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We’re at the mid-season point for most TV shows and we have a long wait for the next half of the season to start again… Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles won’t return until mid-February.
A lot of folks have been of the opinion that Scc has lost its direction this season and has suffered from “Heroes Syndrome,” jumping around story-wise with odd non-sequiter episodes instead of continuing to move the story forward in a coherent manner.
Personally, I’ve enjoyed this season (although the “search for the three dots” thing is getting pretty old). My favorite things to watch on the show have been the development of Thomas Dekker as John Connor and of the protective Terminator played by Summer Glau.
And the half-season Did end on a hell of a note with that flying ship.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on how this season has been so far, »
- Vic Holtreman
The following contains Major Spoilers for "Earthlings Welcome Here," an episode of Fox's "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles." Somehow, writers found a way to weave UFO's into the Terminator universe. How much further can this series possible stray from the original premise? This episode consisted of four plot lines, only two of which intersected. The first one dealt with John peeling wallpaper off his bedroom wall, Riley coming to visit and Cameron trying to get in the middle of it. Apparently, peeling wallpaper off a wall counts as action in an action series nowadays. The second storyline used flashbacks to show how Riley and Jesse got here and how they are working together to keep John from getting too close to Cameron. Apparently, Riley taking a shower counts as action in an »
The following contains Major Spoilers for "Alpine Fields," an episode of Fox's "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles." Derek rushes into a building and sees a girl taking care of a pregnant woman. She pulls a gun on Derek, but he tells her Sarah sent him. The woman, her mother Anne, has been shot through her left shoulder by a Terminator, and her lung has collapsed. She's about to give birth. Lauren, the girl, tells Derek she's the reason the Terminator found them, but Derek knows better. Turns out the woman, who was married, did the calling to her lover Roger. Her mother finally delivers her baby, who Derek recognizes to be Sydney, a girl he knows from the future. During childbirth, the mother dies. Even though Derek has invited Lauren and the baby to come and stay with Sarah's »
Wait, I’m totally confused. The FBI agent has a Terminator doubleganger, and now the Cromarty Terminator stops it from killing the agent? Or was Ellison dreaming? That was my first thought -- that he was having a nightmare, which seems like a reasonable response to the things he’s seen. But no, I guess the fact that he gets arrested for murder, which his Terminator doppleganger clearly committed, means there is a machine double of him running around. Or was, but now it’s dead cuz Cromarty killed it. Doesn’t Derek know his girlfriend from the future is a trap? I mean, it’s completely obvious, isn’t it? I guess Derek didn’t grow up watching all the crap sci-fi we did, what with him being from after the robot holocaust and all. And they say TV is bad for you. At least it would save us »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The following contains Major Spoilers for "Brothers of Nablus,. an episode of Fox.s "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles." Honestly, there is little to say about "Brothers of Nablus," this week.s episode of "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles." While it was a decent episode, it did little to advance the overall story arc and contained little action. I understand that having Terminator brawls and futuristic flash forwards is pricey, but without them, this show slows to a crawl. This episode had its fair share of suspense, but lacked a satisfying payoff. Perhaps that is coming next week. This week, the Connor clan is robbed, presumably because John.s girlfriend, Riley, left late and forget to re-arm the security system. They trace their stolen goods back to the perpetrators of »
Stephanie Jacobsen, who portrayed Kendra Shaw in "Battlestar Galactica: Razor," is now making things interesting for Derek Reese on Fox's "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles." During an interview with SciFi Wire, Jacobsen said that her character Jesse, who has already reconnected intimately with Brian Austin Green's Derek, will be something of a counterpoint to the duty-driven soldier. "The main thing you'll see about Jesse is the side of her that differentiates her from Derek," she said. "You'll see, I guess, a hedonistic streak in her, a desire to revel for whatever time she's able to in the luxuries of this pre-apocalyptic time. She has obviously come back from the past with a mission." It's unclear whether John Connor in the future sent her back or if she traveled on »
When Fox gave a full-season order to "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" and NBC did the same with "Knight Rider," many analysts called their psychiatrists to make sure they weren't going crazy. While some might consider the moves to be almost a cry out that the networks don't have to go by the book, The Hollywood Reporter believes there is a much more sane underlying cause for the pickups: the economy. Networks are facing an interesting crisis. Shares for the public companies that own Fox, NBC, ABC and CBS are down. Way down. And that means there isn't a lot of extra money to do the things networks typically do when they have to replace a show, including new marketing and new production budgets. News Corp., for instance -- the parent company of Fox -- had shares close at $8.60 »
After all the hubbub in recent weeks, it’s somewhat of a surprise to see Fox quietly announcing the full-season pickup for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Just last week, the show was given a sign of hope when additional scripts were ordered but now the full complement of nine episodes have been ordered bringing the full season total to 22.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Monday night series has seen only modest ratings in a tough time slot. Just 5.7 million viewers saw the most recent episode which sounds like a lot but in television terms is not.
