Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Stargate - GateWorld: The Best of Don S. Davis

From GateWorld:

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Don S. Davis as Maj. Gen. George Hammond from Stargate: Continuum

The Best of Don S. Davis


GateWorld revisits our Top 12 favorite episodes featuring Don S. Davis as General George Hammond.

A brief excerpt:

"I've never met anyone who liked doing what they do more than you. And you were good at it -- great."

Jack O'Neill to George Hammond, "Chain Reaction"

William Devane as President Henry Hayes and Don S. Davis as Maj. Gen. George Hammond from Stargate: Continuum

Sunday's passing of actor Don S. Davis came as a shock to his family and friends, and also to those of us in the Stargate world who consider ourselves something of an "extended family," and to the entire Vancouver film community. Many of us met him at conventions, or on the set of one of his many projects. A few of us even had the privilege of getting to know him personally.

But all of us, all Stargate fans, came to know Don Davis as Major General George Hammond, the leader and father figure to SG-1 and Stargate Command. While the SG-1 team got all the storylines and fan attention, Don reported for duty each day to put in a steady and vital performance as the General -- the man who sent good people on dangerous missions, always wishing that he himself did not have to stay behind.

In celebration of the life and work of Don S. Davis, we present our favorite General Hammond moments from more than a decade of Stargate history:

Stargate: Continuum - GateWorld: Wood reveals favorite Continuum scenes

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Sam Carter (Amanda Tapping) and Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks) from Stargate: Continuum

Wood reveals favorite Continuum scenes


Stargate: Continuum director Martin Wood tells GateWorld about his two favorite scenes from the direct-to-DVD feature.

A brief excerpt:

For many Stargate SG-1 fans the end of July can't arrive quickly enough! On July 29 Stargate: Continuum, some of which has been filmed for well over a year, will finally arrive in homes in the United States.

Longtime franchise director and creative consultant Martin Wood sat down with GateWorld to discuss two of his favorite scenes from the film. Contrary to many of his interviews, his standout moments for this feature boil down to the characters.


'The Sentinel' - SciFi Channel (US) August 15 '08

The 1996 TV series, 'The Sentinel,' starring Richard Burgi, Garett Maggart and Bruce A. Young, begins airing on the SciFi Channel on August 15 '08, in a daytime marathon (no episode titles are listed as yet).

Currently, there are two more daytime marathons scheduled on August 25th and September 2 '08.

Stargate Atlantis - SciFi Channel August '08 Schedule of Season 5 Episodes

The SciFi Channel has uploaded their complete August '08 schedule:

Following is the July and August schedule for Stargate Atlantis season five episodes:

7/11/2008 10:00P SEARCH AND RESCUE
7/12/2008 12:00A SEARCH AND RESCUE

7/18/2008 10:00P THE SEED
7/19/2008 12:00A THE SEED

7/25/2008 10:00P BROKEN TIES
7/26/2008 12:00A BROKEN TIES



8/22/2008 10:00P THE SHRINE
8/23/2008 12:00A THE SHRINE

Photos courtesy of GateWorld

Buffy: The Vampire Slayer - Video: 'Prophecy Girl'

Courtesy of HULU, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer's season one finale episode, 'Prophecy Girl,' starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter, Anthony Head, Mark Metcalf, David Boreanaz and Kristine Sutherland. Guest stars include Robia LaMorte, Andrew J. Ferchland and Scott Gurney.

As the Spring Fling dance approaches, Giles discovers an ancient book foretelling the Slayer's death at the hands of The Master.

Stargate Atlantis - SciFi Wire: Atlantis' Higginson Bows Out

From SciFi Wire:

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12:00 AM, 03-JULY-08

Atlantis' Higginson Bows Out

Joseph Mallozzi, executive producer of SCI FI Channel's original series Stargate Atlantis, told SCI FI Wire that it's unlikely former series regular Torri Higginson would return as Dr. Elizabeth Weir in the upcoming fifth season, though her storyline was left hanging. But Jill Wagner's renegade leader Larrin may return in a future season.

Higginson turned down a script that brought back her character, Mallozzi said in an interview. (Fans recall that Weir died and was resurrected as a human-form Replicator and leader of the surviving Replicators in season four.)


Stargate: Atlantis' fifth season premieres July 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

--Mike Szymanski

The Colbert Report - Video: June 17 '08 Episode

Courtesy of The Comedy Channel and HULU, The Colbert Report's June 17 '08 episode.

Jonathan Zittrain, author of "The Future of the Internet--And How to Stop It," tells Stephen his ideas for the continued evolution of the internet.

Stargate Atlantis - SciFi Wire: Atlantis' Picardo Isn't Obvious

From SciFi Wire:

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12:00 AM, 03-JULY-08

Atlantis' Picardo Isn't Obvious

Robert Picardo, who joins the regular cast of SCI FI Channel's original series Stargate Atlantis, told reporters that he likes that his character, the abrasive bureaucrat Richard Woolsey, isn't the obvious choice to command the city.

