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TrekMovie.com Sci-Fi TV: Wonder Woman, Smallville, Fringe, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate Universe + more

Cross-posted at TrekMovie.com

In Sci-Fi TV this week there is a Lex-errific update for the Smallville finale, a Wonder Woman has been cast, Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome starts shooting while Stargate Universe schedules its exit, Fringe hits a rating bump. We have all that more including the latest television ratings, casting bites and new images and video previews.

GENRE TV NEWS

Michael Rosenbaum returning to play Lex Luthor for Smallville series finale

After months of speculation, Michael Rosenbaum has announced that he will return for the two-hour series finale of “Smallville” to reprise his role as Lex Luthor:

“I’m delighted to return for the series finale,” Rosenbaum tells TVLine exclusively. “I’m simply doing it for all of the fans out there who made Smallville the great success it is. I appreciate all of their passion, their relentlessness, and even their threats. Ha ha.”

The actor continues, “I can’t wait to hug the old crew back in Vancouver one last time and see all of my old friends once again. Oh, and for Lex to become the bad-ass he’s destined to be.”

Executive producers Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson say of Rosenbaum’s encore, “It feels like the stars are aligning, literally. We couldn’t be more excited. And as far as the way he returns… there’ll be no doubt about how Lex becomes the great rival in Clark Kent’s life. He is the villain of the story.”

Promotional stills for episode 10×16 – “Scion” [more at SpoilerTV]

Promo for episode 10×15 – “Fortune” [YouTube]

Adrianne Palicki cast as Wonder Woman in NBC pilot + Casting call leaked

Adrianne Palicki (“Friday Night Lights”) has been cast as Wonder Woman / Diana in David E. Kelley’s NBC pilot “Wonder Woman”, Variety reports. Here’s the official description courtesy Inside TV | EW:

The series pilot is a reinvention of the iconic DC Comics title in which Wonder Woman — a.k.a. Diana Prince — is a vigilante crime fighter in Los Angeles but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life. Kelley and Bill D’Elia (Boston Legal, The Practice) are the executive producers. The pilot was written by Kelley and will be directed by Jeffrey Reiner (NBC’s The Event). Wonder Woman is from David E. Kelley Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

Adrianne Palicki – the new Wonder Woman

In other casting news, a casting sheet has been linked online and details the six series regulars (including Wonder Woman/ Diana). Here are the character descriptions [via Blastr]:

[WONDER WOMAN / DIANA THEMYSCIRA / DIANA PRINCE] Female, late 20s to 30s. A kick-ass Superhero / Powerful C.E.O. / A vulnerable woman. Long flowing black hair, blue eyes. Amazon-like, muscular, an Olympian. The charismatic stage presence of a rock star. A crime fighter. Also, a real woman who yearns to live a normal life. She is accessible and appealing to all people, men and women alike…SERIES LEAD. ASP.

[MYNDI MAYER] Female, open ethnicity, 30s. Publicist, Press Secretary and Wonder Woman’s confidant and nurturing best friend. Worldy and edgy. Sexy and persuasive, her appearance is part of her strength. She is beautiful and put together – dressed expensively in the latest fashions, plus she’s got a bit of bite, clever wit and sass. She’s the prodder of Diana’s social life…SERIES REGULAR. ASP.

[ETTA] Female, open ethnicity, 30s. Diana Themyscira’s always cheerful personal assistant. A bit charactery, but real, pretty and effervescent. She is blindly devoted to Diana. She’s her unrelenting cheerleader, with unwavering, unabated support. On the vulnerable side, she sees the humble and sympathetic sides in everyone, including Diana…SERIES REGULAR. ASP.

[CEO HENRY DEMETER] Male, open ethnicity, 40s. Acting CEO of Themyscira Industries. Grounded, intelligent and deeply devoted to Diana. He runs the day to day operations of the company and acts like an Uncle to Diana although he could be a possible love interest down the line…SERIES REGULAR. ASP.

[STEVE TREVOR] Male, open ethnicity, 30s. A leading man Diana can’t look past. Good looking but a real man. An Army vet, he now works in the Justice dept…SERIES REGULAR, ASP.

[ED INDELICATO] Male, late 30s to early 40s. Stoic and tough, he is a liaison to the police department. Devoted and loyal to Diana, he’s blue collar, a no nonsense kind of guy. A chiseled man who subscribes to the old fashion rules of relationships – men don’t talk much. His job comes first and he wouldn’t make room for the possibility that there is potential romantic relationship with Diana…SERIES REGULAR, 10/13.

