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Syfy orders six-hour event series 'Ascension'

Syfy, returning to its long-form programming roots, has ordered six-hour event series Ascension from Smallville scribe and producer Philip Levens.

The space opera, according to Syfy, will focus on a covert space mission launched by the U.S. government in 1963, which sent hundreds of men, women, and children on a century-long voyage aboard a starship called Ascension to populate a new world. Passengers aboard the spaceship begin to question the true nature of their mission after the mysterious murder of a young woman takes place nearly 50 years into their voyage, as they being to approach the point of no return.
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InsideTV Podcast: Toby Stephens on hunting for pirate treasure on 'Black Sails'

No parrots. No peg legs. No eye patches. You will find none of those things in Starz’s new pirate drama Black Sails (which debuts Jan.25). What you will find, however, is a big sweeping adventure in the pursuit of treasure. And leading that pursuit is none other than Toby Stephens, who stopped by the Entertainment Weekly Radio studios (SiriusXM, channel 105) to chat all about it. And he reveals that when he was originally approached about starring on a pirate show, he had no interest. “When my agent sent me the script,” says Stephens, “I just went, ‘forget it.’” But then he finally read the darn thing and enlisted in what has the potential to be Starz’s biggest hit since the dearly departed Spartacus.

You can now hear the entire interview right here on the InsideTV Podcast. Stephens explains about life on the high seas, the pirate code of conduct, and why “they stopped at the teeth” when it came to making him and his shipmates look especially gross and grimy. Stephens also discusses his role in the James Bond universe, not only playing a villain in Die Another Day, but actually playing 007 himself as well. It’s a fun, rollicking chat that somehow manages to completely avoid the words “arrgh,” “matey,” and “scurvy” throughout. Just click the audio player icon below to listen in.

But that’s not all! We also break down all the Golden Globe television category shockers (Brooklyn Nine-Nine?) with Kristen Baldwin while weighing in on all things Jacqueline Bisset. And last, but certainly not least, Tricia Helfer stops by the studio to talk about her new ABC show Killer Women as well as her continuing friendship/partnership with fellow Battlestar Galactica alum Katee Sackhoff. The only question is: How much awesomeness can you handle? Because there is plenty of awesomeness to go around. READ FULL STORY

Comic-Con 2013 panel: The 35th anniversary of 'Battlestar Galactica'

The Project: Battlestar Galactica 35th Anniversary

The Panel: Richard Hatch (Capt. Apollo, Tom Zarek), Edward James Olmos (Admiral William Adama), Michael Nankin (director), Dr. Kevin Grazier (consultant), Michael Angeli (producer/writer), Kevin Murphy (producer/writer), Michael Taylor, Paul Leonard (producer), Lili Bordán (Dr. Becca Kelly) READ FULL STORY

'Agents of SHIELD': Clark Gregg's 'commanding presence' calls the tune for composer Bear McCreary

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At Comic-Con this week in San Diego, Bear McCreary will be introduced as the composer for the ABC pilot for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which aims to bring the Marvel Universe into primetime television with a mythology that is tethered somewhat to the silver screen exploits of the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D., the government agency that answers a world with thunder gods and gamma-green monsters.

McCreary’s new post will surprise exactly no one in San Diego. The classically trained pianist and graduate of USC’s Thornton School of Music has been in the ear of discerning genre fans in a big way the past decade as the composer of some truly distinctive themes — among them the unsettling strings that open AMC’s record-setting hit The Walking Dead and the dark tribal exhilaration of the drums that ushered in episodes of the Peabody Award-winning series Battlestar Galactica.

Jeph Loeb, the head of television for Marvel, said McCreary is a collaborator with boundless energy and a gift for finding the “emotional vibrancy” of moments and music and message. We caught up with the 34-year-old McCreary for a quick chat about music, heroes, Joss Whedon, and an old television show about an intergalactic garbage hauler.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: With a project like this there are so many questions from the get-go but is there a place you typically start that investigation? Do you start with pinning down facts or finding feelings?
BEAR MCCREARY: I like to bring something unique to every project I take on, something that can immediately hook the audience and tell them what show or film they’re watching, or game they’re playing. The furious tremolo strings at the beginning of The Walking Dead main title, or the heavy percussion of Battlestar Galactica are great examples. At first glance, I was nervous that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would be difficult to approach. … It ties together a cinematic universe that spans years of characters, storylines and scores by talented composers. The instant I saw the pilot, I connected immediately with the characters.
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WonderCon 2013: 7 fracking nuggets from the 'Battlestar Galactica' panel

The notorious fracking L.A. traffic did its best to derail the 35th Anniversary Battlestar Galactica panel that kicked off WonderCon 2013.

