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VIDEO: Predator’s Teenage Son

Are you a parent?

Ever tried to connect with your kid but found that they are so different they feel a little alien?

Well, CollegeHumor put this video together to let you know, they feel your pain:
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VIDEO REVIEW: The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar

Sci-Fi Songwriter John Anealio reviews The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar

See also: Lavie Tidhar interviewed at SF Signal (here and here) and on The Functional Nerds Podcast.

Tube Bits For 10/27/2009

  • If you’re of a certain age, you probably remember (fondly or not), the awesome 80’s TV series The Greatest American Hero. It seems that Captain Tight Pants himself, Nathan Fillion would like to take a crack at playing Ralph Hinkley. How cool would that be?
  • Did you ever want to go Starfleet Academy but couldn’t afford a ticket to San Franciso and a time machine? Well you’re in luck! CBS and Mad Science, an educational company that runs science camps for kids, are teaming up to produce Star Trek Live, interactive stage show due to run at theme parks and performing arts centers across the country. The goal: to increase scientific literacy using an interactive stage show depicting Academy training. Nothing says “physics rules!” like special effects!
  • It seems that J.J. Abrams is considering having William Shatner appear in the next Star Trek movie. Having Spock in the first was enough, don’t sully the new timeline by bringing in the original characters. Let the new ones stand on their own.
  • ABC’s remake of V is set to air next week, on Nov. 3rd. To drum up viewer interest, ABC has been skywriting the letter ‘V’ over various landmarks around the country since last week. But let’s skip Houston, the 4th largest city in the nation because there couldn’t possibly be any science fiction fans there, or even a group of fans who live there and run a blog who could, oh I don’t know, post pictures of the ‘V’ over downtown. Nope, no one there. Nice job ABC.
  • Stargate Universe keeps on, err, trucking as their ratings, with the DVR+7 populace added in, hit 3 million viewers. That’s quite a good showing. Heck, SyFy kept Galactica around for 4 season when its ratings were much lower for most of the last 3 seasons. Looking good for SGU.
  • With Fringe being kicked around baseball, we didn’t have an episode last week (and seriously, the Yankees again? Go, uh, Phillies I guess.) To tide you until it next airs (go Phillies sweep in 4!!!!), here is a short clip, the secrets of Episodes 201 – 203:

Tube Bits For 10/19/2009


  • Last week we brought you two of the ladies of Stargate Universe and their cover appearance on the Steppin’ Out magazine. Not to be out down, Tricia Helfer and Grace Park of Battlestar Galactica went to the next level and posed for Maxim. You can see all the photos and a video here. While most of the pictures are very alluring, there is one of Grace Park that makes me want to say to her, “Seriously Grace, eat a sammich or five!”
  • Joseph Campbell’s Hero of a Thousand Faces has had a great impact on science fiction. However, T3knomancer argues that Campbell has, in fact, killed genre fiction. His basic argument is that current science fiction on TV is more concerned with character than with the ‘big ideas’ SF is known for. I agree to a certain extent and I’d like to see a show that mixed both. I think Flashforward and Fringe might help tilt the scales back, as well as LOST.
  • Speaking of Flashforward and LOST, TV Guide interviews Sonya Walger (Penny on LOST, Olivia on Flashforward) about her roles on those two shows. Some good questions, plus the revelation that she thinks Penny’s dad should be a goner in season 6!
  • Fox is experimenting with Dollhouse again, but in an interesting way. This time they’ve created an Adobe AIR application for Dollhouse that randomly displays, on your desktop, an ‘interactive’ avatar of Echo who will appear in one of 9 different outfits and will throw things at you. Also, there is an Augmented Reality function that interacts with your web cam. You can see the AR in action below.

