Saturday, September 29, 2007

Stargate Atlantis / SG-1 - Hey, Nielsen!

The Nielsen Company has launched a new endeavor, with a new web site:

Hey, Nielsen!

There are some Stargate links:



You can "rate" each series, using a scale of -5 intense dislike through 0 for neutral up to +4 intense like. (This is at the top of the page, on the left hand side -- just to the left of the series title.)

Currently, SGA is rated with a 470 and SG1 with a 27.


From Multichannel News, some background info:

(Please follow the link for the complete article.)

Ratings Company Launches Hey! Nielsen Web Site

By Linda Moss -- Multichannel News, 9/24/2007 8:18:00 AM

Nielsen Co. Monday began the public beta testing of Hey! Nielsen, an online social-network site for pop-culture enthusiasts who are eager to make their voices heard to Nielsen clients and other entertainment decision-makers.

Nielsen is hoping that Hey! Nielsen, developed with Affinitive, could be an effective mechanism for Nielsen to explore – and define – a wide variety of experimental media and marketing research.

Although the site is still under test and development, users will be able to participate in the site's main functions during this test period.

Members will be able to voice opinions and grade their favorite music, TV show or movie. These ratings and opinions will be available to other members, who can then respond with their own views.


Nielsen said members can contribute to the Hey! Nielsen Score, which will be a measurement system for the "buzz" on a star, TV show, movie and other entertainment property. The Hey! Nielsen Score is a combination of a number of factors including users' opinions and ratings on the site.


Friday, September 28, 2007

Stargate Atlantis - WBNX to interview David Hewlett

From WBNX (Cleveland, OH - a CW affiliate):

(Please follow the link for the complete article.)

A new TV portal for Stargate: Atlantis

Friday, September 28th, 2007


This coming week, I'll be interviewing Atlantis star David Hewlett, who plays cranky Dr. Rodney McKay, and we'll post some of those video highlights here soon.

Stargate: Atlantis Sundays at midnight [on WBNX) - SYNDICATED.

Stargate Atlantis - GateWorld: Audio Interview with Torri Higginson

From GateWorld:

(Please follow the link to GateWorld to listen to the audio interview, or to read the transcript -- or both!)


GateWorld Talks With Torri Higginson

She has lighted a path as Atlantis's caretaker for three years. Now, in the season to come, Dr. Elizabeth Weir will make the greatest sacrifice of all. GateWorld spoke with the woman who could tell us all about it. It is our privilege to bring you another interview with Torri Higginson.

Much like McGillion as Dr. Carson Beckett, the news of Higginson's departure from series regular was a shock to many fans. In this candid interview, Torri tells GateWorld why she feels this has happened, and why she refuses to put all the blame on the show runners. She talks about highlight episodes from Season Three, teases us of what's to come, and wholeheartedly expresses her love to her fans.

GateWorld's interview with Torri Higginson has been made available to you in MP3 format for easy listening. It is over 23 minutes long. Prefer not to listen? We've also transcribed it [at the site]!


Stargate Atlantis - MGM Studios Newsletter: SGA Premieres Tonight - Watch It LIVE!

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Stargate Atlantis - Yahoo: SGA # 9 on Today's Top Searches

On the main page of Yahoo:

At the lower right hand corner, is:

Today's Top Searches

1. Loch Ness Monster
2. Phil Spector
3, The Kingdom
4. Cape Town
5. Dolly Parton
6. Barry Bonds
7. Alex Vaggo
8. New York Film Festival
9. Stargate Atlantis*-

10. St. John's...

Stargate Atlantis - MGM Stargate: PLAY the Stargate Game!

From the MGM Stargate site:

Click on "GAME" on the top right hand side of page.

It's formatted in Adobe Flash Player's a game!

Stargate Atlantis - MSN TV Blog: All About 'Stargate Atlantis' Season Four

SGA - MSN TV Blog: All About 'Stargate Atlantis' Season Four

From MSN TV Blog:!DB9D137CC0F754C9!22076.entry

(Please follow the link for the complete interview.)

September 27

All About 'Stargate Atlantis' Season Four

With the premiere of "Stargate Atlantis" coming up Friday, I recently got to chat with executive producer Joseph Mallozzi about subjects ranging from the Wraith to the new additions to the cast to some of the plots we'll be seeing.

Here's an edited, spoiler-filled transcript. Enjoy!

Raoul: So Joe, I'm really curious to hear more of what you've got going on this season.

Joseph Mallozzi: Just in general?

Raoul: Let's start with in general and then we can talk more specifically.

JM: Coming off season three, we got our pickup a lot earlier than in previous seasons, just because Sci Fi canceled "SG-1." It also gave us time to sort of get a leg up on planning Season Four. On the creative side, Season Four has been very, I guess, rewarding in the types of stories we've been able to tell, the kinds of character relationships we've been able to explore simply because we got that early pickup and were able to spend more time on the stories.

And because we're not producing "SG-1," we're not producing 40 hours of television. We could concentrate on those 20 episodes of Season Four and really, really, really work on them. I guess more than any other seasons, we've got various throughlines that will run through the various episodes, bits and pieces here and there planted in one episode, developed in another episode that come to fruition in another episode, storylines that intersect and dovetail at the end of the season.

**massive snippage**

Eureka: NBC/Universal: SciFi Orders New Season

From NBC/Universal:

(Please follow the link for the complete article.)


Published: September 27, 2007

NEW YORK — September 27, 2007 — SCI FI Channel has greenlit production on a third season of its most-watched Original Series Eureka, ordering 13 new hours of the dramedy. SCI FI is also renewing its investigative reality hit Destination Truth for a second season, it was announced today by Mark Stern, SCI FI Channel's Executive Vice President of Original Programming.

Eureka will begin production on a third season in Vancouver early next year for a summer 2008 premiere. The second season of Destination Truth is also slated to premiere in 2008 with six exciting new episodes.

