Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Farscape - iO9: Rebooting Farscape?

From iO9:

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How We'd Give Farscape a Battlestar-style Reboot, and Make a New Hit

After chatting briefly with the extremely nice (and still-ultra-hunky) Ben "Farscape" Browder at Comic-Con, I realized what society needs most right now: A reboot of 1990s space opera Farscape. Supposedly the Sci-Fi Channel is airing 10 Farscape webisodes, but those have yet to materialize and besides they are not enough. There are a lot of cool ways this underrated show could return to TV as something darker, less campy, and more socially relevant, just like Battlestar Galactica did. And with all the good alien ensemble dramas evaporating from TV (later days, Star Trek: Enterprise and Stargate), now is the time to strike.

Coolness of the old Farscape:

What made the original Farscape interesting was its vision of a human stranded among aliens. Unlike your typical ensemble space opera, humans were in the minority and we had a lot of chances to explore weird alien worlds. With Brian Hensen's production house behind its alien creatures, Farscape pretty much always had lovely concept design. We see this world through the eyes of John Crichton (Ben Browder), an astronaut accidentally sucked through a wormhole and deposited on the far side of the universe among warring alien factions. He takes refuge on a sentient ship called Moya, among escaped convicts.

How to Reboot:

A rebooted show could play up the criminal backgrounds of Moya's crew. Who can be trusted? Have alliances shifted? The tut-tutting little puppet Rygel once ruled 600 billion subjects of the Hynerian empire, but was sold out to the evil Peacekeepers by his cousin. Maybe we could give him a more ambiguous history — perhaps he was a cruel dictator, and we can see his cousin's side of the story. Meanwhile, we know the zen yoga lady Zhaan assassinated her lover because he helped the Peacekeepers take over her home planet. Let's make her more of a ninja assassin type: Let her use those powers of invisibility more, and do more explosives work. And let's make the anarchist thief Chiana into more of a Warren Ellis-style character who spouts political opinions between bursts of ass-kickery...

Stargate: Continuum - GateWorld: Review

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Review: Stargate: Continuum

It's hard to believe it has been nearly two years since Stargate SG-1 was cancelled -- nearly two years since MGM announced it would follow up the series with a pair of direct-to-DVD movies. Now the second of those is here (following March's release of The Ark of Truth).

Comparisons between Stargate: Continuum and the television series are inevitable, as well as between this film and Ark of Truth. Does the movie break new ground while retaining Stargate's well-worn sensibilities? Does it duplicate past story ideas, such as "Moebius," too closely? Is it accessible to new viewers?

Stargate Atlantis - GateWorld: Podcast: Episode #3

From GateWorld:

GateWorld Podcast: Episode #3


Darren and David talk about "Broken Ties," and David shares his Comic-Con experiences.

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog - Video: Act Two

Courtesy of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog and HULU, Act Two.

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

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As the romance between Penny (Felicia Day) and Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion) blossoms, a disheartened Dr. Horrible (Neil Patrick Harris) continues with his evil plan.

Eureka - Video: SciFi.com - Comic Con Panel

The 'Eureka' Comic Con '08 panel video is now available at SciFi.com

'Eureka' season three premieres tonight on the SciFi Channel at 9pm, with repeats of 'Bad to the Drone' at Midnight and on August 5 at 8pm.

Stargate Atlantis - NEW Publicity Stills from 'Whispers'

Stargate Atlantis' new season five episode, 'Whispers,' airs in September on the SciFi Channel, and guest stars Paul McGillion, Christina Cox, Janina Gavanakar, Leela Savasta and Nicole DeBoer.

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Dr. Carson Becket (Paul McGillion)

Lt. Col. John Sheppard (Joe Flanigan) and Capt. Alicia Vega (Leela Savasta)

Maj. Anne Teldy (Christina Cox) and Vega

Teldy and Shep

Stargate Atlantis - NBCMV: SciFi Channel Has Best July Ever...



Published: July 29, 2008

Ranks #6 Among Adults 25-54

New York, NY – July 29, 2008 – SCI FI Channel's ratings growth continues to draw new viewers with its best July ever among young and female viewers. Year to date, SCI FI is up 8% among adults 18-34 and 3% among female viewers 18-34 for the month. Additionally, SCI FI was up in males 18-34 (126,000/+13%), males 25-54 (370,000/+1%), females18-49 (263,000/+4%) and females 25-54 with (291,000/+5%).

