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Update on Ben Browder’s Projects

Here’s a new trailer for Bad Kids Go to Hell movie, BEN BROWDER’s most recent film project, which is to be released sometime in 2012:

The Naught for Hire webseries, for which Browder co-produces and stars, is still in “development.” We thought we were getting a premiere of it at July’s San Diego Comic Con, but a new contract with Paramount Digital has apparently caused the premiere to be delayed. In an interview conducted in August with fansite Naught P.I. Agency, producer/writer Jeffrey Berman stated, “Naught, obviously, has a completed script for the entire series and most of the cast is in place. What we are still working on is securing the funds to shoot the project. Since we’re aiming for a web telecast, the funding process is not traditional and as this is still new territory it’s taking longer than we had hoped.” The new launch is now slated to be sometime in 2012.

More on Joe Flanigan’s Metal Hurlant Chronicles

The Sun has a report on the Twitter updates from JOE FLANIGAN and co-star Kelly Brook as they filmed scenes together for the new series Metal Hurlant Chronicles. Flanigan tweeted, “Fighting Turtle Sapiens outside of Brussels with @IAMKELLYBROOK. Who said Halloween isn’t real? Call it Heavy Metal.” He also published a relevant page of the comic book series that is the foundation of this new TV series, which will debut in April 2012 (not yet in the US, though). Brook gave readers an idea of what they’re doing by posting a picture of her posing with two of the “Turtle Sapiens.”

David Hewlett Chooses His Favorites in a Pumpkin-Carving Contest

DAVID HEWLETT was honored by Blastr to be the judge in their sci-fi-themed pumpkin carving contest. Make sure to check out the results at the link.

Update on Michael Shanks’ Projects

MICHAEL SHANKS’ Lifetime movie The Pastor’s Wife premiered last night, but they’ll be airing repeats in case you missed it. Daemon’s TV described his performance, “Michael Shanks shines as the Pastor who is charming to the outside world, but a monster in his own home.” Check your local listings for the repeat schedule.

Saving Hope‘s home is Canada’s CTV, but it’s possible that American viewers will get to see the new show. The Hollywood Reporter recently posted, “Entertainment One and ‘Rookie Blue’ creator Ilana Frank will pitch the Erica Durance and Michael Shanks-starring medical drama in Los Angeles next week.” Rookie Blue, also a Canadian show that stars SG-1 guest star Ben Bass (Dr. Steven Rayner, 4.14 “The Curse”), airs on ABC in the United States.

New Project for Amanda Tapping

AMANDA TAPPING has a new film project! This news from Fans Share:

It appears that there is a new big screen, double team supreme developing as Smallville actress Kristin Kreuk and Lord Of The Rings star Billy Boyd are set to team up yet again.

[…] Now they have both signed up to star in the Armen Evrensel, sci-fi comedy movie Space Milkshake, which will begin filming early next year.

Space Milkshake centres around four space workers on a rundown orbital sanitation station, who run into a few problems when they salvage a strange device from a space ship wreckage. Director Armen Evrensel penned the screenplay for the movie, which will also star Amanda Tapping and Robin Dunne. Space Milkshake is expected to be released late 2012 or early 2013.

Kreuk and Boyd aren’t the only pair doing another project together; Robin Dunne is Tapping’s co-star in her hit sci-fi series Sanctuary.

Visit the IMDb record for the movie for more information.

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Michael Shanks to Star in New TV Series on CTV

Michael ShanksCongratulations to Stargate star MICHAEL SHANKS, who now has a new television series, CTV’s Saving Hope! Also starring in the series is Smallville’s ERICA DURANCE, who guest starred on SG-1 in the Season Eight episode “Affinity.” Shanks also took a turn at guest starring with Durance a few years later as Smallville’s well-received character Carter Hall/Hawkman.