"Eureka rose to an even higher creative level in its sophomore season, combining entertaining, compelling stories with deeper character development and great cast chemistry. And clearly the audience noticed, bringing millions of new viewers to the Channel," said Mark Stern. "Destination Truth with Josh Gates proved to be a great addition to our Wednesday night lineup and the perfect companion piece for Ghost Hunters."

In keeping with SCI FI's mission to broaden the scope and appeal of its programming roster, Eureka is a relatable, earth-based dramedy credited with bringing in over 3 million new viewers to the Channel in its second season alone. The series premiere on July 18, 2006 broke Channel records and remains the highest rated series telecast in SCI FI history. Eureka continued to grow in its second season, achieving season high household and key demo ratings with its August 28th episode (2.1 HH, 1,654,000 adults 25-54).

Eureka seems like any other cozy Pacific Northwest town, but is actually a secret community of geniuses assembled by the government to conduct top-secret research. The result is a place where anything imaginable can happen… and does. Returning for a third season are stars Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson, Joe Morton, Jordan Hinson and Ed Quinn and executive producers Jaime Paglia and Charlie Craig. Eureka is a SCI FI Channel presentation and is produced and distributed by Universal Media Studios.



For more information on "Eureka," please:


Stargate Atlantis - SciFi Channel's Alex Levine's Blog Updated 9/27/07

From Alex Levine's (SGA script continuity) blog at the SciFi Channel:

(Please follow the link for the complete blog update.)

September 27, 2007

Now, where were we?

Oh yes, I remember. Stargate SG-1 aired its episodic finale, and on Stargate Atlantis you were left high and dry wondering about the fate of our fearless intergalactic explorers after a death-defying escape from the formidable power of the Replicators. Sorry, had to jog my addled memory, as so much time has passed since I last spilled the beans to you about our goings on here in Burnaby, BC. Well, rest assured, the Stargate machine keeps churning, and as long as you keep watching, it will continue to do so.

And today is a good day to bring back the blog. The production office is humming. I just saw Will Waring prepping, and chatted with Andy Mikita (who was boasting about the bottle of scotch Joe Flanigan gave him for zooming through a 10 page day). Earlier today I was in Rob Cooper's office with all the other writers talking about all the new network premieres. So, here we are. And we're actually in the tail end of our production season. "Outcast", the second last episode of the 4th season of Atlantis, is now shooting. On deck is our finale, entitled "The Last Man".

But what you really want to know about is the first episode of season 4, which airs tomorrow night, entitled "Adrift." Don't you?...



Posted by Alex Levine at September 27, 2007 10:18 PM

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Stargate Atlantis - Canada's The Movie Channel Updates

Canada's The Movie Channel has updated the Stargate Atlantis' site main page with a season four cast photo:

(Photo from The Movie Channel.)

I've seen so many new cast photos, it's hard to tell but I think this is a different version than I've seen as yet...

It looks like the rest of the site (except for the schedule) hasn't been updated as yet.

SGA's season four premieres in Canada on The Movie Channel on Monday, October 1 at 8pm.

Stargate Atlantis - Cult Times Magazine # 145 - David Hewlett Interview

From Visimag:

Cult Times #145, October 2007
(Reference #C145)
Now Available


The Sarah Jane Adventures We take a look at the monsters Sarah Jane will be facing and also to Doctor Who's future

Stargate Atlantis Actor David Hewlett looks at Dr Rodney McKay's development from arrogant jerk to arrogant-but-loveable jerk

Eureka Joe Morton, who plays mighty mechanic Henry Deacon, reveals Henry's ulterior motive for rejoining the rat race

Ghost Whisperer Creator and executive producer John Gray gives us some upfront information on the third season

Blood Ties Director David Winning on his latest projects, including this detective/vampire romantic/horror series


Times Past Our regular reviewer examines the positives and negatives of Ghost Whisperer and Blood Ties

You Should Be Watching Kath & Kim The Aussie series detailing the ludicrous lives of a disconcertingly open mother, her lazy daughter and their extended family

Out of the Box In nearly 30 pages, our complete monthly guide to all that's worth watching in the Cult TV world during October, with page grids highlighting the movies and series being shown

And more…

Go to Web edition

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A brief snippet from the David Hewlett interview excerpt:

Feature: Stargate Atlantis

Spare the Rod!

Last seen blasting off into Space with the rest of the Atlantis team, the fourth season brings many new challenges for David Hewlett's Dr Rodney McKay...


"Life is good," Hewlett smiles. "Life is very, very good. This whole experience, it's one of those things where I had no idea how big the whole thing was. On SG-1, when I was a guest star, I only saw a portion of the episodes, especially at first. I mean, you get the whole script and you read the whole thing, but you're only a small part of the whole storyline. Basically it's your job to set everyone up to look smart. So when you go from a character actor to one of the leads, all of a sudden you're everywhere and the scope of the job becomes so much bigger. Even if you don't have scenes, you're still there. And it became so much of a bigger job than I expected. But it's amazing. You go on the ride, you do the best you can and you have as much fun as you can with the character and the people around you. And that's what I have tried to do. For a nerd like me, it's a dream come true."


by Ian Spelling
Read the full interview in
Cult Times #145

Stargate Atlantis: Video Q & A's with Cast - YOU get to ask questions!

From SciFi's Stargate Atlantis Forums:

(Just a reminder: Stargate Atlantis Season Four premieres Friday, September 28 at 10pm on the SciFi Channel in the United States; in Canada on Monday, October 1 at 8pm on The Movie Network; and in the UK on SkyOne Tuesday, October 9th at 8pm!)

The cast of Stargate Atlantis, will answer Forum member questions in a video Q&A next week. Post your questions now and check back in the weeks to come to watch the cast responses!

Jewel Staite:

Jason Momoa:

Joe Flanigan:

David Hewlett:

Amanda Tapping:

Monday, September 24, 2007

Stargate Atlantis - Jewel Staite joins Amanda Tapping at Bionic Angels Audio Interivew

From Enchanted Daydreams blog:

in another blog update, we're now advised that Jewel Staite will be joining Amanda Tapping during the audio interview on Bionic Angels at 11:30pm on Thursday, Sept. 27.

