Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Stargate Atlantis - CinemaSpy: Remote View: Requiem for 'Atlantis

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Remote View: Requiem for 'Atlantis'

Blaine Kyllo looks back at five years in the Pegasus Galaxy

By Blaine Kyllo | Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Ah, Stargate Atlantis, you young upstart. You matured before our eyes. Now you are five, and all grown up, and it’s time for you to go.

Be sure that we’ll miss you. You were more than just the younger sibling of Stargate SG-1, the long-running television series that exceeded and supplanted its cousin, the feature film. Just as SG-1 moved on to bigger and better and longer things, we hope that you will, too.

And as we will miss you, so will we miss the characters that brought life to you. The charming blend of nationalities, the elevated status of scientists, the tender treatment of the indigenous peoples issue ...

... Atlantis, it’s time for you to go. There’s a new baby coming soon, and its time to make room for it. Instead, you can move on to the occasional feature project, the longer form that will give you the chance to linger on moments, to revel in breathtaking battle sequences and, most of all, explosions.

We’re not sure what your new sibling, Stargate Universe, will look like. In your final episode, Colonel Steven Caldwell mentioned that the Odyssey was on a top-secret mission even he wasn’t supposed to know about, so it’s likely that starship features in the premiere of the new series.

We know that Universe stars veteran Scottish actor Robert Carlyle as a character named Dr. David Rush. We hope that he and the other cast members that will soon join the crew will have the same chemistry, the same fast friendships, the same quick humor that you and your older sibling Stargate SG-1 have.

Go well, Stargate Atlantis, and go with the knowledge that you were great to us, and we loved you for it.

Jensen Ackels - Video: My Bloody Valentine 3-D Premiere

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Hollywood News - My Bloody Valentine 3-D Premiere


Get ready to be terrified in another dimension as MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3-D hits theatres! See why 3-D is extra scary as stars Jensen Ackles, Jaime King, Kerr Smith and the rest of the stars talk about the movie!

Stargate: Universe / Stargate Atlantis - John Scalzi and Questions for Actor Mike Dopud?

From Joseph Mallozzi's blog update for January 14, 2009:

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John Scalzi

January 14, 2009: Scalzi and Stargate, Together At Last

Back in 2006, I read a novel that totally blew me away and single-handedly revived my passion for literary SF: Old Man’s War by author John Scalzi. It was smart, humorous, and unbelievably entertaining. So entertaining, in fact, that I ended up recommending it to anyone and everyone - friends, fans, and family alike. And their responses were equally enthusiastic. I picked up the second and third book in the series, The Ghost Brigades and The Last Colony, and enjoyed them so much that I made another Scalzi novel, The Android’s Dream, a Book of the Month Club selection on this very blog (for this stragglers who’d yet to discover the man). And today, it gives me great pleasure to (finally) welcome John Scalzi to the Stargate: Universe production as its new Creative Consultant.

Brad Wright and John Scalzi

Now what, you may ask, does a Creative Consultant do? Well, allow me to inform, clarify, and put some rumors to rest…

1. Does a Creative Consultant provide commentary on scripts in development?

Yes, the Creative Consultant reads outlines and scripts, helping to creatively shape a future episode by providing insightful input along the lines of “The color of alien plant life is dependent upon things like atmospheric chemistry, and the proximity and brightness of the star the planet happens to be orbiting!” or “Uh, James can’t be the one who saves Young. You killed her off back in episode three.”

2. Does a Creative Consultant write scripts?

It’s theoretically possible, yes. If he’s got the time, a good idea, and the inclination - why the hell not? So long as it’s understood that I’ve already called dibs on any potential future storylines involving smart-aleck robots, telepathic dogs (the beauty is that, from a visual effects standpoint, their lips never have to move), or ending with the audience realization that the episode they just watched was actually a story being read to Jelly (the ship’s telepathic canine mascot) by Anne D. Roid (the Destiny’s sassy robot caretaker).

