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'V' Season 2 Preview: Red Sky at Morning -- Visitors' Warning?

by Laura Prudom, posted Jan 4th 2011 1:00PM
Elizabeth MitchellThe Visitors are back, and they don't come in peace. After seven months away from our screens, ABC's 'V' returns with a vengeance tonight to begin its long-awaited second season, and judging by the first few episodes, it certainly intends to make up for lost time.

TV Squad was among a select group of journalists invited up to the set of the Vancouver-based series last September, and we have plenty of juicy scoop to whet your appetite for the new season before it premieres tonight.

Join us after the jump to get your 'V' fix -- it's far more tasty than eating a rat, we promise.

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When Aliens Attack: 'V' Returns With Renewed Energy (and Some Cheese)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 3rd 2011 10:30AM
'V' (9PM ET Tuesday, ABC) certainly had a rocky time of it in its debut season. After a swell pilot, the show slowed down considerably, and 'V' didn't always know how to use its mostly able cast. As the elegant alien leader, Anna, Morena Baccarin acquitted herself well, as did Elizabeth Mitchell, who plays Erica, an FBI agent leading an underground resistance. But the quality of everything else on the show fluctuated quite a bit.

Yet there were hopeful signs toward the end of season 1 that the show had gotten a grip on how to depict Anna's campaign to win over Earth's population and Erica's attempts to reveal Anna's unfriendly agenda.

This season, there's clearly an effort afoot to give 'V' more forward momentum and to delineate the differences between the scrappy Earth resistance and the calculating aliens. Yet there are signs that 'V' itself still doesn't know what it wants to be -- a realistic sci-fi thriller or an alien-invasion melodrama complete with mother-daughter shenanigans befitting a daytime soap.

There's more energy on display, but it's not always channeled in encouraging directions.

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'V' Preview: 'Hello, mother'

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 30th 2010 1:15PM
Jane Badler'V' fans, we know you're out there ... somewhere. For those who have stuck around during this long hiatus, the wait is almost over!

Come Tues., Jan. 4 at 9PM ET, the Visitors will be back, and they're stepping up their game. "We really hit our stride in the last few episodes and while season two picks up right where we left off, we're going 150 miles an hour faster now," series star Morena Baccarin (Anna) told the New York Post.

"Every episode has a big reveal," Baccarin said. "Fans are going to be really happy."

Plus, this season will see original Queen V, Jane Badler enter the fray as Anna's mother, Diana. Look for lots of Greek-style drama between Diana, Anna and Lisa. Check out a preview for the new season, including a glimpse at Badler's new Diana, below.

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FX Orders 13 Episodes of 'Wilfred,' Jane Badler Extends 'V' Stay and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 25th 2010 6:45PM
Elijah WoodFX has picked up 'Wilfred,' an American adaptation of the Australian hit, for 13 episodes. The show will Elijah Wood as Ryan a shy guy struggling with social and professional happiness -- that is until he meets Wilfred, a dog played by Jason Gann.

Wood's character sees Wilfred as a man in a dog suit, but the rest of the world sees him as a dog. Jason Gann is the co-creator of the series and he played the title character in the Australian version.

"We loved how well the pilot turned out, and we were blown away by the chemistry between Elijah Wood and Jason Gann," said Nick Grad, executive vice president of original programming at FX Networks, in a statement.

In other TV news ...

'Family Guy' star Alex Borstein has signed a deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Under the agreement, Borstein will write and executive produce two comedy projects that she could potentially star in, one animated and one live-action. Borstein's contract also allows other writers to develop for her too. [Deadline Hollywood]

Original 'V' star Jane Badler has extended her stay on the series for the entire second season. Badler was originally signed on for four episodes, but she'll be around for all 10 episodes. [TV Guide]

Skyler Samuels has been cast in 'Nine Lives.' 'The Gates' star will headline the ABC Family pilot about Chloe King, a young woman with heightened abilities. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Spoilers Anonymous In-Depth: 'V'

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Aug 10th 2010 1:40PM
Spoilers AnonymousThis is Spoilers Anonymous In-Depth, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we discuss and give our two cents about recently released spoilers and how they may affect the storylines, shows and fans.

