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SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 117a – We Announce ThinkGeek Mega Giveaway, Discuss Current TV Ratings, Star Trek Online News, and More.


SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 117a

We Announce ThinkGeek Mega Giveaway,

Discuss Current TV Ratings, Star Trek Online News, and More.


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  • Trivia
  • Convention News:  Guest added to Farpoint 2012
  • TV News: TV ratings news
  • Miracle Laurie News
  • Movie News:  Batman: Dark Knight Rises News
  • DVD/Blu Ray News:  Connan the Barbarian release date
  • TWIST:  Star Trek Online going free,  Wanna be a red shirt?  Life After Trek Pod Cast interviews another Trek Alumni
  • Sci Fi Five @5: The Quotable Walter Bishop


Question: Name an actor who was most recently seen in Warehouse 13 and has starred in such sci fi / fantasy classics such as Weird Science,  Edward Scissorhands and Batman: Dark Knight Returns.

Answer: Anthony Michael Hall
Prize: Signed Gary Lockwood and Keir Dellea (Frank and Dave) print from 2001.
Winner: Brett Holleman


Convention News:

Kristin Bauer  from True Blood is going to be a Farpoint Con

TV News:

Walking Dead ratings up, Terra Nova down and 13 other genre shows


How’s your favorite show doing as we enter the home stretch of the fall? This week, Terra Nova continued to decline, Grimm lost some of its premiere audience, The Vampire Diaries got a surprising spike, and The Walking Dead remained on top of Sunday night cable.Check out our chart and the analysis below for all the details on how your favorite shows fared in Live + Same Day ratings.


Terra Nova (FOX)

6.59 million viewers/2.1/6 share

TerraNovaNightfall110911.jpgYou can chalk some of it up to loyal viewers taking time to trick or treat with their kids, but it’s still hard to deny Terra Nova is losing ground. Its fifth episode Halloween night was the lowest rated broadcast of the series so far, and it’s now lost nearly 3 million from its premiere crowd back in September. Six and a half million viewers isn’t bad, sure, but when you consider how much it costs to produce, Terra Nova could be in serious trouble.


American Horror Story (FX)

2.74 million viewers/1.6

AmericanHorrorStory110911.jpgHere’s a show that keeps going strong. It’s not back up to its premiere numbers (which topped 3 million), but American Horror Story’s fifth episode was still the second most-watched cable program on its night, and it only lost the top slot to South Park by 100,000 viewers.


The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

15.98 million viewers/5.4/16 share

BigBangTheory110911.jpgThe Big Bang Theory earned a season high of almost 16 million viewers this week, and easily won its night in viewers, rating and share. There’s not much else to say. This show is just a powerhouse.

Person of Interest (CBS)

11.76 million viewers/2.7/7 share

PersonofInterest110911.jpgThough viewers in the 18-49 demo tend to give more attention to its direct competitors (Bones, Grey’s Anatomy and The Office), Person of Interest continues to win its time slot in terms of total viewers. This week it picked up 100,000 more from last week, and though it’s not back up to its early season numbers (which topped 13 million at the premiere), it was still the number four most-watched show on the night, and the only shows watched more were its CBS brethren.

The Vampire Diaries (CW)

3.51 million viewers/1.6/5 share

VampireDiaries110911.jpgMore good news for The Vampire Diaries. Last week it earned season high numbers, and this week it topped those, gaining another tenth of a ratings point and another share point. It also managed to beat a major network show, Charlie’s Angels, in its time slot.

The Secret Circle (CW)

2.26 million viewers/0.9/2 share

SecretCircle110911.jpgThe Secret Circle is holding steady at just under one whole ratings point and just over two million viewers a week. Because we’re talking about the CW, it’s sort of hard to tell if that’s enough. The show is still pulling in its key demo viewers (young women), but it’s losing more than a million viewers from its lead-in show, The Vampire Diaries. In the end, it’ll just be a question of whether or not this show is worth keeping around for 2 million viewers.


A Gifted Man (CBS)

8.55 million viewers/1.2/4 share

AGiftedMan110911.jpgThe ghostly medical drama returned from an off week with a little bit of a slump, dropping one tenth of a ratings point and one share point for its sixth episode. But in terms of total viewers it still crushed every other show in its time slot, and the only shows watched more on Friday nights are the shows that follow it on CBS.

