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TrekMovie.com Sci-Fi TV: V, Smallville, Terra Nova, Transformers: Prime, Battlestar Galactica, Fringe + more

Cross-posted at TrekMovie.com

It is time to catch up on all the hot news in the world of Sci-Fi TV. Today we start off with the first trailer from Braga’s time travel show Terra Nova and lots of details on Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome. Plus in season finale news, Smallville (series) finale gets super-sized and V is going out with a cliff-hanger. We have all that and more including the latest television ratings, casting bites and tones of new images and video previews.

GENRE TV NEWS

Super Bowl spot for Steven Spielberg/Brannon Braga’s Terra Nova

During Sunday night’s Super Bowl, Fox debuted the first footage from the upcoming Steven Spielberg-produced prehistoric time-travel series “Terra Nova”. Watch the TV spot below:

The show is executive produced by Brannon Braga and will preview during a special two-night event Monday, May 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Tuesday, May 24 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, before joining the network’s fall lineup.

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome cast additions + Pilot script review + BSG bible and 12 Colonies map

Syfy has cast Luke Pasqualino and Ben Cotton in the 2-hour pilot “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome”. Pasqualino will star as a young William Adama, while Cotton will play Adama’s superior Coker:

Pasqualino will star as the young, talented fighter pilot William Adama, a recent Academy graduate who finds himself assigned to the newest Battlestar in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica. Full of ambition and in pursuit of the intense action that the Cylon war promises, Adama quickly finds himself at odds with Coker (Cotton), the battle-weary officer to whom he reports. With 45 days left in his tour of duty, Coker desires an end to battle just as much as Adama craves the start of it. Though they clash at first, the two men forge an unlikely bond when a routine mission turns dangerous and becomes a pivotal one for the desperate fleet.

The two-hour pilot was written by Michael Taylor from a story by David Eick. Read the complete press release here. And for those interested, Moviehole.net has written up a review of the pilot with the site often noting its connections to J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek”:

“And let me say right off the bat, if you like Ron Moore’s “Galactica” reboot, and to an extent J.J Abrams’ “Star Trek”, you’re gonna love “Battlestar Galactica : Blood & Chrome”. It’s Frakkin’ Excellent.”

“Obviously inspired by Orci and Kurtzman’s “Trek” reboot script…”

…before closing with this line:

“As I said, it’s very Abrams’ “Star Trek” (there’s even a sequence set on an Ice Planet that Adama and Coker crash on) but mostly, it’s the “Battlestar Galactica” you know and love – what with it’s cool-ass spacely dogfights, twists and turns, treachery… I think this will be a huge hit.”

You can read the SPOILER-heavy review here. In other news, Ronald Moore’s “Battlestar Galactica” bible has surfaced online. You can download the 50+ page document in PDF format by clicking this link. [via Between the Pages | Twitter]. And lastly, check out this map of the 12 colonies of Kobol [via io9]:

V season finale will end with massive cliffhanger + Interview with Steve Pearlman

Despite the very real possibility of “V” getting canceled due to low ratings, Inside TV | EW reports that the producers of the show have decided to end the second season with a massive cliffhanger. The second season will run only 10 episodes (ABC cut the 13-episode order down by three episodes a few months ago). In other news, The V Files spoke with executive producer Steve Pearlman about the series. Relatedly, here’s what Pearlman had to say about the show’s murky future:

TVF: Fans are fearing that we won’t see a Season Three, and that the Season Two Finale will leave fans with a cliff hanger, due to ratings ( Which are still pretty good ) and ABC’s decisions..

SP: We’re obviously hoping for a Third Season.. We have deals in place for the Cast, and out sets and sound stages are still there waiting for us.. The Studio is actually spending a lot of money protecting for the possibility of a Third Season.. But as with any show, it all comes down to ratings.. Are people watching?? Facebook chatter is great, and DVR recordings is great, but the one thing that makes the biggest impression to a Network is waking up the next morning and seeing that the overnight ratings have gone up..

As for a cliffhanger, out Season Two Finale definitely wraps up several stories that we’ve been telling throughout the Season, but we wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we didn’t leave the audience wanting more.. So yes, there are a number of cliffhangers at the end of the Season.. Hopefully enough people will be watching by then that a Third Season is a foregone conclusion..

