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October 7, 2015


Sci Fi Channel suffering from a Ghost breeding infestation

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 18th 2008 9:27AM
If you can't get enough of Ghost Hunters, then the Sci Fi Channel is ensuring that you'll never be able to get enough of it.

The network is expanding the popular paranormal reality show into "dozens of hours of programming" with renewals of some current spin-offs and pick-ups of even more spin-offs. At the rate they keep spinning this show off, it's going to have its own family tree by the end of the decade.

Right now there's the original Ghost Hunters and its international cousin, the cleverly named Ghost Hunters International. Both of those will return next season with new episodes.

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Straining to watch Andromeda

by Jason Hughes, posted May 29th 2008 11:26AM
The Andromeda Strain
Why didn't you warn me? I started this fun little adventure with the novel The Andromeda Strain back in college and enjoyed the book tremendously. If for nothing else, it was funny how much time and attention Michael Crichton spent on the "modern" technology and amazing computational advances. Of course, I read the book in the mid-'90s and he wrote it in the late '60s. It's even more hilariously dated now. You mean, 200 people can work at the same time on this mainframe computer? That's astounding!

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Painkiller Jane: Pilot (series premiere)

by Richard Keller, posted Apr 13th 2007 11:09PM

Painkiller Jane(S01E01) So, you watched the premiere episode of Painkiller Jane, didn't you? Curiosity struck you even after reading my less-than-glowing review of the show, didn't it? Well, good for you! Just because I wasn't enamored with the program doesn't mean my opinion is gospel. Everyone has free will in this society and should be able to decide whether a show is good or not.

So, did you dislike Painkiller Jane as much as I did? No? Well, you must be from another planet to like something like that! How dare you not think what I think! Oh, wait, that rant voids what I said in the first paragraph. Um, never mind.

Seriously, I didn't like the show just because the acting was bad and the writing the was poor (even though the writing was poor and the acting was bad). What turned me off to this show as soon as the first scene showed up on my television screen was that this type of show has been done over, and over, and over. Let's see if this sounds familiar to you: tough-as-nails law enforcement agent obtains remarkable powers and laments over the freak that she is rather than using those powers to fight evil. Let's count on our fingers how many times that's been done. You may need your toes, too, because this has been done a lot.

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Sci Fi Channel dropping 400 hours of original content this year - TCA Report

by Kevin Kelly, posted Jan 12th 2007 2:03PM
sci fi logoThe Sci Fi chanel has their hands full this year, with a ton of original programming coming down the pipeline, which can probably be attributed to what I'm calling the Battlestar Galactica effect. That's a whole different channel from what debuted in 1992 as a place for Paramount and Universal to recycle old material.

Helping to buoy up the 400 hours will be Sci Fi Saturday: The Most Dangerous Night on Television, which debuts an original movie every Saturday. They showed us a couple of teasers, which actually pretty slick.

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 7th 2006 6:38PM
  • Rod SerlingDavid Thomas over at FireJeffZucker.com wonders why the Sci-Fi Channel isn't in HD.
  • For election day today, TV Newser is going to update his blog every hour, with the latest TV News news and analysis. Check out the real Wolf Blitzer and the cardboard Wolf Blitzer.
  • Great article over at TV Party about the original pilot for The Twilight Zone.
  • TV Guide's Matt Roush has a rundown on all of the midseason comings and goings.
  • Over at PopWatch, George Lucas says he's done with big screen movies and will be focusing on TV now. As a moviegoer, I applaud this. As a TV lover, it makes me cringe.
  • Great episode of Heroes last night, eh? TV Addict has an interview with stars Adrian Pasdar and Milo Ventimiglia.
  • I don't believe this story at all. It just seems like some bs someone made up because Mario Lopez is doing so well on Dancing with the Stars.

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The Stargate franchise may soon add another to its family

by Richard Keller, posted May 10th 2006 6:42PM

The current cast of Stargate SG-1Taking a page out of the Law & Order and CSI handbooks, MGM Television is considering a third Stargate series to run concurrently with veterans Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. This is according to MGM TV executive vice-president Charles Cohen.

