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On the menu tonight:
Tonight on menu, we serve up an interview with Mira Furlan from LOST and Babylon 5. We’ll be giving away a signed LOST print from her. We’ll discuss the Flash Forward and Heroes’ cancellation, as well as V, The Cape, and No Ordinary Family. In movies, we talk about what Firefly and Transformers have in common, Splice, Thor News, and The Outlanders. Miles shares on This week in Star Trek as well as the SciFi Five in Five.
Mira Furlan appeared on the stage in New York and Los Angeles. She has released an album, Songs From Movies That Have Never Been Made. Furlan played Minbari Ambassador Delenn for all five seasons of Babylon 5 and some of the associated TV movies. Until recently she could be seen playing the character Danielle Rousseau in the ABC television series Lost.
A leading actress of theatre, film and TV in the former Yugoslavia, Mira Furlan emigrated to the US with her husband Goran Gajic in November 1991, due to the intolerable political circumstances in her homeland. Ms. Furlan starred in the Warner Brothers TV-series Babylon 5 as Ambassador Delenn (Sci-Fi Universe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Genre TV-series 1996 and 1997).
Her other American credits include the TV-movie My Antonia directed by J. Sargent, the title roles in Sophocles Antigone at the Hudson Guild Theatre in Los Angeles (Dramalogue Theatre Award for Outstanding Performance in 1995) and Lorca’s Yerma at The Indiana Repertory Theatre. She also appeared in Brecht’s Baal at The Second Stage in Los Angeles and Shaw’s Don Juan In Hell in which she co-starred with Ed Asner and Rene Auberjonois. Ms. Furlan is a member of The Actor’s Studio.
Ms. Furlan’s film credits include leading roles in over 25 films. She co-starred in Emir Kusturica’s Cannes award-winning and Oscar-nominated film When Father Was Away On Business. Films include: Three For Happiness, (Grand Prix, Valencia Film Festival), Beauty Of Vice, In The Jaws Of Life, The Loves Of Blanka Kolak, Dear Video etc. In addition, Ms Furlan has appeared regularly on Yugoslav Television, playing leading roles in numerous series and TV-films. She has received all the highest awards in her former country, both for her stage and film work, including two Golden Arenas (Yugoslav Oscars) for Best Actress.
In the former Yugoslavia Mira was a member of the Croatian National Theatre and a frequent guest star at major theatres in the whole country. Favorite roles include: Natalya in A Month In The Country Mrs Elliot in Alpha-Beta, Celimene in The Misanthrope, Judith in The Devil’s Disciple, Annabella in Tis Pity She’s A Whore, the title role in Euripides’ Helen, Lea in Dybbuk, Isabelle in Corneille’s L’Illusion Comique, Yvette in Mother Courage, Natasha in Three Sisters and Ophelia in Jiri Menzel’s production of Hamlet.
This Week’s Trivia:
Question: Who is Wyatt Miller and what does he have to do with Heroes?
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The Main Course:
NBC announced its 2010-11 primetime fall schedule yesterday, and it was good news for returning spy fave, Chuck, along with the new shows, the conspiracy thriller The Event and the J.J. Abrams spy drama Undercovers. The superhero drama, The Cape, will premiere later in the season, most likely in midseason.
Chuck stays on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, followed by The Event and the new Jerry Bruckheimer U.S. Marshall series, Chase. Undercovers kicks off Wednesday nights, followed by the returning Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and new series, Law & Order: Los Angeles.
“This new schedule brings NBC back to basics with its commitment to quality scripted programming,” said NBC Universal Television Entertainment chairman Jeff Gaspin. “Our new shows are distinctive and feature a combination of the biggest talent, the brightest new stars and the strongest auspices in television. With this new schedule, we’re poised to take the next step toward our long-term goals with a lineup that has stabilized and has been building solid momentum through the second half of the season.”
