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I'll do my best to read and respond to your e-mails. Sci-Fi TV: Doctor Who, The Hulk, The Walking Dead, The Cape, The Wild Wild West + more

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In Sci-Fi TV this week we have Doctor Who and Torchwood possibly crossing over, The Incredible Hulk returning to TV, The Cape stepping into The Event’s hiatus and much more news.

Summary of Column Contents:

  • Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol will air on Christmas Day in US + Another Who/Torchwood crossover episode?
  • Guillermo del Toro and David Eick to create The Hulk TV series for ABC
  • The Walking Dead season two probably will debut in October 2011
  • The Cape premieres in January + The Event going on hiatus until February
  • Ron Moore To Remake The Wild Wild West For CBS
  • Rumor: Warner Bros. Wants Karl Urban As Next TV Batman?
  • Arquette says Medium is canceled

Plus lots of previews, including the latest from The Walking Dead. Plus the latest television ratings, casting bites and more.


Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol will air on Christmas Day in US + Another Who/Torchwood crossover episode?

Good news for US fans of “Doctor Who”. BBC America has announced that they will air the Christmas special — now titled “A Christmas Carol” — on Christmas Day in the US. The special will air at 9PM. This will mark the first time that a “Doctor Who” Christmas special will air in the UK and the US on the same day. In other news, “Torchwood” creator Russell T. Davies told IGN that a “Doctor Who” / “Torchwood” crossover episode could happen:

“Well, [“Doctor Who” showrunner Steven Moffat] said he’d love to see Jack in Doctor Who. So if Steven says that, Steven will make it happen, I would think. That’s not inside information, but I bet one day it will happen. I’d love to see it. It would be marvelous.”

The last crossover episode took place during the season four episodes “The Stolen Earth” and “Journey’s End”.

Minisode (takes place between “The Eleventh Hour” and “The Beast Below” [YouTube]

Minisode (takes place between “Flesh and Stone” and “The Vampires of Venice” [YouTube]

Doctor Who DS footage (video game) [via ONM]

Matt Smith on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson [YouTube]

Promotional stills for “The Sarah Jane Adventures” – 4×11-12 – “Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith” [more at Blogtor Who]

Guillermo del Toro and David Eick to create The Hulk TV series for ABC

It’s confirmed. Marvel Studios and ABC Studios have tapped Guillermo del Toro (“Pans Labyrinth”, “Hellboy”) and David Eick (“Battlestar Galactica”, “Caprica”) to create/executive produce a new “Incredible Hulk” series. Details are scarce, but Deadline reports the “The Hulk” will follow an origin story:

In it, physicist Bruce Banner, whose alter ego is the green and raging Hulk, will be in his mid-twenties, less reactive and more energized as the world is still his oyster. Unlike the two Hulk movies, in which the monster was a pure CGI creation, the series will employ a mixture of prosthetics, puppetry and CGI. Del Toro and Eick will break the story for the pilot script together, sharing story and created by credit. Eick will write the script, with del Toro attached to direct subject to his availability. Del Toro will also oversee the designing of the Hulk character, which is expected to draw on previous comic book incarnations, as well as the original 1978-82 Incredible Hulk TV series, with a few wild tweaks on the old look.

The project won’t be ready for fall consideration next season, but Marvel is reportedly looking to launch it following the July 2012 theatrical release of “The Avengers” (which of course features Mark Rufallo as Bruce Banner / The Hulk so we could be looking at a debut as early as fall 2012.

The Walking Dead season two probably will debut in October 2011

Although the show has already been picked up for a second season by AMC, we may be in for a long wait between seasons of “The Walking Dead”. the live feed | THR says that AMC isn’t likely to launch the 13-episode second season until October 2011:

The reason? Fearfest. AMC’s annual horror movie marathon served as a perfect promotional platform to ramp up interest for The Walking Dead, which also took advantage of the higher audience levels during the fall (something not all cable shows can pull off given the barrage of broadcast shows airing at the same time — which is why most cable dramas run during the summer).

None of this is confirmed — the second season hasn’t even started production yet — but at the moment this is the plan. On the plus side, executive producer/director Frank Darabont is expected to write and direct another episode in season two. We’re three episodes into the first season with just three to go. So what can we expect for the final half? Conflict. Darabont: “Before it’s all said and done, the opinions and actions of the group are divided.” Fellow executive producer Gale Ann Hurd added: “Stakes are higher, dissension develops, rivalries intensify. The CDC is also expected to play a larger role: “If I’m in some biological holocaust and I’m in Atlanta, wouldn’t the Centers for Disease Control be the first place to go?,” teases Darabont. “The Walking Dead” airs Sunday’s at 10PM on AMC.

