In Sci-Fi TV this week we take a look at the future prospects Supernatural, Fringe and V, find out what to expect with Game of Thrones, prepare to wait longer for Terra Nova, check out some set images from Wonder Woman, get renewal news for Being Human and the other Being Human. All that and more including the latest television ratings, casting bites and new images and video previews. [UPDATE: First look at Wonder Woman]
GENRE TV NEWS
UPDATE: First Look at Wonder Woman & First look at Elizabeth Hurley as Veronica Cale
The first look at DAdrianne Palicki in her "Wonder Woman" costume has been released [courtesy of LA Times].
"Wonder Woman" stars Adrianne Palicki as Diana/Wonder Woman. The pilot is scheduled to premiere this fall on NBC. Cary Elwes, Tracie Thomas and Pablo Pascal co-star.
Future of Fringe still uncertain, but producers casting a new character for season four
Ratings for this season of "Fringe" have been soft — 4.74M viewers and a 1.8 A18-49 rating (down 28 and 25 percent, respectively, from the same frame last season)– but producers of the sci-fi drama (created by the "Star Trek" team of JJ Abrams, Roberto Orci, and Alex Kurtzman) are looking to the future and a potential fourth season with the revelation that they plan to introduce a new female FBI agent, Watch with Kristin | E! Online reports:
Season four—and gods willing, there will be a season four—might bring us a new lady castmember. Producers are casting for a green FBI agent named Emily to come aboard for the finale and possibly recur next year.
Executive producer Jeff Pinkner, meanwhile says the season finale won’t be two hours and offered this hint about William Bell’s (Leonard Nimoy) upcoming possession of Olivia:
"Olivia will be inhabited by Bell for a couple episodes – but cohabitation is not as benign as William assumes it is…"
"Fringe" airs Friday’s at 9PM on Fox.
Sneak peek at episode 3×17 – "Stowaway" [YouTube]
Poster [Fringe Television]
Terra Nova won’t preview in May, but still slated for fall debut
Fox has announced that the upcoming prehistoric time travel series "Terra Nova", from showrunner (and Star Trek vet) Brannon Braga and producer Steven Spielberg, will not get a two-day early preview in May as previously announced. The reason given is that the visual effects aren’t complete:
“TERRA NOVA is one of the most ambitious television series ever produced,” said Kevin Reilly, President of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “The cutting-edge visual effects used to create the world of TERRA NOVA, which is of massive scope and scale, require more time to be realized. This aspect of the series is essential, so we are pushing back the special early preview date to give the visual effects team the time needed for their ground-breaking work.”
The series is still scheduled to premiere on the network this fall. It has already received a 13-episode first season order.
Seventh season of Supernatural "looking pretty good"
Although not officially renewed by The CW, "Supernatural" creator and executive producer Eric Kripke tells E! Online that a seventh season is "looking pretty good":
"We’re looking pretty good. We’re bullish enough on it that we cliffhang the finale."
The season six finale was written by Kripke, and will be two hours, with each episode being self-contained. Kripke also teased the finale, keying in on the final minute which he says was his favorite part about it:
"…Stay tuned for the final minute. It’s one of those moments where the more you stop to think about it, the more you feel the enjoyment of the writer, looking at what he’s doing and going, ‘I can’t believe I got away with that.’ When you look at it subtextually, it’s sort of a nutty thing that I did."
Meanwhile, Mischa Collins ("Castiel") reveals the following about the final episodes of the season:
"…we’re getting more into the battle in heaven, and we’re even going to touch back on Sam’s soul. The end of the season is very dialed into the season-long mythology…Cas does spend time with the Mother of All lady, and Cas does not go to the Wild West. Missed opportunity. He could have worn chaps."
Promotional images for episode 6×19 – "Mommy Dearest" [more at SpoilerTV]
V exec producer Scott Rosenbaum says if renewed, third season would finish original season 2 story
"V" may have just finished its shortened second season with its future unknown, but executive producer/showrunner Scott Rosenbaum says that if the show is picked up for a third season, they’ll expand on what they originally had planned for season two before ABC cut the episode order [Inside TV | EW]:
"We had been given an initial episode order of 13, so I had planned a 22-episode season…When they reduced the order, I had to make a decision. I didn’t feel like it was possible to wrap the show in that amount of time, so I said, ‘You know, I’m going to hope there’s another season, because I’ve pushed the story too far [and] it won’t make sense [to conclude it this soon]. I don’t feel like the audience will feel like we’ve earned those moments.’ So I’m going to keep my fingers crossed and leave it organically where I think the show should end after 10 episodes. I went with hope, and tried to make it feel like a satisfying conclusion."
