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BBC America Greenlights Intruders From X-Files, Millennium Writer

21 October 2013 3:00 PM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

And the new sci-fi series just keep on coming! How did we get so lucky? The latest news on the new series front is from BBC America, who has announced it has given the green light to 8 episodes of new original series Intruders. Based on Michael Marshall Smith‘s novel The Intruders, with a script by Glen Morgan (The X-Files, Millennium, The Others, The River), the new series is set to begin production in early spring 2014.

The series is about a “secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others.” Excellent.

BBC America Orders New Original Series Intruders From BBC Worldwide Productions

New York – Friday, October 18 – BBC America has greenlit new original thriller series, Intruders, produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Glen Morgan (The X-Files, Those Who Kill), writer and executive producer, has penned the script based on Michael Marshall Smith’s novel The Intruders. Executive »

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Film4 FrightFest 2013 announces full line up; record 51 films, and more.

29 June 2013 7:09 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

From the press release:

Are you ready for a spine-chilling global avalanche of Indian zombies, Israeli oldboys, vengeance-crazed Vikings, Swedish mesmerists, Irish telekinesis, Argentine undead, Aussie bone-crushers, murderous Mormons and Chilean assassins?

Film4 FrightFest 2013, returning for its 4teenth year, has unveiled its biggest line-up in history. From Thurs 22 August to Monday 26 August, the UK’s leading event for genre fans will be at the Empire Cinema in London’s Leicester Square to present 51 films on three screens. Empire 1 will house the main event while the Discovery strands will play in Empires 2 & 4. The new FrightFest Xtra strand, also in Screen 2, will allow fans to catch up with sold-out performances of the most popular attractions.

This year there are eleven countries representing five continents with a record-breaking thirty-three UK or European premieres and ten world premieres.

The world premieres include our opening night attraction The Dead 2: India from the Ford Brothers, »

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Casting Gets Rolling for A&E Pilot Occult

11 June 2013 3:00 PM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

It’s always great news when a show idea we’ve been following actually starts casting; it gets us thinking that the thing might actually get made. We first told you about Occult, a pilot picked up by A&E, last fall. It’s a Michael Bay (Transformers) -produced series about an FBI occult crimes task force, centering on FBI Agent Dolan, who joins the new unit upon his return from administrative leave, so ordered after going off the deep end while investigating his wife’s disappearance.

(L-r) Morris, Lucas, Collins

Word now comes from TVLine that things are moving along in the casting department, with the most recent hire being Sarah Jane Morris (NCIS) as that missing wife. So presumably we’ll be seeing her in flashbacks, or… hmm!

She’ll be joining star Josh Lucas (Space Warriors) as Agent Dolan; Lynn Collins (John Carter) as his new partner »

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5 Things You Don't Know About Zachary Quinto

19 April 2013 8:50 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

He made a name for himself on the superhero drama Heroes, portrays a psychiatrist on FX's American Horror Story and is currently gearing up for the release of Star Trek Into Darkness, in which he plays the iconic Vulcan character Spock. Here are five things you may not know about Zachary Quinto.

1. Born Zachary John Quinto on June 2, 1977 in Pittsburgh, Pa - he's half Italian, half Irish.

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2. His TV debut came in 2000 in the pilot of the short-lived series The Others.

3. Was involved in a serious car accident at age 16 that he says led to a discussion with his mom about responsibility. "I blurted out, 'I wanna be an actor,'" he said. "That, somehow, just turned it. I think she saw in my impassioned plea something serious about what I was after."

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4. Struck up a friendship with the original Spock, Leonard Nimoy, while »

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Briefs: Cher Is Not Dead, A Boy Band Twitter War, and A&E Will Keep "Bates Motel" Open For Business

8 April 2013 12:57 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Birthday shoutouts go to Taylor Kitsch (above), who is 32, Patricia Arquette is 45, and Brenda Russell is 64.

Dan Savage has two questions about the death of Margaret Thatcher. In a less controversial passing, goodbye to the faboo Annette Funicello.Surprising no one, "Roger Ebert's Funeral To Be Picketed By Westboro Baptist Church."#nowthatchersdead. This is too funny.After just a few episodes, A&E has renewed Bates Motel for Season Two.Chord photobombs Diana and Darren.

Ed showed you this terrible commercial for Greek ticket company AirFastTravel last week, and now comes word that it's been pulled from the airwaves after complaints from Greece's trucker and Lgbt communities.

Introducing the children's coloring book Being Gay Is Okay.

Apparently there was a huge Twitter war yesterday involving whosit from One Direction and whatsisface from The Wanted, which culminated in that one guy crapping out this questionable tweet. Now Wheatus has weighed in. »

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