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TELEVISION INTERVIEW: There’s a little P#$ in Gabrielle Anwar

Gabrielle Anwar

Years ago she became famous by dancing with Al Pacino, now she’s burning up the TV screen in USA’s hit spy series Burn Notice. I met her last month during a visit to the hot, Miami Set. Earlier we ran interviews with several folks from the show and with it quickly coming to a close it’s time to run the rest of these great interviews. Gabrielle was a lot of fun and she had this dog that was big as horse and just as cute. Participating in this roundtable was IGN, Fanbolt.com, Confessions of a tvwhore.com, and the TVAddict.com.

Do you enjoy working in Miami?

I actually love it. I would much rather be too hot than too cold. I’m perfectly happy melting all day long. Jeffrey has to wear full on suits and ties, poor thing, and Bruce too. Although he gets to wear Hawaiian shirts a lot too. He’s Mr. Tommy Bahama.

How do you handle doing the martial arts and hand to hand combat that Fiona does?

Smoke and mirrors. Jeffrey’s actually incredibly advanced in martial arts. He’s like triple billion black belt or whatever, he’s pretty high up there. Although I don’t know who actually judges that stuff. But I have no idea what I’m doing. It’s basically just choreography. I did dance, so that comes in handy. But as far as hitting the right artery or chopping the right part of the body, I have no idea what I’m doing.  

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TELEVISION: Stargate Atlantis/Stargate Universe – Just Some Thoughts

The news came out, this week, that Stargate Atlantis was being cancelled in favor of one or two annual direct-to-DVD movies – the first one to wrap up the series’ final storyline – and where have we heard that one before? Still, the puzzling thing is that the series is being cancelled after its ratings rose this summer – which makes as much sense as the little pig in the straw house moving into his brother’s brick one and having the middle pig take it down with a bulldozer in a fit of envy.

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The main reason we’ve been given is that making the series in Vancouver, British Columbia is getting to be too expensive, though I humbly suggest that if the series was being produced in the U.S., its rising ratings would pretty much preclude such a move. So, why then, would MGM and the Atlantis production team go in this direction?

After a quick run through the season’s first six episodes, it’s certainly not because of any loss of quality – a potential reason that was rendered unlikely by the way that more people are watching, on a regular basis. With the franchise maintaining its usual high level of quality – of the six episodes, only Ghost in the Machine – which was hampered by Torri Higginson’s decision to not return] was less than a B effort – the rest ranged from A [The Daedalus Variations] to B- [The Seed]. Certainly, the show’s writing, production, direction, effects and performances have been as good as usual.

The answer is given, and quite clearly, in the press release for the upcoming series, Stargate Universe. In it, Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper are quoted as saying, “In ‘Universe,’ we plan to keep those elements that have made the franchise a success, such as adventure and humour, while breaking new ground in the relationships between mostly young and desperate explorers, thrust together and far from home. Above all, we believe the Stargate self remains an enduring icon with infinite potential as a jumping off point for telling stories.”

It’s the “let’s get a cast of younger, more kick-ass military and civilians – nothing wrong with kick-ass civilizations – and punch up our numbers in the 18-24 demo… and the ‘tween demo.” After all, nobody’s watching the old fogies on Atlantis except, well, more people than did last year – thereby punching a bit of a hole in the typical variety of network thinking.

What’s the big plus, here? It’s that the mainstays of the Stargate creative team remain aboard – even though they aren’t the young pups they were when they convinced Richard Dean Anderson into signing up. Happily, unlike the creative teams of other series, they get to space out their writing in such a way that they are still capable of writing engaging and entertaining episodes – unlike the Star Trek duo of Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, who were completely out of touch with their audience by the time season two of Enterprise came around [not to mention that ghastly series finale].

Stargate has survived big changes in the past. When Michael Shanks left, Corin Nemec stepped in and the show rolled on [and a lot of fans wouldn’t have minded if Nemec had stayed on]; Richard Dean Anderson left – for perfectly good reasons – and was replaced by Ben Browder, whose character injected a fresh enthusiasm to the series that almost made up for the introduction of the Ori. Claudia Black came aboard the SG-1 franchise at the same and her charming thief/con artist fit in – after awhile…

Then there were the changes on Atlantis, where a first-season regular departed after getting a buzz from Wraith venom; Dr. Elizabeth Weir, the leader of the Atlantis Expedition, became a Replicator and was replaced by Col. Samantha Carter – whose successes while in command got her moved out and fussy, protocol-happy Richard Woolsey took over [and discovered that protocol is pretty much just another word in the Pegasus Galaxy].

