Stargate Planner: Week of June 13-19

We’ll update this article if something comes to our attention during the week. Also, if you’ve got more to add, please don’t hesitate to announce them in the comment section below.

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Monday,
June 13
SGU S2 GauntletSTARGATE UNIVERSE on Sky One at 8 PM with “Gauntlet”, SGU’s series finale: The suspenseful space saga drops out of orbit and comes to an end. In a satisfying conclusion, Eli devises a high-risk plan to outwit the drones once and for all.
Tuesday,
June 14
MICHAEL SHANKS‘s Red Riding Hood is released today on DVD and Blu-ray in North America.
Wednesday,
June 15
Thursday,
June 16
BEAU BRIDGES is part of the Honorary Committee of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG), which will be having its national conference starting today and ending on the 18th in Los Angeles. Bridges was selected for this honor because of his “deep engagement and significant commitment to live theatre over the years.”

Friday,
June 17
ALAINA HUFFMAN will be attending Wizard World’s Comic Con in Philadelphia that starts today and runs until the 19th. Supporting and guest stars will also be present, including Julia Benson, Adam Baldwin, and Sean Patrick Flanery. Visit Wizard World for more information.
CHRISTOPHER JUDGE will be attending the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, which begins today and runs until the 19th. SG-1 guest star Julian Sands is also scheduled to attend.
Saturday,
June 18
Sunday,
June 19
Colin Cunningham in FALLING SKIES (TBS)COLIN CUNNINGHAM co-stars in the new Noah Wylie starrer Falling Skies, which premieres tonight at 9/8c on TNT. The show is about survivors of an attack by aliens that Earthlings call “Skitters.” Wylie plays Tom Mason, a history professor who forms a resistance group named the 2nd Mass because of its location in Boston. Cunningham’s character is described at his site ColinCunningham.com: “John Pope, the leader of a band of marauders, introduces himself to the 2nd Mass by taking a group of hostages and offering to exchange their freedom for weapons. For reasons known only to him, this smart, resourceful and charismatic ex-con takes great pleasure in killing skitters, even hunting them like wild game. A shameless opportunist, Pope considers the invasion the best thing that ever happened to him. He also happens to be an excellent chef.”

BEAU BRIDGES and his daughter Emily Bridges will be at Theatre West in Los Angeles at 7 PM PT for the musical reading of Something for the Boys, “featuring music and lyrics by Cole Porter and a book by Herbert and Dorothy Fields,” according to Broadway World.

Reminders

For news as it happens, make sure to visit the STARGATE TWITTER SUPERFEED for tidbits directly from the Stargate stars and production crew. And don’t forget our new feature BEYOND THE EVENT HORIZON, which consists of “home pages” with dynamic feeds from our LJ and Blog for the stars of SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe.

SG-1 and General Hank Landry in 'Ripple Effect'Our LJ COMPANION has news bites, polls, and glimpses into the lives of the actors that we don’t necessarily cover here in our more formal news blog. Make sure to visit the LJ’s feed on our front page or visit the site directly to see its mostly fun little tidbits. Some of our recent posts include:

  • Joseph Mallozzi has started reminiscing about Stargate SG-1‘s SEASON NINE. Visit the excerpts at Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. There’s more to come.

For the latest in convention appearances, which are subject to change, make sure to visit Stargate Actor Appearances.

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Stargate Planner: Week of June 6-12

We’ll update this article if something comes to our attention during the week. Also, if you’ve got more to add, please don’t hesitate to announce them in the comment section below.

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Monday,
June 6
SGU S2 BlockadeSTARGATE UNIVERSE on Sky One at 8 PM with “Blockade”: After discovering that the drones have found a way to pinpoint the stars that Destiny is planning to draw power from, Eli comes up with a plan: a high-risk one…

PAUL McGILLION guest stars in the first season finale of Canada’s Showcase’s Endgame. The episode is called “Deadman Talking” and premieres tonight at 10 PM ET. Paul plays Sebastian Wilks, a powerful lawyer who might be a murderer. This role was meant to be recurring, but the show has been cancelled.

AMANDA TAPPING‘s Sanctuary returns to Syfy at 10 PM ET with “Carentan.”

LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS will be on stage this week (June 6-12) to reprise his role as the King of Siam in The King and I at the Kansas City Starlight Theatre.
Tuesday,
June 7
MICHAEL SHANKS‘s Australian film Arctic Blast is released today on DVD in North America.

JOE FLANIGAN‘s Syfy original movie Ferocious Planet is released on DVD today in Region 1 (North America)!

Wednesday,
June 8
A Fine Young ManTonight is the Leo Award’s Celebration Awards Ceremony and we’ll find out if PAUL McGILLION has won any of the four nominations received by his short film A Fine Young Man. Visit the awards’ homepage for the details.

