Sci-Fi on TV – Hoping for the Return of Favorites

Here are the ongoing and new SciFi/Fantasy TV shows currently showing or on hiatus. Hopefully none of them have been canceled, but a few maybe/are in trouble. I’ve been checking for news, and have posted what I found, but it seems no firm decisions have been made on any of the series that I can find, except perhaps Journeyman. So hopefully we will be able to enjoy a lot of fantastic fun!

Ultimate 2008 Sci-fi Preview

First up is:

Battlestar Galactica (coming in march)

The world ended with no warning, and all that was left … was hope.

The Cylons were created by the people of the Twelve Colonies. Intelligent robots, they were used as slaves and soldiers to fight humanity’s wars. But the Cylons became sentient and they rebelled. Man and machine fought to a bloody stalemate, then the Cylons withdrew to a remote region of space.A truce between the Twelve Colonies and the Cylons lasted for 40 tense and silent years. Each year, on the anniversary of the treaty-signing, humanity sent an envoy to the neutral ground of Armistice Station to meet with a Cylon envoy. For 39 years, no Cylon envoy came.Then, on the 40th anniversary, a stunning blonde — a Cylon in human form — met the human envoy … moments before the Cylons vaporized the station and launched a genocidal attack on the Twelve Colonies.In one devastating day, billions of human lives were consumed by nuclear fires. Only those souls fortunate enough to be aboard starships were able to band together and escape and flee into deep space, led by the sole surviving Colonial warship, the battlestar Galactica.The Galactica and its crew seemed to be unlikely saviors for humanity’s fewer than 50,000 desperate survivors. The ship was old and had been about to be decommissioned and turned into a museum when the Cylon attack occurred. In the aftermath its commanding officer, William Adama, found himself responsible for safeguarding the last remnants of the human race.Meanwhile, the annihilation of the Colonial government on Caprica resulted in the succession of Laura Roslin, the Secretary of Education, to the presidency. Driven by prophetic visions and political necessity, she set the fleet upon a quest that will take it into the farthest reaches of unexplored space … in search of the mythical, lost “13th colony” — Earth.” SciFi http://www.scifi.com/battlestar/; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battlestar_Galactica_(2004_TV_series)

NEWS: March 22, 2007

“SCI FI has renewed Battlestar Galactica for a fourth season, commissioning 22 hours of ‘the best show on television.’ Production will resume this summer with an eye toward a January 2008 season premiere.”

NEWS 11/17/07

“Production wrapped on episode 413 late last night, and there’s no certain date to resume shooting. No more scripts exist. My office staff has been laid off. My cast has been suspended, without pay.

I refuse to believe that we won’t finish, that we won’t be back to film our final stories, but I know and accept there is that possibility. The strike will be a seminal event for many of us in this business as it’s put literally everything we care about in the balance (if only for a short time so far) for something we all believe is important.

Writers talk a lot about the strike, about the reasons we’re out on the picket lines and our feelings and experiences in the business. It’s been an interesting three weeks. I’ve connected with more scribes in the last few weeks than in many months before and I come away from it to date with a sense of optimism about the solidarity of the membership and admiration for my peers.

Galactica’s coming back, I frakking promise you that. But I am ready to put the rest of the story on the table and take the risk that I’ll never be able to tell it, in support of this strike.

Like Adama says, you make your choices and then you live with them.

Still.

A helluva gamble.”

Ron Moore’s (executive producer) Blog

NEWS: 01/21/08

According to the SciFi issue of TV Guide, the writer’s strike has brought back interest in Caprica, a fully-scripted pilot that has ben sitting around for overa year. Stern, SciFi’s executive VP in charge of programming said he just got a call from NBC-Universal, the parent company, to take another look at the project. TV Guide

Bionic Woman

“Struggling as a bartender and surrogate mom to her teenage sister, Jaime Sommers (Michelle Ryan, “EastEnders”) didn’t think life could get much harder. But when a devastating car accident leaves her at death’s door, Jaime’s only hope for survival is a cutting-edge, top-secret technology that comes at a hefty price.

With a whole new existence and a debt to re-pay, Jaime must figure out how to use her extraordinary abilities for good — while weighing the personal sacrifices she will have to make. Ultimately, it’s Jaime’s journey of self-discovery and inner strength that will help her embrace her new life as the Bionic Woman in this new action-drama series.

Also starring are: Miguel Ferrer (“Crossing Jordan”) as Jonas Bledsoe, the man who employs Jaime’s boyfriend; Molly Price (“Third Watch”) as Ruth Truewell, Jonas’ second-in-command; Chris Bowers (“Rescue Me”) as Will Anthros, Jaime’s boyfriend, who performs the operation; Will Yun Lee (“Witchblade”) as Jae Kim, the specialized operations leader; Lucy Kate Hale (“How I Met Your Mother”), as Jaime’s younger sister, Becca; and Mark Sheppard (“Battlestar Galatica”) as Dr. Anthony Anthros, Will’s father and the man who originated the bionic technology.

“Bionic Woman” is produced by Universal Media Studios and executive-produced by David Eick (“Battlestar Galactica”) and Jason Smilovic (“Lucky Number Slevin”). NBC http://www.nbc.com/Bionic_Woman/; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bionic_Woman_%282007_TV_series%29

NEWS: 12/03/07

Bionic Woman premiered in the United States on the NBC network on September 26, 2007, airing on Wednesday nights at 9:00/8:00c. It attained NBC’s highest midweek premiere ratings since the 1999 premiere of The West Wing, and was the second most watched program in its timeslot after ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy spin off Private Practice (though ratings declined in succeeding episodes).

Due to the strike by the Writers Guild of America, production of the series is currently in a forced hiatus.” Wikipedia

Chuck

“From executive producer, Josh Schwartz (“The O.C.”) and executive producer-director McG (“Charlie’s Angels,” “We Are Marshall”) comes a one-hour, action-comedy series about Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi, “Less Than Perfect”) — a computer geek who is catapulted into a new career as the government’s most vital secret agent. When Chuck opens an e-mail subliminally encoded with government secrets, he unwittingly downloads an entire server of sensitive data into his brain. Now, the fate of the world lies in the unlikely hands of a guy who works at a Buy More Electronics store. Instead of fighting computer viruses, he must now confront assassins and international terrorists.

With the government’s most precious secrets in Chuck’s head, Major John Casey of the National Security Agency (Adam Baldwin, “My Bodyguard”) assumes the responsibility of protecting him. His partner is the CIA’s top agent (and Chuck’s first date in years), Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strzechowski, “Gone”). They’ll try to keep him safe by trading in his pocket protector for a bulletproof vest. Also starring are Joshua Gomez (“Without a Trace”) as Morgan, Chuck’s best buddy, and Sarah Lancaster (“What About Brian?”) as Chuck’s ever-supportive sister, Ellie. Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak wrote, “Chuck,” which is produced by College Hill Pictures, Wonderland Sound and Vision, in association with Warner Bros. Television” NBC http://www.nbc.com/Chuck/; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_%28TV_series%29

NEWS: 11/27/07

“Produced by College Hill Pictures, Wonderland Sound and Vision and Warner Bros. Television, the series premiered on September 24, 2007 on NBC, airing on Monday nights at 8PM/7c leading into Heroes. On November 26, despite the fact that the writers’ strike was still in play, NBC announced that Chuck received a full season pickup. Wikipedia

Doctor Who

“Following on from the phenomenal success of the multiple-award-winning first two seasons that have taken audiences by storm, the third season of Doctor Who (Best Drama Series, BAFTA 2006) is full of new thrills, new laughs, new heartbreak and some terrifying new monsters.

From the moment the Doctor walks into the life of medical student Martha Jones, he changes it forever. Together they find themselves traveling through time and space — encountering extraordinary events, amazing worlds and faces both old and new.

