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Keith DeCandido is known throughout the fan community as one of the best writers of media-related fiction in both the novel and graphic world. While primarily recognized for Star Trek, he has also written fiction based on Supernatural, CSI: NY, and Farscape, among others. His novel of John Crichton’s adventures, House of Cards, was published in 2001. Recently, Boom! Studios picked up the rights to publish new Farscape stories and the show’s creator, Rockne S. O’Bannon, will plot the first one with a script by Keith and art by Joe Corroney. After some delay, the first issue will be in stores on Wednesday/ ComicMix briefly spoke with Keith about the show and how he got involved in the new stories.
ComicMix: When did you first discover the show, Farscape? Why were you hooked?
Keith DeCandido: I kept hearing good things about it from people who were watching it »
- Jeff Ayers
One of the most frustrating realities of series television is that sooner or later, our favorite TV shows will likely be cancelled. Fortunately, many of the actors go on to films and other TV shows like Samantha Who?, Nip/Tuck, Fringe, and CSI: NY.
Here's where you'll be able to find Brittany Robertson (Swingtown), Florence Henderson (The Brady Bunch), Jessica Collins (Tru Calling), Mark Deklin (The Ex List), Mary Beth Peil (Dawson's Creek), Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls), Alex Herschlag (Will & Grace), Adhir Kalyan (Aliens in America), Adrien Brody (The O.C.), Michael Chiklis (The Shield), Fred Willard (Back to You), Jean Smart (Designing Women), Zach Galifianakis (Tru Calling), Ray Liotta (Smith), Erik Knudsen (Jericho), Craig T. Nelson (Coach), Betty White (Bob, The Golden Girls), Mary Steenburgen (Joan of Arcadia), Michael Mosley (Kidnapped), and Jaleel White (Family Matters).
CSI</i>), Terry O'Quinn (<I>Lost</i>) and Johnny Galecki (<I>The Big Bang Theory</i>)" style="margin:0 5px 5px" />Starting with this week's column, Matt Webb Mitovich and Mickey O'Connor welcome fellow senior editor Tim Molloy to the Mega mix. Every Wednesday, our troika of scoop-hunters will answer your questions! (To that end, send all queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.) I will be sad when William Petersen leaves CSI, because I don't think he will be able to be replaced. I will watch the first week he is gone, but I don't think I will watch it after that. — Fox
Matt: Normally I turn a blind eye to Mega Buzz questions not phrased as such, but this topic begs addressing. Having sneak-peeked this Thursday's (super-creepy!) episode, in which Gil first shares his decision to leave CSI, I concur that yes, it is going to be very hard to say goodbye come Jan. 15. But »
- Matt Mitovich, Mickey O'Connor & Tim Molloy
Jeremy Licht, former child star of the '80s sitcom The Hogan Family, and his wife Kimberly Wallis Licht are expecting their first child, a girl, in early February, he tells People exclusively. "I'm excited about becoming a Dad. I always knew I wanted a child. It just never quite worked out until now,” says Licht, 37, who starred as Jason Bateman's brainy brother on the series. "We feel very lucky to be at this place in our lives – to have finally found each other and gotten it right," adds Wallis Licht, 38, who is also an actress that has appeared »
- Jenny Hontz
De'Angelo Wilson's body was discovered in a room at a commercial premises in Los Angeles. It is believed he had hanged himself.
Wilson, who played DJ Iz in the 2002 movie and also starred in an episode of TV crime drama CSI: NY, is thought to have died on 26 November.
According to AllHipHop.com, Wilson.s mother did not have enough money to transport his body to the family's home in Dayton, Ohio - so friends stepped in to help out.
On the big screen the actor, repped by Paradigm and Forward Entertainment, will next be seen in the comedy "The Proposal." »
- By Nellie Andreeva
Rosie O'Donnell didn't go head-to-head with foe Barbara Walters Wednesday night. Which was a good thing. For O'Donnell. The comic had trouble enough drawing a crowd for Rosie Live. The NBC variety special was watched by only about 5 million, per Nielsen estimates, worse than Knight Rider, the network's usual 8-9 p.m. occupant. In the 10 p.m. hour, Walters scored 11.5 million for her ABC interview special with President-elect Barack Obama. CBS' CSI: NY (12.2 million) was Wednesday's most watched show. Last night, CBS' CSI (10.6 million) won the Thanksgiving battle of the repeats. ABC's Grey's Anatomy was its typically weak rerun self, averaging 5.5 million for a »
Things are not as bad as they may seem amid the credit crunch and signs that the U.S. economy is close to a recession.
That was the message CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves and chairman and controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone tried to send Thursday during a conference call after a third-quarter financial report that was as weak as expected.
