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Syfy Readies Launch, Goes Proactive On Criticism

With the brand set to go for July 7 when 'Warehouse 13' premieres, NBC Universal buys up domain names it considers could be potentially negative
By MICHAEL HINMAN
Jun-22-2009
Source: Broadcasting & Cable


NBC Universal announced the name change of the SciFi Channel to Syfy nearly three months ago, and the furor that erupted in the fan community seems to have subsided.

However, that hasn't stopped NBCU from taking a proactive approach to a possible renewal of that criticism, purchasing some domain names that could potentially be damaging to its newly acquired brand.

Among the domain names it bought was SyfySucks.com, according to trade publication Broadcasting & Cable, a page that virtually goes nowhere. However, one domain name that did get away from them was NoSyfy.com. The owner's identity has been protected by Network Solutions, but the domain is currently good until March next year.

The site asks fans to write to NBCU telling them the channel should concentrate on improving the quality of shows instead of changing the name of its network. It uses the tagline "Imagine Better," a play on Syfy's tag line, "Imagine Greater."

Despite that, the transition to Syfy on July 7 is expected to go smoothly both for the media company and the brand.

"I haven't had an e-mail for two months despite the fact that my name is very prominent in chatrooms and on message boards," said SciFi Channel president Dave Howe. "When we canceled 'Stargate: Atlantis,' I had upward of 150 e-mails a day for six months. So the fact that I've had fewer than 20 e-mails in four months says to me that people really do understand why we're doing this."

Marketing for the new name is already underway, and "Syfy" will be touted next month at San Diego Comic-Con.

The rebranding process is something NBCU has been working on for SciFi Channel for two years, and earlier this year decided to use the "Syfy" name. Although NBCU claims it developed the name independently, the brand was first used (and later purchased from) Airlock Alpha owner Quantum Global Media Inc., which used "SyFy Portal" as the name of its site from 1998 until changing it to Airlock Alpha earlier this year.

Quantum Global Media itself had its name changed from The SyUniverse Group Inc., a media corporation based in Florida that owns Airlock Alpha, horror news site Rabid Doll and the upcoming television entertainment news site Inside Blip, which is scheduled to launch later this summer.

"It's a broad-appeal, mainstream entertainment genre," Howe said. "That's what we're embracing with this rebrand."

The new name will launch July 7, the same day its highly touted "Warehouse 13" series premieres.
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'Supernatural,' 'Smallville' get ready to roll: Premiere dates have been set for the three shows that make up the genre schedule for The CW.

"Supernatural" will return Sept. 10 at 9 p.m. ET, its usual Thursday timeslot, but with a new companion. "Smallville" moves to Fridays, and will premiere a few weeks later, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m. ET.

Taking its place is "The Vampire Diaries," which will premiere the same night as "Supernatural," but just beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

Friday has been known as a death slot for TV shows, but it seems it will be a busy night for both The CW and Fox as "Dollhouse" from Joss Whedon will be hanging around there as well. -- [The CW]


More and more premieres: Oh yeah, we're all full of premiere dates this week.

"Dollhouse" is slated to make its second season premiere Sept. 18. No longer having "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" as a lead-in, "Dollhouse" instead is going to get ... comedies. Both "Brothers" and "Til Death" will also premiere that night, beginning at 8 p.m.

"Fringe," as previously reported, is moving to Thursdays for its second season. It will premiere Sept. 17 following "Bones." -- [TV Week]
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He didn't leave over creative differences, but because of work load
By MICHAEL HINMAN
Jun-22-2009
Source: Ain't It Cool News

He was supposed to be the saving grace of "Heroes," and at the same time the main reason why NBC picked the show up for the fourth season in the first place.

But just as former "Pushing Daisies" executive producer Bryan Fuller re-joined "Heroes," he was gone.

"Development was really starting to heat up, and it appears like I may be writing multiple pilots for NBC so that wasn't leaving a ton of room for 'Heroes,' unfortunately," Fuller told Ain't It Cool News.

Although he won't be a part of the production crew, his influence might be felt throughout the season, however.

