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COMING TO DVD: Supernatural the Complete 3RD Season

DVD Cover For Supernatural Season 3
DVD Cover For Supernatural Season 3

CATCH ALL 16 SPINE-CHILLING EPISODES OF SEASON THREE ON DVD JUST IN TIME FOR THE SEASON FOUR PREMIERE ON THE CW INCLUDES OVER AN HOUR OF SPECIAL FEATURES PLUS A BONUS OFFER FOR A DIGITAL COPY OF THE ENTIRE SEASON!

Supernatural: The Complete Third Season hits shelves just in time for fans to catch up with the Winchester brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) before the spectacular Season Four premieres on the CW on Thursday, September 18th at 9PM EST and the brothers come back together to defend the world against creatures that most people believe only exist in folklore, superstition and nightmares.

Season three of Supernatural is a slam bang, action packed, emotionally driven thrill ride that begins shortly after Azaezel, AKA The Yellow-Eyed Demon was vanquished at the end of season two.

Those events also saw the death of Sam Winchester and the release hundreds of demons from Hell into an unsuspecting world and forced a grief-stricken Dean Winchester to make a terrible a deal with a Crossroad Demon –his soul in exchange for Sam’s resurrection.

Supernatural Season 3 brings the Winchester boys to the cold and encreasingly terrifying realization that Dean has just one year to live and one year for Sam to search desperately for some way to save his brother and of course for both of them to fight demonic hordes and other creatures of terror along the way to save the lives of hundreds of innocent people.

Supernatural: The Complete Third Season DVD Special Features Include:
From Legends to Reality: SUPERNATURAL Effects
Impala Featurette: A Look Inside the Classic 1967 Chevrolet Impala
Scene Specifics: Short Segments Showcasing Creative Team Members Discussing Favorite Aspects of Particular Episodes
Ghostfacers! Confessionals Minifeaturette Gallery
Gag Reel

Besides these special features, two retailers will be carrying Supernatural season 3 boxed sets that include special Supernatural collector’s items that can only be found with sets purchased at their stores.

Best Buy has a die-cast ’67 Chevy Impala inspired by Supernatural that is packaged with the DVD.

Target has a full-color 2009 locker calendar featuring Jared and Jensen.

Warner Home Video is also proud to include a digital offer with this TV on DVD release, providing for convenient portability of the Season 3 episodes. A tremendous value, consumers will have the option to download a Digital Copy of the entire season, excluding the special features. This offer is available for both PC and Mac computers and is compatible with the most popular digital formats. The release contains detailed instructions on how to access and download the episodes.

Supernatural the Complete 3rd Season will be availabe on DVD and in stores on September 2nd 2008

Supernatural Season 4 premieres on the CW Network on Thursday, September 18th at 9PM EST.

TELEVISION: ABC Greenlights Five New Series

For the fall season, ABC greenlighted only a handful of new shows: the drama Life on Mars [based on the British, series of the same name]; comedies Scrubs [moving from NBC] and The Goode Family; and two alternative [reality] shows, the Untitlted Ashton Kutcher/Tyra Banks and Opportunity Knocks.

Nathan Fillion

Now the network unveils five new shows: dramas Castle [starring Nathan Fillion, pictured], Cupid and The Unusuals, and comedies Better Off Ted and Single With Parents. Although the announcement of the five new shows comes a bit later than usual, Stephen McPherson, President of ABC Entertainment notes that, “It was worth taking the time to go through the pilot process to really do it right,” said McPherson. “We’re excited about these series and feel they’re perfect additions to our dominant core slate of shows. These are the initial pick-ups, but there are a number of other pilots we feel will also get the go ahead in some form moving forward.”

Details on the new series are as follows:

Dramas

“Castle” is a comedic crime procedural about a famous mystery novelist, Nick Castle, who is bored with his own success. When a real-world copycat murderer starts staging scenes from Nick’s novels, Nick is teamed up with NYPD Detective Kate Beckett and the challenge gets his blood pumping as he steps in to help solve the crime. Nick and Beckett’s styles instantly clash and sparks begin to fly, leading both to danger and a hint of romance. Nick is kept grounded by his Broadway diva mother, quick-witted teenage daughter and his long-suffering ex-wife… who happens to be his editor. “Castle” stars Nathan Fillion as Castle, Stana Katic as Beckett, Molly Quinn as Alexis, Susan Sullivan as Martha, Monet Mazur as Gina and Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Capt. Montgomery.

“Cupid” is a romantic dramedy about Trevor, a larger than life character who may or may not be the Roman god of love, Cupid, sent to earth to bring couples together. As fate would have it, Trevor is under the care of famous psychologist and self-help author Dr. Claire Allen, who is also dedicated to helping lonely hearts find their soul mates. While she agrees with his cause, she questions whether he’s crazy or really is Cupid. “Cupid” stars Bobby Cannavale as Trevor, Sarah Paulson as Claire, Rick Gomez as Felix and Camille Guaty as Lita.

“The Unusuals” is a unique comedic procedural set in a New York police precinct. As a cop, it helps to have a twisted sense of humor, because every moment could be your last. Just ask Casey Schraeger, who started her day as an NYPD vice detective before unexpectedly being transferred to the homicide division. She quickly realizes that, not only does everyone in her new department have a distinct sense of humor, but also their own dirty little secrets. “The Unusuals” stars Amber Tamblyn as Det. Casey Schraeger, Jeremy Renner as Det. Joe Walsh, Terry Kinney as Sgt. Harvey Brown, Kai Lennox as Det. Ed Alvarez, Harold Perrineau as Det. Leo Banks, Adam Goldberg as Det. Eric Delahoy, Monique Gabriela Curnen as Det. Allison Beaumont and Joshua Close as Henry Cole.

Comedies

“Better Off Ted” is a satirical office comedy featuring a successful but morally conscious man, Ted, who runs a research and development department at a morally questionable corporation, Veridian Technologies. No achievement is too far fetched and no invention too unorthodox for Veridian. Need a suicidal turkey? Done. Need a metal that is hard as steel but bounces – and is edible? Done and done. Ted loves his seemingly perfect job; he loves his superhuman boss, Veronica, and colleagues Lem, Phil and Linda, but he’s starting to take a closer look at the company’s extremely questionable practices… especially when they try to cryogenically freeze one of Ted’s scientists for testing purposes. Starring Jay Harrington as Ted, Andrea Anders as Linda, Portia de Rossi as Veronica, Jonathan Slavin as Phil and Malcolm Barrett as Lem,.

“Single with Parents” is a comedy about Lou, a woman in her mid-30s who is determined to have her own life despite her crazy blended family getting in the way. She’s thrilled that her divorced parents are leading exciting lives – really she is – except both of them rely on her way too much. Dad needs her as a surrogate parent and Mom counts on her 24/7 as a shrink and confidante. Lou has resolved to finally find a fulfilling life for herself. The series stars Alyssa Milano as Lou, Annie Potts as Elizabeth, Beau Bridges as Joe, Amanda Detmer as Sasha, Meagen Fay as Nancy and Eric Winter as Charlie.

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.

Josh Bernstein

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

Sophina Brown
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!

Torchwood Yearbook Contest

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.

UPDATE

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.

Edward James Olmos

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.