On the heels of the upcoming 200th episode of SG-1, whose 10th season begins July 14th on the Sci-Fi Channel, Cohen is discussing a feature film derived from the series. That film would then dovetail into a third Stargate show. However, that doesn't mean that SG-1 would end for the movie to appear. In fact, Cohen believes that the movie could run while the series was still producing first-run episodes.

According to Cohen, Stargate SG-1 represents the same sort of franchise on television as the James Bond series does; while it is good financially it also keeps their name in the marketplace. He proves this by putting more money into new episodes, hiring new people such as Beau Bridges, Ben Browder and Claudia Black (both formerly of another Sci-Fi channel show, Farscape), and bringing back old favorites like Richard Dean Anderson's Jack O'Neill.



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Doctor Who's Eccleston regenerates as The Prisoner's Number 6

by Richard Keller, posted May 7th 2006 11:49AM

The Prisoner, returning to TVOur fellow blogger and The Prisoner fan Michael Sciannamea will be happy to hear this!

The British satellite channel Sky One is giving a green light for a remake of the cult-classic The Prisoner, which aired on ITV from 1967 until early 1968. The new series would run for six episodes to be aired next year, which would be the 40th anniversary of the series.

There are unconfirmed reports that Number 6, the main character that was played by Patrick McGoohan, will be played by Christopher Eccleston. Eccleston is currently portraying The Doctor in the new series of Doctor Who episodes being broadcast in America on the Sci-Fi Channel. Eccleston lasted only one season on the show and was replaced by David Tennant in the series currently running on the BBC.

The remake of The Prisoner will stick to the original concept of the series: a government agent is drugged and sent to a prison called The Village after he resigns from service. While in prison people are referred to by their numbers rather than their names. This version of the series will probably have a modern shine to it. Perhaps it will take place in one of those secret CIA prisons we aren't supposed to know about.

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Starbuck reveals Battlestar Galactica secrets for next season

by Richard Keller, posted Apr 23rd 2006 10:30AM

Katee Sackhoff of Battlestar GalacticaWhen you see Lt. Kara "Starbuck" Thrace on the season premiere of Battlestar Galactica this fall you'll notice a few things. First, her hair will be very, very short. Second, she will not be with the same man she was with at the end of last season.

This is according to Katee Sackhoff, who portrays Starbuck on the very popular Sci-Fi Channel series. In an interview on Zap2it.com, Sackhoff reveals that she will go through some very tough times in the first four episodes of the new season. By the fifth episode she will recommit herself to her military career and sport a nifty crew cut to go along with her new attitude.

Starbuck will also have a new love interest other than the man who she married during the second season finale. It's unsure if Samuel T. Anders (Michael Trucco) dies of the pneumonia he suffers during the finale, or while he resists the Cylon occupation.

Production on the third season of Battlestar Galactica began on April 10 and will continue until December, with the Sci-Fi Channel premiere in October.

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Doctor Who series one: The Long Game

by Richard Keller, posted Apr 21st 2006 10:33PM

Doctor Who -- The Long Game(S01E07) For a couple of episodes now The Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and Rose (Billie Piper) have been slumming around our humble planet Earth in about a one hundred year time span. This episode we get off of good ol' Terra to a satellite hovering around the planet in the year 200,000. Joining the intrepid travelers is Adam (Dalek's Bruno Langley).

From the beginning you could tell that this episode would be different from last week's dark,  introspective episode. The Doctor, Rose and Adam land on Satellite 5, which broadcasts news of the entire Earth Empire (Yes! We're still great even in the future!). News gathering is performed by one person, whose brain is one big storage unit, while subordinates put the reports together using small mind chips. An 'Editor-in-Chief' oversees everyone on the satellite and in the entire empire through a control room manned by zombies.The whole thing reminded me a bit of Max Headroom.

Anyone who performs well gets promoted to floor 500. However, after they get promoted they are never seen again. And there, dear readers, lies the mystery that The Doctor must solve. Because, not only does he need to find out where these people go, but why their technology is so backwards (for the year 2000,000 that is.)


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Doctor Who: Dalek

by Richard Keller, posted Apr 15th 2006 12:33AM

The Ninth Doctor on Sci-Fi Channel(S01E06) All right, let's get this out of the way so we can proceed with the review. Here we go . . .