Woolsey takes over command from Col. Samantha Carter (former regular cast member Amanda Tapping, who is leaving to star in SCI FI's upcoming Sanctuary).

"[Woolsey] is an unexpected choice for this job, and that is what, I think, the viewers will hopefully respond to the way I have," Picardo said in a conference call. "I think that it was a bold thing for the producers to pick a guy like this who doesn't seem to be necessarily the first choice for a leader, but to have him try and make himself into one. And that is the interesting and creative choice."


The fifth season of Atlantis kicks off July 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. -- Mike Szymanski

Stargate Atlantis - Phase 9 - UK Only! - Contest SGA Season 4 Vol 3 DVD

From Phase 9:



We have 3 DVDs to give away courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and MGM

STARGATE ATLANTIS SEASON 4 VOLUME 3 is released in the UK on 30 June 2008 certificate 12 to buy on DVD price: £19.99

You must be over 16 years old to enter this competition

This competition is open to UK residents only

Competition closes 27 July 2008

Enter here:

Stargate Atlantis - TV Squad: Stargate Atlantis season five - An early look

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Stargate Atlantis season five - An early look

Posted Jul 2nd 2008 3:19PM by Brett Love

Gallery: Stargate Atlantis: Season 5

I was pretty excited when our friendly neighborhood FedEx guy dropped off the envelope with the promo package for season five of Atlantis. And I remained so even after my DVD player balked at reading the disk. It just served as a fine example as to why it's not geeky to have a computer connected to your television, it's just handy.

As the disk started up I was thinking it would be a good idea to do an early look post about where things look to be heading in season five. Unfortunately, Sci Fi only sent out the first episode of the season, and it's not telling us much of anything about season five, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The episode plays like S04E21 right up to the last scene, where season five begins to take over. Given where we last left our friends in Atlantis, that was probably to be expected. More, including some minor spoilers, after the jump.


Stargate: Continuum - SFX Magazine: We need your questions for Claudia Black!

From SFX Magazine:

Wednesday July 02, 2008

We need your questions for Claudia Black!

Claudia Black from Stargate: Continuum

For an upcoming Fannish Inquisition we'll be putting your questions to the lovely Claudia Black, best known as Farscape's Aeryn Sun and Stargate SG-1's Vala Mal Doran. So we need you to tell us what questions you'd like to ask! Submit your questions to us in any of the following ways:

1. Leave your questions at the bottom of this blog entry [at the link above].

2. Log in to our forum and leave your questions in this thread.

3. Email your questions to us on sfx [at]

The closing date for your questions is 1pm on 18 July.

Stargate Atlantis - TV Zone Magazine # 230 - Rachel Luttrell Interview

From Visimag:

And their new "flash" sneak preview section:

TV Zone #230, July 2008

(Reference #T230)

Please note: all details and covers are provisional until publication date
Even more fabulous features, absorbing articles and revealing reviews in the next packed issue.

Place your order now to make sure you don't miss out on what is the magazine of Cult Television.


STARGATE ATLANTS - New mom Rachel Luttrell gets to become Queen!

DOCTOR WHO: Veteran Director Graeme Harper

Plus...Battlestar Galactica, Reaper, Bonekickers, Kyle XY


Battlestar Galactica, Bonekickers, Desperate Housewives, Doctor Who, Lost, Medium, Moonlight, Reaper, Smallville and Supernatural

NBCU: SciFi Has Second Best Quarter Ever!

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Published: July 1, 2008

SCI FI Is # 6 Ranked Basic Cable Entertainment Network In Adults 25-54 And #10 In Adults 18-49

Channel Achieves Double-Digit Growth In Female Demographics

SCIFI.COM Enjoys Triple-Digit Growth

NEW YORK – July 1, 2008 – SCI FI enjoyed a stellar second quarter, securing its place as the #6 ranked basic cable entertainment network among Adults 25-54 and #10 among Adults 18-49. The Channel achieved its best second quarter ever among total viewers, Adults 18-49, Adults 25-54, Women 18-49 (up +14%), Women 25-54 (up +13%) and Men 18-34. It was also a destination for younger viewers, with its best second quarter finish ever among Adults 18-34. SCI FI's growth this quarter was driven by the success of its original series Ghost Hunters and Battlestar Galactica as well as standout performances among its movie broadcasts and original specials.


The first half of Battlestar Galactica season four (premiering April 4) averaged a 1.8 Household rating, 2.3 million total viewers, 1.6 million Adults 18-49 and 1.7 million Adults 25-54. Compared to the most recent half-season (Season 3.5), it is up +18% in total viewers, up +14% in Adults 18-49, and up +22% in Adults 25-54.

