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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.

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Got this from AICN.
Zach Quinto - Sylar from Heroes - is playing Spock.
The rest are TBD but here’re some guidelines.

Feature Film

[JAMES KIRK] 23-29 Handsome,cocky self assured and earnest. Great physical condition. 6 ft or less

[LEONARD(BONES)MCOY] -28-32 Medic on the Enterprise. Smart, clever and a bit danger-loving. Dark hair, blue eyes.

[UHURA] 25ish -African American. Brilliant, beautiful, heroic and FUN!, Uhura is almost tom-boyish - as if she grew up in a houseful of brothers.

[SULU] 25-32 -Asian American male (preferably Japanese). Helmsman on the Enterprise. Extremely fit, capable and dedicated. A bit of a wildcat

[MONTGOMERY(SCOTTY) SCOTT] -28-32 a brilliant ship’s engineer. Must be able to do a flawless Scottish accent!

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Bionic Woman

Day & time:
Wednesdays (9-10 p.m. ET) on NBC

Premiere date:
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!

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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.

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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.

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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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SCI FI Wire | The News Service of the SCI FI Channel | SCIFI.COM
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!

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iF Magazine
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.

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Here are a few screencaps I made of the ending.

Pics Below Cut )

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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.

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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!”

Sounding interesting :-)

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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.”

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Battlestar Galactica Gets Full Season 4 - ComingSoon.net

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

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‘GALACTICA’ PREPARES FOR END By DON KAPLAN - Tv - New York Post Online Edition
The creators of Sci Fi Channel’s acclaimed space opera are consider ing ending it after its fourth season, according to studio sources.

I sure hope it goes out in an excellent way if it has to go out.

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Sci-Fi is posting BSG mini episodes to fill in the space between the season finale of season 2 and the season opener of season 3. Pretty cool.


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“I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.”

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Original Story

July 21, 2006

Singer sees ‘Superman’ sequel for summer ‘09

Bryan Singer

By Sheigh Crabtree

SAN DIEGO — If director Bryan Singer has his way, Superman will take to the air a second time.

Singer, who directed the current “Superman Returns,” told fans Friday at Comic-Con International, that he has had discussions with Warner Bros. Pictures about directing a sequel for release in the summer of 2009.

“Superman Returns,” starring Brandon Routh, has grossed $169 million domestically to date, a figure that has been regarded by some observers as a disappointment given the movie’s production costs of more than $200 million.

But while Singer stressed that plans for the sequel are still tentative, he expressed his interests in keeping the franchise aloft.

“I plan to get all ‘Wrath of Khan’ on it,” Singer said — a reference to 1982’s “Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan,” which is generally considered as having breathed life into the “Star Trek” franchise after 1979’s “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” suffered critical barbs. “We haven’t concluded a deal. That’s always iffy,” Singer added. “The intention is to do it for 2009.”

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I saw Superman Returns last night at the IMAX 3D. Around twenty minutes of the movie are in 3D.
My recommendation -
Do not see this movie the first time in IMAX. It is incredibly distracting and takes you completely out of the movie.
You sit there waiting for the green glasses icon to put the damn things on then looking for the red glasses to take them off.
It really detracted. Probably would have been really neat for a second viewing.
That said - The movie was very entertaining and Brandon Routh did an excellent job as Superman.

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NEW YORK SCI FI Channel’s Mark Stern, EVP, Original Programming, announced today an aggressive slate of original scripted dramas, miniseries, alternative reality and late night series for the Channel. Already established as an industry leader with highly acclaimed and award-winning shows such as ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ SCI FI Channel’s latest slate of high profile projects showcases top industry luminaries and offers imaginative, broad appeal entertainment.

Scripted Series


From executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick (’Battlestar Galactica’), writer Remi Aubuchon (’24′) and NBC Universal Television Studio, this new series is set over a half a century before the events that play out in ‘Battlestar Galactica.’ The people of the Twelve Colonies are at peace and living in a society not unlike our own, but where high-technology has changed the lives of virtually everyone for the better. But a startling breakthrough in robotics is about to occur, one that will bring to life the age-old dream of marrying artificial intelligence with a mechanical body to create the first living robot - a Cylon. Following the lives of two families, the Graystones and the Adamas (the family of William Adama, who will one day become the commander of the ‘Battlestar Galactica’) ‘Caprica’ weaves corporate intrigue, techno-action and sexual politics into television’s first science fiction family saga.

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“Star Trek” franchise set for 2008 revival: report
Friday April 21 3:13 AM ET

More than three years after the last “Star Trek” movie crashed at the box office, the venerable sci-fi franchise is being revived by the director of the upcoming “Mission: Impossible” sequel, Daily Variety reported in its Friday edition.

The as-yet-untitled “Star Trek” feature, the 11th since 1979, is aiming for a fall 2008 release through Paramount Pictures, the Viacom Inc. unit looking to restore its box-office luster under new management, the trade paper said.

The project will be directed by J.J. Abrams, whose Tom Cruise vehicle “Mission: Impossible III” will be released by Paramount on May 5. Abrams, famed for producing the TV shows “Alias” and “Lost,” will also help write and produce.

Daily Variety said the action would center on the early days of “Star Trek” characters James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock, including their first meeting at Starfleet Academy and first outer-space mission.

The paper described “Star Trek” as Hollywood’s most durable performer after James Bond, spawning 10 features that have grossed more than $1 billion and 726 TV episodes from six series.

The 10th film, “Star Trek: Nemesis,” bombed at the box office on its December 2002 release, earning just $43 million in North America. Last year, Viacom-owned broadcast network UPN pulled the plug on the low-rated series “Star Trek: Enterprise” following a four-season run.

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