In Elizabethan London they meet William Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre, where witchlike creatures plot to create a Carrionite empire on Earth. In the year Five Billion and Fifty Three, mankind and catkind are caught in a terrible trap, while back in present-day London, 76-year-old Professor Lazarus recaptures his youth — with consequences that threaten Martha’s entire family.

Martha and the Doctor’s journey also brings them face to face with the ruthless Judoon, a vicious plasmavore, and the Doctor’s sworn enemies, the Daleks, who have been hiding in 1930s New York with a terrifying plan for humanity.” SciFi http://www.scifi.com/doctorwho/; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Who

NEWS: 09/03/07

“A fourth series, scheduled to air in 2008, is in production. For that series, Catherine Tate will reprise her role of Donna Noble, from the 2006 Christmas special, as the Doctor’s latest companion. Midway through the series, Freema Agyeman will also return to her role of Martha Jones, following a multi-episode guest appearance in the Doctor Who spin-off series, Torchwood. John Barrowman will be filming for the show after Christmas 2007, continuing his role as Captain Jack Harkness, and Billie Piper will return as Rose Tyler for three episodes.

After a 2008 Christmas special and three further specials starring David Tennant, scheduled to air in 2009, Doctor Who is planned to return in 2010 for a fifth full length series.” Wikipedia

Eli Stone

“Is it possible to change life midstream and get back to who you are at your core? From Greg Berlanti (Brothers & Sisters, Dirty Sexy Money, Everwood) and Marc Guggenheim (Brothers & Sisters, Law & Order, The Practice) comes a story about a lawyer who finds himself at a crossroads between the man he has become and the man he wants to be… even if that means being a prophet.Driven by ambition, Eli Stone (Jonny Lee Miller, The Flying Scotsman) has built a successful career at a top San Francisco law firm in representing the biggest and richest corporations where “screwing over the little guy” is common practice. After experiencing a series of odd hallucinations, including a crooning vision of George Michael, Eli turns to his neurologist brother, Nathan (Matt Letsher, The New Adventures of Old Christine), only to be told there is nothing wrong with him. As the visions persist, he’s anxious to find the cause of his delirium and seeks the help of Dr. Chen (James Saito, I Think I Love My Wife), a Chinese acupuncturist who specializes in holistic medicine. Though skeptical of his practice, Eli finds Dr. Chen can help him recall important memories from his past.Eli’s visions continue to intensify and begin to affect his practice, relationships and how he is perceived. But it’s not until Eli puts his own life in peril that Nathan recognizes similar episodes their father shared and reconsiders what may be ailing his brother. Upon another review of the symptoms and an MRI, Nathan discovers Eli is suffering from an inoperable brain aneurysm that’s causing his illusions. If Nathan represents science, Dr. Chen represents faith. As Eli struggles to cope with his diagnosis, he looks to Dr. Chen for his take on the relationship of his revelations to his aneurysm. Dr. Chen suggests there could be a divine answer for why he’s having delusions of grandeur – Eli may be a prophet.
While Eli is skeptical of being a prophet, his visions have helped him to recall what his father once impressed upon him — “You’re meant to do great things… speak inspired words… you’re going to help people.” With his father’s words in mind, Eli redefines his outlook on life and his intent as a lawyer, beginning with a case in which he represents an old acquaintance against one of his firm’s most important clients. Despite opposition from his imposing boss and future father-in-law, Jordan Wethersby (Victor Garber, Alias), and fiancée Taylor (Natasha Henstride, Commander in Chief), he chooses to stay the course.Eli’s resolve will be further tested by his colleagues, who include his sassy assistant, Patti (Loretta Devine, Crash), and fellow counsel Matt Dowd (Sam Jaeger, Catch and Release), an ambitious, competitive shark who exemplifies everything Jordan would like Eli to be. He’ll also be challenged by Maggie Dekker (Julie Gonzalo, Veronica Mars), an inexperienced, junior associate who questions his commitment to change.Eli Stone stars Jonny Lee Miller as Eli Stone, Victor Garber as Jordan Wethersby, Natasha Henstride as Taylor Wethersby, Loretta Devine as Patti, Sam Jaeger as Matt Dowd, James Saito as Dr. Chen, Matt Letsher as Nathan Stone and Julie Gonzalo as Maggie. Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim are co-creators and executive producers. Chris Misiano (The West Wing) also serves as executive producer and director. The series is produced by ABC Studios.” ABC http://abc.go.com/primetime/elistone/index?pn=index

Eureka

As World War II came to a close with mushroom clouds over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the impact that science and technology would have on the continued security of our world became catastrophically apparent. America nearly lost the race to build the atomic bomb; it could not risk such a close call again.With the help of Albert Einstein and other trusted advisors, President Harry S. Truman commissioned a top-secret residential development in a remote area of the Pacific Northwest, one that would serve to protect and nurture America’s most valuable intellectual resources. There our nation’s greatest thinkers, the über-geniuses working on the next era of scientific achievement, would be able to live and work in a supportive environment.The best architects and planners were commissioned to design a welcoming place for these superlative geniuses to reside, an area that would offer the best education for their children, the best healthcare, the best amenities and quality of life. A community was created to rival the most idyllic of America’s small towns — with one major difference: this town would never appear on any maps. At least, none that haven’t been classified “eyes only” by the Pentagon. Thus, the town of Eureka was born. But for all its familiar, small-town trappings, things in this secret hamlet are anything but ordinary. The stereotype of the absent-minded professor exists for a reason, and most of the quantum leaps in science and technology during the past 50 years were produced by Eureka’s elite researchers. Unfortunately, scientific exploration is rarely what one expects, and years of experiments gone awry have yielded some peculiar by-products. From unrequited love to professional jealousy, from addiction to depression, the problems of Eureka’s townsfolk stem from life’s myriad of everyday challenges. But with the population’s unique talents, troubled psyches and limitless resources, these small-town concerns have a way of becoming big-time problems. It is at that intersection, where human frailty and super-science collide, that Eureka begins….” SciFi http://www.scifi.com/eureka/; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eureka_%28TV_series%29NEWS: Sept. 27, 2007

“Great news! The SCI FI Channel has announced that it has ordered a third season of all-new episodes of its most-watched show, Eureka. The new season is scheduled to debut on the channel in summer of 2008.” SciFi channel
The Writer’s stirke might delay production.

Flash Gordon (ending in Feburary)

“SCI FI is putting a 21st-century spin on one of science fiction’s best-known names: Flash Gordon.

The new Flash Gordon follows Flash (Eric Johnson) and his companions, Dale Arden (Gina Holden) and Dr. Hans Zarkov (Jody Racicot) through wild and momentous adventures.

They’re ordinary people thrust, often against their wishes, into extraordinary circumstances. In fact, they are Earth’s last defense against the forces of a merciless dictator named Ming (John Ralston).

As the series opens, we learn that Flash’s father, the eminent scientist Dr. Lawrence Gordon, died in a laboratory fire when Flash was just 13.

Flash has no way of knowing that something is approaching that will undo all he thought he knew about his father’s death, and set him on a path punctuated by overwhelming responsibility and euphoric victories.

Flash’s adventure begins when a dangerous echo of his father’s old experiments reaches him. He seeks advice from his old flame, Dale. She’s a reporter for their hometown TV station, and she is engaged to police detective Joe Wylee (Giles Panton). Dale quickly becomes entangled with Flash in interstellar intrigue.

It’s no coincidence that Dr. Zarkov, a quirky assistant to Flash’s father, also reconnects with Flash at that critical moment. Zarkov warns Flash of a transdimensional rift — a tear in the universe’s fabric — like the one Flash’s father was trying to create the night of the fire.

That discovery might just turn out to be the least mind-blowing one that Flash will face.” SciFi http://www.scifi.com/flashgordon/; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flash_Gordon_%282007_TV_series%29

NEWS: 01/21/08

There are only a few installments left – a two-part season finale on 2/1 and 2/8. Executive producer Peter Hulme says prospects for a second season are ‘strong.” SciFi is negotiating the money right now he claims. “I’m not even acknowledging the possibility we won’t be back.” TV Guide

Heroes

From creator/writer Tim Kring (NBC’s “Crossing Jordan”) comes the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated “Heroes,” an epic drama that chronicles the lives of ordinary people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities.