Read the rest of the interview here. “V” airs Tuesday night’s at 9PM on ABC. Check out the latest images and videos below.

Promotional stills for episode 2×08 – “Uneasy Lies the Head” [more at The V Files]

Promo for “Concordia” [YouTube]

Sneak peek at “Concordia” [YouTube]

Watch three more sneak peeks here, here, here and here

The CW announces two-hour series finale for Smallville + Vandervoort and Callum set to return

The CW has announced that “Smallville” will go off the air on Friday, May 13 with a two-hour series finale television event (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET):

“Paying homage to 10 seasons is no small task, and wrapping up each character and story arc has been extremely important to everyone involved in the show,” said executive producers Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders. “We’re excited to be able to make the final moments of Smallville a television event, as the character we’ve grown up with makes his legendary transformation.”

The two-hour finale will pre-empt the scheduled episode of “Supernatural”, which itself will have its own two-hour finale the following week on Friday, May 20 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET.). Here’s another excerpt from The CW press release on “Smallville”:

The story of a young Clark Kent (Tom Welling) and his journey to become the Man of Steel has captivated audiences for a decade. This final season, Clark attempts to find a balance between saving the world, which becomes even more difficult as the Vigilante Registration Act separates a nation, and spending time with his new fiancée Lois Lane (Erica Durance). Whether it’s donning glasses as a disguise, changing in a phone booth or learning how to fly, this season has put Clark closer to his destiny than ever before. Taking on Darkseid and battling the darkest of his demons, this two-hour event will send Clark soaring towards his birthright to secure his place in history as the world’s greatest protector.

In casting news, TV Line reports that Laura Vandervoort will reprise her role as Kara Zor-El (Supergirl) in one of the show’s final five episodes, marking the actress’ second guest stint this season. Meanwhile, TV Guide reports that Callum Blue will reprise his role as Zod — also in one of the show’s final five episodes. In other news, there’s still a question as to whether Clark will put on the suit and take flight as Superman. Executive producer Brian Souders did tell TV Line that they’ve “…talked about a couple [options], but…haven’t solidified anything”. But Souders teases that upcoming episodes will deal with Clark concealing his identity…with Lois’ help:

“She’s kind of all over him as far as how he’s dressing, what his hair looks like… but for a very, very good reason,” says Souders. As for the precise why now and how of the makeover, Souders teases: “Stay tuned — but if you’re a hardcore Superman fan, you’ll enjoy the ride. It’s a lot of fun.”

Despite several storylines planned for the final half of the season, Souders says that in the end, “the main arc is Clark eventually turning into Superman.” And recent images confirm that. You can catch “Smallville” Friday night’s at 8PM on The CW. Here are a few bites to round out this week’s  “Smallville” coverage, followed by the latest images and videos:

  • Check out an interview with Erica Durance discussing her character Lois Lane and how she’d like for the show to end at Collider
  • …Durance also says that upcoming episodes will deal with Lois and Choloe resolving their friendship: “Lois and Chloe are like sisters, so she knows Chloe had a good reason for leaving…But there’s such a history between Chloe and Clark and the way they left off and why she left, so they have to deal with a lot of things to resolve their friendship.” [TV Guide]
  • Episodes 19 will be called “Dominion” and episode 20 will be called “Prophecy”…
  • …Also, the episodes “Kent” and “Booster” have been switched, with “Kent” now episode 10×17 and “Booster” now episode 10×18. A reminder that “Booster” was written by Geoff Johns. [KryptonSite]
  • Rumors continue to persist that Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luther) will return, but there has been no confirmation and time is starting to run out. The latest rumor comes from IMDB which lists the actor has among the cast for episode 20 – “Prophecy”. [via SpoilerTV]

Promotional stills for episode 10×14 – “Masquerade” [more at TV Overmind | Zap2It]

Promo for episode 10×13 – “Beacon” [The CW | YouTube]

Sneak peek at “Beacon” [The CW | YouTube]

Transformers: Prime premieres this Friday + New image and video + Second season already in the works