Here’s the press release from Bell Media PR of Canada:

CTV Orders New One-Hour Original Drama Series SAVING HOPE

Toronto, ON (November 2, 2011) – CTV announced today that it has ordered to series SAVING HOPE, a new, one-hour original drama starring Erica Durance (SMALLVILLE) and Michael Shanks (STARGATE ATLANTIS) from the acclaimed Gemini award-winning producers Ilana Frank and David Wellington (THE ELEVENTH HOUR, Of Murder and Memory, ROOKIE BLUE). CTV has ordered 12 one-hour episodes in addition to the pilot shot this summer.

In SAVING HOPE, when charismatic Chief of Surgery Charlie Harris (Shanks) at Toronto’s Hope-Zion Hospital ends up in a coma, he leaves the hospital in chaos – and his fiancée and fellow surgeon, Alex Reid (Durance), in a state of shock. Along with newly-arrived star surgeon, Joel Goran (Daniel Gillies,THE VAMPIRE DIARIES), Alex races to save Harris’ life. As the action unfolds, comatose Dr. Harris wanders the halls of Hope-Zee in “spirit” form, not sure if he’s a ghost or a figment of his own imagination. Reid, along with her fellow doctors, press on to save his life and those of their other patients, as they deal with the complicated and courageous decisions that are made in their daily struggle to keep hope alive.

“Tapping into the frenetic lives of medical professionals entrusted to make life and death decisions every single day, SAVING HOPE is a sexy, heart-pumping hospital drama with captivating storylines,” said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports. “We look forward to working with the talented actors and creative team behind this compelling new series.”

**Media Note** Photography for SAVING HOPE is available online at BellMediaPR.ca

SAVING HOPE also stars Huse Madhavji (COMBAT HOSPITAL, STAR DAILY), Julia Taylor-Ross (ROOKIE BLUE), and Kristopher Turner (ROOKIE BLUE, THE LISTENER).

SAVING HOPE, which is inspired by Ian Brown’s The Globe and Mail “Mount Hope” series based on stories from Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, is executive produced by Thump Inc.’s Ilana Frank and David Wellington (THE ELEVENTH HOUR, Of Murder and Memory, ROOKIE BLUE). Co-created and written by Malcom MacRury (REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, LIVES OF THE SAINTS) and Morwyn Brebner (ROOKIE BLUE). Lesley Harrison is also executive producer. David Wellington directs. Trish Williams is Director, Independent Production, Drama, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks. Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports.

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Claudia Black’s Uncharted 3 Gets Released Today

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CLAUDIA BLACK reprised her role as Chloe Frazer in the latest edition of the Uncharted video game series, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. The PS3 game is being released today for the suggested retail price of $59.99. For a review and give-away, visit Geek Dad.

Beau Bridges Headed for Broadway

The Arts Beat of the New York Times is reporting that BEAU BRIDGES will be performing in the role of J.B. Biggley in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying starting January 3, 2012, and ending July 1, 2012. He’s following John Larroquette in this ongoing production. Read more about it at the link.

Preview of Corin Nemec in Sand Sharks

CORIN NEMEC stars in the new Syfy movie Sand Sharks, which will premiere in 2012. Here’s a preview, provided by Bloody Disgusting (just to let you know, there is no show of blood in this preview):

By the way, Nemec is celebrating a birthday this weekend: Saturday, November 5!

Shanks DTV Tactical Force Now Available in UK

Tactical Force posterMICHAEL SHANKS and his wife and Stargate co-star LEXA DOIG are both in this direct-to-video movie, which was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK yesterday. Synopsis: “A training exercise for the LAPD SWAT Team goes terribly wrong when they find themselves pitted against two rival gangs while trapped in an abandoned hangar.”

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Claudia Black Narrates Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Preview

There’s no mistaking CLAUDIA BLACK’s voice in this new preview trailer for the RPG video game Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, set for launch on February 7, 2012, in the United States and February 10, 2012, in Europe.

