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The Best TV Characters of the 2000s, Ranked

The Best TV Characters of the 2000s, Ranked
Ah, the 2000s — an indefinable decade of war, social progression, and an explosion of prestige TV. With so much great television came many, many great television characters. The best shows were built on battles of quality characters: Is Don Draper better than Peggy Olson? Lorelai Gilmore or Rory? Walter White or Jesse Pinkman? Or is there a third, less-referenced character who’s the secret star?

These aren’t problems by any stretch of the imagination: Great characters lead to better episodes, seasons, and series, so having too many is hardly a handicap in a medium with so much time. But before standalone episodes started trending, these were the best characters during the onset of TV’s new golden age.

A few rules, to keep things sane: Characters had to be created between 2000 and 2009. So even if the show was created before we knew Y2K wasn’t worth the worry,
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The Best TV Characters of the 2000s, Ranked

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The Best TV Characters of the 2000s, Ranked
Ah, the 2000s — an indefinable decade of war, social progression, and an explosion of prestige TV. With so much great television came many, many great television characters. The best shows were built on battles of quality characters: Is Don Draper better than Peggy Olson? Lorelai Gilmore or Rory? Walter White or Jesse Pinkman? Or is there a third, less-referenced character who’s the secret star?

These aren’t problems by any stretch of the imagination: Great characters lead to better episodes, seasons, and series, so having too many is hardly a handicap in a medium with so much time. But before standalone episodes started trending, these were the best characters during the onset of TV’s new golden age.

A few rules, to keep things sane: Characters had to be created between 2000 and 2009. So even if the show was created before we knew Y2K wasn’t worth the worry,
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Richard Hatch obituary

The dashing and clean-cut captain of Battlestar Galactica in the 70s TV series

In the rush to emulate the success of Star Wars, there were many imitations and rip-offs. The 1978 television series Battlestar Galactica was one of the most charming, thanks in no small part to the actor Richard Hatch, who has died aged 71 of pancreatic cancer. He was the dashing and clean-cut Captain Apollo, the show’s equivalent to Luke Skywalker, opposite the more roguish Han Solo figure, Lt Starbuck, played by Dirk Benedict. When Hatch first read the script, Apollo was named Skyler; other echoes of Star Wars were not so easily muted, however, and it was hardly surprising when 20th Century Fox, the studio behind George Lucas’s hit, sued Universal, the makers of Battlestar Galactica, citing 34 similarities between the two properties. The case was settled before reaching court in 1980, though by that point the series had already been cancelled.
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R.I.P. Richard Hatch (1945 – 2017)

It was sadly announced yesterday that Battlestar Galactica actor Richard Hatch passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 71 years old.

Hatch began his career on the soap opera All My Children and later joined on The Streets of San Francisco after Michael Douglas left the show. His biggest role, however, came in 1978 as ace pilot Apollo in Battlestar Galactica. The series was about the exodus of humanity after the Cylons, a race of robots, attacked humanity to near extinction, leading them to find the mythical planet Earth for refuge. It only ran for one season, but gained a large cult following after an edited cut of the pilot hit theaters and even spawned the short-lived sequel series Galactica 1980.

Unlike most actors attached to an iconic role, Hatch never got tired of being Apollo or the Galactica fandom. Throughout his career he wrote books based in the
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Richard Hatch, First Captain Apollo on Battlestar Galactica, Dead at 71

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Richard Hatch, best known for his role as Captain Apollo on the original Battlestar Galactica, has passed away from cancer.

His friend, composer Bear McReary broke the news on Twitter today.

Hatch had been in hospice care after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 71 years old.

Hatch began his long career in theater before catching his first television break on All My Children in 1971.

His theater credits include runs in the Los Angeles Resperatory Theater as well as in Chicago and off-Broadway roles.

He got his first big break with a role on The Streets of San Francisco in its final season as Inspector Dan Robbins.

It was on Battlestar Galactica in 1978 where Richard Hatch became a household name.

As Captain Apollo, Hatch starred alongside Dirk Benedict and Lorne Greene for one season.