“Transformers: Prime” returns to Cartoon Network this Friday with the rest of its 26-episode first season (the show premiered as a five-part miniseries last year). “Transformes: Prime” is written and produced by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (the two co-wrote “Transformers” and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”). io9 spoke with Orci and executive producer Jeff Kline about the series, and the two told them that the TV show gives them a better opportunity to explore the Transformers universe over season arcs rather than being constrained by limited runtimes in the movies. There will also be more screentime for the Transformers because unlike in the movies — the CG is very expensive for Transformers on screen — there’s really no limit in animation. Kline also confirmed to io9 that a second season has already been commisioned. Check below for an image of the new Decepticon, Skyquake, and a promo for this Friday’s episode. “Transformers: Prime” airs Friday night’s at 6:30 ET on The Hub.

First look at the new Decepticon Skyquake [Inside TV | EW]

Watch a new promo for the series here

Rumor: McG to direct NBC’s Wonder Woman pilot

McG is reportedly the front runner to direct the pilot for NBC’s “Wonder Woman” remake. The recently greenlit project is produced and written by David E. Kelley. Meanwhile in related news, Bleeding Cool has read a draft of the pilot script and summarizes it as a “slightly goofy comedy-drama about a hotshot business woman who moonlights as a superheroine.” More, spoiler-lite, details here.

Previously on TrekMovie.com: Nimoy Planning Return To Fringe

Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek’s Spock Prime, was supposed to be retiring, however that break seems to be delayed. Nimoy has already announced a number of convention appearances, and now the actor says he may be returning to TV to reprise his role on the Fox sci-fi show Fringe.

Click here to read the complete article.

PREVIEW Videos & Images

Being Human (UK)

Promo for episode 3×04 [YouTube]

Being Human (US)

Recap clip [Syfy]

Promo for episode 1×05 – “The End of the World As We Knew It” [Syfy]

The Cape

Promo for episode 1×06 – “Goggles and Hicks” [YouTube]

Chuck

Promotional stills for episode 4×15 -“Chuck vs. the Cat Squad” [more at ZacharyLeviFan]

Promotional stills for episode 4×16 – “Chuck vs. the Masquerade” [more at ZacharyLeviFan]

Promo for “Chuck vs. the Cat Squad” [YouTube]

Interview with Yvonne Strahovski [YouTube via SpoilerTV]

Doctor Who

Set video [YouTube via SpoilerTV]

Watch another video here

The Event

Set tour: A Day in the Life with Jason Ritter Pt. 1 [NBC | YouTube]

Watch part 2 here

The Event: Reconstruction (recap video) [NBC | YouTube]

Fringe

Promotional stills for episode 3×13 – “Immortality” [more at SpoilerTV]

Promotional stills for episode 3×14 – “6B” [more at SpoilerTV]

Promo for “Immortality” [Fringe Television | YouTube]

Game of Thrones

Interview with author George R.R. Martin [MTV]

Interview with the HBO show’s writers Dan Weiss and David Benioff [MTV]

Check out interviews with stars Emilia Clarke, Sean Bean and Peter Dinklage

Ghost Hunters International

Sneak peek at episode 2×25 – “Shadows of the Dark: Scotland” [Syfy]

Merlin

Sneak peek at episode 3×05 – “The Crystal Cave” [Syfy]

No Ordinary Family

Promotional stills for episode 1×15 – “No Ordinary Powell” [more at via SpoilerTV]

Outcasts

Promotional stills for episodes 1×01-1×02 [more at Den of Geek]

Supernatural

Promotional image for episode 6×15 – “The French Mistake” [SpoilerTV]

Season six poster art [KSiteTV]

Promo for episode 6×13 – “Unforgiven” [The CW | YouTube]

Sneak peek at “Unforgiven” [The CW | YouTube]

Thundercats

Official promotional still [Nick and More]

Torchwood: Miracle Day

Set images [more at SFX.co.uk]

