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TrekMovie.com Sci-Fi TV: Fringe, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Terra Nova, The Walking Dead + more

Cross-posted at TrekMovie.com

In this week’s edition of Sci-Fi TV, we get ready for the fourth season of Fringe, discover new details about Terra Nova, get confirmation on a Doctor Who delay and a new The Walking Dead live after-show. Plus more including an update on the passed-over Fox pilot Locke & Key. All that plus much more, including the latest new images and video previews.

GENRE TV NEWS

Fringe producers talk season four + New digital comic

“Fringe” begins its fourth season tomorrow night and ahead of the premiere, producers J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner sat down with reporters to discuss what’s ahead for the new season. Note: Spoilers ahead. The most important aspect of the season is, of course, the disappearance of Joshua Jackson’s character Peter Bishop:

“Just because he doesn’t exist doesn’t mean that those three years we’ve invested all didn’t happen. It did happen. And it will all unfold itself for you to understand what context I’m speaking,” says Wyman. Pinkner adds: “The show constantly tries to recontectualize your perception of this story…. The idea that Peter is gone — and, ultimately, he’s not permanently gone — is an opportunity to recontectualize the story and what we’ve seen again. It’s something we love to play with.”

Wyman also teased that the new season will feature further parallels and differences in the two worlds through the characters which will enable the writers to tell the story of “how are these universes going to work together to heal their joint damage now that they have a means to do so … This offered us a good opportunity to … watch how the two Olivias are looking at problems very differently. It goes back to our major theme: Our experiences are who we are.” Check out another interview with Pinkner and Wyman at Give Me My Remote. Meanwhile, in an interesting twist, Fox has released a new press release for the season premiere written by Peter Bishop:

Dear Esteemed Members of the Press:

In the words of Mark Twain, one of my favorite novelists, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” Where I am exactly, I can’t precisely say… and by that, I don’t mean I WON’T say, it’s just that I can’t seem to see or hear anything.

However, the writers and producers swear to me that I will be making my way back to Boston soon enough, and thus far they have done nothing to make me distrust them. So it is with great pleasure that the first two episodes of FRINGE, Season Four, entitled, “Neither Here Nor There,” airing Friday, Sept. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), and “One Night in October,” airing Friday, Sept. 30 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), are now available for review…..They both contain the usual mystery, suspense, science and general nuttiness…although selfishly I wish they both contained a bit more of, well… me. I hope you enjoy them. Humbly, Peter Bishop. #Fringe #Fox

In the words of Mark Twain, one of my favorite novelists, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

Where I am exactly, I can’t precisely say… and by that, I don’t mean I WON’T say, it’s just that I can’t seem to see or hear anything.

However, the writers and producers swear to me that I will be making my way back to Boston soon enough, and thus far they have done nothing to make me distrust them.

So it is with great pleasure that the first two episodes of FRINGE, Season Four, entitled, “Neither Here Nor There,” airing Friday, Sept. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), and “One Night in October,” airing Friday, Sept. 30 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), are now available for review on the FOX Screening Room site at http://www.foxflash.com/screeningroom.

They both contain the usual mystery, suspense, science and general nuttiness…although selfishly I wish they both contained a bit more of, well… me.

I hope you enjoy them.

Humbly,

Peter Bishop

Rounding out this week’s “Fringe” update, DC Entertanment has announced a new comic book series called “Beyond The Fringe”. The first installment — which can be purchased for 99 cents via digital download at read.dccomics.com — was written by Joshua Jackson and drawn by Jorge Jimenez.

According to EW, new episodes will be posted every two weeks:

New issues will post every two weeks and will alternate between “A storylines” and “B storylines.” The former will explore uncharted regions of the show’s mythology; the latter will feature “what if?” tales that imagine variations of events and adventures.

Jackson’s three-part “A” arc is entitled “Peter and The Machine” and takes place between the events depicted in the season three finale and the forthcoming season premiere.

EW has a two-page excerpt from the comic which is included below. Head on over to EW for more details and don’t forget to tune in to Fox tomorrow night (Friday, September 23) at 9PM to watch the season four premiere – “Neither Here Nor There”.

Promotional stills for episode 4×02 – “One Night in October” [more at Fringe Spoilers]

Promotional stills for episode 4×03 – “Alone in the World” [more at BuddyTV]

Season four promo [YouTube]

Game of Thrones producers talk season two + Peter Dinklage wins Emmy

The currently filming second season of “Game of Thrones” is based on the second novel in George R.R. Martin’s series, “A Clash of Kings”. Executive producers / showrunners Dvaid Benioff and D.B. Weiss discussed the upcoming second season in an interview with MTV:

“This season is kind of the drive to war for all of these different warring factions that have been building up,” D.B. Weiss said. “They start to move against each other and come to blows with each other.”

Co-showrunner David Benioff added that everybody will be in danger:

“It’s one of the things we loved about the books, and it’s true of the series as well: any of the characters, no matter how important, can die in any episode. And it’s not a very special episode of ‘Game of Thrones,’ it’s just that that’s how life is in this world.”

