Monday, September 8, 2008

Eureka - Cinema Spy: Colin Ferguson Exclusive Interview

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Colin Ferguson as Sheriff Jack Carter

Exclusive Interview: Colin Ferguson

The star of ‘Eureka’ dishes on the show’s quirky humor

By Blaine Kyllo | Monday, September 8, 2008

Colin Ferguson, the Canadian-born actor who anchors the ensemble cast of the quirky sci-fi series Eureka, has been floating around TV screens for a few years, being cast in pilots that just never seemed to take off. His role on the U.S. version of UK hit Coupling fizzled, but served to get him some notice in the industry.

In 2006 he was cast to star in yet another pilot, for a new series to air on Sci Fi, about an everyman who ends up living in a community of geniuses. The charming brand of humor delivered by the high-concept show was perfectly suited to Ferguson, who had trained on improv stages in Montreal and with Second City in Chicago and Detroit.

To his surprise, Eureka, which is lensed in Vancouver, was a hit, and is well into a third season on Sci Fi, which placed a 21-episode order (it airs on Tuesday; Canada’s Space premieres Season 3 on Monday, Sept 8).

In an exclusive interview with CinemaSpy, Ferguson talked about the importance of his improv roots, his connection to the two Steves (Colbert and Carell), the dramatic changes that have impacted the town of Eureka in Season 3, and what it’s like to be part of the quirky show that could.

A brief excerpt:

Blaine Kyllo: What is it like to be part of this quirky little show that suddenly gets a 21-episode third season?
Colin Ferguson: It’s great. It’s interesting. There’s good and there’s bad to it. All you want when you start out is to do a show that lasts. You want to know if you can do it. You want to know if you can be a part of something that people want to see. You want to know if you “have it”.

Blaine Kyllo: Spoken like somebody who’s been around Pilot Season for a few years.
Colin Ferguson: Yeah. This is probably my eighth pilot. And I’ve had pretty good luck with them. I had three or four go to series. Not that they lasted, but . . . . And then you get into your third year, and you get the 21 order, and you’re, like, “Yeah, 21!” And then you look at your contract, which is for eight years. And all of a sudden you go, “Oh, my god. Eight years?” [laughs] Thats basically a decade when you get the pilot year in there. I’m going to be living outside of my home for eight years? The reality of that sinks in and you realize you have to go about it differently to make it more livable...

Stargate Atlantis - MGM Stargate: 'The Queen' Episode Trailer

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The Queen

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Tune into Sci Fi Fridays at 10/9c for all new episodes of Stargate Atlantis. This week: "The Queen"

NOTE: I had problems playing this at the site, the video "froze" up about 5 seconds into playing. Could be just my computer though.

Stargate Atlantis - MGM Stargate: Behind The Scenes: Whispers

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Behind The Scenes: Whispers

September 8, 2008 (Episodes)

Stargate Atlantis’ fifth season delivers up another first for the series – a knock-down, drag-out horror story, courtesy of Executive Producer Joseph Mallozzi!

A brief excerpt:

Whispers” is a decidedly different episode of Stargate Atlantis. It’s dark, moody – and to be honest, downright scary. Which was exactly the plan.

“I’ve always been a big fan of horror movies, and we’ve never really done a horror movie on this show,” explains executive producer. Joseph Mallozzi, who wrote the script. “The nice thing about Stargate is that it’s so wide open ¬– you can tell so many different types of stories, and I thought, ‘You know what? Why don’t we do a horror story?’” Courtesy of Atlantis’ arch-nemesis Michael, finding a basis for a horror story that would fit into the overall background of the show wasn’t hard. But for Mallozzi, getting the correct tone for the episode was as important as the story itself.
“I pitched out my ideas, and one was being trapped in a deserted village with these creatures on the loose. The other was the fog element, which I thought, just atmospherically, would give it a nice creepy feel,” the writer explains. “Everyone had a different idea about the fog and the reasons for the fog, but I didn’t want it to be separate – I wanted it to be related, somehow, to the story. I finally came up with this idea that the creatures exude this mist or fog as a predatory thing, sort of like a squid releasing its ink as a defensive device...”

Heroes - Video: Chapter 3: Let's Talk

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Heroes - Chapter 3: Let's Talk

Web Exclusive (s.1 : ep.3) |03:22 |

Mailman Echo DeMille looks to escape The Company's clutches in the finale of "Going Postal."