In a year-to-year comparison, SCI FI averaged 578,000 adults 18-49 (+1%), 661,000 among adults 25-54 (+2%) and 1.24 million total viewers (+3%). SCI FI is the 6th ranked basic cable entertainment network among adults 25-54 and was ranked in the top ten among males 18-49 and males 25-54.

Program highlights include:

· The season 5 premiere of Stargate Atlantis on July 11 saw increased viewership averaging 1.3 million adults 18-49, 1.4 million adults 25-54, and 2.4 million total viewers. This was Atlantis' best performance since the season 4 finale in March 2008. This is above the Season 4 average by +20% in adults 18-49, by +22% in adults 25-54, and by +22% in total viewers.

· The mid-season premiere of Ghost Hunters International on July 9 averaged 1.4 million adults18-49, 1.5 million adults 25-54, and 2.4 million total viewers marking the best performances in these demos since the series premiered in January 2008.

· The triumphant return of Scare Tactics hosted by Tracy Morgan on July 9 in the 10pm hour delivered 646,000 adults 18-34, 1.2 million adults 18-49, 1.2 million adults 25-54, and 2.1 million total viewers. This is a series high performance among adults 18-34. Both episodes also delivered the best performances for Scare Tactics in all key demos for any episode since the initial series premiere on April 4, 2003.

Please note all data includes the most current blend of Live+7 and Live+SD.

Eureka - Total SciFi: Eureka Season 3: Geniuses at work

From Total SciFi:

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Eureka Season 3: Geniuses at work

The titular town of the cult Sci Fi Channel series Eureka is populated by eccentric geniuses who devote their time to coming up with all sorts of odd inventions. With the show back for a third series, Abbie Bernstein caught up with showrunners Jaime Paglia and Charlie Craig and star Colin Ferguson who plays Sheriff Jack Carter - a regular guy trying to adapt to Eureka’s eccentricities.

Season 2 was somewhat darker than Season 1. Will Season 3 be lighter?

Charlie Craig: I think [the darker tone] was a fun, interesting place to go. We didn’t apologise for it at all.

Jaime Paglia: But when you’re planning a season, you say, ‘Alright, now what do we want to do?’ And we just started coming up with funnier stuff this time. I think of our show as a comedy, not as suspense.

Charlie Craig: Yeah. ‘Dramedy’ is what we were trying to go for, and I think that we went a little more into drama last season. Again, I think it was great to do for our characters, but I think we all sort of had an inclination to come back more to the funny side this time.

Stargate: Continuum - Stargate Hub: Goa'uld / Jaffa Name Generator

From FOX's Stargate Hub:

Goa'uld / Jaffa Name Generator

Prepare to take your place amongst the stars by earning a Goa'uld or Jaffa name.

Type in your name, choose an evil rating and a homeworld, and your gender. Click on Generate, and (examples):


System Lord Kali

of Praclarush Taonas


Former First Prime Ziminar

of Hak'tyl

Chuck - Video: Comic Con '08 Panel

Courtesy of HULU, the Chuck panel at San Diego Comic Con '08 with Josh Swartz, Chris Fedak, Zachary Levi, Adam Baldwin, Yvonne Strahovski, Sarah Lancaster and Ryan McPartlin.

Comic-Con 2008

Web Exclusive |45:01 |

Check out the Cast & Creators of Chuck, direct from Comic-Con!

Eureka - Star Telegram: A conversation with Colin Ferguson

From the Dallas-Ft. Worth Star Telegram (Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX):

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A conversation with Colin Ferguson of 'Eureka'


Colin Ferguson, star of the SciFi Channel series Eureka, admits he’s being shallow. But if ever he got a chance to use one of the show’s fantastic inventions and innovations, he says he’d be drawn to one that’s rich in gee-whiz entertainment value. “I’m a sucker for a good toy,” he says. Ferguson, who plays Sheriff Jack Carter, a common man in a community of scientific geniuses, says it “sort of speaks volumes about how self-centered I am.” His costars, when discussing their favorite Eureka gadgets, have singled out one “grandiose invention” or another, each with potential to change the world as we know it. “But I go back [the episode titled] ‘Blink,’” Ferguson says. “If I could run really fast and be like the Flash -– maybe it just sort of keys into the 10-year-old boy inside of me -– but I think that just seems like the coolest thing.” Either that or he’d want to take Eureka’s hoverboard for a test drive. “They’re such incidental inventions as far as the show goes,” Ferguson notes. “But that’s what I’d really, really enjoy.” And maybe that’s the key to the show’s popularity. Eureka is a place where the grandiose and the goofy can co-exist. The show begins its third season (eight this summer, to be followed by 13 more in early 2009) on SciFi at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 29.