In its first season, “Heroes” was honored with a People’s Choice Award, an AFI Award, a Multicultural Prism Award, the TV Land Future Classic Award and was named the TV Critics Association Outstanding Program of the Year. In addition, “Heroes” received Golden Globe Award, NAACP Image Award, WGA Award, Satellite Award and Emmy Award nominations.

After a total eclipse casts its shadow across the globe, seemingly calling forth a multitude of everyday men and women with special powers, Dr. Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy, “Blind Guy Driving”), a genetics professor from India, continues to champion his father’s theory that there are people with extraordinary abilities living among us. Claire Bennet, an indestructible high school cheerleader (Hayden Panettiere, “Bring it On: All or Nothing”), must hide her ability from her peers while working to maintain her relationship with her father (Jack Coleman, “Dynasty”), a man of mystery who has a keen interest in people like her. Niki Sanders, a Las Vegas single mother (Ali Larter, “Final Destination”) with astonishing strength – and a dangerous, amoral mirror image (Jessica Sanders) – struggles to support and protect her young son Micah (Noah Gray-Cabey, “My Wife & Kids”), a genius who can interact with electronic machinery through touch. Matt Parkman, a police detective (Greg Grunberg, “Alias”) from Los Angeles, attempts to put his ability to hear the thoughts of others to good use. In Japan, Hiro Nakamura’s (Masi Oka, NBC’s “Scrubs”) ability to pierce the space-time continuum and manipulate time has empowered him to change the future, as he embarks on wild adventures with his best friend Ando Masahashi (James Kyson Lee, “Shutter”). Nathan Petrelli, a congressional hopeful (Adrian Pasdar, “Judging Amy”) with the ability to fly, has his dreams dashed after failing to stop his younger brother Peter (Milo Ventimiglia, “Rocky Balboa”), a nurse with the ability to absorb the powers of others, from exploding over the New York City skyline.

And after this violent clash in New York, the fate of Sylar, a manipulative serial killer (Zachary Quinto, “24”) dedicated to violently collecting the extraordinary talents of special people, is unknown. Meanwhile, in the Dominican Republic, a young woman named Maya Herrera (Dania Ramirez, “The Sopranos”) and her twin brother, plagued by her threatening ability, attempt to make the dangerous crossing to the United States in search of help. And Monica Dawson, another young woman (Dana Davis, “The Nine”) with newfound special abilities, would give up everything to help the people around her. Their ultimate destiny is nothing less than saving the world…

Joining Kring as executive producer are Dennis Hammer (NBC’s “Crossing Jordan”), Allan Arkush (NBC’s “Crossing Jordan”) and Greg Beeman (“Smallville”). The drama is produced by Universal Media Studios in association with Tailwind Productions.” NBC http://www.nbc.com/Heroes/; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heroes_tv

NEWS: 11/01/07

“The second season of Heroes premiered on September 24, 2007, but only eleven episodes have been broadcast, due to the current strike by the Writers Guild of America. The dispute has also led to the postponement of a six episode spin-off, Heroes: Origins, which was originally expected to air in April and May 2008.”

Jericho

JERICHO is a drama about what happens when a nuclear mushroom cloud suddenly appears on the horizon, plunging the residents of a small, peaceful Kansas town into chaos, leaving them completely isolated and wondering if they’re the only Americans left alive. Fear of the unknown propels Jericho into social, psychological and physical mayhem when all communication and power is shut down. The town starts to come apart at the seams as terror, anger and confusion bring out the very worst in some residents. Jake Green (Skeet Ulrich), prodigal son of the town’s mayor, becomes a reluctant hero when a school bus crashes as a result of the explosion. Mayor Johnston Green (Gerald McRaney) is conflicted with the return of his estranged son, but is called to action when the town begins to riot. Johnston’s wife, Gail (Pamela Reed), is the strong, savvy first lady of the town who runs interference between her husband and her favorite son. Attempting to usurp the mayor’s power is Johnston’s political adversary, Gray Anderson (Michael Gaston), who is not above putting his personal agenda before the welfare of the very community he wants to lead.

Though the cloud appears in the distance, it affects all the residents in Jericho, including Dale Turner (Erik Knudsen), the 16-year-old trailer park kid everybody picks on, who finds himself in a position that could change his status; Robert Hawkins (Lennie James), a mysterious stranger who seems to be a jack-of-all-trades as he steps in to help restore order; Heather Lisinski (Sprague Grayden), a pretty young schoolteacher on the bus with her students returning from a class trip when the glare from the explosion causes a terrible accident; Emily Sullivan (Ashley Scott), Jake’s high school sweetheart who lives outside of town and innocently goes about her business unaware of the catastrophe, Bonnie Richmond (Shoshannah Stern), a pretty 17-year-old who is hearing impaired; and Bonnie’s older brother Stanley (Brad Beyer), Jake’s best friend from childhood and an avid car lover who works on the family farm. In this time of crisis, as sensible people become paranoid, personal agendas take over and well-kept secrets threaten to be revealed, some people will find an inner strength they never knew they had, and the most unlikely heroes will emerge.” CBS http://www.cbs.com/primetime/jericho/; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jericho_tv

NEWS: 12/03/07

“Though the producers seemed confident that the program would be picked up for a second season, the series was initially cancelled by CBS in May 2007. However, after a grassroots campaign to revive the series, CBS officially announced on June 6, 2007 that it had purchased seven new episodes of Jericho for broadcast as a midseason replacement. These seven episodes are complete, and will not be affected directly by the 2007 Writers Guild of America strike.

CBS announced on December 3, 2007 that Jericho will return for its second season on February 12, 2008. In the early days of January 2008 the first three episodes of the second season leaked on the internet via a DVD screener source.” Wikipedia

Journeyman

“From Emmy Award-winning writer-producer Kevin Falls (“The West Wing”) and Emmy Award-winning director-producer Alex Graves (“The West Wing”), “Journeyman” is a romantic mystery-drama about Dan Vasser (Kevin McKidd, “Rome”), a San Francisco newspaper reporter and family man who inexplicably begins to travel through time and change people’s lives. Along the way, he also must deal with the difficulties and strife at work and home brought on by his sudden disappearances.

However, his freewheeling travels through the decades reunite him with his long-lost fiancée Livia (Moon Bloodgood, “Day Break”) — which complicates his present-day life with wife Katie (Gretchen Egolf, “Martial Law”) and their son. Reed Diamond (“Homicide: Life on the Street”) and Charles Henry Wyson (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) also star.

“Journeyman” is a production of 20th Century Fox Television. Falls is executive producer and writer; Graves is executive producer and director of the pilot.” NBC http://www.nbc.com/Journeyman/about/; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Journeyman_%28TV_series%29;

NEWS:

“The show premiered on September 24, 2007, airing Mondays at 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The initial order from the network was for 13 episodes, all of which were produced prior to the 2007 Writers Guild of America strike by screenwriters. However, the series suffered from low ratings, and NBC allowed its option for a full season order to lapse by the December 11, 2007 deadline for renewal. According to trade reports, such an action effectively means the series has been cancelled. The final episode of Journeyman aired on Wednesday, December 19, 2007.” Wikipedia

However, until the strike is over, and things shake out, we won’t know for certain the true fate of this or any show.

