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TrekMovie.com Sci-Fi TV: Smallville, Fringe, Chuck, The Event, V, Doctor Who, Terra Nova, Caprica, Sharktopus + more

Cross-posted at TrekMovie.com

The fall TV season has just kicked off and there is much more cool genre TV coming and so our SciFi TV update is back with lots of news on your favorite shows.

Summary of Column Contents

  • Teri Hatcher cast as Lois Lane’s mother + more Smallville S10 news & previews
  • Solid debut for NBC’s The Event + previews & details for S1
  • Jane Badler talks about her role in the new V
  • Caprica returning in October + more previews
  • Jonathan Frakes set to direct an episode of Chuck this season + more Chuck news & previews
  • Steven Moffat talks Doctor Who Christmas special and S6
  • Fringe executive producers would invite Leonard Nimoy’s back + more Fringe news
  • Stephen Lang cast in Terra Nova
  • Bryan Singer producing online sci-fi thriller H+
  • Warehouse 13 ends second season with strong numbers + Third season renewal likely
  • Marvel considering live-action TV show?
  • Seth Green and Matt Senreich talk Star Wars comedy
  • Stargate Universe adds guest-stars
  • Sci-Fi/Genre TV show ratings

All that and more, including more of the latest previews, news, spoilers and more over the jump.

GENRE TV NEWS

Teri Hatcher cast as Lois Lane’s mother + more Smallville S10 news & previews

Here’s some pretty cool “Smallville” season 10 casting news: Teri Hatcher has been cast as Lois Lane’s mother. Hatcher, of course, played Lois Lane herself in the 1993-97 ABC series “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”. Here’s the report, courtesy EW’s Michael Ausiello:

Congrats, Smallville—you have outdone yourself! For the show’s 10th and final season, producers have scored perhaps their biggest (maybe even the biggest possible) casting coup: They’ve snagged erstwhile Lois Lane Teri Hatcher to play mom to Erica Durance’s Lois Lane!

I know what you’re thinking: But Lois’ mom, Ella, is dead! Follow along now…

In episode 8, titled “Abandoned,” Lois discovers old videotapes of her mother. I think you can figure the rest out for yourself. Am I right?

Here’s a round-up of other “Smallville” news ahead of its season 10 debut this Friday, September 24 at 8:00 p.m. on The CW:

  • We will see Lex Luther in the season premiere, sort of: “We’re reminded of the innocent way we first saw Lex, as a young child, and we’ll see the dark, ugly villain he has been twisted into. Of course, as we know, “there can only be one Lex Luthor.” [Zap2It]
  • Clark’s supersuit will be seen in the season premiere: “Clark will get a good look at the suit… and so will someone else.” [Fancast]
  • Jonathan Kent (“John Schneider”) is expected to have a large presense this season, although in what capacity isn’t clear. [E! Online]
  • Here’s a short synopsis for episode 10×03 – “Supergirl”: “Kara returns to Earth and tells Clark that Jor El sent her to stop the dark force that is coming; Lois confronts a shock jock who is crusading against heroes after he threatens the Green Arrow.”… [KryptonSite]
  • …Speaking of the Green Arrow, Lindsay Hartley, real life wife of Green Arrow star Justin Hartley, will appear in episode eight: “Her character is a woman who takes matters into her own hands,” says executive producer Kelly Souders. “And those hands are wickedly dangerous!”. The episode is titled “Abandoned”. [TV Guide]
  • Lexa Doig will play Dr. Christina Lamell in episode 10×06 – “Harvest”. Her character will interact with Tess. [Al Septien | Twitter via SpoilerTV]
  • Episodes eight and nine will reportedly be called “Abandoned” and “Patriot”, respectively. [KryptonSite]
  • Tom Welling (Clark Kent) will direct episode 10×09 – “Patriot”. [OSCK]

Season 10 trailer [YouTube]

Interview with Laura Vandervoort [YouTube]

Sneak peek at episode 10×01 – “Lazarus” [YouTube]