Meanwhile, star Elizabeth Michell tells TV Line it’s a good sign none of the actors on the show have lined up new projects:
"…[T]hey keep saying we’re still on hold, so that’s definitely a good sign, isn’t it? After those first six [episodes of V], I’ve really, really been having a great time, so my hope is to come back and continue what we’ve started."
Descriptions for first two episodes of Game of Thrones
HBO has released brief episodes synopses for the first two episodes of "Game of Thrones" [via SpoilerTV]:
Episode 1.01 – "Winter is Coming"
Lord Ned Stark is troubled by disturbing reports from a Night’s Watch deserter; King Robert and the Lannisters arrive at Winterfell; the exiled Viserys Targaryen forges a powerful new allegiance. (Written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; directed by Tim Van Patten.) Playdates: 17, 18, 19, 20 and 23
Episode 1.02 – "The Kingsroad"
The Lannisters plot to ensure Bran’s silence; Jon and Tyrion head to the Wall; Ned faces a family crisis en route to King’s Landing. (Written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; directed by Tim Van Patten.) Playdates: 24, 26, 27 and 30
An extended series description has also been released:
GAME OF THRONES: Based on the bestselling fantasy book series "A Song of Ice and Fire," by George R.R. Martin, the new series GAME OF THRONES launches its ten-episode season this month. The fantasy follows kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noblemen as they vie for power. As the series opens, King Robert Baratheon, who is married to Cersei Lannister of the wealthy and corrupt Lannisters, asks Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark to come south and help run his kingdom after the death of his right-hand man. Meanwhile, there is a threat to the throne by the exiled teenage Princess Daenerys and her brother Viserys, whose family ruled the Kingdoms for many years before their bloody ouster. And there are rumors of strange things happening at the edge of the Kingdoms, north of the Wall, where Jon Snow, Ned’s bastard son, goes to be part of the brotherhood of the Night’s Watch, which is sworn to protect the Kingdoms. Series regulars include Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Aiden Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harrington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Harry Lloyd, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams. (Executive producers, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; co-executive producers, George R.R. Martin, Vince Gerardis, Ralph Vicinanza, Guymon Casady and Carolyn Strauss; producers, Mark Huffam and Frank Doelger.)
HBO will unspool a special "Game of Thrones" 15-minute preview on April 3, followed by the series premiere on April 17. Check out an interview with author George R.R. Martin at Blastr.
Maestar’s Path: First Reward [YouTube]
Syfy renews Being Human (US) and Face Off for second seasons + BBC renews Being Human for fourth season
Syfy has picked up two of its new series. First up, the network has renewed the reality competition series "Face Off" for a second season:
In its premiere season, Face Off has earned critical acclaim and steady ratings in its first seven episodes, averaging a 1.1 HH Rating and 1.436 MM total viewers, including 900,000 P25-54 and 897,000 P18-49 viewers (note that this average includes 7-day DVR playback for episodes 1-5).
"Face Off" finished its debut season last night with 1.5M total viewers. The network also announced a second season pickup for "Being Human":
Syfy is ordering a second season of its new hit drama series Being Human, it was announced today by Mark Stern President of Original Content, Syfy and Co-Head of Original Content, Universal Cable Productions. Since the show’s January 17 launch, premiere episodes of Being Human have averaged 1.8 million viewers making it Syfy’s most successful winter season scripted series launch in 6 years. Also, with women comprising 53% of the total audience for premiere episodes, it is the channel’s most female-skewing scripted series ever.
Meanwhile, the original British version of "Being Human" has been picked up by BBC for a fourth season:
We were overwhelmed by the response to series three, and so we’re absolutely thrilled that the BBC have given us this opportunity to continue our show into a fourth year. We’ve got another intense and epic story lined up for you, with some new faces and old, and even more horror and mayhem and mugs of tea. I can’t wait to get started," said Toby Whithouse, Creator and Executive Producer.
Promotional stills for "Being Human" episode 1×10 – "Dog Eat Dog" [more at Daemon’s TV]
Promo for "Dog Eat Dog" [Syfy]
Sneak peek at "Dog Eat Dog" [Syfy]
Sandman TV adaptation still in the works
"Supernatural" creator Eric Kripke was attached to develop a TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s comic book series "The Sandman", but earlier this week told the live feed | THR it wasn’t happening:
"Unfortunately, for a lot of varying reasons, Sandman is not in the works, at least for this season,"
But shortly after that news broke, DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns tweeted that the series is still moving forward:
"Correction to world: The Sandman is AWAKE! :) Psyched to be working with @neilhimself on developing one of the greatest series ever!"