Thankfully, star of the original and re-imagined BSG Richard Hatch, scientific advisor Kevin Grazier, and Producer Michael Taylor soldiered on even without Ellen Tigh and Lili Bordan (who arrived about halfway through — just in time for the favorite episode question). Right after a special encore showing of the 30th Anniversary tribute, Hatch and crew went straight to audience questions which ran the gamut from the nostalgic to the technical.

Below, check out a few of the things we learned from the panel.

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'Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome': Ben Cotton on playing Lt. Coker Fasjovik -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Last year Syfy took a brief return trip to the world of its deep-space (and deep-thinking) epic Battlestar Galactica with the prequel Blood and Chrome. Originally conceived as a two-hour pilot, Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome was ultimately released as an online series of ten 12-minute acts. Now the whole two-hour movie is set for an unrated, uncut edition on Blu-ray and DVD, which will be released this Tuesday.

Blood and Chrome takes place during the First Cylon War and features an origin story for BSG’s Admiral William Adama. In this prequel, young Adama, recently graduated from the Academy, is assigned to the newest battlestar in the Colonial fleet – none other than Galactica itself. The eager young lieutenant soon finds himself at odds with his co-pilot, battle-weary Coker Fasjovik (Ben Cotton), who is eight weeks away from the end of his tour of duty.

Visual effects for Blood and Chrome were pulled off with digital reconstructions of Galactica, using scans made of the original sets before they were dismantled. Check out an EW exclusive featurette on the project’s effects below. Then read on for our chat with Cotton about how he crafted his character, his experience with Blood and Chrome’s visual effects and what advice he has for BSG actress Katee Sackoff as she enters the Chronicles of Riddick franchise, which he starred in eight years ago.
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'Battlestar Galactica' prequel being released online Friday -- EXCLUSIVE

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It’s a three-year wait for more Star Wars. Six months for more Star Trek. But guess what? Battlestar Galactica returns in only four days.

Universal Cable Productions’ long-awaited Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome has not only found a distribution outlet, but it’s getting a super-close premiere date. Plus, there’s a rather spectacular new trailer (below).

Here’s the raw essentials: BSG: B&C is a prequel movie being presented as ten, 7-12-minute episodes on young-male-targeted entertainment company Machinima’s YouTube channel, called Machinima Prime. The first episode will be released on Friday, Nov. 9, with the remaining episodes rolled out over the next four weeks. In early 2013, the two-hour version of B&C will air on Syfy, followed by the release of an unrated version on home video.

Such a three-tiered windowing release strategy (online, network and DVD, all within a few months) is considered unique for a TV series. READ FULL STORY

'Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome': Despite that cool trailer, spin-off will be a 'digital series'

After the one-season demise of Caprica, Syfy quickly greenlit the pilot of a new Battlestar Galactica spin-off prequel. Subtitled Blood & Chrome, the series was to focus on the first Cylon war, with a special focus on the formative war years of Bill Adama. The project had mostly disappeared, with rumors that it was being converted to a web series, until an impressive-looking teaser trailer started making the rounds on the internet after WonderCon. (NBC Universal has since pulled the video from YouTube.) The video resembled the trailer for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, right down to to the use of Trent Reznor’s version of “Immigrant Song,” and featured all of the robo-hunting spaceship-exploding action that the cerebral Caprica notably lacked. READ FULL STORY

Official: Katee Sackhoff returning to TV in crime drama

Katee Sackhoff has found another series. Since Battlestar Galactica ended three years ago, the actress has bounced around from NBC’s short-lived Bionic Woman to stints on Fox’s 24 to CBS’ CSI.

Now A&E has given a series order to her latest project, Longmire — described as a contemporary crime thriller from the producers of TNT’s The Closer. She’ll play a Philadelphia detective transferred to a small Wyoming town. Also in the cast: Robert Taylor and Lou Diamond Phillips. Longmire is set to become A&E’s fourth drama following The Beast, The Glades and Breakout Kings and will premiere next year.