Watch another promo here [via SpoilerTV]

Solid debut for NBC’s The Event + previews & details for S1

“The Event” is one of the few new genre/sci-fi shows this season, and while the jury is still out on whether it’ll be able to hold its audience, there were some encouraging signs in its series debut numbers. The show debuted on Monday night with 10.88 million viewers and a 3.6 A18-49 rating (un-fazed by its considerably weaker “Chuck” lead-in). More importantly, however, was the fact that the episode grew in audience over the course of the hour-long episode:

  • 9:00-9:15 — 10.31M viewers / 3.3 A18-49 rating
  • 9:15-9:30 — 10.93M viewers / 3.6 A18-49 rating
  • 9:30-9:45 — 10.73M viewers / 3.6 A18-49 rating
  • 9:45-10:00 — 11.54M viewers / 3.9 A18-49 rating

That’s growth of 12 and 18 percent, respectively, from the first 1/4 hour to the last 1/4 hour. Keeping viewers engaged will not be easy, especially with this type of show. That’s why the network and producers have indicated that answers will be more forthcoming than perhaps is expected of such a show, something confirmed by Fancast’s review of the next two episodes:

“Rest assured, questions will be answered – and not just with more questions! What happened to the vanishing plane? Answered. Who – or what – is capable of pulling off such a feat? Answered again! We’ll also learn who’s responsible for kidnapping Leila (even if their true motivations remain hidden). Oh, and those prisoners up on the snowy Alaska mountain? We’ll discover precisely why the government has been keeping them behind bars for oh so long. Finally, keep your eyes peeled for a creepy twist ending in Episode 3 that will send chills – yes chills – up your spine.”

Here is the press release for episode 1×02 – “To Keep Us Safe” [via SpoilerTV]:

“To Keep Us Safe” – As the shockwave of the plane dissipates, President Martinez’s (Blair Underwood) staff must work quickly to assess what happened and how to respond. Director of National Intelligence, Blake Sterling, (Željko Ivanek) locks down Sophia (Laura Innes) for interrogation. The conspiracy widens, engulfing FBI Agent Collier (guest star Heather McComb) and Carter (guest star D. B. Sweeney), a mercenary with questionable ties. Meanwhile, a shadowy figure, Thomas (Clifton Collins, Jr.), emerges with knowledge of the detainees and their plan. Jason Ritter, Sarah Roemer, Ian Anthony Dale, Scott Patterson, Taylor Cole, Lisa Vidal, and Bill Smitrovich also star. Michael Whaley, Angel Desai and Wes Ramsey guest star. Directed by: Jeffrey Reiner

We also have the titles for episodes three and four: “Protect Them From the Truth” and “A Matter of Life and Death” (which will mark the debut appearance of Hal Holbrook as the “mysterious character” named Dempsey), respectively. “The Event” airs Monday night’s at 9:00 p.m. on NBC.

Promotional stills for episode 1×02 – “To Keep Us Safe” [more at SpoilerTV]

Promo for “To Keep Us Safe” [YouTube]

Five sneak peeks at “To Keep Us Safe” [SpoilerTV]

Jane Badler talks about her role in the new V

Jane Badler, who was recently cast as Diana, mother to Morena Baccarin’s character Anna on “V”, confided to TV Guide that she had to fight to get the role on the show:

“From the moment I heard V was coming back, it was something I was hoping to be part of, but they tested a lot of people for this role,” confides Jane from the Vancouver set. “A lot of years have passed, so it feels good to win something.”

New details have also emerged about her role on the show. TV Guide reports that when the show returns this November, we’ll see “imprisoned on the mother ship in a cell designed to look like the reptilian visitors’ home planet.”

“I’m the queen in exile, locked away in a dungeon for 15 years,” says Jane. “It’s mother abuse!”

“V” season two is scheduled to premiere on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 on ABC.