In his first public comments on the issue, Redstone promised not to sell a single additional share of CBS or Viacom Inc., which he also controls, after recently doing so to address high debt held by his holding company National Amusements. "This was not something Na wanted to do, nor is it something that Na intends to do again," he said, adding that the company is "actively talking with our lenders" about possible new debt structures.
Pressed by analysts about whether he could completely rule out share sales even if »
- By Georg Szalai
CSI: NY’s fifth season is well underway and fans are enjoying the appearances of guest stars on the highly acclaimed police procedural on CBS. Guest stars this season range from rapper Nelly to former American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry to Rumer Willis, daughter of Bruice Willis and Demi Moore. As the current season of CSI: NY is airing, the actors of the show took some time off to tend to some personal matters, which include supporting a presidential campaign.
"[Obama is] intelligent, extremely pragmatic. That’s the kind of leadership we need now. Everything that was great about him at Harvard Law School is still great about him now," Harper says of his former schoolmate. "Anyone who meets »
Grey's Anatomy</I>), Joshua Jackson (<I>Fringe</I>) and Gary Sinise (<I>CSI: NY</I>)" style="margin:0 5px 5px" />Senior editors Matt Webb Mitovich and Mickey O'Connor answer your questions. What have you got for Grey's Anatomy that isn't about Mer and Der? — BethAnn
Matt: Mmmm, this vittle made it to my desk just before deadline, and goodness, it's tasty. What you may know: This week, Sloan counsels the "Mason-Dixon line"-averse Callie on the ways of love. What you don't know: He teaches by doing. What does that mean?!
Fringe is the most addictive new show on television! Give me some scoop on when Olivia and Peter will get all romantic. — Keith
Mickey: Well, Keith, I hate to disappoint you (perv), but it's going to be a while. This show is so not about sex right now. My Fringe mole tells me »
- Matt Mitovich and Mickey O'Connor
We recently reported that American Idol alum Chris Daughtry, who was one of the finalists in the reality competition’s fifth season, will be appearing on CSI: NY’s November 19 episode. In fact, Daughtry isn’t the only star to guest on this season of the CBS drama. We also reported that rapper Nelly, actor Scott Wolf, former NFL star Marshall Faulk, actress Julia Ormond and celebrity Rumer Willis are also among those who will be part of CSI: NY this season.
Another name to add to the list is Laguna Beach reality star Kristin Cavallari, who is set to appear in CSI: NY’s December 17 episode. The show’s executive producer told Access Hollywood that Cavallari will be playing an up-and-coming handbag designer who gets thrown into one of their investigations.
“We wanted a fresh face. Someone young, attractive, hip. And because the episode is set in the fashion world, »
Starz Entertainment has assembled a star-studded lineup of celebrity guests for the upcoming season of the unscripted comedy series "Head Case," which is starting production for a spring 2009 launch.
"Head Case," produced by Starz in association with Farrand/Bauer Prods., centers on Tinseltown's judgmental and unconventional Dr. Elizabeth Goode (Alexandra Wentworth), the "it therapist" to Hollywood's celebrity elite. Her clients next season will include Playboy kingpin Hugh Hefner and his girlfriend Bridget Marquardt, Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, "Weeds' " Kevin Nealon, "Survivor" host Jeff Probst, TV reality stars Tori Spelling and hubby Dean McDermott, singer Macy Gray, "CSI: NY's" Melina Kanakaredes and Wwe star Dave Batista.
"The true strength of this show stems from Ali Wentworth's natural comedic instincts and the ability to offer our talent an open forum, where improvised dialogue and creativity are always encouraged," said Starz exec vp Stephan Shelanski.
- By Nellie Andreeva
The fifth season of CSI: NY recently began airing and the show picked up from where it left off last season, with Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) taken hostage by a bank robber, only to be left submerged in a car with no recollection of the events prior to his kidnapping. While Mac may have escaped, the rest of the team are still puzzled as to who is behind the intricate crime that managed to fool them into thinking that Doug was responsible for the murder of the bank manager.
Ew confirms that Belknap’s real-life pregnancy will be written into the show’s fifth season. In fact, fans will be delighted to know that Belknap’s Lindsay is indeed carrying »
"The Insider" is on location with the stars of "CSI: NY" -- Gary Sinise, Melina Kanakaredes and Eddie Cahill -- as they shoot scenes around the Big Apple! What secrets did they let slip about the gritty crime drama’s fifth season? You’ll have to click to find out, detective. Actors Sinise and Cahill (Detective Don Flack) gave a few revelations into what to expect from "CSI: NY" this season. The Emmy-nominated series follows detectives Mac Taylor (Sinise) and Stella Bonasera (Kanakaredes) as they lead a team of experts through the city that never sleeps, plumbing crime scenes for the elusive clues that crack seemingly unsolvable cases. Catch "CSI: NY" Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. on CBS.
