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June 5th, 2014

Dominion to Premiere on SYFY

In the near future, 25 years after “The Extinction War” to be exact, a new city arises called Vega. The war started when archangel Gabriel formed an army of lower angels to wage war against mankind. The archangel Michael refused to join Gabriel, instead siding with humanity Cities such as Vega, which has formed from the ruins of what used to be known as Las Vegas, has been fortified with the help of Michael to protect human survivors. Starring in Dominion are Christopher Egan as Alex Lannon, Tom Wisdom as Michael, Roxanne McKee as Claire Riesen, Alan Dale as Gen. Riesen, Anthony Stewart Head as David Whele, Luke Allen-Gale as William Whele, Shivana Ghai as Arika, Rosalind Halstead as Sen. Becca Thorn and Carl Beukes as Gabriel.

Dominion premieres Thursday, June 19 at 9:00pm on SYFY.

 

May 28th, 2014

Season Premieres in June 2014

Some of my favorite TV show returning in June include Longmire, Beauty & the Beast, Royal Pains, Defiance, Falling Skies, Covert Affairs, Teen Wolf, Under the Dome and it’s True Blood’s final season!! What do you watch in the summertime?

Food Network Star (FOOD) Sundays @ 9:00pm, 10th Season Premiere June 1

Let the cooking begin!

Mountain Men (HISTORY) Sundays @ 9:00pm, 3rd Season Premiere June 1

To survive, mountain men must overcome cold, mean winters and predators, but the meanest wild beast is Mother Nature herself.

longmireLongmire (A&E) Mondays @ 10:00pm, 3rd Season Premiere June 2

Walt s arrest in the Season Three premiere.

Mistresses (ABC) Mondays @ 10:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere June 2

To help you prepare for the Season Two premiere, ABC has put together a list of “13 Things You Need to Know” before the premiere airs.

Beauty & the Beast (CW) Mondays @ 9:00pm, Season 2b Premiere June 2

Cat needs to figure out why Vincent has become full beast, but she will need a little help from friends J.T., Tess and Lowan.

Whose Line is it Anyway? (CW) Mondays @ 8:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere June 2

Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie continue their spontaneous improve games (without their buddy Drew Carey), prompted by ideas from the studio audience.

Man, Fire, Food (COOKING) Tuesdays @ 8:00pm, 3rd Season Premiere June 3

See inventive ways people cook with an open flame.

Shipping Wars (A&E) Tuesdays @ 10:00pm, 6th Season Premiere June 3

Storage Wars (A&E) Tuesdays @ 9:00pm, 6th Season Premiere June 3

Tanner Foust

Tanner Foust

Top Gear (HISTORY) Tuesdays @ 9:00pm, 5th Season Premiere June 3 Do not confuse this Top Gear with the one that airs on BBC America. This one is hosted by Americans Tanner Foust, Adam Ferrara and Rutledge Wood.

Restaurant Stakeout (FOOD)

Wednesdays @ 9:00pm, 5th Season Premiere June 4

Careful, some bosses are watching even when you don’t think they are.

 

Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman (SCI) Wednesdays @ 10:00pm, 5th Season Premiere June 4

It’s a science thing for science nerds.

Party Down South (CMT) Thursdays @ 10:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere June 5

Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta (TLC) Fridays @ 9:00pm, 7th Season Premiere June 6

Finding Bigfoot (ANPL) Sundays @ 9:00pm, 6th Season Premiere June 8

Some people believe Bigfoot really exists.

Sister Wives (TLC) Sundays @ 9:00pm, 5th Season Premiere June 8

Major Crimes (TNT) Mondays @ 9:00pm, 3rd Season Premiere June 9

Pretty Little Liars (ABCF) Tuesdays @ 9:00pm, 5th Season Premiere June 10

They may be pretty, but they sure can tell some big ones!

Mark Feuerstein as Dr.  Hank Lawson

Mark Feuerstein as Dr. Hank Lawson

Royal Pains (USA) Tuesdays @ 9:00pm, 6th Season Premiere June 10

The Lawson brothers are back and still hanging out with their friends in the Hamptons. Tune in to see what adventures are in Hank, Evan, Paige, Divya, Boris, Jeremiah and Eddie’s future this summer.

Duck Dynasty (A&E) Wednesdays @ 10:00pm, 6th Season Premiere June 11

Graceland (USA) Wednesdays @ 10:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere June 11

Suits (USA) Wednesdays @ 9:00pm, 4th Season Premiere June 11

Monumental Mysteries (TRAVEL) Fridays @ 9:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere June 13

Discover the hidden secrets in some of America’s monuments.

Switched at Birth (ABCF) Mondays @ 8:00pm, Season 3B Premieres June 16

The Fosters (ABCF) Mondays @ 9:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere June 16

Perception (TNT) Tuesdays @ 10:00pm, 3rd Season Premiere June 17

It’s all a matter of perspective.

Rizzoli & Isles (TNT) Tuesdays @ 9:00pm, 5th Season Premiere June 17

Defiance (SYFY) Thursdays @ 8:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere June 19 Explore the game free on Wednesday, June 4.

Rectify (SUNDANCE) Thursdays @ 9:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere June 19

Rookie Blue (ABC) Thursdays @ 9:00pm, 5th Season Premiere June 19

Cold Justice (TNT) Fridays @ 9:00pm, Season 2B Premiere June 20

The cast of Falling Skies

The cast of Falling Skies

Falling Skies (TNT) Sundays @ 10:00pm, 4th Season Premiere June 22 The best show of the summer is back! Watch the trailer for Season Four. It’s better than reading words.

True Blood (HBO) Sundays @ 9:00pm, 7th Season Premiere June 22 (Final Season) Watch the final season trailer of True Blood.

Wipeout (ABC) Sundays @ 8:00pm, 7th Season Premiere June 22

Teen Wolf (MTV) Mondays @ 10:00pm, 4th Season Premiere June 23 What new challenges will Scott, Stiles and the rest of the group face this season?

 

Annie Walker & Auggie Anderson

Annie walker & Auggie Anderson

Covert Affairs (USA) Tuesdays @ 10:00pm, 5th Season Premiere June 24 Who is ready for more Annie and Auggie drama? Me!!

Sullivan & Son (TBS) Tuesdays @ 10:00pm, 3rd Season Premiere June 24

The Next Great Baker (TLC) Tuesdays @ 9:00pm, 4th Season Premiere June 24

Big Brother (CBS) Wednesdays @ 8:00pm, 16th Season Premiere June 25

Wilfred (FXX) Wednesdays @ 10:00pm, 4th Season Premiere June 25

A man. A dog. A man who thinks he is a dog. What’s he been smoking?

Beyond Scared Straight (A&E) Thursdays @ 10:00pm, 7th Season Premiere June 26

Insane Coaster Wars (TRAVEL) Sundays @ 7:00pm, 3rd Season Premiere June 29

Last Tango in Halifax (PBS) Sundays @ 8:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere June 29

Oooo, a secret wedding for Alan & Celia! What will their daughters think when they find out?

Unforgettable (CBS) Sundays @ 10:00pm, 3rd Season Premiere June 29

Xtreme Waterparks (TRAVEL) Sundays @ 8:00pm, 3rd Season Premiere June 29

Mysterious things are happening Under the Dome

Mysterious things are happening Under the Dome

Under the Dome (CBS) Mondays @ 10:00pm, 2nd Season Premiere June 30

Here’s a sneak peek of Season Two. See what’s in store for those trapped Under the Dome.

May 20th, 2014

The Wil Wheaton Project to Premiere on SYFY

The Wil Wheaton Project is a weekly topical comedy show hosted by actor, blogger and champion of geek culture, Wil Wheaton, The 30-minute show will offer a fast-paced, lighthearted exploration and celebration of all things within the realm of science fiction and genre entertainment. Each week, Wil provides his insider point-of-view, sense of humor and genre expertise as he dissects the week’s most popular and trending topics across science fiction film, television and pop culture, video games, viral videos and news. Wil is on his feet for the rapid-fire half hour, delivering witty commentary on the things he knows and loves in this golden age of sci-pop culture. The result is a fun appreciation and celebration of fandom and all things science fiction.

The Wil Wheaton Project premieres, Tuesday, May 27th at 10:00pm on SYFY.

May 16th, 2014

27 New TV Shows to Premiere in June 2014

New on TV in June 2014

This June, archangels Michael and Gabriel are in the middle of what has been dubbed “The Extinction War” that puts humans in the middle of their mess on Dominion. In Halt & Catch Fire, a disgruntled employee tries to reverse engineer IBM’s first PC for his own gain. Concept theme cars will be created in Motor City Masters. The Musketeers are keeping the streets safe in 17th Century Paris. A deadly virus nearly wipes out all of humanity save for the handful of people on The Last Ship who must find a cure to save humanity. Read on to find out what other new TV shows are premiering this June.

