Stargate Planner: Week of January 31-February 6

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,   January 31 Claudia Black makes the first of three episode appearances as Guru Sona in the 90120 episode “It’s Getting Hot in Here” tonight at 8 PM ET on The CW. TV Guide’s summary: “Emily sabotages Annie’s relationship with her friends when the girls go on a weekend getaway; Dixon interrupts Debbie and Ryan’s romantic dinner; Silver and Navid continue their affair; and Adrianna goes to the tabloids with an exclusive story.”

HULU has scheduled today to be the last day to offer all episodes of Stargate SG-1.

Tuesday, February 1 VES Awards are being given out tonight. Good luck to our VFX team!
Wednesday, February 2 Michael Shanks‘s Arctic Blast is being released on DVD for rental in Australia today. The movie is currently airing on Canada’s Movie Central as well.
Thursday,   February 3 Jamil Walker Smith‘s 80-minute war drama Make a Movie Like Spike premieres at the Santa Barbara Film Festival at 8 PM. Smith wrote the original screenplay and directed the film. From Little Plow Films: “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’s video cam­era, they cap­ture their friends, fam­ily mem­bers and places they call home — 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.” For more information about this project, visit its Facebook page or the Little Plow Films‘ projects page.
Friday,   February 4 Alaina Huffman in SMALLVILLEAlaina Huffman returns to Smallville in the episode “Collateral” at 8 PM ET on The CW. The storyline: “The VRA releases Clark, Oliver, Lois and Dinah, who all have flashbacks of Chloe’s involvement in their capture. Trust becomes an issue when Chloe returns to town and Dinah fears she is now a traitor.” Pictures of Huffman in her role as Dinah may be seen at 411 Mania.
Saturday, February 5
Sunday, February 6

News Notes

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 and Atlantis.

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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Claudia Black Gets Arc in The CW's "90210"

Claudia BlackTV Guide has published a Keck’s Exclusive that announces that Stargate star Claudia Black has a new television role!

William Keck wrote:

Aussie actress Claudia Black, who parlayed the role of Aeryn Sun from Farscape to Stargate SG-1, has landed the sexy role of Guru Sona on The CW’s 90210.

Beginning in late January, Sona will appear in a three-episode arc as a yoga guru who the West Beverly girls meet on a yoga retreat. But as the mind-body-spirit studies continue, Naomi (AnnaLynne McCord) will begin to rely on Sona for far more than how to master the downward facing dog position.

From The CW’s website:

Expectations are high, hormones are raging, and scandals are hiding around every corner. From the brightest moments of love and happiness to the darkest hours of shame and fear, senior year at West Beverly promises to be an unforgettable journey into the lives, hopes and dreams of those lucky few who call “90210” home.

90210 is aired on Mondays at 8 PM ET, but if you miss an episode, you can catch it soon thereafter online at the show’s website. As soon as we learn when Black’s episodes will air, we’ll let you know.

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Stargate Planner: Week of November 15-21

You might be interested in these news tidbits and announcements that have been noted on this editor’s calendar and notebook for this week. If you’ve got more to add, please don’t hesitate to announce them in the comment section below. We’ll update this article if something comes to our attention during the week.

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Monday,   November 15 Beau Bridges will be at the Australia Zoo to celebrate Steve Irwin Day.

Farscape: The Definitive Collection is being released today in the UK. Stargate SG-1 stars Ben Browder and Claudia Black starred. According to The Coventry Telegraph, “This will be the first time a complete DVD collection has been released in the UK.”

From Michael Shanks Online: In other news, according to a video clip posted on the ShockTilYaDrap website, the MTV program “The Seven” will feature the first look at Red Riding Hood. The program airs at 5:00pm/4:00pm Central today. (As always, check your local guides for accurate times.)

Tuesday,   November 16

Syfy: SGU 2.08 “Malice” at 9 PM ET, with a repeat at 11 PM.

Sky1/UK: SGU 2.07 “The Greater Good” at 9 PM.