The Cape premieres in January + The Event going on hiatus until February

NBC has announced that “The Cape” will premiere with a two-hour episode on Sunday, January 9 (9-11PM). The premiere will be followed up on Monday, January 10 with a encore of the premiere from 8-10PM and a new episode from 10-11PM. The series will settle into its regular timeslot the week after (January 17: 9-10PM). Check out a new trailer for the show below, followed by our first look at guest-star Mena Suvari.

First look at Mena Suvari [Zap2It]

So what does this mean for the struggling series “The Event”? Well, after the November 29 episode, the series will be going on hiatus until February 28. The return will be two hours long — 9-11PM — with a regular airing the week after (9-11PM). Rumor is NBC will be airing a recap special before its February return, recapping the first 10 episodes. However, NBC hasn’t committed to that yet.

Previously on Ron Moore To Remake The Wild Wild West For CBS

Veteran Star Trek writer/producer Ron Moore has once again been tasked to reboot a classic TV show for a modern audience. The man who rebooted Battlestar Galactica is now headed to the old west to remake The Wild Wild West for CBS…CBS is once again bringing back a classic show for a modern audience. This time it is the action-adventure Western The Wild Wild West, which originally ran for four seasons from 1965-1969.

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Previously on Rumor: Warner Bros. Wants Karl Urban As Next TV Batman?

Time for another big casting rumor related to one of Star Trek’s new crew, and this time it is Karl Urban. According to an online report, Warner Brothers is thinking about bringing the Batman franchise back to the small screen, with Karl Urban, Star Trek’s new Dr. McCoy, being considered for Bruce Wayne/Batman…The new report comes from Comic Book Movie which cites “insider sources” saying that Warner Brothers plans on bringing the Batman franchise back to live action television following Christopher Nolan’s 2012 film The Dark Knight Rising. The report says that WB would want to keep the feel of the Nolan series and they have already put an executive onto the project.

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PREVIEW Videos & Images

Being Human (US/Syfy)

Promo trailer [Syfy]

Character promo images (UK left, US right) [SpoilerTV]

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales (comic)

Cover art [io9]


Caprica / Star Wars / Star Trek spoof starring Alessandra Torresani [G4TV]


Promo for episode 4×09 “Chuck vs. Phase Three” [YouTube]

The Event

Promo for episode 1×09 – “Your World to Take” [YouTube]

Falling Skies

Promotional stills [more at multipleverses]


Set images [via SpoilerTV]

Promo for episode 3×07 – “The Abducted” [YouTube]


Promo for the Christmas special: “The Futurama Holiday Spectacular” [Comedy Central]

Preview – Santa’s Coming
Ugly Americans Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time The Benson Interruption


Promotional stills for episode 2×02 [more at SpoilerTV]

Sneak peek at episode 2×02 [via SpoilerTV–click for sneak peeks]

Reise: Kingdom Falling

Episode 7 – “Beast” [Syfy]


Promotional stills for episode 3×06 – “Animus” [more at SpoilerTV]

Sneak peek at “Animus” [Syfy]


Promotional stills for episode 10×09 – “Patriot” [more at Comic Book Resources]

Preview for “Patriot” [YouTube]

Stargate Universe

Sneak peek at episode 2×09 – “Visitation” [Syfy]


Promotional stills for episode 6×09 – “Clap Your Hands If You Believe” [more at KSiteTV]

Promotional stills for episode 6×10 – “Caged Heat” [more at KSiteTV, (2)]

Teen Wolf (MTV)

Promo trailer [YouTube]


Set images [more at The V Files]

Teaser trailer for the season two premiere – “Red Rain” [YouTube]

The Vampire Diaries

Cast promotional still [SpoilerTV]

Interview with Nina Dobrev [MTV/YouTube via SpoilerTV]

Promo for episode 2×10 – “The Sacrifice” [YouTube]

Sneak peeks at “The Sacrifice” [YouTube]

The Walking Dead

Promotional stills for episode 1×04 – “Vatos” [more at Daemon’s TV]

Sneak peek at “Vatos” [via Daemon’s TV]