Tube Bits For 10/14/2009

  • Dollhouse, surprisingly rescued from cancellation last season, has debut to very low ratings. Still, Fox has affirmed that the current 13 ordered episodes will be aired this season. Part of the reason is there appears to be a lot of people watching on DVR. But, Fox didn’t go as far as to order a full season. I did manage to finish season 1 which turned out okay, but Dollhouse is one of those “watch when I get around to it” shows, not a must see.
  • Charles Stross goes off on a rant, explaining why he hates Star Trek. From reading his reasoning, it looks like TNG is the main culprit, and I agree that the technobabble took over the later seasons, tainting even the original series, which is much more story oriented than TNG. There’s lots of comments about what SF TV shows Stross should watch that he missed the first time around. Put me down for Babylon 5.
  • Crave Online interviews Ming Na, who has had very little screen time so far. Ms. Na says that, unlike Stross, she’s always liked Star Trek. And damn, how can you not like someone who has a Lucas signed copy of the script to The Adventures of Luke Starkiller?
  • Does anyone still watch Heroes? If you do, you may be sad, or not, to know that a major character will die this season. Sadly, this character is not “the entire show”.
  • But what can we learn from Heroes suckitude? Surprisingly, there’s a lot of business lessons to be gleaned from the trainwreck that is Heroes.
  • In case you were on the fence about Heroes sucking, here is their attempt to gin up ratings by having Claire get kissed by her female roommate. Ooooookay, it’s not even sweeps yet and their trying to garner ratings by being shocking. Too bad for them that boat left awhile ago, this scene, even the cut up version below, isn’t even titillating.

Tube Bits For 10/13/2009


  • If you’ve ever wanted to own Serenity, the ship, from Joss Whedon’s Firefly, now’s your chance. Quantum Mechanix has created this 1:180 scale replica of Captain Tight Pants’ ship in all its glory. Features include paint and wear to match the movie version, 250 different parts, 32 different lighting effects and 8 crew people on the bridge. Check out the link for a short movie on the lights in action. All this can be yours for the low, low price of $2495. It’s also a limited run of 1000 signed by Nathan Fillion. Is it wrong to want one?
  • The Science Fiction Buzz Blog asks an interesting question: Is Battlestar Galactica worth watching if you know the ending? This from the standpoint of someone who hasn’t seen the show before, wants to, but knows the ‘twist’ ending. My take: Watch the mini-series then the first season, which is one of the best seasons of any SF show ever. After that it goes slowly downhill.
  • Last week Leonard Nimoy finally reappeared as William Bell on Fringe and we got to learn a bit more about his meeting with Olivia Dunham. Crave Online has a very nice interview with Nimoy about his role on the show, J.J. Abrams, Star Trek and his photography.
  • Fringe has had fairly low ratings since returning to the air. However, it looks like more people are time-shifting their viewing as Fringe added almost 40% more viewers in the 18-40 category. I know this is the way I almost always watch TV nowadays. I either watch my recordings later that night or over the following few days, depending on how much I want to see the show. LOST will always be as soon as I can get the kids into bed…
  • I’m enjoying Stargate Universe so far, even if the last episode was a bit weak. If you’re on the fence, well maybe this cover for New York/New Jersey’s regional entertainment magazine Steppin’ Out may persuade you to watch. Heck, if Alaina Huffman and Elyse Levesque were almost naked like this in every episode I’d imagine ratings would explode!
  • Another show that has run into a bit of good news lately is Flash Forward. ABC has just given the order for a full season of the freshman SF show. Hopefully now we’ll find out who that guy was at the Tigers game. And it had better not be Magnum.
  • We mentioned awhile back that the videogame Halo would be getting an anime treatment. Below is a five minute clip, called “Babysitter”, from the project. It certainly has that anime vibe and you gots to love the Spartan’s ninja moves. Sweet.

