Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Sanctuary - Zap2It: TV Review: 'Sanctuary'

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TV Review: 'Sanctuary'

By Hanh Nguyen

October 01, 09:52 PM

Like the beings offered a safe haven in Sanctuary, Sci Fi Channel's latest original series has yet to establish what it is before it can truly be comfortable in its skin and accepted on its own terms. In trying to be too many things at once, the show relies on cliches and loses the ability to actually entertain...


Overall, Sanctuary should fill the viewer with a sense of wonder, but it's all too familiar, from the ragtag group of people with an unusual mission to the cliched mansion/lab/zoo where all are housed. The secrets the characters harbor fail to intrigue, the fight scenes are cheesy instead of stimulating and the odd creatures neither frighten nor fascinate. Worst of all, the show lacks the oomph and sense of fun of shows like Doctor Who or even its spin-off Torchwood.

Sanctuary is by no means a bad show, but it does feel like it's trying so hard that it never settles on a single voice or vision. But as Helen says, "Sanctuary for all is not just an empty motto," and the show certainly deserves a chance to prove its potential.

Sanctuary comes home on Sci Fi beginning Friday, Oct. 3. Also, check out Zap2it's Sanctuary photos.

What's your take on the show? Was I too harsh? Could it replace any of your favorite sci fi shows?

Fringe - TV Week: Fox Orders Full Season of ‘Fringe’

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October 1, 2008 6:00 PM

Fox Orders Full Season of ‘Fringe’

By Josef Adalian

Fox is feeling fine about “Fringe,” ordering a full season of the freshman series from creators J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

The network has ordered nine additional episodes of the sci-fi thriller, for a total of 22. The Bad Robot/Warner Bros. TV-produced series has averaged a 4.2/11 in adults 18-49 and 10.7 million total viewers since bowing last month, making it the top-rated new show of the season to date in the key demographic...

Stargate / Sanctuary - SciFi Wire: Tapping Hasn't Left Stargate Behind

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12:00 AM, 02-OCTOBER-08

Tapping Hasn't Left Stargate Behind

Amanda Tapping
may be executive-producing and starring in SCI FI Channel's upcoming original series Sanctuary, but that doesn't means she's completely left behind her previous role--Col. Samantha Carter on Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis.
"I just did the final episode of Atlantis, and I was blonde," a newly dark-haired Tapping said in a news conference last weekend in Colorado. "I wore a wig, but we'll figure it out."

Tapping will also reprise the role of Carter in an upcoming straight-do-DVD Atlantis movie, she said...

Amanda may not have to travel light ears to guest star in the new Stargate Atlantis made-for-dvd movie.

Sanctuary - Video: 'A New World'

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Sanctuary - A New World

Behind the Scenes |04:35 |

The cast talk about their characters and the new world of "Sanctuary."

Stargate Atlantis / SG-1 - Creation: Robert Picardo at Vancouver '09 Convention

From a Creation Entertainment e-mail announcement:


One of our all-time most popular guests at our conventions over the years has been the very talented and entertaining ROBERT PICARDO! Robert portrays Richard Woolsey in the Stargate franchise and The Holographic Doctor in Star Trek Voyager. TV viewers also know Robert's work on China Beach and The Wonder Years as well as countless other guest spots.

Robert will be making his first Stargate Convention appearance with us in Vancouver (and participating in the Celebrity Cabaret) at The Official STARGATE SG-1/ATLANTIS Convention scheduled for APRIL 2-5, 2009. Although Gold Weekend Packages are now sold out we do have Preferred Weekend Packages available. Come to beautiful Vancouver, visit the sets of Stargate, get the scoop on the new series, meet the stars, and party with fellow fans in what is the best Stargate event of the year! Our guest line-up so far is really shaping up to be extraordinary with Robert joining Amanda Tapping, Joe Flanigan, Connor Trinneer, N. John Smith, and Teryl Rothery (and we're just getting started)!


