In Sci-Fi TV this week we learn more about Leonard Nimoy’s return to Fringe, hear from Brannon Braga about his time-travel series Terra Nova, find out how the SGU writers hope to wrap it up post cancellation, get some True Blood spoilers, get more Wonder Woman casting, and catch up with all the rest of your genre faves. All that plus latest television ratings, casting bites and new images and video previews.
GENRE TV NEWS
With third season off the table, SGU writers looking to wrap series through TV movies
Although a third season of the canceled Syfy series "Stargate Universe" is now off the table, executive producer Joseph Mallozzi says discussions continue behind the scenes with MGM continue and he has revealed that they hope to wrap the series through TV movies and a decision could be had by the end of the season/series finale:
"Hopefully, by the time its airs, we’ll have definite word on a potential movie or two. If it’s a go and fans can look forward to a proper end to Destiny’s mission, then Gauntlet will certainly set the stage for a grand conclusion. If, on the other hand, things don’t pan out and Gauntlet does turn out to be the bittersweet finale, fans will be thrilled, touched, heartbroken – and left to wonder what could have been."
In ratings news, the show premiered on its new night this past Monday with no change. "Deliverance" drew 1.04M viewers (-5%) and a 0.5 A18-49 rating (nc). The season average is now down to 1.07M viewers and a 0.5 A18-49 rating. To put those numbers in perspective, through the first 11 weeks of last season, the show averaged 1.88M viewers and a 0.8 A18-49 rating. On the plus side despite dropping from its lead-in "Being Human (US)" among viewers (from 1.46M) it held steady in A18-49 rating.
Promotional stills for episode 2×12 – "Twin Destinies" [more at SpoilerTV]
Promo for "Twin Destinies" [YouTube]
Sneak peek at "Twin Destinies" [Syfy]
Leonard Nimoy confirms return to Fringe
"Coming to Fringe. William’s bell rings soon. LLAP"
On that note, executive producer Jeff Pinkner discussed the actor’s return to the show in an interview featured in ESPN: The Magazine’s Fiction issue [via PopWatch | New York Post]:
W: Is that desire to continually challenge the actors behind the March 18 return of William Bell through Olivia?
Jeff: The idea came from still having story to tell for the character. One of the themes of our show is balance and harmony and the idea that there are two sides to everything. That’s a seed we planted in season one – William & Walter are Lennon & McCartney. They bring out the best in one another and are not complete without the other.
In terms of the show’s still-in-doubt future, Pinkner says he still believes the show has "six to eight seasons worth of material":
We see it as having certain chapters that would enrich the overall story, but aren’t necessary to tell the overall story. God willing the network allows us the time to tell our complete story.
"Fringe" returns tomorrow night with the episode "Os", which features a guest apperance by Jorge Garcia ("Lost").
First look at guest star Jorge Garcia in episode 3×16 – "Os" [InsideTV | EW]
More promotional stills from "Os" [more at Daemon’s TV]
Promotional stills from episode 3×17 – "Stowaway" [more at SpoilerTV]
Promo for "Os" [YouTube]
Brannon Braga talks Terra Nova
"Terra Nova" showrunner Brannon Braga has revealed some new details about the upcoming prehistoric time travel series which previews this May on Fox [SFX]:
"Without giving too much away, there will be connections to the future that are very mysterious and ongoing but only as they relate to our characters. We won’t do standalone stories in the future, but the future will play a part in this series,” says Braga.
Braga also highlighted the look and feel of the show, describing it as "unlike anything people have seen before":
"[I]t’s a fascinating conglomeration of futuristic technology in the distant past. The colonists bring with them medical technology, sonic weapons and non-lethal weapons to battle dinosaurs because they don’t want to kill anything unless they have to so as not to rape the landscape. The look of these technologies in a prehistoric setting is pretty cool, but having said that they don’t have all the luxuries."
The two-night series preview will air Monday, May 23 and Tuesday, May 24, before it joins the network’s fall lineup.