TV BITES

  • ABC Family has picked up “The Nine Lives of Chloe King”, a one-hour drama starring Skyler Samuels as a girl who “starts developing heightened abilities and discovers she’s being pursued by a mysterious figure. Chloe soon learns she’s part of an ancient race which has been hunted by human assassins for millennia — and that she may be their only hope for ultimate survival.” [Inside TV | EW]
  • Singer/actor Jesse McCartney has been cast in Fox’s drama pilot “Locke & Key”. McCartney will play Ty, “the eldest of the Locke children”. “Locke & Key” is based on the comic book from Joe Hill and the pilot’s script was written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci… [Deadline]
  • …McCartney has also been cast as 13-year-old Dick Grayson (Robin) in the Cartoon Network animated series “Young Justice”: “I remember watching these characters when I was a kid and it’s pretty cool now to be voicing one of them,” says McCartney. “I used to watch every episode of Justice League, I went to all the movies, I had the Superman lunchbox. I was enamored with animation in general and always wanted to somehow be a part of it.” [TV Guide]
  • “The Event” executive producer Evan Katz says the final episode will “complete the story of the first season”, but will also set “up a radically different condition in the world for the second season — in the hopes that there is one”… [TV Line]
  • …The show is expected to return to NBC on Monday, March 7 with a two-hour presentation. After it returns on the 7th, nine episodes will remain to finish out the first season… [InsideTV | EW]
  • …There’s also news that Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (“War of the Worlds”, “Saving Private Ryan”) will direct the show’s 15th episode which is rumored to be the episode where fans finally learn what “the Event” is. [InsideTV | EW]
  • NBC has cut the episode order for “The Cape” from 13 episodes to 10 episodes. The series’ most-recent episode hit a series-low 1.3 A18-49 rating and 4.78M viewers (Episode 1×06 – “Goggles and Hicks” / 2/7/2011)… [Deadline]
  • …The 10th episode of “The Cape” will be called “Endgame”. [CapeSite]
  • Syfy has announced that production on the third season of “Warehouse 13″ will get underway in Toronto on Wednesday, February 9. [Syfy]
  • “Being Human” creator Toby Whitehouse has created a spin-off web series called “Becoming Human”. The series is set in high school. Watch the first episode embedded below. [YouTube]

  • Jane Espenson is currently writing the pilot for Syfy’s remake of the British series “Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)” and offered her thoughts on adapting the project for US audiences: “We took the basic premise of a Ghost Detective and his still-living partner and invented our own take on it…[We’re]…trying to keep the whole premise very grounded and also about something. In the way that aliens and robots (or Cylons) have been made to feel very real in recent days — we’re trying to do that with ghosts.” [io9]
  • Russell Davies (“Doctor Who”, “Torchwood”) says he’s almost done with sci-fi television: “It’s interesting to see how long I can stay in a science fiction world. Personally I think I’m coming to the end of it now, and I’ve saved the world and blown up the world too many times.” [BBC]
  • MTV’s “Teen Wolf” TV series will debut on Sunday, June 5 following the MTV Movie Awards. [the live feed | THR]
  • “Chuck” episode 4×19 will be called “Chuck vs. the Muuurder”… [SpoilerTV]
  • …Meanwhile, episode 6×19 of “Supernatural” will be called “Mommy Dearest”. [SpoilerTV]
  • Get caught up on the most recent week of “Doctor Who” filming over at Doctor Who News Page
  • …Similarly, check out a recap of week three of filming on “Torchwood: Miracle Day” at Doctor Who News Page
  • …The title for “Doctor Who” episode 6×07 will be “Demon’s Run”… [Doctor Who Spoilers]
  • “Doctor Who” won in five categories at the 2011 SFX Awards including Best Actor (Matt Smith), Best Actress (Karen Gillan) and Best TV Show (which was accepted by Steven Moffat). The show also won for Best Collectable, Model or Toy (award went to Character Options for their Eleven Doctors action figure set) and Russell Tovey won the SFX Cult Hero award. [via Doctor Who News Page]
  • …The soundtrack for the Christmas special “A Christmas Carol” will be released on March 21, 2011. The tracklist and cover have been revealed. Check out the cover below, and click the source link for the tracklist. [Silva Screen, (2) via Doctor Who News Page]

  • RHI Entertainment is adapting the Robert Louis Stevenson classic “Treasure Island” as a two-part movie to premiere on Syfy in early 2012. The movie will star Elijah Wood, Donald Sutherland and Eddie Izzard. Shooting is currently underway in Puerto Rico and Ireland. [Syfy via YourEntNow]
  • The CW is developing a script for a one-hour Zombie drama called “Awakening”. The series is about two sisters who “face off against one another just as a zombie uprising begins”. William Laurin and Glenn Davis wrote the script. CW is expected to decide within the coming days whether to greenlight a pilot… [TV Guide]