'Battlestar' reunion: James Callis joins Ron Moore's magical NBC pilot

James-CallisImage Credit: Michael Buckner/Getty ImagesThe cast of Ron Moore’s 17th Precinct is getting increasingly familiar. First the former Battlestar showrunner tapped Viper top gun Jamie Bamber, and now Baltar himself James Callis has signed up. This is the drama project about cops patrolling a town where magic exists (let’s use that catchy pitch line one more time: “Harry Potter for grown ups”). Matt Long (The Deep End) is also cast.

Exclusive: Why Katee Sackhoff said no to 'True Blood'

katee-sackhoffImage Credit: Sylvain Gaboury/PR PhotosThe upcoming third season of True Blood will feature werewolves, same-sex crushes, threesomes, and a new king. But here’s one thing you won’t find on the HBO phenom when it returns next month: Katee Sackhoff. It’s not for lack of trying on the show’s part, though. Allow me to explain… READ FULL STORY

Scoop: Katee Sackhoff makes time for '24'

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Suddenly, I find myself counting the minutes until 24‘s new season. Perhaps this is why: Katee Sackhoff is joining the cast!

Sources confirm to me exclusively that the Battlestar Galactica heroine has been tapped to play the series regular role of Dana Walsh, a highly respected and down-to-earth data analyst at the new and improved New York branch of CTU.

Translation: Chloe-Starbuck catfight alert!

This fraktastic casting coup hit a road block last week when Sackhoff abruptly took herself out of the running, prompting me to post this blind item. But late Friday, word surfaced that the BSG badass was once again in the mix.

Here’s more scoop on Sackhoff’s character…

She’s in a relationship with
fellow agent Davis Cole (played by the just-cast Freddie Prinze. Jr.),
and she apparently has a skeleton in her closet she’s trying
desperately to keep hidden.

As I previously reported, 24‘s eighth season — which premieres Jan.
17, 2010 — will be set in the Big Apple and center on an assassination
plot against a visiting foreign leader (Slumdog Millionaire‘s Anil
Kapoor). In addition to Sackhoff and Prinze, new Day 8 blood includes
Forrest Gump’s Mykelti Williamson, Kissing Jessica Stein‘s Jennifer Westfeldt (as a journalist with ties
to Kapoor’s diplomat), and The Starter Wife‘s Chris Diamantopoulos (as
President Taylor’s Chief of Staff
).

Thoughts on Sackhoff’s casting? Is this going to be 24‘s best day ever? Comment away below!

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Casting scoops on 'Glee,' 'Greek,' 'BSG,' and more!

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•    Former Battlestar Galactica toasters Tricia Helfer and Michael Hogan are staying in Sci Fi’s orbit, signing on to guest star on the net’s new paranormal dramedy Warehouse 13 (premiering July 7). Helfer will play a Chicago-based FBI agent, while Hogan has been cast as the father of Warehouse heroine Myka (Joanne Kelly). In a fun little twist, Hogan’s real-life wife, Susan, will play the role of Myka’s mom. And if that’s not enough BSG for you, Mark Sheppard (who portrayed the Fleet’s morally flexible lawyer, Romo Lampkin) will appear as enigmatic figure who represents the organization that controls the Warehouse.

•    Everwood‘s Sarah Drew — whose ABC pilot Inside the Box didn’t make the cut for fall — is taking the crazy train over to Fox’s Glee. Sources confirm that the actress has landed the role of Suzy Pepper, an unstable senior who develops an obsessively creepy crush on her teacher. Drew is booked for one episode, but I hear there’s recurring potential.

•    Rumer Willis is having a baby! At least she’ll be pretending to have one on The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Bruce and Demi’s actress-offspring will play a pregnant teen in an episode to air in mid-August. Secret Life‘s second season gets underway June 22.

•    It sounds like the third season of Greek will be quite the religious experience. The show is casting the roles of a Mary-Elyse, a flirty Catholic girl who tries to recruit Cappie and Dale, and Pastor Dan, a laid-back minister who helps Dale get over his guilt issues. Season 3 kicks off Aug. 31.

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