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Katee Sackhoff on 'Longmire,' Saying Goodbye to Starbuck and Her 'Plan'

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Sep 16th 2011 4:00PM
katee sackhoff'Battlestar Galactica' alum Katee Sackhoff may be best-known amongst the sci-fi nerd sect, but the charismatic blonde actress has appeared in several prime-time shows and is gearing up to begin a new, big venture on A&E's 'Longmire,' in which she gets top billing.

AOL TV caught up with Sackhoff as she worked the Comic-Con/Fan Expo circuit to promote her voicework in the feature-length animated film, 'Batman: Year One.' We spoke to her about saying goodbye to 'Battlestar' and Starbuck for good, 'Longmire' and why it's so tough in Hollywood these days.

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'Buffy' and 'Caprica' Veterans Team Up for 'Husbands,' a Cheeky Web Series (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 13th 2011 2:30PM
Couples going to Las Vegas and impulsively tying the knot while drunk is a longstanding ritual for both celebrities and civilians.

Now that gay couples can get married, why shouldn't they be part of that tradition? That's the question that writer/performer Brad Bell and television writer/producer Jane Espenson ('Battlestar Galactica,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Buffy') asked themselves when they were creating 'Husbands,' a web series that premieres Tuesday.

In the 11-episode comedy, Bell and Sean Hemeon play a performer and a newly out major-league baseball player who get married in Vegas, only to wake up with hangovers and the realization that they don't know each other well. Alessandra Torresani, who's best known for playing Zoe Graystone on 'Caprica,' plays their frequently inebriated friend, Haley.

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From Jack Bauer to Cylons, How Scripted Television Dealt With Sept. 11

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 9th 2011 12:30PM
Given the enormity of what occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, it was natural that many television writers would spend the next decade working out what it meant in the stories they told. But the shows that grappled most directly with what it meant to live in a post-9/11 world (and I examine those shows in a bit more depth below) sometimes had a difficult time wrestling with the moral and political complexities of the age while still telling a gripping story. Who knew that a show about killer robots would be one of the most successful shows to combine concerns about terrorism with satisfying character drama?

Of course, in the relatively immediate aftermath of the tragedy, many scripted television shows had episodes or moments that paid tribute to what occurred on Sept. 11, including 'NYPD Blue,' 'Third Watch' and 'The West Wing,' among many others (and almost a decade later, 'Fringe' depicted still-standing twin towers in one of its most memorable moments).

Others programs dwelled on our longing for reassurance in a chaotic world in more oblique ways. 'Lost,' after all, depicted a plane crash, a struggle for survival and the difficulty of sustaining relationships in extreme circumstances, and 'Jericho' took our fears about the state of our union and amplified them in a variety of ways.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar Doubles Your Pleasure: When Actresses Tackle Dual Roles

by Stephanie Earp, posted Aug 30th 2011 2:00PM
After 8 years away from TV, Sarah Michelle Gellar returns this fall in 'Ringer,' one of the more talked-about pilots of the season. Never one to back away from a challenge, our girl comes back not as one character, but two -- identical twins Bridget and Siobhan. As SMG herself pointed out at Comic-Con, she's doing this for the love of the game, not the paycheck (only soap stars get paid extra when they take on an evil twin/clone/long lost cousin side project). In honor of her noble dedication to her craft, here's a few other actresses who've gotten multiple listings in a TV credit.

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EXCLUSIVE: 'Battlestar's' Jamie Bamber Nabs TNT Role, 'Caprica' Vet Invades 'Alphas' & Intel on 'Blood and Chrome'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Aug 22nd 2011 5:00PM
Jamie BamberTwo veterans of the 'Battlestar Galactica' universe have landed upcoming guest roles on very different shows.

Jamie Bamber, who played Lee "Apollo" Adama on 'Battlestar Galactica' and went on to appear in 'Law & Order: UK,' will have a recurring role on the new TNT series 'Perception,' which stars Eric McCormack as Dr. Daniel Pierce, an odd neuroscience professor who helps the FBI crack cases.

Bamber will guest at least twice on 'Perception' as a new professor who catches the eye of Kate Moretti (Rachel Leigh Cook), Pierce's FBI handler and former student.