Caprica returning in October + more previews

Syfy’s “Battlestar Galactica” prequel “Caprica” was originally going to kick off the rest of its first season in January, but they have moved that up to Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at 10:00PM ET/PT. They have also released a number of new previews.

Promotional stills for episode 1×10 – “Unvanquished” [more at CapricaTV and SpoilerTV]

Sneak peek at “Unvanquished” [via SpoilerTV]

Clip: “New Revelations” [via SpoilerTV]

Clip: “Cylons” [via SpoilerTV]

Clip: “Rebirth” [via SpoilerTV]

“ReCaprica” recap video [Syfy]

Jonathan Frakes set to direct an episode of Chuck this season + more Chuck news & previews

Jonathan Frakes told StarTrek.com that he will be directing an episode for the fourth season of NBC’s “Chuck”:

I’m in prep on The Good Guys, and after I finish it I’ll go to NCIS: Los Angeles to do another one of those. Then I’ll do another Castle. Then I’ll go to Chuck. What a blessing this year has been.

Here are a few “Chuck” TV bites:

  • “Chuck” premiered this Wednesday to the tune of 5.79 million viewers and a 2.0 A18-49 rating. Although that was down significantly from last season’s special Sunday debut (7.45M / 2.9 rating), it wasn’t all negative. In fact, the show improveed over the season three finale by 16% among viewers (5.01M to 5.79M) and 11% in A18-49 rating (1.8 to 2.0).
  • Check out interviews with Linda Hamilton, Lou Ferigno and producers Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak. [TV Squad, TV Guide and TV Guide]
  • “Saturday Night Live” alum Ana Gasteyer will guest-star in episode 4×07 “Chuck Vs. the First Fight”. Gasteyer will play Dasha, “a ruthless operative for the nefarious Volkoff organization.” [Fancast]
  • Episode synopses/descriptions for 4×03 – “Chuck vs. the Cubic Z” and 4×04 – “Chuck vs. The Coup D’Etat” [SpoilerTV, (2)]
  • You can expect to see more interaction between Casey (Adam Baldwin) and his daughter, says series co-creator Chris Fedak: “We’ll be exploring that relationship, and what it means to be a superspy with a daughter who’s dating guys and having typical daughter issues”. [Fancast]

Promotional stills for episode 4×02 – “Chuck vs. the Suitcase” [TV Guide and SpoilerTV]

Promotional stills for episode 4×03 – “Chuck vs. the Cubic Z” [more at SpoilerTV]

Promo for episodes 4×02 through 4×06 [YouTube]

Interview with Zachary Levi and Josh Gomez [Buzz Sugar]

Steven Moffat talks Doctor Who Christmas special and season six

“Doctor Who” showrunner Steven Moffat was interviewed for “Doctor Who The Brilliant Book 2011″ — which is releasing later this month — and in the interview talked about what he has planned for the Christmast special and season six [via SFX]

“This one’s incredibly Christmassy. That’s true of the previous ones but I wanted to go for broke. It’s easily the most Christmassy thing you’ll ever see. It’s a huge, sentimental, lovely, jeopardy-driven story. It’s the Christmas special I’d like to see. It’s like a compilation of every Christmas movie. A big Christmas treat. But that doesn’t mean it’s without scares, and that doesn’t mean it’s without heartbreak. It has genuine tragedy in it.”

And here’s what he had to say about the sixth season, hinting that season six will involve a more wide-spreading mystery:

“Nothing will be left hanging forever. Some things will be addressed relatively quickly. We’re going into the silence and what they [out italics] are… There’s been a sort of tradition, which I semi-followed through with the crack, of there just being a sort of meme through the series, and I think, actually, a bigger mystery and a bigger story is possible now. I’m going to handle it slightly differently next year.”

Moffat also revealed that we’ll discover the true identity of River Song: “That’s absolutely coming,” Moffat said. In other news, BBC has announced that they will release a second batch of installments in the very successful game series “Doctor Who: The Adventure Games” next year.

The audience reaction to the first series has been incredible, but we want to outdo the first series in every way. We want to take players on journeys which will bring the show to life like never before, and once again offer outstanding interactive drama to fans of all ages.