Today is LEXA DOIG‘s birthday! Tweet happy b’day wishes @LexaShmexa.
Thursday,
June 9
SGU star ALAINA HUFFMAN will be attending the SUPERMAN CELEBRATION in Metropolis, Illinois, which starts today and runs until the 12th. Huffman play Black Canary in Smallville. Make sure to visit the con’s website for details.

Friday,
June 10
JEWEL STAITE is scheduled to attend the CONTAGION: OUTBREAK! con in Omaha, Nebraska. The con starts today and runs until the 12th. Visit the con’s website for more information.

LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS hosts the next installment of the Military Channel’s An Officer and a Movie: Code Name: Emerald. Check out the production’s homepage for more information.

Today is MIKE DOPUD‘s birthday. Tweet happy b’day wishes @MikeDopud.
Saturday,
June 11
SGU MaliceTonight we’ll find out if SGU’s JENNIFER SPENCE will receive her LEO AWARD for her performance in “Malice.”

AMANDA TAPPING is also up for an award for her performance in the Sanctuary episode “Breach,” which is one of the 17 nominations the show received this year. Visit the awards’ homepage for the details.

Sunday,
June 12

Reminders

For news as it happens, make sure to visit the STARGATE TWITTER SUPERFEED for tidbits directly from the Stargate stars and production crew. And don’t forget our new feature BEYOND THE EVENT HORIZON, which consists of “home pages” with dynamic feeds from our LJ and Blog for the stars of SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe.

The cast of Stargate SG-1 in Season EightOur LJ COMPANION has news bites, polls, and glimpses into the lives of the actors that we don’t necessarily cover here in our more formal news blog. Make sure to visit the LJ’s feed on our front page or visit the site directly to see its mostly fun little tidbits. Some of our recent posts include:

For the latest in convention appearances, which are subject to change, make sure to visit Stargate Actor Appearances.

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Stargate Planner: Week of May 30-June 5

We’ll update this article if something comes to our attention during the week. Also, if you’ve got more to add, please don’t hesitate to announce them in the comment section below.

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Monday,
May 30
United States

Memorial Day (Traditional and Observed)

SGU S2 EpilogueSTARGATE UNIVERSE on Sky One at 8 PM with “Epilogue”: Destiny arrives at Novus, an abandoned planet caught in the throes of seismic destruction. Curiosity gets the better of the crew though, which has dire consequences.

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, AMANDA TAPPING‘s Sanctuary will not be on tonight, but will return to Syfy at 10 PM ET next week.

From PR-USA.net: “Documentary Channel (DOC) commemorates U.S. soldiers with a line up of outstanding military themed documentaries in a two-day tribute to Memorial Day on Monday, May 30 and Tuesday, May 31. Never seen before on television, the two-hour theatrical version of “Operation Homecoming” airs Monday, May 30, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). […] The Oscar nominated “Operation Homecoming” is a unique documentary that explores the firsthand accounts of American troops through their written words, and offers a profound window into the human side of the war in Iraq. “Operation Homecoming” evolved out of a National Endowment for the Arts project that gathered the writing of soldiers and their families who have participated in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Interviews and dramatic readings by such actors as Robert Duvall, Josh Lucas, BEAU BRIDGES, Blaire Underwood and Justin Kirk transform selections from this collection of writing into a deep examination of the experiences of the men and women who are serving in America’s armed forces.”

Tuesday,
May 31
SGU S2 DVDStargate Universe Season Two is released on DVD today in Region 1 (North America)!

Solutions’ Summary: Through many difficult situations, the crew of the Destiny finally become a family, working together to continue Destiny‘s original mission. Along the way, they encounter remarkable civilizations and technology, and eventually have to resort to incredible measures to ensure their continued safety and existence.

Wednesday,
June 1
Today is PATRICK GILMORE‘s birthday! Tweet happy b’day wishes @PatrickGilmore.
Thursday,
June 2
Today is JEWEL STAITE‘s birthday! You can tweet your happy b’day wishes to her @JewelStaite.
Friday,
June 3

LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS hosts the next installment of the Military Channel’s An Officer and a Movie: Kelly’s Heroes. Check out the production’s homepage for more information.

Saturday,
June 4
BRIAN J. SMITH and ROBERT PATRICK star in Syfy’s original movie Red Faction: Origins tonight at 9 PM ET. This movie bridges the gap between the video games Red Faction: Guerrilla and Red Faction: Armageddon. It follows the hero Alec Mason (Patrick) and his son Jake (Smith) as they search for Jake’s sister Lyra (Tamzin Merchant) only to find that she has become their enemy twelve years after her kidnapping.

