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SciFi Diner Conversations 52 – Listeners chat about Hunger Games, John Carter, Voyager, a Next Generation Reboot, Fringe, Alcatraz, and a Third X-files Movie.

by on Apr.04, 2012, under Podcast Notes

SciFi Diner Conversations 52

Listeners chat about Hunger Games, John Carter,

Voyager, a Next Generation Reboot, Fringe, Alcatraz, and

a Third X-files Movie.


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In this listener feedback show, listeners discuss and review Hunger Games, John Carter of Mars, Voyager, the Next Generation Reboot, Fringe, Alcatraz, and a third X-files movie.  The song at the end of the episode is Kuolema by Gain. 

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SciFi Diner Podcast Special Edition – FRINGE Podcasters Roundtable 2012

by on Mar.20, 2012, under Podcast Notes

Special FRiNGE Podcasters Roundtable 2012, with Master of Ceremonies Raul Ybarra. Scott joins the following fellow FRiNGE podcasters:Wayne Henderson, from the Fringecasting with Wayne and Dan podcast, Clint and Darrell from The Fringe Podcast, and Frea, Lou, and Max from the FBI Inc (Fringe Benefits Incorporated) podcast.  HUGE THANK YOUs go out to Raul Ybarra, and friends, for coordinating this FRiNGE event, and for providing the special systems needed to have all of us going together online for this project!

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SciFi Diner Conversations 49 – The Ethics of Walking Dead, Don’t Tick Off Olivia, Jar Jar Rules! and More.

by on Mar.01, 2012, under Podcast Notes

SciFi Diner Conversations 49

Listeners discuss The Thing,

the Fringe, Star Wars in 3D,

Walking Dead, Avengers,

 and More!


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In this listener feedback show, we discuss the world of Fringe, The Thing, Star Wars in 3D, Walking Dead, and more. Live long and podcast!

The song at the end of the episode is from Aura Disorder and their song “Sleep Scape.”

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SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 126 – Our Interview with Steampunk Author Natania Barron (Pilgrim of the Sky, Alderspod, and Wired Magazine)

by on Feb.24, 2012, under Podcast Notes

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SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 126

Our Interview with Steampunk Author

Natania Barron (Pilgrim of the Sky,

Alderspod, and Wired Magazine)

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Tonight’s DinersScott & Miles

Welcome to the Diner.

If you have listened to the show for sometime, we would love to have you leave feedback on iTunes. We know not all of you use iTunes, but for those that do, it helps us become more visible. If you don’t use iTunes, your feedback is still valuable. Visit our webpage at http://scifidinerpodcast.com and leave a comment on the show notes or email us at scifidinerpodcast@gmail.com We want to know what you are thinking about what we are saying and what shows you are watching.

Music at the end of this week’s episode is “Wavesound” by Beat Raider from the album A Journey Through My World.

On the Menu Tonight:

  • Our interview with Natania Barron, author of the Alderpod Podcast and Pilgrim of the Sky
  • Trivia: Win an autographed photo of Tricia Helfer
  • TV News:  Observer filled Fringe, Walking Dead Ratings, David Hewlett interview,
  • Movie News:  Three More Join the Cast of ENDER’S GAME
  • TWIST:  Lost And Unproduced Star Trek TOS Episode
  • Sci Fi 5 @ 5: Our top 5 moments at Farpoint.

Promos:

The Galactic Quarem

The Critic Podcast

Trivia:

Our trivia question appears in the first 10 minutes of the episode.  The clips are all from Tricia Helfer shows. Identify the shows in order.
Prize: A signed Tricia Helfer print.

You will have until March 15th  to send us your answers.. Send your answer with your mailing address to scifidinerpodcast@gmail.com, call us at 18885084343, or DM us on Twitter at @scifidiner. Make sure you include your e-mail with all entries! Only one entry per person.   The SciFi Diner is not responsible for any injuries occurring if you secretly decide to go all shiny and dress in a browncoat and walk into your local bar.

Our Interview with Natania Barron (Author of the Steampunk

Novels Pilgrim of the Sky and the Alderpod Podcast)

Natania Barron is a writer with a penchant for the speculative; she is also an unrepentant geek. Her work has appeared in Weird Tales, EscapePod, The Gatehouse GazetteThaumatrope, Bull Spec, Crossed Genres, Steampunk Tales, Faerie Magazine, and in anthologies. She has released the most recent draft of her steampunk novel, The Aldersgate, as a podcast at The Aldersgate Cycle (you can also subscribe to the whole story in iTunes here). She is also the founder of The Outer Alliance, a group dedicated to queer advocacy in speculative fiction. Recently, she joined theBull Spec crew as a fiction editor.

Her debut novel, Pilgrim of the Sky, is due out December 2011 from Candlemark & Gleam.

In addition, Natania also blogs for Wired Magazine’s GeekDad Blog as well as Geeks Are Sexy. Also, Natania is a senior editor at GeekMom.

Natania holds a BA in English/Writing from Loyola University Marylandand an MA in English with a concentration in medieval literature from theUniversity of North Carolina at Greensboro. In her spare time she cooks, bakes, drinks coffee, crochets, plays guitar and ukulele, and enjoys nature. She lives in North Carolina with her family.

TV News:

TV THIS WEEK: It’s an Observer-filled Fringe, Being Human and more!

After four years, will we finally find out what those Fringe Observer dudes are all about? Let’s hope so, especially since Fox’s Fringe is taking a month off after Friday’s episode. This week we’ll also have the return of BBC America’s Being Human for a fourth season, which joins Syfy’s Being Human on the schedule.
And one of the 63s gets poisonous on Alcatraz, Kenzi eats some toxic soup on Lost Girl, a missing crew member is found alive on The River, Ghost Hunters International returns for a new season and heads to Peru, LeVar Burton guest-judges on Face Off, Reese plays it rich on Person of Interest, it’s Dukes of Hazzard time for Archer, Nick and Monroe discover a creature fight club on Grimm, Merlin’s magic won’t cure an illness outbreak on Merlin, Syfy embraces its inner fairy tale with the back-to-back original films Black Forest and Witchslayer Gretl, and things come to a head between Rick and Shane on The Walking Dead.
Here’s what we have to look forward to this week on sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal and spy-fi TV.

