Monday, June 2, 2008

Battlestar Galactica - TV Guide (Canada): Grace Park Interview

From TV Guide Canada:

(Please follow the link for the complete interview.)

‘Battlestar’ returns with a boom

By Melissa Hank


Grace Park dishes on the final season of ‘BSG’

It’s baaaaaaaaaaack! Battlestar Galactica, the sci-fi winner of Emmy, Hugo, Saturn and Peabody awards, is returning for its fourth and final season at last.

Following a decimated human population and a fleet of spaceships on the run from the robot Cylons, the show has won over critics and fans alike with its grainy realism and underlying socio-political questions.

Season 4 launches as the 50,000 humans continue toward a refuge Earth. While suspicions arise around the return of Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff, Bionic Woman), four fleet members struggle with the revelation that they’re actually Cylons.

Grace Park, the bubbly actress who plays three versions of one Cylon character (Sharon/Boomer/Athena), chatted with during a press tour in Toronto. You’ve also done The Outer Limits and Stargate SG-1 – are you a hardcore sci-fi fan?

Grace Park: No! [Laughs.] I didn’t even realize I was doing sci-fi until people started looking at my resume. I think that’s mostly because I was an actor in Vancouver [where many sci-fi shows are shot], after The X-Files.

TVG: Boomer has so many versions. How do you prepare to play them?

GP: In the beginning there was just one character. But it was a little challenging even then, because it was like, ‘OK, so her programming’s coming out. What does that look like?’ You have to look within yourself for things you’re in denial about. And then we had another Sharon, who’s now known as Athena. And that seemed simple because she was living a lie her whole life.


TVG: Most BSG fans are pretty hardcore...

GP: I feel like most of our viewership is pretty smart to be able to follow a show like Battlestar. But then again, it’s not rocket science. It could be if you’re trying to figure out every single thread, but there are so many other elements – action, sensuality, politics, character development.


Supernatural - Video: Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki

Courtesy of HULU and The Paley Center, a video clip of the cast/staff of Supernatural from the March 4, 2006 Supernatural seminar at the Paley Festival:

Actors Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester) and Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester) explain how their acting careers took off.

SciFi Wire: SciFi.Com/SciFi Wire Set New Records

From SciFi Wire (News Briefs):

SCIFI.COM added more than 1 million unique visitors from May 2007 to May 2008 and achieved double and triple digit growth in all key metrics over that same time, the site announced; SCI FI Wire, meanwhile, set a new traffic record in the the month of May, with 4.1 million page views, topping the previous record set in the previous month.

Buck Rogers - Video: 'Olympiad'

Courtesy of HULU, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century's 'Olympiad,' starring Gil Gerard, Erin Gray and Tim O'Connor. Guest stars include Nicolas Coster, Judith Chapman ... Lara Teasian, Barney McFadden and Paul Mantee ("Robinson Crusoe On Mars").

Buck must help an alien athlete defect before a bomb planted in the man's head explodes.

Bones - Digital Spy: Hart Hanson Interview

From Digital Spy (UK):

(Please follow the link for the complete interview.)

Hart Hanson (Executive Producer, 'Bones')

Friday, May 30 2008, 19:59 BST

By Adam Tanswell and Nick Levine, Music Editor

Photo courtesy of FOX

What happens when a sniper-turned-FBI Agent teams up with a brilliant but socially limited forensic anthropologist to solve murders that seem, well, pretty much unsolvable? A smash hit US drama series, that's what. With season three of Bones recently concluding in jaw-dropping fashion, exec producer Hart Hanson tells us what's to come for Agent Seeley Booth and Dr. Temperance Brennan in the future.

How are plans coming along for season four?

"They [the US network] started ordering episodes for season four, but we never got the call to say we’d been picked up for it until upfronts week. Now people are starting to talk about season five and I’m thinking, 'Jeez, I hope this show holds.' I don’t want to call the president of the network and ask if it’s true because maybe he’ll say no. Our audience follows us around from timeslot to timeslot – and we’ve been steadily building an audience, so I hope it does."


How do you feel about David Boreanaz directing some of the episodes next season?

"David is going to be great. He’s been asking not to be written out of any scenes in the show before because he’s like that – but we really should write him down a little bit so that he can properly prep his episode. If you see an episode where you don’t see David as much as you’d like to next season, the following episode will be the one that he directs. Keep your eyes peeled."


