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Feeling Lost? Need Sanctuary? Sci Fi can help!

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 7th 2008 4:41PM
Amanda TappingFriends telling you Lost is the best thing since sliced bread? Everyone laughing at you at work because you're lost when they talk about that wacky island? Don't know who Jack, Kate and Sawyer are and whether or not John Locke is more than just some old dead philosopher? Ridiculed for being a Lost-less moron but too cheap of a bastard to go out and pick up those DVD sets? Well, good news.

Rarely does a show hit television that's so serialized it's almost impenetrable to come late into. And even more rarely does a network let it last past ten episodes; FOX'll yank it in one if they think they can get enough videos of aquatic life attacking compiled in time for a special. Well, never fear ... it's Sci Fi to the rescue!

That's right, starting September 15th, you can catch four episodes of Lost every Monday on Sci Fi. And Lost is a show that works even better in large chunks like that. I recorded the entirety of season three to my DVR before I even started it and wolfed it down in a weekend! But wait, there's more ... like what that picture has to do with this story!

The rest of Sci Fi's fall line-up was announced, and it includes the return of Ghost Hunters and Destination Truth, both starting Wednesday, September 5th, as well as ECW taking Eureka's slot on the schedule starting Tuesday, September 30th, followed immediately by the season premiere of Scare Tactics (with 30 Rock's Tracy Morgan). The remainder of Eureka's season will air sometime next year. When did we reach a point in television where seasons are just blatantly split in half like this? We'll air the first half of the season and then four months later the second half. Four months? That's like a summer hiatus? That's how long there generally is between season?

Well, I guess in the case of cable the gaps between seasons can be longer (*ahem*Sopranos*ahem*), but the scheduling thing is getting really weird to me. Why call them halves of the same season? Let's just call them all different seasons. Survivor and The Amazing Race have two seasons apiece each year, and there's only a month or so gap between them.

Oh yeah! I almost forgot. How insulting is it that the only part of Sci Fi's fall schedule to make the front page was the reruns of Lost? I'm such a jerk. But maybe that's because I wanted the parting thing for you to think about is the premiere of Sanctuary. It's taking the place of Stargate: Atlantis, which is also stopping mid-season because ... well, that's what we do. Maybe they fear viewer fatigue, but then how do you explain 24 straight weeks of 24 being such a rousing success. How do you -- [the wife from the other room: "I can hear you typing angry. Remember your blood pressure, dear."]

As I was saying. Sanctuary premieres on Sci Fi Friday October 3 with a two-hour launch. They're billing it as "the first television series to feature live-action actors against primarily virtual sets." I guess they missed Drew Carey's Green Screen Show? Sanctuary started life as a web-only series featuring Stargate's Amanda Tapping. A hit online, it's been retooled for broadcast air and given a 13-episode commitment to find an audience. And it looks like the entire cast will be featured in the newer made-for-TV episodes as well.

I like that Sci Fi is looking to emerging technologies to enhance the television experience. It was a bold move when they launched Sanctuary online, as it was given a much bigger budget than most web series, and managed to create a virtual reality every bit as surreal and captivating as films like 300 and Sin City managed with their green screen techniques. Hopefully, this series can do well and we can see more original programming from Sci Fi that has less to do with wrestling and reality and more to do with science and fiction (together).

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if anyone knows how to apply to scare tactics please wright me and let me know where to go im gona scare the s*** out of my husband and he thinks he could never be scared please help me to get him back for every little prank thanks

July 28 2008 at 11:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hey Jason,

You forgot all about Farscape. It was, way back when, SciFi channel's Flagship show. They also used green screen a lot.

Sanctuary fans don't get me wrong, I'm glad it go the green light from SciFi, but considering how they've treated other "original" shows...I'm leary to trust SciFi with Sanctuary. I totally trust Amanda and the gang (btw Jason, not only is Amanda starring in it, she's also one of the Executive Producers). I just hope that SciFi doesn't stick their nose into it too much.

July 08 2008 at 3:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Interesting to see Amanda wrapped in an American flag, considering she is an English-born Canadian actress.

July 08 2008 at 12:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sara Dorn

The SciFi network. Still the place where SF shows go to die. If only they could nurture those original ( to them ) SciFi network series. I appreciate the idea behind Sanctuary but am still mourning the premature death of The Dresden Files. Thank God Jim Butcher is still writing the novels and James Marsters is still voicing the audio books.


July 08 2008 at 12:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

To clarify: the article seems to imply that the web version of Sanctuary was commissioned by SciFi. It was, in fact, an independent production. I hope the broadcast version works out well!

July 07 2008 at 9:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Morjana Coffman

Looking forward to watching Amanda Tapping in Sanctuary on the SciFi Channel in October!

July 07 2008 at 8:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This sucks.

Right Now they are showing Star Trek:TNG on Mondays meaning that will most likely end. Sci-fi Channel has nothing so why can't they show TNG on Mondays, Enterprise Tuesdays, Lost Wednesdays, SG-1 Thursdays, new shows Fridays.

July 07 2008 at 7:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Say what?

I guess they all missed "Lexx". That was so green-screen-ridden that you could hardly believe the actors were real.

Oh and that picture of Amanda with the flag is eerie. I mean she's like... old. brrr.

July 07 2008 at 7:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow Amanda Tapping looks amazing there. I've always loved her on Stargate SG-1. She does look like she's 43! Looks like a great line-up for Sci-fi. The Lost addition will help make up for the long hiatus.


July 07 2008 at 6:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is stupid... anyone can watch the entire four seasons of Lost on ABC.com. In HD no less.

July 07 2008 at 5:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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