Wednesday, November 17 David Hewlett in HELLCATS

As it turned out, last week’s episode of Hellcats was the first in which David Hewlett made an appearance as Dr. Eagan. Hewlett’s second appearance is suspected to be in tonight’s episode, “Pledging My Love”, and then there is a third appearance later on in the season. If you missed watching last week’s episode live, you can stream it from The CW’s Hellcats Video “Finish What We Started” webpage.

Thursday,   November 18

SGU 1.13 “Faith” on New Zealand’s Prime TV at 8:30 PM.

David Nykl (Dr. Radek Zelenka) can be seen in tonight’s episode of Fringe, “The Abducted”. The storyline from IMDb: “When a serial kidnapper “over there” strikes again, the emotional and familiar case hits home for Colonel Broyles, sending a determined Olivia to uncover additional details about the abductions. In the meantime, Olivia fights on and reunites with Henry to enlist his services on an intense and covert mission to return home.” Tune in at 9 PM ET on FOX, but if you miss it, visit Hulu.

Friday,   November 19

Sci Fi/Australia: SGU 2.08 “Malice” at 8:30 PM.

Space/Canada: SGU 2.08 “Malice” at 10 PM ET.

Michael Shanks can be seen as Captain Shaw of the Dallas Strike Force in tonight’s episode of The Good Guys, “Supercops”, on FOX at 9 PM ET. TV Guide describes the episode, “A stolen truck investigation leads Jack and Dan to a diamond heist, and Dan learns that Jack is pursuing a spot in an elite police unit.” If you miss it, you can catch it on Hulu soon after airing.

Saturday, November 20 Today is Ming-Na‘s birthday!
Sunday, November 21

News Notes

News Flashes and Brief Follow-Ups

  • Michael Shanks – MSOL has announced that Shanks has completed the filming of the Smallville episode “Icarus” and is heading straight into filming a new movie role. Shanks informed his official website about his new project, “The movie is called Hangar 14. Starring Stone Cold Steve Austin, I play the baddie Russian Gangster Demetrius. Films in Squamish [British Columbia] for a few weeks.” These projects meant that he had to cancel his appearance at the Chevron 7.5 convention this weekend.

Stargate Universe Press

It should be noted that whenever spoilers come out for SGU, they are placed in the episode guides in the Stargate Wiki without much fanfare here in the News Blog. To keep on top of such updates, visit the main page of the Stargate Wiki to see the “Recent Updates” list of links.

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 and Atlantis.

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 October 25-31

You might be interested in these news tidbits and announcements that have been noted on this editor’s calendar and notebook for this week. If you’ve got more to add, please don’t hesitate to announce them in the comment section below. We’ll update this article if something comes to our attention during the week.

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Monday,   October 25
Tuesday,   October 26

Syfy: SGU 2.05 “Cloverdale” at 9 PM ET, with a repeat at 11 PM.

Sky1/UK: SGU 2.04 “Pathogen” at 9 PM.

Riese

Syfy.com’s new digital series Riese: Kingdom Falling premieres today at noon ET! The web-based series is narrated by Amanda Tapping and the cast includes several Stargate vets: SGU’s Patrick Gilmore (Dr. Dale Volker); SGA’s Ryan Robbins (Ladon Radim), Ben Cotton (Dr. Peter Kavanagh), and Sharon Taylor (Tech Amanda Banks); and SG-1’s Alessandro Juliani (Eliam; Katep).

Fan Nialla (writer of the Breadbox Editions) spotted the name Christopher Judge in the guest list for tonight’s NCIS: Los Angeles episode, but we haven’t seen “official” confirmation that this is indeed our Christopher Judge. If you watch this show, make sure to keep an eye open for the character named Assan Rafiq; he just might have a familiar face. The episode is “Anonymous” and airs at 9 ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.

Wednesday, October 27 Today is Robert Picardo‘s birthday!
Thursday,   October 28
Friday,   October 29

Sci Fi/Australia: SGU 2.05 “Cloverdale” at 8:30 PM.

Space/Canada: SGU 2.05 “Cloverdale” at 10 PM ET.

