May. 30th, 2009

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I'm very excited to be on dreamwidth. I first heard about it in April, almost two months ago. The buzz has been good and I'm happy to be here and experience it myself.

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Because the SciFi Channel is changing it's name and branding to Syfy this summer, SyFy Portal has had to change it's name and location on the web. You can find it here - http://www.airlockalpha.com/
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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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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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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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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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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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