Friday, September 5, 2008

Stargate Atlantis - SciFi Channel Updates for Whispers:

From the SciFi Channel's Stargate Atlantis site, updates for September 5, 2008:


* Episode Synopsis

* Episode Photos

NEW Alex Levine Blog update for Whispers:

NEXT new episode: The Queen airs Friday September 12 at 10pm on the SciFi Channel (US).

Teyla risks her life on a daring mission aboard a Wraith hive ship. Friday 10/9C

Trailer for The Queen.

NEW Season 5 Quiz!

Rodney McKay - Hard

Stargate Atlantis - Video: Comic Con Panel

SG1: Continuum - Video: SciFi Channel Exclusive Interviews

Stargate Atlantis Movie

Sanctuary - Peter Wingfield to Guest Star in Sanctuary

From the Adrian Paul Newswire:

Peter [Wingfield] will be going to Vancouver to do two episodes of the new Sci-Fi Channel TV show Sanctuary, which stars Amanda Tapping. Peter is playing James Crick, a two-hundred year old man in a two episode storyline. He is unlikely to be a recurring character in this.

[NOTE: Peter Wingfield also co-starred in several episodes of Stargate SG-1 as Tanith.]

Sanctuary premieres on the SciFi Channel on Friday October 3 at 9pm on the SciFi Channel (US).

Stargate Atlantis - GateWorld: Nicole De Boer Video Interview

At GateWorld:

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GateWorld talks with Nicole De Boer

You would be hard-pressed to be a science fiction fan and not have come across the work of Nicole de Boer in your television viewing. The Canadian actress has made quite a name for herself in the fantasy universe, from portrayals in Star Trek to The Dead Zone to the cult hit "Cube."

GateWorld got the chance to catch up with Miss de Boer at the 2008 Comic-Con convention in San Diego, California, where Nicole had recently completed filming of her first appearance in the Stargate universe in the episode "Whispers", portraying Dr. Alison Porter.

In our interview with the actress, Nicole discusses her involvement, both in the episode and with Dr. Carson Beckett, as well as taking us back through her whirlwind career in science fiction. We also touch on the importance of strong female roles on television and her desire to reach out to her fans.

GateWorld's interview with Nicole runs over 7 minutes. The video requires QuickTime 7.0 or higher. The interview is also available at GateWorld Play! Rather read the interview? It's also transcribed [at the link above]!

A brief excerpt:

GW: "Whispers," the episode you're in in Season Five, has been talked about just a little, and they say that it's kind of a spooky show. What can you tell us about your involvement?
NDB: Well from what I know it's a little departure from the usual Atlantis. It's scary, it's like a horror kind of episode. It involves a lot of fog and a lot of creepy, scary things. It involves some chicks with machine guns. Big, big guns.

GW: Something tells me Joe Mallozzi was behind that.
NDB: Hmm ... Could it be? Hmm ... [Laughter] Yes, no, he was there every day on set, plying us with chocolate. Keeping us well fed with chocolate, taking lots of pictures of us. It was a great time. I think -- I hope -- that the fans are really going to enjoy that episode. I think so.

Buffy: The Vampire Slayer - Video: 'Bad Eggs'

Courtesy of HULU, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer's 'Bad Eggs,' starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter, David Boreanaz, Anthony Head and Kristine Sutherland. Guest stars include Jeremy Ratchford, James Parks, Rick Zieff and Danny Strong.

Willow, Cordelia, Giles and Joyce become drones for an ancient beast after its eggs are mistakenly given out as part of a health class assignment.

Sanctuary - The Toronto Star: She Sells Sanctuary

At The Toronto Star (Toronto, ON, Canada):

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Sep 05, 2008

by Rob Salem - television columnist


I defy anyone to recognize Stargate star Amanda Tapping in her latest incarnation – a remarkably well-preserved 157-year-old mutant hunter – on Sanctuary, an innovative new Canadian-made fantasy adventure, debuting with an extended two-hour episode Oct. 3 at 9 p.m. on The Movie Network (then moving the following Friday to its regular hour slot at 8).

The British-born, Toronto-raised Tapping, who not only stars but is also an executive producer, has traded her familiar blond military crop for a sultry, shoulder-length brunette look, and an adopted English accent that hearkens back to her pre-school past.
"Having been born in England and growing up (here) in a rather British household, it wasn't so much of a stretch," she allows. "It actually feels like going home ...