Yes, the original series of Battlestar Galactica was on the air for only one season,
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Richard Hatch Dies: ‘Battlestar Galactica’s Captain Apollo Was 71

Richard Hatch, who starred alongside Lorne Greene and Dirk Benedict in the 1970s sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica, has died. He was 71. Ronald D. Moore, who created the 2000s reboot of the show in which Hatch also appeared, tweeted the news: Richard Hatch was a good man, a gracious man, and a consummate professional. His passing is a heavy blow to the entire BSG family. — Ronald D. Moore (@RonDMoore) February 7, 2017 Alec Peters, who is working on the…
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Battlestar Galactica Movie Targets Hunger Games Director

Battlestar Galactica Movie Targets Hunger Games Director
After languishing in development since 2009, Universal Pictures' Battlestar Galactica movie is finally moving forward in the right direction. We reported last month that the studio has brought on Michael De Luca, Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark to produce this sci-fi reboot, but now even more progress is being made. Today we have word that HBO's Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy has signed on to write the screenplay, with Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) circling the project as a director.

This new report from Deadline doesn't reveal if Francis Lawrence is in negotiations, or if he's just interested in taking on this coveted directorial gig. Much like the original 1978 TV series, and the critically-acclaimed 2003 TV reboot, this project will follow the longstanding battle between humans and the Cylons, although no specific plot details were given. We reported back in 2014 that this project will be a full reboot that is more
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Blu-ray Review: Sssssss (1973)

If you wish more horror films came with onomatopoetic titles, I’ve got the movie for you.

When Kevin Smith released his now -notorious horror comedy Tusk, many reviewers took issue with the ludicrous premise in which a mad scientist takes it upon himself to transform a man into a walrus. Apparently none of these critics had ever seen Bernard L. Kowalski’s 1973 horror film Sssssss—new to Blu-ray from Scream Factory—because if they had, they might have recognized that the premise of Smith’s movie had been covered nearly 30 years earlier, only with a snake instead of a walrus. It is, to put it bluntly, not a very good movie. But it is a weird one, and sometimes “weird” counts.

Dirk Benedict (“Face” from TV’s The A-Team) plays college student David, hired as an assistant to Dr. Carl Stoner (Strother Martin), who specializes in snakes and doubles
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April 26th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Krampus, Death Becomes Her

There aren’t a lot of horror and sci-fi titles arriving on Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday (there are four, to be exact), but the few we do have to look forward to are an eclectic and entertaining bunch nonetheless. Scream Factory is giving HD overhauls to both Death Becomes Her and the cult classic Sssssss this week, and Christmas is coming a bit early this year by way of Michael Dougherty’s Krampus, which hits Blu-ray and DVD on April 26th. Our last release for this week is a pair of 1970s underground classics, Crypt of the Living Dead and House of the Living Dead, which arrive together on DVD courtesy of Vinegar Syndrome.

Death Becomes Her (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

An actress and an author fight over a plastic surgeon and the secret of eternal beauty. Directed by Robert Zemeckis.

Special Features include “The Making of Death Becomes Her
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Contest: Win Sssssss on Blu-ray

Scream Factory will release slithering scares on home media tomorrow with their Blu-ray release of the 1973 snake-centric horror film Sssssss, and we’ve been provided with three copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Sssssss.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Sssssss Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on May 1st. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

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From the Press Release: “Before Venom, Anaconda, Python, or Snakes on a Plane, there was the seminal snake-centric horror film, Sssssss. The story of a mad scientist hell bent on turning humans into snakes and using these hybrids
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Sssssss Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

Back in February, it was announced that Bernard L. Kowalski’s Sssssss would be coming to Blu-ray courtesy of Scream Factory on April 26th. With just four days to go, two Blu-ray clips—one featuring an interview with Dirk Benedict—and the film’s official trailer have been released, and we have them for Daily Dead readers to enjoy. “Don’t say it, hiss it.”

