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I'll do my best to read and respond to your e-mails. Sci-Fi TV: Smallville, Chuck, Fringe, Doctor Who, Torchwood + more

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In Sci-Fi TV this week we have Smallville season 10 news and images, an online version of Chuck, Torchwood details, an award for Doctor Who, a new adventure show for ABC, and lots more news. Plus we have a bunch of new previews, including a ton of stuff from Fringe.

Summary of Column Contents

  • Aquaman cast for Smallville season 10 + Season 1 through Season 9 recap
  • WB launches online Chuck series, “Buy Hard: The Jeff and Lester Story”
  • Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars wins Hugo Award
  • Fall 2010 new Sci-Fi/Genre show survival odds
  • ABC picks up Amazon River Adventure Show
  • Spoilers for True Blood season four cast
  • NBC greenlights Shrek and Kung Fu Panda holiday specials

All that plus casting bites, ratings and more.


Aquaman cast for Smallville season 10 + Season 1 through Season 9 recap

Alan Ritchson has signed on to reprise his role as Arthur “AC” Curry / Aquaman in “Smallville”. Ritchson will appear in the ninth episode, which is scheduled to air during November sweeps. The episode will mark the first time we’ve seen Aquaman since the eighth season premiere.

With the 10th season just a little over two weeks away, now may be a good time to get caught up on what has happened over the course of the last nine seasons. To that end, The CW has released a lengthy season 1-9 recap:

The end of the beginning starts here. Taking flight in its tenth and final season, this modern retelling of a hero’s legendary origins continues to blend realism, action, heart and humor as Clark Kent (Tom Welling) soars toward claiming his birthright.

Clark has emerged from his darkest hour, only to find the path to his destiny blocked by ghosts from the past – shadows in the present tempting Clark toward the darkness at every turn. Despite insurmountable odds, is Clark strong enough to step into the light and claim his rightful place as Earth’s mightiest protector?

[Click here to read the entire recap]

“Smallville” kicks off its 10th and final season on Friday, September 24, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

Set images [more at DTTW via SpoilerTV]

WB launches online Chuck series, “Buy Hard: The Jeff and Lester Story”

Warner Brothers has announced a new online original series “Chuck Presents – Buy Hard: The Jeff and Lester Story”. The five two-three minute episode series debuted today — Tuesday, September 7 — on and select “Chuck” fansites (a launch at and Xbox LIVE is expected shortly after debuting on

In the season three finale of “Chuck,” Jeff (series star Scott Krinksy) and Lester (series star Vik Sahay) think they’ve burned down the Buy More, and they take off in their van, in a panic. Now, fans can catch up with the hilarious duo in five original webisodes (two-three minutes in length), as they hide out in the van, on the lam but still obsessed enough with videogames that they embark on a quest to track down a copy of the new Halo: Reach. Their search takes them to the Encino Buy More, where they inadvertently run into Big Mike (series star Mark Christopher Lawrence). Will their mission be a success? Log on for “Chuck Presents – Buy Hard: The Jeff and Lester Story” to find out.

Here’s the schedule:

  • Tuesday, September 7: Webisode 1 (premiere) debuts online
  • Wednesday, September 8: Webisode 2 debuts online
  • Thursday, September 9: Webisode 3 debuts online
  • Friday, September 10: Webisode 4 debuts online
  • Monday, September 13: Webisode 5 (finale) debuts online

…all timed to coincide with the release of “Halo: Reach” on the Xbox 360 at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, September 14 and the season four premiere of “Chuck” on Monday, September 20 on NBC at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Season three DVD – “Gag reel” [YouTube]

Season three DVD – “Declassified scenes, Part 1” [YouTube]

Watch Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4


Check out more DVD special features via SpoilerTV

Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars wins Hugo Award

The 2010 Hugo Awards were announced on Sunday in Australia and “Doctor Who” won Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form for the TV movie “The Waters of Mars” written by Russell T. Davies. “Doctor Who” actually dominated the category, with three of the five entries from the series — including “The Next Doctor” and “Planet of the Dead”. The two other shows nominated were “Dollhouse” (for “Epitaph 1”) and “FlashForward” (for “No More Good Days”, which was written by Brannon Braga and David S. Goyer). The complete list of winners can be found here.

