Jun. 23rd, 2009

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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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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-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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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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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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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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'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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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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