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TrekMovie.com Sci-Fi TV Sunday: LOST, Chuck, Torchwood, Star Wars, The Walking Dead, Terra Nova

Cross-posted at TrekMovie.com

In Sci-Fi TV this week we have our usual update on all the LOST news and previews. Plus there is hope (and previews) for Chuck, lots of Who-verse news (including the death of Torchwood USA), more details on that Star Wars comedy animated series, and more. Plus all the latest television ratings, casting bites and new images and video previews.

GENRE TV NEWS

LOST: Final cast photo/poster + other news
“LOST” is off this week, but there’s still some news to report. First up, ABC has released a new poster/final cast photo, and it’s missing a key character:

The first episode back is called “The Candidate”:

JACK IS SUSPICIOUS OF LOCKE’S INTENTIONS WHEN HE’S ASKED TO FOLLOW THROUGH ON A DIFFICULT TASK

Jack must decide whether or not to trust Locke after he is asked to follow through on a difficult task.

Jorge Garcia teases episode 15 – “Across The Sea” (which has been buzzed about for months because there are no series regulars) [E! Online]:

“Episode 15 is on the level of what ‘Ab Aterno’ was like this season. People who were big fans of ‘Ab Aterno’ are going to love this,” he promised. “Total movie quality. It’s such a huge piece of mythology that is a big, big, big story. It was just such a great read. It was almost like not even reading an episode of Lost.”

Looking back on last week’s episode “The Last Recruit”, here’s how Daniel Dae Kim (Jin) recaps the Sun/Jin reunion [TV Guide Magazine]:

“Not only was the audience waiting for the reunion, but the actors were as well, and when it happened, it was significant for us,” Daniel says. “The one dynamic of that scene that we felt was interesting was that it happened amidst so many other people. (Indeed, besides Charles Widmore’s crew of baddies, Sawyer, Kate, Hurley and Claire were looking on.)

“On the day, I realized it was important to see other characters’ reactions to these two lovers re-finding one another,” Daniel tells me. “It added an interesting dynamic because so much of what happens between Sun and Jin also effects the other characters on the show, and I hope that added to the significance and impact of the scene.”

“LOST” bites:

  • Cynthia Waltros will reprise her role as Libby in one more episode. [TV Guide]
  • Mark Pellegrino (who plays Jacob) will play a central role in episode 15 (“Across The Sea”) as well as in the episode the following week, which is the penultimate episode of the series (“What They Died For”). [TV Guide Magazine]
  • Boone (Ian Somerhalder) will reportedly appear in the series finale… [Ian Somerhalder via Zap2It]
  • …And Francois Chau (who plays Pierre Chang) was in Hawaii filming for the finale. [Lyly Ford Blog]
  • Check out a leaked two-page call sheet for the series finale which has been confirmed by ABC to be genuine and “contains elements of truth”. [Gawker]

Promotional stills for episode 6×14 – “The Candidate” [more at TV Overmind]

Promo for “The Candidate” [YouTube]

Interview with Josh Evangeline Lilly [E! Online]

Watch interviews with Josh Holloway and Jorge Garcia here

Renewal chances improve for Chuck

“Chuck” had a strong start to the new season when it premiered this past January (drawing 7.7M viewers and a 3.0 A18-49 rating for its first hour), but ratings have been declining rapidly ever since and it’s renewal hopes have declined. However, Michael Ausiello of EW is reporting that renewal prospects are “looking good” again:

After two anxiety-inducing weeks at “could go either way,” I’m happy to report that Chuck is back to being a “safe bet.” A well-placed source close to Team Bartowski whose name is not Josh Schwartz (scout’s honor!) tells me “it’s looking good” that NBC will do the right thing and renew the show for a fourth season.

  • Co-creator Chris Fedak talks about the second-half of the third season in an interview with TV Squad.
  • Zachary Levi took pole position in the 34th annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race last Friday and finished in 3rd among the celebs, and 6th overall in the race. [ChuckTV.net]
  • Check out an interview with former “Star Trek: Voyager” star and current “Chuck” producer/director Robert Duncan McNeill at io9.

Chuck previews:

Promotional stills from episode 3×15 – “Chuck vs. the Role Models” [more at SpoilerTV]

Preview from episode 3×14 – “Chuck vs. the Honeymooners” [NBC]

Sneak peek from “Chuck vs. the Role Models” [YouTube]

Fox kills U.S. Torchwood + Doctor Who news bites

Fox and BBC have killed plans to make a U.S. version of the “Doctor Who” spin-off series “Torchwood”:

“BBC Worldwide Productions and the FOX Broadcasting Company have mutually agreed not to progress together with a 13-episode serialized ‘Torchwood’ format,” said BBC Worldwide in a statement. “We are currently in discussion with several interested networks.”