Walking Dead’ ratings hugeness continues


Image Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Sunday’s The Walking Dead continued to shamble towards ratings victory.
The “Triggerfinger” episode (where — hey — stuff happened!) delivered 6.9 million viewers for its first airing and a total of 8.5 million for the night including its repeat. Among the adult demo, a total of 5.7 million tuned in.
Yes, this is down 16 percent from last week’s mega-rated sorta-premiere episode, where WD picked up after its winter hiatus. But these numbers are still huge so…

Interview with David Hewit on Blastr.com

If David Hewlett cracked you up as Dr. Rodney McKay on Stargate: Atlantis, wait’ll you meet the REAL David Hewlett! We’re thrilled that he’s agreed to join us regularly here at Blastr to answer your questions and share whatever happens to be on his mind.
Greetings, people of Earth… and the rest of you! The friendly folks at Blastr have asked me to return and natter, once again, about sci-fi and my geeky world of nerd …
I’ve just surfaced from more writing-induced exile, clutching the latest draft of my Debug script and wondering why people outside my head don’t do what I command of them. I’m back writing, directing and acting in this puppy because I am a glutton for punishment, and apparently I’m cheaper divided into thirds! Speaking of fractions, Jane, my lovely wife and better 3/4 is working her producorial magic along with those devils at Copperheart Entertainment and we’re hoping to have that movie dancing before your eyeballs, soonish! That or I’m shooting it all in a cardboard spaceship with the cast of my son’s Kindergarten class … an electronics kit, some LEDs and a couple of laser pointers and that may be even more genius than what we’ve already got!
Me and my Stargate sibling Kate Hewlett (I’m in legal proceedings to have her change her name … people keep thinking we’re related!?) didn’t have the money to shoot a real pilot for our Assassidate series so after joking about not being able to afford anything more expensive than a Skype call, we filmed it as a Skype call … the first two nerdy episodes of Assassidate are now available on our YouTube channel.
Still working all the angles on Starcrossed as well! We’re in an exciting place with a couple of companies right now and hoping it will all come together in 2012 … that said, I’ve learned (from painful and expensive medical experience) not to hold my breath!
Now to your questions…

What was your favorite book of 2011?

Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow was the novel that really stuck with me last year. Barlow writes like Michael Ondaatje but about werewolves (I’m not doing it justice but that’s the easiest description). Poetic, brutal and beautiful!
The sad thing is that I only ever read novels in bed and now only on the iPad, and thanks to Netflix and iTunes my reading time is getting eaten up more and more by movies and brilliant sci-fi television, like the UK series Misfits!

Do you miss McKay?

Not really, I’m around him every day! As I clean my teeth … as I give my full head of lush hair its twice-daily 100 strokes of the hairbrush … as I hear his dulcet tones fill the empty house with his charming and astute complaints. I do miss Stargates and wormholes and ZPMs and chatty missions and aliens and saving the universe … and sometimes even Joe Flanigan. 😉

If you could be any character on Stargate, who would you be and why? It can’t be McKay.

That’s easy! I’d be Rod … because he’s a cool McKay from a parallel universe!

Will there ever be the Stargate: Atlantis TV movie mentioned a while ago?

Yes! There is going to be a Stargate: Atlantis movie. Unfortunately I’ll be making it by myself in my basement. Just need to raise the funds necessary to purchase all of our action figures, and then build some kind of trap to stop them from clogging my toilet, which (once festooned with colorful chevrons) will serve as the Stargate.
Sorry, that’s all I’ve got in the way of news for you when it comes to a Stargate Atlantis movie.

What’s your favorite science fiction/fantasy monster?

Without a doubt, Giger’s Alien. So naturally I’m dying to see what they’ve come up with for Prometheus. Which also stars one of my favorite actors, Idris Elba (check him out in the UK TV series Luther!)

If you could choose any profession outside the film and TV industry, what would you like to do? (Let me guess—babysitting!)

Actually, I have discovered that while I am totally in love with my child (who is naturally perfect), I still don’t like other people’s children!
While most of you, I know, are probably thinking male supermodel, I’m going to go with computer programmer. Low-level languages and assembly stuff, preferably dealing with systems security would be my choice. I could still release a sexy calendar of pinups once a year to keep up with the modeling, right?

And finally: How does your hair grow so quickly?

I don’t have an answer for this, but I just really liked the question!
For further interrogations and the occasional giggle, please follow me on Twitter.
Peace be in the galaxy, fools!

Movie News:

Three More Join the Cast of ENDER’S GAME

Earlier this month, we brought you the news when award-winning actress Viola Davis (The Help) joined the cast of the long awaited big screen adaptation of the Orson Scott Card sci-fi novel Ender’s Game as a psychologist who oversees the children during training, and develops games to test their skills.
Now, Deadline reports that three more thespians have joined the cast.
Nonso Anozie (Conan the Barbarian, Game of Thrones), Stevie Ray Dallimore (Joyful Noise) and Andrea Powell (The Gates) are the latest additions, and will portray Sergeant Dap, Ender’s father John and Ender’s mother Theresa respectively.
About Ender’s Game:

Set in Earth’s future, the novel presents an imperiled humankind who have barely survived two conflicts with the Formics (an insectoid alien race also known as the “Buggers”). In preparation for an anticipated third invasion, an international fleet maintains a school to find and train future fleet commanders. The world’s most talented children, including the novel’s protagonist, Ender Wiggin, are taken at a very young age to a training center known as the Battle School. There, teachers train them in the arts of war through increasingly difficult games including ones undertaken in zero gravity in the Battle Room where Ender’s tactical genius is revealed.

Ender’s Game is slated to hit theaters on March 15th, 2013.

