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Tube Bits For 05/11/2009

  • Good news from Robert J. Sawyer, ABC has ordered 13 episodes of Flash Forward, the new series based on his book of the same name. I’m interested to see what they do with the concept. Good work Robert!
  • Networking can be a good thing, even if you’re a famous actor. Case in point: Leonard Nimoy got the role of William Bell on Fringe because he and J.J. Abrams hit it off (Warning! Crappy ‘premium ad’ spot on Salon) on the set of Star Trek. We’ll finally get to see the mysterious Bell in the season finale this week. Then nothing till the fall.
  • Sometimes we forget, but there’s entire generations of people who know little to nothing about Star Trek and its role in science fiction and society in general. The Daily Record (Scotland FTW!) brings its readers up to speed with their article The incredible story of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. Nothing long time fans don’t know, but now you have an idea what non-fans are missing.
  • IO9 tells us why Dollhouse is really Whedon’s greatest work. Maybe from a thematic standpoint, but a good theme can’t carry a show with weak acting and poor scripts. I didn’t watch past episode 2, so maybe it got better. I’ll have to put this on my summer viewing list when the good SF shows are on break.
  • Speaking of good SF shows, Damon Lindeloff, in advance of the sure to be awesome season finale this week of LOST, answered some intriguing questions about the show. Spoilers are in existence at the link so click with caution.
  • This will probably be the first, and only, time we mention the Food Network show Ace of Cakes. It seems the gang of Charm City Cakes were commissioned to make a cake for LOST‘s 100th episode, and in their typical fashion, they kicked @$$. See the slideshow at the link for more. Those guys rock!
  • In a blow to Ron Moore’s attempt to take of SF on TV, Fox has scheduled his pilot for Virtuality to air the night of July 4th. That’s right, the night of Independence Day when most people will either be watching brightly colored explosions or passed in a beer/hot dog induced coma on the couch. Not reassuring. Oh, and by ‘most people’ I meant most people in the US as there isn’t a ‘World Independence Day’. Yet. But we still have the coming robot revolution to look forward to.
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