3. If a Creative Consultant has a problem with the script, is he/she allowed to physically punish the writer?

Alas, gone are the days when studio executives could march into the production offices unannounced and kick a writer for such transgressions as contrived plotting, wooden dialogue, or liberal use of the Canadian spelling of color (“colour“). Today, as unfair as it sounds, you must have a pretty good reason to kick a writer. A weak third act break or the shoddy job he did waxing your car just won‘t cut it anymore. State labor laws and the inroads made by the WGA in recent years have all but eliminated the physical abuse of writers, except under the following circumstances:

Writer misses a script deadline = A warning for the first offense and pinky twist for the second offense (note: while the bestowing of extreme discomfort or the eliciting of plaintive cries and tears is permissible, fractures and dislocation are not. Note: Sprains are a bit of grey area open to debate.).

Writer’s script is short = Unlike a long script which can be sent back for editing, any work the writer does to a short script will amount to either the padding out of existing material or the addition of superfluous scenes. On such occasions, it is permissible for the producer to administer one paper cut to any area of the writer’s body (excluding the eye and genital area. Note: This particular clause being an annoying antiquated holdover from the old Geneva Convention.) for every page the writer is short (assuming the average page count).

Writer fails to bring back everyone’s lunch order in a timely manner = Another area open to debate: What constitutes “a timely manner”? Well, a recent agreement between the WGA and the AMPTP defines “a timely manner” as: “An interval of time up to general grumbling but not to exceed the moment at which a producer must trek to the kitchen in search of a handful of nuts to tide him over”. In this instant, it IS permissible to strike the writer BUT ONLY WITH AN OPEN FIST (closed-fist strikes are reserved for actual screw-ups with the lunch orders - ie. A failure to ensure there is, in fact, mayo on your burger.).

Writer produces a script that necessitates a full rewrite on the part of the producer = Punishable by one kick, a head butt, or two swirlies to take place at a mutually agreed upon toilet. (On the bright side, should the rewrite succeed, the fact that the writer’s name remains on the finished product will undoubtedly win him/her the accolades of many a fan who simply don’t know any better.).

Writer/Producer Carl Binder and Art Director/Production Designer James Robbins

4. Does the Creative Consultant get an office and a parking space?

Since Creative Consultants tend to be involved in a more infrequent manner, contributing whenever a script or outline is delivered as opposed to being a part of a production’s day-to-day operations, they are generally not afforded the luxury of their own office. Nor are they given their own parking space although, on occasions they do visit the offices, their on-screen credit ensures they must submit to only the most minimal of cavity searches prior to gaining admittance to the lot.

5. How much does a Creative Consultant get paid?

Numerous factors come into play here: background, experience, size of the production, workload. These factors are carefully weighed and, after some discussion, both the production and Creative Consultant agree on a reasonable rate - to be paid in World of Warcraft currency (note: John, please check the fine print in your contract).

Hope that answers some of your questions.

Anyway, John came by the production offices yesterday. We sat all sat around and discussed the show and the Air three-parter, took a stroll down to Stages 4 and 5 to tour the in-progress Universe sets, discussed John’s involvement in the production and, finally, moved on to the most important part of his visit: Dinner at Fuel.

... Finally - I was walking by the kitchen yesterday and ran into actor Mike Dopud who played Colonel Chernovshev in SG-1’s Full Alert, Odai Ventrell in SG-1’s Bounty, and Kiryk in Atlantis’s Tracker (see last season, editor). He was in the office, awaiting a copy of Tracker, so I seized the opportunity to invite him to do a fan Q&A on this blog (ie. “Hey, Mike, I’m not sure if you’re aware but the terms of your contract require you to do an online question and answer session on a blog of the producer’s choosing…”). Anyway, Mike contacted me this morning to tell me he’d be happy to swing by. So, if you’ve got questions for this former pro athlete turned stuntman turned talented actor, start posting.


Stargate: Universe, starring Robert Carlyle, is set to premiere this summer on the SciFi Channel (US).