Chuck (NBC)

3.10 million viewers/0.9/3 share

Chuck110911.jpgIt was a bad week for Chuck. It seemed like the World Series got in the way of higher premiere numbers, but it turns out the numbers are even smaller this week. The show lost three hundred thousand viewers and one tenths of a ratings point in the second week of its final season, but held on to its share. Chuck has nothing to lose at this point, but it’s still bad news for the perennially struggling NBC.

Fringe (FOX)

3.21 million viewers/1.3/4 share

Fringe110911.jpgAfter two weeks off, Fringe returned and actually gained a tenth of a ratings point for its fifth episode of the season. It’s not posting incredible numbers, but at least it’s showing signs of being consistent.

Grimm (NBC)

6.01 million viewers/1.8/6 share

Grimm110911.jpgLast week the big news was that Grimm had strong numbers in spite of the World Series finale, but having that game out of the way hasn’t done it any favors. It actually lost about half a million viewers and three tenths of a ratings point in its second week. It’s still the highest-rated show of its time slot (though not the most-viewed), but it remains to be seen how many of those six million viewers will keep holding on.

Supernatural (CW)

1.84 million viewers/0.8/2 share

Supernatural110911.jpgIn its seventh week of the season Supernatural finally caught a numbers spike, taking on 100,000 more viewers than last week and hitting an 0.8 rating for the first time since its season premiere. It’s not much, but it’s a good sign for a show that hasn’t seen a lot of good signs so far this year.

Clone Wars (TOON)

1.56 million viewers/0.3

StarWarsCloneWars110911.jpgClone Wars lost 200,000 from last week’s viewership, but that’s not the problem. The fact that it lost two tenths of a ratings point might be a problem. This show has that built-in Star Wars power, sure, but a slip like that isn’t something you can just ignore.

Sanctuary (Syfy)

1.25 million viewers/0.4

Sanctuary110911.jpgSanctuary bounced back a little this week, gaining a tenth of a ratings point and about 50,000 more viewers. It’s not a massive leap, but it’s a move in the right direction. Let’s just hope this show can start keeping its numbers stable as we head into November.


The Walking Dead (AMC)

6.29 million viewers/3.4

WalkingDeadRatings110911.jpgAMC’s zombies bounced back a little in their fourth week of the season, picking up three tenths of a ratings point from their third week. The show isn’t back up to the more than 7 million viewers of its season premiere, but it doesn’t have to be, because nothing else on Sunday night cable can touch it.

Once Upon A Time (ABC)

11.45 million viewers/3.8/9 share

OnceUponaTimeSnowFalls110911.jpgOnce Upon A Time continues to hold the crown of most-watched scripted broadcast show on Sunday nights through its third week, despite losing one tenth of a point and two hundred thousand viewers. The show’s numbers haven’t fully stabilized yet, and we have to see what November sweeps will bring, but ABC already gave this a full season order, and the numbers continue to look promising Miracle Laurie News:

Lust for Love: Miracle Laurie joins the cast! 32 hours to go!

We’ve been building our team, and are thrilled to announce that Miracle Laurie has joined the cast, Shawna Trpcic has agreed to be our costume designer, and Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen have offered us some of their songs for the movie. These guys are all ex-Dollhouse, which means they’re already friends and we know they’ll be great to work with.We should be announcing the other lead female role of the childhood sweetheart soon too!The campaign ends in 32 hours, but please share the love on Twitter, Facebook or by emailing your friends, family, and nemeses the link to our Kickstarter page. We’re stretching this budget as far as it will go, bringing on the best people, the best locations, and the highest technical quality possible, so each new pledge really does make a difference!Thank you all for your support so far and as we hit the home straight. With love and appreciation, the growing Lust for Love team.

Movie News

The Dark Knight Rises Six Minute Prologue Gets Rated PG-13


Just last month, we brought you the news about Warner Bros. Pictures‘ plans to present a six-minute prologue for director Christopher Nolan‘s forthcoming bat-film, The Dark Knight Rises prior to early release showings of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol in IMAX theaters on December 16th. Shortly thereafter, AMC Theatres confirmed the story and added that the aforementioned prologue will only be played at 70mm IMAX screens and not any digital IMAX locations.

Now, BoxOfficeMojo reports that the MPAA has given the prologue itself a PG-13 rating, for “some violence.” Both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight in their entirety’s were rated PG-13, the entire film The Dark Knight Rises has not yet been officially rated.

The Dark Knight Rises is slated to hit theaters on July 20th, 2012.

