Monday, April 28, 2008

Battlestar Galactica - Media Blvd. Magazine: Nicki Clyne Interview Transcript

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Nicki Clyne: An In Depth Interview After Cally's Death

Monday, 28 April 2008

Listen to the complete interview on TV Talk with ShaunOMac

By Shaun Daily & Kenn Gold

In one of her first interviews since the death of her character, Cally Tyrol, on SCI FI’s hit series Battlestar Galactica, actress Nicki Clyne appeared live on ShaunOMac’s TV Talk. She spoke in depth about her time on the show, and what she liked about the character, what she is doing now, and her plans for the future.


Shaun> So what did you think when you opened up the script, and it said she’s going to shoot you out the launch bay?

Nicki> Actually, I didn’t find out that way. I’d been waiting to hear what was going to happen with the next season and start getting into contract negotiations and what not, and it was getting very close to the time of starting to film. I was getting a little concerned, and so I had this kind of feeling. I wasn’t really sure what it was, and then I got a call from Ron and David. Then I pretty much knew what was going on and why I didn’t have a contract. I had a really neat conversation with them when they phoned, and they were very gracious, and of course with a show like ours, which I feel is so strong with the story line and the writing aspect of it, I really didn’t question that it served the story. Of course, I’m sad. I was upset to be leaving the show, but it made sense to me, and it made it that much easier to swallow in the end.

Shaun> How was it filming those scenes? You started out sneaking after them and watching them in that chamber there talking. Then she unraveled throughout the episode. That had to be exhausting for you shooting those scenes.

Nicki> It was, it was really intense both emotionally and physically. It was good because I had a lot going on after 5 years, this being the end and knowing that. So I had a lot going on for me personally and also the physical strain of working on wires. I don’t know if you remember at the end, there’s me floating in space and we did all kinds of different set ups to try and make that work. One of them was me hanging upside down from wires and spinning around. I came home bruised and battered many days from hanging around.


Stargate / Farscape / Moonlight - Claudia Black - Guest Stars on season finale of Moonlight

From the Moonlight Live Journal:



Eric Winter ("Brothers & Sisters") Returns as ADA Benjamin Talbot

Claudia Black ("Stargate SG-1") Guest Stars as The Cleaner

"Sonata" - Mick and Beth face the ultimate consequence of a relationship between mortal and immortal when a vampire kills a human in the heat of passion. But when the murder investigation threatens to expose vampire identities, Mick and Josef take action, on the first season finale of MOONLIGHT, Friday, May 16 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.


Mick St. John............. Alex O'Loughlin
Beth Turner............... Sophia Myles
Josef Kostan.............. Jason Dohring
Coraline ................. Shannyn Sossamon


Guillermo.................. Jacob Vargas
Logan...................... David Blue


ADA Benjamin Talbot........ Eric Winter
Emma Monaghan.............. Heather Stephens
Jackson Monaghan........... Jonathan LaPaglia
Simone Walker.............. Abigail Spencer
Dominic Brewer............. Christian Keyes
The Cleaner................ Claudia Black
Lisa....................... Erika Schaefer
Hank Bishop................ Ryan Caltagirone
Hearst College Chancellor.. Matt Riedy
Guard.......................Vince Pavia
Troy ...................... Mitch Eakins
Cleaner #4................. Jacleen Haber

WRITTEN BY: Ethan Erwin and Kira Snyder

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Supernatural - Video: HypaSpace Weekly: Ackles/Padalecki Interview Apr 28 '08

From Canada's Space channel's HypaSpace Weekly:

HypaSpace Weekly

NY Comicon | Supernatural | Ron English

Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles discuss the new episodes of Supernatural. Included are the behind-the-scenes clips of filming from the new episodes. Running time approximately three minutes.

Screen prints from the video:

Battlestar Galactica - Video:

Courtesy of HULU and the SciFi Channel, Rekha Sharma's (Tory Foster) Video Q & A.

Rekha Sharma answers SciFi Channel's Battlestar Galactica forum fans' queries in this special Q&A series.

Stargate / Battlestar / Firefly - Quantum Mechanix: QMx Insider Issue 2.6 Apr 28 '08

From a Quantum Mechanix e-mail announcement:

QMx Insider – Starbuck, Number 6, Serenity Valley, and the return of the Mal Pistol stands!