Throughout the changes – not to mention some of the best humorous eps on any SF series – the quality of the Stargate shows has been kept well above average. Now we’re going to be getting a series that features a younger cast that is stranded even farther away than the Pegasus Galaxy. The chances are that its creative team will be looking for fresh ideas – or at least, fresh spins on ideas – and that it will be worth watching.

It’s just too bad that Atlantis has to suffer cancellation because of it. And that idea for finishing off the final season cliffhanger with a direct-to-DVD movie? Still little more than an blatant cash grab.

TELEVISION: Q and A with Josh Bernstein of Discovery’s Into The Unknown.

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Last week I had a chance to participate in a Q and A with Josh Bernstein, the star of the Discovery Channel’s new adventure show Into The Unknown.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make the call, but our friends over at Media Boulevard and Deadbolt.com did the interview. Here’s the full transcript.

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TV NEWS:Sophina Brown Joins the Cast of NUMB3RS

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Sophina Brown

Sophina Brown is set to join the regular cast of the hit CBS crime drama series NUMB3Rs for the series’ upcoming fifth season premiering on CBS on Friday, October 3rd. The beautiful and talented 31 year old actress will be taking on the role of a street-smart, ex-LAPD officer who is an adrenaline junkie. NUMB3RS fans and loyal viewers might remember that Brown had a guest starring role in the season 2 episode Scorched in which she play a character named Bianca Styles.

NUMB3RS, which stars Rob Morrow and David Krumholtz is a crime drama about dedicated FBI agent Don Epps (Morrow) who recruits his mathematical-genius brother Charlie Epps ( Krumholtz) to help the Bureau solve a myrid of perplexing crimes in the Los Angeles area. The series was inspired by actual events, and takes great care to depict how the combining of police work and mathematics can sometimes reveal unexpected details and provide answers to even the most daunting crimes to be solved.

Check out the official CBS NUMB3RS website for more information about this highly successful series and tune in for the 5th season premiere on October 1st at 1o PM EST.

CONTEST: Win a copy of the new Torchwood Yearbook!

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Ok, for some reason I know a lot of you folks love Torchwood. Torchwood is the action-packed, adrenaline-fueled sci-fi series from the BBC, following the adventures of a team of investigators, working for the secret organization Torchwood, who use scavenged alien technology in a struggle to contain the mysterious and deadly challenges thrown at them through a space/time continuum Rift. The team, led by the enigmatic, ever-watchful Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman, reprising his Doctor Who role in this spin-off from the legendary series), is separate from the government, outside the police and beyond the United Nations. Torchwood: The Official Magazine Yearbook (Titan Books) is a full-color official tie-in to the much-loved and top-rated show. Compiling the cream of the content from the Torchwood Official Magazine, with behind-the-scenes secrets from the Hub, cast and crew interviews and a series two episode guide, this hardback volume also contains five exclusive new Torchwood short stories to immerse readers in the world of the show, penned by the likes of Torchwood scriptwriter Joseph Lidster, Steven Savile (author of Titan’s Primeval: Shadow of the Jaguar) and Doctor Who novelists Andy Lane. We have five copies of this book to give away, the contest will run August 14 to August 25th.  On the 25th send an email to contests@eclipsemagazine.com with the subject – TORCHWOOD CONTEST, and your UserID and full name.  To qualify to win, leave a comment. Please follow the rules, I get really cranky and annoyed when people send emails that don’t contain all the required information.

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While I appreciate everyone’s enthusiam. PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS! Do not email your comments, post it HERE. And don’t send your email until the contest close and INCLUDE YOUR FULL CONTACT INFORMATION. What do you expect me to do with just your email adress? Beem your prize to you?

Supernatural: Bone Key – Exclusive Book Preview

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Author Keith R.A. DeCandido manages to keep himself well-occupied. The self-described mad fedora’d writer lists musician, baseball fan, and all-around long-haired hippie weirdo freak in addition to ‘Author’ and ‘Editor’ in his usual biography. And his Live Journal, appropriately titled “Krad’s Inaccurate Guide to Life,” basically makes his life an open book and offers a highly voyeuristic peek into his daily activities and thoughts. In addition to the often personal postings that include karate lessons and efforts at his mental well-being, there are also fun excursions with polls, discussions, and even questions taken from “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?” which tends to prove to the reader that most of the time they are not. And when Keith is working on a novel, readers can track his progress by how many words he completes on a daily basis. Voyeurism has never been so much fun – unless, of course, you’re peeking in on a nudist colony! Continue reading Supernatural: Bone Key – Exclusive Book Preview