CORIN NEMEC will be at the SALUTE TO SUPERNATURAL convention in Nashville, Tennessee, that is being held this weekend. Make sure to visit the website for the scheduling details.

Sunday,
June 5

Reminders

For news as it happens, make sure to visit the STARGATE TWITTER SUPERFEED for tidbits directly from the Stargate stars and production crew. And don’t forget our new feature BEYOND THE EVENT HORIZON, which consists of “home pages” with dynamic feeds from our LJ and Blog for the stars of SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe.

Our LJ COMPANION has news bites, polls, and glimpses into the lives of the actors that we don’t necessarily cover here in our more formal news blog. Make sure to visit the LJ’s feed on our front page or visit the site directly to see its mostly fun little tidbits. Some of our recent posts include:

For the latest in convention appearances, which are subject to change, make sure to visit Stargate Actor Appearances.

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Stargate Franchise Ends Tonight with Universe’s "Gauntlet"

“Gauntlet” Is a Cliffhanger

More Command Ships and their Drones await 'Destiny' in GAUNTLET (MGM)
The third and final series finale of the Stargate franchise (“as we know it”) comes to our television screens this week: first on Syfy tonight at 9 PM ET, then later this week on Canada’s Space (Tuesday, 10 PM ET) and Australia’s SciFi (Friday, 8:30 PM).

When “Gauntlet” was written by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, it was thought that the show would be getting a third season. It was already too late to change the outcome of the episode once Syfy’s cancellation announcement was made.

So, in true Stargate tradition, “Gauntlet” will be in the format of a season-ending cliffhanger. Mallozzi put it in the same class of cliffhangers as SG-1’s “Camelot,” SGA’s “The Siege II,” and SGU’s previous season-ending cliffhanger “Incursion II.” He wanted to give viewers “fair warning” that this means that we’ll have no idea how the Destiny comes through her ordeal, nor how the crew members themselves endure it. “Gauntlet, in particular, is very touching and its conclusion will no doubt leave you…among many other things…frustrated, incredulous, outraged, offended, annoyed, vexed, saddened, distressed, bitter, aghast, irritated, unsatisfied, pissed-off, melancholy, miserable, confused, furious, dejected, riled, shocked, heartsick, angry, surprised, exasperated, indignant, enraged, despondent, bewildered, dismayed, incensed, stunned, and grief-stricken.”

Because MGM has ended the franchise “as we know it,” there won’t be any resolution in any movie whatsoever. At one point, there were possibly two movies in SGU’s future, and then there was the proposal to combine the stories of Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, and Stargate Universe into one last chapter for all of the fans, but MGM decided against all the options that Brad Wright presented.

What we’re left with are several unanswered questions and dangling threads. Will the Destiny crew make it out of the Command Ship and Drone attack? Will all of the crew members survive? Will they finally find the intelligence from the beginning of time as was Destiny‘s original mission, or will simply getting home be sufficient? Will they discover, as the Camile Wray of the Ancestors of Novus said, that “our mission is and always will be the journey itself”?

As with the entire Stargate franchise in general and SGU in particular, Mallozzi said that after watching “Gauntlet,” “[F]ans will be thrilled, touched, heartbroken – and left to wonder what could have been.” When asked if there would be a release of details as to how SGU was going to end (they had planned for a five-year run), Mallozzi responded, “Since Brad [Wright] and Robert [Cooper] were the ones who came up with the endgame, it’s only fair that I allow them to reveal it to you if and when they so desire.”

Stargate Atlantis Fans Will Get Some Closure

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Atlantis returned to Earth in ENEMY AT THE GATE (MGM)
Mallozzi has already promised Stargate Atlantis fans some insight into his and Mullie’s Stargate: Extinction, which was to pick up where “Enemy at the Gate” ended, where the city-ship Atlantis had returned to Earth, but the Wraith threat still existed in the Pegasus galaxy.

He wrote, “I’ll offer a little insight into the [SGA movie], detailing the basic premise of the story and some of the interesting developments we had in store for the characters and, of course, the city of Atlantis itself.” But when it comes to the SG-1 movie, Stargate: Revolution, Mallozzi stated, “[S]ince Carl [Binder] and Brad [Wright] were working on Revolution, I defer to them on providing details on the SG-1 movie.”

MGM Controls the Stargate Brand’s Future

Stargate, the original 1994 movie, ended with the idea that Jack and Daniel would be reunited and perhaps continue their Stargate journeys together (MGM)
Unless Wright, Binder, Cooper, and MGM decide to reveal their plans, fans of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Universe won’t be getting the type of closure that Atlantis fans will get with Mallozzi’s discussion of his movie script in his weblog.