New Project for Beau Bridges

Collider is reporting that BEAU BRIDGES has a new film project called Outrun. Here’s a snippet from the press release:

Los Angeles, CA (October 28, 2011) – Exclusive Media Group (“Exclusive”) has acquired worldwide rights in all media excluding US and Canada to the high-octane, action romantic comedy OUTRUN, written and directed by Dax Shepard (acting credits EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH, BABY MAMA and MTV’s “Punk’d”) who, co-directs with David Palmer, and stars with Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper and Tom Arnold, it was announced today by Exclusive co-chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East. The all-star ensemble cast featuring some of the industry’s leading comedic actors also includes Kristin Chenoweth, Beau Bridges, David Koechner, Michael Rosenbaum, Joy Bryant and Ryan Hansen.

The feature film is being produced by Andrew Panay (WEDDING CRASHERS), Nate Tuck (BROTHER’S JUSTICE), and Kim Waltrip & Jim Casey (EXPECTING MARY).

Living under an assumed identity in central California, ex-getaway driver “Charlie Bronson” (Shepard) agrees to break the rules of his Witness Protection and drive his sexy girlfriend (Kristen Bell) to Los Angeles so that she can land her dream job. When the authorities and his former gang (led by Bradley Cooper) learn he is back behind the wheel, they hit the road to chase him down. Desperate to stay one step ahead, Charlie upgrades to an even faster car as the story shifts into high gear; cranking up the horse power and increasing the speed to make it to Southern California in time and, more importantly, in one piece.

More at the link.

Preview Trailer for Flanigan’s Metal Hurlant Chronicles

JOE FLANIGAN’s name appears at the end of this new preview for Metal Hurlant Chronicles, a new TV series based on the 1975 comic book series, that’s set to premiere in April 2012. A second season will follow in November 2012. As of this writing, the series does not yet have a US distributor.

From Horror-Movies.ca: “The series stars Rutger Hauer (The Hitcher, Hobo With A Shotgun), Scott Adkins (“The Expendables 2?),Michael Jai White (“Black Dynamite”), Joe Flanigan (“Stargate Atlantis) and James Marsters (“Buffy”).”

Lou Diamond Phillips to Guest on Southland

This news from TV Guide about SGU’s Col. David Telford, LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS:

Lou Diamond Phillips will guest-star on the Season 4 premiere of TNT’s Southland, TVGuide.com has learned.

The former NUMB3RS and Stargate Atlantis star will play Danny Ferguson, a physically intimidating beat cop who is deeply cynical about law enforcement. His views cause more than a little tension with Ben (Benjamin McKenzie) and Sammy (Shawn Hatosy), but when the time comes to put up or shut up, Ferguson proves to be an exceptional officer.

[…]

Southland, which also stars Michael Cudlitz, premieres Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 10/9c on TNT.

Staite and Nykl Spending Time with the Ferengi

Stargate Atlantis stars JEWEL STAITE and DAVID NYKL are spending some time with the Star Trek crew this weekend in Orlando, Florida. Deep Space Nine star ARMIN SHIMERMAN, also attending the Vulcan Events – Away Mission: Orlando, visited Stargate SG-1 in the Season One episode “The Nox.” Read more about the guest list at Subspace Communique.

Stargate for Halloween?

Visit Hatboro-Horsham Patch for a photo gallery of the home of Glenn Fitzgerald of Hatboro, Pennsylvania, who has placed a Stargate among his decorations for Halloween!

Fitzgerald, on the other hand, says his large display began about a dozen years ago with one light-up Frankenstein piece that sat in his front yard.

When his brother-in-law, Brad Richardson, an Emmy-award winning Hollywood set designer, moved into his house 11 years ago, Fitzgerald’s display really took on a whole new life.

Featuring hundreds of movie quality props including a 20-foot-tall spider, a Stargate (from the film “Stargate”) and a huge crocodile, many of the one-of-a-kind objects are made by Fitzgerald and Richardson.

“There is tremendous detail in the props,” Fitzgerald said. “People are always discovering new details.”