How ahead of the curve is the show scientifically? Like, do any of the Eureka innovations, something that was purely fictional when introduced on the show, exist in the real world today?

“Yeah, I’d say the PDAs. We came out with those tiny little PDAs that they use on the show. I don’t know how big they are, maybe a matchbox and a half, and all they are is a screen. There’s no touch pad, there’s no nothing. When we started using them, the iPhone wasn’t out. And it’s fun now to see that that’s the way that a lot of the phones are going.”

Stargate: Continuum - FreeClyde: Pre-Order Continuum Soundtrack

From FreeClyde (Joel Goldsmith's web site):


Stargate: Continuum - The Original Soundtrack

Joel Goldsmith's score for Stargate: Continuum is nearly here!

Available for pre-order now and scheduled for release on August 12th, this epic soundtrack CD will be accompanied by a 24-page full-color booklet that includes articles by Brad Wright, Robert C. Cooper, Martin Wood, and Joel Goldsmith. Stargate fans will be inspired by the original artwork designed by the FreeClyde team and the exclusive photography from the film.

This Limited Edition release is the perfect companion to the soundtrack for The Ark Of Truth, which was released earlier this year.


You can reserve your copy today at Joel's website, FreeClyde.com, by clicking on the link below:


Track List:
01 - A Day At S.G.C.
02 - The List
03 - Murderer Of Untold Millions
04 - The Achilles Commandeered
05 - The Last Of The System Lords
06 - For The Good Of Others
07 - The Sinking Of The Achilles
08 - Endless Horizons
09 - Breaking The Ice
10 - New Identities
11 - Baal Divided
12 - Bring A God To Tears
13 - Daniel's Book
14 - Al'kesh Invasion
15 - Photograph
16 - Apophis
17 - The Armada
18 - Quetesh Takes Over
19 - Battle Over The Ocean
20 - The Machine
21 - Fall Of The Heroes
22 - End Of The Reign
23 - The Extraction
24 - O'Neill Buys Lunch / End Title Reprise

Also available for pre-order at GateWorld.

Stargate: Continuum - Zap2It: 'Stargate: Continuum' Cast Recall Being On Ice

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"Stargate: Continuum" cast members Amanda Tapping and Ben Browder tell Zap2it what it was like to film the series' latest movie in the frozen Arctic. Two words: polar bears.

'Stargate: Continuum' Cast Recall Being On Ice

By Kate O'Hare, Zap2it.com

July 29, 2008

On Monday, July 21, now-brunette "Stargate SG-1" and "Stargate: Atlantis" star Amanda Tapping appeared in Beverly Hills, Calif., at the Television Critics Association Press Tour to promote her new Sci Fi Channel series "Sanctuary."

But in May of 2007, Tapping was still a blonde and still hard at work in Vancouver, Canada, playing Air Force Col. Samantha Carter in "Stargate Atlantis" and two "Stargate SG-1" movies, "Ark of Truth" and "Continuum."

"Ark of Truth" was designed to wrap up storylines from the end of the show's 10th season, but "Continuum," due out Tuesday, July 29, on DVD, represents the first stand-alone movie based on the long-running TV franchise (started on Showtime and continued on Sci Fi Channel), itself based on the 1994 movie "Stargate."

And, speaking to crowds on Friday, July 25, at Comic-Con International in San Diego ("Continuum" premiered in San Diego on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Midway on July 24), executive producer Brad Wright hinted that more movies might be on the way...

