Monday, June 30, 2008

Stargate SG-1 - Don S. Davis - Interview Transcript Part 2

(A scene from "The Broca Divide" is played - where Hammond is on the phone, advising the President that Cheyenne Mountain be sealed off.)

JOEY: "Don Davis from "Stargate SG-1", which probably is having one of its great moments right now - it's on in syndication, I think it was running on Showtime for a bit, and now it's currently running Friday nights at 9pm on the Sci Fi Channel."

ERICH: "9 pm and re-broadcast at 11pm, which in between is "Farscape."

JOEY: "That's correct. Don Davis is joining us here on a live broadcast of "Interstellar Transmissions", and our conversation continues."

DON: "You know, "Farscape" is a great show itself."

DAVID: "I've caught a few episodes myself, and I really like it just for the effects. Because it's great to see Henson Creature Shop just doing anything other than muppets, because they always do really nice work."

DON: "They've got some nice actors on "Farscape." I've met some of them at these conventions we travel to. It's a great show."

William Devane and Don S. Davis from Stargate: Continuum

ERICH: "You know I played that bumper clip at the beginning of the show - just to show you a guy who's not afraid. That was a season one episode. By the way, they're available on DVD, "Stargate SG-1", right now. I mean it's like the third episode, and he's prepared to kill off everybody else on the job…"

(cross chatter or buffering)

ERICH: "Actually, we got a question today over the internet from Philip Routledge (sp?) in England, who's listening to the show probably the world wide web. He met you at a convention in November, and his question was, 'Out of all the parts he's played, which has been his favorite? What types of characters do you like to play? Like
cops, military types?'"

DON: "By the way, Philip, I've met several times, and he himself is a very promising writer and I wish him luck and I hope somebody has the sense to buy one of his scripts. My favorite character was a total slob, a private eye named Donald P. Carstairs, in a series that didn't last very long, called "Slick Air." [Note: This series was "Fly by Night" - 1991.] He dressed like Columbo, he drove a beat-up old car, and he carried with him a little tin of gasoline. He was such a bad private eye that he was like a 'Mike Hammer' character, you know. He would just fight his way through anything and anybody. But he was such a bad private eye, that he had to make his true living in repossession. He would knock on some door that he was supposed to
repossess something from, if no one answered the door, and he thought someone might be in there, he would simply pour gasoline over the door and set it on fire…"

(all the radio hosts are chuckling in background now)

DON: "…and then beat up anybody who came out, and then go in and take out all their equipment. So that's my favorite character."

DAVID: "So how many episodes of that did you get to do?"

DON: "I did six. It only lasted thirteen. They did six in Canada and seven in France. I didn't get to go to France."

DAVID: "Did you attempt to burn down six doors or more than six?"

DON: "I burned down a couple of doors. I was blown up a couple of times. And I had an anatomically correct Hawaiian doll in a grass skirt."

(all the radio hosts chuckling again)

DAVID: "Man, this show had everything."

DON: "Yes, it was a wonderful show."

MARK: "What was the name of that show again?"

DON: "'Slick Air.' It starred by the way Shannon Tweed of "Playboy" fame and David Elliot of "JAG" fame."

ERICH: "If anybody has this on video, please give us a call. We wouldn't mind screening that."

DON: "I like comedy. I don't get to do much comedy. One of the things I love about "Stargate," is that Rick - Richard Dean Anderson - has a great sense of humor. And they work it into the show."

JOEY: "Let's go ahead and take some calls right now. We've got a call from California, Morjana; you're on a broadcast of "Interstellar Transmissions" with Don Davis. What's your question?"

MORJANA: "Good evening. Yes, I saw Mr. Davis in a wonderful Canadian film, "The Ranger, The Cook, and a Hole in the Sky", with Jerry O'Connell and Sam Elliott. And I was wondering if he had any anecdotes to share from that adventure?"