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David Blue Tweets About Obama Sighting

DAVID BLUE’s tweet about seeing President Obama’s motorcade in New York on Tuesday made its own headline at The Hill website. The President was there to film a guest appearance on Tonight Show with Jay Leno. You can follow Blue’s Twitter in our Stargate Twitter Superfeed.

Busy, Busy Beau Bridges

BEAU BRIDGES is a busy man! He’s contemplating recording an album like his brother Jeff recently did and hoping to join his daughter Emily on Broadway in A Time to Kill. In other reports, he recently met with fans and had his photo taken with them in Fort Lauderdale and handed George Clooney the Hollywood Actor Award at the Hollywood Film Awards. Bridges co-stars with Clooney in the movie The Descendants, which opens November 18, 2011.

Judge’s The Dark Knight Rises Getting 6-Minute Prologue

Rumor has it that there will be a 6-minute prologue to The Dark Knight Rises showing in certain IMAX theaters this December! CHRISTOPHER JUDGE co-stars in the film, which is due to open July 20, 2012.

DVD Releases for Flanigan, Shanks and Staite

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JOE FLANIGAN: Good Day for It was screened at several independent film festivals before making its way to DVD. It stars Stargate vet ROBERT PATRICK: “A man forced to abandon his wife and daughter years earlier must risk his life to settle an old score and reunite his family.”

MICHAEL SHANKS: Faces in the Crowd is a Direct-to-Video release that stars Milla Jovovich: “A horror-thriller centered on a woman living with ‘face-blindness’ after surviving a serial killer’s attack. As she lives with her condition, one in which facial features change each time she loses sight of them, the killer closes in.”

JEWEL STAITE: Staite stars in this Syfy Original Movie: “A group of friends band together to hide the truth about a mutual friend’s tragic death. They soon discover that an evil entity is in pursuit of them.”

Taiwan’s Building a Stargate Look-Alike

Visit Travel Blackboard Asia Edition: Taiwan’s Stargate-like tower to portal-in visitors to see concept drawings of a new structure that will be completed in 2017 that looks amazingly like a Stargate!

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Beau Bridges to Be Honored This Weekend

BEAU BRIDGES is to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLiFF), which began today, October 21. This news from Sun Sentinel:

Bridges, son of the late Lloyd and older brother of Oscar winner Jeff, will be at the 26th annual event Oct. 23 for a Cinema Paradiso screening of his new film,”Don’t Fade Away,” starring Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood”), Mischa Barton and rapper Ja Rule.

FLiFF will present Bridges with a Lifetime Achievement Award, a ceremony highlighted by a clip reel retrospective of his screen performances, just prior to the 5:45 p.m. showing of “Don’t Fade Away.” An audience Q&A follows the movie.

In “Don’t Fade Away,” Bridges portrays a fatally ill family patriarch whose estranged son (Kwanten) puts his poisonous L.A. music career on hold to return to North Carolina to care for his father.

Read more at the link above.

Filming Projects for Christopher Judge

A recent article about the filming of the movie To Have and To Hold mentions that the cast includes CHRISTOPHER JUDGE and a few other familiar Stargate vets, including MARK DACASCOS (Tyre, SGA). This is the first time we’ve seen Judge’s name in association with the film, which is set during the 1600s during the early settlements of Virginia. From Village News Online: Filming concludes at Henricus park:

According to the film’s location manager Tom Trigo, “To Have and To Hold,” which is an adaptation of a book published by the same name in 1900 by Virginian author Mary Johnston, is a family-based romance story – with a twist of action and adventure – set in the Virginia Colony as it expands westward. Though much of the film is shot in Henricus, its setting takes place mostly in Jamestown; however, scenes will be shot along the James River, as well as in or near various historical plantations and farms in the region.

Trigo, a native of Virginia, had been scouting Henricus for several years in his search for the perfect location to shoot the film. When he first read the script he knew Henricus was the ideal place to shoot.

Make sure to visit the article for more about the filming at Henricus Historical Park.