Tube Bits For 07/29/2009

  • Over the past several years we’ve seen just how important Comic Con has become, certainly to the movie and TV industry. How important? Important enough that the people behind LOST spent 4 months and over $25k dollars to put together the 1-hour panel. That’s nuts, but goes to show the power the ‘geeks’ among us have as influencers.
  • A while ago, the cast of Battlestar Galactica was invited to the United Nations. According to Edward James Olmos, as a result of their visit, the U.N. changed their charter to no longer use the word ‘race’ as a synonym for ‘culture’. Did that really happen? So far, the U.N. isn’t talking. Maybe they’ve been taken over by robots.
  • We didn’t post much about Chuck from Comic Con, but something did happen. A new fan-oriented site was launched over the weekend for the show. You can find it at Chuck Me Out. You can find the Chuck panel on NBC.
  • Lost in all the hoopla from CC 2009 was Fringe. Their news didn’t seem to make a big splash, but with LOST going out in style, everything else would be in their shadow. Still, the Fringe panel did lay some interesting nuggets on us: it’s possible the cast will meet their ‘other’ selves (with goatees perhaps?) and that J.J. Abrams will write the season opening episode. I find Fringe works best when they get off the ‘monster of the week’ stories. I really want the war to heat up. We’ll see.
  • Wired says Warehouse 13 needs to focus on more science fiction instead of using it’s devices only as episode-length McGuffins. I hadn’t thought about it that deep as I like it for what it is, but more exploration into the SF behind the warehouse would be cool.
  • SyFy is also bringing back the Amanda Tapping starrer, Sanctuary. Here’s the trailer for season 2:
  • Looks like Lucy Lawless will be returning to her sword and sorcery roots in Starz’ new fantasy epic Spartacus: Blood and Sand, the nude scenes in which forced her to hit the gym. Yes, you read that right (you can wake up now Tim). I’ll let producer Stephen DeKnights word say all that needs to be said: the show will have “a death toll like nothing you’ve seen on television before.” 300 meets Rome and Gladiator only on the small screen. Watch the trailer below and tell me the SFX are up to the task:

Tube Bits for 07/27/2009 (Comic Con Edition)

Holy cow, today’s tube bits is Comic Con and video heavy, so I’m going to do away with the usual ‘list’ post and group by subject.

I think I love Comic Con….

The Prisoner

AMC TVs remake of the BBC’s classic SF show The Prisoner not only had a panel at Comic Con, they also released a nine minute trailer. I’ll say this, the new version certainly looks better (bigger budget) than the original. Let’s hope it actually has a comprehensible ending…

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Tube Bits for 07/24/2009

  • Here’s another use for Twitter: To ‘celebrate’ the July 28th release of season 1 of Dollhouse, Fox has created a ‘rich-media’ ad that allows people who roll-over it to tweet with star Eliza Dushku. I’m not sure where you’ll be able to find these ads, other than on websites that target males and science fiction fans.
  • Check out all the LOST items that will be up for auction after season 6 at Comic-Co ’09. I can only imagine how much interest this will generate amongst the LOST fans. I really like LOST but not enough to bid on anything. Except for maybe Jack’s hairy beard from ‘the future’.
  • If you are lucky enough to be at Comic-Con this year and you are a LOST-ie, you’ll probably be fighting to get into the LOST panel on Saturday. Lindeloff and Cuse tell TV Guide what you can expect from LOST at the con this year. Darn you San Diego, why must you be all the way in California?
  • It’s a LOSTapalooza! EW lists the top 15 must answer questions for the last season of LOST. For the most part I agree. Some I don’t: I don’t care about Libby’s backstory that much, Darleton have already stated that the numbers won’t get more of an explanation and those aren’t Egyptian statues on the island because they are precursors to Egypt (my theory). Basically anything of the deep mythology I want answered, everything else is secondary.
  • If you are at Comic-Con, TV Guide has this helpful schedule for the Con to help you plan your days accordingly. And if you drop by the Heroes booth, you just may walk away with a Nissan Cube. No joke. But a Cube? Are they saying the show is a three dimensional square?
  • If you’re a gamer, you either love Halo or hate it (Tim). Enough people love it that Microsoft is expanding the Halo universe to a new medium: anime. That’s right, Microsoft and five Japanese animation studios are collaborating on a Halo anime series set to appear on DVD in early 2010. The studios involved here include some heavyweights in the anime industry so I’m intrigued right there.
  • ThisRecording has a cool article covering the appeal of British science fiction on TV. It isn’t a broad article, but it does cover Dr. Who and Torchwood in some detail and they make some interesting observations.
  • If you’re not watching NBC’s web series CTRL and not just because Tony Hale and crew love them some SF Signal. Also because it’s a funny show with an interesting premise. Episode 4 was just released. See it below!