Richard Dean Anderson - on Irish Talk Radio Show Tues, Sept. 25

Richard Dean Anderson is being interviewed on an Irish radio program, "The Ray D'Arcy Show" on Tuesday, Sept. 25, sometime from 9am to 12pm (in conjuction with RDA's appearance on the Halo 3 promo in Dublin).

Here's the link to the radio station's web site:

And they have a link to listen to the station online live:

Mac users can now enjoy Today FM Online using itunes or Real Player

New iTunes and Real Player MP3 Stream

New Windows Media MP3 Stream


Stargate Atlantis / SG-1 - SGA Season 4 Premiere Fri Sept. 28

STARGATE ATLANTIS (Season 4) premieres Friday SEPTEMBER 28 at 10PM - Watch it LIVE! - Let others know 9/28 is the Official 1st Watch it LIVE day. Stargate fans across the nation need to band together for this - no DVR's.

"Enter the Gate" - Sweepstakes Starting 9/17 YOU COULD WIN A FREE TRIP TO SEE KORN - LIVE IN VEGAS! Go to to enter for a chance to win a free trip including VIP tickets & backstage passes to see KORN Live in Las Vegas on 10/24/07.

Exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of STARGATE: CONTINUUM is available exclusively at

STARGATE: THE ARK OF TRUTH trailer can be screened at



An Official Team Stargate Member

Stargate / Sanctuary - VidFest: Sanctuary wins Best Digital VFX PopVox Award

From Vidfest:

(Please follow the link for the complete article.)

Pitch ‘n’ Play, PopVox, Gala - VIDFEST starts with a bang

September 23rd, 2007 posted by jessica

Whew! What a great first day to the fourth annual Vancouver International Digital Festival.


...Then we had the PopVox awards ceremony. The people’s choice awards saw some unsung talent really shine. Two-time winner Sherwood Dungeon MMOPRG @ was an inspiring and surprising win. Up against some of the biggest game companies in the world such as EA, this two-person company has such a devoted fan community, they put them in first spot. Congratulations to all the winners! And the winners are:

Best Web 2.0: Sxipper
Best Mobile Game: Elven Chronicles
Best Digital Animation Short: Duelity

Best Digital VFX: Sanctuary

Best Game: Sherwood Dungeon MMOPRG @
Best Score: Mario Strikers Charged
BC Homegrown: Sherwood Dungeon MMORPG @


Stargate Atlantis - TV Guide Online: Ask Matt Monday Sept. 24

From TV Guide Online:

(Please follow the link for the complete column.)


Matt Roush

Monday, September 24

**major snippage**

Question: What is your take on the cast changes on Stargate Atlantis? I'm personally pretty happy that SG-1's Amanda Tapping is making the trip to Atlantis. It seemed pretty inevitable: Someone was going to cross over after Torri Higginson's role was minimized. Anyway, as an objective party who's never been all that entrenched in the series, what is your opinion? Also, have you heard the theory that Higginson wanted out of her contract?

— C.N.

Matt Roush: I honestly don't know the circumstances of this cast change, but churn like this is inevitable on just about any long-running show — although experience has told me that any time a major change happens on a cult sci-fi/fantasy series, there will be some outcry. (Remember the fuss when Michael Shanks left SG-1 for a season? I certainly do!) From where I sit, as a detached observer who never got deeply involved in either series (they're enjoyable but, to me, not habit-forming), this all makes perfect sense. I think of Worf migrating from Star Trek: The Next Generation to its spin-off Deep Space Nine after TNG went off the air. Enhancing the spin-off with a popular character from the mother ship is TV 101. Since it doesn't look like the overall Stargate franchise is going away anytime soon, this should also serve to appease SG-1 fans who wished that show could've last forever.

Stargate Atlantis - Joseph Mallozzi's Blog Update Sept. 23 - NEW video clip & photos

From Joseph Mallozzi's blog update for September 23, 2007:

(Please follow the link for the complete blog update. There are new photos from SGA and a new video clip today.)

Thumbnail photo courtesy of Joe Mallozzi's blog. Full sized photo at link above.

Sunday, September 23, 2007


Today's pics: Friday's action over on Stage 3.

Today's video: A glimpse the director at work.

Today`s mailbag:


Promogirl writes: "Who will be directing the season finale?"

Answer: Martin Wood will be directing The Last Man.


Patricia writes: "Is chocolate really better than sex?"

Answer: Depends on the kind of chocolate and who you're having sex with.


Stargate Atlantis - GateWorld: Interview with Jewel Staite

From GateWorld:

(Please follow the link for the complete interview at GateWorld.)


Photo courtesy of GateWorld.

With a new season of Stargate Atlantis about to get under way, GateWorld sent our own newcomer, Chad Colvin, to sit down with the show's newest recurring cast member, Jewel Staite. A veteran of the science fiction genre thanks to her year as Firefly's darling engineer Kaylee, Jewel joins the Atlantis expedition as Dr. Jennifer Keller.

It's actually not her first time in the Stargate universe: Back in Atlantis's second season, Jewel played the Wraith girl Ellia ("Instinct"). The producers were hesitant to waste such a great actress on a one-off, but quickly realized they could bring her back without the heavy prosthetics.

In the interview Jewel discusses her sci-fi roots, filling the place of a beloved character (Dr. Carson Beckett), and her favorite episodes from the upcoming season. She also talks about working with her new cast mates, notably Amanda Tapping and Rachel Luttrell.

Beware of minor spoilers for Season Four of Atlantis in this interview, as well as a big one for Season Three's "Sunday" -- and for last May's third season finale of LOST. The fourth season of Stargate Atlantis premieres Friday, September 28 at 10 p.m. (Eastern/Pacific) on SCI FI Channel!