Knight Rider (starting in Feburary)

“This two-hour movie event, based on the iconic 1980’s hit television series, stars Justin Bruening (“All My Children”), Deanna Russo (“The Young and the Restless”), Sydney Tamiia Poitier (“Veronica Mars,” “Grindhouse”) and Bruce Davison (“Breach,” “Close To Home”). In addition, David Hasselhoff (NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”) — who starred in the popular lead role as Michael Knight for four seasons during the original series’ run — returns as the same character during a special guest-star appearance.As the original story resumes, the new KITT (Knight Industries Three Thousand) is absolutely the coolest car ever created: its supercomputer capable of hacking almost any system; its weapons systems efficient; and its body — thanks to its creator’s work and nanotechnology — is capable of actually shifting shape and color. Plus, its artificial intelligence makes it the ideal good cop partner: logical, precise and possessing infinite knowledge. It is the ultimate car — and someone will be willing to do anything to obtain it.

The three cars featured in the series include the KITT Hero — a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR that is playing the part of the everyday Hero car with 540 horsepower; the KITT Attack — a super high-speed version of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR Hero car that transforms into Attack mode with the help of air-ride technology and specialized body parts — and a KITT Remote, which is a driverless Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR version of the Hero vehicle.Sarah Graiman is a 24-year old Ph.D candidate at Stanford University, following in her genius father Charles’ (Davison) footsteps. But when men attempt to abduct her, Sarah receives a mysterious call from KITT warning her that he’s a creation of Charles, who also invented the first KITT 25 years ago — and that her father is in serious danger.Sarah and KITT track down her best friend from childhood, Mike Tracer (Bruening), a 23-year-old ex-Army Ranger, whom Sarah hasn’t seen since he left home at 18. Having served in Iraq, Mike is now jaded and lost and initially resistant. Eventually he agrees to help Sarah and the two set out to discover who’s behind the attempt to procure KITT and find Charles. Along the way, Carrie Rivai (Poitier) plays the agile yet tough FBI agent who has a long-standing friendship with Charles and Sarah. Due to those ties, she is brought into the mix to help in the search.Credits: Dave Bartis (“Heist”) and Doug Liman (“Mr. & Mrs. Smith”) serve as executive producers. David Andron is supervising producer and writer. Steve Shill (“Dexter” “The Tudors”), also a co-producer, directs the two-hour movie from Universal Media Studios and Dutch Oven Productions.” NBC http://www.nbc.com/Knight_Rider/

Kyle XY

“Kyle XY follows a mysterious boy who looks like a teenager, but otherwise appears to be a newborn. The Trager family takes him in as one of their own.

The series is produced by Touchstone and executive producers J. Mackye Gruber, Eric Bress, and David Himelfarb.”

NEWS: 10/05/07

“ABC Family’s sci-fi teen drama coming back for 10 more episodes; no date set yet for return.

The kids are crazy for Kyle XY, and ABC Family has responded. The network announced today that it has ordered a third season for the show.

 

Kyle XY has become the ABC subsidiary’s flagship show since its debut in mid-2006. So far, ABC Family has ordered only 10 episodes for the third season. The show’s first season stretched 10 episodes, whereas the second season is set to be 23 episodes long.

Given that Kyle XY is currently only in the middle of its midseason break, more episodes could be tacked on to the third season.

Kyle XY follows the unraveling mystery of a navel-less teenager with an interesting story–he wakes up one day in a forest with no recollection of anything up to that point. As Kyle struggles to identify with who he is, he must also adapt to life as a semi-normal teenager.

The second half of season two is due to begin in early 2008.” http://www.tv.com/kyle-xy/show/35825/story/10276.html?tag=story_list;title;2; http://abcfamily.go.com/abcfamily/path/section_Shows+Kyle-XY/page_Detail; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyle_XY

NEWS: 10/05/07

“After a 10-episode debut season on ABC Family during summer 2006, news reported a total of 23 new episodes were ordered for the second season, which started on June 11, 2007, with rebroadcasts on ABC beginning on June 15, 2007.[1] The second season’s 13th episode, “Leap of Faith”, aired on Monday, September 3, 2007; the remaining 10 began airing on January 14, 2008. The German version was aired 8 December, 2007. [1] Actor Jean-Luc Bilodeau (who plays Josh Trager) has said in an interview that the cast are “finishing filming in October”; the show started its second season in the UK on Monday, 3 September, 2007. On October 5, 2007 TV Guide reported that ABC family has renewed Kyle XY for a third season of 10 episodes.After a 10-episode debut season on ABC Family during summer 2006, news reported a total of 23 new episodes were ordered for the second season, which started on June 11, 2007, with rebroadcasts on ABC beginning on June 15, 2007. The second season’s 13th episode, “Leap of Faith”, aired on Monday, September 3, 2007; the remaining 10 began airing on January 14, 2008. The German version was aired 8 December, 2007. Actor Jean-Luc Bilodeau (who plays Josh Trager) has said in an interview that the cast are “finishing filming in October”; the show started its second season in the UK on Monday, 3 September, 2007. On October 5, 2007 TV Guide reported that ABC family has renewed Kyle XY for a third season of 10 episodes. TV Guide

Lost

“Awarded the 2005 Emmy and 2006 Golden Globe for Best Drama Series, “Lost” returns for the second act of its third season of action-packed mystery and adventure — that will continue to bring out the very best and the very worst in the people who are lost.

After Oceanic Air flight 815 tore apart in mid-air and crashed on a Pacific island, its survivors were forced to find inner strength they never knew they had in order to survive. But they discovered that the island holds many secrets, including a mysterious smoke monster, polar bears, a strange French woman and another group of island residents known as “The Others.” The survivors have also found signs of those who came to the island before them, including a 19th century sailing ship called The Black Rock, the remains of an ancient statue, as well as bunkers belonging to the Dharma Initiative — a group of scientific researchers who inhabited the island in the recent past.

As the second part of Season Three opens, Jack seems to have gained the upper hand, as Ben’s life literally rests in his hands. His demands are simple — release Kate and Sawyer as prisoners of “The Others,” let them safely return to the island and he’ll stay behind. But does Jack have a hidden agenda? Kate finally made her romantic decision between Jack and Sawyer by choosing the smitten con man — but were her feelings for him genuine? Juliet — one of “The Others” — makes a shocking decision that could endanger her standing with her people. After the death of Eko, Locke’s obsession to uncover the secrets of the island leads Sayid to believe that his intentions may not be in the best interests of his fellow survivors. Sun and Jin will continue to celebrate their pregnancy — but is the child really Jin’s?

Just as Charlie returns into the good graces of Claire and her baby, Aaron, Desmond drops a bombshell on him that could change the course of his life forever. After the hatch imploded and the electromagnetic charge was expelled, questions arise as to what effects it had on the island — as well as the outside world. Will Penny Widmore find the island and her long, lost love, Desmond, and can the survivors find a way to interact with the outside world?

The band of friends, family, enemies and strangers must continue to work together against the cruel weather and harsh terrain if they want to stay alive. But as they have discovered during their 70-plus days on the island, danger and mystery loom behind every corner, and those they thought could be trusted may turn against them. Even heroes have secrets.

“Lost” stars Naveen Andrews as Sayid, Henry Ian Cusick as Desmond, Emilie de Ravin as Claire, Michael Emerson as Ben, Matthew Fox as Jack, Jorge Garcia as Hurley, Josh Holloway as Sawyer, Daniel Dae Kim as Jin, Yunjin Kim as Sun, Evangeline Lilly as Kate, Elizabeth Mitchell as Juliet, Dominic Monaghan as Charlie and Terry O’Quinn as Locke.” ABC http://abc.go.com/primetime/lost/index?pn=index; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_tv