Programs listed by series premiere date.

Halt & Catch Fire (AMC)
Sundays @ 10:00pm,  Series Premiere June 1
A year ago IBM released its’ first major product – the IBM Personal Computer. Disgruntled former employee, Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace), forces his new employer, Cardiff Electric, into the PC race by getting them to agree to let him reverse engineer the newest technology. Joining Joe’s team of researchers are girl genius Cameron Howe (Mackenzie Davis) who puts her bright future in danger to work on Joe’s rogue PC project, and Gordon Clark (Scoot McNairy), a great engineer who has had many failed attempts at creating his own revolutionary product.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Kandi’s Wedding (BRAVO)
Sundays @ 8:00pm, Series Premiere June 1
Going against their families’ arguments, Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker have decided to go forward with their wedding plans.

Ladies of London (BRAVO)
Mondays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere June 2
Some American socialites are teaching some elite British women all about reality TV. Watch as British women Annabelle Neilson and Caroline Stanbury hold tea at exclusive polo clubs in London and have weekend getaways in the English countryside; the Americans who run in similar social circles in London are Juliet Angus, Caprice Bourret, Marissa Hermer and Noelle Reno.

Famous in 12 (CW)
Tuesdays @ 8:00pm Series Premiere June 3
In this reality competition, a family is moved to LA where they have 12 weeks to become famous. The family, consisting of members with various unique talents, will be given a series of challenges to meet. Harvey Levin will be on hand to help out, but it is up to the family to complete the task.

Untying the Knot (BRAVO)
Tuesdays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere June 3
When “I Do’s” turn into “I Don’ts” some couples turn to Vikki Ziegler for her advisement and mediation skills to help them divide their assets and stay out of court. Mark and Michael Millea are expert appraisers who assist Vikki in valuing the assets for a fair division.

Jennifer Falls (TV LAND)
Wednesdays @ 10:30pm, Series Premiere June 4
You know things are bad when you and your teenage daughter have to move back in with your mother. That’s what happens to career woman Jennifer Doyle (Jaime Pressley) when she loses her six-figure salary job.

Escape Club (E!)
Sundays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere June 8
Probably at some point in your life you have wished you could escape everything and go live on a beach. Escape Club gives 12 twenty-somethings a chance for this dream to come true on the luxurious beaches of Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. (I believe it is very unfair to have an age limitation.) All ages want to runaway to the beach.) But there is a catch. Cut off from the outside world, the young contestants must fight to maintain their spot on the beach. Visitors from back home will be visiting frequently, but it may not always be someone who will be welcomed with open arms. The grand prize is an all expenses paid life on the island for an entire year.

Frankenfood (SPIKE)
Sundays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere June 8
Move over waffles and chicken, Tony Luke, Jr. and Josh Capone are looking for the newest food craze.

Rev Run’s Sunday Suppers (COOKING)
Sundays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere June 8
With 4 of his 6 children out on their own, the supper table banter has become sparse at Rev’s house. To fill up spaces at the supper table, Rev and his wife Justine have decided to entice their children, along with some special friends, to their Sunday supper table by dishing up family favorites such as Rev’s Famous BBQ dish and Justine’s lasagna. The supper table is not just about the meal, it’s who you share it with.

Murder in the First (TNT)
Mondays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere June 9
Two seemingly unrelated murders are linked together by a Silicon Valley genius (played by Tom Felton). Homicide Detectives Terry English (Taye Diggs) and Hildy Mulligan (Kathleen Robertson) must dig further into the cases to find out more.

Chasing Life (ABC FAMILY)
Tuesdays @ 9:00pm Series Premiere June 10
In an attempt to make her way up the ladder, an ambitious journalist, April (Italia Ricci), tries her best to impress her stuffy editor. But one day April’s estranged uncle tells her she has cancer and her world is turned upside down.

Abby’s Studio Rescue (LIFETIME)
Tuesdays @ 9:00pm, Series Premiere June 17
Abby Lee Miller (Dance Moms) is helping struggling dance studios get back on their feet.

Dominion (SYFY)
Thursdays @ 9:00pm, Series Premiere June 19
“The Extinction War” happened when Archangel Gabriel (Carl Beukes) formed an army of lower angels and waged war on mankind. Archangel Michael (Tom Wisdom) took the side of the humans against Gabriel and now, 25 years later, is guarding the city of Vega which arose from the ruins of what was Las Vegas. Also starring in “Dominion” are Christopher Egan as Alex Lannon, Roxanne McKee as Claire Riesen, Alan Dale as Gen. Riesen, Anthony Stewart Head as David Whele, Luke Allen-Gale as William Whele, Shivana Ghai as Arika, and Rosalind Halstead as Sen. Becca Thorn.

Almost Royal (BBC AMERICA)
Saturdays @ 10:00pm Series Premiere June 21
There’s “real” royal blood and then there’s “almost” royal blood that runs through the veins of the distant relatives related to royals. Georgie & Poppy Carlton (Ed Gamble & Amy Hoggart) are Almost Royal. As distant descendants of the British Royal Family, the two young British nobles have lived favored lives. The siblings have no idea how to drive a vehicle, have never worked a day in their life, but, they do know how to bark orders at the hired help. Georgie and Poppy are going on an unofficial royal tour of the USA and have agreed to allow a camera crew to follow them in their overseas adventure.

Rising Star (ABC)
Sundays @ 9:00pm, Series Premiere June 22
In yet another singing competition, ABC has come up with a way to keep viewers watching reality TV in real time. For the first time ever the viewers’ votes will be taken via an App in real time during the singer’s performances.

The Last Ship (TNT)
Sundays @ 9:00pm, Series Premiere June 22
A virus has run rampant across the world nearly decimating humanity. The crew onboard the U.S.S. Nathan James, a Navy destroyer that is in the middle of the ocean, has avoided the virus. Led by Captain Tom Chandler (Eric Dane), armed only with what they have on board, the crew must find a cure to save themselves and humanity. On board the ship is and paleomicrobiologist Rachel Scott (Rhona Mitra) and Chandler’s second-in-command, who is a former homicide detective, XO Mike Slattery (Adam Baldwin). The Last Ship is based on the popular novel by William Brinkley and is executive produced by Michael Bay.

The Musketeers (BBC AMERICA)
Sundays @ 9:00pm, Series Premiere June 22
King Louis XIII has three Musketeers Athos (Tom Burke), Aramis (Santiago Cabrera) and Porthos (Howard Charles) as his personal body guards on 17th Century Paris. D’Artagnan (Luke Pasqualino) meets the Musketeers while on a quest in Paris. The shadowy D’Artagnan seems to have the natural ability to find women and trouble, not necessarily in that order. Constance Bonacieux (Tamla Kari) becomes involved with the Musketeers’ antics when she becomes entangled with D’Artagnan. Also starring in “The Musketeers” is Peter Capaldi (Cardinal Richelieu), Maime McCoy (Milady), Tamla Kari (Queen Anne) and Hugo Speer (Captain Treville, the commander of the Musketeers).

Cee Lo Green’s The Good Life (TBS)
Mondays @ 10:30pm, Series Premiere June 23
The legendary hip-hop group Goodie Mob reunites when Cee Lo Green teams up with his friends Big Gipp, T-Mo and Khujo to work on a new album. Go behind the scenes to find out what it takes to produce a hip-hop album and plan a mini-tour.

Motor City Masters (TRUTV)
Tuesdays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere June 24
Hosted by Brooke Burns, each episode of “Motor City Masters” will have a different theme with which the contestants will have to base their design ideas on when creating a new concept car.

Tyrant (FX)
Tuesdays TBD, Series Premiere June 24
Baladi (a fictional Middle Eastern country) is in turmoil and has been for many, many years. Bassam “Barry” Al Fayeed (Adam Rayner), the son of the dictator of Baladi, has exiled himself in LA for the past 20 years and has an American family. Barry is returning to Baladi for his nephews wedding. Accompanying him will be his wife, Molly (Jennifer Finnigan), and their 2 teenagers.

Million Dollar Listing: Miami (BRAVO)
Wednesdays @ 9:00pm, Series Premiere June 25
When high-end mansions and high-rise apartments decked out in luxurious amenities with amazing beach views are sold, commissions are high for the real estate agent that held the big listing in Miami. The luxury real estate agents battling for the next big listing in Miami are Chad Carroll, Chris Leavitt, and Samantha DeBianchi.

Mystery Girls (ABC FAMILY)
Wednesdays @ 8:30pm, Series Premiere June 25
They used to be famous when they played detectives on the hit TV show Mystery Girls. Now Charlie Contour (Jennie Garth) is a wife and mother, but Holly Hamilton (Tori Spelling) longs for her TV glory days. Holly gets her wish when Nick (Miguel Pinzon) is witness to a crime. He is also a BIG fan of Mystery Girls and will only talk to the infamous detectives as they are thrown back into the spotlight and on the case of a real life crime.

