Friday, January 9, 2009

Stargate Atlantis - GateWorld: The Best of Ronon Dex

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The Best of Ronon Dex

Friday, January 9 (FEATURES)

Our countdown to the Stargate Atlantis finale wraps up with a look at our five favorite Ronon episodes!

Stargate: Universe - GateWorld: New SGU characters - Senator Walker and I.O.A. rep

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New SGU character breakdowns: Senator Walker and I.O.A. rep

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Following September’s announcement of the main characters for Stargate Universe (story), our friends over at SpoilerTV have just posted two brand new character breakdowns for the pilot episode: Senator Walker and Camille Wray, a representative of the International Oversight Advisory. Here’s how casting calls are describing these characters ...

Supernatural - Video: Jensen Ackles on Jimmy Kimmel Live

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Sanctuary - She Knows: Amanda Tapping: From Stargate to Sanctuary

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Amanda Tapping: From Stargate to Sanctuary

Part One: Amanda Tapping Finds Sanctuary

by Nancy J Price

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SheKnows: So, you've been Samantha Carter on Stargate SG-1 for ten years, and then you had the year on Atlantis. Did you ever imagine actually playing your character there for that long? And do you think you could play Helen on Sanctuary for that long -- do you think there’s enough there?
Amanda Tapping: I didn’t -- I can’t. But you know what’s really funny is I couldn’t have imagined playing Sam Carter for that long, either. It’s amazing how quickly time flies when you’re having fun. It sounds like a lame little old adage, but it’s absolutely true. Stargate was so joyful, and even for all our ups and downs, it was a great show to work on -- an amazing family -- and so the ten years didn’t feel like ten years. It honestly didn’t, and people go, “Oh my God, you were on that show for a decade!” and I’d say, “Yeah, but it went by really quickly!”

And season one of Sanctuary was probably the hardest work I’ve ever done in my life, in terms of wearing so many hats. It was exhausting, yet at the end of it I was. “Oh wow, that was great!” So you’re ultimately exhausted and revitalized by the amount of work. So can I imagine playing Helen for ten years? No. It could possibly happen -- sure -- and would those ten years go by just as quickly? Sure, they probably would.

Coming next week: Amanda's time on Stargate: Atlantis, and whether or not she will return to Stargate

Sanctuary - Newsarama: Damian Kindler & Sam Egan Found 'Sanctuary' on SCI FI

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Damian Kindler & Sam Egan Found 'Sanctuary' on SCI FI

By Steven Eramo

The season finale of the SCI FI original series Sanctuary airs this evening. This past fall Newasarama spoke with the series' series creator/executive producer Damian Kindler, as well as writer/executive producer Sam Egan in separate interviews....

Damian Kindler - Strange New World

It is a chilly May evening and well past midnight in Gastown, one of the more "colorful" sections of downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. The cast and crew of Sanctuary are settling in for a long night as they film a handful of scenes for the show's two-hour opener, "Sanctuary for All". Among those working is series creator/executive producer Damian Kindler, who watches from a monitor as a police car slows to a stop in front of a curb. Two actors dressed as police officers get out of the vehicle and rush into a nearby building to investigate a disturbance. Sadly, both their characters meet an untimely end, which just happens to grab the attention of forensic psychiatrist Dr. Will Zimmerman.
"The beginning of our story is set in the real world," notes Kindler, who, despite the late hour, is still full of energy. "It is about one of our characters, Will [Robin Dunne], and his journey from the world he lives in, which he considers to be `normal,' to the world of abnormals. When that happens, the scenes get a bit more heightened, the colors pop, there are more visual effects, etc. So it worked for us conceptually to start out at places like the street of a crime scene, which is where we are tonight, or a hospital, which we were at earlier this week. That's all part of Will's world before it changes. Once that happens, we go into the world of the Sanctuary and everything becomes very effects-driven. This should work out seamlessly because we have a great visual effects company working with us, so we're excited about going from the practical to virtual as part of a hero's journey."

