tera Nova! Looks like it should be for some good scifi.

Predict SGU will be back as an animated adventure, but with South Park style graphics because with the low ratings they won’t be able to afford anything more than that.

I’ve ordered my copies of Caprica, Seasons 1 & 1.5, and looking forward to Blood & Chrome, even though I was quite taken with Caprica’s drama to action ratio.

SGU: Yes, I want more, but never mind SyFy — that abattoir full of retarded children (to take a quote from Watchmen completely out of context) — and take it to a serious, legitimate network.

I’m going with #16 — I want Sci-Fi on HBO, Showtime, or FX — with hard, gritty, serious writing and talented acting. Can you imagine Dexter-like or True-Blood-like, or even Damages-like material for a Sci-Fi concept? Heck, even Lie to Me-quality material would blow everything else away.

Right now, the best I can look forward to is more Persons Unknown, and that doesn’t quite cut it.

I’ll be stunned if anything comes of Stargate Universe, but pleasantly stunned.

@17 brilliant observation!

Regarding big Liam returning to SW… I wonder if george will add the dialogue he wanted neeson to VoiceOver to the Sith BDs?

I tried to watch “StarGate Universe”, but got tired of those ghetto trash talking soldiers, or whatever.

I don´t even remember the ship, of the fancy beginning. I just rejected the image of those bullies on my screen.

So “Stargate” was deleted. No second thoughts about it.

When BSG devolved into all the spiritual stuff with Kara Thrace, the Eye of Jupiter, etc., I stopped watching. I did catch the series finale (the ships headed for the sun with the original BSG music in the BG was eye-watering), although the last ten minutes or so seemed to drag on.

Caprica was never enticing for me. I just didn’t see the point of making a soap opera and staging it on another planet 150,000 years ago. “Blood and Chrome” sounds intriguing, but only as a miniseries, not as a full-blooded 22-episode show.

They’re doing the same thing to BSG that they did to ST:TNG – bleeding it dry.

I was half kidding #17 but I would like to see something in SW besides a prequel. I wanna know what happens after ROTJ. Show us something new.

#20 I’m looking forward to more BSG but you’re right about one thing…….BRING BACK FIREFLY!!!!!!!

The American Being Human is a PALE imitation of the original, with irritating characters. It’s a travesty that it’s being done at all. Oh yes- I forgot about the prime motivator- GREED.

I too am growing tired of the Star Wars prequel era. I hope the next series or movie focuses on the time between Sith and New Hope—perhaps (hint, hint) the adventures of a certain “scruffy-looking” space captain and his “walking carpet” of a sidekick.

Animated or live-action—I don’t care either way. Just bring back Solo!



Saw the last episode of “Caprica” on DVD. I’m sure that they got such low ratings when they were broadcast because no one knew they were even being aired. When will suits learn that a lot of shows start to get awful ratings when the network fraks with the broadcast schedule?? SyFy… guess we’re stuck with wrestling instead of good shows…

I acually think Wonder Woman might be kinda good…though more of, how do I say, a “chick flick” than a serious action movie. I don’t know.

I’ve noticed a pretty solid pattern: whenever a genre series devotes any substantial amount of screen time to the relationships between its characters, some people will dismiss it as a “soap opera.” Plenty of people smarter than I have said that one of the missions of science fiction is to explore the human condition from another angle than everyday life. Love, hatred, friendship, jealousy–all big parts of that condition. Why complain every time they’re made part of the story?

The still-largely-hypothetical live-action SW series will take place between the trilogies, although I wouldn’t hold my breath on it ever featuring Han Solo. It is supposed to have a big role for Boba Fett and focus on those parts of the SW universe we haven’t seen so much of in the movies or in TCW. “Seedy underbelly” is probably going a bit far, but that’s the vibe I’ve been getting.

Blood and Chrome sounds like it could be good. It would still need that tense gritty quality that made bsg so successful but so long as they keep some of the old crew (even without Mr Moore) it should retain that.

It’s kind of bizarre though that SGU which has those exact same qualities could be canceled, just when the show had started to get entertaining.

@35: Maybe because they really have no clear clue about what science fiction really is.

Maybe they forgot that at its best, STAR TREK was about the _characters_, not only about beauty shots of the Enterprise. The same can be said about the new GALACTICA, and even CAPRICA.

Harlan Ellison once said that he writes stories that “holds up the mirror to life and turns it slightly, so you see things from a different angle.” Pretty much sums up what SF should be best at.