A brief excerpt:

GW: We saw briefly in "First Strike" some interaction between Keller and Dr. Weir. Can you give us any insight into her working relationships with any of the other crew members? Colonel Carter? McKay? Ronon and Teyla?

JS: Carter and Keller have a connection because they're both new and proving themselves a little bit. In the episode we're filming now, "Trio," they actually become friends. They're each out of their comfort zones and they start to open up about their personal lives, which is a lot of fun.

Amanda Tapping is hilarious, and I have a very tough time looking her in the eye during a scene without laughing. McKay and Keller have a good-natured argument every once in a while, but they have a mutual respect for each other, too. There's definitely a friendship developing there.

Teyla and Keller's relationship has a chance to develop a lot in the episode "Missing." They find themselves in some dire situations there and have no choice but to bond. And Rachel Luttrell and I get along ridiculously well.

As far as Ronon goes, I think it's safe to say Keller has a wee bit of a crush on him. Because she has, you know ... eyes.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Stargate Atlantis - Amanda Tapping Audio Interview

From the SciFi Vision livejournal:

Amanda Tapping Interview!

I am so excited to announce that I will be taking part in a phone interview (for Media Blvd:

with Amanda Tapping, of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis! This interview is scheduled for Wednesday and you will be able to hear clips of it on Thursday on Bionic Angels:

if everything goes according to plan. Remember that the show this week is at 11:30PM eastern on Thursday. And please, don't forget to join the live chat during the show, and remember that you can always call in! This week we will also be reviewing Bionic Woman and Heroes as well as other shows.

Reviews and recaps of Stargate Atlantis to come.

Stargate Atlantis - NEW SciFi Channel SGA 4th Season Banners

From the SciFi Channel's Stargate Atlantis site:

(These screencaps have been reduced in size. For the full size banners, please visit the SciFi Channel Stargate Atlantis site.)

Stargate Atlantis - NEW SciFi Channel Season 4 Photos

From the SciFi Channel's Stargate Atlantis site:

(These are just a few of the photos from the Season 4 Photo Gallery. These photos have been reduced in size to fit this site, the full size photos are at the SciFi Channel SGA site.)

Ronon Dex and Teyla Emmagin

Lt. Col. John Sheppard and Dr. Rodney McKay

Dr. Jennifer Keller and Teyla Emmagan

Colonel Samantha Carter and Dr. Rodney McKay

Stargate Atlantis - NEW SciFi Channel Season 4 Photos

From the SciFi Channel's Stargate Atlantis web site:

(The photos I'm posting have been reduced. For the full size photos, please go to the link above.)

These are the background photos for the character biographies:

Friday, September 21, 2007

Stargate Atlantis - Joseph Mallozzi's Blog Update Sept. 21 - NEW video clip & photos

From Joseph Mallozzi's blog update for September 21, 2007:

(Please follow the link for the complete blog update. There are new photos [lots of them] from on location filming from "Outcast," and a new video clip.]

Friday, September 21, 2007


...From there, it was a mere five minute walk to the trucks and the P.A. who pointed us toward director Andy Mikita's location - and another ten minute walk across the soggy, squelching grounds to where they were setting up the first shot. As per script:


Nancy strolls up to a park bench. Sheppard is there waiting. He stands to greet her."

Well, not exactly as per script. It was raining and while the inclement weather wouldn't change the dialogue, it did pose a problem for the EXT. WASHINGTON D.C. - DAY establishing shot that preceded the scene. No matter. After a few seconds of discussion, we decided to use a dissolve instead to convey the time cut. The rain also influenced how the scene was to be shot. I'm sure that when Alan envisioned the scene, he didn't imagine Sheppard and his ex-wife holding umbrellas. And yet it was pouring rain on the day. But umbrellas led to another problem - obscuring our actors unless they held them up, clear of their faces, in aerial-Poppinesque less-than-natural positions. After more discussion, and some re-positioning, the decision was made to go with the umbrellas. We ran through the dialogue a couple of times and, finally, Andy yelled action. We got one shot in at which point Joe threw a look back at the camera: "The rains letting up. Want to try it without umbrellas?" More discussion. Yet another executive decision is reached. We're going without the umbrellas!

**more snippage**

Okay. Seven days and counting. Did you tell you friends, family, co-workers, and acquaintances to tune in? Did you manage to track down our cousin's girlfriend's aunt's neighbor with the Nielsen box and tell them to watch? Great! Then we're all set.

Before we get to the questions, if I may direct your attention over to eBay where the show is selling a duffle bag that made the journey to the Arctic for the Continuum shoot and was signed by all the major Continuum players including General O'Neill himself: Richard Dean Anderson. The money raised will go toward helping out Trey, the 3 year old son of our Atlantis Steadicam Operator, Ryan Purcell. Find
out about Trey, his battle with Hunter's Syndrome, and the Authentic North Face Base Camp Duffle Bag (limited to one of two) by following the link -

Stargate Duffle Bag

[NOTE: If you can't afford to place a bid on the duffle bag(s) -- the current bid is $650.00 US -- information about donations are available at:]

Today's pics: Outcast.

Today's video: See Joe Flannigan and Emma Lahana almost rehearse.

Photo is a screencap from today's video clip.

Today's mail:


Arctic Goddess writes: "How is the rise of the Canadian dollar affecting production of Atlantis?"

Answer: It's not affecting production this year because we locked in at the beginning of the season. Next year is a different story however.


Tired of Genii Involved Stories: "Any chance the Travelers are on that "short" list? If not, why was there all the talk about "a new, powerful race" and they are only in two episodes?"

Answer: This new race was just one of the many elements we talked about with regard to season four.

Stargate Groupie writes: "Can we expect to see any cool fighting scenes featuring Ronon this season?"
Answer: Oh, yes. Very early in season four in fact.

Stargate Atlantis - SciFi Channel's SGA site updated for Season Four

With many thanks to Ltcolshepjumper at GateWorld Forum for the heads up:

The SciFi Channel's Stargate Atlantis web site has been updated to reflect season four:

NEW Desktop wallpapers:

Reduced size - please go to the link for the full size wallpaper.