Details will be formally announced Monday. Speaking of tomorrow, the show’s blog has a post from Denise Thé, who wrote the episode and says, “'The Tower' is the first of our episodes to be directed by a woman – the very talented Tawnia McKiernan. In the episode, Cameron fights a female Terminator – our first female-on-female Terminator fight. »
- Robert Greenberger
Much to our collective surprise, NBC has ordered four additional scripts for the revival and reviled Knight Rider. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series’ ratings have been somewhat encouraging after a few airings.
Meantime, producers of Fox’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, report they too have reason to be hopeful.
On the show’s official blog, they wrote: “Because so many of you, our most devoted fans, have been asking, we wanted to set the record straight!
“While the fate of the show past production on episode thirteen is still unclear, Fox has given us the go-ahead to write two more additional episodes for this season — fourteen and fifteen.
“We are hard at work writing those episodes and await news of a potential pickup for the full ‘back nine’ (additional episodes to complete the season) in the near future. We’re crossing our fingers (and dotting our i »
- Robert Greenberger
The following contains Major Spoilers for the "Goodbye To All That" episode of Fox's "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles." The show is still on the air! They even promoed the episode coming in two weeks! Woo-hoo! This week's episode shows how tough life is for anyone in the L.A. area named "Martin Bedell." Yet another Terminator from the future appears and begins going through the phone book, killing everyone with that name. The first is a man cooking out in his backyard, always a dangerous thing on this show. The T Team learns about his execution on the television. Derek realizes what's going on right away, and John checks the listings for that name. There are two more "Martin Bedells" left, so they split up, the guys going to find the student in the nearby military academy, »
There is, like, tons of TV-related news happening in the wee hours of the morning, so I figured it wouldn't hurt to get all out of the way in one article. In fact, if I could do it all on one paragraph, I certainly would, but I can't, so this »
- Neil Miller
Something happened on the way to the 2008-09 television season: Viewers decided they had better things to do. Television network viewership is down overall, and some higher-profile genre shows like "Heroes" on NBC and "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" on Fox, are really starting to feel the pinch. "Heroes" slid to a 5.7 rating/8 share, according to Fast National ratings from Nielsen Media Research. That was down more than 3 percent from the 5.9 average the show received in its two-hour premiere, and is pushing the bottom of its ratings lower and lower each week. While it was nearly 43 percent more than its lead-in of "Chuck," "Heroes" finished behind comedies on CBS as well as reality television on ABC. While ratings for "Heroes" might be slipping, it's not nearly as bad »
The following contains MAJOR SPOILERS for "The Mousetrap" episode of the Fox Network's "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles." Last week, we saw the Dixons apparently driving off into the sunset, getting as far away from the Connor clan as possible. Smart people. The bad news is that they didn't get very far. At a rest stop along a deserted highway, the Dixons stop to get gas and sodas. Driving in behind them is Cromartie, who kidnaps Michelle Dixon as bait to lure the Connors to him. Charley calls Sarah to ask for help, and Sarah tries to keep John in the dark as to what is going on. Sarah sends John with Cameron to the computer store, then takes Derek with her to help Charley. Though tied up, Michelle finds her cell phone and calls Charley, giving them her location. When the T Team »
The following contains MAJOR SPOILERS for "Automatic For The People," the second episode of Season 2 for Fox's "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles." Not quite so much action this week, but we get plenty of drama -- the good kind. The time travel corridors must be a pretty crowded place by now. Yet another traveller arrives, this one sent by Future John to warn the T Team about bad things that were supposed to happen at a nearby nuclear power plant. Meanwhile, Sarah continues to doubt Cameron, who confesses to John that she doesn't trust him because he brought her back to life. Now that's gratitude for you! Sarah sets the T Team up in a new home and sends John off to school. Finally, John is becoming more of a typical teenager because he blows off school to spend time with Riley, »
The following contains Major Spoilers for "Samson & Delilah," the Season 2 opener for Fox's "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles." It's back to action, action and more action on Monday nights on Fox! Picking up from the first season finale, this week we discover that the explosion in the Jeep has changed Cameron's programming back to that of a regular Terminator, and she proceeds to hunt down John and Sarah (as Terminators are supposed to do). In the way of her mission are the men sent to kill the Connors, so Cameron eliminates them before trying to gun John down. As Sarah and John run, they realize that Cameron now knows all their contingency plans for hiding, and that they will have to destroy her to survive. Meanwhile, the unlikely pair of Derek and Charlie aren't too far behind »
The executive producer of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles has hailed the performance of Garbage singer Shirley Manson in the second season. "She just has an incredible charisma," Josh Friedman told Sy Fy Portal. "She was given no extra points for being Shirley Manson. In fact, she was probably given minus points by people who thought a singer couldn't do this." Friedman also revealed that family connections first (more) »
- By Ben Rawson-Jones
Watch a recent promo trailer from the upcoming Fox series “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” Season 2 featuring the recent single “Second Chance” from the band Shinedown from their new album “The Sound of Madness” Synopsis: From the creators of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), this series is set after the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). After the sacrifices of Dr. Miles Dyson and T-800 Model 101 Terminator, the Connors find themselves once again being stalked by Skynet’s agents from the future. Realizing their nightmare isn’t over, they decide to stop running and focus on preventing the birth of Skynet. With the aid of Cameron Phillips, a beautiful girl who has a mysterious past also linked to [...] »
- Brian Corder
Sci-fi action dramas and hourlong reality shows populate Fox's schedule for next season, which includes new shows from top creative producers J.J. Abrams ("Lost") and Joss Whedon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer").