The Search for Stargates

Mirror Product Description

The Stargate SG-1 Replica Mirror -- harder to find than a humble Goa'uld? Not entirely.

While we labor to get more of the hit product made and into stores as soon as possible (including ours), there are still a few out there, tucked away in reseller warehouses. For example, we have it on good authority that still has a couple dozen left in stock. So act fast before they're all gone, too!



Star Wars Artist Comes Home to Galactica (and Stargate and Serenity)

QMx is thrilled to announce that Steve Anderson has joined our team of artisans. Steve is widely known for his work as an official Star Wars artist. His coveted limited-edition prints have been featured at Star Wars conventions in both the United States and Europe, and he was recently invited to produce a limited-edition print as a featured artist at the upcoming Star Wars celebration in Japan. Steve has created artwork for Lucasfilm Licensing for all six Star Wars movies as well as the new animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which debuts later this year. In addition to his work related to the past three Indiana Jones films, he has spent several months creating art for the upcoming new Indy movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Steve has also demonstrated his talent for book cover illustration, including several New York Times best-selling hardcover novels, movie novelizations, paperback novels and e-novellas for Random House Books. His dynamic illustrations have graced a myriad of games and puzzles for Hasbro, and he has done work for numerous other licenses, including Lord of the Rings, Disney-Pixar, Universal and Marvel.

Recently, Steve has applied his artistry to television series and movies he particularly enjoys and follows -- Battlestar Galactica, Serenity, Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. You can expect to see his work on these franchises in future QMx releases in the very near future.

Kaylee (Jewel Staite) from Firely/Serenity


In This Issue

* Limited Edition Serenity Valley Map

* Number Six and Starbuck Character Portraits

Number Six


* The Mal Pistol Stand Returns!

* Worlds of the Alliance Lithograph Ships

Stargate Atlantis / SG1 - MGM Stargate: Chris Heyerdahl Interview

From MGM Stargate:

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Stargate Magazine Exclusive!

April 25, 2008 (Products)

Read an exclusive extract from this month's issue of Stargate Magazine! In this issue, actor Chris Heyerdahl talks about his transformation on Atlantis.

A brief excerpt:

Chris Heyerdahl is like the Jekyll and Hyde of Stargate: Atlantis. The Vancouver native kicked off season one as the benevolent Athosian Halling, but later shifted gears by transforming into the conniving and deadly Wraith known as Todd. However, long before Heyerdahl even stepped into the Pegasus Galaxy, he encountered the Stargate SG-1 team as the misguided Pallan in the episode "Revisions."

“It was interesting because I was never sure whether Pallan was actually a family man or married with no children,” recalls Heyerdahl about his character’s plight. “It starts off with them having dinner together, Pallan and his wife, and the next thing you know, he no longer has a wife. Did he have children once upon a time? Who knows what his history was. Did his father, brothers, mother, and sisters go before his wife? How long had this been going on? How much influence did he knowingly or unknowingly have in the deaths of so many people? He was ultimately responsible for keeping this machine working. He was the ignorant technician of evil, even though he was perhaps one of the most kind, gentle, and generous people you would want to meet. There was the transition of going from his own ignorance to his enlightenment, realizing he had been helping this machine help everyone survive but at the same time, killing so many people that he loved. To carry that burden is a heavy one. On the surface, he was a technician with a very intelligent scientific mind, but eventually he was indirectly responsible for the lives of perhaps hundreds of thousands of people. It was an interesting angle there – he was so much more than he thought he was, and so much more than he appeared. That was a big challenge on a human level.”


Read the full interview in The Official Stargate SG1/Atlantis Magazine #22 on sale now.

Chris Heyerdahl as Todd the Wraith

Iron Man - SciFi Talk: Podcast - Robert Downey, Jr., Jon Favreau and more

From SciFi Talk:

Iron Man

A look at this first big comic book movie of 2008. You'll hear insights from Robert Downey Jr, director Jon Favreau,Gwyneth Paltrow,Terence Howard,Jeff Bridges,Leslie Babb,and producers Kieth Feige, and Peter Billingsly. There's also audio clips from the movie too. Great way to get primed for the movie. Music is by Victor Stellar. Special thanks to Paramount Pictures and EPK.TV for supplying audio clips and interviews.