More Who news:

  • Filming on the sixth season of “Doctor Who” started on Monday morning in Cardiff, UK… [Doctor Who News Page]
  • …Speaking of “Doctor Who”, Steven Moffat is saying that although work has not completed on the 2011 season, The Daleks are not currently expected to make an appearance: “There will be a Dalek story when we’ve got a good idea for a Dalek story. [When that happens], there will be lots of different kinds of Daleks.” [Digital Spy]

Finally, check out this custom-built TARDIS made entirely out of LEGO Bricks [via Blastr]

Jane Espenson talks about writing for Torchwood’s new season

Jane Espenson (“Battlestar Galactica”, “Caprica”) was recently announced as one of the writers for the new season of “Torchwood” and Espenson told Blastr she will be writing three episodes of the fourth season. Espenson also talked about her writing style and how she’ll approach “Torchwood”:

I love blending tones—mixing the broadly comedic moment in with the darkly dramatic one can heighten both. Torchwood is a show that welcomes that kind of moment. I’m also really eager to play with all the culture-clash material that comes naturally out of the show’s pedigree. And I’m especially eager to write material that pushes the boundaries of what can ordinarily be done on television.

The 10-episode fourth season, which carries the title “Torchwood: The New World”, will premiere on Starz in 2011.

Fall 2010 new Sci-Fi/Genre show survival odds

The fall TV season officially gets underway this week (“Nikita” debuts this Thursday). With that in mind, Marc Berman of MediaWeek has posted his Odds of Survival for the new shows. Here are the sci-fi/genre shows — based on a scale of 1-1 to 10-1 — [premiere date in brackets]:

“The Event” (NBC): 4-1 [September 20, 2010]

“Nikita” (CW): 4-1 [September 9, 2010]

“Undercovers” (NBC): 7-1 [September 22, 2010]

“No Ordinary Family” (ABC): 8-1 [September 28, 2010]

For those interested, Berman has the William Shatner sitcom “$#*! My Dad Says” (CBS) at 5-1 odds of survival. Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman’s Hawaii Five-0 reboot (CBS) is getting good marks with odds of 3-1.

ABC picks up Amazon River Adventure Show

ABC has picked up “The River” from “Paranormal Activity” director Oren Peli. Described as a “cinema verite-style thriller drama,” the series centers around a mysterious river and follows “a famed adventurer/TV personality who goes missing and is presumed dead deep in the Amazon. His friends and crew go to look for him on their state-of-the-art research vessel.” [Deadline]

PREVIEW Videos & Images

Battlestar Galactica

“Battlestar Galactica: The Exhibition” (Opens October 23, 2010) [YouTube]

Beast Legends

Sneak peek at the series premiere – “Kraken” [Syfy]

Destination Truth

Sneak peek for the season premiere, “Poltergeists of Pompeii/Nandi Beast” [Syfy]

The Event

Promotional cast stills [more at SpoilerTV]

Promotional stills for the series premiere – “I Haven’t Told You Everything” [more at Pizquita]


Promotional stills for the season three premiere – “Olivia” [more at SpoilerTV]

Season three TV spot [FringeTelevision / YouTube]

Sneak peek at the season three premiere [YouTube]

Featurette – “Just the Facts: The Coming War” [YouTube]

Interview with Joshua Jackson [Zap2It]

Interviews with Jasika Nicole [YouTube]

Ghost Hunters

Sneak peek at “Uninvited Guests” [Syfy]

No Ordinary Family

Interviews with Julie Benz and Jimmy Bennett [ABC via SpoilerTV]

The Sarah Jane Adventures

Season four promotional cast still [Blogtor Who]

Season four trailer [YouTube]

Stargate Universe

Promotional stills for episodes 2×01 – “Intervention” and 2×02 – “Aftermath” [more at SpoilerTV]

Season two TV spot [MovieWeb]


Set images [more at Nigel Horsley | Flickr via SpoilerTV, (2)]

Season six promo [YouTube]

True Blood

Promotional stills for the season three finale, episode 3×12 – “Evil Is Going On” [more at Daemon’s TV]

Promo for “Evil Is Going On” [HBO]

Set images [more at Nigel Horsley | Flickr and via SpoilerTV, (2)]

Note: the second batch of photos are very spoiler heavy

The Vampire Diaries

Promotional stills for episode 2×02 – “Brave New World” [more at]

