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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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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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Carlton Cuse Preps Civil War Drama at ABC, 'Mike & Molly' to Address Marie Claire Blog and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 19th 2010 5:40PM
Carlton CuseCarlton Cuse is taking on the 1800s with a new ABC drama.

The 'Lost' executive producer is teaming with 'Secretariat's' Randall Wallace for a Civil War-set drama. The two are co-writing the pilot script and if it's picked up, Wallace will direct.

According to Variety, details are still vague, but the project is set in Virginia and has been envisioned as an "event" series.

In other TV news ...

Syfy will air the final five episodes of 'Caprica' in a January marathon. The episodes will start at 6PM on Tues., Jan. 4 and end at 11PM. [TV By the Numbers]

'Mike & Molly' is using its Thanksgiving episode to address the Marie Claire blog controversy. Look for the mention to happen in a speech by Billy Gardell. "It's a very eloquently put thing that I get to say at the Thanksgiving speech that kind of says everything we feel." [Entertainment Weekly]

Jennifer Esposito has been promoted to a series regular on 'Blue Bloods.' Esposito plays Detective Jackie Curatola, the partner of Donnie Wahlberg's Danny Reagan. [TV Guide]

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'Supernanny' Quits, Fans Rally to Save 'Caprica' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 4th 2010 12:00PM
Jo Frost'Supernanny' star Jo Frost has quit the hit ABC reality series to start her own family.

According to the New York Post, Frost will tape one more season of the series focusing on teen mothers.

"I have decided to hang up my cape," she told the newspaper. "It was a very conscious decision, through much reflection. But I need to create more balance in my life."

Frost has been traveling the U.S. and Britain since 2004, helping parents with unruly kids, but now she wants to focus on her own life and start a family. "Proper balance will allow me to date and have a relationship and look at my own future of having a family," she said.

In other TV news ...

'Glee' star Jane Lynch will host a holiday special on Fox. 'TV's Funniest Holiday Moments: A Paley Center for Media Special' will feature some of the most memorable holiday moments from TV. [TV Guide]

Bravo has ordered a full season of Rocco DiSpirito's new series. 'Rocco's Dinner Party' will see four aspiring chefs competing to cater a dinner party for Rocco and his distinguished guests. [Hollywood Reporter]

Joan Allen has joined the cast of HBO's 'Luck.' The new horse racing drama also stars Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte and Dennis Farina. [TV Guide]

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Ask Mo: Answering Your Queries on 'Caprica,' 'Chuck,' 'Walking Dead' and More

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 2nd 2010 6:20PM
From Harvey: I was just wondering if you had any thoughts about 'Caprica' and the way the cancellation was handled. I can't remember ever being this [angry at] a network and I don't know if there's any point to even trying to save the show or if I should just move onto the boycott idea. ...Basically, what I'm asking is, do you think that there is any good will left at Syfy to wrap up the story (because we know that the season ends with a cliffhanger)?

Mo says: I got a lot of questions and tweets about 'Caprica' during the past week, some of which contained a certain amount of strong language.

I get it: I understand that it hurts when a show you really like gets canceled, and it's very rare for a cable show to get pulled from the schedule before it completes airing the episodes in its current season. I'm sure that for 'Caprica' fans, the sudden yanking of the show adds to the sting.

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'Talking TV' Podcast: 'Sons of Anarchy,' the British Invasion, 'In Treatment,' 'FNL' and more

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 28th 2010 10:45AM
Hey podcast pals, we've only got one installment of 'Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan' for you this week, but it's a supersized edition.

In this week's podcast, Ryan McGee and I talk about a number of programs, and to make it easier to find the sections that interest you, below you can find (rough) indications of where those parts of the conversation begin and end.

The Oct. 27 Ryan & Ryan podcast lineup:

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'Caprica' Is Cancelled by Syfy

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 27th 2010 6:39PM
Due to low ratings, Syfy has cancelled the 'Battlestar Galactica' prequel 'Caprica.'

Syfy is pulling the show from its broadcast rotation immediately, and the remaining five episodes of the show's first season will air some time in the first few months of 2011, according to the network.

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'Caprica' Gets Too Religious on Us

by Stephanie Earp, posted Oct 12th 2010 3:48PM
Was there a more a disappointing moment in childhood than the Sunday-morning realization that the only thing on TV was televangelists and 'The 700 Club'? You came looking for 'He-Man,' instead you got Pat Robertson. For some reason Ron Moore and the 'Caprica' team seem to want us to relive that moment every Tuesday night as we tune in for new episodes of the 'Battlestar Galactica' spin-off.

