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I'll do my best to read and respond to your e-mails. Sci-Fi TV: Fringe, Eureka, Warehouse 13, Smallville, True Blood, Lost + more

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In Sci-Fi TV this week we have lots of news coming from Syfy with renewal news from Eureka, special X-Mas episodes for Eureka and Warehouse 13, and a new show from Syfy too. There are also new tidbits for the upcoming seasons of Smallville and Fringe.

Summary of column contents:

  • Syfy renews Eureka for fifth season + orders special X-Mas episodes of Eureka & W13 + previews
  • Bryan Fuller pilot picked up by Syfy
  • Joshua Jackson talks Fringe season three
  • Smallville: Chloe in Smallville opening + S10 preview
  • Syfy picks up third season of Merlin
  • New character to be introduced for True Blood season four
  • Bonita Freidericy upgraded to series regular on Chuck

All that plus the latest television ratings, casting bites and new images and video previews, including looks at the Lost Season 6 special features.


Syfy renews Eureka for fifth season + orders special X-Mas episodes of Eureka & W13 + previews

We start off with news on Syfy’s summer shows. Syfy has given an early fifth season renewal to its hit dramedy “Eureka”:

“Eureka remains a steadfast performer for Syfy with its superb cast and perfect blend of drama, comedy and eye candy,” said Mark Stern, Executive Vice President of Original Programming, Syfy and Co-Head of Content for Universal Cable Productions. “Given what Jaime, Bruce and their entire team have done collectively to reinvent the show this year, we can’t wait to see what’s in store for season 5.”

The show has averaged 2.40 million viewers and a 0.7 A18-49 rating, but those numbers increase to more than 3 million viewers a week when time-shifted data is included (otherwise known as live + 7-day.

Syfy has also ordered special holiday episodes of “Warehouse 13” and “Eureka” that will air this December:

On Warehouse 13, Pete and Myka will go on a mission to hunt down “a malevolent Santa Claus.” Meanwhile, in time for Hanukkah, Artie and his estranged father, Isadore Weisfelt, reunite after 30 years. Hirsch will be appear as Artie’s father, and Blackthorne will play a businessman terrorized by a thief dressed up as Saint Nick.

On Eureka, “as the Global Dynamics employees celebrate the season at the company holiday party, staff member Dr. Noah Drummer (Chris Parnell) nearly absconds with a volatile experiment. The halls get seriously decked when Dr. Drummer’s unstable hydrogen crystal starts to grow at a frightening rate.”

Judd Hirsch will guest star in the episode of “Warehouse 13” playing the estranged father of Artie, while SNL alum Chris Parnell will guest star on “Eureka” playing a Global Dynamics scientist “who endangers more than the office Christmas party when one of his experiments goes, to put it mildly, awry.” Matt Frewer will also return as the character Taggert in the “Eureka” episode. And don’t forget to tune in tonight (8/17/2010) to see Lindsay Wagner (“The Bionic Woman”) makes her premiere as Dr. Calder tonight W13.

Promo for episode “Eureka” episode 4×07 – “Stoned” [YouTube]

Promotional stills for “Warehouse 13” [more at IGN]

Promo for “Warehouse 13” episode 2×07 – “For the Team” [Syfy]

Bryan Fuller pilot picked up by Syfy

In other Syfy news, the network has ordered a pilot from Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daisies”, “Dead Like Me”, “Star Trek: Voyager”) called “The Lotus Caves”, based on John Christopher’s popular novel of the same name:

The show will be based upon the popular book The Lotus Caves by John Christopher, about colonists who rebel against the rigidity of their lunar colony by exploring beyond its proscribed boundaries and discovering a series of caves ruled by a super-intelligent, alien species.

Former “Pushing Daisies” writer Jim Grey will co-write the script with Fuller.

Joshua Jackson talks Fringe season three

“Fringe” star Joshua Jackson revealed that it may be some time before Peter and Walter discover their Olivia is in the “over there” universe:

“The culmination of the first half of the [new] season is going to be that reveal,” Jackson told Fancast.

But that’s not to say there won’t be hints:

“Bolivia – as in ‘Olivia B’ – is much closer to Peter’s personality… so I think he is more naturally sympatico with that woman than he is with… ‘extra tasty/crispy Olivia’?”