I didn't like Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor. Call it blasphemy, call it satanical, but I just didn't get the vibe with Baker as I did with some of the other doctors such as Jon Pertwee (third Doctor), Peter Davison (fifth Doctor) and Sylvester McCoy (seventh Doctor). Maybe it was the scarf.

Having said that, I am really enjoying these new Dr. Who adventures that are appearing on the Sci-Fi Channel while their normal Friday night schedule is taking a hiatus. To paraphrase... it's not your father's (or grandfather's) Dr. Who. While there are some occasional cheesy aliens and special effects, this version of the show is definitely the one of the most slickly produced in the series' 43-year history.

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New Battlestar Galactica comic book series to start in May

by Richard Keller, posted Mar 30th 2006 6:06PM

Battlestar Galactica, the comic
book seriesIn order to satisfy the appetites of those Battlestar Galactica fans who are waiting with barely reined-in anticipation of the next season, Dynamite Entertainment is releasing a new comic book series based on the hit Sci-Fi Channel show.

According to writer Greg Pak, who is a fan of the show, the series will begin in the middle of the 2nd season, before the arrival of the Pegasus. While he did have to send story treatments to Universal before writing the comic Pak says he is being given a lot of latitude in the BSG universe. He may even go into the past to detail the conflict that the humans and the Cylons decades before the timeframe of the current show.

In my opinion, the best thing about the comic book series is no special effects budget that needs to be kept. This means that the writer and the artist can use their imaginations to produce scenes that the show never could.



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SciFi Channel programming notes

by Jen Segrest, posted Sep 17th 2005 6:37PM
Okay, here's some info on all this "season finale" junk on SciFi Channel. I know some people like myself were like "Say what? There was supposed to be 20-something episodes of Stargate SG-1 this year! It's only been like 8!" It's NOT the 'season finale' as in end of the 2005 programing season, but instead actually means 'summer finale'.Yeah, lame eh?

So, fear not, there will be a month or so of repeats then the reast of the new "season" will come back, perfectly timed for November sweeps of course. I just hope they still don't do what Scifi used to do (under it's former ownership) with Farscape and leave you hanging for five or six months between season halves. That was absolute torture.

Also, for those who record Battlestar Galactica: Next week, the Sept. 23 episode titled Pegasus, will run two minutes longer than its scheduled time. Set your recording device to continue until five minutes after the scheduled end time of the episode to be on the safe side.

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Bravo won't air Hurricane Katrina telethon

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 2nd 2005 1:10PM

Because God knows you don't want to interrupt a Being Bobby Brown marathon.

Some other NBC-owned stations, like USA and The Sci-Fi Channel, won't be showing it either, though NBC, MSNBC, and CNBC will.

[via TV Tattle]

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Stargate SG-1: Avalon, Pt. 2

by Jen Segrest, posted Jul 22nd 2005 11:08PM
First thing I noticed was that the series title intro had changed, it's almost an afterthought it's so short. Okay, it probably changed at the top of the season last week and I just never noticed. With the more and more network shows doing a shorter intro and phasing out I suppose it was only time before cable caught up.

Second thing I noticed (after the conclusion of the King Arthur's Treasure story line from last week) was "Damn, it's another stinking body swap episode". I like SG-1 just fine enough, but how many of these do we get a season? I'm a little tired of the "hold this and see what it does" school of  alien artifact research the show seems to engage in constantly.

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Battlestar Galactica returns July 15

by Bob Sassone, posted May 17th 2005 10:55AM
Battlestar GalacticaThe Sci-Fi Channel has announced that new episodes of it's Friday night lineup of Stargate SG: 1, Stargate: Atlantis, and Battelstar Galactica will surface this summer, on July 15. Stargate SG:1 has some new cast members, including Beau Bridges, Lou Goseett, Jr., and Farscape star Claudia Black. Bridges will also be seen on Stargate Atlantis, along with Agent Skinner himself, Mitch Pileggi, in a recurring role. All of this makes no sense to me since the last episode I saw of Stargate was about 9 years ago when it premiered. 

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