NEWS: 02/01/08

Matt Roush: This situation is way different than last season’s fall “pod,” which was a calculated attempt to do a contained mini-arc of episodes as a curtain-raiser for the actual season, which wouldn’t begin until the new year. That strategy was not a success, and fans had a right to be frustrated — at least until the back half of the season proved itself, which it quickly did. What happens this season beyond the eight episodes currently in the can is up in the air, depending on when the strike ends, and I have no way of predicting that future. Variety recently suggested, rather hopefully, that if the strike is over soon, “it’s possible all 16 of this season’s episodes could air by the end of May sweeps. If it takes a month or more to wrap, however, ABC may end up condensing the planned 16 segs into as few as 11 or 12 episodes — or simply decide to hold all eight until next season.” Regardless, it seems unlikely ABC would let Lost run too far into the summer, but who knows. In the same Variety article, ABC’s chief scheduler, Jeff Bader, said, “I think the question is, will they be satisfied at the end of however long the run is, and I think they will be.” Which makes me wonder if he knows Lost fans at all. Nothing would completely satisfy this crowd except giving them the 16 episodes they were promised (and even then, satisfying them is far from a sure thing). But instead of the disgruntlement that greeted last season’s fall “pod,” Lost fans are just going to have to accept the reality that the strike has for now derailed the original plan of 16 episodes in a row. We’re all just going to have to be adults and deal with it.” TV Guide

“In May 2007, it was announced that Lost would continue for its fourth, fifth, and sixth seasons, concluding with the 117th produced episode in May 2010. These three final seasons were planned to consist of 16 episodes each, running weekly in the spring uninterrupted by repeats. The fourth season premiered in the U.S. and Canada on January 31, 2008, moving from Wednesday to Thursday at 9 p.m. Wikipedia

Moonlight

“Mick St. John is a captivating, charming and immortal private investigator from Los Angeles, who defies the traditional blood-sucking norms of his vampire tendencies by using his wit and powerful supernatural abilities to help the living. In a life-altering twist of fate, Mick was “bitten” 60 years ago by his new bride, the seductive Coraline. Forever 30 years of age, Mick’s as handsome and charismatic as the day he was “turned,” and he eschews others of his kind who view humans only as a source of nourishment. With only a handful of like-minded confidantes for company, including the eternally young, wealthy and mischievous Josef, a hedge fund trader who relishes his uniqueness, Mick fills his infinite days protecting the living.

One night years ago, a single act of kindness changed Mick when he saved a young girl’s life, making him want to be a better vampire. Now their paths cross again and Mick develops a distinctive bond with Beth Turner, who has grown into a beautiful, ambitious Internet investigative reporter. Reconnecting with her unleashes feelings Mick knows he can’t pursue without exposing that part of him that would make him a monster in Beth’s eyes. As Mick lives between two realities, fighting his adversaries among the undead and falling in love, he discovers the mysteries and pleasures that a valuable life has to offer.” CBS http://www.cbs.com/primetime/moonlight/; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moonlight_%28TV_series%29

NEWS 12/04/07

“On November 6, 2007, The New York Post reported that only eleven of the planned twelve episodes will be completed, due to a strike by the Writers Guild of America. This seems to be in error however, as the show is now scheduled for 12 full episodes.

Les Moonves, President of CBS, speaking on December 4, 2007, stated that Moonlight is likely to return for a second season (2008-2009). Wikipedia

New Amsterdam (premieres in March)

“Created by Allan Loeb (“Things We Lost in the Fire,” “21”) and Christian Taylor (“Showboy,” “Six Feet Under”), NEW AMSTERDAM is the story of a New York homicide detective unlike any other. He is brilliant, mysterious, reckless, magnetic, unknowable. And he has a profound secret – he is immortal. Pilot directed by visionary Lasse Hallström (“My Life As a Dog,” “The Cider House Rules,” “Chocolat,” “The Hoax”).

In 1642, JOHN AMSTERDAM (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, “Kingdom of Heaven”), then a Dutch solider in the colony of New Amsterdam – later to become New York City – stepped in front of a sword to save the life of a Native American girl during a massacre of her indigenous tribe. The girl in turn rescued Amsterdam, weaving an ancient spell that conferred immortality upon him. Amsterdam will not age, she told him, until he finds his one true love. Only then will he become whole and ready for mortality.

But Amsterdam has found this to be a mixed blessing. Over the course of three centuries, he’s experienced endless adventure and honed his many talents. But everyone Amsterdam meets must leave him in time; lovers and children die while he remains young. His sole confidant and current lifelong friend is the sage jazz club owner OMAR (Stephen McKinley-Henderson, “Law & Order: SVU”), the keeper of Amsterdam’s secret, as well as a few of his own. As the exhilaration of eternal life has given way to emotional isolation and bitter loneliness, Amsterdam discovers the blessing has become a curse.

Having witnessed its entire history from colonial outpost to mega-metropolis, John Amsterdam is the living embodiment of New York City. He and the island of Manhattan are now part and parcel of each other. Bringing to bear the unorthodox techniques and unique knowledge gained from his vast life experience, Amsterdam today is one of the NYPD’s best homicide detectives, sparring with his vibrant, strong-willed partner EVA MARQUEZ (Zuleikha Robinson, “Rome,” “The Lone Gunmen”) as they solve difficult murder cases. But when Amsterdam suffers and then recovers from what appears to be a massive heart attack while chasing a suspect, and DR. SARA DILLANE (Alexie Gilmore, “Find Love”) pronounces him dead in the ER, he realizes that the Indian girl’s prophesy may have come true – he felt the pain in his heart that she had foretold so long ago. His soul mate must have been nearby. As he works to find a killer on the streets of New York, Amsterdam understands that his own life – and possibly his death – have changed forever.

From executive producers David Manson (“Saved,” “Thief,” “Nothing Sacred”), Allan Loeb, and Steven Pearl (“Untraceable”), this intriguing series invites viewers to explore the enduring mysteries of life, death and true love.” Fox http://www.fox.com/newamsterdam/; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Amsterdam_%28TV_series%29

NEWS: 10/16/07

“On Tuesday, October 16, 2007, an article in The Hollywood Reporter stated that production on New Amsterdam has been shut down indefinitely, with seven episodes of the series in the can. The article also mentioned that Fox has decided to take a look and then decide whether or not to order new episodes, something considered unlikely. A pre-air version of the Pilot episode was leaked onto Internet file-sharing services on December 2, 2007. On January 23, 2008 FOX resumed airing commercials for the show stated “coming soon”. The official website lists the first airings as 2008-03-04 and 2008-03-06 (both at 9:00 PM / 8:00 PM Central).

Reaper

“For the first 20 years of his life, Sam (Bret Harrison, “The Loop,” “Grounded for Life”) wondered why his parents went so easy on him. Whether it was school, sports or career choices, Sam’s mom (Allison Hossack, “Falcon Beach”) and dad (Andrew Airlie, “The L Word”) always let him get by with the least possible effort. As a result, Sam skipped college, took a dead-end job at the local Work Bench home improvement store and now wastes endless hours playing video games. Everything in his slacker world changed the day Sam turned 21 and discovered the ungodly reason his parents let him slide: they sold his soul to the devil before he was even born.Though his guilt-ridden parents try to explain the circumstances that led them to the forfeit his soul, Sam can’t wrap his mind around what is happening to him. He’s always been the under-achieving son, while his younger brother Kyle (Kyle Switzer, “15/Love”) was pushed to get straight A’s, excel at every sport and join every club. Kyle resents the easy ride Sam has enjoyed, and Sam can’t help but feel jealousy over Kyle’s achievements. What neither brother realizes is that their lives have been shaped by forces they can’t yet begin to understand.