On the movies and specials front, SCI FI 's primetime telecast of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade on Saturday, May 17 delivered a 3.0 Household rating, 2.1 million Adults18-49 and 2.4 million Adults 25-54 and was the top movie telecast in the history of the Channel (excluding miniseries) in Household ratings and Adults 25-54. On Sunday, May 18, the premiere of SCI FI's original special Mystery of the Crystal Skulls was the Channel's top documentary of all time, scoring a 2.2 Household rating, 1.5 million Adults 18-49 and 1.5 million Adults 25-54.

SCIFI.COM enjoyed phenomenal growth this quarter as well, with double and triple digit increases year over year. The site celebrated its best quarter ever in page views (36 million, up +63% compared to 2Q 2007), unique users (3.4 million, up +36%), visits (up +51%) and video streams (up +221%). In addition, SCI FI Rewind, SCIFI.COM's dynamic video player, had a successful debut quarter with an average of 2.9 million streams per month.

SCIFI.COM is the world's largest sci-fi entertainment Web site, averaging more than 3 million unique visitors each month. Its award-winning original content ranges from a renowned technology blog and a daily entertainment news service to the SCI FI Rewind full episode player, which serves millions of streams of original video each month. Its tie-ins to SCI FI Channel shows include the hit webisode series Battlestar Galactica: The Resistance, which has been seen more than 6.5 million times, and the first ever TV network podcast.


Stargate Atlantis - Den of Geek: Season 4 Vol 3 DVD Review

From Den of Geek (UK):

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Feature 4 out of 5 stars
Extras 2 out of 5 stars

Stargate Atlantis season 4 vol 3 review

Carl gets stuck into yet more Stargate Atlantis...

by Carl England

Time for another Stargate disc, with lots of special effects, explosions, lots of technical talk, and some great sci-fi. Halfway through season 4, and we’re enjoying a season with bare bones. It’s not too structure heavy, but there’s enough going on to keep you coming back, which is a great way to be, as we get a lot of solid singular episodes.


With two great episodes and two good ones, you really get what you need from this midseason DVD. While the extras may be skimping out a little, non-actor jargon-filled commentaries, some photos and a tiny featurettes that features yet more jargon, the disc is still worth a few bob. Is it worth 12 quid, like on Amazon? I’d say yes, but take a look at the full season boxset for just under £30 - that’s definitely worth it.

And with price on the table, Stargate has definitely gotten the message. The prices they used to bring out SG-1 season DVDs out at was horrible (£60!). Of course, time has whittled those down to just over £30, but bringing this, the second best season of Atlantis, out for such a bargain is a stroke of genius, and one that can only work in their favour. Here’s to more of that!

Stargate Worlds - Video Preview to air on G4 July 2 at 8pm

From Games Industry Biz:



The G4 Network’s X-Play recently visited FireSky’s offices in Mesa, AZ, and walked away with an exclusive first look at game play from Stargate Worlds.

Studio Head Dan Elggren, Creative Director Chris Klug and Art Director Howard Lyon talked to the X-Play team about production of the game and the upcoming beta.

Elggren took a character through several environments of a pre-alpha build and played through an assault on a drug lord stronghold on the alien planet Lucia.

G4 Network’s X-Play

Scheduled for 8 p.m. PST, July 2, 2008

Stargate Atlantis - Monsters & Critics: Season 4 DVD Contest - US Only!

From Monsters and Critics:

Stargate Atlantis - The Complete Fourth Season arrives on DVD and M&C’s giving away 3 copies!

To enter, contestants need to provide a name and e-mail address. Upon notification of winning, contestants will have five days to reply with the name and address of where their prize should be sent.

Sorry, but this competition is open to residents of the USA only (PR Companies can not ship prizes outside the U.S.).

Enter your name and e-mail address [at the link above]:

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

An update (to TVaholic's June 30th's post) July 2 '08:

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News & Notes

...Also, yesterday’s conference call with Robert Picardo and executive producer Joseph Mallozzi of Stargate Atlantis was the longest call I’ve ever been on. The Q&A portion of the call lasted just over 90-minutes. I think I will be posting it as a two or three part series. Otherwise, you would just scroll forever trying to read it. Thanks to all who sent in questions, I think you’ll find that whether I asked them or not, many of them were answered by the end of the call. As a preview, many people wanted to know about Torri Higginson and whether Dr. Elizabeth Weir will be back? She will not, but it sounded like it was her decision not to return, as they had put together a storyline and even written an episode for her.


Buffy: The Vampire Slayer - Video: 'Out of Mind...Out of Sight'

Courtesy of HULU, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer's 'Out of Mind...Out of Sight,' starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter, Anthony Head and David Boreanaz. Guest stars include Clea DuVall, Armin Shimerman, Ryan Bittle and Mercedes McNab.

As Cordelia prepares for Sunnydale High's May Queen competition, an invisible force starts attacking her closest friends.