  • Although CBS hasn’t confirmed it, “Medium” star Patricia Arquette has revealed that the show has been canceled. The show recently had its order reduced from 22 episodes to 13. Arquette says she doens’t know how the show will end: “I don’t know what it’s going to be, but they’re really excited about it. They’re like, ‘We’re just going to burn the whole thing down!’ I’m really excited.” [Hollywood Insider  | EW]
  • Todd McFarlane says the proposed animated “Spawn” series will appeal to adults which is why it’ll be on cable: “We’re gong to a cable network, and that’s their bread and butter…”They want stuff that isn’t what you can find on ABC, NBC and CBS…We have now an area where we can actually do shows that get a little grittier, a little darker, a little more risque.” [MTV]
  • Robert Carlyle has won the Gemini award for Best Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for his portrayal of Dr. Nicholas Rush on Syfy’s “Stargate Universe”. ‘SGU’ was nominated for nine awards, including Best Dramatic Series (which it lost to “The Tudors”). [Gemini Awards via GateWorld]
  • Unsurprisingly, the “Smallville” midseason finale will end with a cliffhanger, “It is a great cliff-hanger going into the spring run, because there are a couple of pretty big twists in that episode..Things don’t go very well for our heroes. Just when Clark is on top of the world, things kind of crash down around him.”, says executive producer Brian Peterson… [TV Guide]
  • …Also, we can expect a [Spoilers] proposal from Clark to Lois “within the next three episodes”, promises Peterson. [Zap2It]
  • The November 23 episode of “No Ordinary Family” will see Jim (Michael Chiklis) lose his powers: “He’s had a taste of feeling special and making a difference and thinks he can continue fighting crime without his abilities — that puts him in big jeopardy,” says co-creator Jon Harmon Feldman. [TV Guide]
  • The “Stargate Universe” mid-season finale (“”–November 30) will see the team aboard the Destiny finally able to fly the ship out of its predetermind path: “On their way, they find a graveyard of damaged ships from a huge, long ago battle…Unfortunately, their arrival on the scene restarts the fight,” said executive producer Brad Wright. Colonel Telford (Lou Diamond Phillips) will also be back in the episode. [TV Guide]
  • “The Vampire Diaries” executive producer Kevin Williamson says Elena (Nina Dobrev) feels she can take care of herself, and will be doing so in future episodes: “Elena’s no damsel in distress.” Elena will be teaming up with Rose (Lauren Cohan) to try to find the Original vampires. [TV Guide]
  • The cast and crew discuss what’s in store for the rest of the season of “Fringe” in an interview with TV Guide.
  • Episode 1×06 of “The Cape” will be called “Cape’s Day Off”. [SpoilerTV]
  • Episode 4×13 of “Chuck” will be called “Chuck vs. The Push Mix”. [SpoilerTV]
  • Episode 6×13 of “Supernatural” will be called “Unforgiven”. [SpoilerTV]
  • Episode 3×09 of “Fringe” will be called “Marionette”. [SpoilerTV]

Episode descriptions/synopses:

  • “Supernatural” – 6×10 – “Caged Heat”. [KSiteTV]
  • “Chuck” – 4×10 – “Chuck vs. the Leftovers”. []
  • “Fringe” – 3×07 – “The Abducted”. [TV Guide]
  • “Fringe” – 3×08 – “Entrada”. [Fringe Television]
  • “Human Target” – 2×03 – “Taking Ames”. [SpoilerTV]
  • “The Event” – 1×10 – “Everything Will Change”. [SpoilerTV]


  • Jason Wiles has joined the cast of ABC’s “No Ordinary Family”. Wiles will play Mike Powell, the brother of Jim (Michael Chiklis), in the 12th episode. So far Wiles has only signed on for just the one appearance… [Fancast]
  • …In related news, Rebecca Mader will play an employee of Global Tech, the company where Stephanie (Julie Benz) works. Mader’s episode will premiere in January. [TV Guide]
  • Arlene Tur is joining “Torchwood: The New World” the fourth season of “Torchwood” which will air on Starz next year. Tur will play a surgeon named Vera Juarez. [Deadline]
  • Fiona Shaw has joined HBO’s “True Blood” as a new regular. Shaw will play Marnie, “a mousy, timid and secretly self loathing storefront medium and palm reader who is taken over by the spirit of a powerful witch.”… [Deadline]
  • …Meanwhile, Courtney Ford is joining the cast in a recurring role as Portia Bellefleur, “a classic Southern beauty who runs her own law practice”. The character is the sister of Bon Temps’ detective Andy (Chris Bauer). [Deadline]
  • Annette O’Toole will reprise her role as Martha Kent in episode 10×13 of “Smallville”. The episode is titled “Beacon”. Meanwhile, Allison Mack will reprise her role as Chole in the season’s 12th episode “Collateral”. Both episodes will air in early 2011. [Fancast]

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

Stargate Universe [Syfy]

  • Episode 2×07 – “The Greater Good” – 1.07M viewers (+11%) and a 0.4 A18-49 rating (nc).
  • Episode 2×08 – “Malice” – 1.025M viewers (-5%) and a 0.4 A18-49 rating (nc).