 DVD/Blu Ray News:

Conan the Barbarian Hits Blu-ray and DVD Next Month

Friday, November 04th, 2011


One of history’s most iconic action heroes makes his home entertainment debut when Lionsgate releases CONAN THE BARBARIAN on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D +Blu-ray +DVD + Digital Copy). The film will also be available on DVD and for Digital Download and On Demand November 22, 2011. Check out all the details and the trailer below!A home entertainment debut as fierce as the warrior himself, Conan The Barbarian brings the iconic action hero back! Based on the character of Conan as originally created by Robert E. Howard, a boy born on the battlefield grows into a hulking warrior hell-bent on avenging his father’s death. But Conan’s personal vendetta soon escalates into an epic battle of impossible odds, facing the fiercest of rivals and the most horrific of monsters. Loaded with special features, the Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and 2D DVD contain audio commentaries and numerous featurettes. Own CONAN THE BARBARIAN on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and DVD November 22, 2011.

This Week in Star Trek :

Star Trek Online To Go F2P On Jan. 17

By Staff

November 10, 2011

And so it will begin on January 17, 2012. Star Trek Online, the popular MMORPG game from Cryptic, will officially become a free-to-play title on that fast-approaching date. As the game makes the shift to F2P, look for the stakes and rewards to be higher, high-end things tougher to amass and a game-changing addition/currency within the system… Dilithium.
A certain voice should sound very, very familiar as it recounts a failed mission to save the Romulan homeworld and reveals what ensued thereafter: the deaths of countless billions, the ends of worlds and a war to end all wars involving the Klingons, Romulans, Borg, Dominion, Federation and more. To quote that voice, “The fate of the galaxy rests in your hands.”

As reported on in September, players can download and play Star Trek Online at no cost and without having first bought a retail copy or subscription. Everyone can choose from Star Trek Online’s many features, which range from traversing the game’s unique galaxy to customizing crews, ships and avatars to weekly new episodes in which to play. A features matrix, FAQ, overview and assorted forums have been developed on the official Star Trek Online website to fill in the details of free-to-play for existing and new users.

To learn more about Star Trek Online free-to-play, click HERE


Be a “Redshirt” with IDW’s Star Trek Comics Contest

Wednesday, Nov 2nd, 2011

One grand prize winning fan and local retailer to be featured on an exclusive variant cover of a Star Trek comic!

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, IDW and CBS Consumer Products partner for Star Trek fan contest

Star Trek Ongoing #5 San Diego, CA (November 2, 2011)—Are you a comics fan who loves your local comics store? Are you willing to “die” to protect your retailer? Prove it, with the Star Trek “Be A Redshirt” contest! Starting today, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), IDW Publishing and CBS Consumer Products are giving Star Trek fans a chance to “Be a Redshirt” on the cover of an upcoming STAR TREK comic.

Originating in the classic Star Trek episodes and expanding to pop culture at large, a “redshirt” is a character that dies soon after being introduced. With the “Be a Redshirt” contest, the winning fan will have the honor of “dying” while heroically saving their retailer. The grand prizewinner will be featured as a “redshirt” on an upcoming cover of IDW’s new STAR TREK ongoing series, placing themselves between their local retailer and a phaser blast. The “Be a Redshirt” contest is open to any comics reader who thinks their local retailer is the best in the business.

“As redshirts are famous for always catching the phaser in Star Trek episodes, and as comic fans can be so loyal in defending their local retailer, it’s the perfect contest,” said Dirk Wood, IDW’s Director of Retailer Marketing, “And partnering with the CBLDF is perfect, because no one knows more about defending retailers than they do.”
To enter the “Be A Redshirt” contest, fans must e-mail their explanation in 300 words or less about why their retailer is the best to IDW at with the subject: Save My Retailer. The winning fan and their retailer will be depicted on a limited-edition variant cover of STAR TREK. This special cover will be limited to only 300 copies: 100 each to the winning fan and their retailer, plus 100 to CBLDF to help them continue the important and challenging work of defending retailers everywhere. The winning fan will also receive the original art, by the Sharp Brothers.

Launched in September, IDW’s new STAR TREK ongoing series explores the new Star Trek universe, following the events of the game-changing, blockbuster 2009 film. Joining forces with Star Trek writer/producer Roberto Orci, IDW and CBS explore the vast implications of the alternate timeline created by the film in this new, monthly, ongoing comics series that reimagines classic Star Trek episodes.

