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


SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 125

Our Interview with Tricia Helfer from Battlestar Galactica,

Warehouse 13, No Ordinary Family and More.


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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.


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


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, 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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February 2nd, 2012


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


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:

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.

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

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.)




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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  1. Art Pennington February 15, 2012

    The reason Fringe is getting a March break is not to run new episodes against the NCAA basketball tournament.

  2. Scott February 16, 2012 — Post Author

    That makes sense actually, though I really wonder if watchers of Fringe are die-hard March madness fans. At least FOX is trying to make sure there is little competition. Are the games on FOX? Do you know?

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