[Read full story on The Insider] »
The Hollywood Reporter paused to take a look at the winners and losers of returning prime time series. While it’s interesting to see Supernatural’s strong start in its fourth season, the shows with weak returns do not bode well for our genre faves.
1. CW Supernatural 1.2 to 1.7 = 42%
2. CBS Criminal Minds 3.5 to 4.7 = 34%
3. CBS How I Met Your Mother 3.3 to 4.0 = 21%
4. CBS CSI: Miami 4.6 to 5.2 = 13%
5. CBS NCIS 3.2 to 3.6 = 13%
6. CBS Two And A Half Men 4.8 to 5.3 = 10%
7. CBS CSI: NY 3.7 to 4.0 = 8%
8. CW Gossip Girl 1.6 to 1.7 = 6%
9. CW One Tree Hill 1.6 to 1.7 = 6%
10. Fox American Dad 3.1 to 3.2 = 3%
1. ABC Pushing Daisies 4.4 to 2.0 = -55%
2. Fox Terminator 4.2 to 2.4 = -43%
3. Fox Don't Forget The Lyrics 2.9 to 1.7 = -41%
4. CBS Without A Trace 4.7 to 2.8 = -40%
5. CBS Old Christine 3.2 to 2.1 = -34%
6. ABC Dirty Sexy Money 3.6 to 2.4 = -33%
7. CW America's Top Model 2.5 to 1.7 = -32%
8. Fox Smarter Than 5Th Grader 2.5 to 1.7 = -32%
9. NBC Heroes 7.3 to 5.0 = -32%
10. NBC My Name Is Earl 3.8 to 2.7 = - »
- Robert Greenberger
Anthony Hemingway is to direct the Lucasfilm WWII movie Red Tails. The Hollywood Reporter says that the film's titled was the name of the first group of black airmen to serve as pilot escorts for American bombers in the war. Although their ability to fly had been questioned on racist grounds, the Red Tails' record in the sky was so impressive that they became heavily in-demand to lead bombing runs over Italy and Germany in the last year of the conflict.
The trade goes on to say that preproduction on the flick will start in January, with principal photography beginning at the end of March. The production will take in Prague, Italy, Croatia and England. »
Anthony Hemingway, who has directed episodes of "The Wire," "CSI: NY" and "ER," will helm the long-gestating World War II film. John Ridley has written the script. Rick McCallum and Charles Floyd Johnson are producing, and Lucas will serve as exec producer.
Based on a true story, "Red Tails" was the name of the first group of black airmen to serve as pilot escorts for American bombers in the war. Although their ability to fly had been questioned on racist grounds, the Red Tails' record in the sky was so impressive that they became heavily in-demand to lead bombing runs over Italy and Germany in the last year of the conflict.
Preproduction on the $30 million-$35 million feature will start in January, with principal photography beginning at the end of March. The production will shoot in Prague, »
- By Jay A. Fernandez
It definitely seems that the fine line between reality TV and scripted television is quickly disappearing as several reality celebrities have dipped their toes into the pool of primetime series. While Paris Hilton and Lauren Conrad opt to appear as themselves, some take on the challenge of actually playing a role and becoming an actor for a day. Chris Daughtry, season 5 finalist of American Idol, is no exception. In fact, the 28-year-old rocker from North Carolina will be appearing in the upcoming season of CSI: NY, specifically its 100th episode.
People further reports that Daughtry will play a character named Machiavelli Taylor. Other guest stars this season include rapper Nelly, actor Scott Wolf, former NFL star Marshall Faulk, actress Julie Ormond and Rumer Willis, daughter of action star Bruce Willis and Demi Moore.
DVD LINKS: RELEASE DATES | NEW DVDS | REVIEWS | RSS FEED The Godfather Trilogy: The Coppola Restoration Was there ever a question what I was going to lead with this week? Paramount's restoration of the Godfather trilogy is a godsend and I already brought you the trailer, a 2001 vs. 2008 comparison as well as my review. However, I forgot to mention in the review that Steven Spielberg was actually the one that approached Paramount's Brad Grey on behalf of Francis Ford Coppola asking to begin the restoration on his "first" day when DreamWorks and Paramount teamed up. Strange the restored version would come out only a few days after Paramount and DreamWorks split. BUY THE TRILOGY: DVD Trilogy | Blu-Ray Trilogy
- Brad Brevet
American Idol favorite Chris Daughtry has signed to guest-star on the 100th episode of CBS's CSI: NY, People has learned. Also bound for the same episode are Rumer Willis, who has already shot her appearance, and Scott Wolf. The 100th show, set to air in November, centers on the pursuit of a serial killer who targets people named Mac Taylor – the name of the character played by the show's Gary Sinese. Daughtry – who is slated to shoot his role on Monday – has been cast as Machiavelli Taylor, described in the production notes as "an attractive 30-something year old musician." Willis »
- Cynthia Wang
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