Synopses/Episode descriptions

  • “Smallville” – 10×15 – “Fortune”. [SpoilerTV]
  • “Supernatural” – 6×15 – “The French Mistake”. [SpoilerTV]
  • “Chuck” – 4×15 – “Immortality”. [SpoilerTV]
  • “Fringe” – 3×13 – “Immortality”. [Fringe Television]
  • “Being Human (UK)” – 3×04 – “The Pack”. [SpoilerTV]
  • “Being Human (UK)” – 3×05 – “Longest Day”. [SpoilerTV]
  • “V” – 2×05 – “Concordia”. [The V Files]
  • “V” – 2×06 – “Siege”. [The V Files]
  • “V” – 2×07 – “Birth Pangs”. [The V Files]
  • “V” – 2×08 – “Uneasy Lies the Head”. [The V Files]
  • “No Ordinary Family” – 1×16 – “No Ordinary Proposal”. [SpoilerTV]
  • “No Ordinary Family” – 1×17 – “No Ordinary Love”. [SpoilerTV]
  • “The Cape” – 1×07 – “The Lich, Part 1″. [CapeSite]
  • “The Cape” – 1×08 – “The Lich, Part 2″. [CapeSite]

CASTING BITES

  • Colin Firth says he wants to play a bad guy in “Doctor Who”: “”I’d never rule out a part in Doctor Who or Torchwood – especially Doctor Who,” Firth said. [The Sun via Anglophenia | BBC America]
  • Lucy Lawless will join the cast of the ABC sci-fi comedy “No Ordinary Family”. Lawless will play a “powerful woman and potential adversary for the Powell clan whose agenda could put the family in danger.” Lawless is expected to be on the show through the end of the season… [TVLine]
  • …Also joining the cast is Betsy Brandt. The “Breaking Bad” actress will appear in the February 8 episode playing a “research scientist pal of Stephanie’s (Juilie Benz) who falls victim to a crime. [TVLine]
  • Andrew Royo will reprise his role as Olivia’s alt-universe sidekick Henry Arliss Higgins for one episode later this season on “Fringe”. [TVLine]
  • Sonya Salomaa has been cast as an angel named Rachel for the 19th episode of “Supernatural”. The role is only for one episode, but could recur. [TV Guide]
  • The producers of “True Blood” are looking for a 20-30 year old African American female described as “a sad-eyed girl dressed in a modest 1930s dress” for episode 4×06 – “I Wish I Was the Moon”… [True Blood’s Nest]
  • …Denis O’Hare says that he may return to reprise his role of the Vampire King Russell Edington on “True Blood”. [the live feed | THR]
  • Jamie Paglia has revealed that Felicia Day’s appearance on “Eureka” will be in episode 4×12. [Jaimie Paglia | Twitter]
  • Ray Wise will guest-star on the “Chuck” episode “Chuck vs. the Masquerade”. According ot co-creator Chris Fedak, Wise will play Volkoff’s (Timothy Dalton) lawyer. The 16th episode will also feature guest stars Lauren Cohan and Robin Givens… [Zap2It]
  • … Isaiah Mustafa and Stacy Keibler, meanwhile, are set to reprise their roles as their Greta characters in an episode that will explain what’s going on with the Greta agents. [TVLine]
  • We’ll finally be able to place a face on the character Samuel Colt, as Sam Hennings (“Memphis Beat”) has been cast to play the oft-referrered-to-but-never-seen “Supernatural” character: “He’s an iconic character for the show, and has been since season one,” explains exec producer Sera Gamble. “We’ll be meeting him later in his life, after many years of fighting demons and tinkering with magical weapons and Devil’s Gates and such. Time hasn’t been too kind to the guy — which is pretty par for the course, for a hunter.” [TV Line]
  • Wayne Knight (“Seinfeld”, “Jurassic Park”) will guest star in an episode of the upcoming Starz series “Torchwood: Miracle Day”. [BBC Torchwood | Twitter, (2) via Doctor Who News Page]

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