Podcast Link

Stargate Atlantis - Big Finish - Details and Cover Art for Zero Point featuring David Nykl

From Big Finish Productions:


Starring David Nykl

(Duration: 70' Approx)


“Then the energy shockwave hit us, and the Apollo was thrown about as if it were a rowboat in a storm.”

Zelenka reluctantly finds himself aboard the Starship Apollo as part of Colonel Carter’s drive to survey the area of space surrounding Atlantis’ new planet. It’s a sensible idea, he understands that – but it’s also very dull. Dull, that is, until the ship discovers an entirely new life form…

AUTHOR: James Swallow
DIRECTOR: Sharon Gosling
RELEASE DATE: September 2008


This story takes place in season four, between Reunion and Midway.

And a reminder:

Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis Subscription - Series 1


Save nearly £10 if you buy all Six CDs for series one for £50.00.


1. Stargate SG-1: Gift of the Gods (Starring Michael Shanks and John Schwab)

2. Stargate Atlantis: A Necessary Evil (Starring Torri Higginson and Timothy Watson)

3. Stargate SG-1: Shell Game (Starring Claudia Black and Michael Shanks)

4. Stargate Atlantis: Perchance to Dream (Starring Paul McGillion)

5. Stargate SG-1: Pathogen (Starring Teryl Rothery and Christopher Judge)

6. Stargate Atlantis: Zero Point (Starring David Nykl)

With every release you will also receive access to our online service, so you can download it in advance of your CD's arrival.

The Simpsons - Video: 'Apocalypse Cow'

Courtesy of HULU, The Simpsons' 'Apocalypse Cow.'

Bart joins the 4-H Club and unexpectedly falls in love with a cow named Lou. When Bart finds out that Lou has been sold to a slaughterhouse, he becomes determined to save him.

Highlander - Video: 'Eyewitness"

Courtesy of HULU, Highlander's 'Eyewitness,' starring Adrian Paul, Alexandra Vandernoot and Stan Kirsch. With guest stars including Amanda Wyss, Tom Butler and Tim Reid.

Tessa witnesses a murder, but the police can find no body. Will her own investigation make her and MacLeod the target of an Immortal who is above the law?

Moonlight - Shannyn Sossamon Interview

From Total SciFi:

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Posted on Monday 28 April 2008

Shannyn Sossamon: Dancing in the Moonlight

Shannyn Sossamon insists it’s just a coincidence that she turns up so frequently in such creepy TV and movie fare as The Order, Devour, Catacombs and Moonlight. But she’s at it again in One Missed Call. “It certainly wasn’t anything that was well thought out,” the actress told Ian Spelling. “You just get excited because you like a script, and that’s it.”

Q: In addition to One Missed Call, you’re one of the stars of the CBS vampire series Moonlight. How has that experience been?

SS: "I have no complaints about Moonlight, ever – it’s great for me. Everything about it is a challenge, and in a great way. I think it’s a gift, in a personal way, to me. I love Alex [O’Loughlin], I love Sophia [Myles], I love [executive producer] Joel Silver, I like everybody - and I’m not just saying that!"

Q: You play Coraline, who has turned the show’s hero into a vampire. We also see you as Morgan, a human who looks a lot like Coraline. What intrigues you most about the character?

SS: "I didn’t sign up for the Morgan part of it. That was a surprise to me, actually. I read the episodes and thought, “That’s interesting.” I signed up for the show to do something like Coraline, which was a character I hadn’t played before. Morgan is closer to me, more modern-day, and I like playing Coraline more.

I really signed up for Moonlight because I trusted Joel Silver. I didn’t know what they were going to do. Joel just said, “You’re going to play this character Coraline. I don’t know what’s going to happen yet with her, but…” I was hesitant at first because I didn’t have any material and didn’t know what they were going to do with her and the show. But I trusted Joel, and he believed in me that I could do something that I hadn’t done yet...And when people trust you, it’s the most inspiring thing ever."

Q: How confident are you that CBS will bring Moonlight back for a second season?

SS: "I think it’s definitely going to keep going. Oh, for sure. The fan base is too loyal. And it’s too good. I can’t see them not having it continue."