... Sam Egan: Executive Action

He has gone to The Outer Limits, consulted with Quincy M.E., bore witness to an apocalyptic future alongside Jeremiah and even crossed paths with the Masters of Science Fiction. For over three decades, Sam Egan has helped steer the creative courses of numerous TV programs as a writer and/or producer. Nowadays he is serving as a writer/executive producer on the Sci Fi Channel series Sanctuary, which stars former Stargate SG-1 leading lady Amanda Tapping as Dr. Helen Magnus, a scientist trying to figure out how a group of creatures known as abnormals are linked to the human evolutionary track. It was several months after a two-hour series pilot premiered on the Internet that Egan became involved in the project.
"I was a bit of a latecomer to the show, which had already established a web presence," notes Egan. "[Executive producers] Damian Kindler, Martin Wood and Amanda Tapping had given birth to this program; it was Damian's concept to begin with and then he brought in Martin and Amanda. I subsequently became acquainted with it and was a fan long before I had any inkling of my involvement in the series.

"When the Sci Fi Channel took a look at Sanctuary and said, `Hey, this would be a great TV series,' they were kind enough to think of me as someone who might be able to pitch in and jump into the trenches with these very talented people. So I had to play a little bit of catch-up, but at the same time I think it was a help to have someone in there with a fresh eye who hadn't been steeped in the history of the project. This person could then just take a look at it and offer some creative ideas that would test the show's original premise, as well as maybe throw in a new twist or two. Happily, the person they chose was me, and I literally jumped at the opportunity."

Stargate Atlantis - MGM Studios: Stargate Atlantis - Don't Miss the Series Finale Tonight!

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Stargate Atlantis - Don't Miss the Series Finale Tonight!


TONIGHT! Join the Atlantis team for one of their biggest battles with the Wraith yet.

9/8c only on Sci Fi

Visit for exclusive behind-the-scenes photos and online featurettes!

Stargate Atlantis - TV Guide Online: Robert Picardo Shares Stargate Atlantis Memories

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Robert Picardo Shares Stargate Atlantis Memories

Jan 9, 2009 by Erin Fox

Robert Picardo
has made an indelible mark as a successful character actor in Hollywood for the last 30+ years, starring as such beloved characters as Dr. Dick Richard on China Beach, Coach Cutlip on The Wonder Years, The Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager and most recently as hard-ass Richard Woolsey on Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. Now that Atlantis is airing its finale Friday, Picardo talked with about his time on the show, whether he'll be in the upcoming Atlantis TV movie, and his new gig on Chuck.

... Do you know whether you get to be a part of that movie?
Picardo: I've been told so, yes. And, I'll still be the commander of the Atlantis expedition.

... What's next for you?
Picardo: I have an upcoming episode of Pushing Daisies (three episodes remain, with no air date set), where I play a crusty police detective who works with Chi McBride's (Emerson) private investigator. And on Chuck — it's very interesting. They're doing a very big story arc about who created the "Intersect," which is this special super-computer system (stored in Chuck's brain), and I think I'm not speaking out of turn when I say I figure heavily into that story. There are lots of cool surprises and twists coming up.

Battlestar Galactica / Dollhouse - Video: Tahmoh Penikett Interview

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VIDEO: Tahmoh Penikett Talks Cylons and Dollhouse

Jan 8, 2009 by Erin Fox

Tahmoh Penikett has spent over four years playing the loyal and brave Carl "Helo" Agathon on Sci Fi's hit Battlestar Galactica. The new season premieres Jan. 16 (10 pm/ET) and promises many surprises and twists along the way — including the revelation of the final Cylon in an early episode. Tahmoh is now working with none other than Buffy scribe Joss Whedon on his upcoming show, Dollhouse. (You must watch Dollhouse for his shirtless boxing scene alone!) Tahmoh stopped by to talk to Erin Fox about the emotional final episodes of Battlestar, as well his new character on Dollhouse — including why production was shut down. Be jealous BSG fans; Penikett even signed Erin's official Cylon toaster (seen in the background of the video... it makes real Cylon-imprinted toast)!