This week in Star Trek:

 

Lost And Unproduced Star Trek TOS Episode ‘He Walked Among Us’ By Norman Spinrad, Unearthed After 45 Years

By Captain Pyke | February 19, 2012 – 11:12 pm

Many of you know Norman Spinrad as an award winning science fiction novelist as well as the writer of the TOS classic “Doomsday Machine”. Up until recently, Norman’s second, unproduced and ill-fated, Star Trek episode “He Walked Among Us” was thought to be lost to the ages.
Norman explains: “I thought the text of my original version–written on a typewriter!–was lost forever until recently a fan asked me to autograph a faded copy he had bought somewhere. I did, and in return he sent me a pdf off a scan”
“This screenplay was commissioned by Gene Roddenberry as a vehicle for Milton Berle as a serious actor and [Gene] also sent me to an overgrown backlot village set he wanted to try to write into the script.”
Norman continues: “This original version was rewritten into an unfunny comedy by the line producer Gene Coon apparently unaware that Uncle Miltie was also a serious dramatic actor and a good one. It was so bad that I complained to Roddenberry: This is so lousy, Gene, that you should kill it! I told him: You can’t, you shouldn’t, shoot this thing! Read it and weep!”

“Gene did, and he agreed with me. I killed my second Star Trek, which, down through the years has cost me tens of thousands of dollars in lost residuals.”
With the recent unearthing of “He Walked Among Us”, Norman has made the script available to Trek fans through Amazon.
Just as a side not, the script for “He Walked Among Us” has nothing do with the novel written years later by Norman Spinrad.
We’d like to give special thanks to Mr. Spinrad for emailing us about this awesome find. We’ll definitely be purchasing a copy and you can get your copy here.

Watch: William Shatner Talks Broadway on ‘The View’

By Brian Wilkins | February 21, 2012
On Monday, Star Trek‘s original Captain Kirk, William Shatner appeared on ABC’s morning talk show, The View.
During his appearance, Shatner discussed his return to Broadway after 50 years with his new show, Shatner’s World, with the show’s hosts Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Whoopi Goldberg.
He discussed making some adjustments to the show, since it’s debut in Australia and last year’s Canadian tour. When the opportunity presented itself to bring the show to Broadway, Shatner said he had to bring it to a “higher standard.”
Shatner said his biggest fear was the possibility of the show failing and people walking out while he was on stage.
He said when the show opened he received “great notices” and after all the worry, he began thinking about “women and food — the important things.”
“They can expect to be entertained of course.” Shatner said, discussing what fans can expect from the show.

SciFi 5@5: 5 things we enjoyed at Farpoint.

Miles’ list

5. Meeting the great guests Hogan, Vernon & Baur.
4. The DS9 & Terra Nova panels. Great fun geeking out on our favorite shows.
3. Getting a verbal beat down by Michael Hogan.
2. The panels that we participated in.
1. Seeing our old friends that we get to see a couple times a year.

 

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SciFi Diner Conversations 48 – Listeners discuss the Fringe, the Farpoint Con, Star Wars in 3D, Can Star Trek Come Back to the Small Screen, and More!

by on Feb.22, 2012, under Podcast Notes

SciFi Diner Conversations 48

Listeners discuss the Fringe,

the Farpoint Con, Star Wars in 3D,

Can Star Trek Come Back to the

Small Screen, and More!

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In this listener feedback show, we discuss the world of Fringe, the Farpoint Con, Star Wars in 3D, Star Trek back on the Small Screen, and more. Live long and podcast!

The song at the end of the episode is from Aura Disorder and their song “Sleep Scape.”

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The SciFi Diner Farpoint Con 2012 Edition – Our Fringe Panel with Wayne Henderson from the Fringecasting with Wayne and Dan Podcast

by on Feb.20, 2012, under Podcast Notes

The SciFi Diner Farpoint Con 2012 Edition

Our Fringe Panel with Wayne Henderson

from Fringecasting with Wayne and Dan

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Saturday night at the Farpoint Con in Baltimore, Maryland a Fringe event happened. We connected with Wayne henderson from the Fringecasting with Wayne and Dan podcast and helmed a panel discussing the Fringe TV, its rating, why its losing money, what universe are we in anyway, who are the Observers and more. This is a recording of what ensued.

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SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 125 – Our Interview with Tricia Helfer from Battlestar Galactica, Warehouse 13, No Ordinary Family and More.

by on Feb.12, 2012, under Podcast Notes

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Our Interview with Tricia Helfer from Battlestar Galactica,

Warehouse 13, No Ordinary Family and More.

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Email us at scifidinerpodcast@gmail.com

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Tonight’s DinersScott & Miles

Welcome to the Diner.

If you have listened to the show for sometime, we would love to have you leave feedback on iTunes. We know not all of you use iTunes, but for those that do, it helps us become more visible. If you don’t use iTunes, your feedback is still valuable. Visit our webpage at http://scifidinerpodcast.com and leave a comment on the show notes or email us at scifidinerpodcast@gmail.com We want to know what you are thinking about what we are saying and what shows you are watching.

Music at the end of this week’s episode is “All Along The Watch Tower” as it appeared in Battlestar Galactica.

On the Menu:

* Our interview with Tricia Helfer from Battlestar Galactica
* Trivia:  Win a Tricia Helfer print.
* TV News:   The Walking Dead reanimates, The River and more! Fringe, and Crazed Alcatraz Fans
Movie News:  11 of the most geektastic Super Bowl trailers and commercials  and Spidey
* TWIST:  TNG’s Levar Burton honored for his work in children’s media.  Star Trek back on the small screen? Liam Neeson & Patrick Steward square off on a BBC show Star Wars vs. Star Trek.
* Sci Fi 5 @ 5: The Top five Things we’re looking forward to at Farpoint.

Promos

Star Trek News and Views Podcast by Colin – Thanks for the work you do with YouTube.

Trivia:

Our trivia question appears in the first 10 minutes of the episode.  The clips are all from Tricia Helfer shows. Identify the shows in order.
Prize: A signed Tricia Helfer print.

