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TELEVISION REVIEW: Missing Artifacts! A Traitor Within! A Killer Cliffhanger! Warehouse 13’s First Season Closes on an Explosive Note!

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Over the course of its first season, Warehouse 13 [Tuesday, Syfy, 9/8C] has become Syfy’s most watched series ever and it’s easy to see why. The oil and water personalities of Agents Pete Lattimer [Eddie McClintock] and Myka Bering [Joanne Kelly] and Warehouse 13 Supervisor/Curator/Cataloguer Artie Nielsen [Saul Rubinek] and kid computer wizard Claudia Donovan [Allison Scagliotti] produces a high ratio of clever banter per episode and allow for a sufficiently diverse group of personality types that pretty every viewer can identify with [or wish they were] one of the four. Add intriguing magical and/pr scientific artifacts that do weird and crazy stuff – and which must, therefore, be removed from easy access and/or nullified, and you have a premise that can go almost anywhere.

To that already intriguing mix, add a carefully built backstory that includes aura-reading Leena [Genelle Williams], the mysterious and dangerous Mrs. Frederic [CCH Pounder], and the ruthless former Warehouse agent, James MacPherson [Roger Rees] and you have the potential for an explosive first-season finale.

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DVD REVIEW: Sanctuary: The Complete First Season – Myths and Legends Come to Life!

Sanctuary is a science fiction show that postulates that the creatures of legend, myth and nightmare really exist – that “here be monsters” is not hyperbole. It’s an ambitious series, technically, being shot with the RED camera [the current top of the line digital camera] against a great deal of green screen – in the manner of Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City – though not in black & white.

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The series follows Dr. Helen Magnus [Amanda Tapping], her daughter, Ashley [Emilie Ullerup]and forensic psychologist Will Zimmerman [Robin Dunne] as they seek out and help – or imprison [depending on their nature] – abnormals. Abnormals are evolutionary splits from humanity and come in a wide range of types, from mermaids and vampires, to shapeshifters and Bigfoot [Dr. Magnus’ butler, and also played by Heyerdahl…].

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HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: Josh Gates Spills The Beans on Spooky Happenings on Destination Truth!

Destination: Truth [Syfy, Wednesday, 10 p.m.] returns for its third season and host Josh Gates, host/explorer/photographer and all round genial nice guy agreed to talk about the show’s premiere – and much, much more – with a number of journalists/bloggers from a unique cross-section of web sites ranging from travel writers to sci-fi bloggers. It turns out that, like his series, Gates is unique – and extremely personable.

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Participants included: Ken Gold [Media Blvd], Steve Eramo [Sci Fi TV Talk], Monica Gorsky [Flash News], Jenna Bush [SciFi Wire], Trisha Miller [Travel Writers Exchange], Josh Bozeman [thebluesite.com], Kristen Allen [Singularity – Josh Gates fan site], Aaron Sagers [Tribune], and me.

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TV REVIEW: Destination: Truth Opens Season Three With A Real Rush!

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While reality TV generally gets a thumbs down from me, Destination: Truth [Syfy, Wednesday, 10 p.m.] is not your average reality. Sure, they investigate legendary and mythological creatures, but they do so by actually traveling to the homes of these creatures – and the travel part of the series can a lot of fun and just as often, genuinely breathtaking. Take this week’s season three premiere, Haunted Forest/Alux [uh-loosh´] as an example.

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TELEVISION NEWS: Spike Joins Syfy’s Caprica!

James Marsters has signed on with Syfy’s Caprica, the prequel series to Battlestar Galactica. In the series, which details the development of events leading to the Cylons’ attempted genocide of the human race, Marsters will portray Barnabas Greeley. Greeley is described as being driven by moralistic, and yet carnal desires – and is an unpredictable villain, torn by his conflicting desires.

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While Marsters is best known as Spike from his sever-year run with the character on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off, Angel, he has also recurred as Smallville [where his appearances as Brainiac caused a rating spike of 50%], Without A Trace, and Torchwood [where he played a former lover and colleague of the immortal Captain Jack Harkness]. He also played Piccolo in the recent Dragon Ball Evolution film.

Caprica was created by Galactica’s Ronald D. Moore and Remi Aubuchon and is executive produced by Moore, Eick and Jane Espenson.

COMIC-CON NEWS: Get the Syfy Comic-Con App for your iPhone

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Here’s something cool – the folks at Syfy (I still can’t get the name Siffee out of my head) have created a really spiffy (get it, pun intended :)) little app for your Comic Con enjoyment.  You can use it to follow all the cool Syfy panels (and before they email me, yes, I know it’s pronounced Sci-Fi) and other comic con events. Even though their rebranding is stupid, this is awesome marketing and a cool ap. Great job Syfy. The Full press release is below. Go to the App story and get it.

 

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TELEVISION: Eureka – There’s a New Sheriff in Town!

At he conclusion of Eureka’s [Syfy, Fridays, 9/8C] mid-season finale, Sheriff Jack Carter [Colin Ferguson] had saved the day but, because he disobeyed a direct order from Department of Defense honcho General Mansfield [Barclay Hope]. Welcome Back Carter [oh, c’mon! We all knew he’d get his job back – the question was always how he’d do it] picks up exactly where the cliffhanger left off.

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Mansfield has literally ordered a new sheriff of the assembly line – or at least from the genius mind of Fargo [Neil Grayston]. Not only is there a new sheriff in town, but he’s a robot. For those who have always thought that Eureka was Mayberry with geniuses, you’ll appreciate that when the new guy/bot [Ty Olsson, Battlestar Galactica, Men in Trees] introduces himself, he says, “Call me Sheriff Andy.”

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TELEVISION: Warehouse 13 – Not Just a Collection of Antiques & Curios!

Remember the final shot of Raiders of the Lost Ark, when the crated up Ark of the Covenant is placed on a pile of boxes and the camera pulls back and keeps pulling back to reveal a warehouse the size of Rhode Island? Well, Warehouse 13 [Syfy, Tuesdays,9/8C] could very possibly be that warehouse.

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When two Secret Service Agents – Pete Lattimer [Eddie McClintock] and Myka Bering [Joanne Kelly] prevent a supernaturally influenced assassin from killing the President of the United States, they find themselves assigned to a very secret installation by the mysterious, and very determined Mrs. Frederic [CCH Pounder] – Warehouse 13 .

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TELEVISION NEWS: Sci-Fi Premieres Book of Beasts this Sat.

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Sci-Fi Premiere’s the Book of Beasts this Saturday at 9PM. The movie stars Battlestar Galactica’s James “Baltar” Callis. More than twenty years after the death of King Arthur, an evil wizard uses a magical book to take control of the Kingdom of Camelot.  Arthur’s daughter teams up with the sons of the Knights of the Roundtable to lure the legendary Merlin out of exile so he can help them fight the evil wizard. Premiere’s Saturday, May 30th at 9pm.

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TELEVISION: 12 Shows That Are Not In Danger of Cancellation

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It’s the time of the year where the networks and fans gather together in an annual dance of Save our Show-itist. Everyone is stressed and upset at the unsettled nature of everything – is Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles gone? What’s going on with Chuck, Reaper, etc.  Instead of wasting energy being worried about things we have little control over, let’s appreciate the programs that survived. I thought it’s time to take stock and see what “genre” shows are in no danger of being cancelled. I’ll start by saying for some reason Navy NCIS is still going. Who watches this show?

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