As other critics have noted, 'Caprica' has turned away from some of the deliciously-enticing ideas the show started to examine in the first half of the first season -- things like the potential origins of true artificial intelligence or completely virtual worlds -- and now, instead, we're getting a primer on the intricacies of a religion that doesn't even exist.

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'Caprica' Star Magda Apanowicz on Upcoming Half-Season, the Growth of Lacy, and What It's Like to Hug a Cylon

by Chris Jancelewicz, posted Oct 5th 2010 9:30AM
When we last left 'Caprica' (which seems like ages ago), things were descending into chaos. At the center of the madness – the suicide attempt by Amanda, Zoe's rebellious escape, the U-187 – sits one lynchpin of a character: Lacy Rand. Played by Canadian actor Magda Apanowicz, Lacy has grown from a background character into a crucial game-changer. Nearly every plotline hinges on her actions.

TV Squad caught up with the ever-gregarious Apanowicz right before the finale of season 1, and she is nothing at all like the subservient, malleable Lacy. She spoke with us about the upcoming season 1.5, how in love with 'Battlestar Galactica' she is, and what it's like to hug a Cylon.

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'Caprica' and New TV DVDs for October 5, 2010

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Oct 5th 2010 9:00AM
As people were mourning the loss of their beloved 'Battlestar Galactica,' SyFy offered a television rehab for those seeking help for their incurable Cylon deficit disorders and frak use withdrawal.

That halfway home was called 'Caprica,' introducing viewers to a pre-apocalyptic world of humans, and offered up a testament explaining the genesis of 'Battlestar Galactica.'

Those who missed the 'Caprica' series can catch up now, when the premiere season rolls out on DVD. The second season premieres Oct. 5.

Some honorable mentions hitting the DVD shelves this week include seasons 3-5 of 'Ally McBeal' and a limited edition box set of the complete series of 'Monk.'

Find out the rest of the titles after the jump!

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'Caprica' Season 1.5 Review: Is This 'Battlestar' Prequel Lost in Space?

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 4th 2010 4:15PM
Most ambitious cable dramas attempt to craft season-long narrative arcs in addition to telling more contained weekly stories. The unfortunate thing about 'Caprica' (10PM ET Tuesday, Syfy) is that the 'Battlestar Galactica' prequel still isn't demonstrating consistent focus on either of those fronts.

'Caprica's' first two fall episodes are frustrating, despite the obvious attempts to revive the sporadic momentum that the show's spring run had. The thing is, for the dramatic stakes to matter, the audience has to care about the characters, but it's often difficult to invest in their journeys for any number of reasons.

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What to Watch: October 4 - 10

by Stephanie Earp, posted Oct 4th 2010 3:01AM
Bones - Thursday October 7, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Global/Fox

Oh awesome -- 'Bones' takes on the 'Jersey Shore' phenomenon with an episode set in that most elegant of beach resorts, and they even investigate the death of an entirely fictional fellow named Richie 'The V' Genaro, described as a "partier."

Five bucks says the guy prided himself on his really awesome arm muscles or something. He's like, famous for his triceps. Anyhow, Brennan stumbles on what she thinks is a documentary about the place, but of course it turns out to be a reality show. Where do writers come up with these crazy ideas for episodes?

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'Caprica' to Return in October

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 9th 2010 3:00PM
Viewers who'd stuck with Syfy's 'Caprica' during its uneven first season weren't thrilled when Syfy announced earlier this year that the 'Battlestar Galactica' prequel would not return until January 2011.

Today, Syfy announced that it is bringing back 'Caprica' earlier than expected: The second half of the first season will now return Oct. 5.

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TV Squad Crashes SyFy's Fancy Party

by Ryan McKee, posted May 27th 2010 5:00PM
The SyFy network threw a fancy bash at New York's Museum of Modern Art, brought out their stars of 'Caprica,' 'Warehouse 13' and 'WWE NXT' and invited the press. What was the occasion? No occasion. They did not even show an episode of anything.

It was an excuse for them to show off to their advertisers and court new ones. Which made it an excuse for us to score a few free cocktails and make a funny video.

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Zoe Escapes the Lab on 'Caprica' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Mar 29th 2010 5:13AM
Zoe Escapes on 'Caprica'On 'Caprica's' latest episode (Fri., 9PM ET on SyFy), Zoe (Alessandra Torresani) tried getting help to escape her dad's lab.

But -- having the body of a robot -- she only scared the lab tech in the process, even after some explanation. "I'm not really a robot, OK?" she pleaded. "I'm Zoe Graystone, and I'm trapped in here. My father put me in this body after I died. Help me! I need to escape!"

Watch the video after the jump.

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