In Sci-Fi TV this week we get you ready for this week’s Syfy premieres of Eureka, Warehouse 13 and Haven. We also find out how many episodes Chuck gets next season, get a look and name for Spielberg’s alien invasion show, casting news for Fringe, details on the next season of Doctor Who, bad news for that Heroes TV movie, and much more including the latest television ratings, casting bites and new images and video previews.
GENRE TV NEWS
Warehouse 13 and Eureka return this week + Series premiere of Haven
The summer cable TV season is well underway, but this week features the returns of two Syfy series and the premiere of another. It all kicks off tonight with the second season premiere of “Warehouse 13″. USA Today has a feature on the series offering a few details about what to expect in season two:
Season 2 — 12 episodes plus a holiday-themed 13th in December — will delve into the characters’ histories and follow them in new and old relationships. Pete will reconnect with a former flame and agent (Tia Carrere) and start a relationship with a local woman (Paula Garces). Claudia, who will do a crossover episode on Syfy’s Eureka, will fall for a local guy, and Myka will have some trust issues with a former warehouse agent. Artie, whose history will be explored, will have a crush on the warehouse doctor (Lindsay Wagner).
Episodes will feature a comic-book superhero and a visit to the world of high fashion. The series also will venture to “Warehouse 2,” one of 12 earlier versions, each storing the collection of artifacts during a different period of history.
“Time Will Tell” airs tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Later in the week “Eureka” returns for its fourth season (“Founder’s Day” – Friday, July 9 at 9:00 p.m.) followed by the series premiere of “Haven” (10:00). The new season of “Eureka” features the addition of “Battlestar Galactica” star James Callis (see the new poster below). Callis gave an interview to TV Guide about his character.
IGN: He’s returned to Eureka, having lived there before. What kind of baggage is he bringing with him?
Callis: He definitely comes with a past. Indeed. But meets Allison and Allison has now become his present and his future, if I can put it that way. Or at least he’d like her to be. And so they’re slowly moving toward that “end.” But, he’s a former resident of the town and the town isn’t quite how he remembers it or pictures it. Everybody’s slightly different and there’s this weird guy who’s the sheriff now and Grant wonders, “Is this guy really the sheriff?”
Check out the rest of the interview here and check below for the latest images and video clips from “Warehouse 13″, “Eureka” and “Haven”.
Promotional stills from episode 4×01 – “Founder’s Day” [more at SpoilerTV]
Season four poster [EW]
Watch more clips here
Watch more clips here
Behind the scenes video with Allison Scagliotti [Syfy]
Fringe: Amy Madigan cast as Olivia’s mother
Amy Madigan has joined the cast of Fox’s “Fringe” playing Olivia’s mother. According to EW, Madigan will appear in “roughly four episodes beginning with the season premiere…” The character is expected to reunite with her daughter in the alternate universe. The title of the season three premiere has also been revealed: “Olivia” and lastly, Anna Torv reveals that filming on season three will start on July 8. And lastly, check out our recent article featuring interviews with Lance Reddick and Anna Torv at the Saturns here.
Spielberg’s TNT sci-fi series gets name: “Falling Skies” + New images
The Steven Spielberg-produced / TNT alien invasion series has finally been given a title: “Falling Skies”. TNT also announced that the show, starring Noah Wyle and Moon Bloodgood, will be coming to Comic-Con:
The resistance is coming to Comic-Con. TNT is going to give fans the very first look at the eagerly anticipated new series FALLING SKIES, from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg, starring Noah Wyle. The gripping drama series, slated to premiere in summer 2011, envisions a world where aliens have invaded, and the fate of humanity lies in the hands of a few survivors. Series stars Wyle (ER, TNT’s The Librarian movies) and Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation) will join co-executive producer and writer Mark Verheiden (Heroes, Battlestar Galactica) at Comic-Con for a Q&A panel session scheduled to take place Friday, July 23, from 4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. (PT) in Room 6A. They will also be available for an autograph signing, time and location to be announced.
Here’s the synopsis (and check below for a batch of new images):
In FALLING SKIES, Wyle stars as a former college professor who becomes the leader of a group of soldiers and civilians struggling against an occupying alien force. Bloodgood co-stars as Anne Glass, a therapist who works with the surviving children to help them cope with the traumatic situation. The series also stars Drew Roy (Lincoln Heights) as Hal and Maxim Knight (Brothers & Sisters) as Matt, Tom’s two sons; and Seychelle Gabriel (Weeds) as Lourdes, an orphaned teenager who helps run the group’s commissary. Will Patton (Armageddon, TNT’s Into the West) plays a fierce leader of the resistance.
Promotional stills [more at io9]
Steven Moffat talks Doctor Who season six
Writer/executive producer Steven Moffat teases what we’ll see next season on “Doctor Who” [via Den of Geek]:
“What is that, who is that, who are the silence, what’s coming?” teased Moffat. “The whole point of the silence is next series. Also, River Song … who is she really? That’s what we’re going to find out next year,” he said.
Also, Steven Moffat has revealed to Digital Spy just how far into planning series six he is. “Not far enough, I think is the answer to that!” he told the site. “I’ve got lots of plans – plans are not nearly as useful as scripts, I find – so I’d like to have more scripts and fewer plans. We’re not quite as ahead of the game as we were last time. But it’s fine.”
Matt Smith, meanwhile, was asked by Digital Spy what actors he would like to work with on the show and he says he thinks Ian McKellen would be make good villain:
“It’s like when people ask you your favorite album. You go, ‘I love music so much I’ve got 20!’. Maybe Ian McKellen would be quite interesting to come and do one. He could be a cool baddie, couldn’t he?”
