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TrekMovie.com Sci-Fi TV: Terra Nova, Falling Skies, Torchwood, Fringe, Wonder Woman, Smallville, Supernatural + more

Cross-posted at TrekMovie.com

TrekMovie’s Sci-Fi updates are back after our Christmas hiatus with a log of updates on all your favorite genre TV shows. We have first looks at Terra Nova and Falling Skies, details on the future of Fringe, more hints for Smallville, good news for the future of Supernatural, and bad news for Stargate Universe.

Summary of Column Contents

  • New trailer for Spielberg’s TNT series Falling Skies + First Look at Terra Nova
  • Fringe returns this week: J.J. Abrams says it will be”unhinged”
  • Networks pass on Wonder Woman, but project still alive
  • Smallville: Another Clark in Superman costume tease + Rosenbaum to return after all?
  • Seventh season of Supernatural likely
  • New title for Torchwood S4: ‘Miracle Day’
  • Syfy cancels Stargate Universe; Brad Wright/MGM discussing other options
  • The Walking Dead season two could premiere in July
  • Starz sets April debut date for Camelot

All that plus the latest television ratings, casting bites and new images and video previews.

GENRE TV NEWS

New trailer for Spielberg’s TNT series Falling Skies + First Look at Terra Nova

TNT has released a new trailer for the Steven Spielberg-produced sci-fi series “Falling Skies” and it gives us our first look at the aliens in the show. Watch it below [YouTube]:

“Falling Skies” stars Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood and Will Patton and will premiere this June on TNT. Another of Spielberg’s projects has also been previewed. The first images of the prehistoric time-travel series “Terra Nova” — of which ‘Trek’ vet Brannon Braga is an executive producer / showrunner — have been released and they give us our first glimpse at the cast (although we don’t see any of the dinosaurs) [FOX]:

Check out two more images here

The “family adventure-drama series”, as its described by FOX, will preview during a special two-night event on Monday, May 23, 2011 (9-10PM) and Tuesday, May 24 (9-10PM) before the show joins its lineup in the fall.

Fringe returns this week: J.J. Abrams says it will be”unhinged”

“Fringe” returns this week on a new night: Friday, January 21 at 9PM and co-creator/producer J.J. Abrams says that fans are in for an “unbridled and “unhinged” version of the show [TVLine]:

“[FOX has] been amazingly and gloriously lenient in what were able to do,” Abrams reports. “It feels like unbridled, unhinged Fringe.”

“When we made the move and [executive producers] Joe [Chappelle] and Jeff [Pinker] started pitching stuff, we thought, ‘Well, this will probably get a little pushback,’” Abrams shares. “But they [at Fox] were like, ‘OK, sounds good!’”

J.J. didn’t want to spoil what’s to come during the back half of this season by detailing any of the especially “out there” fare. Instead, he vaguely spoke of “visual things” that “if I had done in a film, the PG-13 rating would have been taken from us.”

We’ll also be headed back to 1985 and to the “Over There” alt-universe for an upcoming episode of the show where we’ll discover the consequences of Walter’s kidnapping of Peter. Meanwhile, FOX continues to downplay the negative aspect of the show’s move to Friday nights, with FOX entertainment president Kevin Reilly telling reporters at the Television Critics Association “not to write the eulogy prematurely”:

“Friday is a troubled night. We are continually looking for a solution on the night. I was happy that Fringe turned up on a number of top-10 lists. We’re looking for it to go a little bit broader with ratings. I really hope fans go with it. Right now, we’re down to a core loyal audience.”

For more of what’s to come on “Fringe”, check out this TV Guide interview with stars Lance Reddick and Jasika Nicole. Here’s the synopsis for the midseason premiere “The Firefly”:

In the midseason premiere, which kicks off a string of six all-new episodes of FRINGE, an Observer makes contact with the Fringe Team to help rectify a mistake. Meanwhile, Walter befriends Roscoe Joyce (guest star Lloyd), keyboardist for Walter’s favorite 1970s band, “Violet Sedan Chair.” Walter will learn the real reason the band broke up, and realize that the lives of these two men, who have never met before, overlap in strange and unexpected ways in the all-new “The Firefly” episode of FRINGE airing Friday, Jan. 21 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (FR-310) (TV-14 V)

