Monday, June 16, 2008

Stargate Atlantis - Yahoo TV: Sick of reality TV?

From Yahoo TV:

Sick of reality TV?

With summer TV dominated by reality madness, these scripted shows are a welcome relief.

You like that your favorite TV shows help you escape from reality, not see more of it. You love to drown yourself in drama and comedy, catch up on characters' lives and enter into completely new worlds via your favorite series. You can't wait to watch Nancy Botwin's suburban drug-dealing on "Weeds," Deputy Police Chief Brenda Johnson solve the case on "The Closer," or Don Draper's womanizing on "Mad Men." Click through this slideshow to check out the stand-out scripted series coming your way this summer.

Stargate Atlantis is on the list (at # 24)

The ever-popular SciFi series "Stargate Atlantis" follows a team of intrepid explorers from Atlantis, a city built thousands of years ago by the highly evolved and mysterious Ancients, as they explore the distant Pegasus Galaxy. Season 5 promises another dose of excitement and adventure as a new and powerful race is introduced and new alliances are forged -- all while the team continues to explore the mysteries of the unknown galaxy. The season will also include the series' 100th episode and will mark the return of fan favorite Paul McGillion, who reprises his role as the beloved Dr. Carson Beckett for five episodes. Premieres Friday, 7/11 at 10 PM on SciFi Channel

Buck Rogers - Video: 'Flight of the War Witch Part 2'

Courtesy of HULU, the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century's season one finale episode, 'Flight of the War Witch Part 2,' starring Gil Gerard, Erin Gray and Tim O'Connor. Guest stars include Pamela Hensley, Sid Haig, Michael Ansara, Julie Newmar, Vera Miles and Sam Jaffe.

Part 2 of 2. Inhabitants of the planet Pendar demand that Buck supply them with conventional weapons to fight their enemies.

Stargate Atlantis - GateWorld: L.A. Times photographer goes behind the scenes

From GateWorld:

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L.A. Times photographer goes behind the scenes


Visit the L.A. Times for 40 exclusive photos from the filming of Stargate Atlantis's new season!

Stargate SG-1 - SciFi Channel's Visions of Tomorrow - POLL Results

Back in February '08, the SciFi Channel launched their Visions of Tomorrow, and asked: What are the Top Things You Must Read, Watch and Do to Save the World?

Results are in for the polls:

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We asked you to pick the Top Things You Must Read, Watch And Do To Save The World and the response was incredible. Nearly 20,000 votes were cast, and the most powerful works of sci-fi film, TV, and books were chosen along with the courses of action inspired by them. We here at SCI FI have also weighed in with a list of our own. Take a look at the results.

Top Ten TV Shows to Watch

1. Firefly
2. Battlestar Galactica (2004)
3. The X-Files
4. Heroes
5. Stargate: SG-1
6. Doctor Who
7. Star Trek: The Next Generation
8. Babylon 5
9. Star Trek
10. Buffy The Vampire Slayer

The Happening - SciFi Talk: Audio Interviews

From SciFi Talk:

Mon, 16 June 2008

The Happening

M. Night Shyalmalan crafts a tale of a viral airborne agent that hits major cities in the east. Comments include actors Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo, Spencer Breslin, Robert Bailey Jr, and Betty Buckley. Producers Sam Mercer and Jose L Rodriguez help in fill in the behind the scenes info. Plus you'll hear from the director himself. Special thanks to 20th Century Fox for supplying interviews and audio clips. Incidental music is by Victor Stellar. Visit the official site.

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Stargate / Sanctuary - Blog Critics: Online Fans Represent TV's Vocal Minority

From Blog Critics:

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Online Fans Represent TV's Vocal Minority

Written by Diane Kristine

Published June 16, 2008

Does Eric Millegan's fate in the Bones finale still have you fuming? Can't stop talking about Hugh Laurie, Robert Sean Leonard, and Anne Dudek's powerful performances in the House season ender? Pondering Swingtown, looking forward to Sanctuary, and can't wait for the boys of Entourage to return?

Like many fans, maybe you're expressing those thoughts online... and maybe the people behind those shows are reading. During various sessions at the Banff World Television Festival, TV writers, directors and producers commented on their reaction to that kind of audience reaction.

Martin Wood, currently executive producing and directing the upcoming science fiction show Sanctuary, reflected on the number of fansites and social networks his previous series, Stargate SG-1 and Stargate: Atlantis, spawned. "You learn that the majority of your audience is not responding on those things," he warned in our interview. "So a relatively small number of people are being very loud about what they want. If you respond to it the way you think you should, it's not necessarily the best thing for the show."


Stargate Atlantis - David Nykl Blog Update June 15 '08 - NEW Photos!

From David Nykl's blog, "Letters From Pegasus," blog update for June 15, 08:

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

So Precious

Aren't they just so darling? These are the models I got "for review" from the Action Toy Doll Making Company. Yeah. They're making an action doll out of Zelenka! Ain't that cool.

Resemblance ?...

Michael Shanks - GateWorld: Bidding open for annual MSOL charity auction

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Bidding open for annual MSOL charity auction


The fourth annual charity auction is now underway, with one-of-a-kind items.