New promo (features our first look at the Dinosaurs) [YouTube | Fox]
BBC America sets Doctor Who season six premiere: April 23
The sixth season of "Doctor Who" will premiere on BBC America on Saturday, April 23 at 9:00PM:
Doctor Who is coming to America in a spectacular two-part season premiere on BBC AMERICA. Part One premieres Saturday, April 23 at 9/8c. The mysterious time traveler, the Doctor (Matt Smith), and his companions Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill), find themselves on a secret summons that takes them on an adventure from the desert in Utah – right to the Oval Office in 1969. More details will be revealed in the coming weeks about this two-parter penned by ‘Who supremo’ Steven Moffat (Sherlock) and featuring guest star Mark Sheppard (Supernatural, Battlestar Galactica). Also set to return this season, Alex Kingston (ER, Flash Forward), as the irrepressible River Song.
BBC still hasn’t announced a date for the UK premiere, but previous reports have indicated that it will premiere over the Easter weekend, which likely means season six premiere on the same date in both the US and UK. In other news, Steven Moffat teases what’s ahead for two mini-episodes of "Doctor Who" that will air on Red Nose Day on March 18 [SFX]:
"Very, very small episodes – maybe eight minutes in total, so that’s around four minutes each. It’s not a spoof. It’s in the style of the ones that we’ve done for Children In Need…One’s called ‘Space’ and one’s called ‘Time’, so they’re Space & Time. And there’s a moment with two Amy Ponds in it. If you’re a red-blooded male surely that’s enough! You’ve got Amy Pond flirting with herself."
Set images [more at Wales Online]
Radio 1 interview with Matt Smith [YouTube]
Michael Rosenbaum credits fans for his return to Smallville
Michael Rosenbaum will be returning for the series finale of "Smallville" and the actor says that while he would have preferred to leave the series in his past, he had to return… for the fans:
"I just felt like it was the right thing to do. I felt the fans created the show, and they followed me at such a level that I couldn’t say no. … I felt after 160 episodes, that was it. But the fans didn’t think so. I’m doing it for them."
Rosenbaum made the comments to his hometown paper, the Evansville Courier & Press. Click here to read the complete interview. In other casting news, despite the February 25 episode "Fortune" being the fifth of five scheduled episodes for Allison Mack, the actress reportedly filmed a scene for the finale that will be part of the show’s send-off. In other news, The CW is planning a "10 years in one night" special that will air in early April [via SpoilerTV]. "Smallville" airs Friday night’s at 8PM on The CW.
Promo for episode 10×17 – "Kent" [YouTube]
HBO’s Game of Thrones to get early preview
The series premiere of the HBO series "Game of Thrones" is still scheduled to debut on Sunday, April 17, but HBO has announced a special 15-minute sneak peek of the first episode for April 3:
HBO will present – for the first time – a sneak peek of the first 15 minutes of the first episode of a new series when GAME OF THRONES EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW debuts SUNDAY, APRIL 3 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Following this one-time-only play, GAME OF THRONES EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW will be available immediately on hbo.com and HBO Go, and will be available on HBO On Demand beginning Monday, April 4.
In other news, George R.R. Martin has revealed that the latest book in his bestselling "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, "A Dance With Dragons", is scheduled to be published by Bantam on July 12, 2011.
Official poster [via ComingSoon.net]
New trailer [HBO | YouTube]
Featurette: "Invitation To Westeros" [HBO | YouTube]
Robert Kirkman talks The Walking Dead season two + Fall premiere likely
Turns out we won’t be getting the second season of "The Walking Dead" early after all. There had been reports that AMC was considering premiering the show this summer, but a newly launched website from the network — http://www.amcdead.com/ — says the show will return in the fall, making another Halloween premiere date likely and bringing an end to any realistic hope of an earlier premiere date.
Meanwhile, here are some highlights from the Paleyfest 2011 panel on the show (courtesy Dread Central):
- Darabont and Kirkman have been in the writers’ room for one week getting started on Season Two.
- Darabont clarified they are working on what to do next with Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker), Morgan (Lennie James), and his son Duane (Adrian Kali Turner).
- Merle will NOT be the governor. That’s just too obvious.
- Darabont wants Season Two to pick up immediately after Season One left off. He hates huge time jumps and wants his characters to be caught up in their current emotional state, reacting to what had just happened. He mentioned they’re on "puberty watch" for Chandler Riggs, who plays Rick and Lori’s son, Carl, as time passage may be a problem. They could always do the one year later thing once he actually begins to age. Unlike "LOST", they’re not bound to the same time rules.