'Perception,' which also stars Kelly Rowan and Arjay Smith, premieres in the summer of 2012. And no doubt Bamber fans are aware that Bamber was also recently cast in a guest role on 'CSI: Miami.' (More nerd-bait casting: 'Star Trek' actor LeVar Burton will recur as a dean at Pierce's university.)

Another veteran of the 'BSG' universe, 'Caprica' actor John Pyper-Ferguson, will have a key role in the season finale of Syfy's 'Alphas,' a drama about people with extraordinary abilities.

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A Recent History of Time-Jumping on TV

by Maggie Furlong & Jean Bentley, posted Jun 28th 2011 12:45PM
Weeds, True Blood, Time JumpingLast night's 'Weeds' saw our protagonists flash forward three years in the future, with pot-dealing housewife Nancy Botwin moving from prison to a halfway house in New York City. And on Sunday's 'True Blood' premiere, the residents of Bon Temps skipped ahead an entire year -- a major jump for the series, considering the first three seasons took place during the same month.

All that time-jumping got us thinking about other shows that have pulled the "skip forward" move to avoid awkward plot points. You know, like that time 'One Tree Hill' escaped those clunky college years, or when Melinda had a baby on 'Ghost Whisperer' that was suddenly five years old.

After the page jump, join us in a discussion of time jumps and whether or not they actually worked. (And before you comment-yell at us, this list does not include shows that routinely employ time travel, like 'Doctor Who' or 'Quantum Leap.')

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Jamie Bamber Talks 'Battlestar Galactica,' 'Outcasts' and 'Law & Order: UK'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 17th 2011 2:30PM
It should be clear by now that I just can't quit 'Battlestar Galactica.'

On June 11, BBC America began re-airing the acclaimed Syfy series, and there's still time to get on board. The entire four-hour miniseries that kicks off 'Battlestar' airs starting at 5PM ET Saturday, so if you've never seen this thought-provoking drama, now's your chance.

Last week, I talked to 'The Closer' and 'Battlestar' actress Mary McDonnell about working on the Syfy show, and I also recently chatted with Jamie Bamber, another member of the 'Battlestar' cast who also appears in 'Outcasts,' a sci-fi drama that debuts on BBC America 9PM ET Saturday.

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Come Fall, the Surreal and Supernatural Rule the Airwaves

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jun 13th 2011 4:00PM


It would be easy to blame it all on 'Lost' -- our obsession with the supernatural, the insolvable mystery, the sense that things are not what they seem. Since the day day Jack Shephard first opened his eyes on that highly metaphorical island, television has been growing increasingly infested with science fiction, fantasy and supernatural tales, once the purview of cult shows and brilliant-but-canceled lists.

Add to that the rise of the vampire love story as standard fare for both teens and adults, and the emergence of two great ass-whooping heroines in Lisbeth Salander ('The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo') and Katniss Everdeen ('The Hunger Games'), and it's not hard to see what well the fall television slate is drawing from.

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Mary McDonnell Talks 'The Closer,' 'Major Crimes' and the 'Return' of 'Battlestar Galactica'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 9th 2011 12:45PM
Mary McDonnell has a full agenda these days: The actress has been recurring on 'The Closer' for a couple of seasons, and she'll be a series regular when the TNT drama returns July 11. That job will keep her busy well into next year: The network recently announced that, after Kyra Sedgwick ends her run on 'The Closer' in 2012, McDonnell's Sharon Raydar character will be the lead of a spinoff titled 'Major Crimes.'

Though McDonnell was eager to talk about those new developments in a recent interview, it was actually a past project that prompted the conversation in the first place. McDonnell played Laura Roslin on 'Battlestar Galactica' for four seasons, and when she heard that BBC America was going to start re-airing the entire series starting 10PM ET June 11, she was happy to promote the "return" of the groundbreaking drama.

"I think it's perfect timing," McDonnell said. "'Battlestar' is so rich and relevant that one time through is not enough."

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Talking TV Podcast on What You Should Do on Your Summer Vacation

by Maureen Ryan, posted May 11th 2011 3:00PM
The rest of the month will be filled with season finales and news about various cancellations and pickups, but this week, before all that madness hits, Ryan McGee and I thought we'd try a different format for the Talking TV podcast.