Thurs., Fri., Sat. & Sun.
April 2 - 5, 2009
Hilton Metrotown Vancouver
6083 McKay Ave.
Burnaby, BC

Stargate Atlantis - Fantasy Magazine: Rachel Luttrell Interview

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Stargate: Atlantis’ Rachel Luttrell

by Jacqueline A Gross

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Rachel Luttrell is an African-born Canadian actress currently best known for her role as Teyla Emmagan on Sci-Fi channel’s Stargate: Atlantis. In broad strokes, Teyla is an alien warrior who, through her contact with the Atlantis team from Earth, takes on an active role in the fight against the Pegasus galaxy’s Big Bad: The Wraith. It would easy to write her off at the Atlantis version of SG-1’s Teal’c, but from the very beginning Luttrell impressed viewers with her range and skill. Teyla quickly became a fan favorite as Luttrell proved her to be much more than the simple “Noble Warrior” archetype.

Before landing the role on Atlantis, Luttrell earned her geek cred guest starring on Charmed and Forever Knight. Before that she studied ballet, piano, and voice in some of Canada’s most prestigious arts institutions. She’s a triple threat–but Atlantis fans are glad she stuck with acting.

With the show coming to an end, we asked Jacqueline Gross to talk with Rachel about Teyla’s evolution, how the show has changed both character and actress, and her plans for the future.

...JG: What character on the show, other than Teyla, do you most connect with?
RL: I connect with all of them in different ways; even with Woolsey there’s a connection. I mean, Teyla leaves Torin with Woolsey and trusts him to find the dad. With each of the team members she has a personal kind of affection towards them.

After Missing she has an affection for Dr. Keller. Dr. Keller rises to the challenge and she knows about the pregnancy first. And of course with Sheppard there’s a kindred spirit connection between them that’s been there from the beginning.

With Ronon there’s the great relationship that they have since he’s also from Pegasus. And the only one to share any connection to what she’s gone through. But they all are important to her in different ways...

Eureka - Video: 'From Fear to Eternity'

Courtesy of the SciFi Channel and HULU, Eureka's mid-season finale episode, 'From Fear to Eternity,' starring Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson, Joe Morton, Jordan Hinson, Erica Cerra and Neil Grayston. Guest stars include Niall Matter, Frances Fisher, Ever Carradine, Chris Gauthier, Vanya Asher, Barclay Hope and David Richmond-Peck.

Eureka will return with 13 more episodes to complete its third season in '09.

When a potentially world-altering scientific discovery from Eureka's past finally comes to light, can anyone be trusted with it?

Stargate Atlantis - NEW Publicity Stills from 'Brain Storm'

Stargate Atlantis' 'Brain Storm,' is schedule to air November 21 '08 at 9pm on the SciFi Channel (US). Please click on photo for a larger format.

Malcolm Tunney (Dave Foley) and Dr. Rodney McKay (David Heweltt)

Bill Nye

Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson

Rodney and Dr. Jennifer Keller (Jewel Staite)

Neil deGrasse Tyson



Fringe - Video: 'The Arrival'

Courtesy of FOX and HULU, Fringe's 'The Arrival,' starring Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Kirk Acevedo, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Mark Valley and Jasika Nicole. Guest stars include Michael Cerveris, Michael Kelly and Nestor Serrano.

A mysterious cylinder found at the scene of an explosion triggers some unusual events and odd behavior.

Stargate Atlantis - NBCUMV: SciFi Scores Most Watched 3rd Quarter Ever






New York, NY – October 1, 2008 – SCI FI's broad appeal, original scripted and alternative programming combined to deliver the Channel's most watched 3rd quarter ever and its best September ever in key demos and female viewers. Double-digit growth for Q3 (Adults 25-54 / +12% vs. Q3 2007, Adults 18-34 / +11%, Women 18-34 / +12%, Women 18-49 / +16%, and Women 25-54 / +14%) places the Channel in the 5th position among viewers 25-54 and 6th with viewers 18-49. The Channel also ranks in the top ten in total viewers, Men 18-34, 18-49, 25-54, and Women 25-54.

Q3 ratings highlights include:

SCI FI is up double-digits in the key demos vs. third quarter of 2007: Up 11% with Adults 18-49 (639,000), + 12% in Adults 25-54 (718,000), +17% in Adults 18-34 (261,000), +17% for Adults 18-34 (261,000) and +12% in total viewers (1.3 Million)

The first half of Eureka's third season has averaged a 2.1 HH rating, 1.6 million Adults 25-54, 1.4 million Adults 18-49 and 2.8 million total viewers. It also delivered double-digit increases vs. the summer 2007 season 2 in HH ratings (+12%), total viewers (+15%) and Adults 25-54 (+15%). The series has also increased by +6% among Adults 18-49 viewer.