NEW Icons:

NEW Season Four Photo Gallery

Stargate - Richard Dean Anderson - Gametoaster: RDA to to launch Halo 3 in Dublin

From Gametoaster:

(Please follow the link for the complete article.)

Richard Dean Anderson to launch Halo 3 in Dublin; Record breaking attempt planned

Actor Richard Dean Anderson is to launch Halo 3 in Dublin on Tuesday, forming one of the main elements of Microsoft's Irish high-profile release of the highly anticipated Xbox 360 game.

News that the actor, most famous for playing MacGyver and more recently Jack O'Neill on Stargate SG-1, will launch the game was confirmed this evening to Games Toaster by a Microsoft spokesperson.

However, his visit to Dublin is still somewhat shrouded in mystery as there is still little detail of Anderson's visit


Thursday, September 20, 2007

Stargate Atlantis - Joseph Mallozzi's Blog Update Sept. 20 - NEW Video clip & Photos

From Joseph Mallozzi's blog update for September 20, 2007:

(Please follow the link for the complete blog update. There are new photos and a new video clip.)

Thursday, September 20, 2007


Today's pics: Tout la gang, my chicken burger, Carl shows no mercy, the new office temp, We've been working Hewlett too hard, Hey, where's the guy whose job it is to carry the director's chair between set-ups?

Thumbnail photo courtesy of Joe Mallozzi's blog. See the full sized photo at the blog.

Today's video: A sneak peek of tomorrow's sneak peek of the lovely park scene shoot for Outcast. I woke up early for THIS?!

Let's head over to the mailbag and anger a few fans -


Stressed and Depressed writes: "Can you reasure a stressed out SGA fan that those coming over are vital to plot lines, please? I'm Concerned Atlantis fan writes: "I love the show, and understand the need to shake things up, and have a 'soft re-set', but, please, please Joe, don't make Atlantis into a playround for sundry SG1

Answer: First of all, I have no idea what is meant by "a soft re-set". Secondly, Atlantis and its characters will always be the main focus and driving force of the show. However, it makes sense for some crossover to occur because both shows exist within the same franchise, the same universe, the same timeframe. It's not like we're crossing The Sopranos with Two and a Half Men.

Mary Beth writes: "What kind of effect would a script writer strike have on SGA?"

Answer: None.

Stargate Atlantis / A Dog's Breakfast - UGO - David Hewlett Interview

From UGO:§ionId=7

(Please follow the link for the complete interview.)

Stargate Atlantis Gallery

Stargate Atlantis

Stargate Atlantis- David Hewlett Interview

By Kyle Braun

" I think we're more sci-fi for the non-sci-fi people, if that makes sense. You want to be careful with a show like this that it doesn't become too cheerful, otherwise you lose that peril." -David Hewlett

Not only has David Hewlett been helping to save an alien civilization on Stargate Atlantis, he's also found time to write and direct a feature film during the hiatus. Instead of playing Dr. Rodney McKay, who has been using his genius to aid in the preservation of Atlantis, Hewlett used his downtime to write, direct and star in A Dog's Breakfast. While you can check out the details on, you can also look forward to seeing Hewlett on the fourth season of Atlantis, which kicks off on September 28. We tracked down David while he was running around Vancouver to talk about his directorial debut and what's up with the new season of Stargate Atlantis.

A brief excerpt:

UGO: Was it easy to get the Stargate crew to work for 14 days?

DAVID: Surprisingly, yes. Paul I kind of knew he'd have nothing else to do. He pretends to have a life, and it's very sad, so I pretty well knew we had him. Kate [Hewlett] was really hard to get a hold of, because she's got a writing/acting career herself, so timing her stuff was harder, and also Paul knew about it from the beginning. I told him, "Look, we're writing something for you. Are you going to be available during the hiatus?" and he said yes. He actually put money into the film as well. As I put it to him, "So you're paying me to hire you?"

**massive snippage**

Sanctuary - The Province: Local series kicks off Vidfest

From The Vancouver Province:

(Please follow the link for the complete article.)

Local series kicks off Vidfest

Four hours of Sanctuary on deck

Glen Schaefer, The Province

Published: Thursday, September 20, 2007

That Sunset Boulevard line, where the aging actress laments that the pictures got small, seems prophetic more than 50 years later.

An explosion of digital media -- including video games, digital animation and web-based visual content -- is what propels Vidfest, Vancouver's annual industry conference for creators and producers of the bits that go into those and other digital media. Vidfest has teamed with the Vancouver International Film Festival this year for an event that precedes next week's start of the larger festival. Vidfest runs from Saturday to next Tuesday at the Vancouver International Film Centre.

The event includes international business matchmaking, trend-spotting sessions, a recruiting fair, creative seminars -- and glimpses of the digital picture so far.

A highlight will be a marathon four-hour screening of the Vancouver-made, web-based sci-fi series Sanctuary. Conceived by Martin Wood and Damian Kindler, who were part of the braintrust behind the Vancouver-produced Stargate: SG -1, the web series stars Stargate alum Amanda Tapping as a seemingly immortal doctor who cares for a menagerie of creatures -- werewolves, mermaids, spooky little boys -- while battling across time with Jack the Ripper. The actors did their work on bare sets, with digital backgrounds added later, and the series was offered by subscription on the web. The story is pulpy comic-book stuff, and the production's digital seams show every once in a while, but it's an early step toward what could be a new model for delivering small-screen stories. The Sanctuary screening starts at 6 p.m. Sunday.


Info at

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Stargate Atlantis - TV Zone Magazine #220 - Amanda Tapping

From Visimag:

TV Zone #220, October 2007
(Reference #T220)
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Stargate Atlantis New Season Exclusive

As Colonel Carter transfers from SG-1 to Atlantis, actress Amanda Tapping tells us how she's handling her character's new command role

New Season Exclusive Interviews...