Tube Bits for 07/20/2009

  • Will David Tennant be Bilbo Baggins in the movie version of The Hobbit? That’s the rumor at any rate. An official announcement may happen during this year’s Comic Con. In related news, Hobbiton, last seen in The Lord of the Rings, is being rebuilt in advance of the start of filming of The Hobbit.
  • Airlock Alpha has seen the five-part Torchwood:Children of Earth series that kicks off on BBC America tonight and deems it ‘must see‘. So now it seems I need to catch up not only on the new Who series, but Torchwood as well.
  • What’s in store for the next Trek film? J.J. Abrams may be considering reappearances by Khan and William Shatner. To this I say you have an entirely new universe to work with. Try something different. Good grief, going all Khan for the second movie is too copy cat for my tastes.
  • Forces of Geek clues us in that Fox may very well be looking to re-cast the entire voice talent for the upcoming ‘new’ Futurama series. Obviously Fox is looking to go on the cheap and ruin yet another SF series. I think we can all agree when we tell Fox to “kiss our shiny, metal @$$”.
  • RiffTrax, one of the new ventures peopled by ex-MST3K staff, will be holding a live event in Nashville, Tennessee on August 20th (simulcast to theaters nationwide). The movie being riffed will be Plan 9 From Outer Space. Of course, this was just an excuse to show the best short ever in MST3K’s run, Mr. B Natural! Yay!

Tube Bits For 07/16/2009

  • Dominic Monaghan (one of the ‘other’ Hobbits from Lord of the Rings and Charlie from LOST) has been confirmed to be returning to LOST starting with the second episode of the new season. This shouldn’t come as a surprise what with Hurley’s apparent ability to see ‘dead’ people. I can’t wait for the last season to start (and I’m a little sad too).
  • With LOST‘s popularity very high, it should come as no surprise that the kooks are coming out. Writer Anthony Spinner is suing ABC, claiming he wrote the story concept first, in 1977. A real grievance or a money grab? I guess we’ll see.
  • Comcast is going whole hog for VOD, recently adding content from CBS and 17 other cable channels.Comcast’s VOD offerings could use a serious increase in breadth and depth, sadly, this is only a 5000 subscriber trial and it’s not in Houston. Thanks for nothing Comcast!
  • Torchwood: Children of Earth premieres on BBC America on July 20th. Here is a 7-minute clip from the show. Perhaps I should watch Torchwood now.

Tube Bits for 07/14/2009

  • Entertainment Earth has these really cool Battlestar Galactica figurines on sale. You can see Little Frakkin’ Colonials Starbuck over there on the right. There’s also a Little Frakkin’ Toasters Cylon Centurion available. Really cool! [via]
  • Of course, if you’re buying one (or both) of those figurines above, it’s a good bet you don’t believe the series finale of Galactica is the worst ending in the history of onscreen SF like Brad from Brad Ideas does. He certainly has thought a lot about it and makes some good points. I’m not sure it’s as bad as he thinks, but now he’s making think about how other series ended, badly or not. Hmm.
  • Discover Magazine takes a look at the science behind Virtuality‘s Orion drive. A very interesting read I must say. When do we start on the matter/anti-matter containment fields?
  • If you’re going to Comic Con 2009 and you’re a fan of TheWB, you can find a listing of events that network is scheduled to offer here. The Wonder Woman panel sounds interesting…
  • From the “It’s not SF but it’s still worth a watch” department: TNT’s Leverage returns for it’s second season this Wednesday night. Despite being totally unbelievable, it’s still a great fun to watch caper show, due in no small part to the terrific characters and interactions between them. Definitely a thumbs up from me, and from my Dad of all people.

Tube Bits for 07/13/2009

  • Who doesn’t love them some Robot Chicken, especially when they take on Star Wars? The first spoof was a big hit, and the second one is pretty good too. Now you’ll be able to own a copy for yourself this month as Robot Chicken: Star Wars – Episode II is unleashed on DVD. Get you some!
  • TV Guide interviews Eddie McClintock (Pete) of Warehouse 13. He talks about the relics we’ll be seeing in upcoming episodes. Freddy Mercury’s mustache and tights?!
  • Warehouse 13 certainly piqued the interest of viewers as it’s Tuesday premiere was the third highest rated premiere in SyFy (Sci FI) history, behind Stargate Atlantis and Eureka. It’ll probably lose some of the premiere audience but I’m guessing it will find a decent sized audience, at least for this season. We’ll see how the writing goes.
  • interviews composer Bear McCreary about his work for Battlestar Galactica and now the game Dark Void. This man has done so much work in SF it’s ridiculous, and he’s only 30! Amazing.
  • Defying Gravity is ABC’s summer SF series with a limited, 13 hour run. It will focus on the lives of 8 astronauts in space and I really, really don’t like the look of this trailer:
  • In honor of Robot Chicken‘s imminent DVD release, enjoy some Dr. Ball!