DON: "I think Sam Elliott is one of the greatest guys that I've ever met. You know he's a star of large standing. And just a typical story about Sam - when he got there - because he was so much a larger star - even though Jerry O'Connell has done well - the rest of us were all Canadians that, you know we're known up here, but we're not
necessarily known across the border. And so Sam, as is normal enough, the biggest star gets the biggest dressing room, in this case a trailer. And then the next stars get lesser dressing rooms on down to those of you who are day players who get honey wagons. Sam refused his trailer. He said that he was there as part of a cast, he would have a dressing room the same size as the rest of the leads. He didn't want the fancy trailer. They said they couldn't budget the show and turn the trailer in. So he turned it over to the Teamsters. He's that kind of a guy. He's the same off screen as he is on, as you well know from the things you've seen him in. He's a gentleman of the old school."

"There's one other thing. One of the reasons I loved "Twin Peaks" - that same thing is true. In any film production, the lead gets a Winnebago, that's got all the bells and whistles on it. And then the next leads get what they call star wagons, which are smaller dressing rooms, down to the day players, who work in honey wagons. And on "Twin Peaks", everybody, except for Kyle [MacLachlan], who had his own, beat-up old Air Steam trailer that he brought to the set, which wasn't as nice as the honey wagon. All the rest of us, no matter even if you're talking about Piper Laurie or Richard Beemer, who ever you're talking about on "Twin Peaks", everybody simply when they arrived in the morning were given a honey wagon room, which is just a little 4 by 8 foot trailer space with a toilet. And we all sat out front and played guitars and kibitzed and just had a great time."

"So anyway, "Ranger, Cook, and Hole in the Sky" is the favorite film I've ever worked on."

DAVID: "Speaking of your film work, Don, you were in one of my favorite movies. I just want to ask your experiences were like working on that, "Best in Show."

DON: (laughing) "That's the funniest bunch of people in the world! And again, that's one of those groups of people - they have a blast. My god, what talent! You know, Fred Willard what he was playing, actually the counterpart of what Joe Garagiola does, on the Westminster Dog Show in New York, you know, he was the color guy. He ad-libbed for an entire day - (laughing) and it was hilarious. (cross chatter) …a true strolling minstrel, they're a repertory company; there's not a weakness in that company. It was a great experience. You'll have to excuse me, I'm the guy who loves making films, and I don't have many dark stories to tell."

ERICH: (cross chatter) "…You have other great artistic talents. (cross chatter) …on the internet, open up another web browser, and take a look at Because there is some gorgeous art work - where did you learn how to…"

DON: "As a matter of fact, I was one of nine artists in a show - there's a wonderful resort spa up here in Canada called Harrison Hot Springs, about an hour and a half out of Vancouver. And this week is the Harrison Hot Springs Arts Festival. I filmed up there on Monday on a project called "Just Cause", which is a new lawyer show for the PAX Network, because we're on hiatus right now from "Stargate." My art show, myself and the other artists, opened on Sunday, we had the reception and everything. I sold a painting at the reception. So that was very nice."

ERICH: "Fantastic. The show, "Stargate SG-1", which is seen on the Sci Fi Channel on Friday nights at 9 pm and re-broadcast at 11 pm. Mr. Davis, is there any conventions that you'll be attending in the near future, where fans of "SG-1" can come and meet you?"

DON: "I'm supposedly going to be in Paris at a convention in the first week of November. Before that I'll be at GateCon here in Vancouver - that I believe is in September. I've got to go down to a "Twin Peaks" convention in Snoqualmie Falls, which was where the lodge was, in August, there's a convention down there. That's pretty much it; we're filming until the middle of October right now. I don't have a lot of time to do any more conventions. We've been off for two weeks from "Stargate", and we start filming again on Monday, and I'm in there filming on that."

JOEY: "Well, fans can go ahead and check out his website, you can take a look at the man's talent, his incredible resume, and also take a look at the magnificent paintings that he's also taken care of - his magnificent, artistic talents. Don S. Davis, from "Stargate SG-1", thank you so much tonight for being on the broadcast of "Interstellar Transmission."

ERICH: "Thank you very much for coming on."

DON: "Thank you. I really appreciate it and I wish you luck. It sounds like that cruise is wonderful (referring to a commercial they were running during the show)!"

JOEY: "Oddly enough, it did sail out of Vancouver about a couple of years ago, and I understand that they're planning on doing that in a couple of years again. I'll be more than happy, if you'd like, to send you some information, if you care to, on that."

DON: "That would be wonderful."