Spooks Star Hermione Norris reveals how Ros Myers is contributing to Thames House's new season-long mission to assess the threat from Iran

The Sarah Jane Adventures Star Elisabeth Sladen tells us about becoming the lead in her own series for the second time

Battlestar Galactica (2000s) Director Michael Nankin looks back over his past contributions to the series, and ahead to the fourth season episodes

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Adaptor and director Dirk Maggs on bringing Douglas Adams' Sci-Fi detective novels to the air

New Series

Bionic Woman Star Michelle Ryan on being the new face of the Bionic Woman, Jaime Summers

Moonlight Sophia Myles takes on the role of an Internet reporter who discovers a dashing detective is also a Vampire…

Pushing Daisies Anna Friel is back from the dead thanks to a piemaker's touch in this quirky new detective Fantasy from the makers of Dead Like Me


Heroes We join the cast in London, including Jack Coleman, Hayden Panettiere, Milo Ventimiglia and Adrian Pasdar as they tour the world to promote the show's DVD release

Shaun the Sheep Photo Special A visual guide to the second run of baa-rking antics for the woolly recalcitrant, complete with full episode run down


Deep Thought Once, the first week of September saw a flood of new series, but no more. So when did the TV highlight of the year become diluted into a month-long trickle?

Primetime Dirty Sexy Money Peter Krause becomes the guardian to a family who're so stinking rich that their lives are rotten…

Retro Our continuing history of television turns to Batman's stablemate The Green Hornet, to ask why the crime-fighting hero was so instantly swatted

Radio Zone There's a new inmate in the sixth season of Old Harry's Game, as cast members Robert Duncan and Michael Fenton-Stevens tell us

With regular and bang up-to-date TV reviews (12 episodes reviewed, including The 4400, Babylon 5, audio Blake's 7, Eureka, Flash Gordon (2000s), Hyperdrive, Shaun the Sheep), merchandise reviews, news

and much more…

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Cover Feature - Stargate Atlantis

(Please follow the link for the complete interview excerpt.)

After 10 years on the front line, Colonel Samantha Carter is moving from SG-1 to Stargate Atlantis to take up a command position…


"They say, `Heavy is the head that wears the crown.' Sam has the mantel of looking after everyone on this base. For the first time in her career and in her life she's in charge of a group of people, but my character isn't focusing a great deal on the in charge part. By that I mean she's not all like, `Rah, rah, rah, I'm your new leader.' It's more a case of, `OK, I'm responsible for these people's lives, and along with having to make the right decisions, I also have to be aware of the fact that people are going to be following my orders, which means they've got to be the right orders.


by Stephen Eramo
Read the full interview in
TV Zone #220

Stargate Atlantis - Starburst Magazine Special # 83

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Starburst Special Issue #83 • ships from Sep 19 2007
News-stand Price • UK £5.99 / US $9.99


Season One Reviewed!
• A look back at our episode-by-episode reviews of the entire season

Sci-Fi Gallery
• A must-have photo collection from the Heroes cast’s World Tour!

How Heroes Changed the World
Season 2 News!
• Don’t know what all the fuss it about? Fear not, as we present a detailed catch-up of Heroes‘ first season, and peer in the future to see what’s in store in Season Two…

Greg Grunberg
• The Heroes star chats about the unexpected importance of cop-turned-mind reader Matt Parkman

Hayden Panettiere
• Starburst catches up with the actress who plays regenerative heroine Claire Bennet to discuss the show’s first year and its future…

Masi Oka
• The actor talks about the past, present and future of his Time-bending alter ego, Hiro

Tim Sale
• The series artist discusses his job of re-creating the comic-book paintings of clairvoyant hero Isaac Mendez…

Tim Kring
• The series creator chats about Season Two and the spin-off series Heroes: Origins!

The Seeker:
The Dark is Rising On Set!
• We go behind-the-scenes of the new Fantasy film starring Christopher Eccelston

Flash Gordon (2000s)
• Taking a look at the new TV series… The producers and cast discuss their distinct take on a legend
Actress Karen Cliche chats about her new role as Baylin

Stargate Atlantis
Starburst chats to director Andy Mikita about the show’s fourth season

Star Wars
• Actor Sam Witwer discusses his role in the new video game The Force Unleashed

In Numbers
• Knowledgeable numerical facts from the ever-expanding Star Wars franchise

Shivers supplement for UK readers
• As Shivers Issue 134

Stargate Atlantis - Joseph Mallozzi's Blog Update Sept 19 - NEW Video clip

From Joseph Mallozzi's blog update for September 19, 2007:

(Please follow the link for the complete update. There are photos of Joe's new "kid," Lulu at the site, and a new video clip of Lulu.)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


We watched the Prod cuts of Midway and Harmony this morning. Fantastic episodes both. Then, this afternoon, we had an extra special guest drop by for a visit. Bob Picardo had swung by for his costume fitting AND to drop off a gift for the pugs, compliments of him and his lovely wife Linda (Check out Bony Barney - the perfect
Halloween accessory for those nervous dogs!) Bob is, of course, in town to shoot his scenes for the big season finale, The Last Man, and came up with a fun idea regarding the outfit Woolsey should be wearing in this episode. It won't be his standard suit.


Today's pics are compliments of Lawren Bancroft-Wilson: a photo diary of Lulu's day at the office which includes a terrific snap of Carl discovering just how sharp her little teeth are.

Today's video: A video of Lulu enjoying(?) her new gift.

Let's wade through the various angry posts and find some questions or comments to field -

Elizabeth writes: " 1) Is Cassie or Jack mentioned in S4 of Atlantis? 2) Why isn't Carter getting the ATA gene? Is the fact that Carter was a Tokra host going to addressed in S4 of Atlantis? 3) Any alternate reality/time travel/people from the future stories coming up?"

Answers: 1) No comment. 2) Given that we've had the gene therapy since season one of Atlantis, and given that SG-1 has come across Ancient tech in the Milky Way galaxy, then it stands to reason that Carter would have already underwent the gene therapy. If that's the case, and she doesn't have the active gene, then clearly the therapy
failed. In answer to the second question - no. 3) No comment.