The former executive producer also pointed out another option that MGM has with their control of the Stargate brand: Instead of continuing the franchise based on the mythology developed in the three shows, he thinks that MGM will take the brand in a totally different direction. “This chapter of the Stargate franchise (SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe) has apparently been closed and, if we see something in the (hopefully) not too distant future, I imagine it would be more something along the lines of a re-imagining of the brand.”

“For now the franchise is in MGM’s hands,” Brad Wright was reported as announcing to the fans gathered at the Vancouver convention on April 17, 2011. He seemed to put forth the sentiment that MGM will recognize the value of the Stargate brand, started by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich in their 1994 movie Stargate, and continue it in some way (Devlin had originally envisioned a trilogy).

But as fans of this Stargate franchise, we can only hope that they continue the journeys of our heroes that we’ve grown to love since 1997 when Stargate SG-1 opened the ‘gate, even if Wright, Cooper, Mallozzi, Mullie, and Binder are no longer executive producers and show-runners.

After Viewing the End of an Era

Active Stargate in SGC (SG-1)Active Stargate in AtlantisActive Stargate in Destiny

After viewing the end of an era, make sure to rejoin us here for our episode poll on the front page.

Additionally, you may wish to visit Joseph Mallozzi’s Weblog since he has promised, “Once that final episode airs, I’ll take to this blog to answer any and all questions you may have and dedicate at least one entry to discussing aspects of the franchise I’m sure you’re all curious about. ‘Given the show’s ratings, why didn’t you wrap up the series in the event you WERE cancelled?’, ‘What stories did you have planned for the show’s third season?’, and ‘Tell us all about Stargate: Extinction’. Okay. Will field these queries and many more once ‘Gauntlet’ airs.”

With this promise, we might find out how Season Three was to begin, but won’t know how SGU as a series was to end.

MGM, we’re still here and we’re waiting…

“Gauntlet” Link and Spoiler Collection

Episode Synopsis from SPACE (Spoilers) Show
Syfy: Preview (9 PM ET) Show
Syfy: Sneak Peek (Actual Scene) Show
Space Channel's Preview (Tuesday, 10 PM ET) Show
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Stargate Planner: Week of May 9-15

We’ll update this article if something comes to our attention during the week. Also, if you’ve got more to add, please don’t hesitate to announce them in the comment section below.

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Monday,
May 9
SGUStargate Universe on Sky One at 8 PM with “Seizure.”

Syfy will be showing a marathon of SGU episodes today, leading into the series finale. Starting at 9 AM ET, you’ll see “Deliverance,” then each Season Two episode that follows until last week’s “Blockade” at 5 PM ET. “Blockade” will show again at 8 PM ET, which effectively gives viewers a two-hour send-off with the last hour of SGU following at 9 PM ET.

SERIES FINALE! Stargate Universe on Syfy at 9 PM ET with “Gauntlet.”

AMANDA TAPPING‘s Sanctuary follows SGU on Syfy at 10 PM ET.

Tuesday,
May 10
SERIES FINALE! Stargate Universe on SPACE at 10 PM ET with “Gauntlet.” Following the series finale, the InnerSPACE program will have a Stargate special that includes interviews with stars from ALL THREE Stargate series.

Wednesday,
May 11
Thursday,
May 12
Friday,
May 13
SERIES FINALE! Stargate Universe on Australia’s SciFi at 8:30 PM with “Gauntlet.”

LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS will be honored tonight by the GI Film Festival with the annual Spirit Award for his commitment to veterans, “reflected in visits to Veterans Affairs hospitals, public service announcements for the United Service Organizations, and trips to Capitol Hill. … The Spirit Award is given annually to ‘an actor who embodies the spirit of an American GI in their creative and philanthropic work.'” Congratulations! (More info: Washington Examiner: GIFF to honor Lou Diamond Phillips)

LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS hosts the next installment of the Military Channel’s An Officer and a Movie: The Great Santini. Check out the production’s homepage for more information.

Saturday,
May 14
JAMIL WALKER SMITH‘s independent film Make a Movie Like Spike will be showing in Washington, D.C., today. The SGU actor will also be at the screening afterwards for a Q&A session. Details can be found at the movie’s Facebook page.
Sunday,
May 15

Reminders

For news as it happens, make sure to visit the Stargate Twitter Superfeed for tidbits directly from the Stargate stars and production crew. And don’t forget our new feature Beyond the Event Horizon, which consists of “home pages” with dynamic feeds from our LJ and Blog for the stars of SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe (SGU actors are currently being added).

Our LJ Companion has news bites, polls, and glimpses into the lives of the actors that we don’t necessarily cover here in our more formal news blog. Make sure to visit the LJ’s feed on our front page or visit the site directly to see its mostly fun little tidbits.

For the latest in convention appearances, which are subject to change, make sure to visit Stargate Actor Appearances.