Corin Nemec is scheduled to be in Booth #432 at the Long Beach Comic Con that’s starting today and running until Sunday, October 31. Make sure to visit the website for more details.

Lexa Doig (Dr. Carolyn Lam) is due to guest on tonight’s episode of Smallville. She plays Dr. Christina Lamell in the episode “Harvest”, which airs at 8 PM ET on The CW. Doig’s part is in this storyline: “Meanwhile, Tess (Cassidy Freeman) searches for a cure for Alexander (guest star Connor Stanhope), who is rapidly aging.”

Saturday, October 30 Kavan Smith co-stars in the Syfy Original Red: Werewolf Hunter, which premieres tonight at 9 PM ET. From Syfy’s press release, “A descendant of Little Red Riding Hood brings her fiancé home to meet her family and tell him about the family business – they are werewolf hunters. When the fiancé is bitten by a werewolf, he finds himself the hunted.” The movie also stars Felicia Day and Stephen McHattie.
Sunday, October 24 Claudia Black‘s independent movie Rain from Stars has its Canadian premiere today, according to IMDb. For stills, many of which include Black, visit Brian Krause Board, and for a synopsis, visit Claudia Black Online.

News Notes

News Flashes and Brief Follow-Ups

  • SG-1 and SGA Portals – Each Friday, a new feature is posted to the Portal pages. This past Friday, we worked from the keyword prompt “smithereens”. What Stargate-specific thing comes to mind when you hear that word? Visit the SG-1 Portal to discuss “Good-bye to the Asgard” and the SGA Portal to discuss “Good Riddance, Asurans”. This Friday, the key word is “prophets”, so check back to find out what that means for our shows.

Stargate Universe Press

It should be noted that whenever spoilers come out for SGU, they are placed in the episode guides in the Stargate Wiki without much fanfare here in the News Blog. To keep on top of such updates, visit the main page of the Stargate Wiki to see the “Recent Updates” list of links.

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 and Atlantis.

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 October 11-17

You might be interested in these news tidbits and announcements that have been noted on this editor’s calendar and notebook for this week. If you’ve got more to add, please don’t hesitate to announce them in the comment section below. We’ll update this article if something comes to our attention during the week.

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Monday,   October 11 Today is Columbus Day (Observed) in the USA United States and Thanksgiving Day in Canada Canada

Today is Claudia Black‘s birthday!

Tuesday,   October 12

Today is Brian J. Smith‘s birthday!

Syfy: SGU 2.03 “Awakening” at 9 PM ET, with a repeat at 11 PM.

Sky1/UK: SGU 2.02 “Aftermath” at 9 PM.

Wednesday, October 13

Today is Christopher Judge‘s birthday!

Thursday,   October 14
Friday,   October 15 SanctuarySci Fi/Australia: SGU 2.03 “Awakening” at 8:30 PM.

Space/Canada: SGU 2.03 “Awakening” at 10 PM ET.

Sanctuary returns to Space (9 PM ET) and Syfy (10 PM ET) with “Kali III” — “Conclusion. Two ships are wrecked and a tidal wave races toward the coast of Mumbai, India, following Wexford’s attempt to kill “Big Bertha.” When Wexford tries to kill the creature again, Magnus risks her life to intervene in the Season 3 premiere. Guest Cast: Paul McGillion: Terrence Wexford” (TV Guide).

Robert Picardo, John de Lancie, and Marina Sirtis will be at Con-Version XXVI in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, this weekend (October 15-17). Check the event’s website for schedule.

Richard Dean Anderson will be the photographer at a community fundraiser for a neighbor who has ALS.

Saturday, October 16 Michael Shanks, Ben Browder, Torri Higginson, and Lexa Doig will be at Armageddon Melbourne today and tomorrow. Corin Nemec was scheduled to be present, but he had to cancel due to the filming of his recurring role as Christian Campbell on Supernatural.
Sunday, October 17

News Notes

News Flashes and Brief Follow-Ups

  • David Hewlett – Last week we reported that Hewlett was filming an episode of The CW’s new show Hellcats. Hewlett tweeted soon thereafter that he was actually going to be filming two episodes. No more details are available, other than that Hewlett enjoyed the location shoot that was near his home and that “this Hellcats is almost like work! Alarmed to discover these kids are as nice as they are good-looking!”

