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I'll do my best to read and respond to your e-mails. Sci-Fi TV: Smallville, Walking Dead, Torchwood, Doctor Who, Smallville, No Ordinary Family + more

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In Sci-Fi TV this week we start off with a first look at the Doctor Who Christmas special and get some new details on the return of Torchwood. We also have another peek at Smallville’s final season, and a trailer and premiere date for The Walking Dead. All that plus the latest previews (including a link to see the full pilot of No Ordinary Family).

Summary of Column Contents

  • First look at Doctor Who Christmas special
  • Synopsis and character breakdowns for Torchwood: The New World
  • Smallville: First look at Laura Vandervoort’s + Allison Mack will appear in 5 episodes
  • The Walking Dead premiere set for October 31 + Watch the trailer
  • Michael Emerson talks LOST
  • Watch Pilot No Ordinary Family Now
  • Syfy announces fall premiere dates
  • Lake Placid 3 scores impressive ratings for Syfy
  • Stan Lee will guest-star in Eureka

All that plus latest television ratings casting bites and more.


First look at Doctor Who Christmas special

Here’s your first look at filming of the 2010 “Doctor Who” Christmas special. Click to enlarge. Also, check out an interview with series stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan in the video below.

Synopsis and character breakdowns for Torchwood: The New World

Starz has released an official synopsis for the upcoming “Torchwood: The New World”, which is the title for the fourth season of the “Doctor Who” spin-off series:

When C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy, he finds himself unearthing a threat which challenges the entire human race.

The answers seem to lie within an old, secret British institute, known only as Torchwood. But Torchwood was destroyed, years ago, and the keys to the institute are held by its only two survivors – former Police Officer Gwen Cooper, who has long since disappeared along with her husband and child, and the mysterious Captain Jack Harkness, a man whose history seems to stretch back centuries.

With Rex under attack from all sides, in both the US and the UK, he soon discovers there are forces at work within every level of society, determined to stop Torchwood’s return. As a chain of events across the world links together the most disparate and unlikely individuals – including a surgeon, a killer, senators and CEOs – a new Torchwood team takes shape. But this time, the threat is much closer to home, as they realize that their greatest enemy is mankind itself.

“Torchwood: The New World” premieres next summer on Starz. Check out descriptions for the show’s characters via SpoilerTV.

Smallville: First look at Laura Vandervoort’s + Allison Mack will appear in 5 episodes

The third episode of “Smallville” this season is called “Supergirl” and will feature the return of Laura Vandervoort as Clark’s cousin, Kara / Supergirl. TV Guide has our first look at the actress in the episode along with some details about her role in the episode:

“Kara returns in a very heroic way,” Vandervoort told TV Guide. “When I found out this could be my last episode, I thought it would be great to see a quick glimpse of her in the uniform before she takes off.”

“You really see her as Supergirl,” says exec producer Kelly Souders. “Not the whole outfit, but her wardrobe will have evolved even a little more than Clark’s. She’s less Kara and way more Supergirl.” Watch for Kara to don her new look for a photo shoot after she becomes a media darling following a heroic save that reveals her flying capabilities to the world. To protect her superhero identity, “You’ll see Kara in the [brunette] wig and glasses [as] a bit of an homage to her other identity from the comics, Linda Lee Danvers,” Laura says.

In other news, Allison Mack revealed to the NY Post’s Pop Wrap that she’ll reprise her role as Chloe in a total of five episodes:

PW: Do you know how many episodes you’ll be back for?

Allison: I’ll be back for five total episodes.

PW: I heard that the incredibly loyal fans were one of the reasons you decided to return. True?

Allison: Definitely. They were the reason I decided to come back. I was very much ready to move on, and not because I was unhappy with the show or that anything bad happened, I was just very much ready to enter a new phase of my life. But I realized as we came towards the end of the season that my character wasn’t getting a completion. I didn’t feel comfortable walking away from the show, and my character, without a completion. So I committed to doing five episodes to giving her the ending I think she deserves. I do think there’s a relationship between my character and the people who’ve watched the show for so many years. I want to honor them, her and myself.

in other casting news, two characters will make their return next season: Lionel Luthor (John Glover) will appear in at least two episodes that are expected to air in November, while the show’s first villain, Bugboy (Greg Arkin) will be back in the 200th episode “Homecoming”. Season 10 of Smallville” kicks off on Friday, September 24.