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Star Trek - Los Angeles Times: Ricardo Montalban Passes Away

At the Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA):

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'Fantasy Island' actor Ricardo Montalban dies at 88

He was often cast -- and stereotyped -- as a Latin lover and later was best known as Mr. Roarke of 'Fantasy Island.' He was respected for his work to improve the roles and image of other Latino actors.

By Lorenza Muñoz

2:20 PM PST, January 14, 2009

Ricardo Montalban, the suave leading man who was one of the first Mexican-born actors to make it big in Hollywood and who was best known for his role as Mr. Roarke on ABC's "Fantasy Island," has died. He was 88.

Montalban died Wednesday morning at his Los Angeles home of complications related to old age, said his son-in-law, Gilbert Smith ...

While making "Fantasy Island," Montalban also gave one of his best movie performances -- as Khan Noonian Singh in the "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (1982), a follow-up to a beloved 1967 "Star Trek" television episode, "Space Seed," that also featured Montalban.

As Khan, Montalban was deliciously over the top, vowing to wreak revenge on Star Trek Admiral James T. Kirk: "I'll chase him 'round the moons of Nivea, and 'round the Antares maelstrom, and 'round perdition's flames before I give him up."

New York Times movie critic Janet Maslin wrote that Montalban, "with his fierce profile, long white hair, manful decolletage and space-age jewelry looks like either the world's oldest rock star or its hippest Indian chief." And New Yorker magazine critic Pauline Kael said Montalban's performance as Khan "was the only validation he has ever had of his power to command the big screen."

Battlestar Galactica - NBCUMV: Auction to Include Charity Items


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Published: January 13, 2009

Tricia Helfer's ("Number Six") Red Dress, Michael Hogan's ("Colonel Saul Tigh's") Liquor Bottle And Michael Trucco's ("Samuel Anders") Holsters & Knives To Be Auctioned To Benefit Charities

200 Items To Be Offered On eBay In Teaser Auction Beginning Monday, January 12

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Tuesday, January 13, 2009 – NBC Universal Television, Music, DVD and Consumer Products Group has teamed with Propworx to offer an unprecedented opportunity for "Battlestar Galactica" fans to own a piece of the show, with an enormous two-day, live auction set for January 17 and 18. Hundreds of items from the hit SCI FI Channel series including costumes, props, set pieces and more will be offered at auction at the Pasadena Convention Center. The auction will also stream live at so those unable to make it to Pasadena will be able to watch or bid online.

A portion of the auction's overall proceeds will benefit United Way. Additionally, several cast members have designated specific items that will be auctioned off to benefit other charities.

Tricia Helfer, who portrays the award-winning series' sultry Cylon "Number Six," has chosen her character's iconic red dress to be auctioned off for the benefit of four charities including the Richmond Animal Protection Society (, Kitten Rescue (, World Wildlife Fund ( and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals ( Helfer originated the role of the humanoid Cylon "Number Six" in the SCI FI Channel's "Battlestar Galactica" miniseries in 2003. Her many film and television roles include NBC's "Chuck," "CSI" and USA Network's hit series "Burn Notice." She also garnered the "Leo Award" in 2005, Canada's equivalent to the Emmy Award, for her work on the second season of "Battlestar Galactica."

Michael Hogan, who portrays the series' troubled "Colonel Saul Tigh," has chosen the character's infamous liquor bottle to be auctioned off for the benefit of the Performing Arts Lodge (PAL) Vancouver ( PAL Vancouver is a not-for-profit charitable society created to provide quality affordable housing and support for seniors in the performing arts and allied professions. An accomplished and award-winning Canadian actor, Hogan has appeared in countless plays, films, television series, radio dramas and even opera over the course of his career. Among his many award nominations are a "Blizzard" Award for Best Leading Actor in the film "Nights Below Station Street" from Manitoba Film and a "Genie" Award for Best Supporting Actor in the film "Solitaire."