JOEY: "Have yourself a great break and we look forward to seeing you on 'Stargate SG-1'."

DON: "Thanks a lot."

JOEY: "Take care."

DON: "Take care."

JOEY: "Bye-bye."

DON: "Bye-bye."

JOEY: "Don Davis, ladies and gentlemen."

Stargate SG-1 - Don S. Davis - Interview Transcript Part 1

This was a radio interview that was hosted by Interstellar Transmissions. (I typed the transcript.)

William Devane and Don S. Davis from Stargate: Continuum

Don S. Davis Interview – Part One

Friday, July 12, 2002

Hosts: Joey Reynolds, David Durica, Mark Woda, and Erich Landstrom.

Mr. Davis was interviewed over the telephone (Davis was in Vancouver, radio show is broadcasted out of Florida), and the interview started at 7:15 pm, concluded at approximately 7:40 pm.

(Theme from "Stargate SG-1" played.)

JOEY: "Also via telephone from Vancouver, Canada – one of the most beautiful places on the planet – we have Don Davis from "Stargate SG-1." Good evening sir and welcome to a broadcast of "Interstellar Transmissions."

DON: "Good evening, thanks for inviting me."

JOEY: "And now that we have you on the phone, let's go ahead and have David give out the telephone numbers because strangely enough, we've got a lot of buzz about your appearance on tonight's program. There are a lot of Stargate SG-1 fans that have been e-mailing us all interested and such. So, David, what are those phone numbers?

DAVID: "In Boca, Deerfield, Delray it's 988-####, everywhere else, all over the Americas at least, it's 888-565-####."

JOEY: "Erich, I know you have lots to talk about with Don Davis."

ERICH: Well, I do, but here's the thing. Even though you say "Stargate SG-1" fans, I'm ashamed to admit that on our panel tonight we have someone who has never watched an episode of "Stargate SG-1." And so, I would ask Don Davis if he wouldn't mind, tell us what it is that he does on this show, this excellent show that is broadcast on the Sci Fi Channel, basic cable channel, on Friday night at 9 o'clock and re-broadcasted at 11pm."

DON: "I play the role of General George Hammond, who is the commander of the Stargate Command. I'm the guy that stays at home safely in my little tufted leather chair and tells these four people to go out through the Stargate and save the Universe."

ERICH: "You know what, I meant to ask you about that. There are a lot of on location shoots. Do you ever get to go out with the rest of the cast? I think …"

DON: "Very seldom. There have been two or three…We're in our sixth season now, but it's only been two or three times that I've gotten to go anywhere. I've got the best job on TV. I get to work on every episode, but just a few days, and then spend the rest of my time painting and carving."

ERICH: "And you get to work with Richard Dean Anderson, which can't be that bad, either."

DON: "That's true, that's true. He's a good guy. I've worked with him since `MacGyver', so…"

ERICH: "That's right. This is not your only show; you've also been a part of lot of other shows. Mark, you want to rattle off a short list of other things that Don Davis has been a part of?"

MARK: "I'm ashamed to admit it, Don, but I haven't seen your work on "Stargate SG-1." I know you from some of your lesser-known works. Some you might want to remember, some you might want to forget…"

DON: (chuckling) "There's a lot of them I'd like to forget."

MARK: "Ranging anywhere from a couple of episodes of "MacGyver" that you did, and "21 Jump Street", and going way, way back to an episode of "Joanie Loves Chachi."

DON: (laughing) "You've watched a lot of TV."

MARK: "Yes, I have. But I'm a fan of TV."

DON: "I've been very lucky. I've been doing this for a lot of years. I've met a lot of wonderful people and had a lot of people help me along. In fact, on our show – you mentioned "21 Jump Street" - Peter DeLuise, who was on "21 Jump Street" – he's appeared himself as a character on our show, he's one of our two main directors, and he's written a lot of episodes."

ERICH: "You've also been in the "X-Files", which used to shoot up in Canada. And so I'm a little bit curious as to how you got involved in "Stargate SG-1" – was like "X-Files" shooting next door, and that's how you came to play Scully's dad, or what happened there?