"We crafted some really great arcs for the season that I'm excited to see come to fruition," Fuller said. "I love the cast dearly and am so sad go. But the plate ... she was overflowing."

Fuller shared similar sentiments with Michael Ausiello from Entertainment Weekly.

"I'm crafting two pilots right now and it's a lot of work," Fuller said. "It was just too hard to [juggle] 'Heroes' and my development. Something had to give."

Fuller, who got his start on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Star Trek: Voyager," continued on to work on some powerful series including the cult classic "Dead Like Me," "Wonderfalls" and the recently canceled "Pushing Daisies."

There has been some speculation that one of the pilots Fuller is working on could be associated with a new Star Trek series set in the same universe as the recent blockbuster from J.J. Abrams, "Star Trek." However, Fuller has a development deal with NBC Universal, not with CBS Corp. which owns the rights to the Star Trek franchise, so such a move would be highly unlikely.
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Speaking of "Heroes" and casting, "Heroes" star Sendhil Ramamurthy is heading over to the USA series "Psych" as Raj, a man who believes that the first born in each generation of his family is cursed.

He'll appear in the episode "Bollyhood Homicide" alongside his cousin, "Psych" director Jay Chandrasekhar. He will play, believe it or not, a character named Jay, who is Raj's cousin, and is directing a local theater's Bollywood project.

Sounds like it will be an interesting outing for the series. -- [E! Online]
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Rick Worthy, who was already a popular character actor in genre series such as "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Stargate SG-1" and even "Star Trek: Enterprise," is heading to "Heroes."

Worthy, who was last seen in a bloody mess at the hands of Adm. Adama in the series finale of "Battlestar Galactica" (he played Simon, one of the Cylon skinjobs), will take on the role of a Los Angeles cop in the NBC series that will work closely with Greg Grunberg's Matt Parkman.

He's not the only actor popping up on "Heroes" this season. Also coming on board "Heroes" this season is Robert Knepper 'T-Bag' from "Prison Break" and Madelina Zima. -- [The Hollywood Reporter]
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By MICHAEL HINMAN
Jun-21-2009
Source: Airlock Alpha

Hollywood is a tough business, and Stargate franchise producer Joseph Mallozzi knows that. So using his popular blog, Mallozzi decided to give some of the strong guest actors in his three series over the years a little boost (and maybe some new jobs).

So who is he recommending?

First up is Michael Welch who played Young Jack in the "Stargate SG-1" episode "Fragile Balance." Right behind him is Neil Jackson who appeared in the "SG-1" episode "Prototype" and the "Stargate: Atlantis" episode "Vegas."

Jodelle Ferland also was recommended for her work as Young Adria/Harmony in the "SG-1" episode "Flesh and Blood" as well as "Harmony" from "Atlantis. Brendan Beiser was recognized for playing Tavius and Weaver in "The Tower" for "Atlantis" and "Memento Mori" for "SG-1." Reed Diamond also is getting some attention for playing Bryce Ferguson in the "SG-1" episode "Stronghold."

Also on the list are Ryan Robbins who played Ladon Radim in "Atlantis," Kari Wuhrer who played Nancy in the "Atlantis" episode "Outcast," Malcolm Scott who played Caius in "The Ties That Bind" from "SG-1," Mike Dopud who was the Bounty Hunter and Kiryk in the "SG-1" episode "Bounty" and the "Atlantis" episode "Tracker" and Reiko Aylesworth who plays Sharon in the "Stargate: Universe" episode "Life."

"All are gifted actors who would make a terrific addition to any cast," Mallozzi said. "But be warned! Snap 'em up now because I have a feeling they'll only be available for so long." -- [Stargate SG-1 Solutions]
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AlphaBits: David Tennant Treks To Comic-Con
By MICHAEL HINMAN
Jun-21-2009
Source: Airlock Alpha


"Doctor Who" and "Torchwood" will be visiting San Diego Comic-Con in full force this year as BBC brings some of its top guns including actor David Tennant and showrunner Russell T. Davies.