When Satan himself (Ray Wise, “24,” “The Closer”) drops by to personally explain that Sam must now serve as his bounty hunter, tracking down evil souls that have escaped and returning them to Hell, Sam refuses to accept his bizarre fate. After getting just a glimpse of Satan’s temper, however, Sam realizes that breaking a deal with the devil has consequences that are very, very bad. Still, Sam is fascinated by the devil’s charm and his flattering insistence that Sam is full of untapped potential.Armed with a constantly changing series of vessels — starting with a Dirt Devil mini-vacuum — to collect the escapees, Sam finds that his new line of work is dangerous and frightening, even with the goofball help of his friends and co-workers Bert “Sock” Wysocki (Tyler Labine, “Boston Legal,” “Invasion”) and Ben (Rick Gonzalez, “Coach Carter”), along with Sock’s former-girlfriend-turned-paralegal, Josie (Valarie Rae Miller, “Dark Angel”). Sock has been Sam’s closest friend and slacker role model for many years and was the first person Sam turned to with the news about his gig with the devil.A perennial adolescent who attended high school on the six-year plan, Sock is perfectly happy with his life and his job at The Work Bench, where he is a thorn in the side of the assistant manager, Ted (Donavon Stinson, “The Fantastic Four”). Sock thinks Sam’s news is totally cool, and is happy to help with Sam’s assignments from Hell. Ben, on the other hand, immediately grasps the seriousness of Sam’s situation. A college student and the son of a reverend, Ben is also on board to help, but he knows that dealing with the devil is no game.Sam knows he’ll have to go to great lengths to hide his new identity from the person who matters most in his world: his smart and pretty co-worker Andi (Missy Peregrym, “Smallville,” “Heroes”). Trapped by his lack of self-confidence, Sam has loved Andi from afar, despite Sock’s constant urging that he ask her out. Andi had gone away to college, but came home to her mother and her job at The Work Bench after her father died. Now she’s stuck in a safe job and a safe friendship with Sam.Though his life has suddenly turned weird and scary, Sam is surprised to find that he somehow feels good about his newfound “mission” — removing evil-doers from the world and sending them back where they belong. Back when nothing was expected of him, Sam never had to push himself to achieve. Now, with his friends and his trusty vessel-of-the-week at his side, Sam is ready to face his destiny as the Reaper.

“Reaper” is from ABC Studios with executive producers Michele Fazeka (“Ed,” “Law & Order, Special Victims Unit”), Tara Butters (“Ed,” “Law & Order, Special Victims Unit”), Mark Gordon (“Grey’s Anatomy,” Criminal Minds”), Deborah Spera (“Criminal Minds”) and Tom Spezialy (“Desperate Housewives”).” CW http://cwtv.com/shows/reaper; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reaper_%28TV_series%29

NEWS:

“The show Reaper stopped airing after the tenth episode when the writers went on strike.

New episodes will air beginning Tuesday, March 4, 2008.” Wikipedia

Smallville (six new episodes are left)

Now beginning its seventh season, this new interpretation of the enduring Superman mythology and its classic characters blends realism and adventure into an exciting action series. This season, Clark Kent (Tom Welling, “Cheaper By the Dozen”) and Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum, “Kickin’ It Old Skool”) have become the sworn enemies that comic book aficionados have always known and loved.

Season seven brings exciting guest stars from the Superman mythology, including Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark”) and Helen Slater (“Supergirl”), plus storylines of Krypton and the El family. This season Clark will discover more about his home planet, who his parents were, what his future holds and why he was sent to Earth.In last season’s finale, Lana (Kristin Kreuk, “Partition”) confronted Lex over his lies about the baby, confessed she was still in love with Clark and told Lex she was leaving him. Lana turned to Clark for comfort but when she revealed that Lionel (John Glover, “Brimstone”) forced her to marry Lex, Clark went after Lionel to stop his machinations once and for all. However, Martian Manhunter (guest star Phil Morris) stepped in to explain Lionel is on their side and together they’ve been working to stop Lex from finding the last Phantom Zone escapee as Lex needs the wraith’s DNA to fuel his army of super soldiers. Meanwhile, Lois (Erica Durance, “The Butterfly Effect 2”) had her own agenda for bringing Lex down and snooped around his base at Reeves Dam. When an armed guard confronted her, Lois was stabbed and left for dead. She called Chloe (Allison Mack, “The Ant Bully”) for help, but her cousin arrived too late and found Lois. As a despondent Chloe clutched Lois, her latent meteor power was revealed. Chloe healed Lois, but took on her wounds and collapsed. Lana’s car exploded when she tried to leave town, and the police confronted Lex at the dam and arrested him for murder. The wraith attacked Clark, creating Clark’s ultimate enemy — Bizarro. The two super men fought and their struggle caused Reeves Dam to break, flooding the area and leaving everyone in peril.
This season Clark will face his biggest battles yet. Bizarro is intent on destroying him as only one of them can survive. Clark has also lost the love of his life to a horrific accident; his adoptive mother Martha (Annette O’Toole, “Superman II”) has left for Washington; and the biggest trial for Clark comes in the form of his nineteen-year-old female cousin, Kara AKA Supergirl (newcomer Laura Vandervoort). When the dam broke, Kara’s spaceship was released from the earth. She had been in suspended animation for years, having in fact left Krypton as a teenager with the intent to look after young Kal-El after he arrived on Earth. However, as she didn’t age when inside the ship, she now finds herself younger than her cousin and he’s now the one looking after her. Kara is fascinated with Earth’s culture and has difficulty remembering to hide her powers from the world. Her youthful abandon puts her in several precarious situations that land her in hot water and directly onto Lex’s radar. Lana’s death appears to have made Lex reevaluate his life. He willingly goes to jail for the murder of his wife and begins to help those in need instead of exploiting them. The secret army has been dissolved, but he begins a new fixation on Kara and her ship, although he doesn’t immediately realize the two are connected. Lex also continues his awkward relationship with his father Lionel. Neither trusts each other and Lex is all too aware that Lionel has many secrets and had a part in taking down Lex’s secret army. The two cunning Luthors continue to circle each other warily, each waiting for the other to make a move that could prove the end for father or son.

Another who doubts Lex’s new charitable attitude is Lois Lane. After the harm the secret army caused her family and friends, Lois has sworn to find a way to bring the billionaire down. Lois also takes a big step in her career when the new Daily Planet editor Grant Gabriel (guest star Michael Cassidy) is charmed by her take-no-prisoners attitude and hires her as his star reporter. While jumping at the chance to show off her investigative reporter skills, Lois feels bad about stealing some of her cousin Chloe’s limelight.As if competing with Lois for the new Daily Planet editor’s attention wasn’t bad enough, Chloe discovers that in addition to hiding Clark’s true identity from the world, she must also now cover up her own secret. She fears confessing her new power to Jimmy (Aaron Ashmore, “The Christmas Cottage”) as she believes it will drive him away. However, her continued evasiveness about her investigative stories and her relationship with Clark leads Jimmy to believe he and Chloe may not be the destined duo he thought they could be and he begins to look at Kara in a new light. As much as she’s also prodded Clark to confess his secret to Lana over the years, Chloe finds that when it comes down to it, she can’t tell Jimmy she’s meteor-infected and realizes this may cause her to lose him forever.Inpreting the Superman mythology from its roots, “Smallville” was developed for television by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar (“Shanghai Noon,” “Spiderman 2”), based on the DC Comics characters. Gough and Millar serve as executive producers, along with Ken Horton, Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson, Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer, James Marshall, Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins and Joe Davola. The series is produced by Tollin/Robbins Productions, Millar/Gough Ink and Warner Bros. Television. SUPERMAN was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster. CW http://cwtv.com/showsv/smallville; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reaper_%28TV_series%29

NEWS 01/31/08
“Six new episodes are left, more than enough time for Clark (Tom Welling) to escape from the Fortress of Solitude, where Bizarro imprisoned him before posing as Clark. Bizarro crosses paths with another Kryptonian villain, Brainiac (James Marsters), who has returned from apparent death. “Clark will have to deal with Brainiac’s deadly new plan for the House of El,” says executive producer Al Gough. On the “good guys” side, Green Arrow (Justin Hartley), last seen a year ago forming the Justice League, shows up again, just in time to tangle with the Black Canary (Alaina Huffman). The fan-favorite comic-book heroine will initially be on the opposite side of the law, working for Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum). Speaking of Lex, Gough says to expect “new secrets from the Luthors that have deadly consequences for everyone.” And in the March 27 episode — which could be the season finale if the writers’ strike continues — look for major reve­lations concerning the show’s mythology. Teases Gough: “Ev­erything changes after Episode 15, and Smallville will never be the same again.” TV Guide

The Spectacular Spider-Man the Animated Series (starting March 8th)

“With “Spider-Man 3″ hitting theaters this summer, Kids’ WB hopes to capitalize on the anticipated blockbuster by picking up Sony’s new animated “Spider-Man” skein.