You will have until March 15th  to send us your answers.. Send your answer with your mailing address to scifidinerpodcast@gmail.com, call us at 18885084343, or DM us on Twitter at @scifidiner. Make sure you include your e-mail with all entries! Only one entry per person.   The SciFi Diner is not responsible for any injuries occurring if you secretly decide to go all shiny and dress in a browncoat and walk into your local bar.

Our Interview with Tricia Helfer


Tricia Helfer is a Canadian actress and former model who has appeared in ad campaigns for high end designers such as Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Versace, Givenchy and Dolce Gabbana among others.  She has also graced the covers of Flare, ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and Vogue to name a few.

In 2002, Helfer retired from fashion modeling and moved to Los Angeles where she quickly landed a number of roles including guest starring in the second season finale of the hit series “C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation.”  In 2003, she landed the role of humanoid Cylon ‘Number Six’ in the critically acclaimed, award-winning SciFi series “Battlestar Galactica,” written and produced by Ronald D. Moore.

During her hiatus from the show, Helfer also starred in a number of other projects including landing the lead role of ‘Farrah Fawcett’ in the film “Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Charlie’s Angels” on NBC, and filming the lead role of ‘Stephanie Jacobs’ in the independent feature “Memory” opposite Dennis Hopper. Helfer also starred opposite LeeLee Sobieski in the independent feature “Walk All Over Me” which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival.

In 2008 Helfer played the nemesis to Jeffrey Donovan on the second season of the hit show Burn Notice and in 2009 she filmed recurring guest spots on the CBS hit show “Two and a Half Men,” and Fox drama, “Human Target.” She also showcased her voiceover talents for mega-hit, video game franchises in “Halo: ODST” as Commander Veronica Dare and will soon be reviving her characters from “Mass Effect 2” as EDI, and the lead character, Sarah Kerrigan in Bizzard’s “Starcraft 2” for which she won a Spike Award for her voiceover work.

Helfer was next seen as series regular in the second season of Jerry Bruckheimer’s “Dark Blue” opposite Dylan McDermott. Helfer also starred in the horror thriller “Open House” co-starring Brian Geraghty and Stephen Moyer which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Helfer returned to the Toronto International Film Festival for “A Beginner’s Guide to Endings” co-starring Harvey Keitel, Scott Caan and JK Simmons.

In 2010 Tricia filmed guest roles on “Lie to Me” with Tim Roth and “No Ordinary Family” with Michael Chicklis. Tricia is pleased to be working again with Ron Moore on the NBC/Sony Pictures’ new pilot “17th Precinct”.

In her down time, Tricia is an avid motorbike rider, likes to hike and dedicates herself to animal causes.  She currently resides in Los Angeles.

TV News:

TV THIS WEEK: The Walking Dead reanimates, The River and more!
TV THIS WEEK: The Walking Dead reanimates, The River and more!

The dead return to walk again … The Walking Dead, that is. The horror series returns for the second half of its second season picking up right where it left off. We’ll also get to see the two-hour premiere of Steven Spielberg’s The River, and Amy Acker guest-stars on NBC’s Grimm.

And this week, the team hunts for a guard on Alcatraz, Josh connects with a new pack on Being Human, Bo tries to stop a Fae-involved hit on a human on Lost Girl, the TAPS team investigates a notoriously haunted mansion in Ghost Hunters, Vivica A. Fox and Sam Huntington guest-judge on Face Off, Klaus throws a formal ball on The Vampire Diaries, Valentine’s Day and some angry spirits of witches causes issues on The Secret Circle, and Archer gets a nifty spy car for his birthday on Archer.

Also, Olivia and company get trapped in a town on Fringe, there’s an evil clown who gives evil clowns a bad name on Supernatural, Merlin is turned into an assassin on Merlin, Paul questions why he was spared on The Fades, Syfy explores a new adaptation of Jules Verne’s The Mysterious Island, it’s Beauty and the Beast time on Once Upon a Time, and a new series about comic book geeks premieres on AMC, called Comic Book Men.

 

 

‘Fringe’ Scheduling: Bumped Three Fridays In March, Will End The Season With Eight Original Episodes In A Row

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A Twitter tiff over Fringe scheduling news today.

First @thefutoncritic tweeted:

Exclusive: FOX to Give #Fringe Three-Week Break in March –

Revealing that Fringe would be bumped for three Fridays for Kitchen Nightmares repeats.

That seemed to raise the ire of Fox’s @masked scheduler who responded:

This bullshit tweet tells half a story RT @thefutoncritic: Exclusive: FOX to Give #Fringe Three-Week Break in March

and

Exclusive: #FRINGE will end the season with eight original episodes in a row.

 

 

Crazed Alcatraz fans force prison to announce the series is fake

JANUARY 30, 2012

Alactraz isn't real.. NO DUH!!!By Trent Moore, Source: Blastr.com

With his latest mysterious island drama Alcatraz, Lost creator J.J. Abrams opted to build the story around a real island, telling the fictional tale of more than 300 inmates and guards who disappeared in 1963.

Apparently some fans of the Fox show missed the part about it being fictional. Since the series began, the National Park Service has reported issues with overzealous tourists sneaking away from guided tours of the closed megaprison to look for the secret rooms showcased on the show.

After some were caught by employees, parks rep Alexandra Picavet told gossip site TMZ that several of the wanderers admitted they were looking for the high-tech control room that serves as the base of operations for Hauser’s team tasked with finding the ’63s.

But, of course, the secret nerve center allegedly located underneath the prison doesn’t actually exist.

Sneaky fans have become so much of an issue that the parks department has been forced to post signs informing visitors that some of the sites shown on the show are not real.

For example, this message now greets visitors to the quirky tourist trap: “The TV show Alcatraz is fictional, many areas it depicts are not real. Closed areas protect you, historic structures and nesting birds.”

