BBC - Press Office - Doctor Who: Series five
After months of media speculation, BBC One can confirm that the Bafta-award winning Doctor Who will return for a fifth series in spring 2010.
Viewers are in for a treat this Christmas, as a special episode starring David Tennant and Kylie Minogue will be broadcast on BBC One in December 2007. Series four, which went into production in July 2007, will hit UK screens in spring 2008 with a special episode for Christmas 2008.
In 2009, Doctor Who will return with three specials starring David Tennant, with Head Writer, Russell T Davies. The full length fifth series will transmit in 2010.
Wow - Twenty-ten…. That’s a long time to wait.
‘Veronica Mars’ Joins ‘Heroes’ - Kristen Bell lands guest arc on NBC hit - Zap2it
NBC has scored a major casting get for “Heroes,” landing former “Veronica Mars” star Kristen Bell for a guest-starring role in the coming season.
Cool - even better than Lost.
Variety.com - Helen Slater
Former “Supergirl” star Helen Slater has signed on to appear on the CW’s reworking of the Superman saga. Slater will play the aunt of “Smallville’s” recently cast Supergirl (Laura Vandervoort). Slater will appear in the sixth episode of the upcoming season, two weeks after ex-Superman Dean Cain (”Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”) is scheduled to appear. Slater has recently done guest gigs on “Crossing Jordan,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine.”
This rocks. And as bad as the movie was I still enjoyed it. She’s always been my favorite superhero.
Also - If she is Kara’s aunt that would mean she is playing Lara, Kal-el’s mother! Awesome!
Day & time:
Wednesdays (9-10 p.m. ET) on NBC
SEPTEMBER 26, 9/8c
Loved the show when I was growing up. I spent a lot of time playing Jaime Sommers when I was little.
The preview I’ve seen looks pretty cool and Kara Thrace is in it too!
Oct. 01 - Aliens In America (Exchange student comes to live with American family - comedy)
Sep. 26 - Gossip Girl (I’m gonna check it out - I need a Veronica Mars replacement)
Oct. 07 - Life Is Wild (American family moves to South Africa)
Sep. 25 - Reaper (Kid has to reap souls for Satan when he turns 21 because his parents sold his soul)
Sep. 27 - Smallville
Oct. 04 - Supernatural (I’m going to give it a try this year)
SUMMER PRESS TOUR: ‘Farscape,’ ‘BSG’ webisodes
The “Farscape” franchise will live on as a live-action Web series. Sci Fi Channel executive Craig Engler confirmed that the company has closed a deal with The Jim Henson Company for a 10-episode webisode series. So far no stars or writers are signed to appear and no story plotted, but if successful, the project could lead to re-igniting the franchise on the air.
Also in development, “Farscape” actor Ben Browder and producer/director Andrew Prowse are creating the six-hour miniseries “Going Homer,” a modern take on “The Odyssey” about a 12-year-old boy who sees Greek and Roman deities walking among us. Young Homer and his father flee a custody battle and journey from Los Angeles to Ithaca, N.Y., encountering a mystical landscape along the way.
iF MAGAZINE: Will the original cast be returning for FARSCAPE?
DAVE HOWE (SCI-FI CHANNEL EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT): We don’t know. Literally, we closed the deal yesterday, so we haven’t gotten into any of the creative conversations about casting, or story; all of that is yet to come. It is based on FARSCAPE so it will involve the characters from the series, but we don’t know who or what.
Wow. I really hope this happens.
Variety.com - CW adds ‘Smallville’ talent
The CW has found its Supergirl.
Laura Vandervoort has been cast as Clark Kent’s cousin Kara, aka Supergirl, on the CW’s “Smallville.” She’ll begin lensing next week opposite series star Tom Welling.
The Canadian actress’s best known credits include the N’s “Instant Star” and episodes of “C.S.I” and “Doc.” Earlier this year, she appeared in the Miramax feature “The Lookout.”http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0888882/
Not sure how I feel about this. God I hope she can act.
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Marsters Guests On Torchwood
Former Buffy the Vampire Slayer cast member James Marsters will have a guest role in the second season of the BBC’s Torchwood, an adult spinoff of the network’s hit Doctor Who, the GallifreyOne Web site reported, citing JamesMarstersLive.
The site offered no details about Marsters’ appearance. Marsters’ former Buffy castmate, Anthony Stewart Head, made a guest appearance on Doctor Who.
Marsters has previously appeared as a guest star on The CW’s Smallville, playing Dr. Milton Fine.