Taxi Brooklyn (NBC)
Wednesdays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere June 25
Disobeying direct orders, breaking strict rules and reckless driving are just a few of the reasons why Detective Caitlyn “Cat” Sullivan (Chyler Leigh) was demoted to foot patrol. But Cat is still determined to find her father’s killer, no matter what. Leo Romba (Jacky Ido) is a highly skilled taxi driver Cat meets while walking her new beat. Cat agrees to help Leo with his immigration status in return for transportation and his driving skills essentially turning him into Cat’s personal driver and sidekick as they search the NYC streets for her father’s killer.

Young & Hungry (ABC FAMILY)
Wednesdays @ 8:00pm, Series Premiere June 25
Gabi (Emily Osment) is a food blogger trying out to be a personal chef for Josh (Jonathan Sadowski), a young and wealthy tech entrepreneur. But first Gabi has to impress Josh’s aid (Rex Lee) with her cooking skills before her dishes will make it to the dinner table.

Girl Meets World (DISNEY)
Fridays @ 8:30pm, Series Premiere June 27
Surely by now you have heard of this spin off from ABC’s Boy Meets World. Ben Savage & Danielle Fishel, the actors that played the main characters from Boy Meets World, will reprise their roles as Cory and Topanga as well as other members of the original cast. Cory and Topanga have married, moved to NYC and now have a teenage daughter, Riley (Rowan Blanchard). The show will follow Riley and her best friend, Maya Hart (Sabrina Carpenter) as they start middle school. Cory is a middle-school history teacher at Riley’s school. Topanga is an entrepreneur running a restaurant that specializes in pudding. Other characters appearing on Girl Meets World are Riley’s little brother, Auggie (August Meturo), Cory’s omnipresent former educator and longtime mentor George Feeny (William Daniels), a potential love interest for Riley is Lucas Friar (Peyton Meyer) and nerdy Shamus Farkle (Corey Fogelmanis), one of Riley’s classmates.

Reckless (CBS)
Sundays @ 9:00pm Series Premiere June 29
Jamie Sawyer (Anna Wood), a litigator from Chicago, is in Charleston, SC representing disgraced cop Lee Anne Marcus (Georgina Haig) in a lawsuit against the CPD involving a police sex scandal case. Roy Rayder (Cam Gigandet) is her southern rival in the courtroom and the new City Attorney thanks to his powerful former father-in-law, Dec Fortnum (Gregory Harrison).

The Leftovers (HBO)
Sundays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere June 29
In a small New York suburb, Chief of Police Kevin Garvey is trying to maintain normalcy in his small portion of the world after 2% of the world’s population disappears. The Leftovers is based on the bestselling novel by Tom Perrotta.

 

March 28th, 2014

12 New TV Shows to Debut in April 2014

New on TV in April 2014

The air is getting warmer, trees are budding, and flowers are poking their heads through the ground. Yes, spring is in the air, and you know what that means – new TV shows! This April, there are 12 brand spanking new shows for you to check out. Read on below to find out what they are and when they will premiere.

Programs listed by premiere date.

Triptank (COMEDY CENTRAL)
Wednesdays @ 10:30pm, Series Premiere April 2
Larry David, Wayne Brady, Kumail Nanjiani, and Zach Galafianakis make unfiltered animated shorts.

Silicon Valley (HBO)
Sundays @ 10:30pm, Series Premiere April 6
Can the successful people of Silicon Valley handle the gold rush of modern technology offered there?

Turn (AMC)
Sundays @ 9:00pm, Series Premiere April 6
Turn is the untold story of America’s first spy ring.

Years of Living Dangerously (SHOWTIME)
Sundays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere April 6
First-hand reports are provided from those affected by, and seeking solutions for, disasters such as Hurricane Sandy and the drought in the Middle East. Labeled as a groundbreaking documentary, Years of Living Dangerously explores the human impact of climate change.

Friends with Better Lives (CBS)
Mondays @ 8:30pm, Series Premiere April 7
“My friend has a better life than I do,” think six friends all at once. Jules (Brookyn Decker) is on cloud nine after announcing her engagement with Lowell (Rick Donald) which leaves Kate (Zoe Lister-Jones), a successful career woman, the last single female friend. Will (James Van Der Beek) is also single via a recent divorce and living up the bachelor lifestyle while secretly pining for his ex-wife. Last but not least is Andi & Bobby (Majandra Delfino & Kevin Connolly) the happily married couple with a toddler and a bun in the oven who, at times, wish for their care-free days.

Metal Hurlan Chronicles (SYFY)
Mondays @ 8:00pm, Series Premiere April 14
This 12-episode series will take viewers to 12 different planets with a new cast each week. The planets are linked by the presence of a mysterious asteroid which plays an important role in everyone’s lives. The cast includes Joe Flanigan, Michael Jai White, Rutger Hauer and James Marsters. Metal Hurlan Chronicles is based on the comic’s anthology Metal Hurlant.

Fargo (FX)
Tuesdays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere April 15
A manipulative man sets a small time insurance salesman on a destructive path. This 10-episode limited series true crime story stars Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo.

The Real History of Science Fiction (BBC AMERICA)
Saturdays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere April 19
Space exploration, aliens, time travel, artificial intelligence and robots are the four basic themes that make up the science fiction genre on television. Its impact on literature, television, and cinema has been huge. Each episode of this 4-part docu-series will take a look at one of these basic themes. Some of the greatest pioneers of the genre will be featured including Star Wars, Doctor Who, the Terminator and H.G. Well’s War of the Worlds.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered (HALLMARK)
Sundays @ 8:00pm, Series Premiere April 20
Oliver O’Toole (Eric Mabius) is the leader of a group of postal detectives looking to track down the intended recipients of undeliverable mail. Also on the team are Rita Haywith (Crystal Lowe), who has a photographic memory; master researcher Norman Dorman (Geoff Gustafson); and techie Shane McInerney (Kristin Booth), who is the newest team member.

Faking It (MTV)
Tuesdays @ 10:30pm, Series Premiere April 22
Two best friends, Karma and Amy (Katie Stevens and Rita Volk) want to be in with the popular crowd, but just don’t have what it takes. When they are mistakenly labeled as lesbians, their popularity soars and the girls go with it. Faking It also stars Michael Willett, Gregg Sulkin and Bailey Buntain.

Bad Teacher (CBS)
Thursdays @ 9:30pm, Series Premiere April 24
When trophy wife Meredith Davis (Ari Graynor) gets dumped by her wealthy husband and left penniless, she schemes to try to land another one. Meredith is inspired by her friend’s stepdaughter, Lily (Sara Rodier), to put this 3-step plan into action: 1) Land a job at Lily’s high-class middle school, 2) meet and marry a rich, single dad, and 3) return to the lavish lifestyle she’s used to. Step 1 is easy as Principal Carl Gaines (David Alan Grier) is a pushover for a pretty woman and doesn’t recognize a phony resume when he sees Meredith’s. But former high school classmate Joel (Ryan Hansen), who is now a gym teacher at the school could be a problem, but turns out he’s happy to sit back and watch the antics play out. Also on staff are shy Irene (Sara Gilbert), who is excited at the possibility of having a new best friend; and Ginny (Kristin Davis), the Faculty President who pokes her nose in everyone’s personal business. Meredith dispenses life-lessons to Lily and her friends while keeping a sharp eye out for the next husband to be.

Black Box (ABC)
Thursdays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere April 24
Doctors call the brain the black box. Bipolar neurologist Dr. Catherine Black works to unravel the mystery of the human brain at “The Cube,” a state-of-the-art neurological center in New York City. Dr. Black will diagnose and treat patients with rare conditions as viewers watch. “The Black Box” also stars Vanessa Redgrave as Catherine’s psychiatrist, Dr. Helen Hartramph; David Ajala as Will, a restaurateur; Ditch Davey as Dr. Ian Bickman, co-worker and neurosurgeon; Terry Kinney as Dr. Owen Morely, the medical director of The Cube; and David Chisum as Joshua Black, her brother.

