Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Stargate Atlantis - SciFi Pi: Joe Flanigan Interview

From SciFi Channel Australia's SciFi Pi:

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Joe Flanigan Interview

Monday, September 1

by Captain

Sheppard, Colonel Sheppard. The coolest Colonel in two galaxies. Or is he just a big dork?

We found out in our chat with him on the set of Stargate:Atlantis.

(Turns out not that much of a dork, to be perfectly honest.)

Obviously with the recent news of SGA having its final full season with Season 5, the glory and the glamour of Atlantis will only return in movie-length form, so our trip to Vancouver now has something of a cherished, bittersweet feeling about it. What was interesting about meeting Flanigan was the way his onscreen persona and his off screen persona seemed to coincide. He's likeable, relaxed, easy going, yet underneath it all there's something a little bit more going on.

There may be just a hint of the guy who know's he's smart, but is also smart enough not to lord it over ever one else (a la David Hewlitt's character, Rodney McKay) but there's also the strong streak of 'well, this is who I am, I'm reasonably happy with it, you can take it or leave it', which among actors is not a common trait. At all.So an interview has more in common with a bus stop chat than some kind of weird hypefest.

Hopefully you'll soon get a feel for the real Colonel Sheppard, Joe Flanigan, and decide for yourself...

...Well, what about say, what he does with Teyla (played by Rachel Luttrell) and his response to her getting pregnant, being rather protective of her during Season 4.
JF: "Well, first of all you have to remember that I don’t write this stuff, I act it! I think that, you know... actually, I’ve never thought about that. I guess if she is pregnant, you want to keep her out of physical harm, but if that’s old-fashioned... wouldn’t it be considered insanely irresponsible, not to?!

I think it actually plays as an ‘impatient’ thing, more than anything. I said I should be really tough to Rachel, more than anything. He might be a little old school, but when it comes to men and women... he’s cool."

Ever since you were imprisoned with Todd (the Stargate team delights in naming the nightmarish Wraith individuals with rather mundane monikers) you guys have had an interesting relationship!
JF: "We pick up with Todd and try to do things together, but... surprisingly when plans go badly... we have, let’s say, trust issues! We just generally have fun with the character. The only thing we have to be really careful of is that we don’t get too familiar. There always has to be a freaky element. There’s always something adversarial going on and at any given moment we can clearly kill each other. So no love lost..."

Stargate: Atlantis Season 4 is out on DVD and Blu-ray September 3 (in Australia).

Bones - the TV addict: Michael Conlin Interview

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Exclusive Interview: BONES Star Michaela Conlin

September 3rd, 2008

Full disclosure. Prior to last season, I had never watched a single episode of BONES and quite frankly, callously dismissed it as yet another oversimplified procedural [ie. CSI].

Yet after having the pleasure of interviewing TJ Thyne, Emily Deschanel, Eric Millegan and Michaela Conlin last Fall and absolutely falling head-over-heels in love with what by all accounts seems to be the nicest cast in Hollywood, I quickly changed my tune and jumped on the BONES bandwagon.

Since then, I’ve been hooked. Because as any BONES fan will tell you. The show is so much more than your average who-done-it! Rather, it’s about the relationships between the characters. Which is why fans are still reeling from last May’s shocking finale. And more to the point, why I started off my interview with BONES star Michaela Conlin by asking the following.

How shocked were you by the outcome of last season’s finale?
Michaela Conlin: It was a big shocker wasn’t it.

I mean “WOW,” I did not see that coming. When did you discover that Zack was Gormogon’s Apprentice?
Maybe a week before we got the script. I mean we started hearing rumors, but really it was confirmed when we got the script. Eric had been with the show from the beginning so it definitely was a shock for everyone. But I think he’ll be back for a couple of episodes. At least that’s what I’m hearing...

True Blood - Total SciFi: Stephen Moyer Interview

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Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin

Posted on Wednesday 03 September 2008

Stephen Moyer: There will be Blood

True Blood is HBO’s fang-tastic new vampire drama, based on Charlaine Harris’s popular series of books, The Southern Vampire Mysteries. Abbie Bernstein caught up with one of its stars, Stephen Moyer, to talk about vamping it up…

True Blood isn’t Stephen Moyer’s first time as a vampire. However, this is the first time he’s had to wear fangs, he explains with a laugh. “I did play a vampire in 1998, in a [BBC] series called Ultraviolet, and I have these canines that you can see.” He displays his teeth in a cheerful smile, displaying surprisingly large real canines. “So we decided [in Ultraviolet] not to give me fake teeth. But in this one, we have different teeth. It’s quite funny. As a kid, I had to wear a retainer to push the teeth straight. And [wearing the True Blood fangs is] like having a retainer. You kind of have to [puts on lispy voice] talk like this and you have to learn to talk with them in!