Eureka was the #1 cable entertainment program and Tuesday evenings in August and September for Adults 25-54.

The current season of Ghost Hunters is delivering 2.7 million total viewers (+26%) vs. fall of 2007, 698,000 Adults (+4%), 1.6 million Adults 18-49 (+16%) and 1.7 million Adults 25-54 (+26%).

The summer season of Ghost Hunters International attracted 2.4 million total viewers (+11% vs. the first half of its season) and 1.4 million Adults 25-54 (+5%).

The second half of Destination Truth's second season is averaging 1.6 million total viewers vs. its spring season (+10%), 450,000 Adults 18-34 (+14%), 934,000 Adults 18-49 (+8%) and 974,000 Adults 25-54 (+6%).

Season 3 of Scare Tactics returned to the network with stellar ratings averaging 1.8 million total viewers (+79% vs. its second season airing in 2004), 553,000 Adults 18-34 (+60%), 1 Million Adults 18-49 (+60%) and 1 million Adults 25-54 (+65%).

To date, season 5 of Stargate Atlantis is averaging 1.97 million total viewers (+13% vs. fall of 2007), 1 million Adults 18-49 (+8%) and 1.2 million Adults 25-54 (+12%). also scored high with its best 3Q ever in uniques(3.2 Million), page views (27.4 Million), visits (4.8 Million) and streams (3.6 Million). The award-winning website also had its best 3Q ever in engagement with an average 11.8 minutes per visit and 18.2 minutes per unique.

· This was the best quarter ever for Eureka in page views delivering 2.3 Million on average and video streams delivering 947,000 streams on average.

· Destination Truth had its best quarter ever in page views (325,000) and video streams (166,000).

· Ghost Hunters International had its best quarter ever in video streams delivering 397,000K on average.

· DVICE, the tech blog powered by SCI, had its best quarter ever averaging 1.9 Million page views.

Sanctuary - Videos: Sanctuary Green Screen F/X


Video: Sanctuary Green Screen F/X

See the visual role that effects play in 'Sanctuary'


Ashley Magnus (Emilie Ullerup)


Meet Ashley Magnus. Series premiere October 3 9/8C. Friday October 3 9/8C


Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne)


Meet Will Zimmerman. Series premiere October 3 9/8C. Friday October 3 9/8C

Sanctuary/Stargate SG1 - SciFi Friday Line Up Oct 3 '08

From's schedulebot, the SciFi Friday line up for October 3, 2008:

9:00P SANCTUARY SANCTUARY FOR ALL - Premiere of Amanda Tapping's new series




Stargate Atlantis returns NEXT Friday, October 10, at its NEW time -- 9pm -- with 'The Lost Tribe' -- guest starring Michael Shanks as Dr. Daniel Jackson.

Hugh Laurie - House - Video: 'Not Cancer'

Courtesy of FOX and HULU, House's 'Not Cancer,' starring Hugh Laurie, Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard, Jennifer Morrison, Jesse Spencer, Peter Jacobson, Kal Penn and Olivia Wilde. Guest stars include Jamine Alvarez, Aimee Bell, Bobbin Bergstrom, David Anthony Buglione and Tim Conlon.

Several people die suddenly five years after receiving transplants from a single donor, and House and the team rush to save the two surviving recipients.

Sanctuary - Video: Amanda Tapping Q&A - Part 1

Courtesy of the SciFi Channel and HULU:

Sanctuary - Amanda Tapping Q&A - Part 1

Web Exclusive |02:56 |

Amanda Tapping, star of "Sanctuary" answers fan questions from San Diego Comic-Con 2008.

Sci - Fi - London - OKtoberfest 2008 - Oct 3 - 4



With our notorious anime all-nighter getting a 5th movie added to the line-up (can we tell them we got BLEACH in the building? Ed.), a few short surprises in our MST3K all-nighter and some great goodies to give away at the ZOMBIE all-nighter - you'd be right in thinking it can't get any better. Well we have just got confirmation that we can screen an episode (on the big screen!) of the mew animated STAR WARS series, CLONE WARS.

star wars clone warsOn Saturday 4th October at 11.00am, along with the FREE screening of JJ Abram's FRINGE, we have an episode entitled AMBUSH from the CLONE WARS series - woohoo! Thanks go to Sky Movies, Sky HD, Sky 1 and Lucasfilm for letting us have these for the festival - tickets are still available. Whilst it is free you do need to call the box office to reserve your ticket 020 7451 9944.