March 11th, 2014

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge to Premiere on SYFY

Ten aspiring creature creators compete for a prize worth up to $100,000 plus an opportunity to work at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. All they have to do is out-imagine the next guy and be able to build mechanical characters in order to bring inanimate objects to life. Serving as mentors on the series will be animatronics master John Criswell, world-renowned designer Peter Brooke, mechanization and fabrication and artistic specialist Julie Zobel. Working alongside the creature creators they will be available for consultation and hands-on assistance. The creative challenges in the series will show the process behind creature building, from conceptual design to sculpting, mechanization and fabrication. Each episode will end with on-set performances of the elaborate and life-like creations. The creature creators will be tasked to create everything from hand puppets to large-scale theatrical creatures that can master the balance between realism and fantasy. Judging the whimsical beasts will be lead judge Brian Henson, Chairman of the Jim Henson Company and the Creature Shop. Additional judges include Creature Fabricator Beth Hathaway, credited with her works on Edward Scissorhands, Jurassic Park and The Walking Dead, and Creature Designer Kirk R. Thatcher who has worked on Return of the Jedi, Gremlins and E.T. Gigi Edgley will host.

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge premieres Tuesday, March 25 at 10:00pm on SYFY.

February 16th, 2014

19 New TV Shows to Debut in March 2014

New on TV in March 2014

Now that the Olympics are over spring is in the air and new TV shows are on the air. So after you finish that spring gardening, brisk walk in the woods, or day at the playground kick back and relax with some of these new TV programs premiering in March 2014.

 Programs listed by premiere date.

Southern Charm (BRAVO)
Mondays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere March 3
Six, young single people in Charleston, SC, are suffering from “Peter Pan Syndrome.” None of them want to grow up or settle down. These children, who are from prominent, powerful families, find there’s a fine line between balancing a career, living the high life and keeping the family name unmarred.

Those Who Kill (A&E)
Mondays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere March 3
In between searching for serial killers, Catherine Jensen (Chloe Sevigny) a newly appointed homicide detective, is also searching for her brother who has mysteriously disappeared. Thomas Schaeffer (James D’Arcy) is a forensic psychologist who adds Catherine in her investigations.

Close Encounters (SCIENCE)
Tuesdays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere March 4
Many UFO’s that are reported each year have logical explanations behind them. But the unexplainable ones are considered Close Encounters.

Beat Bobby Flay (FOOD)
Thursdays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere March 6; preview March 3
Iron Chef Bobby Flay is putting his reputation on the line when he faces off in a cooking challenge against non-professionals.

Sirens (USA)
Thursdays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere March 6
Hank and Johnny (Kevin Daniels & Michael Mosely) are best friends and EMT partners in Chicago while Brian (Kevin Bigley) is the new guy who still lives with his parents. Theresa (Jessica McNamee) is with the Chicago PD who still has a thing for Johnny even though they aren’t officially a couple any longer.

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (FOX)
Sundays @ 9:00pm, Series Premiere March 9
“Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” is takes up where Carl Sagan’s Cosmos: A Personal Voyage left off. Writer and executive producer Ann Druyan, who partnered with Sagan on the first Cosmos, has teamed up with Seth MacFarlane for this 13-part series that will be hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Online Dating Rituals of the American Male (BRAVO)
Thursdays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere March 9
If you want to watch guys troll for a date on the internet then this is for you.

Resurrection (ABC)
Sundays @ 9:00pm, Series Premiere March 9
8-year-old Jacob (Landon Gimenez) from Arcadia wakes up in a rice paddy in China with no recollection of how he got there. An immigration agent, J. Martin Bellamy (Omar Epps), takes Jacob to his home in Arcadia. There they find Henry & Lucille Langston (Kurtwood Smith & Frances Fisher), an elderly couple whose son, Jacob, died over 30 years ago. Even though they are much older, Jacob still recognizes them as being his parents. Sheriff Fred Langston (Matt Craven) steps in to try to help solve the mystery of who this boy really is. Sheriff Langston’s wife, Barbara, also died over 30 years ago while trying to save Jacob’s life. Jacob insists he is the same boy that supposedly died and begins to reveal secrets about his death that only he could know. Maggie Langston, (Devin Kelly) Fred’s daughter, begins to investigate Jacob’s claims and quickly discovers he is telling the truth. Will more dead people begin showing up in Arcadia? What happened to Jacob 30 years ago?

24 Hours on Earth (BBC AMERICA)
Tuesdays @ 9:00pm, Series Premiere March 11
Animals and plants use the 24-hour day cycle in their every days lives just as humans do. Find out how on “24 Hours on Earth.”

Chrisley Knows Best (USA)
Tuesdays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere March 11
Todd Chrisley is a self-made multi-millionaire living in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and children. Chrisley runs his family like he runs his business, with an iron fist and keeping track of where every penny goes.

Believe (NBC)
Sundays @ 9:00pm, Series Premiere March 16; preview March 10 @ 10:00pm
Telekinesis, the ability to control nature, levitation, and the ability to see the future. These are things you hear about on sci-fi shows. But Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) was born with these abilities. Fast forward 10 years and Bo is learning how to control her abilities. Wanting to exploit her abilities is a group of bad guys trying to kidnap her and make her do their bidding. Now has a protector named Milton Winter (Delroy Lindo). Milton employs Tate (Jake McLaughlin), an ex-con who was wrongfully put on death row. The trio must move from city to city to stay one step ahead of the bad guys leaving each city changed forever upon their departure. Also starring in “Believe” are Jamie Chung, Arian Moayed and Kyle MacLachlan.

Crisis (NBC)
Sundays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere March 16
When the children of powerful people in Washington, D.C. are all taking a field trip together, it makes it really easy for kidnappers to nab them all at once. They are held hostage creating a national crisis. How far will these powerful D.C. parents go to get their child back? “Crisis” stars Gillian Anderson, Dermot Mulroney, Lance Gross, Rachael Taylor, James Lafferty, Max Martini, Halston Sage, Stevie Lynn Jones, Max Schneider, Michael Beach, and Joshua Erenberg.

Celebrities Undercover (OXYGEN)
Tuesdays @ 10:30pm, Series Premiere March 18
Celebrities take on a new identity using prosthetic makeup in order to go undercover to find out what friends and fans really think of them.

The 100 (CW)
Wednesdays @ 9:00pm, Series Premiere March 19
Ninety-seven years ago, Nuclear Armageddon destroyed civilization on Earth. 400 inhabitants of the 12 international space stations were the only human survivors. Three generations have been born in space; their numbers are now up to 4,000 inhabitants. Even though the 12 space stations have been linked together to form their Ark of survival, resources are running low. To ensure humankinds future, extreme measure are being taken by the leaders of the Ark including population control and corporal punishment. Part of the population control means taking drastic measures such as secretly exiling 100 juvenile prisoners to Earth to be used a guinea pigs to determine whether or not Earth’s surface is habitable or not. This will be the first time in nearly a century that man has set foot on Earth. Among the 100 exiles are Wells (Eli Goree), son of the Ark’s Chancellor; the daredevil Finn (Thomas McDonnell); the brother/sister duo Bellamy and Octavia (Bob Morley & Marie Avgeropoulos), whose illegal sibling status has always led them to flaunt the rules, and Clarke (Eliza Taylor), the bright teenage daughter of the Ark’s chief medical officer. Unbeknownst to them about the situation with the exiled young people, the leaders of the Ark – Chancellor Jaha (Isaiah Washington), his second in command, Kane (Henry Ian Cusick), and Abby (Paige Turco), Clarke’s widowed mother continue to make the difficult decisions on the Ark concerning the continued existence of the human race. Meanwhile, the 100 are on what is essentially an alien planet to them that is both magical and deadly to them. They must find a way to overcome their differences and come together to ensure the survival of the human race and themselves. Also starring in “The 100″ are Kelly Hu as Cece, Christopher Larkin as Monty, and Devon Bostick as Jasper. “The 100″ is based on the upcoming book series by Kass Morgan.

American Dream Builders (NBC)
Sundays @ 8:00pm, Series Premiere March 23
Designer Nate Berkus will host American Dream Builders as well as judge. Other judges include Eddie George, a former NFL player turned landscape architect, and Monica Pederson, an interior design expert. Twelve contestants consisting of designers and home builders will compete in weekly projects. Each week one contestant is eliminated until the final 2 standing will go head-to-head for the chance to put their design into a Southern California home.

Living Alaska (HGTV)
Sundays @ 7:00pm, Series Premiere March 23
Is there someone out there that will really watch couples search for a home in Alaska? If so, this is the show for you.

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge (SYFY)
Tuesdays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere March 25
Ten aspiring creature creators compete for a prize worth up to $100,000 plus an opportunity to work at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. All they have to do is out-imagine the next guy and be able to build mechanical characters in order to bring inanimate objects to life. Serving as mentors on the series will be animatronics master John Criswell, world-renowned designer Peter Brooke, mechanization and fabrication and artistic specialist Julie Zobel. Working alongside the creature creators they will be available for consultation and hands-on assistance. The creative challenges in the series will show the process behind creature building, from conceptual design to sculpting, mechanization and fabrication. Each episode will end with on-set performances of the elaborate and life-like creations. The creature creators will be tasked to create everything from hand puppets to large-scale theatrical creatures that can master the balance between realism and fantasy. Judging the whimsical beasts will be lead judge Brian Henson, Chairman of the Jim Henson Company and the Creature Shop. Additional judges include Creature Fabricator Beth Hathaway, credited with her works on Edward Scissorhands, Jurassic Park and The Walking Dead, and Creature Designer Kirk R. Thatcher who has worked on Return of the Jedi, Gremlins and E.T. Gigi Edgley will host.