PARTY THE NIGHT AWAY WITH JAMES MARSTERS
New songs and old favorites will be getting the whole of Atlanta rockin’ when James appears at Dragon Con in August. He will be staging a concert special at the Center Stage Atlanta on the Saturday night.
The venue at 1374 W. Peachtree Street is part of an arts complex and is fitted with 765 plush raked seats and 171 temporary seats at the front of the stage. Please note all seating is unreserved.
The popular venue is less than two miles from the convention site and within easy access. For further venue information go to http://www.CenterStage-Atlanta.com
Tickets go on sale at 10am (Eastern Standard Time) on Saturday, June 23 and cost $30 in advance (plus booking fee) from http://www.ticketmaster.com or via http://www.centerstage-atlanta.com
Tickets can also be purchased in person from the Center Stage box office. The box office cannot handle phone bookings.
Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door on the night of the concert at a cost of $35.
Doors to the venue will be open from 7pm and a full bar will be available. Doors to the auditorium open at 8:45pm.
The venue is open to all ages and the concert will be followed by a charity auction and the chance to party until late. The bar remains open until 2am.
Exclusive: Supergirl Soars Into Smallville - TV Guide News Report | TVGuide.com
Look, up in the sky: It’s a bird… It’s a plane… It’s Supergirl?! When Smallville returns for its seventh season this fall it will be revealed that Clark Kent (Tom Welling) is not the only member of his family to survive the destruction of the planet Krypton. His cousin Kara “was sent to Earth in a ship that arrived at the same time as baby Kal-El’s,” reveals executive producer Al Gough, referring to Clark by his Kryptonian name. “But there was a problem and she’s been in suspended animation for the last 16 years. We’ll find out in the season premiere that the big dam break in last season’s finale is the reason she’s finally awoken.”
Gough says this latest visitor from the DC Comics universe “will help Clark get in touch with his Kryptonian roots. With his [adopted] father dead and his [adopted] mother moved to Washington [to become a U.S. Senator], and Lana blown up, suddenly there’s some family in his life.”
Like her cousin, Kara will have enhanced physical abilities generated by Earth’s yellow sun. “She has all of Clark’s powers and a couple he doesn’t have yet,” Gough teases. “She can fly. And her response when Clark asks why is ‘obviously girls mature faster than boys.’”
Kara, a teenager when Krypton exploded, was sent to Earth by her father, Zor-El (Kal-El’s uncle), to look after her younger cousin. But while in suspended animation she didn’t age and now it’s Clark who must be the mentor. “She becomes enamored with our culture: clothes and iPods and stuff,” Gough says. “We’ll have a lot of fun as she gets acclimated.”
Kara makes her debut in the season premiere of the CW drama and will appear in about half of this season’s episodes. A casting notice is set to go out shortly, and producers hope to unveil their new addition at July’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. –Rich Sands
Very Cool Indeed! I can’t wait to see who they pick to play her.
Variety.com - CBS looks to resurrect ‘Jericho’
“Jericho” might not be nuked after all.
Hoping to take advantage of a devoted fan based — and the new multiplatform era — CBS is readying a plan to bring back the drama sometime next season. Net will likely order seven or eight episodes for broadcast.
Eye killed “Jericho” last month, leaving the show off its fall schedule and declaring it dead (Daily Variety, May 16). Normally, that would’ve been the end of things.
But fans of the show revolted, launching a massive online-based campaign to save the show. Their gimmick: Deluging the Eye’s Gotham and L.A. HQ with bags of… nuts. Nearly 20 tons, at last count, according to a Web site tracking electronic orders for the nuts. Protesters even found the cell phone number of a CBS exec, flooding him with calls and forcing him to change his number.
Such protests are hardly unprecedented, going all the way back to the failed online-based campaign to save ABC’s beloved “My So-Called Life.”
But meat-and-potatoes CBS execs aren’t used to such attention. Despite its status as TV’s most-watched web, its sked isn’t heavy with buzz-friendly skeins (reality staples such as “Survivor” and “Big Brother” notwithstanding).
CBS execs are no doubt hoping to take advantage of all the buzz surrounding the show’s demise — and likely revival — to help further reshape the net’s image away from the McGeezer web. Net’s just greenlit several new fall shows with very un-CBS themes (vampires, musicals, etc.), and saving “Jericho” fits right into that media gameplan.
What’s more, CBS no longer has to depend solely on primetime broadcast plays for its revenue. Between DVR playback (”Jericho” added nearly 10% more viewers when DVR figures were counted) and the now broadly accepted practice of streaming shows across the Net, CBS could try to make “Jericho” the poster child for a new business model.
