19 items from 2013
It is a time of fandom.
All around the internet, inspired by what went before, people are creating stories of their own.
Many of these gain enthusiastic followings from geeks hungry for fresh new content.
Bolstered by existing success, some turn to such fans for support to further their creative endeavours.
One of these is called Space Janitors...
Yes, if you're a fan of Star Wars, or sci-fi in general, or quirky comedy, the chances of you enjoying the sci-fi comedy web series Space Janitors are much better than 725 to 1.
It's basically about the guys who clean the Death Star. But one of them yearns for something bigger in life...
Space Janitors wittily satirises familiar sci-fi tropes (and even specific moments that will be well-known to fans), with a tone somewhat akin to Robot Chicken: Star Wars in its exploration of the amusingly mundane side of epic, galactic events. »
The show, now shooting in cities across North America, will bring the caustic Coren, whose opinion is said to be worth as much as a million dollars to restaurants he favors, to North American eateries and auds in 2014.
“Million Dollar Critic” is produced by Toronto and L.A.-based Temple Street Productions.
Temple Street, which developed the series in association with Corus Entertainment’s W. is best known for its “The Next Step” series on Family Channel, “Being Erica” on SOAPnet and “Canada’s Next Top Model” on CTV.
Mip To Get Digital Mart Component
Mipcom and Mip TV organizer Reed Midem has announced a one-day mart dedicated to trading original online video programming and web series called the Mip Digital Fronts. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Another week, another load of great telly to sink your teeth into. In addition to all the seriously sensational shows below, we're looking forward to Channel 4's '80s night extravaganza on Friday, September 20 as well.
The nostalgic tribute to the era that taste forgot kicks off with a revamp of Celebrity Fifteen to One hosted by Adam Hills at 8pm, followed by retro editions of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown at 9pm and Alan Carr's Chatty Man at 10pm, before Rewind The Tube, a documentary dedicated to the anarchic music show, closes everything at 11.05pm.
Father Figure: Wednesday (September 18) at 10.35pm on BBC One
It started life as a Radio 2 programme, but Father Figure - which stars comedian Jason Byrne as a disaster-prone dad - seems perfectly suited to the small screen, where the slapstick and silliness can be played out in all its glory.
Byrne's character »
Showtime’s drama pilot The Affair has added Joshua Jackson to the cast. The drama focuses on two married couples and an affair that creates turmoil between them. Jackson will play a long island cowboy whose wife starts an affair with a character played by Dominic West.
EW drops the terrible no-good news that Lynda Carter will appear as herself on an episode of Two and a Half Men. I’m telling myself that show probably won’t give Carter a scene to justify watching Two and a Half Men.
NBC lists 12 “Must See TV” Shows You Might Not Remember. I look at it as twelve reasons why NBC has been stuck at the bottom of the ratings.
I had so much hope for The Single Guy, at least until it debuted. »
- Lyle Masaki
A remake of the 1960s-70s series "Love, American Style" is in the works at CBS -- although "remake" might not be the right term to apply here.
According to Deadline, the new show would drop the anthology format that was "Love, American Style's" signature when it ran on ABC from 1969-74. The show had a semi-regular cast of performers, but it mostly relied on guest stars to tell a series of brief stories about love each week. The new version would focus on four couples who represent some of "the many stages of love."
"Being Erica" creator Jana Sinyor and Aaron Martin ("The Best Years") are collaborating on the pilot script. (Both writers, somewhat ironically, are Canadian; they worked together on "Erica" and "Degrassi: The Next Generation.") They'll also executive produce along with Kim and Eric Tannenbaum ("Two and a Half Men").
If it goes forward, the "Love, American »
Cue those patriotic trumpets! CBS is developing an update of Love, American Style, the anthology series that originally aired as part of ABC’s Friday night lineup in the ’70s.