Surviving Jack (FOX)
Thursdays @ 8:30pm, Series Premiere March 27
In the 1990′s, Joanne (Rachael Harris) has decided to go to law school leaving her husband Jack (Christopher Meloni) in the full-time parent role. Jack is an oncologist and ex-military whose previous idea of parenting was to come home late, eat his supper, yell at the kids, and go to bed. Their teenage son, Frankie (Connor Buckley), grew 10″ over the summer, threw a no-hitter, is starting high school and is beginning to attract girls, but he just wants to be invisible. Now Jack has to learn to be a dad and guide his son through the trials of being a teenager, all without the help of Google. Surviving Jack is based on the autobiographical book, I Suck at Girls by Justin Halpern.

House of Food (MTV)
Mondays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere March 31
A group of aspiring chefs with no culinary training will live together in L.A. and compete for an apprenticeship. The contestants will learn together as they are led by 3 of the country’s best chefs.

February 10th, 2014

What’s New on TV This Spring 2014?

29 New Programs – Find Out What They Are Here

Spring is just around the corner and people are itching to get outside. But after you do that yard work, go on that hike or have that BBQ you’ve been longing for, it’s time to come inside and relax. Unwind from your long day by watching some new TV shows. Home Designers, chefs, supernatural abilities, aliens, space, political kidnappings, new Muppets, coming of age, saving the human race – these are just some of the topics you will find within the twenty-nine new TV programs coming in the Spring of 2014. Read on to learn what all the new spring TV programs are all about. There’s sure to be something for everyone.

Shows are listed in alphabetical order.

24 Hours on Earth (BBCA)
Tuesdays @ 9:00pm, Series Premiere March 11
Animals and plants use the 24-hour day cycle in their every days lives just as humans do. Find out how on “24 Hours on Earth.”

American Dream Builders (NBC)
Sundays @ 8:00pm, Series Premiere March 23
Twelve contestants consisting of designers and home builders will divide into 2 teams to compete in weekly redesign projects. Each week one team member is eliminated until the final 2 standing will go head-to-head for the chance to put their design into a Southern California home. Designer Nate Berkus will host as well as judge. Other judges include Eddie George, a former NFL player turned landscape architect, and Monica Pederson, an interior design expert.

Beat Bobby Flay (FOOD)
Thursdays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere March 6; preview March 3
Industry chefs would love the opportunity to face off against the popular Iron Chef, Bobby Flay. But only one of them will get the opportunity as they have to face each other first in a cook-off and be judged by Bobby’s friends and chef-colleagues to determine who will earn the rights to face the master. The last man or woman standing will have a slight advantage in the final as they get to pick the final dish to be prepared.

Believe (NBC)
Sundays @ 9:00pm, Series Premiere March 16; preview March 10 @ 10:00pm
Bo (Johnny Sequoyah) was born with extraordinary abilities – telekinesis, levitation, the ability to control nature and see the future. Fast forward 10 years where Bo is learning how to control her abilities. And like anyone with extraordinary abilities, there are bad guys trying to kidnap her and make her do their bidding. Because of that, she now has a protector named Milton Winter (Delroy Lindo). Milton employs Tate (Jake McLaughlin), an ex-con who was wrongfully put on death row. The trio must move from city to city to stay one step ahead of the bad guys leaving each city changed forever upon their departure. Also starring in “Believe” are Jamie Chung, Arian Moayed, and Kyle MacLachlan.

Black Box (ABC)
Thursdays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere April 24
The brain is still a medical mystery even to the experts. Doctors call it the black box. Bipolar neurologist Dr. Catherine Black works to unravel this mystery at The Cube, a state-of-the-art neurological center in New York City. Dr. Black will diagnose and treat patients with rare conditions as viewers watch. “The Black Box” also stars Vanessa Redgrave as Catherine’s psychiatrist, Dr. Helen Hartramph; David Ajala as Will, a restaurateur; Ditch Davey as Dr. Ian Bickman, co-worker and neurosurgeon; Terry Kinney as Dr. Owen Morely, the medical director of The Cube; and David Chisum as Joshua Black, her brother.

Chrisley Knows Best (USA)
Tuesdays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere March 11
Todd Chrisley is a self-made multi-millionaire living in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and children. They have everything money can buy. Chrisley runs his family like he runs his business, with an iron fist and keeping track of where every penny goes.

Celebrities Undercover (OXY)
Tuesdays @ 10:30pm, Series Premiere March 18
Celebrities take on a new identity using prosthetic makeup in order to go undercover to find out what friends and fans really think of them. I say careful what you do, you may not like what you hear.

Close Encounters (SCI)
Tuesdays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere March 4
Countless unexplained sightings from around the globe are reported each year. Many are documented and investigated. Most of them are “solved” when the “UFO” in question is documented as a strange weather pattern, a flight pattern, or even someone’s extraordinary imagination. But some still remain unsolved and remain unexplainable. These are the ones considered Close Encounters.

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (FOX)
Sundays @ 9:00pm, Series Premiere March 9
“Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” is meant to take up where Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage” left off. Writer and executive producer Ann Druyan, who teamed with Sagan on the first Cosmos, has teamed up with Seth MacFarlane for this 13-part series that will be hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Crisis (NBC)
Sundays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere March 16
When you put the children of powerful people all together on the same bus, it makes it really easy for kidnappers to nab them all at once and hold them hostage creating a national crisis. How far will these powerful Washington, D.C. parents go to get their child back? “Crisis” stars Gillian Anderson, Dermot Mulroney, Lance Gross, Rachael Taylor, James Lafferty, Max Martini, Halston Sage, Stevie Lynn Jones, Max Schneider, Michael Beach, and Joshua Erenberg.

Faking It (MTV)
Tuesdays @ 10:30pm, Series Premiere April 22
Two best friends, Karma and Amy (Katie Stevens and Rita Volk) want to be in with the popular crowd, but just don’t have what it takes. When they are mistakenly labeled as lesbians, their popularity soars and the girls go with it. “Faking it” also stars Michael Willett, Gregg Sulkin, and Bailey Buntain.

Fargo (FX) Tuesdays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere April 15 This 10-episode limited series true crime story stars Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo, a manipulative man who sets a small time insurance salesman on a destructive path.

Friends with Better Lives (CBS)
Mondays @ 8:30pm, Series Premiere April 7
Six friends are all thinking the same thing – “My friend has a better life than I do.” Jules (Brookyn Decker) is on cloud nine after announcing her engagement with Lowell (Rick Donald) which leaves Kate (Zoe Lister-Jones), a successful career woman, the last single female friend. Will (James Van Der Beek) is also single via a recent divorce and living up the bachelor lifestyle while secretly pining for his ex-wife. Last but not least is Andi & Bobby (Majandra Delfino & Kevin Connolly) the happily married couple with a toddler and a bun in the oven, who, at times, wish for their care-free days.

House of Food (MTV)
Mondays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere March 31
A group of aspiring chefs with no culinary training will live together in L.A. and compete for an apprenticeship. The contestants will learn together as they are led by 3 of the country’s best chefs.

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge (SYFY)
Tuesdays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere March 25
Ten aspiring creature creators compete for a prize worth up to $100,000 plus an opportunity to work at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. All they have to do is out-imagine the next guy and be able to build mechanical characters in order to bring inanimate objects to life. Serving as mentors on the series will be animatronics master John Criswell, world-renowned designer Peter Brooke, mechanization and fabrication, and artistic specialist Julie Zobel. Working alongside the creature creators they will be available for consultation and hands-on assistance. The creative challenges in the series will show the process behind creature building, from conceptual design to sculpting, mechanization and fabrication. Each episode will end with on-set performances of the creative life-like creations. The creature creators will be tasked to create everything from hand puppets to large-scale theatrical creatures that can master the balance between realism and fantasy. Judging the whimsical beasts will be lead judge Brian Henson, Chairman of the Jim Henson Company and the Creature Shop. Additional judges include Creature Fabricator Beth Hathaway, credited with her works on Edward Scissorhands, Jurassic Park and The Walking Dead, and Creature Designer Kirk R. Thatcher who has worked on Return of the Jedi, Gremlins and E.T.Gigi Edgley will host.

Living Alaska (HGTV)
Sundays @ 7:00pm, Series Premiere March 23
Is there someone out there who will really watch couples search for a home in Alaska? If so, this is the show for you.