Michael Trucco stars as "Samuel Anders" on the series, a former resistance leader on "Caprica" and "New Caprica" and then a Viper pilot on "Galatica." Trucco has designated several items including two holsters, a retractable knife and two rubber knives with holsters to be auctioned off for the benefit of Food on Foot ( Food on Foot is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to providing the poor and homeless of Los Angeles with nutritious meals, clothing and assistance in their transition to employment and a life off the streets. Trucco's additional television credits include "Beverly Hills 90210," "One Tree Hill," CSI" and "CSI: Miami."
"The preparations for the 'Battlestar Galactica' auctions are nearly complete and it has been a tremendous experience for all of us," said Kurt Ford, Senior Vice President Production Services Universal Media Studios. "We are really looking forward to offering all these fantastic props and costumes to the fans, who we know will keep the series alive. Between the live auction event and the series of online auctions, there will definitely be something for everyone."

As a pre-cursor to the live auction weekend, 200 items will be offered through eBay starting on Monday, January 12. This auction will include several smaller items from the series including "Admiral Cain's" books, Viper flight manuals and panels from Galactica's CIC. This auction will close on Monday, January 19.

The live auction weekend will kick off with a preview day on Friday, January 16th at 10:00 a.m. The preview day will also feature a series of live panel discussions with the creative team that developed all the fantastic props, costumes and set pieces for "Battlestar Galactica." The two day live auction event will take place Saturday January 17th and Sunday January 18th and will feature hundreds of items from the first three seasons of the show.

Following the live auction weekend, another 200 items will be offered on eBay beginning on Tuesday, January 20, and then, as previously announced, even more items will be made available for auction each Friday on eBay in conjunction with the final episodes of "Battlestar Galactica"(Fridays from 10:00 to 11:00 p.m. ET/PT starting on January 16). These items will be relevant to the particular episode that just aired. The first of these auctions will take place on Friday, January 23, starting at 9:00 a.m. (ET).

There are several online auctions being held in connection with the live auction weekend. The complete "Battlestar Galactica" Auction schedule of events is as follows:

· Pre Live Auction Offering Of 200 Items – Monday, January 12 – In a special pre-cursor to the live auction weekend, 200 items will be offered on eBay starting Monday, January 12 and closing Monday, January 19.

· Public Preview Day – Friday, January 16, 2009 – Pasadena Convention Center (Doors open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m).

· Live Auction Day – Saturday, January 17, 2009 – Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Auction begins at 9:00 a.m.

· Live Auction Day – Sunday, January 18, 2009 – Doors open at 9:00 a.m. Auction begins at 10:00 a.m.

· Post Live Event Auction of 100 Items on eBay – Tuesday, January 20 – This auction goes live at 9:00 a.m. (ET) and will conclude Friday, January 23, starting at 9:00 p.m. (ET).

· First of Several Weekly Online Auctions – Beginning on Friday, January 23, weekly online auctions on eBay begin at 9:00 p.m. (ET).

Post Auction Online Auction of 200 Items – Tuesday, January 20 (Auction goes live at 9:00 a.m. (ET) and will conclude Friday, January 23, starting at 9:00 p.m. (ET).
Only 100 items. This is actually Episode 413 (Week 1 of auctions) on eBay.

For more information on the auction and to view the catalog please visit

The Pasadena Convention Center is located at 300 East Green Street in Pasadena, California, 91101

David Boreanaz - Bones - Video: Sneak Peek: 'Double Trouble in the Panhandle'

Courtesy of FOX and HULU (Bones returns on its new night, Thursday, on January 15 '09 at 8pm on FOX):

Bones - Carnival Slang

Current Preview (s.4 : ep.6)|01:05|

Yes, please email a lexicon.

Stargate SG-1 - James Swallow Live Journal Update - 'First Prime' Audio Drama

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Stargate SG-1: First Prime

A few weeks ago, I mentioned downblog about First Prime, my newest entry in the Stargate audio drama series - and I'm pleased to announce that the CD is now available for pre-order in digital and shiny disc formats from BF's site.

