Archive for October, 2009
Gene Roddenberry didn’t rest after Star Trek ended – he tried a few other things, and then tried to return to the genre with a post-apocalyptic vision of the future in the pilot movie Genesis II, where a scientist from the present day named Dylan Hunt (Alex Cord) who undergoes an experimental suspended animation procedure – only to remain frozen during a war and awakens 154 years later, and must decide whether the Pax or the Tyranian woman who helped revive him is worthy of his help. When that didn’t get picked up as a series, he took a page out of Trek history, and made another pilot movie, Planet Earth. Same situation, same protagonist (although now played by John Saxon), but set some time later and perhaps giving a better picture of how the series would be. Still it was not picked up. Read More for more info…
Park Entertainment has announced that the new Doctor Who spinoff, now just called K9, is in production. SCI FI Wire has has a trailer for it, but it doesn’t seem like the author of the article cares…the show is aimed more at children, probably at the same level as The Sarah Jane Adventures or even a bit younger. To deal with the fact that he is in the “present” time involved (if not seen regularly) in The Sarah Jane Adventures, the new series is set in the near future. And now he has ears!
Stargate Universe brought in 2.4 million viewers for its 2-hour premiere, which is the best viewership in the franchise in several years, but it fell short of the debut of Warehouse 13 (3.5). It did however beat its direct competition in Dollhouse, which set a viewership low of 2.1 million, which does not bode well at all for Joss Whedon’s sophomore show.
Heads up warning: Star Wars: The Clone Wars picks up its second season Friday on the Cartoon Network at 8PM ET with a one-hour episode, with a repeat at 9PM, and Stargate Universe starts off with a two-hour episode at 9PM ET on Syfy, with a repeat at 11PM.
Day One, which NBC has been saying may simply be a one shot 13 episode series as opposed to a continuing series, may not even make it that far – NBC is reportedly cutting the order to four episodes and will bill it as a mini-series instead, to bow after the Olympics.