Danielle writes: "Will any other characters from SG-1 besides Teal'c and Sam will be seen on Atlantis? Vala perhaps? Maybe Daniel? Cameron even?"

Answer: Not in season four. Although if we do get a fifth season pick up, it would make a lot of sense to have Daniel Jackson drop by for a visit. And, if Ben's not too busy, it would be nice to have Cam drop by at some point as well.

Zabadoo writes: " 1.)Will there be any three-parters in the same vein as Reckoning/Threads, The Siege, or Avalon/Origin this season? 2.) Will Martin Gero be writing any McKay-centric episodes this season? 3.)Any chance of getting O'Neill in the fifth season of Atlantis? 4.) Any chance of getting Daniel and O'Neill coming to Atlantis in the same episode next season? 5.)Any Ford ideas as of late?"

Answers: 1) This Mortal Coil, Be All My Sins Remember'd, and Spoils of War are tenuously-linked three-parters. 2) Miller's Crossing. 3) I don't know. 4) If we get the pick-up, getting Daniel on Atlantis will be a priority. 5) None.


Emily writes: "Will the fact that Sheppard obviously has an Elf gene ever come in to play this season?"

Answer: We're saving this revelation for the big stick-fighting three-parter.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Stargate Atlantis / SG1 - MGM Stargate site: Team Stargate - US & Canada Only!

From the MGM Stargate site:



Join Team Stargate today.

Help MGM promote your favorite show across cyber space and you could receive cool Stargate collectibles or other rewards by completing assignments set forth in the Team Stargate mission letters, submitting completed reports and following the Team Stargate Terms and Conditions.

Participation on Team Stargate is open to legal residents of the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec) who have attained the age of majority.

See Details:

How it Works:

Sign-up [at the site] to join Team Stargate.

MGM will send you an e-mail to the e-mail address you submit on your registration form confirming that you have joined Team Stargate. Thereafter, MGM will periodically send you the official Team Stargate mission letter. The mission letter will include a variety of features, discussions, topics and inside information about Stargate and various other Stargate promotions, including information and instructions for you to spread the word in cyberspace about the show we all love. You must sign your posts as an "Official Team Stargate member"

Thereafter, we will ask you to summarize your post for that week in a written report so we can see what you did and what's going on out there. Don't worry it's easy, we'll tell you what to post and provide you with the recap report template on this site.

Please remember that when performing services as a Team Stargate member, it is not only important but mandatory that you conduct yourself in a first class manner befitting a Stargate Command Officer and follow the Team Stargate Terms and Conditions.

If you post the Stargate content from 10 different newsletters on at least 10 web sites, sign your posts as an "Official Team Stargate member" and submit valid, complete reports for each of those posts (i.e. 10 total) within the applicable deadlines, we will send you a piece of Stargate memorabilia (some of which may be autographed by Stargate cast and crew members) or other cool items selected by MGM in our sole discretion. Such items may include:

Stargate t-shirts • hats • scripts • books • authentic costumes • authentic set props • magazines • posters • photos • DVDs • iPods • Apple TVs • iTunes electronic vouchers to download Stargate Season 4 and MGM movies


General 250
Colonel 200-249
Lt. Colonel 150-199
Major 100-149
Captain 50-99
1st Lt. 1-49

Based on total user posts

With each mission accomplished, Team Stargate members' posts will be automatically added up to determine their Stargate Command Rank. Only posts completed within the mission deadline will count toward Team Stargate members' promotions. As you rank your nickname will be posted in the rank structure section. Prove your loyalty to Stargate Command and try to out rank the competition!

Stargate Atlantis - Joseph Mallozzi's Blog Update Sept 18 - NEW Video clip

From Joseph Mallozzi's blog update for September 18, 2007:

(Please follow the link for the complete blog update. No photos today, but there is a new video clip.)

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Well, given the flash hailstorm that pounded Burnaby today (catching Marty G. and I on our way to post to finish cutting Harmony) I think I'll declare Summer officially over. Though, to be fair, it seems as though it slipped out the back several weeks ago when no one was looking. Now, we can look forward to rainy days, early nights, and that great grey limbo known as the end of season hiatus. Atlantis premieres in less than two weeks and despite the fact that the latest research suggests DVR use is impacting our ratings by as much as 22%, I'm feeling confident. Both SciFi and MGM are gearing up their promotion machines and the episodes we`ve finished are looking great.

Yep. Confident. Not overly, but quietly so. Still, just in case, I'd like each of you to find a friend with a Nielsen box and go watch the show at their place. Make it worth their while. Bring cookies (preferably the chewy kind without raisins)!

Oh, and speaking of promotions, I see by my site meter stats that this blog is slowly inching toward its 500 000th visit. Wow, we've come a long way from last December when I would average 25-50 visits a day, most of them me checking in to find out whether anyone had left me a comment. Now, it's more like 4 000+. And I'd like to thank the following for making it happen: Aloysius P. Hazzencockle, Percival H. Lintmuffin, Baron Destructo, Margaret Quibble, Agent Wexler, Merton Castrati, Helena Krumpett Fullbottom, and, of course, Cookie Monster for their tireless work and significant contributions.

Oh, and the fans. To mark the 250 000th visit, I gave away a box of unofficial flocking from the set of Stargate Continuum. That'll be hard to top that, but I'll see what I can come up with in the coming week. Damn. I now regret throwing out those gelatinous red stick-on pustules that Colonel Vaselov was stricken with in Lockdown. Hmmm. Maybe a vial of sand from the season finale, The Last Man, would be
appropriate. Or maybe a French Bulldog.


In closing, I'd like to echo Paul's sentiments and sincerely hope O.J. can hunt down the real Casino robber.

Today's pics: What pics?

Today's video: A video of a Genii under fire.

Photo is a screencap from today's video clip.