Online Dating Rituals of the American Male (BRAVO)
Thursdays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere March 9 If you want to watch guys troll for a date on the internet then this is for you.

Penny Dreadful (SHO)
Sundays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere May 11
This series has taken some of literature’s frightening characters and put them all together on the same stage with Victorian London serving as the backdrop. Anything can happen when Dorian Gray, Dracula, and Dr. Frankenstein are loose in the city.

Resurrection (ABC)
Sundays @ 9:00pm, Series Premiere March 9
In a rice paddy in rural China an 8-year-old American boy wakes up with no idea how he got there or where he came from. After a while, he remembers his name is Jacob (Landon Gimenez) and he is from Arcadia. J. Martin Bellamy (Omar Epps), an immigration agent, takes Jacob to his home in Arcadia. There they find Henry & Lucille Langston (Kurtwood Smith & Frances Fisher), an elderly couple whose son, Jacob, died over 30 years ago. But even though they have aged, 8-year-old Jacob still recognizes them as being his parents. Sheriff Fred Langston (Matt Craven) steps in to try to help solve the mystery of who this boy really is. Sheriff Langston’s wife, Barbara, also died over 30 years ago while trying to save Jacob’s life. Jacob insists he is the same boy that supposedly died and begins to reveal secrets about his death that only he could know. Maggie Langston, (Devin Kelly) Fred’s daughter, begins to investigate Jacob’s claims and quickly discovers he is telling the truth. So what happened to Jacob 30 years ago? Will more dead people begin showing up in Arcadia?

Silicon Valley (HBO)
Sundays @ 10:30pm, Series Premiere April 6
Silicon Valley is a gold rush of modern technology but can the people that are successful there handle it?

Sirens (USA)
Thursdays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere March 6
Follow three guys deemed as some of Chicago’s best EMT’s. Hank and Johnny (Kevin Daniels & Michael Mosely) are best friends and EMT partners while Brian (Kevin Bigley) is the new guy who still lives with his parents. Theresa (Jessica McNamee) is with the Chicago PD who still has a thing for Johnny even though they aren’t officially a couple any longer. I have to admit I was disappointed when I learned that “Sirens” is about EMT’s and not a new sci-fi type series. Oh, well.

Southern Charm (BRAVO)
Mondays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere March 3
In Charleston, South Carolina, there is a tight-knit posh society in which some are descendents of Senators, Vice Presidents and “new” money. “Southern Charm” follows six single people, Craig Conover, Cameran Eubanks, Jenna King, Thomas Ravenel, Shepard “Shep” Rose, and Whitney Sudler-Smith, all of whom are suffering from “Peter Pan Syndrome,” none of them want to grow up and settle down. But there’s a fine line between balancing a career, living the high life, and keeping the family name unmarred.

Surviving Jack (FOX)
Thursdays @ 8:30pm, Series Premiere March 27
In the 1990′s, after putting her career on hold for 15 years or so to raise her son, Joanne (Rachael Harris) has decided to go to law school leaving her husband Jack (Christopher Meloni) in the full-time parent role. Jack is an oncologist and ex-military who tells it like it is. His previous idea of parenting was to come home late, eat the chicken, yell at the kids, and go to bed. Their teenage son, Frankie (Connor Buckley), grew 10″ over the summer, threw a no-hitter, is starting high school, and is beginning to attract girls but he just wants to be invisible. Now Jack has to learn to be a dad and guide his son through the trials of being a teenager, all without the help of Google. “Surviving Jack” is based on the autobiographical book, “I Suck at Girls” by Justin Halpern.

The 100 (CW)
Wednesdays @ 9:00pm, Series Premiere March 19
Nuclear Armageddon destroyed civilization on Earth 97 years ago. Four hundred inhabitants of the 12 international space stations were the only human survivors. Three generations have been born in space; their numbers are now up to 4,000. Even though the 12 space stations have been linked together to form their Ark of survival, resources are running low. To ensure humanities future, extreme measures are being taken by the leaders of the Ark including population control and corporal punishment. Part of the population control means taking drastic measures such as secretly exiling 100 juvenile prisoners to Earth to be used a guinea pigs to determine whether or not Earth’s surface is habitable or not. This will be the first time in nearly a century that man has set foot on Earth. Among the 100 exiles are Wells (Eli Goree), son of the Ark’s Chancellor; the daredevil Finn (Thomas McDonnell); the brother/sister duo Bellamy and Octavia (Bob Morley & Marie Avgeropoulos), whose illegal sibling status has always led them to flaunt the rules; and Clarke (Eliza Taylor), the bright teenage daughter of the Ark’s chief medical officer. Unbeknownst to them about the situation with the exiled young people, the leaders of the Ark – Chancellor Jaha (Isaiah Washington), his second in command, Kane (Henry Ian Cusick), and Abby (Paige Turco), Clarke’s widowed mother continue to make the difficult decisions on the Ark concerning the continued existence of the human race. Meanwhile, the 100 are on what is essentially an alien planet to them that is both magical and deadly. They must find a way to overcome their differences and come together to ensure the survival of the human race and themselves. Also starring in “The 100″ are Kelly Hu as Cece, Christopher Larkin as Monty, and Devon Bostick as Jasper. “The 100″ is based on the upcoming book series by Kass Morgan.

The Real History of Science Fiction (BBCA)
Saturdays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere April 19
Each episode of this 4-part docu-series will take a look at one of the basic themes that make up science fiction – space exploration, aliens, time travel, artificial intelligence and robots – and its impact on literature, television, and cinema. Some of the greatest pioneers of the genre will be featured including Star Wars, Doctor Who, the Terminator and H.G. Well’s War of the Worlds.

Those Who Kill (A&E) Mondays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere March 3
Catherine Jensen (Sevigny) is a newly appointed homicide detective searching for serial killers and her brother who mysteriously disappeared. Thomas Schaeffer (James D’Arcy) is a forensic psychologist who adds Catherine in her investigations.

Triptank (COMEDY CENTRAL)
Wednesdays @ 10:30pm, Series Premiere April 2
Watch unfiltered animated shorts made by inventive comedians including, but not limited to, Larry David, Wayne Brady, Kumail Nanjiani, and Zach Galafianakis.

Turn (AMC)
Sundays @ 9:00pm, Series Premiere April 6
The untold story of America’s first spy ring.

Years of Living Dangerously (SHO)
Sundays @ 10:00pm, Series Premiere April 6
Labeled as a groundbreaking documentary, “Years of Living Dangerously” explores the human impact of climate change. First-hand reports are provided from those affected by, and seeking solutions for, disasters such as Hurricane Sandy and the drought in the Middle East.

January 6th, 2014

Bitten to Premiere on SYFY

Based on the Women of the Otherworld novels by #1 NY Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong, Bitten is an emotionally charged supernatural thriller starring Laura Vandervoort as Elena Michaels, the lone female werewolf in existence. Desperate to escape both a world she never wanted to be part of and the man who turned her into a werewolf, Elena has abandoned her pack and taken refuge in a new city. There, she works as a photographer and hides her werewolf existence from her new boyfriend. When bodies start turning up in her pack’s backyard, Elena finds herself back at Stonehaven, the werewolves’ ancestral domain. Torn between two worlds and two loves, she quickly realizes that – when push comes to shove – she’ll stop at nothing to defend her pack. Bitten premieres Monday, January 13 at 10:00pm on SYFY.

 

September 6th, 2013

Haven Premieres Friday the 13th

Audrey says goodbye to Nathan before going into the barn.

When we last saw Audrey she was in the barn holding a dying James who informs her the only way to avoid going into the barn for 27 years is to kill Nathan. Although, it would end the troubles forever this is not something Audrey can do, so she resigns herself to enduring 27 years in the barn alone. Nathan and Duke try to stop her but are unsuccessful. The barn implodes as Audrey walks into it and Duke dives in with her wanting to protect her while she is on the other side.

The 4th season of Haven premieres Friday, September 13 @ 10:00pm on SYFY.

May 10th, 2013

“Primeval: New World” to Premiere on SYFY

Why are dinosaurs suddenly showing up in Vancouver? A team of animal experts and scientists are called upon to answer that question in “Primeval New World.” The Special Projects Group, led by Evan Cross (Niall Matter), includes Mac Rendell (Danny Rahim), a security specialist, Toby Nance (Crystal Lowe), a physics prodigy and Dylan Weir (Sara Canning), a predator control expert. The team receives a “little” help from the government in the form of Lieutenant Ken Leeds (Geoff Gustafson) who used to head up a department that, at one time,  investigated alien life forms and anomalies. Amanda Tapping (“Sanctuary” and “Stargate”) is on board to direct several episodes.

Primeval: New World premieres Saturday, June 8 @ 10:00pm on  SYFY.