Stargate Universe Press

It should be noted that whenever spoilers come out for SGU, they are placed in the episode guides in the Stargate Wiki without much fanfare here in the News Blog. To keep on top of such updates, visit the main page of the Stargate Wiki to see the “Recent Updates” list of links.

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 and Atlantis.

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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Black's "Museum of Thieves" Out Today (Sept. 28)

Stargate‘s Claudia Black was the reader for Lian Tanner’s Museum of Thieves, a juvenile fiction book from Random House that is being released today (September 28) in audio book form. A brief audio clip in which Black masterfully takes on the voices of various characters has been embedded here for your listening pleasure. The story is meant for readers in grades 3 through 6, but Black fans of any age would most likely enjoy listening to the adventure.

From the publisher:

Welcome to the tyrannical city of Jewel, where impatience is a sin and boldness is a crime.

Goldie Roth has lived in Jewel all her life. Like every child in the city, she wears a silver guardchain and is forced to obey the dreaded Blessed Guardians. She has never done anything by herself and won’t be allowed out on the streets unchained until Separation Day.

When Separation Day is canceled, Goldie, who has always been both impatient and bold, runs away, risking not only her own life but also the lives of those she has left behind. In the chaos that follows, she is lured to the mysterious Museum of Dunt, where she meets the boy Toadspit and discovers terrible secrets. Only the cunning mind of a thief can understand the museum’s strange, shifting rooms. Fortunately, Goldie has a talent for thieving.

Which is just as well, because the leader of the Blessed Guardians has his own plans for the museum—plans that threaten the lives of everyone Goldie loves. And it will take a daring thief to stop him. . . .

Museum of Thieves is a thrilling tale of destiny and danger, and of a courageous girl who has never been allowed to grow up—until now.

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Stargate Planner: Week of September 27-October 3

You might be interested in these news tidbits and announcements that have been noted on this editor’s calendar and notebook for this week. If you’ve got more to add, please don’t hesitate to announce them in the comment section below. We’ll update this article if something comes to our attention during the week.

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Monday,   September 27 Today Michael Shanks Online launches its 6th Annual MSOL Auction, a charity drive for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. The auction will run for several weeks. To-date, the auction and other MSOL drives have collected $106,855.34 U.S. since April 2005.
Tuesday,   September 28 SGUStargate Universe Season Two premieres tonight at 9 PM ET on Syfy! Starting off the day and leading up to the premiere of “Intervention”, Syfy will be showing a marathon of Season One episodes starting at 8 AM ET! Look for details below.

Claudia Black lent her voice to the audiobook Museum of Thieves, which will be released today.

Wednesday, September 29 SGU’s “Incursion Part 1” and “Incursion Part 2” will start on Sky2 in the UK at 9 PM.
Thursday,   September 30
Friday,   October 1 SGU premieres in Australia at 8:30 PM on Sci Fi.

SGU premieres at 10 PM ET on Space in Canada.

Michael Shanks returns to his role as Carter Hall/Hawkman tonight on Smallville in the episode “Shield” at 8 PM ET on The CW.

Watch Mitch Pileggi and Corin Nemec in Supernatural episode “Two and a Half Men” on The CW at 9 PM ET. See details below.