Watch Fancast’s interview with Jackson in the player below and check out an interview with co-star John Noble (Walter) here.

In other news, episode 3×03 will be called “The Plateau”. “Fringe” premieres its third season on Thursday, September 23. Fox is repeating the final five episodes of season two leading up to the premiere: “White Tulip” (Aug. 26), “The Man from the Other Side” (Sept. 2), “Northwest Passage” (Sept. 9) and the two-part season finale “Over There” (Sept. 16).

Season three poster (from Comic-Con) [Pop Culture Geek | flickr]

Set images [more at Skot Nelson | flickr & Vancouver Sun]

Season three promo [YouTube]

Set video [YouTube via FringeWatch]

Smallville: Chloe in Smallville opening + S10 preview

Allison Mack has moved from a series regular to a recurring character for Smallville’s 10th season, but according to EW she will reprise her role as Chloe in the season premiere and we will see her put on Dr. Fate’s helmet (you can see her holding the helmet in the preview below). And executive producer Brian Peterson tells Fancast Episode 200 will “explore a little bit of the past, the present and the future. We kind of do a little look back to where we’ve been, and we also take a look at where Clark is going,”

In Smallville casting news, TV Guide reports General Sam Lane (Michael Ironside) and Lucy Lane (Peyton List), the father and sister, respectively, of Lois Lane (Erica Durance) will both be making a return appearance in an October episode. And Michael Daingerfield and Steve Byers will be appearing in episode 10×03 – “Supergirl” as Desaad and Gordon Godfrey, respectively. [IMDB via SpoilerTV]

Here is the Season 10 promo[YouTube]

…and Season 10 behind-the-scenes images [more at SpoilerTV]

PREVIEW Images & Videos


First look [more at SpoilerTV]


Set images of Stacy Keibler (and Steve Austin) [more at Stacy Keibler | Facebook]

Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files

Sneak peek clip from “The Caretaker” [Syfy]


Rest of season preview [the live feed]

Ghost Hunters International

Sneak peek clip from “Pirates of the Caribbean” [Syfy]


Season six blooper reel [E! Online]

Season six bonus feature: “Letting Go” [E! Online]

Season six bonus feature: “” [E! Online]


Promotional stills (featuring BSG’s Jamie Bamber) [more at Den of Geek]

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Season three teaser trailer [IGN]


Set images [more at SpoilerTV]

True Blood

Rolling Stone cover [via Comic Book Movie]

Promo for episode 3×10 – “I Smell a Rat” [YouTube]

Interview with Denis O’Hare [Wired]


Interview with executive producer Scott Rosenbaum [The Futon Critic]

The Vampire Diaries

Promotional stills from episode 2×01 – “The Return” [more at SpoilerTV]

Season two promo [YouTube]

Watch another promo here


  • The fourth episode of “No Ordinary Family” will reportedly be called “No Ordinary Vigilante”. [KsiteTV]
  • The new “Battlestar Galactica” MMORPG will focus on the second season of the Syfy series. [Airlock Alpha]
  • BBC has confirmed that the genre series “Outcasts” will launch late this year. [Airlock Alpha]
  • “Chuck” star Joshua Gomez has joined Twitter. Follow him at @JoshuaEGomez
  • …Here are the titles for episodes 3×03 and 3×04 of “Chuck”: “Chuck vs. the Cubic Z” and “Chuck vs. the Coup d’État”… [EW]
  • …The character Greta, which will be played by various actors and actresses throughout the season, will not be in episode 4: “The Buy More is not in that episode. Chuck’s away on a mission,” reveals executive producer Josh Schwartz. [EW]
  • Episode 2×03 of “Human Target” will be called “Taking Ames”. [SpoilerTV]
  • “Caprica” season 1.0 will be released on DVD on October 5, 2010. The four-disc set will feature a sneak peek at season 1.5 of the series (which is slated to premiere in January 2011)… [Universal]
  • …Speaking of “Caprica”, co-creator David Eick says he doesn’t understand Syfy’s decision to delay airing the second half of the first season: “I’ve never understood the network programming rationale,” Eick said. “I don’t know why they shut the show down for as long as they did before bringing it back.” [The Futon Critic via Scifi Pulse]
  • Episode 2×13 of “Stargate Universe” will be called “Alliances”. [SpoilerTV]
  • Syfy has picked up the third season of BBC’s “Merlin” to air in the states. The new season will debut on Syfy in early 2011. “Merlin” was actually a pretty good off-network pick-up for Syfy, drawing an average of 1.28 million viewers and a 0.4 A18-49 rating for its second season (better than “Caprica” / 1.2M viewers and a 0.4 A18-49 rating). [Syfy]
  • Today is your last chance to win two free tickets for “LOST: The Official Show Auction & Exhibit” taking place in Los Angeles Saturday, August 21, and Sunday, August 22. Enter for your chance to win at TVOvermind.
  • Although she was in an early draft of the pilot script, there are currently no plans to have Michonne appear in the AMC series “The Walking Dead”. [io9]
  • The pilot episode of “The Event” features flashbacks: “The Event does tell the story in the pilot by jumping back and forth along the timelines of the characters in the show, with the welcome addition of an actual timestamp, so the viewer knows exactly how recently some of these events occurred, making it easier to piece them together.” [Quiet Earth]
  • “True Blood” creator Alan Balls says the fourth season of the show will introduce the character Hallow Stonebrook from Charlaine’s fourth novel, “Dead to the World”. Ball reveals that the character is “actually a medium. She communicates with the dead, and she’s interested in developing further powers.” [EW]
  • Most of the cast and crew of “V” went back to work on the second season of the show last Thursday, August 12. New addition Jane Badler began filming Monday, August 16. [The V Files]