I’d love to see it come back. I was really interested to see where it was going.
Update: CBS has renewed Jericho for 8 episodes and is open to more depending on ratings.
Variety.com - ‘Battlestar’ burns out next year
Low-rated but critically worshipped Sci Fi Channel drama “Battlestar Galactica” will sign off next year after its fourth season, producers said Thursday.
Move isn’t a stunner. Rumors about the show’s fate have been swirling for months, and the skein had to fight to get renewed for a fourth season.
Despite some of the best reviews for any show on TV — and a fiercely loyal fan base — “Battlestar” is a very expensive show to produce, especially for a cable net. Sci Fi has tried to turn that buzz into bigger ratings, but the show never seemed to break out beyond a core niche.
Sci Fi stuck by the skein, however, because of its status as a signature program for the net.
Exec producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick issued a joint statement saying it was their decision to end the series.
“This show was always meant to have a beginning, a middle and, finally, an end,” producers said. “Over the course of the last year, the story and the characters have been moving strongly toward that end, and we’ve decided to listen to those internal voices and conclude the show on our own terms.”
Ah well - the reprieve was only temporary. On the bright side it should make for a very exciting fourth season and we’ll get to see Earth.
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Flight of Battlestar Continues
Battlestar Galactica’s search for Earth continues to be an open-ended adventure, executive producer David Eick said.
Contrary to comments by Edward James Olmos (Adm. Adama) at the Saturn Awards on May10, no end has been announced for the award-winning show. Battlestar Galactica is preparing to film its fourth season, one that will include 22 episodes, rather than the previously announced 13.
“For those of you who have been paying attention over the years, this is not the first time Eddie has made an announcement about the possibility of the show’s end,” chuckled Eick. “I promise you that when [executive producer] Ron [Moore] and I make a decision about Galactica’s future, we’ll let you know.”
Whew - a reprieve!
iF MAGAZINE: What’s coming up for season four?
EDWARD JAMES OLMOS: It’s fantastic. I think they’re going to discover some very important issues about what the fan base really, really wants to see and what’s to understand about this show. We’re heading into the final season. This is the final season as we speak. All of us are very saddened by that, but we always knew there was going to be a conclusion and we would find Earth, so we will be finding Earth this season. I wish it would [keep going]. I could do 10 years like this season. I think that this is some of finest usages of television that I have been a part of in my life. Bar none. I’ve been doing this for 42 years. I’ve done some really good work in television and motion pictures but there really is nothing like this show. I can honestly tell you that this is one of the finest dramatic pieces work on humanity I’ve ever seen in my life.
Aw man I adore this show. What in the world am I going to watch to replace it? Reruns of it and Farscape and Firefly I guess.
Tuned In - A Post-Gazette Journal
With so many questions raised, it was time to seek answers from the main man in the know: “Battlestar” executive producer Ron Moore. In our chat last week, he also discussed plans for a direct-to-DVD movie and the state of the proposed prequel series, “Caprica.”
Surprising interview. I’m very curious to see where it goes next season. And not happy about Caprica… I was really hoping for a franchise from that universe to get off the ground since Galactica will most likely end after next season.
GateWorld - Universe deals with ninth chevron
The working concept for the third Stargate television series includes the Stargate’s ninth chevron, executive producer Robert C. Cooper told fans today. Cooper appeared on stage in front of 500 fans at Creation’s Official Stargate SG-1 / Stargate Atlantis Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia.
“It plays a major factor in the third series,” Cooper said in response to a fan’s question about the significance of the ninth chevron. “So that question is answered!”
GateWorld - Third series is Stargate Universe
The working title of the third Stargate television series has been unveiled! The series currently exists in the form of a one-page treatment of the story and characters, with the title Stargate Universe, executive producer Robert C. Cooper told GateWorld exclusively.
The new series has been conceived to be “a completely separate, third entity,” Cooper said in an interview — “much more so than Atlantis was. Atlantis was much more of a spin-off series of SG-1 and was sort of born out of SG-1.”
Battlestar Galactica Gets Full Season 4
Source: SCI FI Channel
March 22, 2007
SCI FI Channel has upped its episode order for season 4 of its Peabody Award-winning original series “Battlestar Galactica” from 13 to 22 episodes. This will include a special two-hour extended event that will air during fourth quarter 2007 and be released on DVD by Universal Studios Home Entertainment thereafter.
Currently approaching its stunning season 3 finale on Sunday, March 25, 2007, production on the new season of “Galactica” will begin in May with an eye to an early 2008 premiere