Over to the Q&A -

Tanya writes: "Is there any moments where she [Carter] will feel vulnerable...or guilty?"

Answer: Yep.


Morjana writes: "Would you happen to know how many episodes Dr. Z will be in this year?"

Answer: Sorry, I don't have the exact episode count. However, episode count aside, Zelenka will be featured more this season than any other.


FargateOne writes: "Les chaînes de tv me semble produire de plus en plus de séries tv fondées sur des histoires de paranormal, de spritisme,de revenants et de vampires au lieu de bons scénarios de science-fiction? Est-ce purement une question d'argent, la sci-fi coûte-elle trop chère à créer?"

Answer: I'll respond in English. The reason why you see more "spec" fiction than science fiction on television is because, yes, science fiction is prohibitively more expensive. It is also considered a very narrow genre that only appeals to a certain audience whereas speculative fiction shows (like Heroes and the upcoming Moonlight) offer a broader audience appeal.


Anonymous #1 writes: "As much as you might dis like Creation versus GateCon. Would you show up to the con for the Fans sake? or the Gate World dinner?"

Answer: GateCon? Sure.

Stargate SG-1 - Continuum: EBAY: Autographed Cast Duffle Bag

With many thanks to Captain Pegasus at GateWorld Forums for the heads up!

From EBAY:

(Gorgeous photo of RDA signing the duffle bag at the site, plus other photos!)

Current bid: US $389.99


The Cast and Crew of Stargate SG-1 are auctioning two Authentic North Face Base Camp Duffle Bags which were used during the Arctic shoot for the new Stargate movie titled "CONTINUUM".

Both of the bags have been autographed by:

Richard Dean Anderson (seen signing one of the bags) - "O'Neill"
Amanda Tapping - "Carter"
Christopher Judge - "Teal'c"
Michael Shanks - "Daniel"
Beau Bridges - "Landry"
Martin Wood - Director
Brad Wright - Executive Producer
Robert Cooper - Executive Producer
N. John Smith - Executive Producer
John G. Lenic - Producer

All money raised by the sale of these two bags will be donated to The Canadian Society for Mucopolysaccharide & Related Diseases Inc. in support of Trey Purcell, son of crew member, Ryan Purcell. Trey is a beautiful 3 year old boy who suffers from an illness called MPS II or Hunter's Syndrome, a Lysosomal Storage Disease that inhibits the body's ability to break down and recycle specific mucopolysaccharides. Trey's dad, Ryan, works in the Camera Department as a Steadicam Operator, and is currently working on the television series, "Stargate Atlantis".

MPS II is a disease characterized by the buildup of certain enzymes in the body which interfere with body's cell and organ's ability to function.

There is no cure for MPS II. Stargate SG-1 wants to help find a cure and asks for your help in finding a cure. Go to for more information on Trey and his family's journey to finding a cure for MPS II.

The North Face Duffle Bags were used during Stargate SG-1's trip to the Arctic to film scenes from the new movie "Continuum".

The bags are bright yellow and are made from PVC Tarpaulin. They are extremely durable and water repellent.

The bag's dimensions are: 28" x 16" x 16"
Cargo Capacity: 90 litres
Weight: 4 lbs

These bags are used for expedition travel and are equipped with many special features including:

- Shoulder straps which let you carry the bag as a back pack
- Dual daisy chains for attaching excess gear
- A zipper flap which prevents moisture from getting into the zipper
- ID pocket on the top (see picture)
- Internal mesh pockets to hold smaller items

There will be no charges for the shipping of the bag (world wide!)

Payment for the bag can be made through PayPal or Money Order.


Monday, September 17, 2007

Stargate Atlantis - Joseph Mallozzi's Blog Update Sept 17 - NEW video clip & photo

From Joseph Mallozzi's blog update for September 17, 2007:

(Please follow the link for the complete blog update. There are new photos from SGA season four and a NEW video clip at the site.)

Thumbnail photo courtesy of Joseph Mallozzi. Large version at the blog site.

Monday, September 17, 2007


...I did find time to swing by set where the gals were cabled up and making like stage version Peter Pans. It's nice to see that Amanda has seemingly conquered her fear of heights - at least for the duration of this episode. Maybe I CAN get her [to] wrestle that alligator in the finale. And for all those interested, Harmony is
coming along nicely. With it, Midway, Kindred I and II, and Last Man closing out the season, there's no doubt that we'll certainly be finishing VERY strong.


Today's pics: Ivon on set, Alex corrals the little devil, tuxedo bars, too much fun.

Today's video: That's a Wrap!

Today's mailbag -


Anonymous #1 writes: " It seems as though, from some of your comments, as though you feel some disdain for GW."

Answer: Not at all. Gateworld does more to support our show than any other website out there. I responded the way I did because the individual who posted the comment referred specifically to something said on the Gateworld forums.

Kellie writes: " 1) Will we get to see Sheppard hit things/people with sticks in season 5? 2) How many episodes will Weir be in in season 4 and how much screen time will she have (in minutes and seconds, please) 3) Is Sam going to boss everyone around and make them cry? 4) Will McKay have more episodes gloriously dedicated to him than the million he had in season 3? 5) Do you like dogs? 6) When will Woolsey be voted Sexiest Man of the Year? 7) How does it feel to be more famous than asswipes like Moe Jacuzzi?"

Answers: 1) Yes. There will be at least one "stick upside the head" shot in every episode of season 5. 2) I have Carl working on the exact timing. 3) Yes. She will also kick Zelenka on two separate occasions. 4) Although we are only producing 20 episodes this season, 21 of them will be McKay-centered episodes. 5) No. The ones pictured on my blog are on loan to me. 6) 2007 sounds like a pretty good year. 7) Not bad. Not bad at all.


Anonymous #2 writes: "Could you please explain the reason behind dressing Sam up like a female Evil Knievel in the Promo pics?"

Answer: Sure. Everyone got leathers this season.

Stargate Atlantis - NEW! MGM Stargate: Stargate - Enter the Gate Sweepstakes

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