As previously rumored, McG won’t be directing the pilot, with the network and studio instead settling on Jeffrey Reiner. Filming on the pilot is scheduled to begin on March 15 in Los Angeles, California. The project was recently given a pilot commitment from the network and if it makes it to series could premiere as early as this fall.

Stargate Universe returns to Syfy on March 7, 2011 + Update on future

The 10 remaining episodes of the recently canceled Syfy series “Stargate Universe” are scheduled to begin airing on Monday, March 7 at 10PM. That’s a new night for the series (it originally aired on Tuesday night’s) and ‘SGU’ will now be paired with new episodes of “Being Human”. Here’s the March schedule [via GateWorld]:

March 7 – Deliverance

March 14 – Twin Destinies

March 21 – Alliances

March 28 – Hope

Including the scheduled episodes noted above, a total of 10 episodes remain to be aired. Speaking of that cancellation, the powers that be behind the series continue work towards some sort of continuation, but with each passing day it’s looking more and more unlikely. Also, a third season has pretty much been taken off the table. Here’s what executive producer Joseph Mallozzi wrote on his blog:

Still no definite word on the Stargate front. Following a flurry of promising developments, things have gone unbearably quiet. Not a bad sign just… no sign. There’s an anticipation that good news could break any day now – but the longer the wait, the greater the challenge when the time comes. To those holding out hope that this could mean a third season pick-up – alas, this isn’t one of the scenarios in play. Nevertheless, as I said in a previous entry, if and when we finally do get the green light, Brad has some wonderful surprises in store for fans of SGU (as well as fans of the Stargate franchise in general). I’ve got my fingers crossed for all involved, even though it’s looking more and more like I won’t be among them.

Promotional stills for episode 2×11 – “Deliverance” [more at SpoilerTV]

After promising start, Fringe is down double-digits on new night

When “Fringe” premiered in its new Friday night time slot the show surprised many by actually increasing its audience from its previous episode. However, recent weeks have seen a decline in audience: going from 4.86M viewers and a 1.9 A18-49 rating for its time slot premiere (episode 3×10 – “The Firefly”) to 3.74M and a 1.4 A18-49 rating for episode 3×13 – “Immortality” (-23% / -26%). The low ratings were enough of a concern that star Joshua Jackson has taken notice telling InsideTV | EW that it might be a good time for fans to start a “Save Fringe” campaign:

“I’m a positive person in general, but we really need our Fringe fans to tune in and watch us on Fridays…We did good when we first moved, but last week we did not have a good week, ratings wise. It is going to take the people that like the show to watch the show and start the campaign and show their support if they want to see us stick around for another season.”

“Fringe” is one of the best-performing shows when it comes to DVR viewing, but DVR viewership is not very important for broadcast networks. Networks have also preferred for as many of their viewers as possile to watch their programming live. On the plus side, Friday night’s episode did manage a slight uptick in the ratings. According to preliminary numbers, “6B” drew 4.06M viewers and a 1.5 A18-49 rating which was an increase of 9% among viewers (from 3.74M) and 7% among adults 18-49 (from a 1.4 rating). Moving on, Jackson also teased what’s ahead for his character:

“Apparently I’m gonna be a dad,” he says. “And it is like the most extreme long-distance relationship, which I am pretty good at as it turns out in real life. My baby mama is in another universe. I think he has to find out, but I don’t know exactly how we’re gonna work that out yet. I have not see the finale script yet or anything. The whole other universe thing and the machine and the war of the two worlds is obviously the end of this season. But you would think they can’t just let the baby thing fall away.”

Executive producers Joel Wyman and Jeff Pinkner, meanwhile, spoke with Fringe Television and offered some details for the rest of the season:

The Fringe universe was really turned on its head with this “crisis on parallel Earths” storyline and viewers have been wondering if you were done with doppelgangers. Obviously this week’s episode “Immortality” proves you’re not. But are we just catching up with these characters, or is there a crossover between the two worlds?

Joel: No, we are definitely going to keep it alive. That’s definitely part of our storytelling. You haven’t seen the last of those characters. It’s funny because right away, Jeff and I said, “This is cool. We’re the only show that gets to do two shows about one show.” Our goal was to make a mythology over there that was so compelling people wanted to watch that too. We feel we were successful in that regard, so we aren’t in any rush to get rid of them. And it plays a huge part in our unfolding year.

Jeff: Our goal with this series is to start at the tip of the iceberg and see that these universes are much larger. We knew from the beginning Peter was from the other side. We knew we had to earn it. You can’t just dump a concept like that on people. It would just be hard to swallow all in one bite and the more you tease and let the story unfold from the characters’ point of view, the deeper the return in interest. We’ve been planting seeds from the earliest episodes and the network and the studios were initially supportive, but resistant to the idea we were going to spend a lot of time telling stories over there. Now, they’ve come full circle and when they read stories that take place over there, we sold them in the exact way we intended to. Those stories are compelling despite the fact Olivia, Peter, and Walter don’t necessarily appear in them.

