Battlestar Galactica

battlestar-galatica-movieHow did I not know this was in the pipeline?

Universal is ramping up a movie version of the sci-fi franchise “Battlestar Galactica,” aiming to develop the film as a complete reimagining of the story.

“Transcendence” writer Jack Paglen has signed on to write the screenplay. Paglen has also committed to Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” sequel for Fox that will start production this fall.

Original series creator Glen Larson will produce the “Battlestar Galactica” film. Continue reading »

MTV to stand by Skins

MTV in the US has vowed to stand by its controversial new remake of  Skins despite the allegations that it is breaking child pornography laws. With several companies pulling their ads from the series and a range of allegations fired their way from the Parents Television Council, MTV has decided to persist with airing the show’s first season.

Kate Walsh to return to Grey’s Anatomy

Kate Walsh has agreed to return to Grey’s Anatomy for the show’s upcoming musical episode. The private Practice actress is expected to arrive back at Seattle Grace Mercy West to help out during a medical crisis.

P Diddy to guest on Hawaii Five-0

P Diddy is signed on to guest star in an episode of new crime drama Hawaii Five-0. The rapper will play a detective in the series, which is due to begin here in NZ in the next couple of weeks on TV3.

Skins actor joins Battlestar Galactica prequel

Former Skins actor Luke Pasqualino has joined the new Battlestar Galactica prequel Blood & Chrome. The actor, who played Freddie in the third and fourth seasons of the series, will feature in the spin-off which will focus on the early years on the Cylon War.

Chelsea Handler pilot ordered

American network NBC has ordered a pilot for Chelsea Handler’s new project Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea. The pilot is based on the E! host’s autobiography but will not feature Handler in an acting role.

Andy Gray to fight dismissal

Sacked British football commentator Andy Gray is said to be beginning a court case against his former employers for unfair dismissal and breach of contract. Gray, who was dismissed this week for his sexist comments regarding female assistant referees, is reported to be seeking payment for the remainder of his contract.

Apatow returning to TV

 

Judd Apatow is returning to TV with a new series in which he will act as executive producer. The Freaks and Geeks creator will work on the untitled HBO project about “the assorted humiliation and rare triumphs of a group of young women in their early 20s” with 24-year-old filmmaker Lena Dunham.

MasterChef USA renewed

Prime’s MasterChef USA has been given a second season by its American network Fox after the success of its first season, which is currently still taking place in the US.

Sackoff heading to CSI

Battlestar Galactica actress Katee Sackoff will join crime series CSI in what is possibly a recurring role. The actress will also guest star on an upcoming episode of The Big Bang Theory.

Englund lands Chuck role

Robert Englund, who played the original Freddy Krueger in the A Nightmare on Elm Street movies, will make a guest appearance on the latest season of Chuck. Englund will play an evil scientist on the show.

CNN officially confirms Morgan show

CNN has finally confirmed the worst kept TV secret, officially announcing that Piers Morgan will take up the primetime slot on the network left by the departing Larry King. Morgan will host a one-hour “candid, in-depth newsmaker interview programme” starting in January.

Now there’s a headline I like reading.  On Saturday, the Television Critics Association named Battlestar Galactica as their Program of the Year at their 25th annual awards.  Long snubbed by the Emmys and Golden Globes, the award comes as the sun sets on the scifi series.

Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series is available on DVD now but I’m waiting for Battlestar Galactica: The Plan a TV movie of the series from the perspective of the Cylons which is due out on October 27th.  Once that is out, it will be box set time!

2009 TCA Award recipients are as follows:

PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
Battlestar Galactica

OUTSTANDING NEW PROGRAM
True Blood

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
Mad Men

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
The Big Bang Theory

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NEWS & INFORMATION
The Alzheimer’s Project

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING
Yo Gabba Gabba

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES, MINI-SERIES & SPECIALS
Grey Gardens

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad

HERITAGE AWARD
ER

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT
Betty White

Friday 22 May 2009 8:30pm

We return to New Caprica where the Cylons invaded and took over. With the Humans and Cylons living under a fragile peace treaty. Can the two exist together or will the resistance crusade succeed.

Tonight: Adama continues with his plan to use Cylon drive technology on Colonial ships. The closer ties between the rebel Cylons and the humans sets off a violent uprising in the fleet.

Battlestar Galactica on C4

The wait is finally over. After much anticipation, Battlestar Galactica returned to US television last week to conclude its fourth and final season.  In New Zealand, this fourth season – promoted as “the final revelation” – will premiere on C4 this February.  In the US this final season, has been broken in two parts – partly due to the writers strike.  In New Zealand the entire season will run without break.

The premise of Battlestar is based around humanitys fight for survival against their own creation – the Cylons – a race of partially human robots, originally created as something of a workforce – who have rebelled against their masters.  To make matters worse – the Cylons now take the shape and form of humans – and interact convincingly both emotionally – and sexually.

At the end of Season 3 – 4 of the “Final Five” (the remaining Cylon humanoid models) were revealed to be Colonel Saul Tigh, Chief Galen Tyrol, Ensign Samuel Anders and presidential aide Tory Foster.  Shocked to discover their true identities, after believing they were humans for so long – all 4 have decided to remain loyal to the Colonial Fleet.

With 4 of the “Final Five” revealed – the question remains this season “Who is the final Cylon?”  Producers promise that all will be revealed.

Meanwhile, Starbuck returns from the dead – and claims to have found planet earth.  But is it really Starbuck….or a Cylon trick?  And should she be believed?  Humans dream of finding “Earth” – the 13th colony. And most Battlestar fans hope that in this final season, the humans will reach their salvation on planet Earth.But what will they find there if they do?

Battlestar Galactica is one of the TV’s most smartest series – revolutionizing science fiction on television.  The new season premieres with a two part episode “Razor” chronicling events on Battlestar Pegasus.

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA – THE FINAL REVELATION – premieres Friday February 13th at 8.30pm

“Thus begins the final season of a cerebral space opera that asks what it means to be human” TIME Magazine.

“what was conceived of as an epic space adventure has turned into a finely detailed, intimate drama” San Francisco Chronicle.

“Simply put, the journey of Battlestar Galactica is one long, exhilarating headtrip”, TV Guide

Yay, Season 4 of Battlestar Galatica is nearly here (but sadly it’s the last season, right?). There’s a promo out already:

reviews of all 10 episodes of bristling Battlestar Galactica, season 4 start here…

Wednesday / September 17th / 8.30pm

While harvesting algae on the planet beyond the star cluster, the possible discovery of an ancient artifact known as “the Eye of Jupiter” leads to a deadly stand-off with the Cylons, who believe that the Eye is a marker left by the 13th tribe to point the way to Earth.