Archive for September, 2009
Despite having been canceled in June, British series Primeval will return to the present – for two runs for a likely 13 total episodes. BBC America and pay channel UKTV have stepped in to provide funding. The new episodes should be ready by 2011. Akiva Goldsman and Kerry Foster are also still adapting it for the big screen for Warner Brothers.
ABC is going to split the episodes of the upcoming V, showing 4 episodes starting November 3rd, and the rest being held back likely until March. This and the “creative hiatus” shutdown of production has led to speculation that perhaps the show is in serious trouble and ABC might stop production altogether and turn what they have into a miniseries, but ABC and Warner Bros. deny that, and insiders point to the upcoming Winter Olympics and American Idol as a potential ratings “dead zone”.
This is an interesting review – I had not watched the ITV production Primeval at all at this point. I intended to when it was on BBC America, filling the void of Doctor Who and Torchwood at the time. Unfortunately various things got in the way and it fell off the radar. So, what to do when I have Primeval Volume Two in hand, without having seen the previous episodes? Throw it in the DVD player and hope I can follow what is going on…
OK, so for 2 minutes and 17 seconds, everyone on Earth gets a glimpse of their lives (if they have one) 6 months into the future. But did it also give us a sideways look at Lost? It appears that a billboard seen on the show touts Oceanic Airlines “perfect safety record”. This parallel view of what may happen at the start of Season 6 of Lost does not appear to have affected the Oceanic Airlines web site yet…
Courtesy of a tweet from actress Ming-Na (who is starring in Stargate Universe), here is a cool video which appears to come from a BBC show…Read More for the video.
Actors Jaimie Alexander (Kyle XY) and Colm Feore (24) have joined the cast of Thor. Alexander will play Sif, an Asgaard warrior, and Feore is playing a mystery character believed to be a villain. Already annoucned (although I missed it) are Chris Hemsworth (Home And Away) as the title character, British actor Tom Hiddleston (Miss Austen Regrets) as Loki, Natalie Portman (Star Wars) as Jane Foster, and the booming voice of Brian Blessed (Flash Gordon) aptly cast as Odin.
I think whether they call it a remake or a reboot, I’m going to collectively call them “retreads”. CNN has an interesting article about stirring the pot of controversy when it comes to remaking a movie – whether the remake does well or tanks. Brief mention is made of Peter Berg’s upcoming epic Dune attempt. In the meantime, Justin Lin has been tapped to direct and Neal Moritz produce the retread of Highlander. The two worked previously on Fast & Furious.
Head’s up warning…Heroes returns tonight at 8pm ET with a two-hour premiere.
As usual, SF genre shows didn’t get a lot of recognition in last night’s Emmy broadcast, but they did get some airtime at least, with Battlestar Galactica figuring in several spots. As for the awards themselves, some of the notable genre winners include Michael Emerson for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in Lost and Kristin Chenoweth for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in Pushing Daisies. It also saw the return of Dr. Horrible…the winner’s list from the broadcast is available here, along with an creative arts Emmys given out earlier, for which Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog won “Special Class – Short Format Live-Action Entertainment Program”.
IMAX announced that their release dates for the upcoming Tron Legacy and Spider-Man 4 will coincide with the conventional releases (December 17th, 2010 and May 6th, 2011 respectively), unlike the recent Harry Potter release which lagged behind by couple weeks other than select screenings.