May 8th, 2013

“Sinbad” to Premiere on SYFY

The cast of Sinbad

Newcomer Elliot Knight takes on the role of legendary character “Sinbad.”  Lord Akbari (Naveen Andrews) casts a curse on Sinbad when he accidently kills his son forcing Sinbad to leave his home. The curse doesn’t allow Sinbad on dry land for more than a day so he takes to the seas on a quest to search for an antidote for the curse. The Providence, a trusty, seaworthy ship, becomes his new home and travelers he meets along the way become his friends including a sailor named Gunnar (Elliot Cowan), Rina (Marama Corlett), a jewel thief, Nala (Estella Daniels) the aristocrat and the doctor/cook, Anwar (Dimitri Leonidas).

Sinbad premieres Saturday, June 8 @ 9:00pm on SYFY.

April 17th, 2012

“Doctor Who” Gets a New Companion This Summer

 

Jenna Coleman will become the Doctor's new companion. Photo by Peabody Awards © Wikimedia Commons

Jenna Coleman will become the Doctor’s new companion.
Photo by Peabody Awards © Wikimedia Commons

Farewell Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill).

Later this year, Jenna-Louise Coleman will become The Doctor’s (Matt Smith) new sweater-wearing companion on Doctor Who. Coleman will replace Karen Gillan, who, in addition to Arthur Darvill, will make a “heartbreaking departure after one final series of roller-coaster voyages.”

Here, Karen and Matt give advice to the new girl.

“It’s not often The Doctor meets someone who can talk even faster than he does, but it’s about to happen Jenna is going to lead him on his merriest dance yet,” executive producer Steven Moffat said of the new character. “Who she’s playing, how The Doctor meets her, and even where he finds her, are all part of one of the biggest mysteries the Time Lord ever encounters. Even by The Doctor’s standards, this isn’t your usual boy meets girl.”

What do you think of the new companion?

Click here for a Season 7 teaser trailer.

January 26th, 2012

The Darker Side of Sci-Fi TV in 2011

Tyler Posey is the new Teen Wolf Photo by Gage Skidmore (C) Wikimedia Commons

Tyler Posey is the new Teen Wolf
Photo by Gage Skidmore (C) Wikimedia Commons

The genre of science fiction TV is brought to life on TV using a lot of imagination and contains elements such as magicians, super heroes, and mystical powers. But some of these sci-fi shows show their darker side with aliens trying to take over Earth, devils and demons running rampant in our world, vampires sucking the life out of people and werewolves attacking anything in sight. These creatures all have to beware of special people that hunt them all to try to dispose of them. Here are my favorite 6 TV shows that showed the darker side of sci-fi TV in 2011.

FALLING SKIES (TNT)
(Summer)
One again the Earth is being attacked by aliens from outer space. This time Noah Wyle (ER, The Librarian) is leading the charge to take back our home planet from these new alien creatures known as Skitters and Mechs. The Skitters take control of human children by putting a ‘harness’ on them then controlling their movements and behavior through some sort of mental communication. The humans have finally found a way to safely remove the harness (or have they?) and return the retrieved children back to their parents.

SUPERNATURAL (CW)
Fridays @ 9:00pm
When their mother was killed by a demon when they were just little tykes, Sam and Dean Winchester’s (Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles) father, John (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), took them with him on his demon hunting adventures tracking down the demon responsible for his wife’s death. While their father was out hunting, Dean looked after Sam and learned the tricks of the trade along the way. As Dean got older he learned he gets premonitions of things to come and they’re not always good. With their dad AWOL, they guys turn to long-time friend and supernatural hunter Bobby (Jim Beaver) for help and advice. In their hunt for the demon that killed their mother, the Winchester brothers have close encounters with vampires, demons, banshees, zombies, ghosts and even the devil himself.

VAMPIRE DIARIES (CW)
Thursdays @ 8:00pm (Fall/Winter)
Brothers Damon and Stefan Salvator (Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley) look like ordinary high school students on the outside, but they are really vampires living in an old family mansion in the small town of Mystic Falls. The brothers have fallen for the lovely Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) who also lives in Mystic Falls and is the spitting image of Katherine, a vampiress the brothers both loved in 1864. Other supernatural creatures also live in Mystic Falls. Bonnie Bennett (Kat Graham) is Elena’s best friend and also a witch, and Tyler Lockwood (Michael Trevino) is a werewolf, an arch enemy of vampires. The Vampire Diaries is based on the book written by L.J. Smith.

V (ABC)
(2009- 2011)
In a 1980s remake, the Visitors are back on Earth secretly trying to take it over. There is a rebel alliance forming of people who have learned the truth surrounding the V’s but others are blinded by the technology and tricked by the human disguises the lizards wear. With too little too late attitudes being said of the action and little revealing of the lizards true skin underneath, and half the cast being offed in the first season finale, V was cancelled after its second season. Click here to check out some other human-looking aliens.

GRIMM (NBC)
Fridays @ 9:00pm (Fall/Winter)
The creatures from Grimm’s Fairy Tales are walking among us disguised as real people. Only special people known as “Grimm’s” can see these mythical creatures in order to track them down. Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) learns about his mythical powers when his aunt dies and leaves him her trailer full of Grimm creature history including weapons to fight them with and diaries full of insider information. Nick accidently befriends one of the creatures, who goes by the human name of Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), and the two become uncomfortable allies.

TEEN WOLF (MTV)
Summers
You might recognize the names of the characters in this reboot of a classic film but that’s when the similarities end as this show has a darker side than the original comedy. Teenager Scott McCall (Tyler Posey) is a high school Lacrosse player who mainly rides the pine until he discovers his secret identity and the fast, cat-like powers that come with being a teenage werewolf. Scott’s best friend Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) is still by his side accompanying him in his daily adventures and occasionally covering for him when Scott accidently goes all wolf on him because he is still learning how to control his powers.

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August 29th, 2010

“Warehouse 13″ Houses Many Interesting Artifacts

Edgar Allen Poe's Quill Pen  resides in "Warehouse 13" Photo by  Skydude176 © Wikimedia Commons

Edgar Allan Poe’s Quill Pen resides in “Warehouse 13″
Photo by Skydude176 © Wikimedia Commons

10 Most Interesting Artifacts from “Warehouse 13″

Located in South Dakota, “Warehouse 13″ is a facility located at K39 Triple Z on the North American grid. The building’s internal dimensions seem much greater than its external appearance (much like Dr. Who’s TARDIS), and have properties which contain the energies given off by its unusual contents. So far, the “Warehouse 13″ investigative team of Pete & Myka (Eddie McClintock & Joanne Kelly) have been assigned by “Warehouse 13′s” caretaker Artie (Saul Rubinek) to investigate and acquire, neutralize, or destroy (snag, bag and tag) 51 artifacts that were discovered outside of the warehouse. (This includes artifacts that may come in pairs such as Robert Louis Stevenson’s bookends which have been counted as 2 artifacts as opposed to one pair.) Of these 51 artifacts, 30 have been recovered, 9 have been destroyed, 1 possibly has been destroyed, 2 have been neutralized, 5 have not been recovered, and 4 are still undiscovered/not recovered that are from a set of 6 artifacts.

 Ten of the most interesting artifacts now safely tucked away in “Warehouse 13″ are as follows:

Timothy Leary’s Reading Glasses and Case 
(Recovered – “MacPherson”)
The wearer of Timothy Leary’s Glasses produces an LSD/psychedelic vision without LSD actually having to be used. A good example was when Pete was looking at Artie while wearing them but instead of seeing Artie he saw a wobbly, wavy-looking, big tusked walrus.

Albert Einstein’s Time Bridge
(Recovered – Eureka’s “Crossing Over”)
“Eureka’s” Henry Deacon and Dr. Trevor Grant (Joe Morton & James Callis, Battlestar Galactica) have been tinkering with Einstein’s Time Bridge Device and have run their first successful engine test. Claudia Donovan (Allison Scagliotti) from “Warehouse 13″ has stopped by to pick up some more neutralizing goo they use to neutralize bad artifacts that are recovered by the “Warehouse 13″ teams. But now full grown redwood trees are popping up in the middle of Global Dynamics, Jo (Erica Cerra) suddenly finds a bullet from 1947 lodged in her chest, and a plane appears out of thin air in Café Diem. Working on the bridge device has caused Dr. Grant to become a time travel magnet pulling items from his original timeline of 1947 into present day “Eureka.” Dr. Allison Blake (Salli Richardson-Whitfield) uses nanobot technology to remove the remove the exotic particles from Dr. Grant and send the time traveling items back to 1947 where they belong. Claudia takes the bridge device with her to be stored at “Warehouse 13.”