Deadline reports that the project will veer away from the show’s original format, which worked from 1969 to 1974. Instead, the new script from Jana Sinyor (Being Erica) and Aaron Martin (The Best Years) will follow four different couples who are connected through their complicated relationships. This is only a script deal; the network still has to order it to pilot before even considering it for its fall 2014 lineup.There have »
- Lynette Rice
Exclusive: CBS has put in development Love, American Style, a contemporary version of the 1970s comedy anthology series. The new version, from CBS TV Studios and the Tannenbaum Co, is not keeping the anthology format of the original, which has proven hard to sustain these days as evidenced by such recent efforts as NBC’s Love Bites. CBS’ Love, American Style – written by Canadian scribes Jana Sinyor, creator of Being Erica, and Aaron Martin, creator of The Best Years — follows the lives of four couples who are connected through the many stages of love and their complicated relationships. Sinyor and Martin executive produce with Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum and Madhouse Entertainment’s Robyn Meisinger and Adam Kolbrenner. The original series, produced by Paramount TV, ran on ABC for five seasons and has enjoyed a healthy off-network syndication afterlife as a daytime staple. (Watch its opening, complete with the catchy theme song, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Supernatural drama series "Lost Girl" has begun production on its fourth season in Toronto. The 13 all-new episodes will premiere on Syfy in early 2014, with George Takei (Star Trek) and Ali Liebert ("Harper's Island") among the guest stars appearing in Season 4.
From the Press Release:
In the upcoming season, fate casts a wide shadow over the Fae world. With Bo’s (Anna Silk; "Being Erica") return, the lines between Dark and Light Fae are blurred, causing Bo to venture into a journey of discovery. Bo and company will ultimately realize that regardless of the challenges and enemies they face, they’re stronger when they face them together.
Returning with Silk as the Succubus heroine Bo are Ksenia Solo ("Life Unexpected," Black Swan) as Kenzi, Bo's human sidekick and street-smart confidante; Kris Holden-Ried ("The Tudors," Underworld 4) as Dyson, the shape-shifting homicide detective and noble warrior of the Light Fae; Zoie Palmer (Sex After Kids, »
- The Woman In Black
Season 1 of the completely excellent Orphan Black comes to a close tomorrow night with another roller coaster ride that you will Not want to miss. Orphan Black has easily been one of the very best shows of 2013, so I was more than happy to accept the invitation to speak with Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier, co-presidents of Orphan Black’s production company Temple Street Productions, shortly after the show’s season 2 pickup was announced earlier this month.
They gave a lot of insight about the process of script and show development, about where they are in the process of planning out Season 2, and blissfully, a little something about knowing how the series will end.
First off, I asked them when they knew about the pickup:
- Erin Willard
TVLine chatted with creator Graeme Manson and exec producers Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier to find out if Sarah and Paul are developing real feelings for each other, whether more clones are on the way and much more.
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Tvline | What was the thinking behind the clone element? That’s a huge undertaking for a TV show.
Graeme Manson | I was really interested in it psychologically. »
- Vlada Gelman
Earlier today it was announced that Sarah Gadon has been cast to star alongside Luke Evans in Universal’s reboot origin story of Dracula. Since the film will be delving into the earliest history of vampires and the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s creation, it’s not a given that Gadon will be Mina Harker.
Sarah Gadon has been in a number of films, from A Dangerous Method, Cosmopolis and Antiviral, and a ton of work in TV, including Being Erica. The film will be directed by Gary Shore, and is targeting an August 8th, 2014 release. »
- Andy Greene
On TV this weekend: The Tardis brings back Doctor Who, Orphan Black finds herself in the clone zone, The Bible closes, it’s a whole new Game of Thrones, Rick & Co. come to a Walking Dead stop and March Madness culls the Elite 8. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 15 programs to keep on your radar.
Saturday, March 30
4:30 pm Ncaa Men’s Basketball Tournament (CBS) | Syracuse vs. Marquette ["Let's go, Orange!" says Wtw editor Matt Mitovich], then Wichita State vs. Ohio State (at 7 pm)
- Kimberly Roots
In the sci-fi thriller, Tatiana Maslany (Being Erica) stars as Sarah, an outsider who finds herself embroiled in a clone conspiracy when she encounters a suicidal woman who looks just like her and decides to take over her doppelganger’s life.
Below, the actress talks about playing two (and three and four and so on) different characters, the “insanely dangerous” life Sarah steps into and when answers are coming.
Related | May Sweeps Scorecard: Who’s Dying, Who’s Getting Hitched, Who’s Breaking Up and More! »
- Vlada Gelman
We don't mention it a lot around here, but Syfy's supernatural series "Lost Girl" is the number one original cable drama among Adults 18-49 and 25-54 in its time period (Monday, 10Pm) so it obviously has a lot of fans. Which must be why the network announced its renewal for a fourth season.
