Archive for March 21st, 2012
On the heels of a an apparent trailer (which as it turns out was really a demo reel) for the long-developing Battlestar Galactica prequel series Blood & Chrome (followed by NBCU getting it pulled from YouTube), Syfy finally announced a decision on the series, after a long silence – and it’s not good for those hoping to see it on TV.
Deadline is reporting that the network has decided not to go forward with a full TV series. It took over a year from getting the green light to start production on the 90-minute pilot to being delivered to the network in at least a rough cut, due to all the digital effects and post-production work required, and Syfy said little afterwards, except for President of Original Programming Mark Stern saying they were “trying to figure out the economics right now,” back in January. With such a long and expensive production cycle it looked more and more like it wouldn’t be doable as a series.
All is not lost, however. First, the pilot will be aired at some time in the future. And as the series was originally envisioned as a web series, it looks like they will return to that idea, with Stern saying, “We are actively pursuing it as was originally intended: a groundbreaking digital series that will launch to audiences beyond the scope of a television screen.”
The lives of Aidan, Sally and Josh are turned upside down by people from their pasts in next Monday’s episode of Being Human. Aidan’s mother returns while Josh’s relationship is at stake when someone from his past surfaces. Be sure to tune in this Monday, March 26th at 9/8c to see who the presence from the past is!
Syfy has just announced that it will air the mini-series Treasure Island, which aired in the UK earlier this year, as a one-night-only special event.
Presenting a fresh, new spin on the classic tale, Treasure Island, featuring an all-star cast led by Eddie Izzard (Oceans 12, and just yesterday announced to star in The Munsters), Elijah Wood (The Lord Of The Rings, The Hobbit) and Donald Sutherland (Pride and Prejudice among many, many other roles_. Robert Louis Stevenson’s swashbuckling adventure story about fantastical treasure, youthful courage and murderous greed will premiere Saturday, May 5 from 7-11PM (ET/PT) on Syfy.
After miles of speculation that actress Sophie Miles would be the next companion on Doctor Who after the departure of Amy and Rory, that thread was shot down with the announcement this morning on Twitter: Jenna-Louise Coleman, who appeared in the UK series Emmerdale and Waterloo Road and the upcoming Titanic, and had a bit part in Captain America: The First Avenger, will be the next companion. “I’m a huge fan of the show,” she said, “”I want to get started already.” Producer Steven Moffat said of her, “”We saw a lot of brilliant actresses. But Jenna was the only person going faster than Matt – he had to keep up!”
We also learned a bit about the upcoming schedule. We’ll get 6 episodes before the end of the year, including the Christmas special, then 8 more in the new year. Amy and Rory will depart in the 5th episode, after another encounter with the Weeping Angels – “Not everyone gets out alive and I mean it this time,” according to Moffat.