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Evans bringing ITV's UFO to big screen

by John Scott Lewinski, posted May 22nd 2009 1:03PM
Purple-haired women battle mysterious aliens in ITV's UFOIn Hollywood's never-ending quest to locate every single piece of pre-existing intellectual property to make into a movie without actually purchasing an original screenplay, they'll be turning to flying saucers and shiny women with purple hair.

The iconic 1960s British sci-fi series UFO (right) will be brought to the big screen by an even more iconic producer -- Robert Evans. According to Variety, Evans will team with ITV Global to update the Earth vs. aliens premise.

The original UFO featured a secret team of elite Earthlings (SHADO: Supreme Headquarters Alien Defense Organization) fending off a mysterious collection of invading creatures.

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Do you want to see these Battlestar Galactica actors appear in Caprica?

by Mike Moody, posted May 13th 2009 8:09PM
Michael Trucco Kate Vernon Battlestr Galactica CapricaThis week, actors Michael Trucco and Kate Vernon both hinted that they'd like to appear in Caprica, the Battlestar Galactica prequel series.

The former BSG stars say it's possible for their characters, Sam Anders and Ellen Tigh, to appear on Caprica, which takes place roughly fifty years before the events of BSG.

The uncut, two-hour long Caprica pilot hit DVD last month, but the series won't premiere on Sci Fi Channel until 2010. Should Anders and Ellen be a part of it? (BSG spoilers after the jump!)

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Will Smith producing for Sci Fi

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 20th 2009 11:11AM
Sci Fi ChannelTo go along with starring in summer sci-fi blockbusters, Will Smith, or rather his production company, will be producing a cop procedural drama for the Sci Fi Channel (I refuse to call them SyFy until the actual switchover occurs) called Unfinished Business. It's about a cop who gets "flashes" of memories from the recently deceased in order to help him solve their murders.

I've seen this concept before. I think it was a storyline for the pilot of Torchwood.

I'm surprised it's taken Will this long to start producing content for the genre. His breakout flick, Independence Day, was science fiction. His follow-up, Men In Black, was science fiction. In fact, every movie he's starred in that has done well at the box office was science fiction. If he decides to make a cameo appearance on this show (perhaps as a victim), it could lead to the Sci Fi Channel getting their highest ratings ever.

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Nick teen joins cast of SyFy's Warehouse 13

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 9th 2009 3:28PM
Allison ScagliottiDespite its somewhat generic sounding premise – two Secret Service agents investigate paranormal activity while hunting for strange artifacts – I'm really looking forward to Warehouse 13.

The upcoming SyFy series has a great cast, including Saul Rubinek, CCH Pounder and constant TV guest stars Joanne Kelly and Eddie McClintock as the Secret Service agents. It's also got a promising geeky pedigree: Farscape producer Rockne S. O'Bannon created it and Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica) wrote the pilot episode.

Now, 19-year old actor Allison Scagliotti (Nickelodeon's Drake & Josh) has been cast as a "young, hip, brilliant techno-wiz." Usually, the addition of a "young, hip" anything to a show's cast would be cause for alarm, but I trust Espenson and O'Bannon. These two, especially Espenson, are well known for their witty and original scripts. I expect Scagliotti's character to be a lot more interesting than her character description.

Warehouse 13 debuts with a two-hour premiere July 7 on SyFy.

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Some cast for SyFy's Riverworld and The Phantom

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 7th 2009 2:04PM
Tahmoh PenikettSci Fi (or SyFy, whenever that changeover is taking place) has cast some of its upcoming projects. Battlestar Galactica and Dollhouse's Tahmoh Penikett and Smallville's Laura Vandevoort has been cast in Riverworld and Desperate Housewive's Ryan Carnes has been cast as the lead character in The Phantom.

This is either a sign that Dollhouse is destined for only one season or Tahmoh Penikett's character of Paul Ballard is not going to survive beyond the first season. I'm hoping it is more of the latter than the former.

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Wanna watch a bunch of Caprica clips? - VIDEO

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 24th 2009 12:04PM
stoltz capricaIt's hard to judge a new series by watching a bunch of random clips played out of order an out of context -- but let's do it anyway!

Sci Fi just released seven clips from Caprica, the upcoming Battlestar Galactica prequel series from Battlestar producers Ron Moore and David Eick. (UPDATE: Videos can now be found here.) The show seems to be about humanity's reaction to rapid advances in technology and shifting ideologies. It centers on two families – the Greystones and the Adamas – who are "joined by tragedy in an explosive instant of terror," according to SciFi. Possible spoilers after the jump.

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What did you think about the Stargate Universe preview? - VIDEO

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 23rd 2009 3:02PM
stargate universe preview still
During Friday's excellent Battlestar Galactica series finale, SciFi aired a preview for Stargate Universe, the new Stargate show starring Robert Carlyle and Lou Diamond Phillips.