Promotional stills for episode 3×10 – “The Firefly” (including a first look at guest star Christopher Lloyd) [more at SpoilerTV, (2)]

Promotional stills for episode 3×11 – “Reciprocity” [more at Daemon's TV]

Promo for “The Firefly” [YouTube]

Featurette: Message of Hope [YouTube]

Networks pass on Wonder Woman, but project still alive

Speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour, David E. Kelley took some time to discuss his “Wonder Woman” project. Recently it was reported that all the broadcast networks had passed on the project, but Kelley says he’s still optimistic it will eventually hit the TV screen and blamed bad timing for the networks’ decision to pass on it:

“The bottom line is I had a lot of fun writing it and we’re still optimistic that we’re going to do it. We’ve got a script that Warners and DC are very excited about.”

“It’s a huge project and we just sort of rolled it out last week, so it was a bit much to chew off for this next season.” Still, Kelley said, “I think everybody is confident that we’re gonna see it.”

Smallville: Another Clark in Superman costume tease + Rosenbaum to return after all?

At this point it seems highly unlikely we won’t see Clark in the full Superman costume by the end of “Smallville”. Check out this poster for the show (if you’re not seeing it—look at the shadow) [The Source | DC Universe]:

Co-star Erica Durance, meanwhile, told Digital Spy that her character will be responsible for Clark Kent becoming Superman:

My character is very instrumental in propelling the mythology and bringing about, hopefully, seeing Superman do what everybody wants him to do,” Comics Continuum quotes Durance as saying. “That’s pretty much all I can say about it.

You can check out two more season 10 posters here and here. In casting news, TVLine reported that producers were “at the very least cautiously optimistic” that Michael Rosenbaum will be back this season, but the actor shortly took to Twitter to debunk the report:

“Honestly don’t know where people get their information from,but i haven’t discussed Smallville with Producers or anyone in quite some time.”

The same piece at TVLine also put the nix on any planned return for Lana (Kristen Kreuk). On the other hand, Serinda Swan, who twice appeared on the show as the character Zatanna, revealed to IGN that she would love to reprise the role and has actually had discussions with the producers:

“We were talking to them, actually, at the end of last year, about trying to make the schedules work,” said Swan. “I think our scheduling might not work properly, but they definitely called and we’ve been talking and I love Zatanna and would love to get her back…Hopefully with schedule permitting, we’ll be able to do something!”

In other news, KryptonSite is reporting that Tom Welling will direct the Geoff Johns-scripted episode “Booster”. The episode is expected to air in April. “Smallville” returns with new episodes on Friday, January 28 with the episode “Collateral”.

Promotional stills for episode 10×12 – “Collateral” [more at SpoilerTV]

Seventh season of Supernatural likely

Nothing’s official yet, but CW boss Dawn Ostroff says she’d be “shocked” if “Supernatural” wasn’t renewed for a seventh season:

“We haven’t officially picked anything up yet, but [Supernatural] is creatively doing so well—and it’s doing better on Friday night than it was on Thursday night—so I can’t imagine we won’t pick it up…Our network team works with the Supernatural team very closely…We haven’t started talking about next year, but I’d be shocked if we didn’t pick it up.”

Jim Beaver, who plays Bobby on the show, is also optimistic about a seventh season, sending out the following tweet to fans:

@anamb0715 We haven’t finished season 6 yet! If there’s a 7th (& I have no reason to doubt it), it’ll start filming in July.

And here’s an interesting twist. A late winter episode of the series will feature Sam and Dean in an alt-universe setting where they are actors named…Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki. It gets better. The two star in a cult TV series called “Supernatural”. No joke. Padalecki’s real-life wife, Genevieve Cortese will also be featured in the episode as the character’s wife. “Supernatural” returns with new episodes on January 28 with the episode “Like a Virgin”.

Promotional stills for episode 6×12 – “Like a Virgin” [more at SpoilerTV]

New title for Torchwood S4: ‘Miracle Day’

Starz has announced a new title for the US-based fourth season of “Torchwood”. The show will be called “Torchwood: Miracle Day” (it was previously titled ‘The New World’). Here’s how creator Russell T. Davies explains the storyline of the show:

“The premise is a miracle happens in the world,” Davies says. “One day, on Earth, no one dies. The next day, no one dies. The day after that, no one dies. The [people who are] dying, keep dying … but don’t actually die. The possibility of death ceases to exist. Which is great for some people. But it’s an instant overnight population boom. The earth relies on people dying … What is society going to do now? Some of the answers are beautiful and brave. Some of the reactions are terrifying.”