Note that BBC still appears interested in making an Americanized version of the hit spin-off, they just won’t be working with Fox to make that happen. And are a few “Doctor Who” and “Sarah Jane Adventure” bites:

  • Matt Smith will appear in a two-part episode of the “Doctor Who” spin-off series “The Sarah Jane Adventures”, to be written by former ‘Who’ showrunner Russell T. Davies. Katy Manning, who played the Doctor’s companion from 1971-1973 will also appear in the episodes. [BBC]
  • The first episode of the PC/Mac videogame “Doctor Who: The Adventure Games” will be made available on the official Doctor Who website beginning on June 5, 2010. The first part is called “City of the Daleks”… [BBC]
  • Check out an interview with writer and new showrunner Steven Moffat at Newsarama.
  • The latest “Doctor Who” ratings figures — for the U.K., U.S. and Canada — can be found further down in the column.

DVD art for season five, volume one [details at Blogtor Who]

Promotional posters [The Doctor Who Site via SpoilerTV]

Promotional stills from episode 5×04 – “The Time of Angels” [more at Den of Geek]

Introduction for “The Time of Angels” [YouTube]

Clip from “The Time of Angels” [YouTube]

Watch two more clips: 1 | 2 | 3

Clips from “The Time of Angels” and 5×05 – “Flesh & Stone” [Blogtor Who]

Taken from the BBC America documentary “Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide”

Promo for “Flesh & Stone” [Blogtor Who]

Q&A with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan [Blogtor Who]

Frank Darabont talks The Walking Dead

Frank Darabont spoke with FEARNet about AMC’s six-episode TV adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s zombie-themed graphic novel series “The Walking Dead”. Here are a few excerpts:

“Robert Kirkman’s comic book series, the graphic novel series, is very much a template for us, and it’s a tremendous opportunity to take the subject as serious as possible, and really as a long-term exploration of characters, which is what television does best when television is really working. That’s our goal, so gosh, I really don’t think that Zombieland is any competition for us nor are we for them.”

“It’s really going to be I think two different animals. We’re much more beholden to Kirkman, which is a comfortable place to be because he has blazed a fantastic trail for us to follow. We will take detours along that path – we will take steps off the trail – but always wind up veering back onto the trail that Robert provides for us, because it’s fantastic stuff.”

In related news, Darabont also revealed that Jeffrey DeMunn has been cast on the show:

“We are right now looking to cast the two female roles in the ensemble. We’ve also just gotten Jeff DeMunn. I’ve always said Jeff DeMunn is my good luck charm, and I can’t make a film without him. We’ve just gotten him on board as one of the ensemble members, which is a great joy for me.”

Original trilogy characters in Star Wars TV comedy?

The recently announced comedic animated “Star Wars” TV series may include characters from the original series, something George Lucas has indicated wouldn’t be the case with his proposed live-action TV series. The revelation comes courtesy Steve Sansweet, LucasFilm’s Director of Fan Relations while taking part in a Q&A at C2E2:

…Steve Sansweet, LucasFilm’s Director of Fan Relations, revealed that this new animated series would feature the post-Return of the Jedi adventures of the original characters. It happened when a fan asked, “I would really love to see new adventures after Jedi with our favorite characters Luke, Han and Leia,” to which Sansweet replied, “And you will, in the new animation.”

Over 2 million tune in to Syfy miniseries Riverworld + Other Sci-fi ratings news

The Syfy original miniseries “Riverworld” drew an average of 2.1 million viewers during its four-hour telecast last Sunday. The movie drew an average 1.03 million Adults 25-54 and 733,000 A18-49 rating along with a 1.6 household rating, giving Syfy its most-watched Sunday primetime of 2010. From the press release:

Riverworld also soared +60% in HH rating, +62% in total viewers, +57% in Adults 25-54 and +50% in Adults 18-49 compared to Syfy‘s average delivery in the 7-11PM timeslot in the prior four weeks.

SCI-FI RATINGS (Based on final national numbers unless otherwise noted) [@TravisYanan]

Last week’s (4/16/2010) episode of “Stargate Universe” drew 1.42 million viewers and a 0.5 A18-49 rating. That was down -11% in viewers and 1/10 or -17% in A18-49 rating from the last original episode (1.60M / 0.6 rating). That brings the season 1 average down to 1.88 million viewers and a 0.8 A18-49 rating through 11 episodes. Lead-out “Merlin” dropped to 1.13 million viewers and a 0.3 A18-49 rating, which in turn was down -18% in viewers and 1/10 or -25% in A18-49 rating from the episode prior (1.37M / 0.4 A18-49 rating). The current season is averaging 1.27 million viewers and a 0.4 A18-49 rating through three episodes. [@TravisYanan]

“Ghost Hunters” drew 2.27 million viewers and a 1.1 A18-49 rating, that was up +6% in viewers and +10% in A18-49 rating from the week prior (2.15M / 1.0 rating). Lead-out “Destination Truth” drew 1.86 million viewers and a 0.9 A18-49 rating, -4% in viewers and even in A18-49 rating from the week prior (1.86M / 0.9 rating). [@TravisYanan]

After a one-week hiatus, “Legend of the Seeker” drew a season-low 2.02 million viewers, down a steep -17% from the episode prior (2.44M). “Legend of the Seeker” has averaged 2.38 million viewers through 16 original episodes so far this season. [TV by the Numbers]

“The Beast Below”, the second episode of the fifth season of “Doctor Who”, drew 8.42 million viewers (7.93M on BBC One and 494,000 on BBC HD). Meanwhile, preliminary numbers for episodes three (“Victory of the Daleks”) and four (“Time of Angels”) have also been released: 6.2M and 6.8M, respectively. Final numbers for the two episodes — which will include BBC HD and time-shifted data — will be made available over the coming weeks. We also have numbers for the U.S. and Canada season five premieres: 1.2M on BBC America and 470,000 on Space. [The Doctor Who News Page, (2), (3), (4), (5)]

Don’t forget to check the bottom of this week’s report for the latest weekly broadcast chart.