For more, including some behind the scenes talk on the shows’ ratings, head on over to Fringe Television to read the rest of the interview. In other news, SpoilerTV reports that episode 3×16 will be called “Os”. “Fringe” airs Friday night’s at 9PM on Fox.

Promotional stills for episode 3×15 – “Subject 13″ [more at SpoilerTV]

Promotional poster [FOX]

Promo for “Subject 13″ [YouTube]

Sneak peek at “Subject 13″ [YouTube]

Production begins on Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome

Syfy has announced that production on has begun on the two-hour pilot — and potential new series — “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome” in Vancouver, Canada. The network has also issued a fresh synopsis:

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome takes place in the 10th year of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, the sentient robotic Cylons, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, a young, talented fighter pilot, William Adama (Luke Pasqualino), finds himself assigned to one of the most powerful Battlestars in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica. Full of ambition and in pursuit of the intense action that the Cylon war promises, Adama quickly find himself at odds with Coker (Ben Cotton), the battle-weary officer to whom he reports. With 47 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.

In semi-related news, the MMORPG “Battlestar Galactica Online” has gone live. The game will be exclusively available on Syfy — click here for UK — for its first six weeks. Here’s a little information from the press release (which you can read in full here):

Battlestar Galactica Online is based on the acclaimed Emmy and Peabody Award-winning television series Battlestar Galactica, which aired for four seasons on Syfy. Set during the latter part of the show’s second season, the game takes the form of a previously “untold chapter,” in which both the Colonial and Cylon fleets are stranded in an uncharted area of space. Heavily damaged and low on critical supplies, both fleets must fight for control of the resources in the nearby star systems as the Colonials desperately search for a way to escape before the Cylons regain enough strength to destroy them once and for all.

The Walking Dead to get writing staff for season two

A few months ago AMC and “The Walking Dead” creator/executive producer/director Frank Darabont let go the writing staff of the hit series. There were rumors at the time that Darabont was considering having no writing staff for the second season. That’s not going to happen. Deadline is reporting that Glen Mazzara has joined the show as an executive producer and No. 2 to Darabont and is currently in the process of “putting together a staff of about five writers”. Mazzara penned “Wildfire”, the fifth episode of “The Walking Dead’s” first season.

PREVIEW Videos & Images

Being Human (UK)

Promo for episode 3×05 – “The Longest Day” [YouTube]

Being Human (US)

Promotional stills for episode 1×06 – “It Takes Two To Make A Thing Go Wrong” [more at Daemon’s TV]

Promotional stills for episode 1×07 – “I See Your True Colors…And That Is Why I Hate You” [more via SpoilerTV]

Promo for “It Takes Two To Make A Thing Go Wrong” [YouTube]

Sneak peek at “It Takes Two To Make A Thing Go Wrong” [YouTube]

Cast inteview [YouTube]

The Cape

Promo for episode 1×08 – “The Lich, Part Two” [YouTube]

Chuck

Promo for episode 4×16 – “Chuck vs. the Masquerade” [YouTube]

Game of Thrones

Behind the scenes clip [YouTube via SpoilerTV]

Outkasts

Promo for episode 1×05 [YouTube]

Supernatural

Promo for episode 6×15 – “The French Mistake” [YouTube]

Watch another promo here

V

Promotional stills for the season finale, 2×10 – “Mother’s Day” [more at SpoilerTV]

Promo for episode 2×07 – “Birth Pangs” [YouTube]

Sneak peek “Birth Pangs” [YouTube]

The Vampire Diaries

Promotional stills for episode 2×16 – “The House Guest” [more at SpoilerTV, (2)]

Promo for “The House Guest” [YouTube]

MUSIC VIDEO

“Tonight I’m Frakking You” [Break / YouTube]