@1: How do you know this? Did you read the script? Did you go into the future and see an episode? Are you psychic?

Why not just wait for one f@*#&ng episode to come on and watch that before you decide to slam it? C’mon man, this isn’t the talkback of Ain’t It Cool News–people actually think and write smart stuff here!


Oh, OK, I didnt mean to snap at you over your comment. its just that, after 10 years of hearing nothing but negative hate towards StarWars, which I love. I would like to see the Clone Wars get a little love, as i feel it deserves it. And, for a kids cartoon, it actually can be pretty dark and gritty at times. Even more so than the movies. The last three Nightsisters episodes are a good example.


I agree. Star Wars: The Clone Wars is a great show. I don’t think I even realized how big of a Star Wars fan I really am until I noticed myself looking forward to The Clone Wars every Saturday night. The Nightsisters trilogy was among the best episodes this season.

Yeah! Qui Gon Jinn is back! My favorite of the SW characters (which pretty much guarenteed he got offed in TPM… that’s what tends to happen to characters I like…)

Unfortunately, I don’t get cable…so… have to figure out a way to butter up my friends and get myself invited over for dinner and a cartoon. :D

I couldn’t make it through 20 minutes of the premiere for The Crap…oops…I meant Cape! Yawn-fest, derivative, and unintentionally camp-y!

Human Target continues its soulless second season with a slide in the ratings…no surprise…
The only good news out of that is that Bear McCreary is available for BSG: Blood & Chrome!!!!!! So Say We All!

So if the new Hulk tv series isn’t launching until AFTER the 2012 Avengers movie…why did they press release it in 2010???


They should make Erica Durance the new Wonder Woman! That way she can jump into her invisible plane and disappear forever into the Bermuda Triangle!

Why couldn’t BSG Blood & Chrome be about another soldier?

Can we really invest in a character during wartime, if we know he eventually does survive???

Good point 43.

Game of Thrones = Win. I hope HBO can keep it up for more than 2 years.

I just finished watching “Caprica.” Left me confused about the connection between Zoe and the Final Five.

Love Fringe, hope it survives the Friday night death knell so common to most shows other than X-Files! Enjoying Human Target. Sanctuary is okay. Caprica ended just as it got interesting, the same will likely happen to Stargate Universe! Will likely check out Blood & Chrome but am not all that excited about it nor optimistic that it will last. Love the British Being Human, the American version seems okay and will likely veer off in new directions much like Queer as Folk did when it crossed borders! Love Spartacus… so sad about Andy Whitfield, I hope Liam MacIntyre is convincing in the role?! Am totally stoked for a new Wonder Woman series but hope David E. Kelly stays true to her Greek Amazon heritage and that she retains the Classic costume/look! The Cape doesn’t seem too bad so far. Looking forward to the return of The Event… why is it people have difficulty with shows like this that jump around in time like Flashforward, another series I enjoyed while it was on??? The British Sherlock is very good… the Brits are great with shows like Being Human, Sherlock, Doctor Who, & Misfits. Can’t wait to see who is cast to play the other 2 Angels in the Charlie’s Angels remake ( Annie Ilonzeh 1st Angel cast along with Robert Wagner as Charlie!!!!!!). True Blood is great fun! As much as I enjoy all of the above, TV is not the same without a weekly Star Trek series, nothing can compare! In the meantime, until this happens I will faithfully watch the new ” V ” series which is getting better all the time, I absolutely love Jane Badler as the New Diana as much as I loved the Old Diana!!!! Long live ” V ” !!!

What show should I start watching next? “Fringe” or “Smallville”?

Anybody think that Amy Pond becomes River Song in the future???? After all they are both GINGERS! and the future husband Doctor will be a GINGER too!!

In the comic books, the Greek gods love Princess Diana. It’s apparent that many other more mundane pantheons do not. I have loved Wonder Woman for years (Thank you, Lynda Carter). For some reason, people feel compelled to change her into something that she is not. Does the above blurb not sound dreadfully like some pathetic ovaried Batman? And just to reference the Smallville phenomenon, I’m not going to wait a decade or more to see her wear that outfit. If the concept remains As Is, I predict they order 13 episodes; they air six and we have to watch the rest of the show when the DVD’s are released. It really just makes me sick. For gods’ sakes, just make one GOOD movie and be done with it.