The Invisible Man - Video: 'Money For Nothing - Part 2'

Courtesy of HULU, The Invisible Man's 'Money For Nothing - Part 2,' starring Vincent Ventresca, Paul Ben-Victor, Shannon Kenny and Eddie Jones. Guest stars include Brandy Ledford, Jay Acovone, Joel Bissonnette and Charles DeFazio.

Hobbes decides whether to join Darien's escape from the agency.

Stargate Atlantis - TV Guide: 'Search and Rescue'

From the print TV Guide's Summer TV Preview issue (June 9-15 '08):

Stargate Atlantis' fifth season premiere episode, "Search and Rescue," airs Friday, July 11 at 10pm on the SciFi Channel (US), and on Monday, July 14 in Canada on The Movie Network (please check your local listings for the time).

Firefly - Video: 'Jaynestown'

Courtesy of HULU, Firefly's 'Jaynestown,' starring Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Summer Glau and Ron Glass. Guest stars include Gregory Itzin, Daniel Bess and Kevin Gage.

The Serenity crew pulls a job in a town where Jayne once made some friends and few lifelong enemies.

Stargate Clock Widget

From Widgipedia:

A clock for any website, profile, or blog that can be published anywhere on the web.

I've got one embedded here on my blog (look to the top of the blog page).

Stargate: Continuum / Stargate Atlantis - MGM Stargate: NEW Behind the Scenes Photo Galleries


From MGM Stargate:

The MGM Stargate has updated their Behind the Scenes Photo Galleries, to now include the following categories to the original Comic Con and Production Art galleries:


(Please follow the link for the full-size, high-resolution format of the following photos, courtesy of MGM Stargate)

Don S. Davis (General Hammond) and William Devane (President Henry Hayes)

Director Martin Wood and William Devane

Martin Wood, William Devane, Amanda Tapping (Sam Carter, Ben Browder (Cameron Mitchell) and Michael Shanks (Daniel Jackson)



(Please follow the link for the full-size, high-resolution format of the following photos, courtesy of MGM Stargate)

David Hewlett (Rodney McKay) and Jason Momoa (Ronon Dex) - It was this big!

Jason Momoa

David Hewlett and Rachel Luttrell (Teyla Emmagan)

Joe Flanigan (John Sheppard)

David Hewlett and Jason Momoa

Rachel Luttrell

Director Martin Wood and Paul McGillion (Carson Beckett) - No, it was THIS big!

(no season five photos as yet...)

Stargate: Continuum - MGM Stargate: Continuum Photo Gallery

From MGM Stargate:

(Please follow the link for the photos in their original full-size, high-resolution format.)

MGM Stargate now has a Stargate: Continuum photo gallery with eight photos. Most of the photos have been previously provided by Andreas at GateWorld Forum, but there is one NEW photo of George Hammond.

Lt. General Major George Hammond (Don S. Davis)

Photo courtesy of MGM Stargate

Stargate: Continuum - MGM Stargate: The Making of Continuum (Pt 1)

From MGM Stargate:

(Please follow the link for the complete MGM Stargate article. Photo at the site, courtesy of Martin Wood, is in its original full-size, high-resolution format.)

The Making of Continuum (Pt 1)

Photo Courtesy Martin Wood

May 29, 2008 (General)

From the frozen wastes of the Arctic Circle to the terrors of a changed timeline, the SG-1 team’s latest adventure is their most amazing yet! Writer and Executive Producer Brad Wright opens our series on the making of Stargate Continuum.

A brief excerpt:

**snippity doo-dah**

[Richard Dean] Anderson isn’t the only familiar face that long-term fans will recognize in Continuum, either. Amongst others, William Devane returns as President Hayes and Cliff Simon reappears as SG-1’s old Nemesis Ba’al – which provided an opportunity for Wright to explore a few alternative paths for another favorite face.

“I wasn’t going to use Vala as extensively as I did,” Wright explains, “and then Robert [Cooper] suggested a certain twist that makes her far more villainous and essential to the final part of the movie.”

In fact, Claudia Black gets a chance to explore Vala’s life before ridding herself of Qetesh. “It’s fun because this is a Qetesh that would have been different, even from the other timeline,” Wright points out, “because this is a Qetesh who was forced into marriage with Ba’al. Ba’al says, ‘I want you to be my queen’, which is a Goa’uld way of imposing servitude. But Qetesh is a Goa’uld, and obviously wants the power for herself.”


Watch out for the second part of our chat with writer and executive producer Brad Wright – coming soon!

Story by Sharon Gosling