TV BITES

  • Previously on TrekMovie.com: CBS Orders Pilot For JJ Abrams ‘Persons of Interest’
  • “Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen” will premiere on Syfy on Tuesday, March 22 at 10PM. [Syfy via YourEntNow]
  • L.J. Smith, the author of the popular “The Vampire Diaries” series, has been fired from her publisher Harper Collins. [SpoilerTV & L.J. Smith]
  • Check out an interview with “Being Human (US)” star Sam Witmer over at SpoilerTV.
  • Felicia Day will star in a six-episode web series called “Dragon Age: Redemption”.  The video game sequel “Dragon Age II” will be released on March 8, but EA/Bioware haven’t announced a release date for the web series. [Felicia Day via USA Today]
  • Jane Espenson, one of the writers for “Torchwood: Miracle Day”, compares the tone of the new season as “very comparable to last season’s ‘Children of Earth’, adding that it’s “certainly not un-violent”… [Jane Espenson | Twitter]
  • … In related news, check out a recap for the most-recent weeks’ filming of ‘Torchwood’ over at Doctor Who News Page.
  • The CW has greenlit a pilot for an adaptation of L.J. Smith’s (“The Vamprie Diaries”) “Secret Circle”. ‘Vampire Diaries’ co-creator Kevin Williamson will adapt the project which “is based on a series of books about a young woman who moves to a new town and discovers that not only is she a witch and part of a secret coven, but she’s also the key that will unlock a centuries-old battle of good versus evil.” [Inside TV |EW]
  • Ratings for the new BBC series “Outkasts” have been disappointing and the network has pushed the final three episodes of the first season to a late Sunday night slot. [Den of Geek]
  • Bad news for fans of the low-rated NBC series “The Cape”. Showrunner John Wirth has joined The CW’s drama pilot “Cooper & Stone”. Definitely not a good sign when your showrunner jumps ship. [Deadline]
  • Speaking of ships…FX has passed on the “Star Trek”-themed sci-fi comedy “USS Alabama”. The series was co-created by and starred Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon (“Reno 911!”). [Deadline]
  • ABC’s “Incredible Hulk” series is not expected to premiere until 2012 at the earliest, perhaps not even until 2013. [Inside TV | EW]

Synopses/Episode descriptions

  • “Smallville” – 10×16 – “Scion”. [SpoilerTV]
  • “Supernatural” – 6×16 – “And Then There Were None”. [SpoilerTV]
  • “Chuck” – 4×17 – “Chuck vs. the First Bank of Evil”. [SpoilerTV]
  • “Fringe” – 3×15 – “Subject 13″. [SpoilerTV]
  • “Being Human” (UK) – 3×06 – “Daddy Ghoul”. [SpoilerTV]
  • “V” – 2×08 – “Uneasy Lies the Head”. [Multipleverses]
  • “V” – 2×09 – “Devil in a Blue Dress”. [SpoilerTV]
  • “V” – 2×10 – “Mother’s Day”. [SpoilerTV]
  • “No Ordinary Family” – 1×16 – “No Ordinary Proposal”. [KSiteTV]
  • “The Event” – 1×11 – “And Then There Were None”. [SpoilerTV]
  • “The Event” – 1×12 – “Inostranka”. [SpoilerTV]
  • “The Cape” – 1×09 – “Razor”. [CapeSite]

CASTING BITES

  • Gabrielle Carteris will appear on two episodes of “The Event” (1×13 & 1×14) playing an alien named Diane Geller. The character is described as “an old friend of Michael Buchanan who has been living amongst the human population since the crash at Inostrank”. The description of the episode goes on: “When Michael and Sophia undertake a mission to hunt down Thomas, Michael leaves his daughters Leila and little Samantha in the care of Diane and her husband, Carlos”. [TV Guide]
  • BBC has confirmed that Lily Cole will gust-star alongside Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in the new season of “Doctor Who”. Lily will play “a mysterious creature that haunts a pirate ship.” [BBC]
  • Former BSG star Jamie Bamber has joined the cast of Ronald Moore’s NBC supernatural police procedural “17th Precinct”. Bamber will “play a homicide detective at the precint”… [Deadline]
  • … joining Stockhard Channing who was previously cast in the series. Channing will play Mira, “a fiercely intelligent former homicide detective who’s working in the robbery division of the 17th Precinct”. [Deadline]
  • Aaron Ashmore (“Smallville”) has joined the cast of Syfy’s “Warehouse 13″. Ashmore will play Steve Jinks, “a young ATF agent with an innate ability to detect when someone’s lying. Jinks is recruited by the all-powerful Mrs. Frederic (CCH Pounder) to be Pete Lattimer’s (Eddie McClintock) new Warehouse 13 partner.” [Syfy via Blastr]
  • Daniel Buran has been cast as Raoul, the werewolf packmaster of Shreveport for the upcoming season of the HBO hit “True Blood”. The actor is scheduled to appear in seven episodes of the fourth season… [TVLine]
  • … in related news, here’s a casting call for seven characters (including Raoul who as noted above has just been cast). “True Blood” is expected to return this June on HBO. [via SpoilerTV]
  • Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles will provide their voices for the anticapted U.S. dubbing of the Japanese animated series “Supernatural”. [Zap2it]

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

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