Saturday, October 2 Lou Diamond Phillips will be playing poker for charities in Southern California in the 5th Annual Monte Carlo Night.
Sunday, October 3

News Notes

News Flashes and Brief Follow-Ups

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    Corin Nemec as Christian Campbell in SUPERNATURAL
    Corin Nemec – Apologies to Corin Nemec fans! He was in the Supernatural season six premiere—albeit briefly—and we didn’t know! But, IMDb has his next appearance listed for this week’s episode, “Two and a Half Men”, so tune in to see Nemec in his new recurring role as Christian Campbell, the Winchester boys’ third cousin on their mother’s side who is also a hunter. [original story]
  • Mitch Pileggi – Mitch Pileggi is also expected to return in this week’s episode of Supernatural as the Winchester boys’ resurrected grandfather Samuel Campbell.
  • Robert C. Cooper – He didn’t win the Directors Guild of Canada award for SGU’s “Human”. Instead, the award went to Adrienne Mitchell for Durham County – “Little Lost Children”.
  • Joe Flanigan – Filming for his backdoor pilot Best Laid Plans (aka Change of Plans) ends today, September 26. Make sure to visit his Twitter for updates about the project.

Stargate Universe Press

It should be noted that whenever spoilers come out for SGU, they are placed in the episode guides in the Stargate Wiki without much fanfare here in the News Blog. To keep on top of such updates, visit the main page of the Stargate Wiki to see the “Recent Updates” list of links.

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 and Atlantis.

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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Updates on Black, Judge from San Diego Comic Con

News about Stargate stars Christopher Judge and Claudia Black has come out of the San Diego Comic Con recently:

Christopher Judge

Teal'c in 'Babylon'
Christopher Judge as Teal'c (MGM)
He was a panelist with the Dead Space team from Visceral Games who are developing the animated film Dead Space Aftermath for which he lent his voice. This report from Game Spot gives us an glimpse into his Dead Space experience:

Next it was Judge talking about his voice acting work in Dead Space Aftermath. Judge, who has a sci-fi background playing Teal’c on Stargate SG-1, was asked about some of the challenges going from a traditional acting medium like television to using purely his voice in an animated movie. He joked that the hardest part was going from a “monosyllabic” character like Teal’c to playing someone far less stoic. Expanding on that joke with some seriousness, Judge said that he initially had a hard time believing that the script was for an animated movie, praising the script for being far more “emotional” than most animated fare. They then showed a very work-in-progress clip from Aftermath, which despite its unfinished animation, served to show that the plot will deal with Judge’s character searching desperately for his daughter.

G4TV reports that Judge’s character’s name is Cutner and that Aftermath will be released in both DVD and Blu-ray formats.

In this report from Gamer Zines, we get a summary of Aftermath as it applies to the world of Dead Space:

Due to release in January 2011, Dead Space Aftermath, the animated feature, will explain the events of the first-responder mission to Aegis VII and explores how the Government sends an unwitting crew of people to get exposed to Marker shards. The Government is secretly trying to produce a viable “Marker blueprint” carrier, no matter the costs.

Claudia Black

Vala Mal Doran in THE ARK OF TRUTH
Claudia Black as Vala Mal Doran (MGM)
She was a panelist with Epic Games during which she announced that she will be doing voice work for Gears of War 3. From the Epic Games website:

The spectacular conclusion to one of the games industry’s most memorable and celebrated sagas, Gears of War 3, is poised to take the world by storm next spring. At this time next year, fans around the world will experience the epic story finale to the Gears of War trilogy, when the third installment in one of the biggest franchises in Xbox history arrives in stores worldwide: April 5, 2011, in North America, April 7 in Japan, and April 8 in Europe and the rest of the world.

More about her character comes from Cinema Blend’s Game Blend and Digital Spy:

Sci-fi fans will be pleased to know that the space vixen, Claudia Black, from former popular shows like Stargate: SG-1 will be joining the voice-cast of Gears of War 3. […] Claudia Black’s role will be designated to the sexy female [COGS] soldier, Sam [Byrne]. She’ll be hanging with the big boys (literally, they’re very big) and blasting down on the Locust horde like no tomorrow.

Black’s previous Epic Games title was Mass Effect 2, which was released in January this year.

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Big Finish Changes Format for Season Three Audio Dramas

Big Finish Productions‘ Stargate audio dramas are going to take a different direction for their third season, presently planned to premiere in Q3 2010.