From the Press Release:
In the series’ current third season, which ends Monday, April 22nd, at 10Pm (Et/Pt), "Lost Girl" is averaging 676,000 Adults 18-49, 721,000 Adults 25-54, and 1.3 million total viewers. Look for 13 all-new episodes to begin airing in 2014.
Anna Silk (Being Erica) stars as seductress Bo, a Succubus (a powerful female entity in folklore) who feeds off sexual energy. Bo is one of the Fae, creatures of legend who pass as humans. Faced with choosing between an allegiance to the Dark or Light Fae clans, Bo takes the middle path between the human and Fae worlds »
- The Woman In Black
Hopefully you’ve been watching this really fun, entertaining supernatural show. If not, now’s the time to get going on that. Lost Girl brings us new supernatural creatures nearly every week as well as longer story arcs, some nice fight scenes, great cast chemistry, and lots of sex between pretty people. What’s not to like?
The series is produced in Canada and airs on Showcase there; Showcase and Syfy both announced the new season pickup yesterday. Unfortunately, while Canada is getting the next season in late 2013, we in the U.S. have to wait until 2014. Hopefully that isn’t set in stone…
Syfy Renews Sexy Supernatural Series Lost Girl – #1 Cable Drama Among Adults 18-49 And Adults 25-54 In Its Time Period – For Fourth Season Beginning In 2014
New York – February 28, 2013 – Syfy has renewed its sexy supernatural series Lost Girl – the #1 original cable drama among Adults 18-49 and Adults 25- »
- Erin Willard
TV show Lost Girl Season 1 hits UK DVD shelves today and it celebration, we thought it would be fun to look at 20 of our very favourite sci-fi- ladies from both film and TV. If you’re not familiar with the show, I’ve placed a little synopsis of what Lost Girl is all about below and if you like the sound of it, you can click here to win a copy of the first series and see the trailer and click next below to see our favourite 20 list of sci-fi women.
Lost Girl follows supernatural seductress Bo (Anna Silk: Being Erica; Billable Hours), a Succubus who feeds on the sexual energy (sometimes called “chi”) of humans. Growing up with human parents, Bo had no reason to believe she was anything other than the girl next door – until she drained her boyfriend to death in their first sexual encounter. Now »
- David Sztypuljak
It’s Monday, so we all know what that means! Yes, it’s time for another rundown of DVDs and Blu-ray’s hitting stores online and offline this week. It’s a very light week this week, so let us breakdown the new releases and highlight what you should – and shouldn’t – be buying from today, February 25th 2013.
Pick Of The Week
From Beyond (DVD/Blu-ray)
Obsessive scientist Dr. Pretorius and his assistant Crawford Tillinghast have invented ‘The Resonator’, a device intended to stimulate the brain’s pineal gland and expand the powers of the mind. The machine gives them more than they bargained for however when a parallel universe inhabited by slimy creatures ready to prey on humans reveals itself. Pretorius meets a sticky end, returns as a grotesque, deformed being and all manner of depravity ensues. From Beyond Review
And the rest…
Crawl is a »
Lost Girl hits UK DVD shelves today 25th February and we’ve got 3 copies of the show to give away. Lost Girl stars Anna Silk, Ksenia Solo, Kristen Holden-Ried, Zoie Palmer and Rick Howland and if you’re not familiar with the show, here’s all you need to know:
Lost Girl follows supernatural seductress Bo (Anna Silk: Being Erica; Billable Hours), a Succubus who feeds on the sexual energy (sometimes called “chi”) of humans. Growing up with human parents, Bo had no reason to believe she was anything other than the girl next door – until she drained her boyfriend to death in their first sexual encounter. Now she has hit the road alone and afraid. She discovers she is one of the Fae, creatures of legend and folklore, who pass as humans while feeding off them secretly and in different ways, as they have for millennia. Relieved yet »
Syfy’s Defiance promises a new world with new rules — and to go with that we have a new trailer to premiere.
Premiering Monday, April 15, Defiance depicts an Earth that has been terraformed to accommodate the seven alien races that must now coexist with humans — and make no mistake, they do not all get along.
- Matt Webb Mitovich
19 items from 2013
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