Next up, and the good news keeps coming, we have been given ANOTHER discount voucher code by PLAY.COM for readers of this newsletter. From this Thursday until Midnight on Sunday (Oct 2 - 5) you can get 5% of any purchase at Play by using the code SCIOKT.

The we use the code the more likely we are to get another one, so go mad. And just so you know, we do not benefit financially from your purchases - but we did get over a 1000 DVDs to give away at the festival from PLAY.COM - and they will have some special offers on films featured at the festival! These include, Tokyo Zombie, Dead Space: Downfall, Strait Jacket and Hellsing Ultimate...

Tickets are still available for DARK FLOORS - THE LORDI MOTION PICTURE and TERRA, for those of you who prefer sleeping in their own beds. The UK premiere of animated family film TERRA. With an all-star voice cast (Evan Rachel Wood, Brian Cox, Dennis Quaid, Luke Wilson), TERRA is a beautifully imagined reverse alien invasion story, where the humans turn out to be the invading aliens. It is a delight to see and with a strong message. Bring the kids - they can get you in free!

OKTOBERFEST is in London's most luxurious cinema, the Apollo West End on Friday October 3 and tickets are on sale now from the Apollo box office (020 7451 9944).

if you cannot make it to any of the screenings - well, we just added a heap of new content to SCI-FI-LONDON.TV and there are plenty of new reviews and competitions on the website.

The SFL team

Fringe / Chuck / Dollhouse - SciFi Magazine Dec '08 Issue

From SciFi Magazine:

DECEMBER 2008 Volume 14 Issue 6


Tour the set of J.J. Abrams' newest show with series stars Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson and John Noble as they attempt to unravel the mysteries of fringe science.

Stephenie Meyer's vampire novels have found 50 million rabid readers. Will the screen adaptation of her first book in her best-selling vampire series, be able to duplicate that success?

The Day the Earth Stood Still
Director Scott Derrickson drafts Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly to create a new incarnation of one of the greatest sci-fi movies ever made.

The Haunting of Molly Hartley

Tired of today's gory slasher flicks, director Mickey Liddell stands up for old-school horror by sending Rosemary's Baby to high school.

Mystery Science Theater 3000
The men behind janitor Joel Robinson, mad scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester, Tom Servo, Gypsy and Crow T. Robot revisit the Satellite of Love to reminisce about the best of the first two decades of MST3K.

Zachary Levi, star of the NBC comedy action series, is back for a second season of accidental spying. His first mission — some more alone time with his CIA handler Yvonne Strahovski.

Pushing Daisies
Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actress Swoosie Kurtz cooks up spoilers about the returning pie maker who can bring back the dead with a single touch.

Angel alum Amy Acker returns to TV for two projects — the SCI FI channel Saturday night original movie Fire & Ice and Joss Whedon's midseason replacement series Dollhouse.

Fire & Ice airs Saturday Oct 18 at 9/8C.

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Sanctuary - SciFi Magazine October '08 Issue: Achieving Immortality

From the October '08 issue of SciFi Magazine (please click on photo for a larger format):

Pushing Daisies - Second Season Premiere Oct 1

The second season of Pushing Daisies premieres Wednesday, October 1 '08 at 8pm on ABC.

Ned (Lee Pace)

Season two opens with ' Bzzzzzzz!' -- Olive has a nervous breakdown since the identity of Lily was revealed to her. So she runs away and decides to join a nunnery. Starring Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride, Ellen Greene, Swoosie Kurtz and Kristin Chenoweth. Guest stars include Peter Cambor, Field Cate, Kelly Ebsary, Diana Scarwid and French Stewart.

Sanctuary - Video: Behind the Scenes - Inside Sanctuary

Courtesy of the SciFi Channel and HULU:

Sanctuary - Inside Sanctuary

Behind the Scenes |04:05 |

The cast and creators talk about what it takes to create the world of 'Sanctuary.'

Stargate Atlantis - MGM Stargate: Tech Journal: Wraith Physiology

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Wraith Physiology

Official Stargate Special Ops member