“Our team has been working tirelessly to achieve our ambitious goals and we are so pleased to see that these new series demonstrate tremendous upside for NBC,” said NBC Primetime Entertainment president Angela Bromstad. “We feel that this development season introduces shows that will become part of the great programming legacy of our network.”
ABC has canceled “FlashForward” according to EW’s Michael Ausiello. The sci-fi series, based on the novel by Robert J. Saywer, initially had solid ratings, only to see them decline over time. The series took a long hiatus and never won back its audience figures, leading to its cancellation.
No word yet on if the season finale will wrap up all the storylines or leave fans hanging.
Meanwhile, the alien invasion will continue another year. “V” has been given a green light for a second season.
The prognosis was not looking good for a while but a recent uptick in ratings has given ABC confidence in the show for a second season.
EW’s Michael Ausiello reports that the series will get a 13-episode second season.
ABC goes superhero and picks up No Ordinary Family
Regardless of what happens with NBC’s Heroes, a new group of superheroes will grace our TV screens this fall now that ABC has picked up No Ordinary Family.
The superhero family action series stars Michael Chiklis (The Shield, Fantastic Four) and Dexter’s Julie Benz as a dad and mom, who, along with their kids, develop superpowers after a plane crash in the Amazon River. No Ordinary Family comes from Greg Berlanti (Eli Stone) and Jon Feldman (Tru Calling) and also stars Kay Panabaker, Jimmy Bennett, Tate Donovan and Autumn Reeser, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed blog.
Here’s the official extended description:
The Powells are about to go from ordinary to extraordinary. After 16 years of marriage, Jim and Stephanie’s relationship lacked the spark it once had, and their family life now consists of balancing work and their two children; leaving little time for family bonding. During a family vacation set up by Jim in an attempt to reconnect, their plane crashes into the Amazon River. But this is where the fun starts for the Powells as they soon discover that something’s not quite right. Each of them now possesses unique and distinct super powers. But saving and savoring their family life will be equally important as they try to find purpose for their new power and embark on a journey to find out what defines and unifies them. The Powells are a totally relatable family that happens to be a little bit amazing.
In other new series news, while NBC may not have given any love to Heroes or Chuck yet, the network did pick up the conspiracy thriller The Event, which may or may not have sci-fi elements to it.
Here’s the logline for the new series:
The Event is an emotional high-octane conspiracy thriller that follows Sean Walker (Jason Ritter, The Class), an Everyman who investigates the mysterious disappearance of his fiancée, Leila (Sarah Roemer, Disturbia), and unwittingly begins to expose the biggest cover-up in U.S. history. Sean’s quest will send ripples through the lives of an eclectic band of strangers, including: newly elected U.S. President Martinez (Blair Underwood, Dirty Sexy Money); Sophia (Emmy Award nominee Laura Innes, ER), who is the leader of a mysterious group of detainees; and Sean’s shadowy father-in-law (Scott Patterson, Gilmore Girls). Their futures are on a collision course in a global conspiracy that could ultimately change the fate of mankind. Ian Anthony Dale (Daybreak) and Emmy winner Željko Ivanek (Damages) also star in the ensemble drama. The Event is a production of Universal Media Studios and Steve Stark Productions. Stark (Medium) serves as executive producer, Nick Wauters (The 4400, Eureka) is creator/co-executive producer and Jeffrey Reiner (Friday Night Lights) is the director/executive producer.
And there’s more to come. Next week all the networks will announce their final pickups and renewals at their 2010 broadcast network upfront presentations to the press and advertisers. We’ll bring you full coverage, so stay tuned.
What do you think? Are you psyched about these shows, or do they sound like a snooze?
Elsa and Clive, two young rebellious scientists, defy legal and ethical boundaries and forge ahead with a dangerous experiment: splicing together human and animal DNA to create a new organism. Named “Dren”, the creature rapidly develops from a deformed female infant into a beautiful but dangerous winged human-chimera, who forges a bond with both of her creators – only to have that bond turn deadly.