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InnerSPACE Stargate Special to Air Tuesday, May 10

Executive producer Joseph Mallozzi just posted in his weblog, “…I hung around to do a quickie interview for Canada’s Space which will follow up Tuesday night’s series finale, Gauntlet, with a special Stargate-laden installment of Innerspace. From what I hear, they got A LOT of interviews with Stargate personalities – David Blue, David Hewlett, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge, Louis Ferreira, Alaina Huffman, Brian J. Smith, and Jewel Staite (to name a few) – who’ll be talking about the franchise and its fans. Don’t miss it!”

Canada’s Spacecast airs Stargate Universe (their SGU page) at 10 PM ET and InnerSPACE follows directly at 11 PM ET (their InnerSPACE page). All of the Stargate shows have enjoyed impressive viewer numbers, and currently, SGU is Space’s “most-watched series.”

“Gauntlet” will be a cliffhanger, unfortunately, which Mallozzi described as being in the same category of cliffhanger as SG-1’s “Camelot,” SGA’s “The Siege II,” and SGU’s “Incursion II,” and gave this “fair warning” about the conclusion of the Stargate franchise “as we know it”: “Gauntlet, in particular, is very touching and its conclusion will no doubt you leave you…among many other things…frustrated, incredulous, outraged, offended, annoyed, vexed, saddened, distressed, bitter, aghast, irritated, unsatisfied, pissed-off, melancholy, miserable, confused, furious, dejected, riled, shocked, heartsick, angry, surprised, exasperated, indignant, enraged, despondent, bewildered, dismayed, incensed, stunned, and grief-stricken.”

Hopefully, seeing the Stargate stars from all three shows afterwards will help ease the Canadian fans’ pain.

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Stargate Planner: Week of May 2-8

We’ll update this article if something comes to our attention during the week. Also, if you’ve got more to add, please don’t hesitate to announce them in the comment section below.

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Monday,
May 2
SGUStargate Universe on Sky One at 8 PM with “Hope.”

NEW TIME! Stargate Universe on Syfy at 9 PM ET with “Blockade.”

NEW DAY/TIME! AMANDA TAPPING‘s Sanctuary now follows SGU on Syfy at 10 PM ET.

Tuesday,
May 3
Stargate Universe on SPACE at 10 PM ET with “Blockade.”

DAVID HEWLETT wrote a piece in the new book The Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun: Cool Hacks, Cutting-Edge Games, and More Awesome Projects for the Whole Family, which comes out today! Read more about the publication from the author’s blog Geek Dad.

Wednesday,
May 4
LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS guests as himself in tonight’s episode of Cougar Town! The episode is called “Lonesome Sundown” and premieres at 9:30 PM ET on ABC. Source: The Examiner.
Thursday,
May 5
Friday,
May 6
NEW DAY! Stargate Universe on Australia’s SciFi at 8:30 PM with “Blockade.”

LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS hosts the next installment of the Military Channel’s An Officer and a Movie: Heaven & Earth. Check out the production’s homepage for more information.

Today is KAVAN SMITH‘s birthday! You can send your birthday wishes to him at his new Twitter account: @KavanJSmith.

Chevron 7.6 begins today in England and runs until Sunday, May 8! Stargate guests include RICHARD DEAN ANDERSON, TERYL ROTHERY, GARY JONES, DAN SHEA, and FULVIO CECERE. Visit the event’s website for the schedule.

Saturday,
May 7
BEAU BRIDGES and daughter Emily will be in Studio City, California, today at 2 PM to sign their published play Acting: The First Six Lessons. Here’s a portion of the announcement from Playbill: “Beau Bridges and his daughter Emily will appear at Samuel French Bookstore in Studio City, CA, May 7 at 2 PM to sign copies of their published play, Acting: The First Six Lessons, and partake in a reading and Q&A session. […] Samuel French Bookstore is located at 11963 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA.” The play was well received, and if you’re interested in the last performance they had, visit the Theatre West website for images and reviews.
Sunday,
May 8
BEAU BRIDGES will be returning as Nick Brody in the season finale of Brothers & Sisters tonight at 10:01 PM ET on ABC. The synopsis: “In the fifth-season finale, a surprise guest shows up at Sarah and Luc’s wedding; and Kitty faces a tough decision.”