Tube Bits for 07/08/2009

  • SyFy kicked off it’s new name last night with the launch of its new series, Warehouse 13. Early reviews seem to be positive and it looks to take after Eureka in tone, which isn’t a bad thing. The premise looks intriguing, but as of this writing, I haven’t seen it yet. Once our comments are working, I’ll give my take on the series.
  • IGN has posted their list of characters they don’t want to see in the new live-action Star Wars. Basically, any of the familiar characters from the original trilogy they don’t want in the new TV series. And before the success of the new Trek film, I’d say using new actors for iconic characters is asking for trouble, but now I’m not sure. The further adventures of Luke, Leia and Han would have a built in audience and if it turned out good, it would probably have tremendous ratings. I guess we’ll see where they go. The less Lucas the better though.
  • If you’re a fan of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse and you’ll be in San Diego for Comic Con 2009, you’ll have the chance to purchase an advanced limited edition Blu-ray or DVD of season 1. Only 5000 have been made, each individually numbered, and you can pre-order at the Fox store or hope to get lucky and find a copy available at the Fox booth.
  • The web series The Cabonauts, whose casting is being handled by one Erin Gray, have added Nichelle Nichols to the cast as the CEO of the cab company. The Cabonauts is billed as “Hitchhikers Guide meets Flight of the Conchords.” Could be interesting.
  • NBC’s new SF series, Day One, is billed as a post-apocalyptic story of survival. Those of you expecting a Jericho clone may, or may not, be disappointed after seeing this extended trailer which shows a more alien (outer space or no?) reason for the devastation. I’ll watch. [via SciFiCool]

Tube Bits For 07/07/2009

  • Fans of Farscape will be delighted to know that the series will have a nice presence at Comic Con this year. Rockne O’Bannon, Ben Browder and Claudia Black will be present at a panel to introduce the Farscape mega-DVD set, which will encompass all fours seasons of the show. Now if only I could have been interested in the show, at all…
  • Remember that Star Wars TV series Lucas has in the works? Well it’s been confirmed that pre-production has started in Australia. In fact, the series itself will be filmed Down Under, be aimed at adults and will focus on “relationships and emotional landscapes.” I’m not sure whether I should be scared or not.
  • Sometime this morning the Sci Fi Channel morphed into Sy Fy, and Wired has an article about the channel and it’s changeover. And with Warehouse 13 debuting tonight at 9/8C, at least there is some actual SF on Sy Fy, and don’t forget Eureka starting up this Friday. Also, if you are a Twitter-phile, you can follow the channel @syfy (it’s a Twitter thing).
  • How do you know when your series has jumped the shark and is coming around again to jump even further into misery? Why you toss in a little “sapphic experimentation” between two of the leads! Seriously, how can anyone view this as anything other than a sad attempt by the Heroes scribes to generate an audience?
  • takes a look at NBC’s new summer series Merlin and says it offers old-fashioned idealism. I haven’t seen any of it yet, but thanks to the magic of Hulu, it’s all right there for the viewing. Now I just need to find some time.
  • Did you ever wonder what our alien friends would be watching if they were tuning in to our TV signals? Abstruse Goose has this way cool graphic showing you exactly where the transmissions of some of your favorite shows are right now.