Benioff also noted while they want to stay close to Martin’s source material, they’re not afraid to deviate if necessary:

“We can do what we want, there’s no contract saying we have to be faithful to the books,” said Benioff. “We happen to love the books, the characters in our show are quite faithful to the characters [in the books], and George R.R. Martin is a wonderful plotter so we don’t want to screw anything up if we don’t have to. That said, we’re going to have to deviate from time to time.”

In related news, Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister, won an Emmy Sunday for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama series. “Game of Thrones” will premiere its second season on April 15, 2012.

Season two set images [more via io9]

Doctor Who season 7 pushed back to autumn 2012 + Description released for 2011 Christmas special

Sorry “Doctor Who” fans, but Doctor Who Magazine has confirmed what has been suspected for some time: BBC will delay the seventh season until autumn 2012. Shooting on the seventh season isn’t scheduled to begin until February 2012, so Doctor Who TV predicts this possible schedule:

2012

Easter Special

Autumn – Series 7 Part 1

Christmas Special

2013

Spring – Series 7 Part 2

Autumn – Series 8

Christmas Special

Thankfully there is some good news to report this week. BBC has released an official description for the upcoming Christmas special:

Production has started on the 2011 Doctor Who Christmas Special in which the Doctor (Matt Smith) finds himself in war-torn England embarking on a magical and mysterious adventure with a young widow and her two children.

A stellar guest cast including Claire Skinner (Outnumbered), Bill Bailey (Black Books), Arabella Weir (The Fast Show) and Alexander Armstrong (Armstrong & Miller), join Matt Smith in the emotional festive special, packed full of Christmas thrills and chills.

Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer, commented: “The Doctor at Christmas—nothing is more fun to write. Maybe because it’s so his kind of day—everything’s bright and shiny, everybody’s having a laugh, and nobody minds if you wear a really stupid hat. Of all the Doctors, Matt Smith’s is the one that was born for this time of year—so it’s the best news possible that he’s heading back down the chimney.”

The special, set during the Second World War, sees Madge Arwell and her two children, Lily and Cyril, evacuated to a draughty old house in Dorset, where the caretaker is a mysterious young man in a bow tie, and a big blue parcel is waiting for them under the tree. They are about to enter a magical new world and learn that a Time Lord never forgets his debts.

Claire Skinner said: “I am thrilled to be in Doctor Who playing Madge who is a bit of super-mum. It’s a magical part.”

This marks Matt Smith’s second outing as the Doctor at Christmas time and will follow hot on the heels of the successful 2011 series, currently airing on BBC One until October.

The Christmas Special was commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama and Danny Cohen, Controller BBC One. Steven Moffat is Lead Writer and Executive Producer with Piers Wenger and Caroline Skinner, also executive producing.

Filming on the Christmas special will continue until mid-October 2011.

Set images from the upcoming Christmas special [more at Doctor Who TV and Wales Online]

Promotional stills for episode 6×12 – “Closing Time” [Blogtor Who]

Promo for “Closing Time” [YouTube]

Terra Nova star Jason O’Mara says a regular character will die by season’s end

“Terra Nova” star Jason O’Mara revealed in a conference call with reporters that the series’ first season will feature several deaths, including one major character:

I can reveal that one of the characters that you will have come to know, and hopefully love, will die by the end of the first season. There will be a death of a regular character by this season’s end.

O’Mara also noted that dinosaurs will be featured in every episode “regardless of how human the stories become, we’ll always a healthy dose of dinos.” O’Mara plays the character Jim Shannon, whom he says takes on a sort of sheriff role:

He’s also been sort of, whether he likes it or not, he’s sort of been made the sheriff in this frontier town. So he has to kind of go along with what [the leader, Nathaniel] Taylor does and says and sometimes he has reservations; sometimes he’s in accordance to it, but the questions that are brought up sort of affect the very fabric of Terra Nova’s society that is being created as we go along.

Despite the obvious sci-fi-theme of the show, O’Mara says while they’re embracing the genre, they hope that the show will appeal to an even wider audience:

We’re trying to create something that’s a little bit bigger than that. It’s not just for a niche audience; this isn’t Battlestar Galactica; it’s not Star Trek. This is not for, necessarily for sci-fi fans out there even though I think sci-fi fans will get a lot out of it…This isn’t just about time travel and dinosaurs; it’s about a lot more than that.

O’Mara also teased what to expect for season two:

The 11th Pilgrimage is coming and it’s coming at the end of Season 1, but we don’t know what the 11th Pilgrimage is going to be made up of. By then it could be pilgrims, but it could be something else far more terrifying.

You can read more from the conference call with O’Mara at io9. In other news, Fox recently released a music video featuring the song “Another Sun” by singer Michelle Branch. Watch it below.  “Terra Nova” premieres Monday, September 26 at 8PM on Fox with a two-part series premiere.