From the Press Release: “Before Venom, Anaconda, Python, or Snakes on a Plane, there was the seminal snake-centric horror film, Sssssss. The story of a mad scientist hell bent on turning humans into snakes and using these hybrids to get revenge on those who have wronged him, Sssssss is every Ophidiophobe’s nightmare. Making its Blu-ray debut April 26th, 2016 from Scream Factory, Sssssss comes loaded with bonus features, including a new interview with actor Dirk Benedict, a new interview with actor Heather Menzies-Urich, a photo gallery,
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Sssssss Blu-ray Release Details & Cover Art

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s snakes! This time, Scream Factory has passed the Blu-ray torch to Bernard L. Kowalski’s Sssssss. Packed with bonus features that include but are not limited to new interviews with the cast, Sssssss is available for pre-order now.

Press Release: Before Venom, Anaconda, Python, or Snakes on a Plane, there was the seminal snake-centric horror film Sssssss. The story of a mad scientist hell bent on turning humans into snakes and using these hybrids to get revenge on those who have wronged him, Sssssss is every ophidiophobe’s nightmare. Making its Blu-ray debut April 26th, 2016 from Scream Factory, Sssssss comes loaded with bonus features, including a new interview with actor Dirk Benedict, a new interview with actor Heather Menzies-Urich, a photo gallery, theatrical trailers and more! Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com

In Sssssss, Strother Martin
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Universal Sets Its Sights On Space With A Battlestar Galactica Movie Franchise

Since its debut in 1978, Battlestar Galactica has never really been absent from popular culture. That first series may have only run for one season, but it has been rebooted, re-imagined and re-worked more times than anyone over the age of 35 would probably care to remember. Despite more failures to launch than successful orbits, Universal has assembled a team of powerhouse producers to make a Battlestar Galactica movie franchise a reality.

Michael De Luca (Captain Phillips, Moneyball, The Social Network, and the Fifty Shades franchise), Scott Stuber (The Break-Up, The Kingdom, Ted) and Dylan Clark (The Heat, the Planet Of The Apes franchise) are combining their considerable forces to begin piecing together what the studio hopes will become a movie series of the tent-pole variety. While that sounds, perhaps, ill-advised, it is certainly the case that the Battlestar Galactica brand has enormous potential for development.

Created by Glen A. Larson (Magnum P.
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'Battlestar Galactica' Movie Is Back on Track with New Producers

'Battlestar Galactica' Movie Is Back on Track with New Producers
Way back in 2009, Universal Pictures announced plans to bring Battlestar Galactica back to the big screen, following the success of Ronald D. Moore's hit Syfy series which ended its run that year. Over the years, Bryan Singer was attached to direct at one point, although be parted ways with the project in 2014. Today we have word from The Hollywood Reporter that the studio is taking another crack at the big-screen project, with producers Michael De Luca, Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark boarding the project.

We last reported on the Battlestar Galactica movie back in 2014, when Transcendence writer Jack Paglen was brought on to work on the script. Back in 2011, John Orloff (Anonymous) signed on to write the script, which was said, at the time, to be based on the original 1978 Battlestar Galactica TV series, and not the 2003 Battlestar Galactica remake series. The project doesn't currently have any writers attached,
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Destroyer/Edge Of Sanity & Sssssss Blu-ray Release Details & Cover Art

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Best known for playing Norman Bates in the Psycho films, Anthony Perkins played a plethora of other cinematic characters in his career, including roles in Destroyer and Edge of Sanity, both of which will come out on a new double feature Blu-ray this year from Scream Factory.

Originally planned to be released last summer as a double feature release with Scarecrows, Destroyer—along with Edge of Sanity—will finally get its high-def due on April 12th from the fine folks at Scream Factory.

Also slated to slither onto shelves this spring is the snake-centric horror film Sssssss, which is scheduled for an April 26th release. Below, we have Scream Factory's official details on both upcoming Blu-rays, as well as a look at the cover art:

From Scream Factory: "Another wild & crazy retro double feature (both featuring Psycho star Anthony Perkins) is planned for release on blu-ray this Spring!
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Scream Factory to Release Snake-Centric Horror Film Sssssss on Blu-ray

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Their hissing can cause you to stop dead in your tracks... or pick up the pace. Snakes are often the source of slithering scares, and Scream Factory's set to release the 1973 snake-centric horror film Sssssss on Blu-ray for the first time next year.