Stargate and Solutions News

Actor and Crew Updates

  • Not too long ago, JOE FLANIGAN mentioned in an interview, “I separated my shoulder in a mountain biking accident. I was coming down a single track trail at a furious speed – I just got brand new handle bars that were extra long – they snagged a branch and they just kind of threw me over and I landed on my back. I actually feel pretty damn lucky that it’s just an AC separation and not something more serious.” He went on with the injury to the Vancouver Stargate Con, and then he finally had the surgery on April 27. All is well, as the actor kept his fans updated on his Twitter (including providing a picture of him in his hospital bed), joking that on the day after, “My new breasts look great.”
  • MARK SAVELA did an interview with Sci Fi and TV Talk Blog about his prospect pilot Echoes. This production has several former Stargate cast and crew involved. They filmed a 13-minute prospect piece from the two-part pilot script, hoping to use it as a pitch for the creation of a new series. This crew is very well put together as they transfer their many years with Stargate into their own production. Echoes features JENNIFER SPENCE and MIKE DOPUD in leading roles.
  • BRIAN J. SMITH did an interview with Redeye Chicago/Show Patrol about his upcoming Syfy movie Red Faction: Origins. Smith declares that this movie is not going to be your typical “MOW” and that “It’s definitely quality and it has really, really smart minds behind it.” Stargate alum ROBERT PATRICK also stars. Red Faction: Origins premieres Saturday, June 4, at 9 PM ET.
  • CHRISTOPHER JUDGE and JEWEL STAITE are scheduled to be at the Tulsa Trek Expo in June, according to Tulsa World.
  • JASON MOMOA has been interviewed a lot recently, covering his roles of Khal Drogo in HBO’s Game of Thrones (currently airing on Sunday nights) and of Conan in the upcoming Conan the Barbarian movie (coming August 19). These interviews are indexed in our SOLUTIONS LJ here: Conan Movie and Game of Thrones.
  • MICHAEL SHANKS did a video interview while he was in France a few weekends ago for the SciFi15 convention. Solutions LJ has the embedded video in which Shanks discusses Stargate and his most recent projects.
  • MING-NA is back in Vancouver shooting her recurring role in Syfy’s Eureka. Her new role is Alice Wen, a senator who arrives in Eureka to handle a sensitive matter within Global Dynamics.

Reminders

For news as it happens, make sure to visit the Stargate Twitter Superfeed for tidbits directly from the Stargate stars and production crew. And don’t forget our new feature Beyond the Event Horizon, which consists of “home pages” with dynamic feeds from our LJ and Blog for the stars of SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe (SGU actors are currently being added).

Our LJ Companion has news bites, polls, and glimpses into the lives of the actors that we don’t necessarily cover here in our more formal news blog. Make sure to visit the LJ’s feed on our front page or visit the site directly to see its mostly fun little tidbits.

For the latest in convention appearances, which are subject to change, make sure to visit Stargate Actor Appearances.

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Stargate Planner: Week of April 25-May 1

We’ll update this article if something comes to our attention during the week. Also, if you’ve got more to add, please don’t hesitate to announce them in the comment section below.

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Monday,
April 25
SGUStargate Universe on Sky One at 8 PM with “Alliances.”

NEW TIME! Stargate Universe on Syfy at 9 PM ET with “Epilogue.”

Amanda Tapping‘s Sanctuary moves to its new night and time! Starting tonight, Sanctuary follows SGU on Syfy at 10 PM ET.

Tuesday,
April 26
Stargate Universe on SPACE at 10 PM ET with “Epilogue.”

Joe Flanigan‘s family movie Change of Plans is released on DVD today! Check for it at your local Walmart store.

Wednesday,
April 27
Thursday,
April 28
Fedcon XX starts today and runs until May 1. Stargate guests include Richard Dean Anderson, Paul McGillion, Marina Sirtis, Nicole de Boer, Tony Amendola, and Kate Hewlett. Make sure to visit the website for more details.
Friday,
April 29
NEW DAY! Stargate Universe on Australia’s SciFi at 8:30 PM with “Epilogue.”

Anaheim Comic Con starts today and runs to May 1. Stargate guests include Torri Higginson, Robert Picardo, Alaina Huffman, and Rick Worthy. Visit the website for their scheduled appearances.

Lou Diamond Phillips hosts the next installment of the Military Channel’s An Officer and a Movie: Play Dirty. Check out the production’s homepage for more information.

Saturday,
April 30
Sunday,
May 1
Brian J. SmithBrian J. Smith will be appearing in the off-Broadway play Little Black Dress. From Broadway World: “LITTLE BLACK DRESS – a new play by Ronan Noone, whose play THE ATHEIST starring Campbell Scott enjoyed considerable success Off-Broadway in 2008 – will be given its New York premiere this spring Off-Broadway, with previews set to begin Sunday, May 1 prior to an official press opening on Thursday, May 5 at Theatre at St. Clement’s (423 W. 46 St.) in Manhattan. Presented by The Exchange – an Off-Broadway theatre company specializing in new work – LITTLE BLACK DRESS is directed by Ari Edelson. Featured in the cast of LITTLE BLACK DRESS are Nina Hellman, Tobias Segal, Brian J. Smith and Dan Oreskes. With hints of A DOLL’S HOUSE and Sam Shepard, LITTLE BLACK DRESS — a funny, dark and poignant look at the sacrifices one makes when one leaves behind all that is familiar — LITTLE BLACK DRESS is set in a household in rural Blue River where Amy Beaudreaux lives with her boorish husband, their slacker pot-smoking son and his buddy, a gigolo.”