Tennant and Davies will join executive producer Julie Gardner and director Euros Lyn for a special "Doctor Who" panel July 26 at 10 a.m. PT. On top of that, fans attending Comic-Con can visit the BBC booth in the dealers room and have their picture taken with a piece of the "Doctor Who" set.

"Torchwood" fans won't be left out. Davies and Gardner will stick around for a second panel beginning at 2:15 p.m. PT on Sunday that will include series star John Barrowman.

"Torchwood" will already have been back in both the United States and the United Kingdom by then, but there likely will be tons of questions on the fourth season of "Torchwood" which could be answered.

Don't have your Comic-Con tickets just yet? Sadly, you're out of luck. The entire convention is sold out. But you can read all about it as it happens on Airlock Alpha as we are sending a team of reporters to Comic-Con this year. We'll also be giving instant updates through Twitter. Just follow us at twitter.com/blipnetwork. And if you're not following Airlock Alpha yet, visit us on Twitter at twitter.com/airlockalpha. -- [BBC]
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By MICHAEL HINMAN
Jun-22-2009
Source: Zap2it


It's not NBC's next big hit, but the premiere of the BBC series "Merlin" pulled in decent audiences for its two-hour premiere, and was able to shine a light on what is typically a rerun-laden night for this time of year.

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David Tennant To Finish 'Doctor Who' Run On BBCA
Looks like the British cable channel finally outbid SciFi Channel in the U.S.
By MICHAEL HINMAN @ airlock alpha
May-27-2009
Source: Variety




The final journey of David Tennant's "Doctor Who" will not get first air on SciFi Channel in the United States as it has in the past. Instead, the series of specials that made up the show's 2009 schedule will appear where one network executive said is its rightful home: BBC America.

"If I'd been here [during the previous four seasons], we wouldn't have sold it, to be quite honest," BBCA president Garth Ancier told Variety.

Although "Doctor Who" is aired in the United Kingdom on BBC, the American cable channel's parent, BBCA has to bid for all shows coming across the pond with everyone else. In past years, that bidding war has gone by way of SciFi Channel, which has already aired the first four seasons. This time, BBCA was in the driver's seat, and is expected to air the most recent Christmas special, "The Next Doctor," June 27 at 9 p.m. ET, with the Easter special, "Planet of the Dead," planned for July.

BBCA has been first to pick up one of the "Doctor Who" popular spinoffs "Torchwood," especially since its adult language content is more in-line with that network than SciFi. That won't change with this new deal, as the five-episode shortened third season of "Torchwood" is slated to launch in July, likely after "Planet of the Dead."

Three more specials are planned for "Doctor Who" in the United Kingdom, with one premiering in November, and a two-parter for Christmas. It's likely those episodes will air on BBCA sometime in early 2010, possibly as a way to kick off the fifth season of "Doctor Who" with new showrunner Steven Moffat on board as well as new series star Matt Smith.
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It's Game On For SciFi Channel
'Battlestar Galactica,' 'Warehouse 13' among those featured
By ALAN STANLEY BLAIR
May-26-2009



The soon-to-be Syfy channel is preparing to move its vastly growing media empire further into the world of online gaming, starting with some games based on some of the cable channel's favorite shows.

So far, the SciFi Channel Game Center already includes a series of "coffee break" style games such as "Frakjack" and "Star Gem," which are based on "Battlestar Galactica" and "Stargate SG-1" respectively, not to mention others that tie in with "Eureka" and "Ghost Hunters." Since its inception, the Game Center has been met with a positive reception, and according to senior vice president and general manager of Sci Fi Digital, Craig Engler, the response to these kind of games comes hand-in-hand with the genre itself.

"There is a tremendous overlap between people who enjoy the imagination-based entertainment on Sci Fi and people who play games," Engler said.

Leading this renewed charge into the digital world is "Battlestar Galactica: Cylon Combat Simulator" which will allow fans of the popular series to enter a Colonial Viper and fry some frakkin' toasters by shooting down Raiders and Baseships. Accompanying the simulator will be "Warehouse 13: Clean Up America's Attic" based on the upcoming series "Warehouse 13" that is expected to launch during the summer.