Promotional stills for episode 1×03 – “Instinct” [more at SpoilerTV]

New promo featuring more dinosaur footage [YouTube]

Watch another promo here

Report: MTV considering reviving passed-over Locke & Key pilot

Fox may have passed on the TV adaptation of Joe Hill’s comic book “Locke & Key” (produced by Josh Friedman, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci), but there’s a report that MTV is showing interest. Deadline says MTV programming chief David Janollari was given a DVD of the pilot and while there hasn’t been any conversation between the two sides, it has given some hope to the series. Before this latest development, Syfy was said to be interested, but ultimately passed due to concerns over cost. Comic writer Joe Hill, meanwhile, is also keeping the door open:

“Trying to figure out if I can say anything about the Deadline piece. People like the pilot. All doors have not been locked. You never know.”

If you haven’t already seen it, here’s the official trailer.

AMC announces The Walking Dead after-show Talking Dead

AMC has officially announced “Talking Dead”, a live after-show that will air following “The Walking Dead”. The series’ first episode will take place following an encore presentation of “The Walking Dead” on premiere night October 16:

AMC announced today “Talking Dead,” the network’s first live after-show that serves as a platform for discussion for AMC’s series, “The Walking Dead.” The half-hour episodes are produced by Michael Davies’ Embassy Row and are hosted by Chris Hardwick (Nerdist; G4). “Talking Dead” premieres immediately following the encore presentation of “The Walking Dead” on Sunday, October 16. Then beginning on Friday, November 4th the series follows “The Walking Dead’s” encore presentation at 11 pm EST.

Just as one would expect, the live shows will feature discussions with fans, actors and producers from the series recapping the most recent episodes of “The Walking Dead” and taking questions and comments from viewers.

Meanwhile, in casting news, Michael Zegen has just been signed on for a recurring role. Zegen will play Randall, a new character not featured in the comic books. According to EW Randall is described as “a skinny Southern kid who finds himself in a rather unique set of post-apocalypse circumstances. Beyond that, producers are staying mum on the role.”

“The Walking Dead” season two premiere is titled “Miles Behind Us” and will premiere on AMC Sunday, October 16.

Season two promotional stills [more at SpoilerTV]

Season two promo [YouTube]

Watch another promo here

PREVIEW Videos & Images

Alphas

Promo for episode 1×11 – “Original Sin” [YouTube]

American Horror Story

Season one trailer [YouTube]

Chuck

Promotional stills from the season five premiere – “Chuck Versus the Zoom” [more at SpoilerTV]

First look at Mark Hamill’s character “Jean Claude” [TVGuide]

Eureka

Promo for Christmas special / promo [YouTube]

Person of Interest

Promotional stills for episode 1×02 – “Ghosts” [more at SpoilerTV]

The Sarah Jane Adventures

Season five promo [YouTube via Life, Doctor Who & Combom]

The Secret Circle

Promotional stills for episode 1×03 – “Loner” [more at SpoilerTV]

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Promo for episode 4×03 – “Prisoners” [YouTube]

Supernatural

Sneak peek at season seven [YouTube]

Warehouse 13

Promotional stills for the two-part season three finale  – “Emily Lake” & “Stand” [more at SpoilerTV]

Promo for the two-part finale [YouTube]

TV BITES & CASTING BITES

  • “Stargate Universe” has begun airing its second and final season in broadcast syndication. Check out the complete schedule here. [GateWorld]
  • Season five of “The Sarah Jane Adventures” returns to CBBC on Monday, October 3 with a two-part episode “Sky”. [Blogtor Who]
  • Episode titles have been revealed for the first seven episodes of the new ABC series “Once Upon a Time”. Here are the titles for episodes 3-7: “Snow Falls”; “The Price of Gold”; “The Still Small Voice”; “The Shepherd” and “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter”. [SpoilerTV]
  • ABC Family has canceled the freshman series “Nine Lives of Chloe King”. [InsideTV | EW]
  • Episode 10 of “Lost Girl” season two will be called “Raging Far”. [SpoilerTV]
  • Episode six of “Chuck” season five will be called “Chuck vs. the Curse”. [ChuckTV.net]
  • Former “Smallville” showrunners Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders are returning to The CW as consulting producers for the new series “The Secret Circle”. The duo will work alongside current showrunner Kevin Williamson. [TVLine]
  • Lina Roessler has joined the cast of “Lost Girl”. She’ll play a new love interest for Dyson. [SpoilerTV]
  • D.J. Qualls will guest star in the upcoming eighth episode of “Supernatural” season seven. He’ll play Garth, “a quirky, laid-back hunter who Dean clashes with right off the bat.”… [Inside the Box | Zap2It]
  • …James Marsters and Charisma Carpenter will guest star in the fifth episode of the season playing a married couple. [KSiteTV]

Episode descriptions / synopses

  • “Supernatural” – 7×03 – “The Girl Next Door” [SpoilerTV]
  • “Fringe” – 4×03 – “Alone in the Dark” [SpoilerTV]
  • “The Vampire Diaries” – 3×04 – “Disturbing Behavior” [SpoilerTV]
  • “Lost Girl” – 2×04 – “Mirror, Mirror” [SpoilerTV]
  • “The Secret Circle” – 1×04 – “Disturbing Behavior” [SpoilerTV]
  • “Terra Nova” – 1×03 – “Instinct” [SpoilerTV]

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