DON: "No – you know, I'm a character actor, and character actors depend on creating a network of producers and directors that use them over and over again. And that's what happened on the "X-Files." There was a director named David Nutting, who had done a lot of the "X-Files" episodes and he specifically requested me for the role of
Scully's dad."

ERICH: "If you take a look at the roles that he's played, you'll notice there are constant themes of authority, like "Cardinal, General, Colonel, Sheriff, Chief" – I think you've…"

DON: "That's funny, because when I started out…I have a background in theater, and I did musical theater and comedy. But when I started out in film, for some reason, the early part of my career was predominantly scuzz ball killers, and really every once in a while I'd play a lawyer or a cop or something – usually the cops were dirty. But
then "Twin Peaks" kind of changed all of that. Because Briggs was basically a good man, and, uh, so then I got stuck on the good guy side."

ERICH: "Now, you were supposed to have appeared in the feature film version of "Twin Peaks", correct?"

DON: "Yes, I was. But during that period, I was on a ten-week contract on a film called, "A League of Their Own", that Penny Marshall directed. Which was just a wonderful experience. But unfortunately, those two films filmed concurrently. And we doing "A League of Their Own" in Indiana, and the "Twin Peaks" film was being filmed in Washington. So there was a conflict that couldn't really be resolved there."

DAVID: (this guy talked too fast) "In regards to "Twin Peaks", back around 1989, did you take a look at the script obviously, it was intended as a motion picture, and it was, released as such at lot of film festivals in 1989. Did you, or anybody else, have an idea from this interesting line of David Lynch's, to what everybody was getting themselves into?"

DON: "Not really. I wasn't that familiar with David's work at the time. In fact, the two things that I really knew about were "Dune" and "Elephant Man." I had never seen "Eraserhead" or anything. And it wasn't until I was doing "Twin Peaks", that I saw "Blue Velvet." But, just from meeting him, he was so creative, he's a…you know, his films are dark, but he's the opposite of that. He's like a ray of light. I don't know anybody that's ever worked for him that wouldn't do anything possible to work for him again. Because he's such a calm and creative and unflappable individual. And yet you know, that somewhere in that head is…"

MARK: "A lot of scary, scary thoughts."

(chuckling from everyone.)

DON: "But talking to him, he's like…it's like talking to the most agreeable character that Jimmy Stewart ever played."

MARK: "But he doesn't ever start talking backwards, does he?"

DON: (chuckling) "No…no he doesn't. You know, I've worked with him off and on basically for two and a half years during that period. And he's the only person that I've ever worked with – and I've worked with some great directors – but you know directors are human, and they get, uh, to a point in any production where they're really a juggler juggling one ball more than they can handle. And so, you know that at some point, you're going to see them lose their temper or at least frown at somebody. And I never, ever, saw him come close to losing his temper. And we had disastrous things occur because we were shooting on tight schedules, with not necessarily too low a budget, but certainly not a high budget project. "Twin Peaks" was shot in a studio on Balboa Street in Reseda there, or in Van Nuys, which ever."

ERICH: "Our guest tonight on "Interstellar Transmissions" is Don Davis. If you'd like to call in with your questions, the number is 1-888-565-####. We've talked about movies that you've been a part of, I'm curious about movies that you might be involved in. Season Six of "Stargate SG-1" is about to wrap up and there's rumors that there's a "Stargate" movie in the works. I'm wondering what other scripts you might be taking a look at?"

DON: "Well, I…we haven't been given the official word on whether they're going to do the film or not, or if they're going to…uh, you know there's supposedly a spin-off series that they're talking about. And the film would wrap up the "Stargate" series but leave it open for the possibility of future movie-of-the week or films on "Stargate", just like the "Star Trek" franchise. But it was also, in part; supposed to introduce a spin-off series, which none of us, as far as I know, know about. So I don't know what the deal is there. I've got some other projects – I've been approached about two other series. But I've been sworn not to start talking about them, because they're in money raising negotiations."

ERICH: "That groan you hear is our listeners complaining about that right now."

DON: "One of them is hilarious. It's a…it has something to do with a murder scene…"

(a lot cross chatter)

JOEY: "I'm a little bit curious. Is it gratifying for you – your show is on right now on Showtime, it's on Sci Fi, and it's also syndicated – for us, it's UPN Channel 34, and I think Channel 33 as well. So you've got your show on three - plus you've been the star of books that have been, well, your character, that has been based on the body of work you've done has been spun off into books as well."