Under the creative direction of Orci, fan-favorite STAR TREK writer Mike Johnson and artists Stephen Molnar and Joe Corroney bring this alternate universe to life and begin the countdown to the highly anticipated Star Trek sequel. Following alternate-reality versions of “Where No One Has Gone Before” and “Galileo 7,” STAR TREK #5 kicks off a two-part re-imagining of “Operation: Annihilate.” This gripping episode brings Captain Kirk comes face to face with ghosts from his past when a rescue mission reunites him with the last person he expects to see.

In addition to print, STAR TREK comics are also available digitally through a variety of free apps, including, through the Apple’s iTunes: the Star Trek Comics app, the Comics by comiXology app and the IDW Comics app.

STAR TREK #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) is now available in comic stores and on iTunes. Diamond order code JUL11 0308.

STAR TREK #2 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) is now available in comic stores and on iTunes. Diamond order code AUG11 0309.

STAR TREK #3 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in comic stores and on iTunes in November. Diamond order code SEP11 0289.

STAR TREK #4 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in comic stores and on iTunes in December. Diamond order code OCT11 0359.

STAR TREK #5 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in comic stores and on iTunes in January. Diamond order code NOV11 0319.

Visit to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.

About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Toho’s Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at

About CBS Consumer Products
CBS Consumer Products manages worldwide licensing and merchandising for a diverse slate of television brands and series from CBS, CBS Television Studios and CBS Television Distribution, as well as from the company’s extensive library of titles, Showtime and CBS Films.  Additionally, the group oversees online sales of programming merchandise.  For more information, visit

(c) 2011 Paramount pictures Corporation.  TM & (c) 2011 CBS Studios Inc.  STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc.  All Rights Reserved.

Apple, the Apple logo, and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Content purchased from the iTunes Store is for personal lawful use only. Don’t steal music.

Life After Trek Podcast Episode 15 Featuring John Billingsley
By Captain Pyke | November 5, 2011 – 7:50 pm

Life After Trek Podcast Episode 15 Featuring John Billingsley

We’re pleased to announce the fifteenth episode of our “Life After Trek” podcast, featuring John Billingsley. We would like to thank the folks from Starbase Indy for hooking us up with John’s interview. Many of you remember that we covered the Starbase Indy convention last year and that we had a blast meeting all of the lovely Trek fans of Indianapolis. In this episode we talk in depth about John’s long career in Hollywood as well as some inside baseball topics about the business they call show. Of course, we also talk about John’s tenure aboard the NX-01 as the venerable Dr. Phlox.John has several appearance coming up including Starbase Indy (mentioned earlier), a Star Trek cruise with fellow Trek stars Garrett Wang and Denise Crosby, and he was just added to the roster of Creation’s Vegas convention 2012. We would like to say thanks to John for joining us on Life After Trek, we had a blast and he was an outstanding guest.DOWNLOAD THE EPISODE HERE

Sci Fi Five at Five:

The quotable Walter Bishop

5. “There is little that makes me happier than taking drugs. Perhaps administering them, designing and carrying out experiments that bend the plane of what we consider reality. I’m rarely if ever opposed to such things except now. But I tell you, you’ll damage yourself. Every time you go back in, the risk of permanent damage–seizures, aneurysms, memory loss, death… ” – (to Olivia, attempting to discourage her demand to return to the synaptic transfer tank) (The Dreamscape)   Season 1

4. “You know what? You know what you’re putting into our bodies? Death! Delicious, strawberry-flavored death!” – (emotional meltdown in the grocery store following Peter decision to leave him) (Northwest Passage)    season 2

3. “It’s perfectly understandable, son. In the ‘Seventies’, I innocently wandered into the wrong home and it was three days before I realized my mistake. And unlike Olivia, the woman with whom I was sharing a bed didn’t look like my wife at all.” – (to Peter, consoling him on the embarassing deception levied by Bolivia) (Entrada)    season 3

2.You should go for a walk sometime – explore the neighborhood. The other day I turned the wrong way in the street, and discovered that Busby’s… has the world’s best apple fritters. You see, I have everything I need where we live now.” – (to Astrid, …dense to Peter’s push for more private quarters) (Fracture)  season 3

1.  “…this type of auditory phenomenon, taken to its ultrasonic extreme, can be fatal, and the way it affects the brain, it could well have induced some type of vegetative trance before death… …silent but deadly. Speaking of which, you might like to take a step away. ” – (to Peter and Astrid, solving the overall science case, while simulatneously creating a local bio-hazard) (The Box) season 3

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