In an interview with TV Guide, creator Robert Kirkman discussed what’s in store for the second season:
"There’s definitely going to be some new blood — some new victims for the zombies, if you will," Kirkman says. "It’s important to me that there are these X-factor things thrown in where people that are familiar with the comic book don’t really know where things are going to go. I want to keep people guessing as much as possible, and having new characters … definitely adds to that."
Check out another interview with Kirkman here. Filming on the second season is expected to begin in May. "The Walking Dead: Season One" is currently available for purchase on DVD and Blu-ray.
Highlights from the True Blood Paleyfest 2011 panel
For fans of "True Blood", this following revelation from "True Blood" creator Alan Ball about the Bill/Sookie relationship shouldn’t come as much of a surprise:
“It is hard not to think of them as soul mates when they are in real life,” said Ball. “[But Bill’s] betrayal [of Sookie] is so deep that I don’t think she sees a way back from that. That’s why we need 17 seasons.” Sookie’s desire to find comfort in Alcide was mentioned as a possibility although Manganiello reminded us that his character’s ex “Debbie is still at large.”
Although Anna Paquin (Sookie) doesn’t want to rule out a reconcilliation between the two characters, Ball says he certainly doesn’t expect Sookie to "forgive" Bill anytime soon: “I wouldn’t use the word forgive. I think things thaw a bit between them, but I would hesitate to use the word forgive. That’s a very strong word,” he said.
Here are some updates about to what to expect from some of the show’s other characters [via TV Guide]:
Anna Paquin says she’s learned a few things, just not how to control her "microwave fingers." Says the actress: "I believe that’s the technical term for them … and no, she doesn’t have control, but she’s still new to all this fairy stuff." At the same time, "we will see what she learned from tempering the way she goes about looking for independence."
"He messed with the wrong people," Alexander Skarsgard says. When next we meet Eric, he’s "definitely not stable." And it gets worse, too. "He doesn’t know who he is anymore … Eric needs help." Help from Sookie? Not exactly. "There are a lot of friendly people in Bon Temps kind enough to help," the actor continues. But the bottom line is Eric is a changed man. "The powerful character he was is just gone. He’s the polar opposite of who he used to be. He’s just completely lost … and very vulnerable," the actor says.
"We’ll see a new Tara," Rutina Wesley says. She’s "a lot more stable." (It’s about time! We want tough Tara back!) "She may find some happiness, but just for a bit … You’ll find out early on where she’s been."
And here are some additional highlights from the Paleyfest panel:
- The witches will be introduced this season through a coven of Wiccans, but Ball says they won’t be "bringers of evil". [TV Guide]
- Russell Edington isn’t dead yet: "We specifically made the choice not to kill him," says Ball. "I don’t know when but there are definitely plans to bring him back. He is gonna be pissed." [Inside TV | EW]
- Allan Hyde will reprise his role as Godric, but he’s be seen through flashbacks and/or dreams. [TV Line]
Elizabeth Hurley to play villain in NBC’s Wonder Woman pilot + Lynda Carter weighs in on Palicki casting
Elizabeth Hurley announced via her Twitter feed that she has been cast as a villain in David E. Kelley’s NBC pilot "Wonder Woman":
"Thrilled to be doing the NBC pilot Wonder Woman. I’ll be playing the evil villain. Can’t wait."
According to TV Line, a few things need to be worked out, but the British actress/model will be playing Veronica Cale. The role is technically a guest-spot but if the show gets picked up to series it’ll likely evolve into a recurring part. In other casting news, Inside TV | EW is reporting that Cary Elwes has joined the cast of the show has the CEO of Themyscira Industries — Diana company. EW notes the character "could eventually serve as the heroine’s romantic interest." Also joining the cast will be Tracie Thoms, playing the regular role of Diana’s personal assistant, Etta and Pedro Pascal, who will play a liaison to the police department. "Wonder Woman" stars Adrianne Palicki in the title role, a casting which has garnered positive approval from TV’s previous Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter:
"She’s a good actress and she’s beautiful,” Carter adds, “and I hope she kicks butt."
Carter added that she hasn’t offered the actress advice for the role, but would give it if asked: "If she wants to talk to me, that would be a whole different thing."