Just a couple of weeks ago we got our first look at Chris Hemsworth in costume as The God of Thunder himself, THOR. The actor recently sat down for a quick interview and answered some questions about the Kenneth Branagh directed film that he began shooting this past January in New Mexico.
Is he excited about Thor hitting theaters after the build-up from the end-credits scene from Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2?
Absolutely! I just finished shooting last Thursday, and saw Iron Man 2 the other day–which I loved–and saw the tag at the end. I was with a bunch of mates and we all got kind of giddy watching it. I can’t wait! It was such an incredible four months shooting that film, and I think the film’s going to be fantastic.
About the costume:
[Laugh] Yeah, right! Okay, exactly – I put the thing on and said “It’s not very comfortable, but it looks amazing, so it’s all good.” And then a couple of weeks in, I thought “It’s getting more and more uncomfortable,” and at the end of three, four months it was a pretty difficult thing to wake up and put on every morning. But it’s sells such an image in the picture. It does a lot of the work for you.
What was his take on bringing Thor to life:
We just kept trying to humanize it all, and keep it very real. Look into all the research about the comic books that we could, but also bring it back to “Who is this guy as a person, and what’s his relationship with people in the individual scenes?” And working with someone like Kenneth Branagh, who has all those bases covered and has so many ideas, it was a hell of a time!
Thor is slated to hit theaters on May 6th, 2011.
“Firefly” star Alan Tudyk has been cast in “Transformers 3,” Paramount Pictures confirmed to TheWrap.
The studio is currently keeping Tudyk’s role in the sequel under wraps, as well as the film’s general plot.
A veteran of Joss Whedon’s TV series “Firefly” and “Dollhouse,” Tudyk has also been featured in a recurring role on ABC’s “V” and recently starred opposite Dermot Mulroney in the pilot for NBC’s proposed remake of “The Rockford Files.”
Outlander is an outrageous, genre-bending, comic book movie starring Jim Caviezel as Kainan, an extraterrestrial who crashes on Earth amidst Vikings during the Iron Age. Mistaken for a member of an enemy tribe, Kainan is captured by a king, Rothgar (John Hurt), and the man next in line to be king, Wulfric (Jack Huston). But they soon realize that Kainan is a brave warrior and make him an honorary member of their people, little realizing Kainan has accidentally brought with him, from across the stars, a monster that is decimating the local Viking population. If that story sounds complex enough, co-director and co-writer Howard McCain (working with Dirk Blackman) offer another twist that makes it impossible not to sympathize with Kainan’s monster. $14.99
Leonard Nimoy: I had a wonderful time working on the new Star Trek movie with J.J. Abrams, who directed it. When it was done, he asked me to look into the possibility of playing William Bell on Fringe. I was frankly not terribly aware of what it was all about. I began looking at some episodes that William Bell, the character, had been talked about rather frequently, but had never been seen. I felt that I owed J.J. a favor. He did a great job on the Star Trek movie and treated me extremely well. I’m very happy I did it. The work on Fringe has turned out to be exciting and interesting. It’s a terribly well produced series. The character was a wide open canvas for me to work with. I had a great time doing it. Next week’s episode is particularly special for the William Bell character.
Leonard Nimoy: I have no idea about the next film regarding Bill Shatner. I’m quite sure – I think I can be definitive about the fact that I will not be in it. I have said that I think it’s time for me to get off the stage and make some room for Zachary Quinto who is the new Spock and a wonderful actor, looks a lot like me. And I’m very flattered that the character will be continued by an actor of that caliber. He’s very well trained and very talented. I have no expectations whatsoever even being asked to be in the next Star Trek film. I cannot speak for J.J. Abrams or William Shatner. If they have a common interest, I hope it works out.
The Sci Fi 5 at 5.
From Miles: Great Star Wars quotes.
5. “Mos Eisley spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.”
4.“Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?”
3. “I’ve got a very bad feeling about this.”
2. “This is some rescue. You came in here and you didn’t have a plan for getting out?”
“He’s the brains, sweetheart!”
1. “May the Force be with you.”