Since we’ve been away there have been a few casting announcements:

  • Bill Pullman will play the character Oswald Jones, “a dangerously clever convicted murderer who escapes his lifelong prison sentence on a technicality and quickly becomes a media sensation”. According to Pullman, his character was to be put to death but survives a botched lethal injection. [Deadline & InsideTV | EW]
  • Alexa Havins has joined the cast as Esther Katusi, “a CIA Watch Analyst who possesses an unshakable faith in human nature and a monster crush on colleague Rex (played by fellow T’wood rookie Mekhi Phifer)”. Also, Dichen Lachman (“Dollhouse”) will guest star in the premiere. All that’s known about her character is that she also works for the CIA. [TVLine]

“Torchwood: Miracle Day” is expected to premiere on Starz this year although a recently announced date of July 1, 2011 has not been officially confirmed. July of this year. Filming for the show kicked off this past week in Los Angeles, California. Head on over to Doctor Who News Page to get a breakdown of week one filming developments. You can also follow @BBC_Torchwood on Twitter for the latest updates straight from BBC Marketing.

Syfy cancels Stargate Universe; Brad Wright/MGM discussing other options

In not so surprising news, Syfy has announced that they will not be renewing “Stargate Universe” for a third season. The show had been struggling in the ratings and a cancellation has been rumored for some time. Comparing the first 10 weeks of season one to the first 10 weeks of season two, “SGU” was down 43% in viewers (from 1.90M to 1.08M) and 37% in A18-49 rating (from a 0.8 to a 0.5). The final 10 episodes of season two are scheduled to air this spring. Here’s the network’s statement on the cancellation:

“Syfy will end its original action-adventure series ‘Stargate Universe’ when the show returns with the final 10 episodes of its second season in the Spring of 2011. The Stargate franchise- consisting of ‘Stargate SG-1,’ ‘Stargate Atlantis’ and ‘Stargate Universe’–has aired on Syfy since 2002.

“Syfy has a slate of new sci-fi fantasy scripted projects lined up for 2011 including the series premiere of ‘Being Human’ on January 17, the recently green lit one-hour drama series ‘Alphas’ and the much anticipated ‘Battlestar Galactica’ prequel pilot movie, ‘Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome.’ ‘Warehouse 13,’ ‘Eureka’ and ‘Haven’ will also return with new seasons next year.”

According to executive producer, Joseph Mallozzi, another casualty of the cancellation is the “Stargate: Atlantis” TV movie, which he says won’t happen:

“I’m sorry to say but the cancellation puts the brakes on whatever progress the SGA movie had made in the past month, shelving it indefinitely…Contrary to what some may think, the cancellation of SGU is very bad news for those looking forward to an Atlantis movie.”

Despite the cancellation, co-creator Brad Wright tells Show Patrol | Chicago Now that he hasn’t given up on the show and says there’s still a chance it could return:

Wright was on a trip when he heard about the cancellation, but since returning he has been exploring options for continuing the series in some form. He and officials at franchise owner MGM have been discussing several options, he said, and he’s thankful for fan support.

“It’s heartening to see so many people upset about Syfy’s cancellation of the show,” he wrote, “but it’s important to remember that their license fee represented only a portion of our total budget.”

PREVIEW Videos & Images

Being Human (UK)

Season three cast images [more at SpoilerTV]

Seasn three trailer [YouTube]

Being Human (US)

Sneak peek [Syfy]

Watch another trailer here

What is Being Human? [Syfy]

What Would You Choose? [Syfy]

Check out bios for the show’s characters: Josh | Sally | Aidan

Trailer: “Edgy” [Syfy]

Watch two more trailers here and here

Camelot

First look [Starz | YouTube]

The Cape

Promotional stills for episode 1×04 – “Scales on a Train” [more at SpoilerTV]

Featurette: Behind the Cape [YouTube | NBC]

Promo for episode 1×03 – “Kozmo” [YouTube]

Watch another promo here

Chuck

Promo for episodes 4×11-4×12 – “Chuck vs. the Balcony” & “Chuck vs. the Gobbler” [YouTube]