... The plotline is set in the fifth season, and it confronts Teal'c with a face from his past and the legacy of a secret he has held since his time in service to the System Lord Apophis.

Stargate SG-1: First Prime will be out in May; to pre-order a copy, click Here.

Fringe / True Blood - Paley Center For Media: Paley Fest '09 Evenings

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The 26th annual William S. Paley Television Festival runs from April 10 to 23, 2009.

Arclight Cinerama Dome
6360 W. Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA

Announcing Two PALEYFEST09 Evenings


True Blood

Full lineup to be announced February 18.

Battlestar Galactica - Paley Center for Media: POLL - Who is the Last Cylon?

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Battlestar Galactica Final Cylon

Who is the final Cylon?

* Admiral William Adama (Edward James Olmos)

Quoth Leoben: “Adama is a Cylon.” When D’Anna tells Roslin that only four of the final five Cylons are in her fleet in “Revelations,” where was Adama?

* Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell)

Cured of cancer with Hera’s blood, she can be ruthless.

* Lee “Apollo” Adama (Jamie Bamber)

Switched at birth?

* Dr. Gaius Baltar (James Callis)

The hybrid says the final Cylon is “clawing toward redemption.” But doesn’t Baltar embody humanity—at its worst and best?

* Kara “Starbuck” Thrace (Katee Sackhoff)

Too obvious? The hybrid claims Starbuck will lead humanity to its end. Sackhoff insists it isn’t she.

* Felix Gaeta (Alessandro Juliani)

Missing from the famous Entertainment Weekly “Last Supper” photo, he is tech-savvy.

* Tom Zarek (Richard Hatch)

Also MIA from “The Last Supper.” How ironic would that be?

* Anastasia “Dee” Dualla (Kandyse McClure)

A wolf in sheep’s clothing? Like Gaeta and Zarek, missing from EW. And she was an Adama.

* Karl “Helo” Agathon (Tahmoh Penikett)

Can’t think of a single reason.

* None of the above

Is it someone else not listed? Post a comment below after voting [at the link above].

Actor Patrick McGoohan Passes Away

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'Prisoner' actor Patrick McGoohan dies in LA

By ANDREW DALTON, Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES – Patrick McGoohan, the Emmy-winning actor who created and starred in the cult classic television show "The Prisoner," has died. He was 80.

McGoohan died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a short illness, his son-in-law, film producer Cleve Landsberg, said.

McGoohan won two Emmys for his work on the Peter Falk detective drama "Columbo," and more recently appeared as King Edward Longshanks in the 1995 Mel Gibson film "Braveheart."

But he was most famous as the character known only as Number Six in "The Prisoner," a sci-fi tinged 1960s British series in which a former spy is held captive in a small enclave known only as The Village, where a mysterious authority named Number One constantly prevents his escape.

McGoohan came up with the concept and wrote and directed several episodes of the show, which has kept a devoted following in the United States and Europe for four decades ...

Stargate Universe: Author John Scalzi Consultant to Stargate Universe

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One of My Big Announcements for January

Jan 14 2009

... The reason I’m in Vancouver, aside from having dinner at Fuel last night with Joseph Mallozzi, can now be revealed: I have a new gig as Creative Consultant for the upcoming Stargate: Universe television series. I’ve been talking to the SGU folks about it informally for some time and flew out to meet the producers and writers, and talk about the ideas and directions of the new series. I also got the tour of the sets, which are still under construction, and which look pretty damn nifty so far. It all went very well, and I liked what they were doing with the show and the people involved, and equally importantly they seemed to like me too. So I was happy to say yes when they invited me onboard.