What’s next? Are they going to tell us the prison was actually shut down because of salt-water erosion to the foundation and the expense of operating a self-contained prison on an island 1.5 miles off the shore of San Francisco—and not the unexplainable disappearance of more than 300 people?

Yeah, right.

 

Get ready! J.J. Abrams has ANOTHER sci-fi TV show heading our way

Get ready! J.J. Abrams has ANOTHER sci-fi TV show heading our way
Just when you thought television couldn't get any more J.J.-riffic—what with Alcatraz,Person of Interest and Fringe unspooling weekly—NBC is getting back into bed with theStar Trek mastermind to plot a Revolution.
Written by Supernatural creator Eric Kripke, Revolution feels a bit like the late, lamentedJericho. As described by Deadline:
Revolution is a high-octane action drama following a group of characters struggling to survive and reunite with loved ones in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist.
Entertainment Weekly adds a little more detail:
In this epic adventure thriller, a family struggles to reunite in a post-apocalyptic American landscape: a world of empty cities, local militias and heroic freedom fighters, where every single piece of technology—computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights—has mysteriously blacked out ... forever.
NBC was to be back in business with Abrams—who produced the short-lived spy show Undercoversfor them a couple years back—so badly that they've agreed to pay a $2 million penalty if it doesn't go to series.
Movie News:

11 of the most geektastic Super Bowl trailers and commercials

11 of the most geektastic Super Bowl trailers and commercials

Every year, the Super Bowl is a forum for competition of the finest caliber. Teams of very talented individuals vying for your affection, hoping that you’ll buy whatever it is they’re selling. Yes, we’re talking about the ads, those million-dollar blips that can be either brilliant or baffling. And here are the ones designed to tickle our Nerd Cortex.

In case you were at a Super Bowl party filled with people who didn’t know how bloody important it is to shut the heck up during the commercials and you missed what many might say is the best part of the 17-hour broadcast, here’s the creme de la creme.

 

http://blastr.com/2012/02/10-of-the-most-geektastic.php

This week in Star Trek:

Star Trek’s LeVar Burton To Receive This Year’s Eliot-Pearson Award For Excellence

Star Trek: The Next Generation’s LeVar Burton will be honored by Tufts University with this year’s Eliot-Pearson Award for Excellence in Children’s Media for his 26 years of work with Reading Rainbow. If you’re in the Medford, Massachusetts area on February 3rd you can even watch him accept it.

The award is a collaboration between the university’s departments of communications and media, and child development, and is given to innovators of diverse, non-violent media.

“LeVar Burton is a natural choice as he is a true children’s literary expert,” said Julie Dobrow, director of the communications and media studies program, in a statement.

“Through his exceptional career he has helped to promote reading comprehension in elementary- school-age children through the medium of television.”

Previous recipients of the Eliot-Pearson Awards for Excellence include Bill Cosby, actor and bestselling author; Valerie Walsh and Cathy Galeota, producers of the American animated television series “Dora the Explorer”; Linda Ellerbee and Mark Lyons, executive producers of educational children’s and teenagers’ television show “Nick News for Kids”;

 

Could Star Trek’s return to TV be closer than we think?

Could Star Trek's return to TV be closer than we think?

Star Trek fans, it’s time to cross your fingers. Why? Because we may finally get that new Trek TV series we’ve all been waiting for, and it could happen sooner rather than later IF the geek-empowered dynamic duo of Bryan Fuller and Bryan Singer can have their way.

Yep, both Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) and Bryan Singer (X-Men) have previously tried their hands at bringing their own vision of Star Trek to TV in the not-so-distant past, both to no avail.

But after teaming up for that NBC Munsters TV reboot, now called Mockingbird Lane, both Bryans have come to the conclusion that they may be able to bring Trek back to the small screen if they do it together. After all, two heads are better than one, no? And Fuller has the Trek street cred, having written episodes for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Voyager in the past.

This is according to Ain’t It Cool, who’ve spoken to Fuller:

Fuller tells AICN exclusively that the two Bryans, who have long (but separately) contemplated new Star Trek TV series, have discussed the possibility of pooling their resources to take a new corner of Gene Roddenberry’s multiverse to the small screen. Hopefully J.J. Abrams and Les Moonves will give them the keys to Starfleet HQ.

Will it happen? We don’t know yet. But is it possible it’ll happen? Heck yeah!

With J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek movie efforts taking place in the new alternate timeline with the original-series U.S.S. Enterprise crew of Capt. Kirk (Chris Pine), Mr. Spock (Zachary Quinto), Dr. McCoy (Karl Urban) and company, Fuller and Singer only need to keep on trekkin’ with the original timeline, preferably setting the new Trek TV series sometime after the events of Star Trek: Voyager.

But what do you guys think? Do you think the joined forces of Fuller and Singer will be enough to “make it so”?

Patrick Stewart and Liam Neeson face off, Star Trek vs. Star Wars-style

Patrick Stewart and Liam Neeson face off, Star Trek vs. Star Wars-style
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In the latest chapter in the simmering sci-fi feud—which was escalated recently by William ShatnerCarrie Fisher and George Takei, each trying to make their case for galactic dominance—U.K. talk show host Graham Norton tried to put an end to it all with an Action Figure Deathmatch.

So, who will prove triumphant, the herky-jerky figure (and piggy bank) of Liam Neeson’s Qui-Gon Jinn or the teensy, illuminated version of Patrick Stewart’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard? (Hint: It’s also who’d win in a real fight.)

 

Wolverine

 

The Wolverine has finally gotten its act together. After multiple delays, the X-Men spin-off has a release date! And like its predecessors, it will debut in the summer.

The Wolverine is scheduled to hit theaters July 26, 2013. That will be four years after X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which debuted May 1, 2009. Origins opened with $85 million and went on to gross $373 million worldwide. But despite its financial success, the film was criticized for its story and cartoonish CGI (How can Wolverine’s claws look worse in 2009 than they did in 2000?). Star Hugh Jackman has talked at length about correcting their mistakes with the sequel, which takes place in Japan.