Season six set images [more at Bleeding Cool & SFX]

Fringe executive producers would invite Leonard Nimoy’s back + more Fringe news

Executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman say that despite the events of the season two finale, nothing is final in the world of “Fringe” and they would invite Leonard Nimoy (William Bell) back if he wanted:

“Leonard Nimoy has retired from acting,” says Pinkner. “But if Leonard chooses to come back, there is a story in place that we’d love to tell.” Adds Wyman: “I think it’s fair to say that you have not experienced the last of William Bell.”

“Fringe” returns tonight on Fox with the season three premiere. Here’s a round-up of some of the latest news, images and previews:

  • Episode 3×04 will be called “Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep?” [SpoilerTV]
  • Check out an interview with actress Blair Brown (Nina Sharp) at FringeTelevision.
  • Check out a spoiler-free preview of the first two episodes of the season over at io9.
  • Here’s the press release for episode 3×03 – “The Plateau”. [SpoilerTV]

Season three cast image [EW]

Season three premiere – “Olivia” promotional stills [more at SpoilerTV]

Season three set images [more at Nigel Horsley | Flickr, (2), (3)]

Video explaining the alt-Universe – “Just The Facts – Alternating Universes” [YouTube via FringeTelevision]

Season three TV spot [YouTube]

3 sneak peeks at episode 3×01 – “Olivia” [SpoilerTV]

Sneak peek and Scenemaker for “Olivia” [YouTube]

Stephen Lang cast in Terra Nova

Stephen Lang (“Avatar”, “Conan”) has been cast in the Steven Spielberg-produced prehistoric time-travel series “Terra Nova”. Lang will play the main villain, Frank Taylor, who is described as “the charismatic and ruthless leader of the Terra Nova settlement.” In related news, executive producer David Fury has exited the project over creative differences, leaving showrunner Brannon Braga as the sole writing executive producer:

“He was beloved by the producers on the show, but it just didn’t work out,” a source close to the series said. Showrunner Brannon Braga, who brought Fury over, will now be the drama’s sole writing executive producer as no direct replacement for Fury is planned.

“Terra Nova” will premiere in the fall of 2011, but will get a special preview in May 2011 (presumably airing out of “American Idol”, like what the network did with “Glee” last season).

Bryan Singer producing online sci-fi thriller H+

Warner Brothers has announced that Bryan Singer is producing an online sci-fi thriller called “H+”. Here’s the description courtesy WB:

H+ takes viewers on an episodic two-and-a-half hour, apocalyptic journey into the future where technology has gone horrifically wrong. In 2019, 33% of the world’s population uses a radical new piece of technology – an implanted computer system called H +. This allows a person’s mind and nervous system to be connected to the Internet 24 hours a day.

But that same year, a mysterious and vicious computer virus is released, and within seconds millions of people died — leading to radical changes to the political and social landscape of the planet.

The series is currently in pre-production with shooting expected to commence by the end of the year.

“I’ve had a great relationship with Warners and I’m looking forward to working with them and Dolphin Entertainment on this project,” said Bryan Singer. “The epic nature of the story combined with its interactive components makes it an ideal web series. In addition, the high cinematic quality of H + will make it viable for other forms of distribution.”

PREVIEW Videos & Images

Eureka

Promo for the December holiday special [Syfy]

Game of Thrones

Teaser trailer [HBO / YouTube]

Behind the scenes featurette with author George R.R. Martin [HBO / YouTube]

No Ordinary Family

Promotional stills for episodes 1×02 – “No Ordinary Marriage” and 1×03 – “No Ordinary Ring” [more at DH-Central.net]

The Sarah Jane Adventures

Clip from episode 4×05-06 “Death of the Doctor” [Blogtor Who / YouTube]

Sanctuary

Season three promo [Syfy]

Sharktopus

Clip: “Sharktopus = Shark + Octopus” [Syfy]