Sneak peek at “Chuck vs. the Balcony” [YouTube]

Conan

“The Flaming C Returns” (Conan’s superhero alter ego created by DC animator Bruce Timm) [TBS]

Doctor Who

Season six teaser trailer [YouTube]

The Event

First look at new castmember Virginia Madsen [TruthSeeker 5314 | NBC]

Game of Thrones

Set images [Making Game of Thrones | HBO]

Ghost Hunters International

Clip from episode 3×03 – “Unfaithful Spirit: Germany” [Syfy]

Human Target

Promo for episode 2×11 – “Kill Bob” [YouTube]

Merlin

Sneak peek at episode 3×02 – “The Tears of the Uther Pendragon Part 2″ [Syfy]

Neverland

First footage from Syfy’s Peter Pan miniseries [Sky Movies via HeyUGuys]

Promotional stills [Sky Movies via HeyUGuys]

No Ordinary Family

Promotional stills for episode 1×13 – “No Ordinary Detention” [more at Comic Book Movie]

Promotional stills for episode 1×14 – “No Ordinary Double Standard” [more at Comic Book Movie]

Promo for “No Ordinary Detention” [YouTube]

Primeval

Season four promotional cast images [more at primeval.wikia.com via Comic Book Movie]

Promo for episode 4×03 [YouTube]

V

Promotional stills for episode 2×04 – “Unholy Alliance” [more at SpoilerTV]

First look at guest star Oded Fehr as Eli Cohn (former Mossad agent / turned anti-alien insurgent) [IGN]

A look at the Visitors without their human skin [USA Today]

Promo for episode 2×03 – “Laid Bare” [YouTube]

Sneak peek at “Laid Bare” [YouTube]

Watch two more sneak peeks here and here

TV BITES

  • ABC and actress/producer Salma Hayek are developing “Wicked”, a retelling of the classic ‘Wizard of Oz’ tale. The eight-hour miniseries will be from the perspective of the Wicked Witch and is based on the 1995 book “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West”. Erik Jendresen (“Band of Brothers”) is writing the script. [Variety]
  • “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston says he thinks his show will be paired up with new episodes of “The Walking Dead” in July: “I believe they’re going to put Walking Dead in July as well.” [TV Overmind | Zap2It]
  • Jeffster will make their return in tomorrow night’s episode of “Chuck”, “Chuck vs. the Balcony” and the duo will be performing a cover of Whitesnake’s “Is This Love”.[TVLine]
  • The ninth episode of “The Cape” is reportedly called “Piece of Cake”. The episode will also feature a new villain named Pokerface who is described as “a ghoulish-looking thug dressed in a suit whose face is frozen in an expression of glum murderousness.” [CapeSite.net]
  • …You can check out an interview with “The Cape” creator Thomas Wheeler over at CapeSite.net.
  • Starz has set a April 1, 2011 debut date for the upcoming 10-episode drama series “Camelot”. Joseph Fiennes stars as Merlin, Jamie Campbell Bower will play Arthur and Eva Green will play Morgan… [Deadline]
  • …Meanwhile, Starz has confirmed that there will be a second season of the original series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” and are moving forward with plans to recast the lead role (Andy Whitfield). Whitfield’s non-Hodgkin lymphoma delayed production last year. [the live feed | THR]
  • “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” supervising director Dave Filoni discusses the new villain Savage Opress — and reveals that the character was George Lucas’ way of explaining the “Rule of Two” previously set up in the “Star Wars” films — in an interview with TV Guide.
  • “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman says the AMC TV series, which recently concluded its incredibly successful first season, is likely to introduce the character Michonne in the second season: “[Showrunner] Frank [Darabont] has already hinted at the fact we’ll be seeing Michonne as early as season two.” However, Kirkman says we won’t be seeing the villain The Governor but in a sign of optimism for the future of the series says we could “maybe” see him in “season three or beyond”. [via Digital Spy]
  • Check out an interview with “Game of Thrones” star Sean Bean at Collider.
  • The third season of the UK series “Being Human” will premiere on Sunday, January 23 on BBC3. [SpoilerTV]
  • Producers of the upcoming US remake of “Being Human” are quick to brush aside any comparisons to the popular ‘Twilight’ movies and other similarly-themed competitors: “What we love about the show is how grounded it is. It’s set in an urban environments. Our characters are all living double lives. There’s a certain grittiness due to the realism to the show that peels off our show from competitors.” “Being Human” premieres tomorrow night at 9PM on Syfy. [Inside TV | EW]
  • Jane Espenson and Drew Z. Greenberg have been tapped by Syfy to write the pilot-in-development “Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)”. The pilot is based on the classic British TV show about a murdered detective who returns as a ghost (and is visible only to his former partner) to help solve crimes from beyond the grave. [Inside TV | EW]
  • Check out an interview with “True Blood” star Evan Rachel Wood where she discusses season four and more at Collider.
  • An upcoming episode of “V” will feature a visit to the Vatican, where we’ll see new castmember Jane Badler (Diana) “do a mercy killing” in front of her daughter Anna. [TV Guide]
  • The “Doctor Who” Christmas special drew an impressive 12.11M viewers on Christmas day making it the 3rd most-watched program on Christmas day and fourth-highest rated episode in series history (since the new series premiered in 2005)… [Doctor Who News Page]
  • “Doctor Who” executive producer Steven Moffat has announced that there’s been a change in the episode order for this season of the show. Moffat revealed that the Mark Gatiss-penned story will move into the second half of the season instead of this spring. The open spot will be filled by an episode written by Steven Thompson (episode 3). Neil Gainman’s highly anticipated script is now in position four. [Doctor Who Magazine via Doctor Who News Page]