It’s great that they’ve finally settled on a date, but we’re concerned about the production’s timetable. Jackman is currently prepping for the film Les Miserables, which is in pre-production. The musical is scheduled to open Dec. 7 of this year. Doesn’t it take Jackman several months to get into Wolverine shape? It will take a lot of hard work, but we think he can do it. As long as The Wolverine’s script is finished, there shouldn’t be anything to worry about (crosses fingers).

The Wolverine is just one of many superhero films debuting next summer. Iron Man 3 is slated to open May 3, while Warner Bros. Man of Steel hits theaters June 14. Thor 2 is also scheduled for 2013, but an official date has yet to be announced.

Are you interested in seeing The Wolverine? Do you think it will be better than X-Men Origins?

SciFi 5@5: 5 things I’m looking forward to at Farpoint.
5. Looking at the great vendor tables & seeing things I’d like to acquire.
4. Seeing the great costumes people will be wearing.
3. First time you & I hosting a panel.
2.Meeting the guests: Michael Hogan, Kate Vernon & Kristen Baur
1.  Reuniting w/ old friends

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SciFi Diner Conversations 46 – Listeners discuss the Star Trek time travel fiasco, love Fringe, are meh with Alcatraz. are in Frenzy about Fringe, are Mixed on Alcatraz and More!

by on Jan.25, 2012, under Podcast Notes

SciFi Diner Conversations 46

Listeners take a second stab at

the divergent Star Trek timeline,

 are in Frenzy about Fringe, are Mixed

on Alcatraz and More!

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In this listener feedback show, we discuss with our listeners Misfits, the divergent Star Trek timeline, the first two episodes of Fringe, Alcatraz, and more. Oh, and please vote in our Fringe poll. Live long and podcast!


The song at the end of the episode is the theme song from the Misfits TV Show.

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SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 123 – Our Interview with Christopher Judge (Teal’c from Stargate SG1 and SGA and Batman: The Dark Knight Rises)

by on Jan.13, 2012, under Podcast Notes

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SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 123

Our Interview with Christopher Judge

(Teal’c from Stargate SG1 and SGA

and Batman: The Dark Knight Rises)

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The SciFi Diner Podcast

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Tonight’s Diners: Scott & Miles

Welcome to the Diner.

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Music at the end of this week’s episode is the theme from SG1.

The Menu Tonight:

  • Our Interview with Christopher Judge (Teal’c on Stargate SG1 and SGA, Batman: the Dark Knight Rises)
  • Trivia: Chris Judge Trivia.
  • TV News:  Star Wars Live Action Series, TV this week.  Fringe!
  • Real Science News
  • Movie News: Which movie should win best visual effects award? Katee Sackoff in the new Riddick movie!
  • TWIST: The Shat fires back at George Takei!
  • SciFi Five in Five: Top Five movies Colin is looking forward to this year.

Promos

Trivia:

January 24th Trivia

Trivia Question: Name a TV show that Christopher Judge guest starred in with another one of his co-stars before they all did Stargate SG-1.
Prize: A signed Christopher Judge print
You will have until January 27th  to answer this question. Send your answer with your mailing address to scifidinerpodcast@gmail.com, call us at 18885084343, or DM us on Twitter at @scifidiner. Make sure you include your e-mail with all entries! Only one entry per person.   The SciFi Diner is not responsible for any injuries occurring if you secretly decide to go all shiny and dress in a browncoat and walk into your local bar.  BE SURE TO INCLUDE THE CODE WORD mentioned in the first 15 minutes of the podcast.

Our Interview with Christopher Judge

Christopher Judge was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He has one younger brother, Jeff Judge, also an actor. Judge harbored the desire to become an actor at an early age, studying drama in high school. “The television set was my babysitter growing up. I can remember wanting to invoke the feelings that I was getting from television—I wanted to be the one who was the catalyst for those feelings in other people. Performing was something I’ve always known I was going to do.” He always knew that sports would be a stepping stone to an acting career.

Judge received a scholarship from the University of Oregon and played defensive back and safety for the Ducks from 1982 to 1985. He led in kickoff return yardage for 1983-84 and interceptions in 1984, and earned the Casanova Award in 1982, given to the freshman or newcomer of the year. While at Oregon, Judge was a three time All American, a Pacific-10 ConferenceSelection in 1984 and played in the 1985 Hula Bowl.

Judge initially considered majoring in pre-med, in the event that his acting aspirations were not successful, but he found he had trouble with the required math, and changed his major, first to psychology, and then to telecommunications and film with a minor in psychology.

Judge won a contest to host a radio show in Oregon, and in his senior year he won a regional contest to host the West Coast FOX KLSR Morning Show,  an “MTV talk show type thing”; he used this experience to get an agent and move to Los Angeles.

In 1989 Judge began studying at the Howard Fine Studio in LA.  A few of his early roles were in the 1990s Bird on a WireCadenceNeon Rider and MacGyver with future Stargate SG-1 star Richard Dean Anderson. In the ensuing years, Judge had small parts in various television shows and movies such as 21 Jump Street (with future SG-1 director Peter DeLuise), The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and House Party 2, and as a regular on Sirens from 1994 to 1995.

Judge’s largest role came in 1997 with Stargate SG-1. While at a friend’s house, he saw his friend’s roommate practicing for an audition and was intrigued. While the roommate was away, Judge looked at the audition notes, then called his agent and insisted he get him an audition, or lose him as a client. At the audition there were three sets of actors for each of the principal roles, but eight or ten for the role of Teal’c. Judge was confident he got the part when they dismissed everyone who read for the part except him. Out of all the actors in Stargate SG-1, Judge has been in the most episodes.

More recent works of Judge’s include guest spots on Andromeda and Stargate Atlantis, the television movie Personal Effects, and the films Snow Dogs and A Dog’s Breakfast, the latter written and directed by fellow Stargate actor David Hewlett.

Judge appeared in “Anonymous”, the October 26, 2010 episode of NCIS: Los Angeles.