One Missed Call is out now in UK cinemas. Moonlight is currently airing on CBS and UK Living. Catacombs is out now on region 1 & 2 DVD.

Stargate SG-1 / Atlantis - AXN Sci-Fi reaches million in CIS

From C21 Media:

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AXN Sci-Fi reaches million in CIS

The AXN Sci-Fi channel has clocked up over one million subscribers since launching in the former Soviet states last December, Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) has revealed.

AXN Sci-Fi is SPTI's first channel to launch into the Russia/CIS region, and debuted in Ukraine, Belorus and Kazakhstan in mid-December 2007. It has since rolled out into Russia, with "further negotiations at an advanced stage for additional carriage," said SPTI senior VP of international networks Ross Hair.

Aimed at 12- to 49-year-olds, the channel is airing Lost from the first season, the Stargate franchise, Mutant X, Kyle XY, Andromeda and Dead Like Me, as well as Stephen King miniseries and Hollywood blockbusters such as Armageddon and Unbreakable.


Stargate Atlantis - 5pm Weekday Rotation Episodes Apr 28 '08

The Stargate Atlantis 5pm weekday rotation episodes on the SciFi Channel (US) for the week of April 28, 2008:

4/28/2008 5:00P CONVERSION

4/29/2008 5:00P AURORA

4/30/2008 5:00P THE LOST BOYS

5/01/2008 5:00P THE HIVE

5/02/2008 5:00P EPIPHANY

And...a reminder that Stargate Atlantis Season FOUR episodes begin repeats beginning Tuesday April 29 '08 at 7pm, in a three-hour block.

First up:




Photos courtesy of GateWorld.

Babylon 5 - Video: 'The War Prayer'

Courtesy of HULU, Babylon 5's 'The War Prayer," starring Michael O'Hare, Claudia Christian, Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs, Stephen Furst, Andreas Katsulas and Peter Jurasik. With guest stars including Tristan Rogers, Michael Paul Chan and Richard Chaves.

When a group of racial fanatics infiltrates Babylon 5 and attacks innocent aliens, Sinclair, Garibaldi, and Ivanova try to capture the racists.

Battlestar Galactica - Video: Trailer for 'The Road Less Traveled'

A reminder, the SciFi Channel will air a "sneak peek" of May 2nd's episode, 'The Road Less Traveled' ONLINE at NOON ET.


See a sneak peek of each week's episode of Battlestar Galactica on SCIFI.COM!

Log on every Friday at Noon (Eastern Time) to watch a special LIVE streaming-video preview of that evening's new episode before it airs on SCI FI.

You must log on to SCIFI.COM at noon on Friday to see the video stream, which will begin automatically at 12:00 sharp. To view the stream, you must have the latest version of Windows Media installed on your computer.

While the episode sneak peek is streaming live, you will not be able to pause it, rewind it, or fast-forward through it. If you come in late, you'll miss out!

Prince Caspian - Video: Trailer 'The World of Narnia'

Behind-the-scenes, plus clips from, 'The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,' starring Ben Barnes as Prince Caspian, Liam Neeson as the voice of Aslan, Tilda Swinton as the White Witch, Eddie Izzard as the voice of Reepicheep, and Peter Dinklage as Trumpkin.

The four Pevensie children return to Narnia, only to discover that hundreds of years have passed since they ruled there, and the evil King Miraz has taken charge. With the help of a heroic mouse called Reepicheep, and the exiled heir to the throne, Prince Caspian, they set out to overthrow the King, once again with Aslan's help.

Torchwood - Outpost Gallifrey: Torchwood comes to Radio 4

From Outpost Gallifrey:

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Torchwood comes to Radio 4

April 26, 2008

Team Torchwood is slated to make an appearance on Radio 4 this summer [in the UK]. The 45-minute show, airing as Radio 4's Afternoon Play, has been written by Joseph Lidster (A Day In The Death) and will feature the voices of John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Gareth David-Lloyd and Freema Agyeman. Recorded in March, the story will be transmitted on Radio 4 as part of a day's programming dedicated to the CERN project, expected to air in June or July. According to an interview in Torchwood Magazine with writer Joseph Lidster, Martha calls the team while investigating strange goings-on at the CERN nuclear facility in Switzerland, leading to Torchwood's very first international adventure!