Set images [more at SpoilerTV]

The Walking Dead premiere set for October 31 + Watch the trailer

AMC has announced that the six-part zombie TV series “The Walking Dead”, from director/writer Frank Darabont, will debut on October 31, 2010 at 10:00 p.m. The network has also made available the official four-minute trailer for the series. Check it out below.

Promotional stills [more at]

Michael Emerson talks LOST

The “LOST” season six complete collection DVD and Blu-ray’s were released today, and with their release comes the debut of the DVD/Blu-ray exclusive epilogue featurette “The New Man in Charge”. Michael Emerson (Ben) talked about the special feature and his character’s arc on the show in a roundtable discussion with journalists:

“I think the chapter is a nice addition to the Lost narrative—nice to have some of the more particular or practical questions answered, since the finale took a more spiritual tone,” said Emerson.

With regards to his character, Emerson said he was happy with how Ben’s journey concluded:

“I loved the entire arc and was especially delighted with Ben’s end in the finale. It was finer and more satisfying than anything I could have imagined,” he said. “I think what’s perfect about the Ben storyline is that we are never certain where he falls on the scale of good and evil. It’s a tribute to the skill of the writers that the audience could never be certain about Ben, even to the very end,” said Emerson.

Watch Pilot No Ordinary Family Now

ABC has made the pilot episode of  their new superhero show “No Ordinary Family”. available online, at NoOrdinaryScreening [enter password Extraordinary.] The viewing is limited to the first 50,000 U.S. streams. “No Ordinary Family” premieres on ABC on Tuesday, September 28. Here are the latest cast images [more at KSiteTV].

Syfy announces fall premiere dates

Syfy has announced premiere dates for their fall 2010 programming including the returns of “Ghost Hunters” (August 25), “Destination Truth” (September 9), “Stargate Universe” (September 28), “Sanctuary” (September 28), “Scare Tactics” (October 4) and “Fact or Faked” (November 4) plus the premiere of the Syfy original movie event “Sharktopus” (September 25). The network has also set premiere dates for the new series “Beast Legends” (September 9) and “Hollywood Treasure” (November 4):

Syfy’s 2010 Fall Programming spans the imagination with new seasons of powerhouses Stargate Universe and Sanctuary, (both moving to Tuesdays), Ghost Hunters, Scare Tactics and Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files, Destination Truth traveling to Thursdays, and WWE Friday Night SmackDown climbing into the Syfy ring beginning October 1.

The Autumn primetime schedule also features the premieres of Hollywood Treasure (formerly Hunting Hollywood) and Beast Legends.

For the first time, Syfy’s two most popular original scripted series – Eureka and Warehouse 13 — will debut special stand-alone holiday episodes in December, showcasing guests stars Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live) and Matt Frewer (Eureka), and Judd Hirsch and Paul Blackthorne (Warehouse 13).

Upcoming popular Syfy Saturday Original Movies include Roger Corman’s highly anticipated Sharktopus on September 25.

Check out the complete press release at this link.

PREVIEW Videos & Images


Set image []


Promo for episode 4×08 – “The Ex Files” [Syfy]

Sneak peek at “The Ex Files” [Syfy]


Set images [more at Accidental Sexiness]

Season three promo [Fringe Television / YouTube]

Interview with Lance Reddick and Jasika Nicole [via Fringe Television]

Ghost Hunters

Season premiere sneak peek [Syfy]


Set images [more at SpoilerTV]


Audio interview with Elizabeth Mitchell [Earth’s Mightiest]

The Vampire Diaries

Season two promotional still [Vampire Diaries Show]

Season two promo [YouTube]