Various episode titles/descriptions/synopses:

  • “Smallville” – 10×13 – “Beacon” [SpoilerTV]
  • “Supernatural” – 6×13 – “Unforgiven” [SpoilerTV]
  • “Chuck” – 4×12 – “Chuck vs. the Gobbler” [ChuckTV.net]
  • “Chuck” – 4×16 – “Chuck vs. the First Mate” [ChuckTV.net]
  • “Being Human (UK)” – 3×01 – “Lia” [SpoilerTV]
  • “Being Human (UK)” – 3×02 – “Adam’s Family” [SpoilerTV]
  • “V” – 2×05 – “Concordia” [SpoilerTV]
  • “V” – 2×06 – “Siege” [SpoilerTV]
  • “V” – 2×07 – “Birth Pangs” [SpoilerTV]
  • “V” – 2×08 – “Uneasy Lies the Head” [SpoilerTV]
  • “No Ordinary Family” – 1×16 – “No Ordinary Proposal” [SpoilerTV]
  • “No Ordinary Family” – 1×17 – “No Ordinary Love” [SpoilerTV]
  • “The Cape” – 1×07 – “Kozmo” [CapeSite.net]

CASTING BITES

  • “Chuck” co-creator Chris Fedak has confirmed that John Larroquette will be back to reprise his role as Roan in the episode “Chuck Versus the Seduction Impossible”. [Inside TV | EW]
  • Two casting calls have gone out for the upcoming fourth season of the HBO hit drama “True Blood”. [True-Blood.net & Dread Central]
  • Producers for the proposed “Battlestar Galactica” prequel pilot ‘Blood & Chrome’ have begun casting its three lead characters. The show will be set in the 10th year of the first Cylon war and centers around rookie pilot William Adama (who was played by Edward James Olmos in the canceled 2004-2009 series). The character will be in his early-to-mid 20s in the prequel. Other roles looking to be cast include “Electronic Countermeasures Officer” Coker Fasjovik and a female office named Beka, who “has a treasonous agenda”. [TV Guide]
  • Nick Stahl has joined the cast of the Fox drama pilot “Locke & Key”. The project comes from “Star Trek” producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and is based on the comic book by Joe Hill. The project was originally being targeted for a summer launch, but now is being considered for fall. [Deadline]
  • Lou Diamond Phillips has been cast as a villain in episode 4×15 of “Chuck”. The episode is titled “Chuck vs. The Cat Squad”. [TVLine]
  • “V” executive producer Steve Pearlman reveals that Oded Fehr will be introduced in episode four in a three-episode arc playing the leader of another sect of the Fifth Column and in episode seven, Erica and Hobbes will go to Bangkok and Hong Kong. [TVLine]

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

CHART (1/3/2011 to 1/9/2011)

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