The Walking Dead leads TV with 6 Saturn Awards 2011 nominations
"The Walking Dead" has been nominated for 6 Saturn Awards including Best Television Presentation, Best Actor in Television (Andrew Lincoln), Best Actress in Television (Sarah Wayne Callies), Best Supporting Actor in Television (Steven Yeun), Best Supporting Actress in Television (Laurie Holden) and Best Guest Starring Role in Television (Noah Emmerich). "Lost" and "Fringe" followed in a three-way tie for second place — along with AMC’s "Breaking Bad" — with five nominations a piece.
The Best Network Series nominees are "Fringe" (Fox), "Lost" (ABC), "Smallville" (CW), "Supernatural" (CW), "V" (ABC) and "The Vampire Diaries" (CW). Click over to the official website for the complete list of nominations.
No chance at Firefly reboot
A few weeks ago Nathan Fillion jokingly offerred to buy the rights to "Firefly": "If I got $300 million from the California Lottery, the first thing I would do is buy the rights to Firefly, make it on my own, and distribute it on the Internet." Almost immediately, fans of the canceled 2002 series took note and began to organize on Twitter and Facebook. Before we knew it, HelpNathanBuyFirefly.com was born. It quickly attracted nearly 12,000 "pledges" worth more than $1M and the Facebook page has grown to over 113,000 fans. But as support escalated, writer/Joss Whedon’s sister-in-law Maurissa Tancharoen tweeted the following message against the movement:
"Guys, no one in the Whedonverse is in support of www.helpnathanbuyfirefly.com. Please save your money!"
Tancharoen later tweeted an extended message:
"I appreciate the support. I think what some people don’t understand is – by "no one in the Whedonverse is in support of HNBF" I meant that no one is officially involved in any capacity. This is a pure fan movement. There just needed to be clarification. There were many questions coming my way so I finally answered. I wasn’t trying to bash dreams, by all means come together and show your love for Firefly. But when money is involved (and pledges are meant to become real $ at some point, yes?) things get tricky… I wasn’t going to say anything else on the subject as I didn’t want to further fuel the already out of control fire, but unkind things have been said. And honestly, I’m afraid that I’ve grown afraid of the internet. Still got mad love for the Browncoats. Over and out for a bit…"
The result? The website has closed:
According to Joss’s sister-in-law, no one from the Whedon clan endorses the idea of a fan-funded organization trying to help. So, that’s a wrap. We’ll keep the site open as a memory for a bit and if any Whedons need to reach us, hit the button…
…Although the Facebook page remains open. Don’t forget you can still catch all 14 episodes of "Firefly" in HD Sunday nights at 10PM on The Science Channel.
PREVIEW Videos & Images
Being Human (US)
Promotional stills for episode 1×09 – "I Want You Back (from The Dead)" [more at Daemon’s TV]
Rollercoaster at Universal Studio’s Singapore [Bloomberg]
Promo for episode 4×18 – "Chuck vs. The A-Team" [YouTube]
Featurette: "Enter the White House" [YouTube]
Promo for episode 1×13 – "Turnabout" [YouTube]
Promotional cast images [more at SpoilerTV]
New trailer [YouTube]
Watc more previews via Daemon’s TV here
Promotional stills for episode 1×08 (season finale) [more at Den of Geek]
Promotional stills from episode 3×11 – "Pax Romana" [more at Dameon’s TV]
Promotional stills from episode 3×12 – "Hangover" [more at SpoilerTV]
Promotional stills for episode 2×10 (season finale/possible series finale) – "Mother’s Day" [more at SpoilerTV]
Promo for "Mother’s Day" [YouTube]
The Vampire Diaries
Promo for episode 2×17 – "Know Thy Enemy" [YouTube]
- Syfy has picked up re-run rights for all 31 episodes of the short-lived Fox series "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles". The premiere will take place Thursday, April 7 at 9PM with the movie "Terminator 3" serving as its lead-in. Following episodes will air Thursday’s from 7-11PM. [Inside TV | EW]
- Sorry "The Cape" fans, but NBC has announced that the final episode of the low-rated sci-fi drama will only be available online: "Flash: The creators of The Cape are prepping an exclusive episode just for online fans! Keep watching this site in the days ahead to see a full-length special episode." [NBC]
- Episode 4×21 of "Chuck" will be called "Chuck vs. The Wedding Planner". [SpoilerTV]
- Catch up with the last two weeks of filming for "Torchwood: Miracle Day" over at Doctor Who News Page here and here.