Stargate Atlantis - Christina Cox/Janina Gavandar Photos

From Joseph Mallozzi's blog update for April 27, 2008:

(Please follow the link for the complete blog update. Full-sized, higher-resolution version of the photos are available at the link above. Photos are from Mr. Mallozzi's Chocolate Party. Christina Cox and Janina Gavandar are appearing in Stargate Atlantis' season five episode, "Whispers.")

April 27, 2008: The Best Chocolate Party Ever!

Janina Gavankar and Angelo

Christina Cox, Stuart and John

Producer/Writer Martin Gero and Director Martin Wood

Janina Gavankar

Hillary and Executiver Producer/Writer/Co-Creator Robert C. Cooper

Karen and Producer/Writer Carl Binder


Janina and Christina

Martin Wood

Co-Creator/Executive Producer/Writer Brad Wright and Martin Wood

[far right] Directors Will Waring and Martin Wood


Long overdue mailbag:

1norriski writes: “Speaking of Paul/Carson have the odds of him being back for more than 5 episodes increased yet as the back half of the season continues to be discussed? Or will that depend on the fan reaction to having Carson back?”

Answer: The number of Carson appearances will be totally story dependent. At present, 5 seems about right.


Shadow Step writes: “Some posters expressed the opinion that they found it statistically unlikely that such a group of women would chose to join the army - a reflection on looks not ability.”

Answer: Huh? Are they saying that it’s statistically unlikely that there would be four attractive women serving in the army at any given time?


TV Guide Online: Ask Matt: NEW SciFi Shows on FOX

From TV Guide Online's ASK MATT:

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Ask Matt

Will Fox's New Sci-Fi Shows Deliver?

Question: This is in response to someone who wrote about the large number of sci-fi shows with impressive pedigrees coming to Fox in the next year or two. You pointed out that the expectations will be very high because of the attachment of names like J.J. Abrams, Ron Moore and Joss Whedon. I certainly think this is a problem, particularly since I'm not sure that these producers will live up to expectations. You've remarked before on a phenomenon that I've noticed, too: TV is much better at making new stars than it is at repackaging old ones. Actors who have starred in hit shows and have then gone on to do a show of equal or greater success are few and far between. But I've noticed that the track record for superstar producers hasn't been that great either in the last 15 years or so. Once upon a time, it seemed there were producers (Donald Bellisario, Steven J. Cannell, Aaron Spelling) who had a lock on creating successful shows. But now a lot of the superstars seem like one- or two-hit wonders. Whedon had Buffy and Angel, but when he moved beyond that universe with Firefly, it never really caught on with wider audiences. J.J. Abrams had Alias, and played a role in the creation of Lost, but his role on the latter now is essentially nothing, and he's had other small-screen flops like Six Degrees. Ron Moore had success with Deep Space Nine and has created the remarkable Battlestar Galactica, but let's not forget that he is also responsible for Bionic Woman. I wonder if it's too much to expect lighting to strike twice or three times for these guys. The most successful serial producers now are probably Dick Wolf and Jerry Bruckheimer, who are essentially cloning a successful format to other shows. Producers like Abrams, Moore and Whedon seem unsatisfied with that approach. They want to take new creative tacks, and sometimes, perhaps often, that doesn't work. — Jeff

Matt Roush: Intesting topic, and while I won't refute the specifics of your arguments (except to say that Firefly was only a failure because of Fox's short-sightedness, not because of anything on-screen), I will just remind everyone that TV is a brutal business and the failure rate is spectacularly high, especially for those who try not to repeat themselves. (Those who keep making the same show over and over again, with minor variations, are to me contributing to the death of TV.) These guys you're talking about are also, for the most part, producing in genres that traditionally are the riskiest. We're lucky that they keep trying, and in Joss's case, that he's deciding to return to the medium again. But it's also true that every so often (Six Degrees, Bionic Woman), one of their shows even actually deserves to fail. But unlike so much of the industry, I'm not of the mind that you judge a talent only by what they've done lately as long as they pick themselves back up and keep trying something new. The fact that the media now force them to operate under a microscope of relentless scrutiny makes the process harder, I'm sure, but when a miracle like Lost or Battlestar Galactica or Buffy comes along, isn't it worth it?