TV News:

The long-awaited Star Wars live-action TV series finally gets a name!

The long-awaited Star Wars live-action TV series finally gets a name!
Attention Star Wars fans! (And that’s everybody, right?) The live-action television show we’ve talked about? As of now, it has a title (well, a working title). And it’s called …

… Star Wars: Underworld!

IGN interviewed producer and George Lucas right-hand man Rick McCallum, who spoke about the direction the series will take:

“They take place between Episode III and Episode IV, that 20-year period when Luke is growing up. It’s not about Luke, but it’s about that period when the Empire is trying to take things [over].”

The characters are criminals and gangsters within a shady government. When the interviewer said the characters were akin to pyramid schemer Bernie Madoff, McCallum said, “Exactly.”

Lucas and crew are sitting on 50 one-hour scripts, each “bigger than any of the prequels were. … They’re complex, they’re dark, they’re adult.” But McCallum says they need to keep costs to $5 million an episode. And until the technology matures, Lucasfilm—and those lovely, lovely scripts—will wait.

McCallum also spoke about the delivery system of the show; that is, he doesn’t know exactly how it will air. Will it appear on network television or cable? If so, it means Lucasfilm may have to give up a certain amount of control of their work, and as we know, George isn’t big on compromise. Will it appear as a digital download? “iTunes isn’t the panacea that we thought it would be,” McCallum said. And Netflix, according to McCallum, doesn’t have enough viewers for them to recoup their costs.

Right now, Lucasfilm is taking a wait-and-see approach about Star Wars: Underworld.

And as that happens, we fans will also be waiting. We just hope that we’ll eventually be seeing.

 

TV THIS WEEK: Peter faces Walternate on Fringe, The Fades and more!

TV THIS WEEK: Peter faces Walternate on Fringe, The Fades and more!
Sci-fi TV is back in action as Peter travels Over There on the return of Fringe, Nicholas Lea goes all Eliot Ness on Supernatural, and The Fades premieres on BBC America.

Also, Charisma Carpenter pops up on The Lying Game, Erica Durance sports a Wonder Woman outfit on Harry’s Law, Ghost Hunters returns for an eighth season, Face Off heads to Oz on the show’s second premiere, Caroline turns 18 on The Vampire Diaries, Faye taps into her dark side on The Secret Circle, Carter joins the team on Person of Interest, Bo Derek kisses Morgan on Chuck, an ogre has issues on Grimm, Lancelot tries to save Merlin on Merlin, the animated Blade premieres, Syfy explores what happens when worlds collide in Collision Earth, and Hansel and Gretel get the Once Upon a Time treatment.

Here’s what we have to look forward to this week on sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal and spy-fi TV, and a look at non-sci-fi shows that feature sci-fi stars or subject matter.

 

TV THIS WEEK: Peter faces Walternate on Fringe, The Fades and more!
Sci-fi TV is back in action as Peter travels Over There on the return of Fringe, Nicholas Lea goes all Eliot Ness on Supernatural, and The Fades premieres on BBC America.

Also, Charisma Carpenter pops up on The Lying Game, Erica Durance sports a Wonder Woman outfit on Harry’s Law, Ghost Hunters returns for an eighth season, Face Off heads to Oz on the show’s second premiere, Caroline turns 18 on The Vampire Diaries, Faye taps into her dark side on The Secret Circle, Carter joins the team on Person of Interest, Bo Derek kisses Morgan on Chuck, an ogre has issues on Grimm, Lancelot tries to save Merlin on Merlin, the animated Blade premieres, Syfy explores what happens when worlds collide in Collision Earth, and Hansel and Gretel get the Once Upon a Time treatment.

Harry’s Law (NBC) 9 p.m. – “Gorilla My Dreams”

Erica Durance alert! Wonder Woman alert! Okay, it’s an Erica Durance/Wonder Woman alert! Durance plays a vigilante who takes on Wonder Woman’s persona to avenge abused women. Meanwhile, Harry decides to adopt a gorilla.

 

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On CBS’s The Big Bang Theory (8 p.m.), Penny offers some boyfriend advice after Sheldon hurts Amy’s feelings.

Chuck (NBC) 8 p.m. – “Chuck Versus Bo”

Bo Derek alert! While we’ll have to wait to see if 55-year-old Bo Derek is still the perfect 10 (go look up the movie 10 if you’re confused), the actress joins the gang playing herself during a mission to Vail, Colo., which deals with Morgan running into more issues for once being the Intersect. Elsewhere, Jeff and Lester continue with their own spy mission to find out what’s really going on at the Buy More. Angus Macfadyen guest-stars.

Fringe

When Fringe finally ends—if it ends well—we may look back and realize it was perhaps the best sci-fi television series ever. There’s been plenty of discussion today about the possible cancellation of Fringe because Fox is losing money by airing it. So if you’re a Fringe fan, dig in and enjoy what’s left of this amazing series. One way or another, either being canceled this year or being given a few episodes a la Chuck, its days are certainly numbered.

As for this episode, it looks like another great mythology story which has Peter making a dangerous journey to the alt-verse to have a chat with Walternate. Meanwhile, Olivia is paid a visit by the Observer, and he has an ominous message for her.

 

 

Movie News:

 

POLL: Which of these 10 films should win the Best Visual FX Oscar?

POLL: Which of these 10 films should win the Best Visual FX Oscar?

In a blinding stampede of wizards, robot boxers, mutants and magical automatons, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released its list of 10 films still alive for nominations in the Best Visual Effects category at next month’s 84th Academy Awards.

Competition was fierce this season, as genre pics were among the highest-grossing movies in 2011, with billion-dollar babies like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. With no obvious favorite, the race is wide open to claim the shining statuette.

According to Academy bylaws, voting members representing the visual effects division are allowed to screen 10-minute clips of the shortlisted films on Thursday, Jan. 19. When the battle smoke clears, the SFX clan will cut the roster in half, nominating five selections for the prestige and honor of Oscar-night consideration.