Beau Bridges returns tonight in his recurring role as Nick Brody in ABC’s Brothers & Sisters at 10:01 PM ET. The episode is called “For Better or for Worse” and is summarized in this press release provided by Futon Critic: “After Sarah confronts Brody about his being her father, she decides she no longer wants him to be a part of her life or Nora’s, but Nora just can’t seem to let him go. Meanwhile, Olivia struggles with the new addition of baby Daniel to the family.”

News Notes

News Flashes and Brief Follow-Ups

  • SG-1 in 'Window of Opportunity' in Season FourFranchise – With news that the Stargate franchise as we know it will end in a few weeks with the airing of SGU’s final episode “Gauntlet,” executive producer Joseph Mallozzi has begun to look back on his time with the productions, starting in Season Four of Stargate SG-1. He’s posting a series of entries dedicated to each season that he and writing partner Paul Mullie were in Vancouver, a place that they thought they would only be for a couple of years! Start reading his “Days of Stargate Past” in his April 22nd and April 23rd entries. Sadly, these reminiscent entries were sparked by the fact that they will start “de-rigging” Stage 5: “Stage 5, as you may or may not know, was home to Stargate: Universe’s Icarus base but, for many, many years before that, it held the standing sets for Stargate: SG-1: the SGC corridors, the infirmary, the control room, the briefing, Hammond’s office (later occupied by O’Neill, then Landry) and, of course, the gate room. Sad times indeed.”

Stargate Universe News

Solutions News Blog Round-Up

Our News Blog posts since the last Stargate Planner (most recent listed first):

Solutions LJ Companion Background Articles

Last week, we posted a few background articles in our LJ Companion that you might be interested in. The articles listed in this section don’t have a companion piece in our News Blog here:

Reminders

For news as it happens, make sure to visit the Stargate Twitter Superfeed for tidbits directly from the Stargate stars and production crew. And don’t forget our new feature Beyond the Event Horizon, which consists of “home pages” with dynamic feeds from our LJ and Blog for the stars of SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe (SGU actors are currently being added).

Our LJ Companion has news bites, polls, and glimpses into the lives of the actors that we don’t necessarily cover here in our more formal news blog. Make sure to visit the LJ’s feed on our front page or visit the site directly to see its mostly fun little tidbits.

For the latest in convention appearances, which are subject to change, make sure to visit Stargate Actor Appearances.

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Stargate Universe: 2.15 "Seizure" (Atlantis Crossover)

Robert Picardo as Richard WoolseyDavid Hewlett as Dr. Rodney McKay

Richard Woolsey and Dr. Rodney McKay are involved in politics
and science in SEIZURE

Tonight at 10 PM ET on Syfy—and later this week in Canada and Australia—is Stargate Universe episode 2.15 “Seizure,” written by Remi Aubuchon and directed by Helen Shaver.

This episode has been called the “Atlantis Crossover” because David Hewlett and Robert Picardo guest star as Dr. Rodney McKay and Richard Woolsey, respectively, but the city of Atlantis is not being highlighted in the story. Instead, the planet Langara is visited by McKay, Woolsey, and Col. David Telford as they negotiate to use the planet’s naquadria-powered Stargate to send supplies to Destiny. This planet’s name should sound familiar to SG-1’s Jonas Quinn/Corin Nemec fans, as this is the former team member’s home world. Executive producer Joseph Mallozzi stated that “there should be” a mention of what has become of Quinn after his world was overtaken by the Ori in the SG-1 episode 10.07 “Counterstrike.”

Langaran Stargate
Langara's Stargate Facility (MGM)
Another major guest star in tonight’s episode is Victor Garber (Alias, Titanic), acclaimed stage and film actor, who portrays Langaran Ambassador Ovirda. The Langarans as a whole have recovered from the Ori War, and have even built a more elaborate facility in which to house their Stargate, but Ovirda is wary of Earth’s use of their Stargate to dial the ninth chevron because, admittedly, the previous uses of a planet’s naquadria core have resulted in utter destruction! To mount even greater tension is the threat of the Lucian Alliance who may also wish to use the Langaran Stargate to invade Destiny.

It’s a jam-packed episode that is sure to touch on much of the mythology of the entire franchise, including the newest storyline concerning Amanda Perry and Ginn, who are now part of the crew as avatars! After viewing, make sure to rejoin us here for our episode poll on the front page.