This in-depth version of the column goes hand in hand with our weekly spoilers column in which we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air.

This week, we discuss spoilers recently released for the upcoming season of 'V.'

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News Roundup: Ty Pennington Eyes Daytime Show, Jane Badler Coming to 'V' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 6th 2010 6:00PM
Ty Pennington'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' host Ty Pennington is reportedly eying a daytime show.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the former 'Trading Spaces' carpenter is under contract with ABC until 2012, but that hasn't stopped Pennington and his management team from preparing a new program.

Pennington is looking at other networks besides ABC and considering striking up syndication and cable partnerships for his new show. Team Pennington is also said to be in discussions with some major sponsors, with alternative revenue streams as a big component to the series.

One of Pennington's managers, Bill Stankey, helped Joy Behar get her own primetime show while maintaining her 'View' post, so their hope could be that Pennington will do the same.

'Family Guy' creator Seth McFarlane is recording an album. According to Vulture, McFarlane told Jay Leno that his album will be a mix of big band songs and swing arrangements of classics.

Jane Badler, Diana on the original 'V' miniseries has been tapped to play Anna's mother on ABC's 'V.' According to TV Guide Magazine, Badler will play a new incarnation of Diana on the sci-fi series. Look for Badler to appear on a recurring basis.

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7 Ways to Fix the New 'V'

by Donald Deane, posted Nov 17th 2009 2:26PM
It's still too early to tell whether the reimagined 'V' will be a hit or not, since only a handful of episodes have aired to date -- but a nearly 30% decline in viewership (to a still-respectable 10.7 million) from the premiere to second episode could indicate the show is in trouble.

Reviews of the new series starring Elizabeth Mitchell, Joel Gretsch, Scott Wolf, and Morena Baccarin have generally been favorable, but critics also argue the show feels rushed and doesn't really offer much that's new from the original aside from superficial things such as tone, pacing and effects. Yes, the acting is in a totally different galaxy, but is that enough to make the new series a success? We think not. And while we still think the series has plenty of potential, it could stand for some improvement. Here are seven geeked-out ways to make 'V' the kick-ass show it deserves to be:

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Jane Badler might return for V remake

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 14th 2009 5:00PM
ABC's new version of V is coming next month, and I'm sure some fans of the original wonder whatever happened to lead alien Jane Badler. She made some movies and appeared on TV shows after V, but then went to Australia and raised a family and released a CD. But she might be coming to the remake: she had lunch with producers recently and may have some sort of role on the show.

And now, if you didn't see my post about it earlier this year, the big scene from the original V:

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V sites about V

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 18th 2009 6:27PM
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Remember when the networks hardly did anything with their TV shows online? Heck, remember when we didn't even have official web sites and fan sites for our favorite shows? If we wanted to talk about, say, Knot's Landing, we had to open our windows and yell to our neighbors, "Can you believe Val did that last night?!" Either that or send a letter via mail, and that took days.

But now we have web sites for every show, and fans of ABC's remake of V have already put up a bunch of sites for that show (which premieres November 3 ):

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The original V aliens ate rodents

by Bob Sassone, posted May 22nd 2009 11:30AM
John has already told you about the V remake that will air on ABC next season, and that got me thinking about the original 80s version. I clearly remember one scene where head baddie Diana (Jane Badler) chowed down. Here's the clip. I really hope they redo this scene in the new version.

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Various versions of V's fate arrive with motherships

by John Scott Lewinski, posted May 21st 2009 12:03PM
Morena Baccarin leads an alien invasion of ABC with VIn the yearly scramble to pick up pilots, renew old shows, and dispose of last season's weaker offerings, ABC is shorting 80s sci-fi favorite V.

The original 1983 miniseries featured a race of stealthy, guinea pig swallowing lizards from the stars taking over the world with fascist strategies reminiscent of the rise of Nazi Germany. The following year's TV series dumbed it down a bit and became a weekly battle between freedom fighters and creepy aliens.

You can catch the upfront trailer for V here. It looks a bit like ABC is being invaded by Independence Day -- though Independence Day looked like it was being invaded by the original V. Fortunately, these new invaders bring Firefly's Morena Baccarin (right) along for the trip as their spin doctor.

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