  • More than 8,000 sci-fi fans contributed in a poll for SFX magazine to choose their favorite monster, supernatural beings or fantasy creatures. The top vote-getter was The Daleks from “Doctor Who”. The Borg from the “Star Trek” franchise came in at #11 of 20… [SFX via Blastr]
  • …The third “Doctor Who” adventure game comes out this week (Friday, August 27) and will be called “TARDIS”. [BBC]
  • “Supernatural” executive producer Sera Gamble teases the start of the season: “When we start the season we very consciously riff a little bit on season 1 in that Dean is out of the business and Sam comes for him,” which harkens back to the beginning of the show: “On the surface anyway, the situation is reversed at the beginning of the season.” [EW]
  • “V” spoilers: Executive producer Scott Rosenbaum says the John May storyline isn’t complete yet, and that includes actor Michael Trucco. “I thought, ‘OK, he’s dead, but he’s coming back?’ They’re like, ‘Nope, he’s dead.’ I wrote that off as a one-off [appearance], but they made some indication that maybe he’d come back.” [TV Guide]
  • Joshua Jackson won’t appear in the season premiere of “Fringe” or any other odd-numbered episode for at least the first half of the season: “Every other episode is going to be either one universe or the other. So, they’re going to be alternating universes…,” said co-star Lance Reddick… [E! Online]
  • …Check out some season three spoilers in the latest issue of SFX. [via Fringe Television]
  • “True Blood” creator Alan Ball has revealed that season four of the hit HBO series will introduce Hallow Stonebrook, from Charlaine Harris’ fourth Sookie novel, “Dead to the World”. Ball says the character is “actually a medium. She communicates with the dead, and she’s interested in developing further powers.” [EW]
  • The Syfy original movie “Lake Placid 3”, which starred Eureka’s Colin Ferguson, drew 3.02 million viewers this past Saturday making it the most-watched Syfy telecast since October 2009. The two-hour TV movie was also the most-watched cable program during its time period (8-11pm) among adults 25-54. [Syfy]
  • Sorry “Chuck” fans, but Brandon Routh and Scott Bakula’s characters will not be returning to the show. Both characters are, and will remain, dead… [E! Online & Fancast]
  • …Captain Awesome won’t be making the transition to the spy world: “Last season Awesome realized if there was one place in the world where he wasn’t awesome, it was on spy missions,” notes exec producer Chris Fedak. “He’d like to stay as far away from the spy world as he can.” [EW]
  • …But Casey’s daughter, Alex might: “It’s a spy show, so I think she’s going to be on some missions,” says Adam Baldwin, who plays Alex’s father… [TV Guide]
  • …And finally, episode five will be called “Chuck vs. The Couch Look”. [SpoilerTV]


  • Comic book legend Stan Lee will guest-star in an upcoming episode of the recently renewed Syfy original series “Eureka”. Lee’s role on the show is not known. Ming-Na (“Stargate Universe”) will also guest-star during the fifth season and her role could span more than one episode. She’ll play Alice Wen, described as “a senator who arrives in Eureka to handle a sensitive matter within Global Dynamics.” [TV Guide]
  • Tia Texada will play Hortencia, the wife of the character Premier Alejandro Goya — to be reprised by Armand Assante — in the upcoming fourth season of “Chuck”. [TV Guide]
  • Guillermo Diaz will guest-star in an upcoming episode of the new ABC series “No Ordinary Family”. Diaz will appear in the fourth episode playing Detective Cordero, “a tough-talking cop who dismisses mild-mannered Jim’s [Romany Malco] pursuit of a possible vigilante killer.” [Fancast]

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

True Blood

Episode 3×10 – “I Smell a Rat” drew 5.39 million viewers (+8%) and a 3.0 A18-49 rating (+7%). That’s a series high performance in viewers and a tie in A18-49 rating. The current season is averaging 4.88 million viewers and a 2.8 A18-49 rating.


Episode 6×10 – “A Prisoner of Benda” drew a series low 1.77 million viewers (-8%) and a 0.8 A18-49 rating (-20%). The season six average now stands at 2.17 million viewers and a 1.1 A18-49 rating. Since the season six premiere, “Futurama” is down a steep 39% in viewers and 50% in A18-49 rating (2.92M viewers and a 1.6 A18-49 rating).

Warehouse 13

Episode 2×06 – “For The Team” drew 2.34 million viewres (-16%) and a 0.7 A18-49 rating (-22%). The current season is averaging 2.56 million viewers and a 0.8 A18-49 rating.


Episode 4×07 – “Stoned” drew 2.30 million viewers (-9%) and a 0.7 A18-49 rating (-13%). That brings its season four average down slightly to 2.38 million viewers and a 0.7 A18-49 rating.


Episode 1×07 – “Sketchy” declined slightly to 1.89 million viewers (-5%) and a 0.5 A18-49 rating (n/c). This week’s numbers bring the freshman drama’s season average down to 2.02 million viewers and a 0.5 A18-49 rating.

Stan Lee’s Superhumans

Episode three of this new History channel series drew 1.36 million viewers (+7%) and a 0.6 A18-49 rating (+20%), both series highs. The show has averaged 1.32 million viewers and a 0.5 A18-49 rating thus far this season.

CHART (8/9/2010 to 8/15/2010)

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