Fringe - Video: 'The Plane'

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Fringe - The Plane

Current Preview |00:47 |

Who says it's terrorism?

Fringe premieres Tuesday September 9 at 8/7C on FOX.

Doctor Who - SFX Magazine: The FX of "Silence in the Library"

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Monday September 08, 2008

The FX of "Silence in the Library"

Here’s a taster from the latest SFX Special, which features a 28-page, picture-packed supplement on the FX of Doctor Who season four, complete with an all-new interview with The Mill’s David Houghton as he talks you through each episode. For more information on the latest SFX Special, click here.

In this extract, Houghton talks about the Steven Moffat two-parter "Silence in the Library"/"Forest of the Dead":

SFX: Steven Moffat’s two-parter opened with some of the most gorgeous establishing FX shots ever seen in Doctor Who. Presumably with the library being such an integral part of the story, rather than just a backdrop, you could afford to spend more time on it?
Dave Houghton: “Yeah, and apart from the library itself, Steven didn’t write in too much else that needed a lot of attention. So yeah, we had the time and resources to lavish a bit more care and attention on it. And as you say, it was used for more than just establishing shots. You saw a lot of it, so it needed to look good...”

Stargate Atlantis - MGM Stargate: Behind the Scenes photos from Whispers &The Queen

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One new behind the scene photo from Whispers and 9 behind the scenes photos from The Queen.


Stunt Coordinator James 'Bam Bam' Bamford and stunt performer


Christopher Heyerdahl as Todd and I think that is Wray Douglas, SFPX Supervisor.

Interior of Wraith hive ship

David Hewlett (Rodney McKay) and Jason Momoa (Ronon Dex) working hard...

More interior of a Wraith hive ship

Joe Flanigan (Shep) also strumming up work...

David, Jason and Joe in the puddle jumper

Wray Douglas, SFPX Supervisor

McKay bravely staring down a Wraith blaster

Fringe - Video: ' Three Dozen Incidents'

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Fringe - Three Dozen Incidents

Web Exclusive |02:23 |

Somebody out there is experimenting.

Fringe premieres Tuesday, September 9 at 8/7C on FOX.

Stargate Atlantis - MGM Stargate: NEW photos from 'The Queen'

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There are 32 photos for 'The Queen' -- some of have been previously provided by other sources, but there are quite a few new, new photos at the site.

Stargate Atlantis' 'The Queen' premieres Friday, September 12 at 10pm on the SciFi Channel (US).

Dr. Rodney McKay (David Hewlett) and Ronon Dex (Jason Momoa)

Teyla Emmagan (Rachel Luttrell) in disquise as a Wraith Queen

Teyla and Todd (Christopher Heyerdahl)





Battlestar Galactica Classic - Video: 'Saga of a Star World - Part 3'

Courtesy of HULU, Battlestar Galactica Classic's 'Saga of a Star World - Part 3,' starring Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Herb Jefferson Jr., Maren Jensen, Tony Swartz, Noah Hathaway and Terry Carter. Guest stars include Lew Ayres, Wilfrid Hyde-White, John Colicos, Laurette Spang, Jane Seymour, Ray Milland, Ed Begley Jr. and Rick Springfield.

While most of the crew members from Galactica enjoy themselves in the casino, Apollo and Starbuck discover a dark secret in the mines below.

Sanctuary - TV Guide Online: Ask Matt - Sept 8 '08

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Ask Matt

Matt Roush

Monday, September 8, 2008


Question: After just becoming a rabid Battlestar Galactica fan a few months ago, I have decided to give Sanctuary on Sci Fi a shot. I haven't heard too much about it, but it sounds interesting. Do you have any opinions on it? Although it is different, I can't help but notice a bit of a similarity between Sanctuary and Dollhouse. — Amanda
Matt Roush: Best to go into shows like these with as open a mind as possible. (Sanctuary premieres Oct. 3, Dollhouse in early '09.) I'm curious about this one as well, but haven't got a screener yet, so don't have an opinion beyond suggesting that it sounds more to me like a Torchwood-style series than what Dollhouse is attempting. What we should all hope for is that both of these shows are original enough to stand on their own.