"It's weird, having played an American on television for the last 11 years, to suddenly make that switch from American to British, and from army boots to stilettos. It was a complete overhaul.

"I felt the need personally and professionally to completely reinvent myself."

Sanctuary is itself something of a reinvention, originally test-run as an Internet serial and similarly shot on computer-generated "virtual sets," à la Sin City and 300.
"It's huge," Tapping enthuses. "It's not that much different than actually shooting on a real set, once you get over the `chroma key' headache, which lasts about three days.
"David Gettis, our director of photography, is an artist – he paints with light, that's the best way I can describe it. You don't feel like you're standing in front of a green screen. You actually feel like you're in the catacombs under Rome, or on an island off Scotland. We go everywhere."

And sometimes where they shouldn't. "Every now and then," admits Canadian co-star Robin Dunne, "we'll have a chase and I'll run through a wall or something by accident. And (director/co-producer) Martin (Wood) will have to call `Cut' and give me the parameters again."

Sanctuary premieres on the SciFi Channel (US) Friday, October 3 at 9pm, with a 2 houru pilot episode, and moves to 10pm on Friday October 10 '08.

Stargate Atlantis - Film School Rejects: What to Watch on Friday Nights

At Film School Rejects:

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2008 Fall TV Preview

Fall TV Preview: What to Watch on Friday Nights

Posted by Neil Miller on September 5, 2008

We bring our Fall TV Preview to a close with a look at the best shows that Friday night has to offer…

Stargate: Atlantis (SciFi) Airs Fridays 10/9c, New Episode on September 5

Five years ago, while “Stargate: SG-1″ was winding down, SciFi Channel launched a new chapter in the ever-expanding Stargate universe. “Stargate: Atlantis,” currently in its fifth season, follows an international, joint civilian/military mission to the Pegasus Galaxy, where the Ancients once lived. They live in a lost city of the Ancients, which is capable of shielding itself from attack, cloaking to avoid detection and even flying off into space. Lieutenant Colonel John Shepherd (Joe Flanigan) leads a team of soldiers and scientists to various planets in the Pegasus Galaxy, looking for help in fighting the Wraith, a deadly race of vampire-like beings that literally suck the life out of their human prey. Over the past four and a half years, the Atlantis team has faces other adversaries, including human-form replicators, Wraith hybrids, military rebels and energy beings. The fifth season saw Colonel Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping) of SG-1 fame replaced by Richard Woolsey (Robert Picardo) as expedition leader. The deceased Dr. Carson Beckett (Paul McGillion) has shown up again as a clone, and resident brain Dr. Rodney McKay (David Hewlett) has started a potential romance with the new doctor, Jennifer Keller (Jewel Staite). Teyla Emmagen (Rachel Luttrell) continues to work with the team despite being a new mother, and Ronon Dex (Jason Momoa) continues to kick a whole lotta ass. With the replicators (and ultimately original expedition leader Dr. Elizabeth Weir) put to rest for good this season, the major villain is the genetically altered Wraith Michael (Connor Trinneer) who is trying to take over the galaxy with human-Wraith hybrids.

Recommendation: Whether you’re a die-hard sci-fi fan or not, Stargate Atlantis is worth watching. - Kevin Carr

For more, check out our 2008 Fall TV Preview page.

The Colbert Report - Video: August 13 '08 Episode

Courtesy of The Comedy Channel and HULU, The Colbert Report's August 13 '08 episode.

Dick Meyer, author of "Why We Hate Us," tells Stephen about the self-loathing nature of post-millennium Americans.

David Boreanaz - Angel - Video: 'To Shanshu in L.A.'

Courtesy of HULU, Angel's season one finale episode, 'To Shanshu in L.A.,' starring David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter and Alexis Denisof. Guest stars include Elisabeth Röhm, Christian Kane, Stephanie Romanov, Sam Anderson, Todd Stashwick, J. August Richards and Julie Benz.

A scythe-wielding demon targets Angel's allies as Wolfram and Hart lawyers attempt to summon a powerful force from beyond.

Stargate: Ark of Truth & Continuum - On Comcast Video On Demand

If you're a Comcast cable customer, check your Video On Demand listings...both Stargate: The Ark of Truth and Stargate: Continuum are airing through October 2 '08.