The Mentalist - Video: Tim Kang Interview

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Celebrity Interviews - The Mentalist: Tim Kang

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You probably recognize Tim Kang from appearances on THE OFFICE, THE SOPRANOS and a slew of commercials. Now he takes center stage as one of the stars of the hit show THE MENTALIST. Tim gives Madison Michele the behind-the-scenes dirt.

Stargate Atlantis - McGillion/Picardo Interviews on SGA Finale


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Exclusive Interviews: Picardo and McGillion Talk Stargate Atlantis Finale (and a little Star Trek)

January 9, 2009

by Anthony Pascale

Tonight five seasons of Stargate Atlantis comes to an end. Ushering in the finale as part of the SGA crew are Robert Picardo, veteran of seven seasons of Star Trek Voyager and Paul McGillion, who has a small role in the new Star Trek movie. TrekMovie decided to check in with both for exclusive interviews talking about the SGA finale and a little Trek as well.

McGillion’s on quite a ride

Another new face in Star Trek appears in tonight’s SGA finale. Paul McGillion’s Dr. Carson Beckett has been an on again off again and now back on again character over the five seasons. TrekMovie talked to Paul about it all coming to an end, and about his Trek spotting. Now that it is over, how do you feel about the arc of Beckett through the series?
Paul McGillion: I think Beckett had a tremendous arc over the five years of SGA . In the first season he was a guest character and by the end of that season he appeared in almost every episode. Season two came along and the character was made a main cast member (much to do with the fan support) and in Season three the good doctor went out in a ball of flames only to be resurrected at the end of season four, thanks to all those ‘Save Carson Beckett’ fans. In season five Carson comes back as a clone but still the same heart and had some great episodes to take part in including the series finale! So Yes I think Beckett has had quite a ride.

... Picardo gets the last word

Star Trek’s favorite Holographic Doctor had been a recurring character on both Stargate SG-1 as well as Stargate Atlantis for years, but for this last season he came on board as a regular with his stiff but lovable Richard Woolsey being made the leader of the Atlantis expedition. TrekMovie checked in with Bob to see how the year went, and what is next. With only one year on the show, how do feel about the arc you were able to take Woolsey on.
Robert Picardo: Thanks largely to the shows writers and producers, they had the outline for Woolsey’s transformation from a briefing room guy with bad people’s skills into a very credible leader who trusts his principles. I think he grew most impressively in his ability to listen and to make judgments simply by the rule book. I think it was a good arc as a leader and a person and I am happy with it. I think it was done in very quick moments where we established he had a bit of a sense of humor. I think we got some of the audiences sympathy with the fish out of water elements. ‘I am here to run the expedition but don’t quite to know how to use the briefing room door…’

... Catch the SGA finale tonight

"Enemy at the Gate," the series finale of Stargate Atlantis, airs tonight on SciFi at 9 PM. You can also catch a repeat of last week’s episode "Vegas" at 8 PM. In fact SciFi is running an SGA Season 5 marathon all day long, more info at For much more (including spoilers) check out Gateworld’s full briefing on the finale.

Stargate Atlantis - TV Guide Online: TV Hot List: Friday, Jan. 9, 2009

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Tonight's TV Hot List: Friday, Jan. 9, 2009

Jan 9, 2009 by TV Guide News

Stargate Atlantis

9 pm/ET Sci Fi

If you placed a bet that the series would end with the Wraith somehow threatening Earth, you may collect your winnings. The 100th and final episode kicks off with recurring frenemy Todd (Christopher Heyerdahl) tipping off the team about a rogue hive ship that gets bigger and meaner as it gets closer to our world. SG-1 alumna and Sanctuary lead Amanda Tapping turns up in the spin-off's swan song. — Michael Chant

Eureka - Video: Sneak Peek

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SCI FI Wire - Eureka - Sneak Peek

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Check out this exclusive sneak peek from the upcoming season of "Eureka."

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The clip features Eureka Sheriff Carter (Colin Ferguson) as he meets the show's new character, Dr. Tess Fontana (Jamie Ray Newman), who's joining Global Dynamics.