Both titles will be among 15 new adventures that will be introduced throughout the summer season and not only will provide a unique experience for fans of each franchise but will also benefit the advertisers. And, in turn, should help the network develop further programming.

"Expanding the Game Center is a natural fit not only for our audience but for our advertisers," Engler said. "By offering more casual MMOGs to our lineup, we're giving our visitors an experience that's much richer than a typical online game, but in a way that's still easily accessible from a simple browser window."
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Did Fox Go Too Far With 'Dollhouse' Fan Site?
Publicity director tells site it's doing 'disservice' to the show
By MICHAEL HINMAN
May-26-2009
Source: Airlock Alpha




Fan sites tend to be populated with those who want to see a particular show or movie succeed. But it seems Fox network officials feel one site is actually doing the opposite, and hurting the recently renewed Joss Whedon series "Dollhouse."

"Clearing up your misperceptions of the show has become very time-consuming, and frankly takes away valuable time that could be spent actively marketing the series in the proper way," Fox publicity director Todd Adair said in an e-mail to the Dollverse Web site, which was posted on the site. "Moving forward, do not make any further announcements on your site regarding network scheduling unless you receive notification that scheduling is confirmed. You are doing a great disservice to the show and your own site."

Some have felt the Adair's tone was rather strong, but it might have contained some frustration he apparently had over a report Dollverse posted that Fox would be showing the episode "Epitaph One," an unaired episode of "Dollhouse" that was originally made not only to be included in a DVD release of Season 1, but also reportedly to show the network that "Dollhouse" could survive budget cuts without sacrificing quality.

"You also posted an incorrect airdate schedule for the remaining Season 1 episode stated as fact that 'Epitaph One' would air on May 15, then May 22 -- which was never announced by the network -- as we never licensed that episode for air," Adair wrote.

The Dollverse site, which says is not affiliated with the Fox network, wasn't very happy about receiving the letter.

"As far as I am aware, this is the first time a U.S. network has tried to exert specific editorial control over a fan site, and I think [it] deserves a debate," Dollverse said on its site. "As fans, do we want to hear news Fox wants us or approves us to report about a TV show we watch?"

It is unclear if Dollverse reported the "Epitaph One" story as a rumor through unnamed sources, or if it was indeed fact, as the site didn't include a link to the original story in its report. A request from Adair to comment on the story sent via e-mail early Tuesday afternoon is pending return.

"A publicity department's job is, in part, to create a positive flow of information about a show so there's a positive story to report," the Dollverse site said. "Not to suck the life out of it."

"Dollhouse" has been renewed for a second season, and is expected to return to Fridays next fall on Fox.
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David Tennant To Visit 'Sarah Jane Adventures'
Yes, Virginia, 'Doctor Who' crossovers CAN go both ways
By MICHAEL HINMAN @ airlock alpha
May-26-2009
Source: BBC




David Tennant may now be finished playing The Doctor in the popular BBC series "Doctor Who," but he's not quite done with an old companion of his predecessors, Sarah Jane Smith.

Tennant has signed on to appear in two episodes of the popular "Doctor Who" spinoff "Sarah Jane Adventures" playing, well, The Doctor.

"Viewers thought they may have to wait until November for the next full episode of 'Doctor Who,' but this is an extra special treat," said outgoing showrunner Russell T. Davies. "And it's not just a cameo from David. This is a full-on appearance for The Doctor as he and Sarah Jane face their biggest threat ever."

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The Doctor's New Companion?
Once again, producers look to past guest stars
By MICHAEL HINMAN @ airlock alpha
May-29-2009
Source: BBC



COMPANION CASTING SPOILER )

Tennant is finishing out his run as The Doctor in a series of specials that continue in November, and end with a Christmas two-parter. BBC America announced earlier this week that it had won the American broadcast rights for the specials, taking over from SciFi Channel, which had aired the previous seasons.
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