Tube Bits of 07/06/2009

  • Doc Arzt has a fascinating article about how Hollywood seems to release movies and TV shows that explore similar themes in bunches. The focus on this article is how LOST, of course and Nick Cages film Knowing explore the theme of apocalypse. There is some speculation on the meaning of LOST and a fair size spoiler for Knowing (I think, I haven’t seen the movie yet, but it’s now on my Netflix list) but they seem to be covering the same ground, but in different manners.
  • Speaking of LOST, check out this really cool Dharma Initiation Kit which is the deluxe edition of Season 5.
  • Yes! It’s a LOST trifecta! Doc Arzt has posted a Q&A Cuse, Lineloff and Bender about Season 6. No story spoilers, but a lot of interesting info that LOST-ies will be interested in.
  • The Canadian TV series Defying Gravity has been picked up by ABC to be aired at a later date. Based on the BBC series Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets, Defying Gravity is billed as a “kind of interplanetary relationship drama” where the story “shifts back and forth in time, between the astronauts’ present location in space and their past relationships on earth.” Could be interesting. Any of our Canadian friends care to comment (assuming, of course, our comments are working again.)
  • Sci Fi’s Eureka returns July 10th. If you want a heads up on what to expect, Sci Fi Wire details what’s breaking in Eureka. And from seeing the preview trailer, it looks like the show will be filled with the kind of crazy humor I like:

Tube Bits for 06/29/2009

  • Noah Wyle has signed on with DreamWorks Television to star in a pilot for a new science fiction show. The pilot is being executive produced by Stephen Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan). The show will be about a group of resistance fighters attempting to stop an alien invasion. And here I thought V had that sewed up.
  • Anyone hoping that Ron Moore’s Virtuality could be saved and picked up as a series due to strong ratings can stop hoping. The ratings are in and they are terrible. Yes, it’s only the 18-49 demographic, but that’s where the money is and Virtuality was basically seen by no one. Sure the specials about Farah Fawcett and Michael Jackson didn’t help. I bet Moore is cursing Fox’s decision to move his show up a week.
  • Unless you live in the U.S., you are unlikely to be able to stream videos from Hulu. But things will soon change in Britain as Hulu is set to go ‘live’ in September. It looks like they will be adding several British channels worth of shows and maybe have access to the U.S. shows as well. Sweet! No our British friends can watch The A-Team!
  • Popmatters lists (at the end of the article) all the new science fiction shows on network TV through the fall season. The good news is there is a lot of SF-ish stuff coming, the bad news is almost none of it is of the ‘in space, with spaceships!’ variety. That’s what I really like to see, but I’ll watch the other stuff if it’s good.
  • You can excused if you’ve never seen (or heard of) the cable channel G4. It’s been through a lot of changes since being aimed at gamers and seems to have settled on a Spike TV-lite motif. However, with Comic Con 2009 coming up in July, they are doing something cool. G4 will broadcast, live, the Lucasfilm panel from Comic Con, which will focus on the extended universe of Star Wars and will feature a a live table read of an exclusive new Clone Wars script. That’s almost worth tuning in for (July 25th, 2pm/1pm C).
  • And lastly, a belated clip with the recently passed away Ed McMahon. It seems that in 1979 NBC aired a live-action psuedo-Super Friends show called Legends of the Superheroes. It had Adam West and Burt Ward reprising their roles as Batman and Robin, and a large cast of other superheroes. Who knew? Ed McMahon played the role of the host in this bizarre variety show meets superheros production. [via]

Tube Bits For 06/17/2009

  • You may not have heard of the new web series called The Cabonauts, but I’m sure you’ve heard of Erin Gray (shiny bodysuit wearing Wilma Deering from the NBC series Buck Rogers). Gray has signed on to the web project as its casting director.
  • Masi Oka is a talented and lucky guy: Brown graduate, ILM alum and now Hiro Nakamura on Heroes. Oka has just landed a deal with Dreamworks who have purchased the rights to his MMORPG themed movie, The Defenders. The movie involves a group of teenagers, friends inside a fantasy game world, who meet and become heroes in real life. Rumor also has it Oka is looking to leave Heroes but NBC does not want him to leave.
  • Sad news Primeval fans, ITV has canceled the show after only three seasons. Looks like ITV wants to concentrate on more adult oriented dramas instead of ones with dinos and prehistoric monsters. Pity.
  • Over a year ago it was announced that Leonardo DiCaprio’s company Appian Way and Warner Bros. were working on a live-action adaptation of the anime classic Akira. The bad news (or is it, considering how Hollywood ruins things?) now is the adaptation is dead dead dead. No reason given in the article, but this wouldn’t have been cheap to make and there isn’t a large built0in audience for it either.
  • Fox recently announced premiere dates for its two SF shows. Fringe will air on Thursdays at 9pm (ET) starting Sept. 17th and Dollhouse will air on Fridays at 9pm (ET) starting Sept. 18th.
  • Is the new ABC mini-series Impact (starts June 22, set your DVRs) going to be any good at all? According to the Bad Astronomey, Phil Plait, the science is horribly, terribly bad, which is to be expected. And with no Sean Connery, Natalie or even Karl Malden (hell I’d settle for Bruce Willis and Michael Bay) I don’t see this being a bit hit. But, see the trailer for yourself:

Tube Bits For 06/12/2009

  • Nancy Jane Moore of the Book View Cafe blog says she didn’t like the new Star Trek movie because it basically brought nothing new to the table. A couple thoughts: wanting the new Trek to be a ‘blow them all up and let God sort them out’ with hard to tell good guys and bad guys goes against Roddenberry’s original idea of an optimistic future (not that <SPOILER!>the genocide of Vulcan doesn’t smack that idea in the face). Second, we can hope all the cool new SF-nal ideas will be brought out in the next movies while the first was a vehicle to attract the masses without scaring them.
  • Ron Moore updates Sci Fi Wire on Caprica and thinks that most Galactica fans feel like “we did justice to the show by the end.” Just don’t tell that Chris Roberson fella!
  • You’d think that Fox declining to pick up your new series would pretty much mean the end of things. Not if you’re Ron Moore though who explains why he thinks a Virtuality series is still possible. He’s hanging is hat on the idea that Fox has apparently never officially said “It’s over!” and the hope that good reviews and ratings will change Fox’s mind. Good luck with that.
  • Paul Gross (the Mountie from Due South if you remember that show, I do) has signed on to play an important role in the new Witches of Eastwick series. Hmm, could it be….Satan! Why yes, yes it could.
  • Still at least 6 months to go until LOST returns for its final series. Matthew Fox recently gave an press conference at the Television Festival where he touched on the last season and what would happen. Of the very end he says it’s moving, redemptive, sad and awesome. But I ask you, what can be more awesome than SF Signal’s version of how LOST will end?

    Now that’s how you end a series!

Tube Bits For 06/08/2009

  • Will we soon have to pay for Hulu? If new Chief Digital Officer (from AOL) Jonathan Miller has his way, then the answer is ‘yes’, some TV shows and movies would only be available to paying subscribers. I understand why he would want to do this, but forcing people to pay for some content will cause more people to turn to other methods to get what they want.
  • Funimation is a US distributor of anime. If you’re looking to dip into the anime waters, they have a video portal section where they stream some of their anime for free. Ergo Proxy is a SF anime that I’ve heard good things about and you can watch the first few episodes on Funimation, though at the time of this writing, the video portion appears to be down.
  • Sci Fi Wire interviews Robert Hewitt Wolfe, writer for the new Riverworld adaptation on Sci Fi. To no one’s surprise, Wolfe has changed, at the request of Sci Fi, the particulars of the story to follow two new, unknown characters plus Mark Twain. Sigh.
  • Mark Sheppard has been seen on Firefly, Galactica, has done voice work for the Wii game The Conduit and now he’s added another notch on his SF belt: Warehouse 13. Sci Fi Wire sat down for an interview with Sheppard to talk thing Warehouse 13 and is guest role in the show.
  • UltraOrange.Net says he is quitting Star Trek. Apparently the lack of optimism or au new ideas in the new movie have prompted the abandonment.
  • New Scientist has an interesting article covering the science of Galactica. As you might expect, the psychological aspects get high marks while the rest have problems.
  • Tim Kring offers spoilers for season 4 of Heroes. (And here I thought he spoiled Heroes at the end of the first season. Zing!)
  • But if you just can’t get enough Heroes and you’re insane lucky enough to own an iPhone, there is now a Heroes comic reader you can buy in the App store.
  • Want to know every genre show on this summer? Sci Fi Wire has you covered with their list. Looking at this list is rather sad. Aside from Eureka and possibly Warehouse 13 and Merlin, nothing stands out for me. Luckily Psych is returning soon!
  • If you’re old enough to remember the Starblazers anime, you may be interested to know there is a new version being worked on right now. Here’s the trailer:
  • New Stargate Universe Teaser: