Thursday, September 18, 2008

Stargate Atlantis - Saying Goodbye to Stargate Atlantis

From Joseph Mallozzi's blog update for September 18, 2008:

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September 18, 2008: Saying Goodbye to SGA, Looking Forward to SGU

Jason Momoa (Ronon Dex), Sharon Taylor (Amelia Banks) and Robert Picardo (Richard Woolsey)

...Well, yesterday was the final day of shooting for many of our regular and recurring actors: Rachel Luttrell, Jewel Staite, Jason Momoa, David Hewlett, Kavan Smith, Sharon Taylor, and Chuck Campbell. Today, marks Bob Picardo last day with us. Joe Flanigan heads to Vegas next week where he will complete filming on Vegas, and the series, alongside guest stars Neil Jackson, Steve Schirripa (The Soprano's Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri), and Frank Vincent (The Soprano's Frank Leotardo). A bittersweet time for all; me in particular. Bitter in that it's been a great five years and I will sincerely miss the show and the many wonderful people who made it all happen. Sweet in that I like to sleep in.

1st AD Alex Pappas, writers Alan McCullough and Carl Binder

To those of you commenting on yesterday's video and those who skipped the video because they thought it would be depressing - the video was intended to be tongue in cheek. Terry is not really packing up my office (although the part about her wanting to move in is true). While I will be cleaning up, I won't be moving out. Paul and I have a movie to write. As for our involvement in SGU [Stargate: Universe] - still too early to say anything specific regarding our participation in the spin-off, but I'm sure we'll all be contributing in some capacity.

Paul McGillion (Dr. Carson Beckett)

Speaking of SGU, I notice that much of the reaction to the character breakdowns has been negative. While I respect everyone's right to express their opinions, I'd suggest holding off on making a final decision on the show until you've actually seen it. Last week, Brad pitched us the series and its first five episodes and, I have to say, it's a far cry from the shallow confection many fans are imagining. In
fact, in many ways, it's a much more cerebral and mature addition to the franchise. While firmly entrenched in pre-established Stargate mythology, Stargate Universe definitely strikes out in an exciting new direction. It's a series that will delight veteran fans, but also appeal to newcomers who may not necessarily know the difference between an Alteran and an Asuran. In spite of what the indicators may
suggest, this will definitely not be a Voyager 90210. The assortment of characters that make up the character breakdown are certainly an atypical collection of heroes, far-removed from the skilled likes of Jack O'Neill, Samantha Carter, John Sheppard, and Rodney McKay - but there's a damn good reason for that. Can't say more but suffice it to say I have a feeling this show will pleasantly surprise a lot of people...

Executive Producer/Writer/Director Martin Gero

Paul (in the background...David Hewlett, Rachel Luttrell, Joe Flanigan, Robert Picardo, Jason Momoa's arm and Sharon Taylor)

Sanctuary - SciFi.comL NEW Desktop Images

From the new Sanctuary site:

* Desktops
* Icons

Desktops available in four sizes, the following have been reduced in size to fit this blog.

Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne), Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping) and Ashley Magnus (Emilie Ullerup)




John Druitt (Christopher Heyerdahl)

John, Helen, Ashley and Will

Sanctuary - Amanda Tapping Public Appearance NYC Oct. 3

From the Sanctuary site:

Amanda Tapping will be visiting the NBC Experience Store in New York City, NY, on October 3 '08.

Located at Rockefeller Center in New York City, the NBC Experience Store brings you an innovative retail attraction with interactive features, a Sweet Shop, state-of-the-art high-definition theater, and more. The NBC Experience Store offers walking tours behind the scenes of NBC's New York studios and of New York's most recognizable landmark, Rockefeller Center. The 20,000 square foot facility is conveniently located directly across from Studio 1A, home of the TODAY Show, on the corner of 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza. It's a one-stop visit to the world of NBC.

For more information, please call (212) 664-3700.


EDIT: Update: Sept. 22 -- Amanda Tapping will be appearing from 10am to 11am at the NBC Experience Store.

Sanctuary - SciFi.Com: Sanctuary Site Is Now Live


The Sanctuary site is now live!


Behind the Scenes

* A New World Video

* Inside Sanctuary Video



* Desktops

* Icons




Video Q & A


Some hide, they seek. Series premiere Friday October 3 9/8C.

Ready or Not
Here they come. Series premiere Friday October 3 9/8C

Stargate Atlantis / SG1 - TV Guide: Michael Shanks in 'First Contact'

From the print TV Guide, September 22-28 '08 edition, page 52:



Friday (Sept. 26) 10/9C, SciFi

Q&A Michael Shanks

Since Stargate SG-1 closed its portal, Michael Shanks had popped up on such non sci-fi shows as 24 and Burn Notice. Tonight he reprises his role as archaeologist Daniel on Atlantis. -- Ileane Rudolph

Q. What's Daniel doing on Atlantis?
MS: "I kept bugging the producers...and they wrote a story where he comes to find a secret lab that contains important technology. Then a batch of unexpected villains show up. Let's just say, Daniel has a history with them."

Q. Daniel has to work with the annoying Dr. Rodney McKay (David Hewlett). Producer Joe Mallozzi says you two were like Abbott and Costello.
MS: [Laughs] "David's very good at the rhythmic gymnastics of our banter. David and I are such fast talkers that they had to write more than six extra pages in the episode!"

Q. Following your gig as a good-guy scholar, you played a traitor on 24 and now you're Victor, a scary thug on Burn Notice. Why?
MS: "After playing the Boy Scout for as many years as I did, it's fun to sink your teeth into some over-the-top villains. We'll learn about Victor's true agenda when he returns in early '09."

Q. What else have you been working on?
MS: "The Lost Treasure of the Grand Canyon, a movie for SciFi Channel with Shannen Doherty. I play a reluctant Indiana Jones character. Everyone on the planet is aware of Shannen's reputation, but she was wonderful."

David Boreanaz - Bones - Video: 'The Finger in the Nest'

Courtesy of FOX and HULU, Bones' 'The Finger in the Nest,' starring Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, T.J. Thyne, Michaela Conlin, Tamara Taylor and John Francis Daley. Guest stars include Michael Badalucco, Susan Chuang, Devon Graye, David Greenman, Demetrius Grosse, Cesar Millan and Dean Norris.

Booth’s son Parker finds a severed finger in a bird’s nest.

Sanctuary - Supernatural and Sanctuary tackle the Big Bads


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Supernatural and Sanctuary tackle the Big Bads

Susan Young, Sep 18, 2008

For someone who has been to hell and back, Dean Winchester is looking mighty fine.

When last we saw the self-proclaimed smart brother, he was being dragged down into the devil's lair after selling his soul to save his brother Sam. Chest ripped open by the hounds of hell, things weren't looking good for our boy. Jump forward four months, and he's clawing through a pine box before digging his way out of a grave. He emerges with a big, red handprint on his shoulder marking his savage rescue from Hades' halls -- and we viewers have more than a few questions about how he escaped and why he can't remember much about his days down under.

Supernatural pops back up on the CW schedule on Thursday (9 p.m.), right after the series premiere of Smallville. Brothers Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) team up to fight the forces of evil, with their trusty hunter pal and closest-thing-to-a-father-since-dad-was-offed-by-a-demon Bobby (Jim Beaver).


While Supernatural has some cool special effects,the new series Sanctuary, which airs October 3 (9 p.m.) on the SciFi Channel, takes it to a whole new level with green screen sets and a production that comes out of Sin City and 300.

The technology allows the sets to take on a hyper-reality feel, but there's also a slight disconnect with the actors. Some reactions seem more stilted than with the more easy-going vibe out of Supernatural. The two-hour premiere looks promising, yet doesn't have that instant connect that Supernatural had from day one with relatable characters and snappy dialogue.

Sanctuary has a concept and a style that takes front-and-center priority. We would have liked a little more personality to the characters, which may evolve later after the shiny wears off of the new tech toys.


This series started out more than a year ago as internet webisodes, where we were introduced to Dr. Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping), a scientist modeled after Jack the Ripper. The 157-year-old doctor operates Sanctuary with the help of her new recruit Dr. Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne), while her tough, beautiful daughter Ashley (Emilie Ullerup) and tech whiz Henry (Ryan Robbins) dedicate their lives to studying and protecting odd and terrifying creatures that lurk in the shadows.

Some monsters are hideous, others look like everyday people though they may be the most dangerous of all. Case in point is Magnus' nemesis John Druitt played by Christopher Heyerdahl (Stargate Atlantis).

John Druitt (Christopher Heyerdahl)

House / Fringe / Prison Break - Video: Fall Premieres

Courtesy of FOX and HULU, Fox Fall World Premiere.

Fox Fall

World Premiere

Behind the Scenes |09:02 |

Join Tava Smiley on the red carpet with the cast and crew of HOUSE M.D., PRISON BREAK, TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES, and FRINGE.

Stargate: Unlock the Gate Sweepstakes

Just a reminder that the Stargate: Unlock the Gate Sweepstakes is still effective, and will be open through 1/08/09.

At MGM Stargate:

In conjunction with MGM Stargate and Stargate Worlds, the new MMOG game, enter the Stargate: Unlock the Gate Sweepstakes and see yourself in the digital realm of Stargate! You could have your name or likeness incorporated into the new Stargate Worlds MMO Game! Use the gate code from the most recent selected episode to unlock the gate — simply enter it [at the link above] and submit the completed entry form! Tune-in to future selected episodes for an all-new exclusive look inside Stargate Worlds and to retrieve another gate code. Subject to OFFICIAL RULES which contain the dates for episodes that will feature a gate code.

Stargate Atlantis All New Episodes Fridays 10/9c on SciFi - Watch it in Real Time!

Open to legal residents of 1 of the 50 U.S. or D.C., 18+ or age of majority in entrant's state of residence.

Prize includes a 2-night/3-day trip to video game developer on Sponsor-selected dates from Sponsor-selected airport near winner's US residence. ARV of prize: $1,500.

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The Colbert Report - Video: Aug 26 '08 Episode

Courtesy of The Comedy Channel and HULU, The Colbert Report's August 26 '08 episode.

Stephen welcomes Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate Bob Barr.

Journeyman - Video: 'Double Down'

Courtesy of HULU, Journeyman's 'Double Down,' starring Kevin McKidd, Gretchen Egolf, Moon Bloodgood, Reed Diamond, Brian Howe and Charles Henry Wyson. Guest stars include Lucas Caleb Rooney, Don Franklin and Paul Schulze.

Katie considers going back to work as a television journalist while Dan travels back in time to protect a witness from certain death.

New Amsterdam - Video: 'Legacy'

Courtesy of HULU, New Amsterdam's 'Legacy,' starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Zuleikha Robinson, Alexie Gilmore and Stephen Henderson. Guest stars include Susan Misner, Adam Storke, Nestor Serrano and Giancarlo Esposito.

When police find a bullet-ridden body in an apartment in Chinatown, John and Eva are called to investigate.

Stargate Atlantis - NEW Episode - 'Tracker' - Friday, Sept 19 '08

From's schedulebot, the SciFi Friday line up for September 19, 2008:







MGM Stargate episode trailer



SciFi Channel episode trailer



Photos courtesy of GateWorld

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