The season two average is now down to 1.065M viewers and a 0.4 A18-49 rating. Compared to the first eight episodes of last season — 2.025M / 0.8 A18-49 rating — “Stargate Universe” is down 49% in viewers and 50% in the demo.

Ghost Hunters [Syfy]

The most-recent episode — 6×22 — drew a season-low 1.46M viewers and a season-low tying 0.7 A18-49 rating. That was down 19% from the previous episode among viewers and 13% in A18-49 rating. Season six is averaging 2.07M viewers and a 0.9 A18-49 rating (2.05M / 0.9 A18-49 rating when including the Halloween episode).

Hollywood Treasure [Syfy]

  • Episode 1×05 – 1.15M viewers (+16%) and a 0.5 A18-49 rating (+25%).
  • Episode 1×06 – 1.04M viewers (-9%) and a 0.4 A18-49 rating (-20%).

After dropping below 1M the week before, the show was able to inch its way back over 1M. The season average is now 1.20M viewers and a 0.5 A18-49 rating.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars [Cartoon Network]

  • Episode 3×08 – “Evil Plans” – 1.84M viewers (-1%) and a 0.4 A18-49 rating (nc).
  • Episode 3×09 – “Hunt for Ziro” – 1.76M viewers (-4%) and a 0.4 A18-49 rating (nc).

The third season is currently averaging 1.88M viewers and a 0.4 A18-49 rating and it’s averaging a 2.1 rating among the show’s key demographic kids 2-11.

Fringe [FOX]

“Fringe” was up a touch to 4.82M viewers (+0%), but hit a new series low among adults 18-49 with a 1.7 rating (-6%) for episode 3×06 – “6955 kHz”. Season three is averaging 5.17M viewers and a 1.9 A18-49 rating.

Chuck [NBC]

Episode 4×07 – “Chuck vs. the Fear of Death” returned from its one-week hiatus with 5.43M viewers (-1%) and a 1.8 A18-49 rating (-10%). That was a season-low among adults 18-49. The season average for “Chuck” now stands at 5.43M viewers and a 1.9 A18-49 rating.

The Event [NBC]

  • Episode 1×06 – “I Know Who You Are” – 5.54M viewers (-7%) and a 1.7 A18-49 rating (-15%).
  • Episode 1×07 – “For the Good of Our Country” – 5.64M viewers (+2%) and a 1.7 A18-49 rating (nc).

The 1.7 A18-49 rating marks a series low. The season average is now down to 7.195M viewers with a 2.3 A18-49 rating. Considering the show premiered with 10.88M viewers and a 3.6 A18-49 rating — it doesn’t seem likely it’ll last beyond this season.

The Vampire Diaries [The CW]

  • Episode 2×09 – “Katerina” – 3.495M viewers (-4%) and a 1.6 A18-49 rating (nc).

“The Vampire Diaries” is on hiatus until December 2. The season average now stands at 3.43M viewers and a 1.6 A18-49 rating. In the network’s key demos for the program — A18-34 and W18-34 and  — it’s averaging a 1.9 and a 2.6 rating, respectively.

Nikita [The CW]

Episode 1×09 – “One Way” drew 2.33M viewers and a 0.9 A18-49 rating. That sets a new series-low among viewers and ties a series-low among adults 18-49. The freshman drama is averaging 2.84M viewers and a 1.1 A18-49 rating and could be in danger of cancellation due to very poor numbers within the network’s key demos — 1.0 rating among A18-34 and a 1.3 A18-49 rating among W18-34. Then again, season average wise, it’s still one of the network’s best performers. “Nikita” is also on hiatus until December 2.

The Sarah Jane Adventures [CBBC]

Part 1 of “The Empty Planet” drew 0.99M viewers (+3%) on Children’s BBC, with Part 2 dropping to 0.81M (-18%). The ratings for Part 1 mark a new high for CBBC. Thus far this season — we have data for the first eight episodes — “The Sarah Jane Adventures” is averaging 0.785M viewers. [Doctor Who News Page]

CHART (11/1/2010 to 11/7/2010)

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