Stargate: Continuum - Continuum - GateWorld: Early peek at Continuum DVD menus

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Early peek at Continuum DVD menus


Check out the DVD menu screens for Stargate: Continuum, on DVD and Blu-ray July 29!

A brief excerpt:

The press screener for Stargate: Continuum landed in our mailbox on Friday, and yes -- the highly anticipated movie is just as good as we remembered it. In this fan's biased opinion, Continuum is simply one of the best Stargate stories ever.

Today we are happy to unveil the DVD menus for Stargate: Continuum, courtesy of MGM and Fox Home Entertainment! Click on an image below to see a larger version. (Beware of minor SPOILERS on the Scene Selection menu -- the fourth image below. We picked the least spoilery of the bunch.)

Bruce Boxleitner - Babylon 5 - Video: 'Spider in the Web'

Courtesy of HULU, Babylon 5's 'Spider in the Web,' starring Bruce Boxleitner, Claudia Christian, Jerry Doyle and Andrea Thompson. Guest stars include Adrienne Barbeau, Michael Beck, Jeff Conaway, James Shigeta and Jessica Walter.

A killer stalks Talia--and he has already murdered once aboard Babylon 5. Talia and Garibaldi develop a mutual attraction. Sheridan uncovers a conspiracy.

Stargate Atlantis - Amazon Unbox - Save 20% on SGA Season 4 Download

From an e-mail announcement:

Download and Save 20% on "Stargate Atlantis" Season Four

The complete fourth season is available for download from Amazon Unbox.

Why wait for the DVD? Have the entire season delivered commercial-free to your PC or TiVo with one click, while saving an additional 20% off the episode price.


Sanctuary - The Media Pundit: Martin Wood talks Sanctuary, Canadian productions

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Martin Wood talks Sanctuary, Canadian productions

June 16, 2008 in Digital Media, Internet, Television

If you've heard about Sanctuary then you'll probably dig this, and if not, it's still worth noting because I think this represents the very beginning of a new digital development platform for television. Note that I said development and not distribution, because I'm of the mind that the Internet can't possibly replace cable or satellite distribution -- physically incapable of it -- meaning it'll make a good proving ground for trying things out, but not much more than that. Sanctuary is a show that like Quarterlife was produced by veteran TV producers and writers, self-financed, broadcast initially on the 'net without much success, but garnered enough attention where it counts to make the leap to broadcast television.


For Wood, this is less about developing shows on the 'net before moving to traditional distribution channels, and more about developing successful shows that are entirely Canadian productions. Stargate for example only features one WGA writer (the rest are WGC -- Writers Guild of Canada) and only three SAG actors amongst the main cast. The studios where the show is filmed are in Canada -- which is not to be confused with the studio that owns the show, MGM, which is based in the United States -- and all post production and effects are done locally. I know a lot of Canadian writers that desperately want their government to invest more money in local productions instead of acting as outsourced talent for American industry, and Wood sees this as progress in that direction.


Buffy: The Vampire Slayer - Video: 'Never Kill a Boy On the First Date'

Courtesy of HULU, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer's 'Never Kill a Boy On the First Date,' starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter, David Boreanaz and Anthony Head. Guest stars include Mark Metcalf, Christopher Wiehl and Geoff Meed.

While awaiting the arrival of the warrior vampire called the Anointed One, Buffy's big date at the Bronze ends with an assault on a funeral home.

Steve Carell Interview - SciFi Weekly: Get Smart

From SciFi Channel's SciFi Weekly:

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June 16, 2008

Steve Carell and company update Mel Brooks and Buck Henry's classic spy spoof, Get Smart

By Patrick Lee

Get Smart—a feature-film reboot of Mel Brooks and Buck Henry's classic '60s spy-spoof TV show—is being described as a comedic version of The Bourne Supremacy by its makers.

By that, they mean to remain faithful to the show's satirical tone while grounding the action, suspense and peril in reality.

The Office's Steve Carell takes over the role of fumbling superspy Maxwell Smart in director Peter Segal's movie, a role originated by Don Adams. Carell is joined by Anne Hathaway in the role of Smart's capable partner, Agent 99—a role first played by Barbara Feldon. Carell's Little Miss Sunshine co-star Alan Arkin plays the Chief of CONTROL, the supersecret agency battling KAOS.

The cast and filmmakers spoke with reporters a few weeks ago in Beverly Hills, Calif., about Get Smart, which opens June 20.

A brief excerpt:

Did you go back and look at the episodes of the TV show, or did you steer away from that to make the characters your own?

Carell: I steered away from it, because I didn't want to do an impression of Don Adams. I figured there was no way to improve upon what he had done, and I thought the more I watched him, the more I would be inclined to do an impersonation, because he was so good and so definitive in the role. So, no, I sort of backed off on that.

Arkin: In making it my own? I made the choice 30 years ago of not watching the show, so—it was easy. [Laughter.]

Hathaway: I actually grew up watching the show on Nick at Night and loved it, so it was really fun to revisit it. I wanted to revisit it, because I was actually one of the last people cast, so I, unfortunately, [missed] the whole collaboration—"This is the movie we're making"— ... and I wanted to make sure that I understood where we were, what tone we were trying to achieve, and I really think that in the final product we've managed to have that silly, sweet, yet sophisticated feel that the original series had.