DON: "I'm the guy who doesn't want "Stargate" to end. If I had my wish, and I've spoken to Hank Cohen, the head of MGM Television Entertainment, in fact jokingly got on my knees, and asked him, `Please, don't end "Stargate"'. I love the series; I love the premise of the series. We're people having to deal with today's technology and
knowledge, and even when we get new technologies, we're like children with a toy. We can't figure out the hell they work. And yet, through – just true grit, O'Neill and the gang manage not only to survive, but to foil these super villains that have every advantage. This is a show that is based on Human mythology. Our story lines are driven, basically at least, our bible is driven, from the mythologies that we've all grown up with. That's what the villains come out of. This is something that I certainly don't want to end, and I don't want anybody else to want it to end."

ERICH: "Words of praise for "Stargate SG-1" from Don S. Davis, who plays General George Hammond, our guest tonight on this broadcast of "Interstellar Transmissions." We'll take a short commercial break and be right back with more of your questions."

Stargate SG-1 - GateWorld Play: Video: A Tribute to Don S. Davis

From GateWorld Play:

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GateWorld looks back on years of fun and tenderness with Don S. Davis, who passed away July 29, 2008. Convention footage courtesy Gatecon, LLC.

For a dial-up version, click here.

GateWorld: Don S. Davis: 1942-2008

From GateWorld:

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Don S. Davis: 1942-2008

Monday - June 30, 2008 | by Darren Sumner

With great sadness we must report that veteran actor Don S. Davis passed away on June 29, 2008. He was 65 years old.

Don co-starred on Stargate SG-1 for the show's first seven years, helping to launch the enduring science fiction franchise. Davis played Major General George Hammond, base commander and a father figure to many of the show's characters.


Stargate SG-1 - Don S. Davis Passed Away

Armageddon Pulp Expo is reporting that Don S. Davis passed away yesterday:

New Zealand event update

WEB SITE UPDATE 1st July 2008 – the passing of two greats

It is with much regret that i post the news of the passing of two previous guests that have attended the event.

Comic great Michael Turner lost his battle with cancer over the weekend and we have just been advised that Stargate actor Don S Davis has also passed.

Below is a message from his family

Dear Fans and Friends of Don S. Davis,

So many of you have been touched by not only the work and art of Don S. Davis, but by the man himself, who always took the time to be with you at the appearances he loved, that it is with a tremendous sense of loss I must share with you that Don passed away from a massive heart attack on Sunday morning, June 29th. On behalf of his family and
wife, Ruby, we thank you for your prayers and condolences. A family memorial where Don's ashes will be scattered in the ocean will take place in a few weeks, and should you wish to, please make a donation to the American Heart Association in Don's memory.

Also, on a fan's live journal:

The fan is advising she received a message from Dragon*Con Stargate Track with the same information.


My condolences to everyone -- Don's family, friends, co-workers, and all the fans who loved him for his humor, warmth, talent and generosity of spirit.


Stargate Atlantis - Joseph Mallozzi's Blog Update June 30 '08

From Joseph Mallozzi's blog update for June 30, 2008:

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June 30, 2008: In the Garden of Iden


Hmmm. I see yesterday's post engendered a fair amount of panic in fandom land. Sorry. I was in an introspective mood for a number of reasons and I wanted to put things into perspective. Too often, supporters of a show are left in the dark concerning the realities of film and television production and I just wanted to make sure you were all informed because, quite frankly, as supporters of this franchise for so many years, I thought you deserved to know that, often, a show's fate is not as cut and dried as one would thing. Now, given everything that was covered in yesterday's entry, what most failed to note was my reference to SG-1's impressive and surprising 10-year run.

Way back when, we assumed it wouldn't make it past a fifth season - and it did. Boy, did it ever. Things look more hopeful on the Atlantis front however, especially given its ratings (and, as I mentioned in yesterday's comments section, particularly in key demos). And if this uptrend in the ratings continues, it will certainly go a long way
toward making a case for a sixth season pick-up. Still, in spite of what some may assume, that decision is still a long way off. Come mid-season, I believe we'll have a pretty fair idea of how things will play out. Until then - rally the troops and help get the word out! Give 'em a damn good reason to pick us up!