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Season Three will consist of six SG-1 episodes featuring Dr. Daniel Jackson and Vala Mal Doran

Thus far, each season has had six episodes, three of them for SG-1 and three for Atlantis. The third season will see two SG-1 trilogies instead, meaning that there will be no Atlantis episodes for an entire year of the dramas’ run. What’s more, all six episodes of the two trilogies will have Dr. Daniel Jackson and Vala Mal Doran, voiced by Michael Shanks and Claudia Black, as the leads. Cliff Simon is also expected to voice System Lord Ba’al in the first trilogy. The storyline for the second trilogy hasn’t been revealed. (Source: Big Finish May Podcast, transcribed in part at MSOL)

Author and story editor James Swallow wrote in his LiveJournal about the additional change in format for the third season of Stargate stories, “The third series of Stargate audios are moving from the ‘narrated’ style of the first two series to full cast dramas. … The audios will be set during the last season of Stargate SG-1/prior to Ark of Truth.”

As far as who’ll be writing these six episodes, Swallow elaborated, “I’m writing episode one (entitled Half Life) as well as story editing. … Joining me are; Sally Malcolm, who has written several Stargate audios (Gift of the Gods, Perchance to Dream, Savarna) and Stargate novels (A Matter of Honor, The Cost of Honor, Rising); Steve Lyons, author of many excellent Doctor Who novels and audios (including The Fires of Vulcan, Colditz and Blood of the Daleks); Peter J. Evans, author of the Stargate Atlantis novel Angelus and the Durham Red novels; Sharon Gosling, writer on the Stargate series guides and audios (A Necessary Evil, Pathogen, The Kindness of Strangers, Lines of Communication); and Richard Dinnick, writer of Space 1889: The Lunar Inheritance and Sapphire & Steel: The Surest Poison.”

Swallow also visited the Gate Pages LiveJournal Community to “offer some perspective” to smooth over some of the hurt that Atlantis fans are feeling in reaction to a year without new stories. “Firstly, any suggestion that Big Finish have ‘given up’ on Stargate Atlantis is incorrect. A lot of factors affect the choices made for a production like the Stargate audio dramas, and these include the availability of actors, budget concerns (some Stargate cast members are just beyond our means), and interest on the part of actors/agents (some cast members aren’t interested in doing audio stories); but for a small company like Big Finish, the key ones are sales and audience support. The decision to make series three exclusively Stargate SG-1 and alter the format was not made lightly, and certainly not because of any ‘anti-Atlantis’ agenda.

“By far the best way for SGA fans to show interest for future Atlantis audio dramas is to support the six current SGA releases from series one and two of the Stargate audios, by purchasing CDs or downloads directly from BF’s website here – http://www.bigfinish.com/Stargate-SG-1-and-Atlantis.”

What do you think of this change in direction for the audio dramas? Let us hear from you in our comment section below.

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Reminder: Black on "NCIS", McGillion on "V" Tonight (May 11)

Claudia Black on NCIS (CBS)
Claudia Black as Velvet Road on NCIS (Eric McCandless/CBS ©2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc.)
Here’s a reminder that two of our Stargate stars are making appearances in new episodes of NCIS and V tonight (May 11):

Watch Claudia Black on NCIS on CBS at 8 PMT ET/PT in the episode “Borderland” as the character Velvet Road. TV Guide’s summary: “The case of a marine’s murder turns into the search for a serial killer. Meanwhile, Abby travels to Mexico to deliver a speech, and McGee accompanies her.”

And then watch Paul McGillion on V on ABC at 10 PM ET in the episode “Fruition” as the character Dr. Lawrence Parker. McGillion described his experience in a recent interview, “I just finished filming Fruition, the second to last episode of V‘s first season. I play a character named Dr. Lawrence Parker, a telemetry expert who gets himself into a sticky situation so to speak. So we’ll see where it goes from there. Most of my scenes were with Elizabeth Mitchell (Erica Evans), who is fantastic. It was a great set to work on with a terrific crew as well as cast.” TV Guide’s summary: “Erica seeks out a scientist who may have created a weapon that allegedly worries the Visitors; Anna announces that the Vs may be departing, and gives Chad a list of Fifth Column members to investigate.”

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