Another movie that Judge is cast in is also moving its filming location for its last few weeks of principal photography: The Dark Knight Rises. From Mania Beyond Entertainment: Dark Knight Rises in NY:

Warner Bros. Pictures and director Christopher Nolan have one more city to take on before they wrap up the production for The Dark Knight Rises. Cue the Frank Sinatra or Jay-Z songs because New York is where Nolan and his crew will be end their journey, beginning production in the Big Apple on October 29. The last leg of shooting is expected to last around 14 days and the Los Angeles Times’ 24 Frames reports that the “Occupy Wall Street” may even be used in some scenes though it won’t be a part of the storyline.

The Dark Knight Rises is currently scheduled to open July 20, 2012.

Mallozzi’s and Mullie’s Dark Matter Hits Shelves January 11, 2012

DARK MATTER #1Writing partners JOSEPH MALLOZZI and PAUL MULLIE have a new comic book series coming out in January called Dark Matter. Mallozzi has been writing about the development process in his weblog for some time now, and his most recent entry on the subject was to announce the project’s release.

DARK MATTER #1 (of 4)
Joseph Mallozzi (W), Paul Mullie (W), Garry Brown (A/Cover), and Ryan Hill (C)
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FC, 32 pages
$3.50
Miniseries

A derelict ship floats in space, its troubled crew awakened from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got on board. Their search for answers triggers the vessel’s deadly security system: a relentless android bent on their destruction. Facing threats at every turn, they have to work together to survive a voyage charged with vengeance, redemption, betrayals, and hidden secrets best left unknown.

Make sure to visit Mallozzi’s blog to get more background about the miniseries.

Corin Nemec in Chicago This Weekend

CORIN NEMEC is scheduled to be a guest at Creation Entertainment’s “Salute to Supernatural” this weekend in Chicago. According to the convention’s website, Nemec is scheduled for Saturday, October 22.

Another Reunion for Robert Picardo

Recently we reported that ROBERT PICARDO had a reunion with his Star Trek: Voyager co-star Kate Mulgrew via his guest starring in her new Adult Swim series NTSF:SD:SUV. Now, we’ve just heard that he’s been reunited with his China Beach co-star Dana Delany in her new show Body of Proof, which is about Delany’s medical examiner Dr. Megan Hunt, her co-workers, her personal life, and her search for the truth when it comes to determining who caused the deaths of the victims she examines. We’ve got a little bit of information about Picardo’s episode from TV Line:

Dana Delany will reunite with her former China Beach costar Robert Picardo in a Season 2 episode of Body of Proof, TVLine has confirmed. The actress tweeted a picture of herself and Picardo, who will play an Italian-American restaurant owner, on the set with the message, “Me and Bob Picardo, together again! So happy.”

To see the image, visit Delany’s Twitpic link. Body of Proof airs Tuesdays on ABC at 10/9c, but right now, we’re not sure when Picardo’s episode will be airing. We’ll keep our eyes open for a date.

Jewel Staite Interview

From Very Aware: INTERVIEW: Jewel Staite talks FIREFLY, Food, Fun, and Fillion:

You played Doctor Jennifer Keller on STARGATE ATLANTIS; does the medical jargon stay with you and also how’s your Mandarin? Do you know medical jargon in Mandarin?

JS: I know no medical jargon or Mandarin anymore. As soon as it’s out of my mouth and the scene’s done, I promptly allow my puny brain to forget it. I have been known to use the phrase, “Dammit, Jim, I’m a doctor, not a mechanic!”, however.

Make sure to visit the link for the rest of the interview in which Staite talks about Firefly, her co-stars, and other projects.

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Beau Bridges’s Doodle in Charity Auction

BEAU BRIDGES can now add doodling to his many recognized talents as some of his work will be auctioned for charity! Here’s more from the NoHo Arts District’s website:

Valley Community Clinic (www.valleycommunityclinic.org) a private, non-profit, healthcare Clinic serving the underprivileged ‘Celebrates 40 Fabulous Years’ at the Sportsmen’s Lodge on Wednesday, October 19, 2011.