Stargate Atlantis - TVaholic: Questions for Joseph Mallozzi and Robert Picardo?

From TVaholic:

(Please follow the link for the complete column.)

June 30, 2008

Tonight on the Tube: CBS Comedy Repeats, Army Wives Repeat & Weeds

by Jason the TVaholic


In upcoming interview news, will be on a conference call tomorrow with Robert Picardo and executive producer Joseph Mallozzi of Stargate Atlantis, so if you have any questions about the upcoming season, you can leave them in the comments or use the contact form and I will try to get them answered.

Joss Whedon - TV Guide Online: "Dr. Horrible"

At TV Guide Online:

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TV Guide Editors' Blogs

Roush Dispatch

Exclusive: First Look at Joss Whedon's "Dr. Horrible"

Two of my favorite things in all of show business— musical comedy and Joss Whedon — combine in the funniest, freshest TV special of the summer, which happens to be available only on your computer starting in mid-July.

I had the great good fortune late last week to get a sneak peek at all 42 minutes of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Whedon's stylishly scrappy, lovably cheesy and insanely tuneful return to the form for which he showed such incredible aptitude in the classic "Once More, With Feeling" episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


Battlestar Galactica - HypaSpace Podcast: Nicki Clyne Audio Interview

From Canada's Space Channel's HypaSpace Podcast:


June 27 -

Wall-E director Andrew Stanton, Battlestar Galactica's Nikki Clyne, Lost's Matthew Fox, are all on the podcast along with 300 director Zack Snyder. As well, Natasha Eloi joins Mark Askwith to discuss movie props, and The Saturn Awards.

Podcast Link

The X-Files - Death Ray Magazine Issue #14

From Blackfish Publishing (UK):

Death Ray #14 has reached the office, and should be in all eager hands by the end of the week! Containing, as it does, a mammoth interview with Alan Moore, friendly chin-chins with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, a rummage through all the best urban fantasy the bookshelves have to offer, a traipse up and down the corridors of Marvel (!), the story of The Dark Knight and an embarrassment of spacey riches besides, you are advised to pick it up asap.

The X-Files - SFX Magazine: Gillian Anderson Interview

At SFX Magazine:

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

Monday June 30, 2008

Gillian Anderson interview

Earlier this year we were able to go on set for the filming of the new X-Files sequel in Vancouver. Some of the interview material is available to read in the latest edition of SFX magazine (SFX 171 featured quotes from Frank Spotnitz and Chris Carter; SFX 172 is on sale from Wednesday 2 July 2008 with profiles of David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson) but we thought you might like to read bonus answers from Gillian "Scully" Anderson here on the SFX website...


A brief excerpt:

How did you feel about presenting Masterpiece Theater?

Gillian Anderson: "Working and living in Britain - there's such a vast access to quality, and to the classics, and to a genre and intensity of film-making for television. With people like Judy Dench - it's just so part of their world. Actors in England go from theatre to television to movies seamlessly. They go back and forth - you see Charles Dance and Helen Mirren, and they're in your living room on TV, then they're on the stage: that's just part of life. And to help in some small way to bring that world to the American public, and try and make it more a part of their daily lives, felt like a good thing to do."

Psych - TVaholic: James Roday Interview

At TVaholic:

(Please follow the link for the complete interview.)

June 30, 2008

Interview With James Roday of Psych on USA Network

by Jason the TVaholic

Last week I got a chance to visit the set of USA’s Psych. While there we got to interview the entire cast. There were six of us on the panel of questioners and we just threw out questions and he answered them until our time was up and he had to go back to work. They were on the fifth day of shooting of episode six, “Talk Derby to Me.”

First up was the fake psychic detective himself, James Roday. In person, or it could have been because it was so early, he comes of as much more quiet and reserved than his character of Shawn Spencer, yet still very funny.

We were all sitting around in a small room with a couple of couches and office chairs and as recorders were being put out on the coffee table to capture his answers to our brilliant questions, James started things off.