“The Amazing Spider-Man,” from Sony Pictures TV’s Culver Entertainment shingle, will launch sometime in early 2008 on the CW’s Saturday morning Kids’ WB block.

The toon will focus on the start of the Spider-Man mythology, beginning with Peter Parker coping with his newfound powers as he enters his junior year of high school. Greg Weisman (”The Batman”) will serve as supervising producer, while Victor Cook (”Hellboy: Blood and Iron”) is producer/supervising director.” Kid’s WB http://www.gearcritech.com/index.php/2007/03/02/new-spider-man-animated-series.php; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Spectacular_Spider-Man_%28TV_series%29

NEWS: 1/30/08

The Spectacular Spider-Man (entitled The Spectacular Spider-Man Animated Series) is a planned animated television series that is slated to air in March 8, 2008 on Kids’ WB on The CW. The first season will have 26 episodes.” Wikipedia

Stargate: Atlantis

“As they explore the distant Pegasus galaxy, the Atlantis Expedition encounters great challenges, great friends — and great foes. Often, their adventures begin in their home base, Atlantis itself, a city built thousands of years ago by the highly evolved and mysterious Ancients. Atlantis is a treasure trove of strange technology, all of it wondrous and some of it downright lethal.The city is also linked to countless planets and human civilizations throughout the galaxy via the Ancients’ network of stargates. The team confronts terrible dangers as they travel among these foreign stars. The Wraith, who feed on human life, dream of one day seizing Atlantis as a gateway to the rich feeding grounds of Earth. More recently, the Asuran Replicators — artificial life forms once created and then abandoned by the Ancients — have become determined to claim Atlantis as their rightful home … at any cost.With the stakes this high, Stargate Command assigns the best of the best to lead the Atlantis Expedition: Col. Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping). She’s new to the Pegasus galaxy, but her years of stargate exploration in the Milky Way have given her a wealth of military and diplomatic skills to compliment her scientific genius.Working beside her is Lt. Col. John Sheppard (Joe Flanigan), the team’s gifted military commander and undisputed best pilot. Two Pegasus-galaxy natives add their special perspectives to the group: Teyla Emmagan (Rachel Luttrell), the caring and quick-witted leader of the Athosian people; and Ronon Dex (Jason Momoa), a warrior who lost his home and family to the Wraith. The expedition’s new chief of medicine, Dr. Jennifer Keller (Jewel Staite) finds her quiet confidence tested by the alien wonders of the Pegasus galaxy.Last but certainly not least, Dr. Rodney McKay (David Hewlett), a brilliant but prickly astrophysicist, butts heads with all of them — but only to hide how much he cares for them. Currently in production in Vancouver, British Columbia, Stargate Atlantis is distributed by MGM Worldwide Television Distribution. Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper serve as executive producers on the series; both were also executive producers of Stargate SG-1.” http://www.scifi.com/atlantis/; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stargate:_Atlantis
NEWS: 10/24/07
“The SciFi Channel announced that Stargate Atlantis has been renewed for a fifth season, which will begin production in early 2008. Actors Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell, Jason Momoa and David Hewlett have been confirmed to be returning for the fifth season, reprising their roles as Col. John Sheppard, Teyla Emmagan, Ronon Dex and Dr. McKay respectively. Due to SciFi’s pickup of the web-series “Sanctuary”, Amanda Tapping (Col. Samantha Carter) will not be a regular cast member in Season 5, but will return for “…several episodes.” It is not known if actress Jewel Staite (Dr. Jennifer Keller) will be returning for the new season.” Wikipedia

NEWS 01/21/08

“Bloody battles, romance and global warning heat up Season 4. First off, for those who’ve wondered whether Stargate SG-1’s Teal’c (Chris Judge) or Atlantis’ Ronon (Jason Momoa) would win a fight, the stoic alien stops by for a visit. “We essentially set up a sparring match between them,” explains executive produer Joe Mallozzi, “though they’ll have to put their animosity aside to take down some Wraith.”

Paul McGillion’s popular Dr. Beckett is resurrected from the dea in a two-parter, while vengeful Wraith Michael (Connor Trinneer) wreaks havoc with his Wraith-human hybrid experiments. And we’ll finally peek into the past of Sheppard (Joe Flanigan) when his ex-wife (Kari Wuhrer) shows up. But all this could if the “It’s a Wonderful Life” cliff-hanger finale
holds true. Sheppard winds up 10,000 years in the future and finds both a solar-blasted Earth and a hologram of Dr. McKay (David Hewlett), which lets him know how life changed after he went missing on a mission.” TV Guide

Supernatural

The thrilling and terrifying journey of the Winchester Brothers continues with the second season of SUPERNATURAL on The CW. Twenty-two years ago, Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki, “Gilmore Girls,” “House of Wax”) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles, “Smallville,” “Dark Angel”) lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. Subsequently, their father John (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, “Grey’s Anatomy”) raised them to be soldiers. He taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America… and he taught them how to kill it.

Sam, however, wanted nothing to do with this violent and dangerous life, and he left it behind until the day Dean appeared on his doorstep with troubling news. Their father had gone missing on a “hunting trip.” Sam and Dean have spent the last year cruising the highways of the United States in their 1967 Chevy Impala, searching for their lost father. Along the way, they battled various supernatural threats, and each other as well, for their sibling rivalries and conflicts were never far from the surface. Finally, they found their father, just as he was closing in on the demon who claimed their mother. After a climactic confrontation, the demon escaped, leaving the three Winchester men in dire shape. So the Winchesters’ mission continues. They travel the country, encountering creatures that most people believe exists only in folklore, superstition and nightmares — vampires, spirits, revenants, reapers, even bloody clowns. Wherever they go, the brothers continue their search for the demon that destroyed their family. During their last confrontation, the demon said he had plans for “Sam and all the children like him.” Now Sam must also decipher what this means and uncover the dark secrets buried within his own past and within his family’s history. From Warner Bros. Television in association with Wonderland Sound and Vision, with executive producers McG (“Charlie’s Angels,” “The O.C.”), writer/executive producer Eric Kripke (“Boogeyman”), Robert Singer (“Midnight Caller”), and John Shiban (“The X-Files”). CW http://cwtv.com/shows/supernatural; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supernatural_Tv NEWS 1/31/08“Thanks to the writers’ strike, demon-hunting brothers Sam and Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) have just four episodes left. When the show returns, Dean’s devil-may-care attitude about his impending date with hell finally changes. “Something big happens to him that makes him realize he desperately wants to live and he desper­ately doesn’t want to go to hell,” says exec pro­ducer Eric Kripke. In the meantime, the boys go “dream walking in other people’s dreams,” according to Kripke. “The action takes place inside these dreams, and you really get to see the inner lives of the characters.” We’ll also learn how sexy hunter Ruby (Katie Cassidy) became part demon; Kripke hints that “something surpris­ing” about her will be revealed. There’s more pain when Agent Henricksen (Charles Malik Whitfield) catches up with the boys in a cli­mactic showdown. And in the last episode of this batch, Dean dies hundreds of times, Groundhog Day-style, at least in the mind of Sam. “It’s actually quite funny,” Kripke says. Only on Supernatural.”NEWS

“Eric Kripke, the show’s creator, cites Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman and American Gods as influences on Supernatural, along with American Werewolf in London and Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey.Due to the writers’ strike, the show has only produced 12 third season episodes, which will finish airing on February 21, 2008.” Wikipedia

Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles

“At the end of “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” Sarah vanquished the Terminator sent from the future to kill her teenage son, John. Sarah and John now find themselves alone in a very dangerous, complicated world. Fugitives from the law, they are confronted with the reality that still more enemies from the future, and the present, could attack at any moment.

TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES reveals what happens when SARAH (Lena Headey) stops running and goes on the offensive against an ever-evolving technological enemy bent on destroying her life, and perhaps the world. Her son, 15-year-old JOHN CONNOR (Thomas Dekker), knows that he may be the future savior of mankind, but is not yet ready to take on the mantle of leadership that he’s told is his destiny. John finds himself inextricably drawn to CAMERON (Summer Glau), an enigmatic and otherworldly student at his high school, who soon proves to be much more than his confidante – she assumes the role of Sarah and John’s fearless protector. On their trail are not only threats from the future, but an intelligent and tough FBI agent, JAMES ELLISON (Richard T.Jones), who soon becomes a powerful ally.

TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES represents an exciting reinvention of the “Terminator” franchise, in which the strong and intrepid Sarah discovers that protecting her son and stopping the rise of the machines is more difficult than she had ever imagined.

Produced by C2 Pictures in association with Warner Bros. Television, TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES is executive-produced by Josh Friedman and John Wirth. Toni Graphia serves as co-executive producer and James Middleton and Natalie Chaidez serve as consulting producers for the series. The pilot was directed by David Nutter. Fox http://www.fox.com/terminator/; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sarah_Conner_Chronicles

Torchwood

The high-octane second season will take the Torchwood team through dare-devil action, temptation, heartache, and a life changing event.

Ever since Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) disappeared in the Season One finale, the Torchwood team – Gwen (Eve Myles), Owen (Burn Gorman), Toshiko (Naoko Mori), and Ianto (Gareth David-Lloyd) – has had to cope without him. It’s clear that, strong as they’ve become, there is no replacement for their mysterious Captain.

Thankfully, slick Captain Jack returns in time to battle a rogue Time Agent, the charismatic-but-psychopathic Captain John Hart, played by James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Smallville). From the moment these two Time Agents come face-to-face, it’s apparent they have a history – but with Gwen’s life in danger, and cluster bombs scattered across the city, whose side is Jack on?

The second season also features guest appearances from Alan Dale (Ugly Betty, The O.C.), Richard Briers (Hamlet, Monarch of the Glen), Ruth Jones (Saxondale, Gavin & Stacey), and Nerys Hughes (The Liver Birds, District Nurse). In addition, for three episodes, Doctor Who‘s Martha Jones (Freema Agyemen) teams up with Torchwood to help solve a series of mysterious deaths in Cardiff. She steps into the Hub for the first time, bringing the Torchwood team medical expertise learned while time travelling with The Doctor.” BCC America http://www.bbcamerica.com/content/262/index.jsp; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torchwood

NEWS 1/25/08

Interview with James Masteres of Buffy fame: http://www.tvguide.com/news/james-marsters-torchwood/080125-01

Witchblade (anime – IFC)

Witchblade (anime)

Witchblade (Witchibureido) is an anime series based on the famous American comic book by the same name. Instead of an adaptation of the original story, the producers decided to create an entire new setup, with all new characters. This co-production between Japanese studio Gonzo and American publisher Top Cow, who owns the rights for the Witchblade franchise, is already licensed to release in the United States. The English dub premiered on the US cable network IFC in January of 2008. Unless the show is interupted, it can be assumed that the series finale will air on June 13, 2008 on IFC. The show is also available on a purchase-to-download system on Xbox Live Video Marketplace, the digital video distribution network utilized by Microsoft’s Xbox 360 video game console. The first episode is available for free, with all following episodes priced at 160 Microsoft Points (equivalent to $1.99), and as of February 1, 2008, the first 8 episodes were available for download, with each new episode becoming available for download after it is aired.”

“Yoshimitsu Ohashi, who directed Galaxy Angel and Galaxy Angel Z, and the character designs are done by Uno Makoto, the character designer for Stellvia and Daphne in the Brilliant Blue.”

“In this new approach to the Witchblade universe, the lead character (and blade wielder) is Masane Amaha, a kind-hearted woman who, despite her good intentions, is fairly clumsy and not good around the house. She lost her memory during a catastrophical unknown event that ravaged Tokyo and, curiously, Masane was found unscathed in the phenomenon’s ground zero, holding a baby in her arms. Six years later, she returns to Tokyo with the child, now called Rihoko, and for whom she cares as a daughter, where she discovers that the mysterious jewel attached to her right wrist is actually the legendary artifact known as the Witchblade. Since then Masane got herself involved in the struggle for power between a huge corporation and a government agency, while trying to live her life peacefully with her daughter.” www.top40-charts.info/?title=Witchblade_(anime); http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witchblade_%28anime%29

And upcoming, but no date yet:

Sanctuary

NEWS: 1/3o/08

“SCI FI Channel has ordered a full 13-episode season of the new original, scripted drama series “Sanctuary,” it was announced today by Mark Stern, Executive Vice President of Original Programming. “Sanctuary” is the first television series using live-action actors against mostly virtual sets and makes the leap to television from the Internet where it began as the World’s first high-definition sci-fi Web series.In the one-hour drama, Amanda Tapping (“Stargate’s” Lt. Col. Samantha Carter) stars as the enigmatic Dr. Helen Magnus who, along with her young protg, Will Zimmerman, played by Robin Dunne (“Dawson’s Creek,” Species 3), are on a quest to track down, aid and protect all manner of strange creatures that walk the earth. The show’s sets are 90% CGI and shot in the same cutting-edge style as the feature films 300 and Sin City. Sanctuary creator, Damian Kindler (“Stargate SG-1”) and producer/director Martin Wood (“Stargate Atlantis”) are Executive Producers. Tapping and Sam Egan (“Jeremiah,” “The Outer Limits,” “Masters of Science Fiction”) also serve as Executive Producers. In addition to her producing and starring turns on “Sanctuary,” Amanda Tapping will also make guest appearances on several episodes of SCI FI Channel’s “Stargate Atlantis” during its 5th season.“‘Sanctuary’ promises to be a totally fresh television viewing experience,” said Stern. “This stylistic approach to ‘virtual sets’ has proven hugely popular on the big screen, and we have been looking for a chance to use it on a television series. We’ve worked with Damian, Martin, Amanda, and Sam on numerous projects in the past, and think they are the perfect team to tackle something this ambitious.”

“Sanctuary” will be produced by Stage 3 Media in association with the SCI FI Channel. Tricon Films and Television are worldwide distributors of the show.” http://www.comingsoon.net/news/tvnews.php?id=41506; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanctuary_%28web_series%29

“Sanctuary” launched on the Internet last year using a subscription model, but many of its webisodes found their way to video-sharing sites like YouTube.

Because of Sci Fi’s ties with Tapping, Kindler and Wood through the “Stargate” franchise, the network’s brass had discussed “Sanctuary” with them even before it launched as a Web series. Talks shifted into high gear when the trio came back with a DVD containing two one-hour blocks of webisodes.“We were blown away by the level of quality they have been able to achieve on a Web budget,” Sci Fi executive vice president original programming Mark Stern said. “We loved the world they’d created, and we particularly loved their approach, since we had been looking for a way to apply the virtual-set CGI environment from films like ‘300’ and ‘Sin City’ to a television series.” TV networks have been trying to use CGI-generated environments on TV series, most notably ABC’s efforts with “Dinotopia.” But “this is the first time the technology is mature enough and inexpensive enough to do it,” Stern said.

“Sanctuary,” which features 90 percent CGI sets, will be retooled for its transition to television, including the creation of a new two-hour premiere episode. Still, a lot of the footage from the Web series will be used, with some enhancement of the visual effects and the CGI background to play better on the TV screen.

The cast from the Web series will remain intact.

The series is slated to begin production in March. By most estimates, the writers’ strike will be over by then, but that is not a factor for the show, whose production is strike-proof because it’s based in Canada. Sci Fi’s “Stargate Atlantis” is in a similar position and will begin filming its fifth season in a couple of weeks. Tapping, who co-starred on that series last season, will return for several episodes.”

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