The evening begins with a red carpet surprise, a spirited cocktail reception and a silent auction at 6:30 pm. […]

Celebrity doodles, designer gift bags, X-Factor tickets, signed cast memorabilia and a wine connoisseur gift bundle are among the goodies featured during the evening’s silent auction. An online auction will take place Oct. 10-23 at www.biddingforgood.com/ValleyClinic. The online auction will feature the original scripts of ‘Guess who’s Coming to Dinner’ and ‘On the Beach’ both signed by American film director and producer Stanley Kramer. Also included in this auction Doodles by Celebrities Jeff Bridges, Beau Bridges and Carl Reiner and a ‘Glee’ CD signed by all cast members. […]

Visit Bidding For Good’s page to see Bridges’s doodle, which has the opening bid of $500!

Update on Joe Flanigan’s International Sci-Fi Series

Metal Hurlant Chronicles is an upcoming international sci-fi series project that JOE FLANIGAN is a part of. Variety.com has some more information about its distribution schedule:

Earlier this year, Universal Pictures Germany picked up home video and VOD rights for the first two seasons (comprising 12 half-hours). Sony Pictures Television nabbed the series for distribution in various European territories, notably Germany, Austria, German-speaking Switzerland and Luxembourg via its pay TV network.

The first season will be delivered in April and the second will bow in November 2012. Each episode will adapt stories from the original graphic novels.

Created by comic artists Jean Giraud (aka Moebius) and Philippe Druillet in 1974, “Metal Hurlant” became a sci-fi phenom in the 1980s.

The level of Flanigan’s first-season involvement still isn’t known, but we’ll keep an eye out for more information. Hopefully, the busy actor will update his Twitter account soon!

In the meantime, we can enjoy this interview conducted earlier this month at the Entertainment Media Show in London. He talks about his recent projects and filming abroad.

Jason Momoa at New York Comic Con

There are loads of reports about JASON MOMOA’s appearance at the New York Comic Con held a little while back. Just recently, the notification for Huffington Post’s brief interview with the Conan the Barbarian star hit our inbox. Here’s a Stargate-mentioning snippet:

Q: With your characters on Stargate Atlantis like Ronan Dex and Game of Thrones, do you gravitate towards these warrior types or is that just something because you’re 6’4″ and huge?

JM: When I did Stargate Atlantis, I wanted to work and it was a great opportunity, four years of working on that.

I think when Drogo came along, that’s a once in a lifetime chance to play anything like that. I’ve never seen a character like him in the movies or on TV. He’s such a powerful, raw character. That role was the first time I’ve ever wanted a character in my life.

Because of that, the same casting director came on Conan so everything just kind of lined up that way.

I don’t know, we’ll see. Hopefully there’s a rom-com in there somewhere coming up.

Momoa’s most recent project is his movie with Sylvester Stallone, Bullet to the Head (aka Headshot).

Michael Shanks in Lifetime’s The Pastor’s Wife

Our COMING SOON feature has been updated with the premiere date of MICHAEL SHANKS’s television movie project for Lifetime, The Pastor’s Wife. We got the date of November 5, 2011, from this recent announcement about co-star Rose McGowan’s titular role at Monsters and Critics:

Lifetime is set to premiere the original movie The Pastor’s Wife, starring Rose McGowan and Michael Shanks in a film about the shotgun slaying of a small town minister and revelations of his dark secrets involving sex, lies and betrayal — shocking his God-fearing community and changing it forever.

The Pastor’s Wife will debut on Saturday, November 5, at 8 pm ET/PT.

Based on a true story that made national headlines, The Pastor’s Wife centers on the 2006 death of Matthew Winkler (Shanks), a beloved minister and community leader who was mysteriously shot and killed in his Selmer, Tennessee, home. During their investigation, the authorities soon zero in on Matthew’s wife, Mary (McGowan), as the crime’s prime suspect.

Make sure to visit the link for more on the project.