Question: Is it a fine line to walk between getting too comfortable with a character after two seasons?

Roday: It’s always a fine line, with this character especially. I think the longer that we go, the line will get even finer because like the older that I get the tougher it gets to [solve] this sort of puckish guy who doesn’t want to grow up. There comes a certain point, I think, where it’s just sort of sad. [laughter] So, yeah, it’s always sort of walking that line and, you know, making this guy likeable and slappable at the same time.

Stargate Atlantis - NBCU: NBC Universal Storms Comic Con

From NBCU:


Published: June 30, 2008

SCI FI Returns for Ninth Year With Award-winning Booth, Star-Studded Panels, and the SCI FI/Entertainment Weekly Destination Party Event

NBC's New "Knight Rider" KITT Attack Car Goes on Offense to Interact with Fans at the Unveiling Outside of the Convention with Series Stars Justin Bruening, Deanna Russo and Executive Producer Gary Scott Thompson

Exclusive Comic-Con Inspired Limited Edition Merchandise from NBC'S Hit Series "Heroes," "The Office" and SCI FI's Series "Battlestar Galactica" Available at Comic-Con and

BURBANK, Calif. - June 30, 2008 - NBC Universal will be decked out in full force at Comic-Con 2008 with individual panels for the starring casts of "Heroes," "Battlestar Galactica," "Knight Rider," "Chuck," "Kings," "Stargate Atlantis," "Ghost Hunters," "Eureka," the writers from the hit series, "The Office" with series star Rainn Wilson as moderator. Executive producer Jason Smilovic ("Kidnapped") from the new NBC drama "My Own Worst Enemy" and executive producer Ron Moore for Universal Media Studios' FOX pilot "Virtuality" will participate on the TV Guide "Hot List" panel, while "Chuck" executive producer Josh Schwartz ("Gossip Girl") will be a panelist on Entertainment Weekly's TV Showrunners Visionary panel.

The NBC Universal booth will greet fans with a "Heroes," "The Office" and "30 Rock" theme. The booth will allow attendees to purchase merchandise from their favorite shows and will host the re-launch of voting for the "Heroes Sprint Create Your Hero" promotion.

At SCI FI's booth -- which was the recipient of the Exhibitor Magazine Design Gold Award and was featured in Interior Design Magazine -- giveaways will include tens of thousands of coveted premiums from popular shows such as "Battlestar Galactica" and "Ghost Hunters." Additionally, a "Eureka"-branded ice cream truck will run a dedicated route distributing free ice cream to promote the third season return of the popular dramedy on July 27. The ultimate party destination will be jointly hosted by SCI FI and Entertainment Weekly and will highlighted by a glamorous, star-studded Saturday night celebration.

In addition, the newly remodeled KITT Attack Car from "Knight Rider" makes its debut at the unveiling adjacent to the convention center. Fans will have an opportunity to interact with the car while series stars Justin Bruening, Deanna Russo and executive producer Gary Scott Thompson ("The Fast and The Furious," NBC's "Las Vegas") also make appearances.

"Comic-con has grown exponentially into its own cultural center where the influence-makers of science-fiction and fantasy entertainment determine the next hits. As a result, it's our desire to be represented there in a significant way," said John Miller, Chief Marketing Officer, NBC Universal Television Group President, The NBC Agency.

"SCI FI's architecturally acclaimed booth presence has long been a main draw on the convention floor. Comic-Con also allows the opportunity to give back to our loyal audience, generate interest in our new and returning shows, and lets fans experience the excitement around the brand up close," said SCI FI's Blake Callaway, Vice President, Brand Marketing. will provide extensive Comic-Con coverage, with exclusive video of panels, fans and daily events, plus talent interviews and surprise guests. In addition to showing exciting new episodes from The Office and Heroes webisodes, will also feature a sneak-peek at a new groundbreaking original web series, Gemini Division, starring Rosario Dawson coming this August. SCI will provide video coverage, exclusive interviews and a SCI FI prize package sweepstakes.