We each offered three suggestions for shows to catch up on over the summer. My suggestions: 'Battlestar Galactica' (which BBC America is re-running starting June 11, not June 18, as I mistakenly state in the podcast), 'Deadwood' and 'Louie' (which returns on FX in June). Ryan's suggestions: 'Alias,' 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Sons of Anarchy.'

During the recording of the podcast, news of the cancellation of 'The Chicago Code' broke, so we briefly spoke about the Fox news as well. Running times for each section of the conversation are below.

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TV Easter Eggs: Our Favorite Fan Shout-Outs From Shows

by AOL TV Staff, posted Apr 22nd 2011 11:00AM
TV Easter eggs are so much better than real ones -- no mess, no smell, no creepy rabbit delivering them. Which is why we're celebrating this holiday with our favorite hidden gems from TV shows past and present.



(And some Peeps. C'mon, we're only human.)

We each chose a nod to the fans that we loved, from the numbers on 'Lost' and the secret things hidden in the 'Battlestar Galactica' fleet to the end of "555" phone numbers and more.

Did we forget your favorite superfan surprise? Share your own eagle-eyed discoveries in the comments ... and try not to overdose on Cadbury Eggs while doing it.

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'Battlestar Galactica' Reruns Head to BBC America

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 21st 2011 5:10PM
Marry McDonnell, Battlestar GalacticaAttention lovers of good TV: BBC America has picked up reruns of 'Battlestar Galactica.'

If you haven't watched this series before, you should. From the beginning. It's epic.

If you have seen 'Battlestar Galactica,' well, it's time to watch it again. Relive the Cylon dogfights, the power struggles, the frakkin' awesomeness of everything.

The BBC America deal covers the miniseries and all four seasons.

'Battlestar Galactica' starred Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Tricia Helfer, James Callis, Jamie Bamber and Katee Sackhoff.

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Mashup: A Salute to Butt-Kicking TV Women (VIDEO)

by Avaryl Halley, posted Apr 1st 2011 12:20PM
Yesterday was the last day of Women's History Month, bringing to an end AOL TV's month-long celebration of Women on TV.

We've had tribute lists and graphics, but we wanted to go out with a bang: a mashup! What better way to salute some of the most iconic and powerful woman in television history than with a video of them in action?

Below you'll find one awesome video -- if we do say so ourselves -- of fierce females in action. There's plenty of canceled Joss Whedon goodness and soapy slaps to satisfy everybody.

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Who's Your Favorite Female TV Character?

by Michael Wandling, posted Mar 31st 2011 3:15PM
TV WomenBehind almost every great TV show, there's a great woman.

Over the last month we've been celebrating the many wonderful women who have graced our TV sets over the years. Whether they starred in comedies, soaps, dramas, reality shows or brought us the best in talk shows and news, these women have been a vital part of not only the TV landscape, but our lives.

But everybody has his or her own favorites and takes on what makes a TV character superior to another. That's why we want to hear from you. We know not all of you agreed with our choices or the order we put them in, so now's your chance to share your thoughts by voting in the poll below.

With that said, we couldn't help but wonder what it'd be like to gather the ladies who topped our Top 100 Most Memorable Women list for a dinner. The conversations they'd have, the insight these characters could share with one another. Yes, if you couldn't tell, we love TV.

Check out the graphic representation of our TV women dinner along with the poll and links to our various salutes to TV women lists.

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Tricia Helfer Joins '17th Precinct' Pilot-Turned-'Battlestar Galactica' Reunion, TV Squad Staffers Shriek in Excitement (Frak Yeah!)

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 4th 2011 12:15PM
Tricia HelferRemember yesterday, when James Callis was cast alongside Jamie Bamber in Ron Moore's "magical cops" pilot '17th Precinct' and we were all like "AWESOME! 'Battlestar Galactica' reunion"?

Well, take that joy and multiply it by six because another 'BSG' alum has joined the cast: Tricia Helfer. That's right -- Number 6 herself (see what we did there) will star in the NBC series.

Helfer will play Morgana, whom Deadline describes as "a necromancer, the magical equivalent of a coroner, who is an expert at manipulating the potions, tools, herbs and spells of her trade."

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