Previously on TrekMovie.com: Brannon Braga Signs On As Showrunner For Spielberg Time Travel/Dinosaur Series

It looks like veteran Star Trek writer/producer Brannon Braga is returning to the world of time travel, but this time he is trading in starships for dinosaurs. A new report says that Braga has joined the Steven Spielberg produced prehistoric show Terra Nova. [CLICK TO READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE]

PREVIEW Videos & Images

Ashes to Ashes

Promotional stills from episode 3×04 [more at Den of Geek]

Eureka

Sneak peek at season three [SCI FI Wire]

FlashForward

Promotional stills for episode 1×19 – “Course Correction” [more at SpoilerTV]

Fringe

Promotional stills from episode 2×19 – “Brown Betty” [more at FringeFiles]

Promo for “Brown Betty” [YouTube]

Featurette: “The Beginning of the End” [YouTube]

Haven

Interview with Emily Rose [SCI FI Wire]

The Phantom

Trailer [YouTube]

Smallville

Promotional stills from episode 9×20 – “Sacrifice” [more at The ODI]

Promotional stills from episode 9×21 – “Hostage” [more at SpoilerTV]

Stargate Universe

Promotional stills from episode 1×15 – “Lost” [more at MGM]

Supernatural

Promotional stills from episode 5×20 – “The Devil You Know” [more at SPNSite]

Promotional stills from episode 5×21 – “Two Minutes to Midnight” [more at SPNSite]

Promo and sneak peek from “The Devil You Know” [YouTube]

Watch another sneak peek here

True Blood

New season 3 poster [EW]

Season 3 promo: “Waiting Sucks #5″ [YouTube]

V

Promotional stills from episode 1×10 – “Hearts and Minds” [more at The V Files]

Promotional stills from episode 1×11 – “Fruition” [more at SpoilerTV]

Promo for episode 1×09 – “Heretic’s Fork” [YouTube]

Watch another promo here

The Vampire Diaries

Promo for episode 1×20 – “Blood Brothers” [YouTube]

Sneak peek from “Blood Brothers” [YouTube]

Watch another clip here

TV BITES

  • The six “True Blood” minisodes will begin running May 2… [True-Blood.net]
  • …Check out a projected schedule for the third season at The Futon Critic
  • …And the title for episode 10 has been revealed to be “I Smell a Rat”. [SpoilerTV]
  • WildStorm will publish a new comic series combining “The X-Files” and “30 Days of Night”. [Facebook]
  • Someone of significance is expected to die in the season finale of “Fringe”: “[I]f my mole is correct about the identity of the soon-to-be deceased, fans of the show will be apoplectic.” [TV Guide]
  • There’s still no deal in place for Allison Mack to return as Chloe in the 10th season of “Smallville”, however a source says they’re “sure she’ll be there”, however there is “no chance” at seeing Kristin (Lana) in season 10 and there’s no new news to report on Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor) returning. [E! Online]
  • Summer Glau (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”, “Firefly”) talks briefly about her role in the NBC superhero pilot “The Cape”. [Fancast]
  • Here are the titles for the final three episodes of the first season of “FlashForward”: 1×20 – “The Negotiation”, 1×21 – “Countdown” and 1×22 – “Future Shock”… [MSN]
  • …And the season finale of “V” is called “Red Sky”. [MSN]
  • There’s still no word on a second season of “Human Target”, but executive producer/showrunner Jonathan Steinberg says he would like to spend more time in season two exploring the history behind Guerrero (Jackie Earle Haley) and Chance (Mark Valley) as well as continue delving deeper into the mythology of the show. [iFMagazine]
  • Here are some press releases/synopses from the various shows we cover:
    • “Smallville” – 9×22 – “Salvation”. [SpoilerTV]
    • “Supernatural” – 5×22 – “Swan Song”. [KSiteTV]
    • “Doctor Who” – 5×06 – “Vampires of Venice”. [Doctor Who News Page]
    • “Chuck” – 3×16 – “Chuck vs. the Tooth”. [ChuckTV.net]
    • “Fringe” – 2×20 – “Northwest Passage”. [Fringe Television]
    • “FlashForward” – 1×19 – “Course Correction”. [The ODI]
    • “Stargate Universe” – 1×14 – “Lost”. [IGN]
    • “V” – 1×10 – “Hearts and Minds”. [The V Files]
    • “V” – 1×11 – “Fruition”. [The V Files]

CHART (4/12/2010 to 4/18/2010)

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