Official soundtrack CD cover []

Season two promo [YouTube]

The Walking Dead

TV spot: “Hospital Corridor” [AMC]

Watch two more TV spots here

Warehouse 13

Sneak peek at episode 2×10 – “When and Where” [Syfy]


  • Aaron Douglas revealed that before he landed the role of Chief Tyrol on “Battlestar Galactica”, he had auditioned for the roles of Lee Adama and Lt. Gaeta. Douglas also revealed that he wasn’t officially told that he would be a Cylon until the day before the episode was shot, however he found out about it several months earlier. [CNN]
  • Interested in finding out which characters will be back for season four of “True Blood”? Head on over to E! Online.
  • NBC has partnered with DreamWorks Animation for half-hour holiday specials based on “Shrek” and “Kung Fu Panda”. The two projects will be called “Scared Shrekless” and “Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special” and air October 28, 2010 and November 24, 2010, respectively. [the live feed]
  • The fourth season of “The Sarah Jane Adventures” premieres on CBBC on Monday, October 11, 2010. [Blogtor Who]
  • Syfy has teamed with Billy Ray Cyrus and his son Trace for “UFO: Unbelievably Freakin’ Obvious”, a new reality series “in which conspiracy theories involving unexplained activity and paranormal phenomena are investigated.” The pilot will be shot in a few weeks. [Variety]
  • Check out an interview with new ‘Vampire Diaries’ writers Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain at the Kansas City Star. [via]
  • Check out an interview with Matt Lanter, who voices Anakin Skywalker on the hit Cartoon Network series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”. Season three premieres on Friday, September 17, 2010. [IGN]


  • “Chuck” – 4×01 – “Chuck vs. the Anniversary”. []
  • “Fringe” – 3×01 – “Olivia”. [SpoilerTV]
  • “The Event” – 1×01 – “Pilot”. [SpoilerTV]
  • “Supernatural” – 6×01 – “Exile on Main St.” [SpoilerTV]
  • “The Vampire Diaries” – 2×03 – “Bad Moon Rising”. [SpoilerTV]
  • Episode 2×15 of “Stargate Universe” will be called “Seizure”. [SpoilerTV]
  • Episode 1×07 of “No Ordinary Family” will be called “No Ordinary Mobster”. [SpoilerTV]


  • Kevin Weisman (“Alias”) will guest star on an upcoming episode of the Fox series “Fringe”… [Kevin Weisman | Twitter via SpoilerTV]
  • …Also guest starring on the show will be twins, Shawn and Aaron Ashmore. Their episode will air in November. No further details are known, although Shawn spoke highly of the script and show: “…the quality of ‘Fringe’ is really high and the episode is done well and our characters are intelligent…” [Chicago Now]
  • Cybil Shepherd has been cast as Barbara Crane, the mother of Julie Benz’s character, Stephanie in the ABC drama “No Ordinary Family”. [TV Guide]
  • Episode 6×06 of “Supernatural” will feature a character called “Robert”, who is “meant to be a Robert Pattinson type” along with a character called “Boris”, who is described as a “large and frightening Vampire”. As previously announced, the episode will be called “Live Free or Twihard”. [SpoilerTV]
  • Thomas Jane, who worked with “The Walking Dead” director/producer/writer Frank Darabont on “The Mist”, has seen the series and wants to do a guest spot: “That show is going to be a big f***ing hit. I’ve seen it and is fan-f***ing-tactic…I’m going to come on and do a guest thing…Maybe play a bad guy.” [PopCornBlz via IGN]

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

Warehouse 13

Episode 2×09 – “Vendetta” was up slightly from the week prior, drawing 2.40 million viewers (+2%) and a 0.7 A18-49 rating (n/c). The season average is now 2.52 million viewers and a 0.8 A18-49 rating.

Stan Lee’s Superhumans

After weeks of highs, “Stan Lee’s Superhumans fell to a series low 1.14 million viewers (-27%) with a 0.5 A18-49 rating (-17%). The season average is now 1.33 million viewers and a 0.5 A18-49 rating.

Doctor Who

The special “Doctor Who Prom” was watched by 520,000 people according to preliminary numbers. [Doctor Who News Page]

CHART (8/23/2010 to 8/29/2010)

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