Archive for January, 2005
Seems they still want to boost ratings somehow with gimmicks. TrekToday reports that the season finale may include Star Trek: The Next Generation stars Jonathan Frakes (Cmdr. William Riker) and Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi), reprising their roles somehow. The info was first reported via Marina’s official web site, but has not been confirmed by the producers.Update: Looks like the announcement has been removed, and there are reports that Sirtis is denying it in person.
The International Astronomers Union announced that they have named the asteroid 2001 DA42 after the late Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams. When the IAU asked for suggestions for future namings, one person mentioned Mr. Adams, the IAU found an asteroid that seemed proper – it was found the year of his death, and already bore his initials, and the Answer to Life, The Universe, and Everything, 42. He was semi-immortalized previously with another asteroid named Arthurdent.
OK, here is something new to try. Something reminded me of a movie from when I was a kid – it had to have been produced in the 70s, but precisely when I don’t know. I remember seeing it on TV a number of times, but I have no idea what the title was. I’d like to see if anyone can remember it from my description. Read More for the description, and then post your ideas.
Here is a short review of the Farscape: Peacekeeper Wars DVD that was released earlier this week. I’ve already reviewed the feature in November, which you should read first if you are not familiar with it.
Couple of tidbits: David Yates (British miniseries State of Play) has been selected as director for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which will begin production next January, and Stephen Fry (the various Blackadder productions) has agreed to be the voice of the Guide in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Anonymous Coward writes “Scifi are up with the ratings for Battlestar Galactica – it did very well. Second best premiere only bested by Stargate Atlantis (it also beat Enterprise for the evening)” A 2.6 houshold rating for a cable show ain’t bad – it ranked second among all cable programming.
TrekToday is reporting that new showrunner Manny Coto is denying the rumor published by SFX that the production crew have been told they will all be terminated in March and the season shortened, countering that production is supposed to wrap in March anyways. The original SFX report is here. Update 1/19: And Leslie Moonves comments that Trek may need to be “rested a year or two” don’t help…
Both Enterprise on UPN (8pm ET) and Battlestar Galactica on SCI FI (9pm, first two episodes) debut with new episodes tonight, so schedule accordingly. For those og you with TiVos, watch out for next Friday – Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis also return with new episodes, so season pass conflicts with Enterprise may result (unless you have a DirecTiVo like me). Depending how the ratings are looked at, could UPN have finally killed Enterprise by diluting the audience?
Are you short? Don’t mind being painted blue? Give the BBC a call. Due to the simultaneous filming of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in England, the producers of the new Doctor Who series have run in to a shortage of diminutive actors needed to play aliens.