Link and Spoiler Collection

Episode Synopsis from TV Guide (Spoilers) Show
Syfy: Preview Show
Syfy: Sneak Peek (Actual Scene) Show

Space: Preview (Tuesday) Show
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Stargate Planner: Week of April 4-10

We’ll update this article if something comes to our attention during the week. Also, if you’ve got more to add, please don’t hesitate to announce them in the comment section below.

Calendar

Monday,   April 4 SGUStargate Universe on Syfy at 10 PM ET with “Seizure.” David Hewlett and Robert Picardo guest star!
Tuesday,   April 5 Stargate Universe on SPACE at 10 PM ET with “Seizure.” David Hewlett and Robert Picardo guest star!

Solutions’ STARGATE PLANNER turns 1 today! 🙂 All of the “back issues” are available by typing “Stargate Planner: Week of” in the Blog’s search box.

Wednesday,   April 6
Thursday,   April 7 Morena Baccarin guest stars in tonight’s episode of The Mentalist at 10 PM on CBS: “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” Synopsis: “Patrick Jane sets out to prove a beautiful yet manipulative matchmaker shot and killed her husband after his body is found floating in the marina.” Visit CBS YouTube for a preview.
Friday,
April 8
NEW DAY/TIME! Stargate Universe on Australia’s SciFi at 8:30 PM with “Seizure.” David Hewlett and Robert Picardo guest star!

An Officer and a Movie hosted by Lou Diamond PhillipsLou Diamond Phillips hosts the next installment of the new feature on the Military Channel called An Officer and a Movie. Tonight’s installment (8 PM ET) is Heartbreak Ridge. From the Military Channel’s press release: “Hard-living Gunnery Sgt. Tom Highway (Clint Eastwood) has seen action in Korea and Vietnam. Approaching retirement, he returns to his old Marine Corps unit to train a young reconnaissance platoon. His training and their skills are tested when the U.S. enters into war in Grenada. Providing expert commentary for Heartbreak Ridge is Bronze Star recipient for his actions in Iraq, Maj. Timothy S. Brady, Jr. (USMC). Maj. Brady planned more than 25 battalion orders for the conduct of combat operations for Operation Iraqi Freedom including the execution of combined ‘heliborne’ assault operations.” There will be reruns of the feature, so check out the airing schedule at the ‘An Officer and a Movie’ homepage.

Saturday,   April 9 Joe Flanigan stars in Syfy’s Original Movie Ferocious Planet, premiering at 9 PM ET. This movie used to be called The Other Side and is about when “[a]n experimental device malfunctions, transporting a group of observers to another dimension. The group must repair the machine in order to return home while fending off bloodthirsty creatures.” The DVD is available on pre-order at Amazon.com with a release date of June 7 (Region 1).

Make a Movie Like SpikeJamil Walker Smith wrote the screenplay, directed, and starred in his independent film Make a Movie Like Spike. This movie will be screened at 2:30 PM at the ReelWorld Film Festival in Toronto. Synopsis: “Armed with dreams that extend beyond their block, Luis and Ronald, two best friends from Los Angeles, videotape their last 36 hours before shipping off to Afghanistan. One hundred days before Obama’s inauguration, these young men have joined the Marines together to face the obstacles and circumstances that seem to overwhelm their passage into manhood. Luis wants to be a filmmaker and Ronald wants to travel the world and raise a family. Through the lens of Luis’ video camera, they capture their friends, family members and the places they call home in order to remember who they are and where they come from. In their darkest hour, they turn on the video camera for the last time and document the final moments of their journey home. They soon realize that their dreams and promises of a new life mean nothing in a place called War.” Visit the movie’s Facebook page for more information and additional links.

Corin Nemec will be representing Stargate at the Salon Collexion convention in Macon, France, this weekend. Check the con’s website for more information.

Sunday,    April 10

News Notes

Stargate Universe News

Solutions News Blog Round-Up

Our News Blog posts since the last Stargate Planner (most recent listed first):

Solutions LJ Companion Background Articles

Last week, we posted a few background articles in our LJ Companion that you might be interested in. The articles listed in this section don’t have a companion piece in our News Blog here:

Reminders

For news as it happens, make sure to visit the Stargate Twitter Superfeed for tidbits directly from the Stargate stars and production crew. And don’t forget our new feature Beyond the Event Horizon, which consists of “home pages” with dynamic feeds from our LJ and Blog for the stars of SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe (SGU actors are currently being added).

Our LJ Companion has news bites, polls, and glimpses into the lives of the actors that we don’t necessarily cover here in our more formal news blog. Make sure to visit the LJ’s feed on our front page or visit the site directly to see its mostly fun little tidbits.

For the latest in convention appearances, which are subject to change, make sure to visit Stargate Actor Appearances.

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