To answer questions that immediately come to mind: What “creative consultant” means in this case is to assist the producers and directors in shaping the direction of the series, to offer technical writing suggestions and advice, and basically to be useful when they want another point of view on something; it’s a background rather than foreground sort of job. No, I won’t be writing for the series at this point; hey, I just got the one gig, let me do that first. Yes, I’ve seen scripts and now know all sorts of stuff about the series you don’t, yet. No, I won’t tell you anything more than what’s already out there; my title is “creative consultant,” not “dude who leaks stuff.” Yes, the producers and writers are very smart folks who have a definite idea of what they want SGU to be, and I think it’s a good and intriguing idea with lots of interesting possibilities, which is why I signed on. No, I won’t be moving to Vancouver, though it’s a lovely town. Yes, dinner last night was spectacular, and I’m currently filled with crispy duck and other delights. I know for a fact Joe Mallozzi will be blogging about it, with lots of pictures of our dishes. Foodies, prepare to go insane ...


Stargate: Universe, starring Robert Carlyle, is set to premiere this summer on the SciFi Channel (US).

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John Scalzi:

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David Boreanaz - Bones - Video: 'Double Trouble in the Panhandle' - Sneak Peek

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Bones - Knives of Death

Current Preview (s.4 : ep.6)|00:53|

Andy Richter has really fallen far. He used to be on TV and now he's a carnival operator!

Bones now airs on Thursdays at 8pm on FOX.

Battlestar Galactica - CinemaSpy: Exclusive Interview - Rekha Sharma

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Exclusive Interview: 'Battlestar Galactica's' Rekha Sharma

A candid conversation with one of the 'final five'

By Robert Falconer | Tuesday, January 13, 2009

With only two days left until the final 10 episodes of Battlestar Galactica debut on SCI FI Channel (SPACE in Canada), and 10 webisodes entitled "The Resistance" that have teased viewers during the interim break, anticipation about how this show is going to wrap is building to a fever pitch. By all accounts the series has been fortunate in that the producers had the opportunity to dovetail it's various story threads into a conclusion that satisfied them, something executive producer Ron Moore told TV Guide in the past few days.
"I think we were able to answer most of the questions that we’d raised over the years," Moore said. "And, sort of, to resolve most of the mysteries and at the same time give a resolution to all the character arcs and to wrap it up by the end. And we don’t save everything until the last episode. We sort of start answering questions along the way."

Chief amongst those questions, of course, is 'Who is the final Cylon?', something about which fans have been speculating across the blogosphere since the show ended its fourth season last March, with the fleet arriving at what — on the surface at least — is ostensibly Earth after some sort of apocalypse. Theories abound, but while we wait for the mystery to begin unraveling this Friday, we thought it would be appropriate to sit and chat with one member of the 'final five' for whom mystery and surprise has been a constant companion: Tory Foster, aka Canadian actress Rekha Sharma. As most readers well know, Tory embraced her inner Cylon (piss her off, say hello to an airlock) even while Tigh fluttered about in denial, the Chief cogitated, and Anders just went along with the whole thing, few questions asked.

For Sharma, it's a role that she has thoroughly embraced. The charming Vancouver-born actress — who has been featured on such American shows as Dark Angel, Smallville and John Doe, along with popular Canadian series such as DaVinci's City Hall and The Guard — is intelligent, warm, gracious and very cognizant of the fact that Galactica has offered a level of performance intensity and opportunity that comes along rarely for most actors. (To watch her debut scene on the series, click the Video tab at the top of the article.)

A brief excerpt:

Robert: Let's get right to it and talk about Galactica's final 10 episodes. Are you excited about what happens to Tory?
Rekha Sharma: Yeah...yeah...yeah. But I can't tell you what happens [laughs]. Other than to say it is beautiful, touching, heartbreaking and exciting. When I read the script for the two part ending there were about ten pages where my heart was literally racing as I was reading it. And there was another part where I was crying. I was on a plane and there was a woman next to me looking at me like I was insane as I was reading it and wiping the tears from my eyes.

Battlestar Galactica - Los Angeles Times: Exclusive Photos Countdown

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'Battlestar Galactica' countdown: Exclusive photos

Jan 13 2009

Over at our Hero Complex blog, Times staff writer Geoff Boucher was able to score some exclusive images from the set of "Battlestar Galactica," complete with photos of the CIC and many actors ...

... Tomorrow in the countdown: Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Felix Gaeta)