“It’s quite difficult, but we’ve all got much, much better at talking with them in,” he continues. “There was more looping [re-recording of dialogue] at the beginning, but people have got better, and we’ve kind of reduced the size of the teeth a little bit, so actually, there’s very little looping now...”

True Blood begins on HBO on 7 September 2008.

Samurai Girl - Pink Raygun: Brendan Fehr Interview

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Samurai Girl: An Interview with Brendan Fehr

Brendan Fehr got his start in American television with guest appearances on Millennium, but broke out with his starring role on the WB drama Roswell. Here, Pink Raygun’s Juliana Weiss talks with Fehr about his latest project, ABC Family’s Samurai Girl.

PRG: What’s your favorite part of working on Samurai Girl?
Brendan Fehr: Well, it’s gotta be working, number one (laughs). Number two, well, it’s a little bit of everything. I love my character, Jake. He’s sort of a man’s man and he gets to be the hero. I get to do a lot of things that are the kinds of things you’d want to be doing if you ever wanted to be on the big screen or on TV. The people I ended up working with, the cast, writers and producers are great. Me and Jamie just have a great time working together. I imagine it’s the kind of working relationship actors should have. I love the communication we have with the producers and the writers in terms of just talking about the scenes. And the more I’ve gotten to know the people from ABC Family, they’ve really stepped up and seem to like the show. It’s nice to be a part of something like this. That’s the long answer, I suppose. That’s not exactly a sound bite! (laughs)...

Samurai Girl is a three night miniseries from ABC Family airing at on September 5th, 6th, and 7th. For more, visit the official site.

Stargate Atlantis - GateWorld: Major Davis returns for Atlantis finale

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Colin Cunningham as Major Paul Davis from Stargate SG-1's 'Small Victories'

Major Davis returns for Atlantis finale


GateWorld has received word that Paul Davis will be crossing over to Atlantis for the series finale.

A brief excerpt:

Major Paul Davis of the Pentagon will be paying a visit to the Pegasus Galaxy in the series finale of Stargate Atlantis, GateWorld has learned from reliable sources.

Little is known about "Enemy at the Gate," the one hundredth episode of Atlantis, but the title implies volumes. Speculation abounds that it will involve the nemesis introduced in the Season Five two-parter, "First Contact" and "The Lost Tribe."

Stargate Atlantis - MGM Stargate: NEW Tech Journal: Puddle Jumper Schematic

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A new Tech Journal photos -- puddle jumper schematic.

Stargate Atlantis - MGM Stargate: NEW Poll Sept 3 '08

At MGM Stargate:


Are you enjoying this season of Stargate Atlantis?

* Yes!

* No.

* Undecided.

Stargate Atlantis - NBCU: SciFi Soars With Most Watched Summer Ever



Published: September 3, 2008




New York, NY – September 3, 2008 – SCI FI Channel's line up of original programming delivered its most-watched summer season ever, according to just released Nielsen Media Research. The overall ratings performance marks SCI FI's best summer ever among total viewers (1 Million), younger viewers 18-34 (253,000) and men 18-34 (143,000). The Channel also hit record highs for the season with women 18-34 (110,000), 18-49 (278,000) and 25-54 (310,000).

Versus last summer, SCI FI averaged a 1.0 HH rating, 624,000 Adults 18-49 (+5%), 702,000 Adults 25-54 (+6%) and 1.3 Million total viewers (+7%). For the season SCI FI is the 8th ranked basic cable entertainment network among Adults 18-49 and the 5th ranked network among Adults 25-54.

August was an amazing month of double-digit growth across all demos for SCI FI, ultimately ranking 5th with viewers 18-49 and 4th with viewers 25-54 among all basic cable entertainment networks. It was the Channel's best August ever averaging 1.4 Million total viewers (+23% vs. August '07) and received significant growth in key demos with 655,000 Adults 18-49 (+21%), and 730,000 Adults 25-54 (+21%).

Summer program highlights include:

The Season 3 premiere of Eureka on July 29 averaged 1.6 Million Adults 18-49, 1.8 Million Adults 25-54, and 3.4 Million total viewers, marking the best performances in these demos since the series premiere in July 2006. Eureka has been the #1 ranked program on Tuesday nights in Adults 25-54 since its third season premiere and continues to build on its success, ranking as SCI FI's top series in 2008 to-date for Adults 25-54 (averaging 1.8 Million) and total viewers (averaging 3.1 Million).

The return of Ghost Hunters International this summer further established the Ghost Hunters brand as cable television's leading paranormal franchise. The season averaged 1.3 Million Adults 18-49, 1.4 Million Adults 25-54, and 2.4 Million total viewers. Compared to the winter season, this is up +4% in 25-54's and +10% in total viewers. The second episode of the summer season (July 16) delivered the show's best performance since the series premiere in January 2008, attracting 2.6 Million total viewers.

Scare Tactics returned to SCI FI on July 9 with its first new episodes since 2004. The series, with new host Tracy Morgan (30 Rock, SNL), had its best season ever with 1 Million Adults 18-49 (+58% vs. season 2), 1 Million Adults 25-54 (+63%) and 2 Million total viewers (+97%).