TELEVISION NEWS: Netflix Goes Live

I’m not sure where to classify this little tidbit that the folks at Netflix sent over. Last weekend they held a weird Live event in Los Angeles where they invited a bunch of bands and TV Stars to come and do something. What, I couldn’t really tell from the original invite they sent me a few weeks ago. But since I’m, unfortunately, no longer in LA I couldn’t attend.  The night began with an hour rock-and-roll set by Band From TV followed by a screening of a series of classic television programs to honor the success of TV on DVD.  The Netflix-hosted outdoor event was open seating and free to the public, and a total of 1800 fans came out to support the cause.  Band From TV’s members include Guitarist James Denton (“Desperate Housewives”), drummer Greg Grunberg (“Heroes”),  rock violinist Jesse Spencer (“House M.D.”), vocalist Bob Guiney (“The Bachelor” and TLC’s “Date My House”), Teri Hatcher (“Desperate Housewives”), Hayden Panettiere, Adrian Pasdar (“Heroes”), Jorge Garcia (“Lost”) and Zach Levi (“Chuck”) AND surprise guest Keyboardist and Vocalist Hugh Laurie (“House”). Check out this clip of Heroe’s Hayden Panettiere. Can I just call her Hayden? Is she big enough a star to go the one name route? I ask because, you know it’s hard to spell Panettiere.

The Tellybox: The Doctor and the Captain play Shakespeare… but what’s on the box?

                                              David Tennant - Hamlet

 

So, after that tumultuous Doctor Who finale (have you got your breath back yet?), Donna is back home, Captain Jack has rejoined the Torchwood crew (who are presumably spending the summer rebuilding the Hub – again!), Rose has returned to Bad Wolf Bay with Dark-Doctor – and The Doctor himself has headed to Stratford upon Avon to star in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Hamlet.   And with Captain Jean-Luc Picard playing his villainous uncle and his dead dad, tickets are changing hands for suitably ridiculous sums.

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TELEVISION: It’s Official – There Will Be a New Battlestar Galactica TV Movie!

A new Battlestar Galactica TV movie is expected to go into production, in Vancouver, British Columbia, at the end of summer… The movie, which is being written by fan favorite, Jane Espenson, will be directed by Admiral Adama, himself, Edward James Olmos.

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Currently the cast includes Michael Trucco [Sam Anders], Aaron Douglas [Chief Galen Tyrol] and Dean Stockwell [Brother Cavil]. According to the Sci Fi channel press release, more casting news will follow “in the coming weeks.”

The movie opens before the events of the miniseries, with the story focusing on familiar characters including Cylon Model Number One, known as Cavil (Stockwell), Resistance Leader Sam T. Anders (Trucco) and Chief Galen Tyrol (Douglas).  It seems that the Cylons’ plan failed to account for one thing: survivors.  In the chaotic aftermath of the destruction, two powerful Cylon agents struggle with plots and priorities on the human ships that got away, while trying to deal with the resistance fighters who were left behind.

The as-yet-untitled movie will be released after the conclusion of the regular series, following the Razor model – first being broadcast by the Sci Fi Channel with a DVD release to follow shortly thereafter.

The Tellybox: Bonekickers – It’s archaeology, Jim, but not as we know it

 

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"Archaeology has never been so dramatic" goes the BBC blurb for this six-part series from the creators of Life on Mars.  Based in Bath, the Bonekickers team, led by feisty, no-nonsense, two-dimensional Professor Gillian Magwilde (Julie Graham, above), delves into historical mysteries linked to present-day events.   On paper, it must have sounded brilliant.   On screen, it’s at best pretty ho-hum and at worst almost unwatchably dire.   

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COMIC CON-To Hell(and Back) With Dean Winchester: Jensen Ackles Talks About Supernatural Season 4

Jensen Ackles a the 2008 Comic Con
Jensen Ackles a the 2008 Comic Con

One of the nicest things about getting to interview Jensen Ackles who plays Dean Winchester on the hit Warner Bros/CW Network series Supernatural is how he always takes a moment to acknowledge everyone with a friendly laidback ‘hi how’re you doing’ before he jumps into answering all the burning questions that we reporters have about the fate and future of his character, Dean Winchester. And ‘burning’ is an apt description of what happened to Dean Winchester at the end of Supernatural season 3.

In the culmination of events that started back in the finale of season 2, All Hell Breaks Loose, Ackles found his character of Dean Winchester in the season 3 finale, No Rest for the Wicked, having to make good on his deal to trade his soul into hell at the end of one year’s time for the life of his brother Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki). There was no way out of it Dean went to hell.

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