Fox's lineup includes three new dramas, two comedies and an unscripted series. The network plans to once again launch its fall season earlier than most competitors. During the week of Aug. 25, Fox will air special two-hour premiere episodes of several series.
"Broadcast television needs a jolt," Fox entertainment chairman Peter Liguori said. "We feel it's our responsibility, as the No. 1 network for the last four seasons, to provide that electricity ... while some of the other networks are focusing on their ancillary platforms to save their programming, we really believe the better a series performs on the network, the better it will (serve advertisers)."
The network's upfront announcement contains more new shows for next season than any other broadcaster, though CBS still ranks as having the most freshman shows set to launch in the fall.
Fox will start its fall season with a two-hour "Prison Break" on Aug. 25. "Break" will then shift to 9 p.m. with the return of "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" as its lead-in.
The Abrams thriller "Fringe", about a trio who explore paranormal mysteries, will have a two-hour premiere on Tuesday, Aug. 26. The show will then settle into its regular time period at 9 p.m. after "House". "We have high expectations for this," Reilly said. "We'll have huge campaign for it."
Although the season contains three dramas with sci-fi tones, Reilly said he's confident they can find broad audiences. "I don't think any of these are hard genre shows," he said.
A new workplace comedy starring Jerry O'Connell, tentatively titled "Do Not Disturb", will be paired with " 'Til Death" on Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. "Bones" will air at 8 p.m.
On Thursdays, "Moment of Truth" will air at 8 p.m., going up against CBS' top-rated reality show "Survivor". The game show will be followed by the return of "Kitchen Nightmares".
Reality utility players "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" and "Don't Forget the Lyrics" will shift to Fridays.
The two-hour "24" prequel movie also will air in the fall. Liguori described the stand-alone movie as "an E-ticket ride" that will help cue up the return of the series in January.
For next year's long-awaited return of "24," producers have crafted an entire season's storyline in advance. Last season critics complained that the show's usual practice of writing the story's elaborate plot as the season progressed was becoming all too obvious. »
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles will return for a second season, it has been confirmed.
Thirteen new episodes have been ordered by Fox, home of the spinoff in the Us, as was expected after it proved to be one of the year's highest rated new series.
In the UK Chronicles was by far the most high-profile show on Virgin 1, and its opening episode increased the channel's average audience seven-fold.
Fox has also decided to show season two this autumn despite the first run airing in January. Entertainment president Kevin Reilly said the network may also give an early order for another nine episodes.
Additionally, . . . »
- Dave_West_imdb_@digitalspy.co.uk (Dave West)
CORRECTED 12:15 p.m. PT April 22, 2008
She'll be back -- and sooner than you think.
Not only has Fox has picked up "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" for a second round, the show is returning in the fall.
"Connor" premiered in January as a midseason drama, but Fox is shifting the show to its fall lineup for next season. The network on Monday handed a 13-episode order to the sci-fi drama, an extension of the "Terminator" feature franchise. The series revolves around Sarah Connor (Lena Headey) and her son, John (Thomas Dekker), as they battle enemies from the future with the help of a goodhearted terminator, Cameron (Summer Glau).
"Althought a screwy year, even with the soft competition audiences rejected many other shows," said Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly. "Advertisers loved it and Josh Friedman did an incredible job taking a beloved franchise and finding the episodic voice of the show."
Reilly said that "Connor" will likely get a new time period next fall rather than stay at Mondays at 9 p.m. »
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