SCI FI's Saturday Night Original Movies
With titles like Anaconda 3, Monster Ark, Flu Bird Horror and 100 Million B.C., SCI FI's original movies turned "the most dangerous night of television" into one of the most popular nights on cable this summer with a total weekly audience averaging 2 Million (+12% vs. last summer). In the key demos, Saturday night original movies averaged 734,000 Adults 18-49 (+1%) and 955,000 Adults 25-54 (+9%).

SCI FI 's Website had record traffic for the summer with double-digit increases among all key metrics year-to-year. SCI FI Rewind averaged 2.6 Million streams (+565% vs. last summer) and Battlestar Galactica was the #1 ranked section on the site with an average of 4 million page views (+141% vs. last summer). Battlestar Galactica also ranked first in video with an average of 1.2 Million streams (+343% year-to-year).

SCI FI Channel is a television network where "what if" is what's on. SCI FI fuels the imagination of viewers with original series and events, blockbuster movies and classic science fiction and fantasy programming, as well as dynamic Web site ( and magazine. Launched in 1992, and currently in 93 million homes, SCI FI Channel is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies.

Source: Nielsen Media Research. Qualifications available upon request

Note: All data is Most Current blend of Live+7 and Live+SD where available.
All rankings exclude Nick and Adult Swim, as the networks air in less than 50% of the M-Su 8P-11P daypart. ESPN has also been excluded from the rankings.

The Colbert Report - Video: Aug 12 '08 Episode

Courtesy of The Comedy Channel and HULU, The Colbert Report's August 12 '08 episode.

Stephen welcomes Olympic gold medalist Joey Cheek. Later, author Jane Mayer discusses her recent expose, "Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals."

Stargate Atlantis - Cult Times Magazine Issue # 156 - Robert Picardo Interview

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It's here at last...!

Cult Times Issue 156

Only $2.99 (print price $7.99) (as a pdf file)


• Heroes
Hiro and Ando start a new quest

• Stargate
Robert Picardo

• Smallville
Michael Rosenbaum and Laura Vandervoort

WITH... No Heroics and Terminator

PLUS... • Unique TV Listings

September 2008's UK cult programmes listed, with full episode details

Journeyman - Video: 'The Legend of Dylan McCleen'

Courtesy of HULU, Journeyman's 'The Legend of Dylan McCleen,' starring Kevin McKidd, Gretchen Egolf, Moon Bloodgood, Reed Diamond, Brian Howe and Charles Henry Wyson. Guest stars include Joel Gretsch, Lisa Sheridan, Jeffrey Pierce and Ariel Felix.

Dan discovers the identity of a known airplane hijacker.

Stargate Atlantis - More NEW Photos from 'Outsiders' - Sept. 3 '08

With many thanks to Andreas at GateWorld Forum (please follow the link to view all the photos in their original format):

Teyla Emmagan (Rachel Luttrell) and Lt. Col. John Sheppard (Joe Flanigan)

Teyla, Shep and Dr. Carson Beckett (Paul McGillion)

Stargate Atlantis' 'Outsiders' is scheduled to air Friday October 17 at its new time at 9pm on the SciFi Channel (US).

Stargate Atlantis - More NEW Photos from 'The Lost Tribe' - Sept 3 '08

With many thanks to Andreas at GateWorld Forum (please follow the link to view all the photos in their original format):

Dr. Daniel Jackson (Michael Shanks) and mystery guest

Dr. Rodney McKay (David Hewlett) and Daniel

Ronon Dex (Jason Momoa)

Ronon and Dr. Jennifer Keller (Jewel Staite)

Stargate Atlantis - GateWorld: New details on Atlantis's 'Inquisition'

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Lt. Col. John Sheppard (Joe Flanigan) from 'Inquisition'

New details on Atlantis's 'Inquisition'


SCI FI has released its teaser synopsis of episode 12, and new photos!

A brief excerpt:

The SCI FI Channel has released new details on "Inquisition", the twelfth episode of Stargate Atlantis's fifth season! The episode is a clips show, but in Stargate's fine tradition, expect plenty of original material in the surrounding story.

Here is how the SCI FI Channel describes the episode:...

Stargate Atlantis' 'Inquisition' is scheduled to air Friday, October 24 at its new time, 9pm, on the SciFi Channel (US).

Stargate Atlantis - More NEW Photos from 'First Contact'

With many thanks to Andreas at GateWorld Forum (please follow the link to view the photos in their original format):

Lt. Col. John Sheppard (Joe Flanigan), Dr. Radek Zelenka (David Nykl) and Teyla Emmagan (Rachel Luttrell)

Stargate Atlantis' 'First Contact,' guest starring Michael Shanks as Dr. Daniel Jackson, airs Friday September 26 '08 at 10pm on the SciFi Channel.