Eureka - TV Guide Online: Chat with Colin Ferguson

From TV Guide Online:

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TV Show Previews

Colin Ferguson Previews Eureka's Inventive New Season

If you're looking for sanity in Eureka, go no further than Colin Ferguson. Tuesday night, he begins his third season as Sheriff Jack Carter, who lends an Andy Taylor-like calm to a stormy Mayberry populated by crazy scientific geniuses. Ferguson explains why he's nuts about the show. (Eureka airs Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET, Sci Fi.)

TV Guide: Give us some scoop!

Colin Ferguson: A main character dies! How do you like that? Also, as last season ended, Eureka was wrecked [by an airborne metal-eating bacteria], so we bring in Frances Fisher [as a corporate hotshot] to fix the town. [The opener] is about a [rogue robot] that escapes. It's fun, though it's hard to act when a main character is a visual effect.

TV Guide Online: Who Are the Sexiest Sci-Fi Stars?

From TV Guide Online:

TV Guide Editors' Blogs

TVGuide.com Asks....

Who Are the Sexiest Sci-Fi Stars?

What is it that makes sci-fi shows so appealing? Maybe it's because so many of the cast members are "out of this world" hot!

From Supernatural's Jared Padalecki to Battlestar Galactica's sexy cylon Tricia Helfer, there are plenty of sci-fi sexpots to choose from. So, we want to know: Who do you think are the sexiest sci-fi stars?

Share your picks in the comments [at the link above], and be sure to tell us why you think your choices are the hottest things on TV. Be sure to check back next week to see if your choice makes the list!

Stargate: Continuum - Cinema Spy: Exclusive Interview: Brad Wright

From Cinema Spy:

Photo courtesy of MGM Stargate

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Exclusive Interview: 'Stargate' Exec Happy in Vancouver

Brad Wright talks about shooting sci-fi in Canada

By Blaine Kyllo | Sunday, July 27, 2008

Vancouver’s film and television production industry has had its ups and downs. After surging for the last ten years it’s declined recently, suffering from a less appealing exchange rate between the Canadian loonie and the American greenback, and because of the worldwide industry’s slowdown since last winter’s writers’ strike.

“There is definitely less production going on right now,” writer-producer Brad Wright admitted in a phone interview. The strike and the exchange, he said from his office at Vancouver’s Bridge Studios, has “had an affect on this town. There is less television being made.”


Wright’s first movie, Stargate: Continuum, releases on DVD and Blu-ray on July 29. It’s a time travel tale in which the Stargate program gets erased by the meddling of a long-time enemy, Ba'al, and forces the SG-1 team to set things right, and prevent Earth from falling into the hands of the Goa’uld.

“Why leave, at this point?” quipped Wright, who admitted he’s trying to ride out the dollar. “I can’t imagine that it’s going to stay that way forever...”

Stargate Atlantis - Cinema Spy: Set Visit: 'Stargate'

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[NOTE: 19 behind-the-scenes photos available, including one from 'The Queen', at the photo tab at link above.]

CinemaSpy.ca was recently invited to a special two-day media tour of the Vancouver sets for Stargate Atlantis and the SG-1 series of movies.

This week we begin two consecutive weeks of coverage that includes interviews with members of the cast & crew, starting with an exclusive conversation with series creator and executive producer Brad Wright, in which he talks about the Stargate franchise, including the two direct-to-DVD films featuring SG-1 — followed by interviews with stars Jewel Staite, Rachel Luttrell, Jason Momoa, Joe Flanigan, David Hewlett, Robert Picardo, Ben Browder and N. John Smith.

Sanctuary - SciFi.com: Video: Sanctuary panel at Comic Con

From SciFi.com:

Sanctuary Panel - Comic Con 2008

Complete coverage of the "Sanctuary" panel from Comic-Con San Diego 2008.

Battlestar Galactcia - SciFi.com: Video BSG Comic Con Panel

From SciFi.com:

Battlestar Galactica Panel - Comic Con 2008

Complete coverage of the "Battlestar Galactica" panel from Comic-Con San Diego 2008. WARNING: Explicit content.

Stargate: Continuum - MGM Stargate: Video: 'Along The Continuum' Part 4

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Along the Continuum (Pt. 4)

1:07 7MB

Along The Continuum with Brad Wright Executive Producer/Writer Brad Wright answers the Top 10 fan submitted questions about Stargate Continuum. On DVD July 29th.