So which deserve to be the last films standing when the Final Five are chosen live on Tuesday, Jan. 24?

Check out the complete list below of the 10 semi-finalists still in the hunt for the Golden One, and let us know who your winner would be.

Which of these 10 films deserves to win the Best Visual FX Oscar? Captain America: The First Avenger Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Hugo Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Real Steel Rise of the Planet of the Apes Transformers: Dark of the Moon The Tree of Life X-Men: First Class Hey! They forgot my favorite!

Look who’ll be hunting Vin Diesel in Riddick 3: Katee Sackhoff!

Look who'll be hunting Vin Diesel in Riddick 3: Katee Sackhoff!

Everyone’s favorite hot-headed fighter pilot has just been cast in the third Riddick movie.

Deadline reports that Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff is in “final negotiations” to play the female lead in Riddick, the third film to star Vin Diesel as the title galactic outlaw. Sackhoff will play Dahl, described as a “Nordic mercenary” who is hunting Riddick.

The role bring Sackhoff back to sci-fi after she spent the past couple of post-BSG years with parts on 24 and CSI. She also has two movies, The Haunting in Georgia and Evil Sexy Genius, waiting to arrive later this year.

With Sackhoff coming on board, it looks like the financial problems that plagued Riddick in the early going have finally been put to rest. The movie was shut down late last fall after the production had problems paying the bills, but the issue was sorted out and work resumed shortly after the holidays.

So what do you think about Starbuck herself going toe to toe with the mighty Riddick?

Real Science:

Thanks JP Harvey for sending us this story from the BBC

 

Former astronaut to lead starship effort

By Sharon Weinberger Science reporter

Solar sail starship
The foundation aims to foster the research necessary to build a starship

The Pentagon’s premiere research agency has chosen a former astronaut to lead a foundation that is designed to take humanity to the stars.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) and Nasa are sponsoring the project, known as the 100-Year Starship.

Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to go into space, was notified last week that she had won, according to a copy of a Darpa letter obtained by the BBC.

Since leaving Nasa, Jemison has been involved in science education programmes, and is known as a space travel enthusiast and long-time Star Trek fan.

Her organisation, the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence, is partnered on the Darpa project with Icarus Interstellar, a non-profit organisation that is dedicated to interstellar travel, and the Foundation for Enterprise Development.

Mae JemisonMae Jemison worked on a Spacelab missionSince it was first announced last year, the 100-Year Starship project has been met with trepidation by some, and excitement by many.

With Nasa scaling back its manned space programmes, the idea of a manned trip to the stars, which is well beyond any current technology, may sound audacious.

But the goal is not to have the government fund the actual building of spacecraft destined for the stars, but rather to create a foundation that can last 100 years in order to help foster the research needed for interstellar travel.

The money for the winning team, $500,000, is small, but is designed to help jumpstart the effort. According to a copy of the notification letter, Jemison’s proposal was titled: “An Inclusive Audacious Journey Transforms Life Here on Earth & Beyond”.

A spokesman for Darpa declined to comment on the award, which has not been publicly announced.

This Week in Star Trek:

 

William Shatner Responds to George Takei’s Call for Peace [Video]

William Shatner Responds to George Takei

The ongoing video battle continues, as William Shatner reponds to his former co-star George Takei’s call for interstellar peace between Star Trek and Star Wars fans.

Last November, Shatner posted a video on Youtube poking fun at and discussing his thoughts on Star Trek vesus Star Wars. That video prompted Carrie Fisher to respond in her own comical way.

After a few verbal elbows had been thrown between the two, Shatner’s former co-star and recent addition to the upcoming season of Celebrity Apprentice, George Takei to interject. Takei called for peace between the two franchises and asked them to direct their sights toward a “common enemy” — the recent Twilight Series.

In today’s video, Shatner responds to Takei, saying that this battle “cannot be resolved in a matter of words,”

“Retribution must be paid, George. I need retribution.” said Shatner.

 Con News

Check out Subspace Communique for news about cons that have some Star Trek actors there.  There’s New Orleans Comic Con January 28-29, 2012.,  Dallas, TX Comic Con on May 19-20, 2012, & BayouConJune 30 – July 1, 2012.

Sci Fi 5 at 5

Hello Scott and Miles
Well getting back into the swing of things over here, so before I fire up the     Editing software tonight for a few more you tube clips I thought I would send you 5 films I’m looking forward to this year.
1) Prometheus I loved the first two Alien films, knowing Ridley Scott is handling this fills me with hope.
2) The Avengers. If anyone can massage all them egos into one cohesive mass it’s Joss Whedon.
3) The Hobbit. If your still not sure go watch the trailer roll on December the 14th.
4) The Dark Knight rises A Welshman and a Englishman fighting er sorry, Batman and Bane fighting will he break Batmans back? I guess we will find out.
5) mission Impossible, Ghost Protocol. I know it opened at the end of 2011, but I won’t get to see till now so thats 2012.

One final note I pondered Battleship, but when you Market it with the tag line , “from Hasbro the company that brought you Transformers” and “featuring Rihanna”. I kind of lose hope.

Live long and podcast

Colin


 

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SciFi Diner Conversations 45 – Listeners discuss the divergent Star Trek timeline, the bleak future of Fringe, the Terra Nova and Sanctuary Finales, Big Bang Theory and More!

by on Jan.11, 2012, under Podcast Notes

SciFi Diner Conversations 45

Listeners discuss the divergent Star Trek timeline,

 the bleak future of Fringe, the Terra Nova and

Sanctuary Finales, Big Bang Theory and More!

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In this listener feedback show, we discuss the Terra Nova Finale, the Sanctuary finale, the divergent Star Trek timeline, Big Bang Theory, the bleak future of Fringe, Deep Space Nine, the X-Men Blu-rays, Scott’s Conversion to Trek, ways you can support the SciFi Diner Podcast, how you can get past episodes and more. Live long and podcast!

The song at the end of the episode is the theme song from the Terra Nova TV Show.

 

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