Stargate Universe Does TV Critics Tour

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Stargate Universe had a big presense at this week’s Television Critics Association (TCA) summer press tour in Los Angeles. The producers (Brad Wright, Robert Cooper) and some of the cast did a short Q&A and gave other interviews.  The most extensive coverage of the Q&A is this article at IGN. Here is a snippet:

As to the producers talking about the more ambiguous characters, Carlyle said his Dr. Nicholas Rush was “Very different from characters you would find on most science fiction shows. He’s a very dangerous man. He generally only talks to people if he needs something from them. He’d happily get rid of everybody on the ship, but he needs them. He does some really dodgy stuff.” Carlyle also said that the other characters would gladly “put him in an airlock” if they didn’t have need of his knowledge.

Lou Diamond Phillips was characterized as reassuring Stargate fans in this SciFiWire article:

“The Stargate is at the center of it,” Phillips said in an exclusive interview Wednesday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in Pasadena, Calif. The show will also focus on the combined military and civilian exploration of space, much like SG-1 and Atlantis before it, he added.

He also said, as others have, that there would be different elements:

I think audiences today are looking for something that’s a little more grounded, so to speak, even when you’re doing sci-fi,” Phillips said. “It’s grittier. It’s darker. It’s very much character-driven. It’s about the dynamics between very real people in an extraordinary situation and not so much about heroes and villains, you know?

Several press outlets reported that Universe strives to be as good as Battlestar Galactica, such as this one from the LA Times Blog:

“Make no mistake, ‘Battlestar’ is a quality show, and, yes, we want to make quality too,” said creator Brad Wright.

“Stargate SG-1” ran for 10 seasons, “Stargate Atlantis” ran for five, but “Universe” will be something new. “Other than the Stargate [ship] [sic], which is still very much the core, a whole lot is different from the old series,” creator Robert Cooper added.

There was more coverage, but those articles give one the gist of it!

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Collider: SGU Character Profile: Eli Wallace

Continuing with the exclusive video interviews of Stargate Universe actors is Collider.com’s Character Profile of Eli Wallace, played by David Blue.

Blue will be participating in the San Diego Comic Con Stargate Universe panel on Friday, July 24, at 10:30 a.m. in Ballroom 20, along with fellow castmates Robert Carlyle, Brian J. Smith, Elyse Levesque, Ming-Na, Alaina Huffman, and Jamil Walker Smith. Series co-creators Brad Wright and Robert Cooper are also scheduled to attend.

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David Blue Does Video Interview

Stargate Universe star David Blue attended the Artist Sanctuary Party on Saturday before the Juno Awards were held this past weekend in Vancouver. The Juno Awards are Canada’s Music Awards, and this year marked their 38th anniversary.

Blue gave several interviews, and the actor reported on his Twitter, “Jamil Walker Smith and I making the rounds doing interviews at the Juno Awards Lounge.” Also with these two SGU actors was Elyse Levesque, who plays Chloe Armstrong in the new show.

Blue’s first interview to make it to the web (that we know of) was with Homorazzi.com. The emphasis of the interview for this website was Blue’s portrayal of a gay character, Cliff, in the Ugly Betty series, but Blue did get to mention his new gig on Universe. Because of the way these interviews are conducted in a room with lots of other people, the audio portion is difficult to understand, but here’s the embedded video for your enjoyment (make sure to visit Homorazzi.com for the complete interview report):

Since Blue said that he and Smith were making the rounds, other interviews from this event may appear soon. In the meantime, you can visit the Homorazzi.com photo album for a picture of the three Stargate stars together.

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SGU: David Blue Cast as Eli Wallace

David BlueThis casting announcement is just in from Entertainment Weekly: David Blue, formerly Cliff St. Paul from Ugly Betty, has been cast as Eli Wallace (formerly known as Eli Hitchcock) for the new Stargate Universe television series, which is due to start filming February 4, 2009.

Michael Ausiello at EW stated, “Sources confirm to me exclusively that Blue has been tapped to join the cast of Sci Fi Channel’s Stargate Universe, the franchise’s third (and purportedly edgiest) live-action series.

“Blue, who joins previously announced headliner Robert Carlyle, plays Eli Wallace, a total slacker who just happens to be an utter genius with anything he puts his mind to—mathematics, computers, video games. A lack [of] confidence has left him with an acerbic sense of humor.”

Born January 17, 1979, Blue is 29 years old and is portraying a character who in the casting breakdowns is supposed to be between the ages of 20 and 25. Eli is a social outcast, does not think of himself as good looking, comes from a broken home, and claims that he has no friends and that the only person who cares about what happens to him is his mother. He supposedly dropped out of school to play video games all day, every day, but is somehow given access to one of the most classified projects in the world when he joins the Ninth Chevron Project (not necessarily the official name, but describes the project within the Stargate Program dealing with the use of the ninth chevron on the Stargate). He’s familiar with a computer game that simulates the control consoles found on the Ancients’ long-abandoned starship Destiny. During a tour of the off-world base that is home to the Ninth Chevron Project, the base is attacked and Eli and others flee through the Stargate and end up on Destiny far from home with no known way to get back to Earth.

To learn more about Blue, visit his profile at IMDb. (His official website is under construction.)

Ausiello concludes, “I’m ecstatic for David, a genuinely decent guy who displayed real star potential on Betty.”

Creative consultant Joseph Mallozzi indicated in his weblog that further casting announcements will come soon.

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