Sssssss will make its Blu-ray debut in the spring/summer of 2016. No special features have been revealed yet, but we'l keep Daily Dead readers updated on further announcements.

From Scream Factory: "If you're into snakes then we have a film for you: The 1973 cult classic called Sssssss (don't say it, hiss it) will be slithering its way to the Blu-ray format for the first time sometime in late Spring/early Summer! Stars Heather Menzies (Piranha), Dirk Benedict (Battlestar Galactica) and Reb Brown (Yor, the Hunter from the Future).

No other details to report at thissss (sorry, we can't help ourselves) time."

Synopsis: "Strother Martin and
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'A-Team' TV Show Reboot Planned with 'Furious 7' Writer

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'A-Team' TV Show Reboot Planned with 'Furious 7' Writer
20th Century Fox Television is developing a remake of the 1980s classic TV show The A-Team, with Furious 7 screenwriter Chris Morgan coming aboard to produce the new series, according to a report from Deadline. The news comes five years after 20th Century Fox released their big-screen adaptation of The A-Team, which starred Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley and Quinton Jackson. This rebooted TV series will have a contemporary setting, with a twist on the team itself.

The original series centered on four highly-trained special forces soldiers, John "Hannibal" Smith (George Peppard), Templeton "Faceman" Peck (Dirk Benedict), H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock (Dwight Schultz) and B.A. (Bad Attitude) Baracus (Mr. T), who escaped from a military prison after being detained for a crime they didn't commit. They fled to Los Angeles and began working as "soldiers of fortune," using their immense skills to help people in need, while trying to clear their name.
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The A-Team being rebooted for TV by Fast & Furious producer Chris Morgan

If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, it looks like you’ll soon be able to hire The A-Team once again, as Deadline is reporting that Fast & Furious writer-producer Chris Morgan is teaming up with Tawnia McKiernan, daughter of creator Stephen J. Cannell, for a contemporary take on the classic 1980s TV show.

According to Deadline’s report, “the new A-Team revolves around a diverse team of American Special Forces operatives. Unlike the original all-male squad, the new team will include both male and female memebrs. The group has been framed for a crime they didn’t commit and set out to clear their names by uncovering the black-ops conspiracy that set them up. Along the way, they are driven to help those in need by using their singular military skills, high-tech expertise and often conflicting individual approaches. It’s
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‘A-Team’ TV Remake in the Works

‘A-Team’ TV Remake in the Works
The A-Team” is the latest iconic project to receive the TV remake treatment, as Variety has confirmed that 20th Century Fox TV is in early talks to bring back Stephen J. Cannell and Frank Lupo’s 1980s action series.

The project would offer a contemporary take on the NBC series remembered by most for starring Mr. T and his penchant for gold accessories (other stars included George Peppard, Dirk Benedict and Dwight Schultz, as well as many, many guest stars — some of whom played themselves). Keeping with the times, this version would include female members of the American Special Forces group.

“Fast & Furious” writer-producer Chris Morgan is executive producing this version with Cannell’s daughter, TV director Tawnia McKiernan (“Criminal Minds,” “Warehouse 13”). It is penned by “Sleepy Hollow” exec producer Albert Kim.

A feature film version of “The A-Team” was released in 2010 and starred Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper.
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‘A-Team’ TV Series Remake in the Works at 20th Century Fox TV

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‘A-Team’ TV Series Remake in the Works at 20th Century Fox TV
A new version of “The A-Team” is in the works at 20th Century Fox Television, TheWrap has learned. The remake series would follow a team of American special operatives, but in the modernized take on the material, would feature both men and women on the team. Albert Kim set to write the script and original “A-Team” creator Stephen J. Cannell‘s daughter Tawnia McKiernan, a TV director, is also on board. Also Read: 27 Movie-to-tv Remakes in the Works: Hollywood's Big Screen to Small Screen Craze (Photos) The original series aired on NBC from 1983-1987 and starred George Peppard, Dirk Benedict,
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