Clip: “Sharktopus – Sporkupine” [Syfy]

Clip: “Sharktopus – Torpoodle” [Syfy]

Stargate Universe

Season two trailer [YouTube]

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Season three clip: “Clone Cadets” [YouTube]

Watch another clip here

Supernatural

Promotional stills for episode 6×02 – “Two and a Half Men” [more at Shock Till You Drop]

Promo for episode 6×01 – “Exile on Main St.” [YouTube]

Interview with Jared Padalecki [YouTube]

V

Set images [more at The V Files, (3), (4)]

The Vampire Diaries

Promotional stills for episode 2×05 – “Kill Or Be Killed” [VampireSite]

The Walking Dead

Poster/key art [AMC]

TV spot [Shock Till You Drop]

TV BITES

  • On September 25 and September 26, Stargate Artifacts will hold an auction of more than 850 original props from “Stargate SG-1″. [via Blastr]
  • Edward James Olmos says he’s working on a graphic novel sequel to “Battlestar Galactica”. Olmos says he hopes to have the novel out soon: “Pretty soon I hope. I don’t know. It just depends on whether people can get behind it and understand it for what it is. I think people will…” [Screen Junkies via Blastr]
  • With Marvel now under the Disney umbrella, Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada is hinting at the possibility of a live-action TV show on one of the Disney family of networks: “We’re part of a bigger family. This opens us up to so many, many incredible ideas and creators that want to work with us, not just in comics or animation or film, but now also in television.” [MTV Splash Page]
  • Check out an interview with “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” star Ashely Eckstein (“Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano”) and director Dave Filoni at io9.
  • This season of “Batman: The Brave and the Bold” will feature two appearances by Superman: one by himself, and another one featuring a team-up with Batman and Wonder Woman. Other characters to be featured this season include The Flash, a return visit by The Outsiders and the first appearance of Batgirl/Barbara Gordon. [io9]
  • MTV has picked up the documentary-style “Death Valley”, a horror comedy about cops fighting monsters. [THR]
  • Seth Green and Matt Senreich (“Robot Chicken”) offered some new details about their computer-generated “Star Wars” comedy series. The two said that they are going to make the entire first season before shopping it to networks (like what Lucasfilm did with ‘Clone Wars’) and they called the show a “surreal experience” and described it as “Jon Stewart on steroids mixed with David Chapelle”. They also said that George Lucas actually compared it to “Spongebob Squarepants”. [Big Shiny Robot]
  • After solid numbers for season two, Syfy is expected to renew “Warehouse 13″ for a third season. Syfy hasn’t officially commented on the rumored renewal, but executive producer Jack Kenny tweeted that the show would “definitely be back for a third season!” before deleting the tweet and clarifying: “Oops – I made a mistake & misconstrued a conversation. While we’re hopeful for a 3rd season of Warehouse 13, nothing has been decided.” [the live feed | THR & Jack Kenny | Twitter]
  • Check out a spoiler-filled preview of the second season of “Stargate Universe” (premiering Friday, September 28) over at GateWorld.
  • Episode 1×02 of “The Cape” will be called “Bluebeard”. The title refers to the episode’s villain, “a man who wears a leather surgical mask on his face and wears a long jacket with a dirty French Victorian look to it.” [CapeSite]
  • Episode 1×03 of “No Ordinary Family” will be called “No Ordinary Ring”. [KSiteTV]
  • Here are some more episode synopses/descriptions:
  • “Human Target” 2×02 – “The Wife’s Tale”. [SpoilerTV]
  • “Supernatural” 6×03 – “The Third Man”. [Shock Till You Drop]

CASTING BITES

  • Syfy has announced that Victor Garber, David Hewlett, Robert Picardo, Kathleen Quinlan and French Stewart are all set to guest star in the second season of “Stargate Universe”, which premieres next Tuesday, September 28 at 9:00 p.m. [Syfy]
  • Oded Fehr (“Resident Evil”) is joining the second season cast of ABC’s “V”. Fehr will play Eli Cohn, “a leader in a new radical Fifth Column resistance movement whose hard-line stance against the Visitors poses a special new challenge for our core group of rebels”… [IGN AU]
  • …In related news, a new character will be introduced in episode 2×04 and will recur for at least 3 episodes… [SpoilerTV]
  • …Jay Karnes will join ABC’s “V” as FBI agent Chris Bolling, “a newly assigned partner for agent Erica Evans (Elizabeth Mitchell)”. [TV Guide]
  • Andre Royo, who appears in tonight’s third season premiere of “Fringe”, will return for a second episode later this fall. [EW]
  • Serinda Swan, who played Zatanna on “Smallville”, has been cast in episode 6×04 of “Supernatural”. The episode is called “You Can’t Handle The Truth” and Swan guest-stars as “a news reporter chronicling an unsettling series of suicides”. [Fancast]

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

Warehouse 13

  • Episode 2×10 – “When and Where” – 2.49M viewers (+4%) and a 0.8 A18-49 rating/share (+14%).
  • Episode 2×11 – “Buried (1)” – 2.38M viewers (-4%) and a 0.9 A18-49 rating/share (+13%).
  • Episode 2×12 – “Reset (2)” – 2.45M viewers (+3%) and a 0.8 A18-49 rating/share (-11%).

The second season finale finished ahead of the first season finale by 10% in viewers (2.32M) and 14% in A18-49 rating (0.7). Overall, the second season of “Warehouse 13″ (12 episodes) drew an average audience of 2.50 million viewers and a 0.8 A18-49 rating.

Stan Lee’s Superhumans

After hitting a series-low the week prior, “Stan Lee’s Superhumans” hit a series-high 1.68 million viewers (+48%) with a 0.7 A18-49 rating (+40%) for its sixth episode. The season average is now 1.39 million viewers and a 0.6 A18-49 rating.

True Blood

“Evil is Going On”, the season three finale of “True Blood”, drew 5.38 million viewers (-1%) and a 3.0 A18-49 rating (-6%). The third season averaged 4.97 million viewers and a 2.9 A18-49 rating through 12 episodes.

Destination Truth

  • Episode 4×01 – 1.23M viewers and a 0.5 A18-49 rating.
  • Episode 4×02 – 1.14M viewers (-7%) and a 0.4 A18-49 rating (-20%).

Beast Legends

  • Episode 1×01 – 1.01M viewers and a 0.4 A18-49 rating.
  • Episode 1×02 – 796,000 viewers (-21%) and a 0.3 A18-49 rating (-25%).

Ghost Hunters

  • Episode 6×12 – 2.18M viewers and a 0.9 A18-49 rating.
  • Episode 6×13 – 2.01M viewers (-8%) and a 0.9 A18-49 rating (n/c).
  • Episode 6×14 – 1.88M viewers (-7%) and a 0.8 A18-49 rating (-11%).
  • Episode 6×15 – 2.08M viewers (+11%) and a 0.9 A18-49 rating (+12%).

The sixth season is currently averaging 2.13 million viewers and a 1.0 A18-49 rating.

Haven

No longer with the benefit of new episodes of “Eureka” as its lead-in, “Haven” dropped to a series-low 1.59 million viewers (-10%) and a 0.4 A18-49 rating (-33%) with episode 1×10 – “The Hand You’re Dealt”. The show is currently averaging 1.95 million viewers and a 0.5 A18-49 rating.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

The one-hour season three premiere of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” debuted to 2.42 million viewers and a 0.5 A18-49 rating last Friday (and drew a 2.8 rating among kids aged 2-11).

Nikita

  • Episode 1×01 – “Pilot” – 3.57M viewers and a 1.4 A18-49 rating.
  • Episode 1×02 – “2.0” – 3.19M viewers (-11%) and a 1.2 A18-49 rating (-14%).

CHART (8/30/2010 to 9/5/2010)

CHART (9/6/2010 to 9/12/2010)

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