- Episode 3×18 of "Fringe" will be called "Bloodline". [SpoilerTV]
- A 96-rated comic of "Amazing Fantasy #15", the first appearance of Spider-Man, sold for $1.1 million. [Bleeding Cool]
- Production on the second season of "Haven" is scheduled to begin on March 25, 2011. [Sam Ernst | Twitter]
- TNT has set a June 19, 2011 date for the premiere of the Steven Spielberg-produced sci-fi series "Falling Skies". The two-hour premiere will be followed by weekly Sunday installments at 10PM. [Variety]
- Morena Baccarin confirmed that there will be three deaths in the upcoming season two finale of "V": "It’s crazy. Totally nuts. And it’s really heartbreaking. I cried when I saw it."… [TV Line]
- … "V" showrunner Scott Rosenbuam also recently tweeted that we’ll see a fully revealed "V" in the finale. [Scott Rosenbaum | Twitter]
- After an extended hiatus, "The Event" was down a steep 26% in adults 18-49 for its two-episode return ‘event’ this past Monday (from a 1.9 A18-49 ratinng to a 1.4 A18-49 rating). Among viewers the show was down a less severe 10% (from 5.83M to 5.23M).
- "Chuck" – 4×18 – "Chuck vs. the A-Team". [SpoilerTV]
- "Chuck" – 4×19 – "Chuck vs. the Muuurder". [SpoilerTV]
- "Fringe" – 3×17 – "Stowaya". [SpoilerTV]
- "Being Human (UK)" – 3×08 – "The Wolf-Shaped Bullet". [SpoilerTV]
- "No Ordinary Family" – 1×18 – "No Ordinary Animal". [SpoilerTV]
- "The Event" – 1×14 – "A Message Back". [SpoilerTV]
- "The Event" – 1×15 – "Face Off". [SpoilerTV]
- James Corden will reprise his role as the character Craig Owens in the sixth season of "Doctor Who". [BBC]
- Mark Sheppard will guest star on episode 20 – "The Man Who Would Be King" — of "Supernatural". [via SpoilerTV]
- Kiefer Sutherland has been cast to play the lead in Tim Kring’s ("Heroes") upcoming drama pilot "Touch". [Deadline]
- Katee Sackhoff will voice a character in an upcoming episode of the Cartoon Network series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars". [Katee Sackhoff | Twitter]
- "Locke & Key" creators Alex Zalben and Jim Hill have confirmed that Ksenia Solo has been cast to play the character Dodge, or the "Lady in the Well", in the upcoming Fox adaptation of the comic book series. [MTV Geek]
- Keira Knightley will voice the role of Tinker Bell in Syfy’s upcoming four-hour live action TV movie "Neverland". The miniseries will premiere in December 2011. [Syfy]
- Jason Priestly has joined the cast of Syfy’s "Haven". He’ll play Chris Weekly, "a brilliant, principled but anti-social marine biologist who must deal with an affliction most would consider a blessing." [TV Line]
- Jamie Bamber won’t be the only former BSG castmember to make up the cast of Ron Moore’s upcoming NBC drama pilot "17th Precinct". Fellow alums James Callis and Tricia Helfer have also joined the cast of the series. Also joining the show is Kristin Kreuk ("Smallville")… [TV Line, (2), (3)]
- … Callis will play a homicide detective and Helfer will play Morgana, "a necromancer…who is an expert at manipulating the potions, tools, herbs and spells of her trade". Kreuk will guest-star as Susan Longstreet, the wife of Jamie Bamber’s character. The role has the potential to become recurring should the pilot get picked up to series.
- Thomas Dekker ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles") has been cast in the lead male role of The CW’s drama pilot "Secret Circle". The show is based on "The Vampire Diaries" author L.J. Smith’s series of novels. Dekker will play Adam, the oldest member of a top-secret Witch coven and a love interest of Cassie (played by Britt Robertson). [TV Line]
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