NBC Universal will offer an array of products from hit series including "The Office," "Heroes," "Battlestar Galactica" and others at the NBC Store at Comic-Con (booth # 3919). Pre-orders have already begun at NBC's Comic-Con Website, located on This year's exclusive products at Comic-Con include a limited edition "Dwight Schrute" bobblehead, which proudly displays a T-shirt with the slogan "Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica," a limited edition "Hiro" double-sided bobblehead, featuring a "current" "Hiro" and a "future" "Hiro," a limited edition "Sylar" action figure from Mezco Toyz, which includes a painting, easel, paintbrush and artist's board, a chrome, pop-up style "Battlestar Galactica" toaster which creates the image of a Cylon on the toast as it cooks, and finally, a stunning seven foot tall Cylon Centurion replica from Fred Barton Productions. In addition, NBC Universal will offer several exclusive t-shirts at Comic-Con from series including "Heroes," "The Office," "30 Rock," "Battlestar Galactica" and "Eureka" and a limited edition, glow-in-the-dark watch from "Heroes."

Stargate: Continuum / Atlantis - AlloCiné Blogs: Judge, Higginson, Simon Interviews

From the French web site, AlloCiné Blogs, questions and answers AND photos from a recent convention with Stargate: Continuum's Christopher Judge (Teal'c) and Cliff Simon (Ba'al), and Stargate Atlantis' Torri Higginson (Dr. Elizabeth Weir). A video with Cliff Simon is pending according to the web site.

Translation: French » English (using Google Translator)

Une Convention de série n'est pas vraiment une convention sans la traditionnelle séance des questions du public. Les fans présents au CinéPalmes ont pu pendant un peu plus d'une heure poser à Torri Higginson (Elizabeth Weir dans Stargate Atlantis), Cliff Simon (l'infâme Ba'al de Stargate SG-1) et Christopher Judge (l'immense Teal'C de Stargate SG-1) toutes les questions qu'ils voulaient...

A series Convention is not really a convention without the traditional session of questions from the audience. The fans present for CinéPalmes have been for just over an hour to put Torri Higginson (Elizabeth Weir in Stargate Atlantis), Cliff Simon (the infamous Ba'al Stargate SG-1) and Christopher Judge (the vast Teal 'C Stargate SG-1) all the questions they wanted ...

EDIT: June 30 at 2:12am. Many thanks to Anais (Merci, Anais!) who just sent the following links to more photos at the convention:

And more photos and video messages from Torri Higginson and Cliff Simon!

The Colbert Report - Video: June 11 '08 Episode

Courtesy of HULU, The Colbert Report's June 11 '08 episode.

David Hajdu, author of "The Ten-Cent Plague," tells Stephen why we shouldn't take comic books for granted.

Stargate SG-1 - Michael Shanks: Update on 'Burn Notice' Appearance

From the Chicago Tribune's The Watcher blog by Maureen Ryan:

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News on 'Burn Notice'

June 30, 2008

News, notes and observations:

•In a recent interview (watch this space for more about this show, which returns on USA July 10), "Burn Notice" creator Matt Nix shared a little casting news: Michael Shanks, who played Daniel Jackson on "Stargate SG-1," will appear in four consecutive episodes of the show as Victor, another burned spy with whom Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) and his new "handler," Carla, will work. Shanks arrives in Episode 6 of Season 2. According to Donovan, whom I also interviewed recently, "Victor is what Michael would be if Michael had rabies."

Battlestar Galactica - TV Guide Online: Grace Park

From TV Guide Online:

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by Matt Webb Mitovich

Battlestar Galactica: Another TV Movie?

The L.A. Times is reporting that a Battlestar Galactica TV movie has been green-lit!

There have been rumblings in the blogosphere about such a movie -– or movies -- for about a month now. (The Chicago Tribune's TV blog, The Watcher, reported that as many of three were in the works.) But the Times confirmed the green light via an interview with cast member Grace Park, who plays Cylon No. 8 (aka Sharon/Athena) on the Sci Fi series.


Richard Dean Anderson - MacGyver - TV Guide Online: Spotlight

From TV Guide Online:

Spotlight: Get Your Fix of Explosive MacGyver Action!


Twenty Questions

When he learns that his young friend Lisa was found passed out at a house that was burglarized, MacGyver suspects she might be a teen alcoholic

Posted: 5/16/2008 Length: 47:54 Price: Free Video Type: Full Length