Smith was also asked if he’d be interested in a multi-Doctor story and he said he wouldn’t be against the idea:
“It would depend on the script,” he admitted. “If it came from Steven I would run with it, but it would have to be brilliant. Yes, if it’s a good script.”
Here are a few “Doctor Who”-related bites:
- Neil Gaiman reveals that his episode of “Doctor Who” was only briefly called “The House of Nothing”. The episode name is currently unknown. [Neil Gaiman]
- Veteran costume designer Barbara Kidd will take over costume design duties on the Christmas special and the 2011 season. [Doctor Who News Page]
- The National Institute of Dramatic Art in Kensington, New South Wales, Australia will offer several short courses for children on the production of “Doctor Who”. Details via Doctor Who News Page.
- Do betters know something we don’t? Betting Companies in the UK have dropped the odds on Matt Smith leaving from 6/1 to 9/2. [SpoilerTV]
Heroes might not get TV movie after all
Looking forward to that potential 2 or 4-hour “Heroes” TV movie that was suppose to wrap up the story? Well according to Michael Ausiello of EW, “don’t hold your breath”:
Question: Love your column, and your scoops. I was wondering if there has been any update on the Heroes movie that was being talked about over at NBC. —Scott
Ausiello: Here’s your update: Don’t hold your breath.
Chuck S4 may only be 13 episodes
Season four of NBC’s Chuck has only been picked up for 13 episodes and Zachary Levi and Joshua Gomez say they aren’t sure if they’ll get a back nine episode order. Season four will start filming July 19. Watch an interview with the two — from the Saturn Awards — where they discuss “Chuck” and more embedded below. [Collider]
Return dates announced for Vampire Diaries, Smallville and Supernatural + Nikita series premiere
The CW has announced premiere dates for its fall 2010 lineup, which includes return dates for “The Vampire Diaries”, “Smallville” and “Supernatural” along with the series premiere of “Nikita”.
Thursday, September 9
8:00 — The Vampire Diaries (season two premiere)
9:00 — Nikita (series premiere)
Friday, September 24
8:00 — Smallville (season 10 premiere)
9:00 — Supernatural (season six premiere / new day and time)
“Nikita” promo [YouTube]
PREVIEW Videos & Images
Promo for episode 3×04 – “9 Crimes” [YouTube]
The Walking Dead
Comic-Con teaser poster [IGN]
Set images [more at On Location Vacations]
- Comedy Central removed the “eyePhone” reference, a jab at Apple’s iPhone, from last Thursday’s episode episode of “Futurama”. The dialogue with the joke was missing from a clip the network posted online. Comedy Central later removed the clip altogether from their online site. [Mac Life]
- “True Blood” creator Alan Balls reveals that we’ll see a lot of “werewolves and vampires throwing down” at the end of the season… [EW]
- …Check out an interview with Allan Hyde (Godric) at True-Blood.org.
- “V” star Elizabeth Mitchell has revealed in an interview that filming on the second season will begin on August 12, 2010. Watch the interview here. [via The V Files]
- The “V” panel at Comic-Con will feature cast members Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch, Logan Huffman, Laura Vandervoort, Charles Mesure, Morena Baccarin and Scott Wolf. The cast will be joined by crew members Scott Rosenbaum (showrunner / executive producer) and Steve Pearlman (executive producer) for a Q&A session with the fans. [via The V Files]
- Check out an interview with “Stargate Universe” star Brian J. Smith at Gateworld.
- “Reaper” creators Michelle Fazekas and Tara Butters have joined the staff of Fox’s prehistoric time travel drama “Terra Nova”. [KSiteTV]
- Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester) will reportedly direct two episodes of “Supernatural” next season. [Shock Till You Drop]
- Michelle MacLaren may direct one of the episodes of Frank Darabont’s “The Walking Dead” adaptation. [Arrow in the Head]
- Jeph Loeb, head of the Marvel’s new Television division, says the company will be seeking out the best talent to bring their properties to the small screen. Loeb also says they will be looking to fans for suggestions on what properties to develop. [CBM]
- Jennifer Aspen is currently filming an episode of “Supernatural” season six. [Samantha Ferris]
- Kevin Alejandro, who plays Jesus on “True Blood”, says he’ll be back beginning July 18th with the fifth episode of the season: “…then you see me pretty regularly from there to the finale.” [EW]
- John Schneider will be back for at least two episodes next season on “Smallville”, reprising his role as Clark Kent adoptive father. Schneider will appear in the season premiere “Lazarus” and at least one other episode. [IGN]
- Producers of Fox’s “Human Target” are casting for Ames, “a sassy young thing who’s a bit of a thief, and as such aligns herself for a possible job with Chance’s crew.” [Fancast]
SCI-FI RATINGS (Based on final national numbers unless otherwise noted) [@TravisYanan]
The second episode of “True Blood” season three (“Beautifully Broken”) drew 4.26 million viewers and a 2.5 A18-49 rating. That was a decline of 16% in viewers and 14% in A18-49 rating from the season premiere. Episode three “It Hurts Me Too” increased slightly to 4.46 million viewers (+5%) and a 2.5 A18-49 rating (n/c).
“Futurama” fell to 2.16 million viewers and a 1.1 A18-49 rating last Thursday. That was a decline of 22% in viewers and 27% in A18-49 rating from the episode prior and down even further from the season premiere (2.92M / 1.6 A18-49 rating). The current season is averaging 2.62 million viewers and a 1.4 A18-49 rating.
“The Pandorica Opens”, episode 12 of “Doctor Who”, drew 7.57 million viewers according to final ratings. The breakdown was 6.94 million on BBC One with 0.635 million watching on BBC HD. The season finale, “The Big Bang”, drew 6.12 million viewers on BBC One but rating figures for BBC HD were not yet available. [The Doctor Who News Page, (2)]
CHART (6/21/2010 to 6/27/2010)