Johns followed that tweet with another: "Sandman in any form – comics to live action – doesn’t work without @neilhimself #sandman". The update from Johns could be an indication that Kripke is no longer attached to the project.
PREVIEW Videos & Images
Promo for episode 4×19 – "Chuck vs. the Muuurder" [YouTube]
Comic book series [more at io9]
Promotional stills for episode 1×14 – "A Message Back" [more at SpoilerTV]
Promo for "A Message Back" [YouTube]
Fact or Faked
Sneak peek at the season two premiere [Syfy]
Promo for episode 2×13 – "Alliances" [Syfy]
Sneak peek at "Alliances" [Syfy]
The Vampire Diaries
Promotional stills for episode 2×17 – "Know Thy Enemy" [more at SpoilerTV]
The Green Lion [Voltron: The Official Facebook Page]
- Starz has begun development on "The Brink", a supernatural crime drama from producer Gore Verbinski and written by Stephen Susco. The project is based on J.C. Hutchins’ book "Personal Effects: Dark Art" about an accused serial killer who "claims to have foreseen, but not caused, his victims’ deaths". [Deadline]
- The Syfy Saturday original movie "Battle of Los Angeles" drew a strong 2.18M viewers last Saturday. It’s the third Syfy Saturday movie to break 2M viewers this year, joining "Mega Python Vs Gatoroid" (2.35M) and "Behemoth" (2.16M). [Syfy]
- The season four finale of "Chuck" will be called "Chuck Versus AGENT X". [SpoilerTV]
- Edgar Wright ("Scott Pilgrim vs. the World") has revealed that he was approached by "The Walking Dead" showrunner Frank Darabont about directing an episode of the series, but Wright declined: "I think that with something like that, with some TV shows, you wanna be in on the ground floor…I wouldn’t wanna be the guy that comes in and fucks it up." [Collider]
- Episode 1×16 of "The Event" will be called "You Bury Other Things Too"… [SpoilerTV]
- … Also, here’s a press release for episode 1×11 – "Face Off", which airs on March 28. [SpoilerTV]
- Episode 4×07 of "True Blood" will be called "Cold Grey Light of Dawn"… [SpoilerTV]
- … Alan Ball reveals that fairies in will be able to "abduct humans and take them somewhere else that is not here", "Just like aliens," he adds. [TV Guide]
- … Elaborating further on the fairies, Bell said: "You are definitely going to see a different realm that humans don’t exist in that fairies do. We’ll also maybe see through the illusion, maybe they’re not quite as benign as one might think."… [Fancast]
- … And lastly, there’s a report that the fourth season will pick up one year after the events of seaon three. [TrueBlood-News]
- Here’s a recap for production week nine of "Torchwood: Miracle Day". [Doctor Who News]
- Jason Priestly has joined the cast of the second season of the Syfy series "Haven". Priestly will star in a four-episode story arc and will also be directing one episode of the series. [Syfy]
- Both Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz have signed on to fall pilots. While the deals are in "second position" to "No Ordinary Family" — meaning they wouldn’t go forward if the show was renewed — it’s another sign that the low-rated series may not be renewed. [Deadline, (2)]
- Wilmer Valderrama has been cast in NBC’s drama pilot "REM". The show is described as an "Inception"-style thriller that "centers on Detective Mark Britten (Jason Isaacs), who wakes up after an accident to find he is living in two different realities." Valderrama will play Britten’s "gregarious new partner" Det. Richard Vega. BD Wong and Laura Allen also star. [TV Line]
- Thomas Dekker ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles") has been cast as the male lead in the Kevil Williamson-produced CW pilot "Secret Circle" based on the book series from L.J. Smith ("The Vampire Diaries"). Dekker plays Adam, the oldest member of a top-secret Witch coven and love interest to lead actress Britt Robertson (who plays Cassie)… [TV Line]
- …Jessica Parker Kennedy has also been cast in the pilot. She’ll play Melissa, one of the seven members of the coven. Her character is described as "steely and disinterested". [Zap2It]
- Kristin Kreuk (Lana Lang) says she won’t be back before the "Smallville" finale and says her character’s story on the show is "done", adding "I am not sure how her coming back changes Clark’s story any longer. He has moved forward. As he was always supposed to do. As Lana would have wanted him to do." [Hollywood Life]
- The official voice cast for "Voltron Force", the upcoming NickToon animated series, has been revealed. Check out the complete list at IMDB. [via Voltron.com]
SCI-FI RATINGS (Based on final national numbers unless otherwise noted) [@TravisYanan]
CHART (2/28/2011 to 3/6/2011)