Amanda Tapping Sanctuary Interview

Season Four of Sanctuary is currently airing on Friday nights on Syfy and Space, and AMANDA TAPPING provides lots of interesting behind-the-scenes details concerning its story development and production in an in-depth interview published at The Morton Report. This season is comprised of 13 episodes, a reduction from last season’s 20, and Tapping commented on the benefits of a shortened season:

“There’s a whole trigger effect of what Helen has been doing, and, again, I think this season is highly ambitious and it sort of blows the lid off anything we’ve done before. It’s a beautifully shot and written season, and I actually don’t mind that we were taken back down to 13 episodes this year. I know that that’s kind of Syfy’s mandate right now- they’re not commissioning 20-episode series. They’re commissioning 13 and sometimes less, so when we found out that we got a 13-episode pick-up, some people said, ‘Oh, man, you guys got ripped off,’ and we were like, ‘No, it’s all good, because now we can make 13 really kick-ass episodes of television.’ We’re not spread too thin and we knew we could do that. Twenty episodes was a big order and we were thrilled to have it, but we have a really good solid season with these 13. Believe me when I tell you that there are no duds episode-wise.”

Tapping also talks about directing, sets, motion capture, and Stargate vets DAMIAN KINDLER and MARTIN WOOD, so make sure to visit the link for more.

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Paul McGillion in Hallmark’s "Finding a Family"

FINDING A FAMILY (Hallmark)Apologies to fans of PAUL McGILLION for missing the premiere of his Hallmark movie Finding a Family (Saturday, October 15). But good news! Hallmark Movie Channel will be airing the movie today, October 16: 12:00 PM ET, 2:00 PM ET, 8:00 PM ET, and 10:00 PM ET!

The storyline, from TV Guide: “An ambitious teen (Jared Abrahamson) tries to overcome his tumultuous home life with a mentally unstable mother (Kim Delaney) and fulfill his dream of attending Harvard. In order to keep his education plans on track, he attempts to find a family who will take him in so he can stay in a certain school district. Based on a true story. Directed by Mark Jean.”

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Robert Cooper Writing New TV Project

Former Stargate executive producer ROBERT C. COOPER is writing for a new TV project! Here’s what Deadline posted:

Lifetime is developing a period drama series about The Hollywood Reporter founder William Wilkerson, which is being produced by Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil and Graham King’s GK TV. The project, written by Rob Cooper (Stargate: Universe), chronicles the colorful life of Wilkerson, a compulsive gambler who started off as a film executive in New York; lost all his money on Black Friday; founded The Hollywood Reporter; launched a slew of Hollywood nightclubs, including Ciro’s; founded The Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas; and got entangled with the mob and had to go into hiding in France.

Visit the link for more!

Alaina Huffman Added to Wizard World Austin Event

Newswire Today made the announcement that ALAINA HUFFMAN will be a guest at the Wizard World Austin convention being held November 11-13. Other Stargate vets attending include ADAM BALDWIN (Col. David Dixon, SG-1), JULIA BENSON (Lt. Vanessa James, SGU) and LOUIS GOSSETT, JR. (Gerak, SG-1).

Lou Diamond Phillips in Longmire

LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS is in the cast of the new A&E series that will be premiering in 2012, Longmire. The show is based off of a series of Walt Longmire books written by Craig Johnson, who is also heavily involved with the production. The Rapid City Journal article entitled “Author tells how his books are becoming new television series” focuses on an interview with Johnson conducted during one of his appearances in August. More information about the books, the television series, and the characters are at the link.

Update on Michael Shanks’s Pilot Saving Hope

MICHAEL SHANKS and Stargate alum ERICA DURANCE (Krista James, SG-1) filmed a TV pilot called Saving Hope. Durance mentioned the project in a recent interview with TVLine.com, “I’m still waiting to hear [where things stand]. We had some really positive feedback from some of the people we approached… so we’ll see what happens. That was a wonderful experience and a project I’m really proud of.” (Thanks to MSOL for the update.)

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