  • Azita Ghanizada and Callum Keith Rennie have been added to the cast of the Syfy pilot “Alphas”. If the show gets picked up to series, Ghanizada would play a regular role, while Rennie is just guest-starring in the episode. [Syfy]
  • Bonita Friedericy, who plays General Beckman on “Chuck”, has been upgraded to series regular for the show’s fourth season. [EW]
  • A casting notice for episode 3×04 of “Fringe” is looking for a set of twins in their 30s to 40s described thusly in the casting call: “Think Jeremy Irons in “Dead Ringers.” [TWOP via SpoilerTV]
  • Steven Krueger will play a character called Reynolds in the fourth episode of the new ABC drama “No Ordinary Family”. [KsiteTV]
  • Joe Flanigan (“Stargate Atlantis”) will star in an upcoming Syfy original movie called “The Other Side”. Flanigan plays “Marine colonel stuck in a parallel dimension” and will co-star in the movie with John Rhys-Davies (“The Lord of the Rings”, “Sliders”). The movie will premiere on Syfy in 2011. [Joe Flanigan | Twitter via GateWorld]

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

True Blood

Episode 3×09 – “Everything is Broken” drew 5.00 million viewers (-2%) and a 2.8 A18-49 rating (-7%). The current season is averaging 4.82 million viewers and a 2.8 A18-49 rating.


Episode 6×09 – “A Clockwork Origin” drew 1.93 million viewers (-1%) and a 1.0 A18-49 rating (n/c). The season six average stands at 2.21 million viewers and a 1.1 A18-49 rating. “Futurama” had a very solid premiere — 2.92M viewers and a 1.6 A18-49 rating — but has been down since, averaging 2.03M viewers and a 1.0 A18-49 rating from week 2 through week 8.


Episode 4×06 – “Momstrosity”, the post-Warehouse 13 crossover episode, held on to nearly all of its crossover audience with an average 2.52 million viewers (-2%) and a 0.8 A18-49 rating (n/c). That brings its season four average up to 2.40 million viewers and a 0.7 A18-49 rating.


After hitting a series low in A18-49 rating (and nearly hitting one in viewers), episode 1×06 – “Fur” bounced up to 2.00 million viewers (+6%) and a 0.5 A18-49 rating (+25%). The freshman drama is averaging 2.05 million viewers and a 0.6 A18-49 rating. To put these numbers in perspective, “Stargate Universe” drew an average of 2.09M viewers and a 0.9 A18-49 rating through its first six episodes, while “Caprica” drew an average of 1.23M viewers and a 0.4 A18-49 rating through its first six episodes.

Stan Lee’s Superhumans

Week two of this new History channel program remained basically even from the week prior, drawing 1.27 million viewers (-5%) and a 0.5 A18-49 rating (n/c). The season average is 1.30 million viewers and a 0.5 A18-49 rating.

CHART (8/2/2010 to 8/8/2010)

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