SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 128
Our Interview with Devin Clark and Daniel Powell
from Ugly Americans
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- Interview: Devin Clark & Daniel Powel from Ugly Americans
- Trivia: Tricia Helfer – Identify the Clips
- TV News: Terra Nova gets the axe from FOX.
- Movie News: John Carter, Bill & Ted 3?
- TWIST: Star Trek takes London, George Takei fired from Celebrity Apprentice
- SciFi Five in Five: The Five Things We’ll Miss From Terra Nova
Our Interview with Devin Clark & Daniel Powel from Ugly Americans
Take New York City, add every horrifying beast, science-fiction freak, and fantasy faerie, shake thoroughly, and you’ve got UGLY AMERICANS. This animated horror-comedy series follows one Mark Lilly, social worker at the Department of Integration, as he helps new citizens both human and “other” adapt to hectic life in the Big Apple.
There are easier tasks than weaning vampires off of blood, socializing land-whales, and housebreaking werewolves, but Mark is up to the challenge. Between his stressful job, a zombie roommate, and a demon ex-girlfriend, Mark’s lucky if he can sneak in a few minutes of sleep. But who can sleep when there’s a drop-dead gorgeous Mermaid sitting at the bar?
Trivia Question: Name an actor who’s guest starred in such shows as Leverage, Dr. Who, Supernatural, Doll House, Firefly & Star Trek Voyager.
Ans. Mark Sheppard
TV News: Fox declares Terra Nova extinct—but could it find a new home?
Save your plastic dinosaurs. It seems middling ratings and a pricey budget is all it took to kill Fox’s time-traveling dinosaur drama Terra Nova—no asteroid or ice age required.
TV Line is reporting that Fox has pulled the plug on the Steven Spielberg-led series after just one season, leaving fans hanging on an intriguing cliffhanger.
The news is somewhat surprising, as the show’s decent ratings have looked a bit better recently, as Fringe continues to struggle and J.J. Abrams’ other series, Alcatraz, has seen its numbers crater after a strong debut.
But, Terra Nova fans, there is still (some) hope: The studio is now shopping the fan-favorite show to other networks. The bad news? Considering that it’s heavy on FX (I’m guessing dinosaurs don’t come cheap) and that most cable networks probably couldn’t afford the sticker price, it’s admittedly a long shot.
It’s sad, too, because the series was just beginning to find its footing at the end of season one. I guess we may never learn the mystery of the Badlands.
With the ax falling on Terra Nova, it also begs the question of how Fringe and Alcatraz will fare—especially considering the fact that the dino drama posted equal or better ratings than either of them.
Depending on how things shake out, there’s a chance it could be a bloodbath for sci-fi shows at Fox this season.
Sound off: Are you surprised Terra Nova isn’t coming back?
(Via TV Line)
Still unsure about John Carter? Here’s 10 minutes that might sway you
Disney can read audience research as well as anyone, and since that tracking says John Carter is heading for certain doom unless audiences can be convinced to see the $250 million sci-fi adventure, it’s showing off some of the goods.
To wit, here is a decent-sized chunk of the beginning of Andrew Stanton’s John Carter, in which we meet our hero before he takes off to the red planet and we get a look at the film’s framing device: a journal left to Carter’s nephew, young Edgar Rice Burroughs.
The question is, if you were on the fence about John Carter, was this enough to push you off?
God help us: Keanu Reeves says that Bill & Ted 3 script is ready
Whoa, dude! It was threatened a while back, and now it seems the script for another sequel to Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure is ready to bring the series back to the big screen.
Speaking with The Independent recently, Keanu Reeves touched on the long-in-development Bill & Ted 3and said the second sequel to the 1989 cult classic is about to get off the ground.
“Yeah, we have a script,” he said. “We’re trying to put it together. It’s a good script, too.”
The story will reportedly focus on the righteous duo as they try to write the infamous song that will save the world, and both Reeves and Alex Winter are slated to reprise their roles.
“Script done? Check. -We love it? Check. -Green light? Working on it!,” Winter posted on his Twitter account.
The original Bill & Ted was followed up with the slightly-less-awesome Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey in 1991, and apart from some short-lived animated series (and a very short-lived live action show), the franchise has remained dormant the past few decades.
What do you think? Is the world ready for Wyld Stallyns to finally become a reality?
This Week in Star Trek:
Is London Ready for Star Trek?
By StarTrek.com Staff
March 01, 2012
Star Trek is coming to London this October, but is London ready?
Something big is arriving in London and all Star Trek fans will want to be a part of it. Sign up now at www.startreklondon.com to be one of the first to know when details are released later this month.
So, what do you think will be happening this October?
George Takei Fired from ‘Celebrity Apprentice’
By TrekNews | March 4, 2012
During Sunday night’s episode of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice, Star Trek‘s George Takei was “fired” by Donal Trump, following his team’s failure of the previous week’s challenge.
Takei, who was the Project Manager for the “Unanimous” team, took full blame for the flaws within his team’s project.
Following Takei’s dismissal from the show, Unanimous now consists of Clay Aiken, Michael Andretti, Adam Carolla, Lou Ferrigno, Arsenio Hall, Penn Jillette and Dee Snider,
If you’re looking for a Takei fix, you can still hear him regularly on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM satellite radio show and follow him on Twitter @GeorgeTakei.
If Terra Nova is over. Five things I really liked about the show.
5. The scenery. Beautiful location. Great vacation spot.
4. Although we didn’t see them enough The dinosaurs did look great.
3. Great storyline concept. The Earth of the future. becomes uninhabitable. Finding a new home on a prehistoric earth.
2. Sixers storyline. Created good on conflict.
1. Commander Taylor played by Stephen Lang.