SGU follows a group of scientists and civilians trapped on an Ancient ship, The Destiny, which forces them to travel throughout the far reaches of space. Along the way, the group struggles to survive and unlock the "secrets" of the ship's Stargate.

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Sci Fi is trying to repeat the success of BSG

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 23rd 2009 1:01PM
Sci FiThe Sci Fi Channel (or whatever its calling itself nowadays) is trying to repeat the success of the Battlestar Galactica relaunch with a few new versions of old fantasies. The new shows will be revamps of The Phantom, Philip Jose Farmer's Riverworld and Alice in Wonderland.

The Phantom sounds like standard superhero fare and unless someone utterly spectacular is behind it, I see it as another Flash Gordon. I could only sit through the first ten minutes of the first episode of that fiasco.

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Galactica ends on a high note

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 22nd 2009 1:23PM
Battlestar GalacticaBattlestar Galactica ended with its highest ratings in three years, drawing 2.4 million viewers for its finale. Granted, these are early ratings for the live viewing and don't take into account things like delayed viewings or iTunes purchases. Still, where were all these people during the run of the series?

Something about series finales tend to draw out people with even a modicum of interest in a show. I guess if they weren't there in the beginning, they still want to be there at the end. Mind you, the ratings of Dollhouse still beat BSG with 4.13 million viewers, but there is a world of difference between network and cable. Personally, I used the DVR and caught both.

Of course, this isn't the end of the franchise. Between "The Plan" and the spin-off Caprica, something has to keep people tuned in and the ratings up while the Sci Fi Channel does something stupid like changing its name.

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Battlestar Galactica: Daybreak, Part 2 (series finale)

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 21st 2009 12:19AM
Battlestar Galactica(S04E20) "Frakkity, frak. Don't talk back." (Apologies to Lieber and Stoller)

After four years of some of the best and most adult sci-fi in the history of television, Battlestar Galactica draws to a close with a bang and then a whimper, with an overall satisfying ending that was as morally complex as any episode in the series.

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Battlestar Galactica: Daybreak, Part 1

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 14th 2009 12:45AM
Battlestar Galactica(S04E19) You can tell that this show is approaching the end. Tonight's episode had the credits and chanting immediately after the "previously" montage and didn't even show scenes from tonight's episode during the final part of the opening. Plus, it was written by the same guy who wrote the original mini-series way back when. That's a telling sign.

Caprica City looks like a high-tech New York City. That was probably intentional.

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Battlestar Galactica: Islanded in a Stream of Stars

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 6th 2009 11:54PM
Battlestar Galactica(S04E18) I know it's a little late in the game to make this sort of observation, what with the show having only two episodes left, but if I were to compare characters in this show to characters in Gilligan's Island, I would say that Six is Ginger, Eight is Mary Ann and President Roslin is Mrs. Howell. Adama would naturally be the Skipper and Tigh would be Gilligan. I'm still working on Mr. Howell and the Professor.

In the beginning of the episode, either in someone's fantasy or projection or reality, Hera is moving the Galactica in a position next to the enemy Cylon fleet. Foreshadowing?

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Battlestar Galactica: Someone to Watch Over Me

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 28th 2009 4:02AM
Battlestar Galactica(S04E17) Before I go all spoilery on tonight's episode, what was the tattoo on Starbuck's back? It looked like a temple of some sort. Was it the Temple of Five?

Tonight's episode had its share of "what the frak" moments. It had some revelations, but it created more mystery than it solved. I was a little annoyed at the tease of learning the secret behind Starbuck's resurrection that ultimately didn't happen.

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Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 21st 2009 3:03AM
Battlestar Galactica(S04E16) We've reached "The Final Five" on a few levels. Ellen Tigh is back, and it's good to know that despite being part of a species with a potentially infinite lifespan, she still gets jealous when her husband has a baby with someone else.

The minute Ellen came back, I knew the baby would miscarry. I believe it was Tigh, as one of the Cylon progenitors, that was keeping the unborn Liam alive (if the Cylons do in fact need love to survive). Once Ellen came back, it caused conflicting feelings and the baby was done for. I wonder if Caprica Six will try to exact revenge as a result and we'll see a Cylon catfight.

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The Battlestar Galactica finale will run three hours

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 16th 2009 5:09PM
battlestar galactica sci fi starbuck leeDo you realize there are only three episodes of Battlestar Galactica left until the series finale airs? It's true. It's almost time to say goodbye to Adama, Starbuck and the toasters. Hopefully, we'll get some answers to all the big questions before we move on to Caprica.

Our buddies at SyFy Portal are reporting that the BSG finale will be three hours long and split into two parts. Sci Fi Channel plans to air the first hour-long part of the finale, titled "Daybreak," in the show's normal 10 p.m. timeslot on March 13. The network will air the two final hours on March 20. The March 13 hour will be repeated before 8 p.m. on March 20 for those who want to watch all three hours straight through.

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