Imperceptor Vest
(Recovered – “Time Will Tell”)
The Imperceptor Vest is an invention belonging to H.G. Wells and she wants it back. (No, that is not a mistype – H.G. Wells is a woman on “Warehouse 13.”) She needs the Imperceptor Vest in order to safely navigate the walkways of the Escher Vault located in “Warehouse 13″ where an item of hers is being held. The Escher Vault is where the personal effects of cryogenically bronzed people are stored. It is like a living, breathing labyrinth room that shifts, twists and turns too fast for the naked eye to comprehend. The Imperceptor Vest is powered by antimatter and the wearer of the vest can move faster than the naked eye can see – even faster than a speeding bullet. People can navigate the Escher Vault safely only if wearing the vest or a pair of specially designed goggles. At least one person is still missing that entered the room without the aid of either item.

H.G. Wells’ Grappling Hook Gun
(Recovered – “For the Team”)
When Myka runs into H.G. Wells once again while investigating an artifact, H.G. saves Myka from a speeding van by using her homemade grappling gun to pull them to safety. At the end of “For the Team,” H.G. vanishes but leaves her grappling hook gun behind for Myka.

Mata Hari’s Stockings 
(Neutralized – “Merge with Caution”)
All the wearer of Mata Hari’s stockings has to do is have her victim come into contact with the stockings and they will do anything she asks of them. Even Artie, after numerous precautions, succumbs to the spell of a slinky blonde who is wearing Mata Hari’s stockings. To break the spell on Artie, Claudia puts a run in the stockings.

Harriet Tubman’s Thimble
(Recovered – “MacPherson” & “Time Will Tell”)
Harriet Tubman’s Thimble, using light refraction properties, causes people to see a different image than the one of the person wearing it.

Philo Farnsworth’s Transmutational Delivery Device 
Item 186A, Projector / Item 186B, Camera (Recovered – “Beyond Our Control”)
The “Warehouse 13″ team is stumped when Marines, cowboys, gladiator’s and tiger’s begin popping up in the nearby town of Univille. An avid fan of old movies, Pete soon puts the pieces together that these characters are all from movies that starred one of his favorite actors, Raymond St. James. The local postmaster has been using the projector, which was designed for the military to make the enemy believe they were seeing more soldiers than there really were, to watch a Raymond St. James movie marathon. But a side-effect of the projector is that it can also cause objects from the film to physically appear. The team must use the camera, which was housed in the Warehouse, to record something new in order to stop the last flick of the marathon titled “Dr. Doomsday.”

Robert Louis Stevenson’s Bookends
(Recovered – “Merge with Caution”)
Robert Louis Stevenson had two statue-type bookends; one shaped like a lion and one shaped like an eagle. But when the heads of the two bookends are switched, it causes anyone who touches them to switch bodies. The only way to put the switched personalities back into their own body is to switch the heads on the bookends back to their original forms.

Edgar Allan Poe’s Quill Pen & Notebook
(Not Recovered – Taken by MacPherson – “Nevermore”)
When separated from the quill pen, Edgar Allan Poe’s notebook takes fuel from the life force of anyone who reads it, presumably to fuel the manifestations of the pen-wielder. When separated from the notebook, words written by anyone using the pen can come to life when the intended victim of the writer reads the words. The word used in “Nevermore” was ‘fire’ which when read aloud caused a person to be burned. When the two items are together they are inert.

Jack the Ripper’s Lantern 
(Not Recovered – Owned by MacPherson – “Nevermore”)
Anyone looking into the light of Jack the Ripper’s lantern will find themselves frozen. MacPherson used the lantern to freeze Myka’s parents and blackmail her into returning Edgar Allan Poe’s Quill and Pen to him. The lantern’s current whereabouts is unknown.

“Warehouse 13″ airs on Tuesdays at 9:00 pm ET on Syfy.

April 11th, 2010

“Doctor Who” is Back in a New Skin

 

The new Doctor Matt Smith and Karen Gillan Photo By Stephen Broadhurst (C) Wikimedia Commons

The new Doctor Matt Smith and Karen Gillan
Photo By Stephen Broadhurst (C) Wikimedia Commons

New Spring TV Series and Season Premieres for April 11-17, 2010

A new season begins with a newly regenerated Doctor in “The Eleventh Hour.” A new season of Dr. Who (video) premieres on Saturday, April 17 at 9:00pm on BBC America. The Doctor has regenerated so fans will have to become accustomed to a brand new Doctor (Matt Smith) who’s the same inside but looks different on the outside. For a special look inside the most successful sci-fi TV program ever check out “Dr. Who: The Ultimate Guide” at 8:00pm right before the season premiere.

DVRers Take Note: The BBCA schedule shows The Graham Norton Show premiering after Dr. Who at 10:10pm, so be sure to set your timers accordingly

December 2nd, 2009

An Updated, Contemporary Alice Comes to Syfy

Lately there has been a buzz about Tim Burton’s re-interpreted fantasy classic of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland set to hit theaters on March 5, 2010. But did you know that Syfy has a four-hour movie event simply named Alice set to air on Sunday, December 6 & 7, 2009 at 9:00 ET/PT?

Writer and director Nick Willing uses the classic Lewis Carroll books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass as a jumping-off point to create a daringly different, boldly colorful and delightfully skewed dreamscape of his own modern-day story of Alice. Alice Hamilton is a fiercely independent young woman who gets caught completely off-guard and finds herself on the other side of a looking glass. She lands in a bizarre city made of twisted towers and casinos built from playing cards, all under the rule of a scrumptiously devilish Queen who does not welcome Alice with open arms.

To re-interpret this familiar tale in an imaginative and innovative way, an incredible creative team has been put together anchored by Academy Award winner Kathy Bates (Misery) who stars as the Queen of Hearts and Caterina Scorsone (Crash television series) is Alice. Rounding out the stellar cast are Tim Curry (Rocky Horror Picture Show) as Dodo, Colm Meaney (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) as the King of Hearts, Philip Winchester (Crusoe) as Jack Chase, Matt Frewer (Watchmen) as the White Knight, Andrew Lee Potts (Primeval) as Hatter, Harry Dean Stanton (Big Love) as the Caterpillar, Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica) as 9 of Clubs, Timothy Webber (Taken) as Carpenter, Alex Diakun (Sanctuary) as Ratcatcher, Zak Santiago (Kingdom Hospital) as 10 of Clubs, and Eugene Lipinski (Animorphs) as Doctors Dee and Dum.

Willing also directed the record-breaking, Emmy-winning miniseries Tin Man for Syfy in 2007. Serving as Executive Producers for this ambitious new event are Matthew O’Connor and Lisa Richardson from Reunion Pictures, Jamie Brown from Studio Eight and RHI Entertainment’s Robert Halmi, Sr. and Robert Halmi, Jr.

Although the lineup for Alice looks great and there are many familiar faces, it is probably not fair to compare it to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Whether Alice falls down a rabbit hole or into a looking-glass, the story is all too familiar to all of us. And while many of us have a very vivid imagination, none can compare to that of Tim Burton. Syfy’s Alice should be a good watch while we wait for the big-screen Alice to make her debut in the spring.

 

November 9th, 2009

Fringe Having a Tough Time on New Night

It’s no secret that Fringe has been struggling since Fox decided to move them into a different timeslot. Tell me, can you name ONE show that has done good by being moved to a different day and time? The fact that the show was preempted by baseball for 2 weeks didn’t help matters either. Boss J.J. Abrams says that although ratings are low, Fox is still committed to the show. Plus, everyone is in agreement that Fringe is airing their most creative season yet.

“The mood on set and in the writer’s room is as good as the ratings are bad, which is to say, wonderful,” Abrams tells Ausiello. “Luckily, Fox has been insanely supportive, for which we are deeply grateful.” It looks like Fringe is in no immediate danger of getting axed to the TV graveyard.

November 2nd, 2009

Fall Sci-Fi Shows Compared by Viewer Numbers

TV ratings: Every fall sci-fi show compared by number of viewers

So the new fall season is under way. All the new (and old) shows have a few episodes under their belt giving the viewers time to decided should they stay or should they go? Ratings have been gathered for the 2009 television season (thus far), listing the shows by number of viewers from most to least. But numbers aren’t everything. ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox need more live viewers than The CW and Syfy for their shows to be considered successful.

Number 1: FlashForward (ABC)

Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET
Last week’s ratings: 8.98 million viewers

FlashForward is the closest thing we have to a hit on network TV these days. After initially dropping their ratings seem to have stabilized, plus strong DVR +7 (people who do not watch shows live but DVR and watch within 7 days – I’m in those numbers) numbers add close to 2 million additional viewers to the show’s ratings. If FlashForward stays strong dramatically it has the potential to be the next Lost. Expecting to see good things come from FlashForward, ABC has extended the show’s episode commitment to 25.

  Number 2: Ghost Whisperer (CBS)

Fridays at 8 p.m. ET
Last week’s ratings: 8.28 million viewers

With Fridays being saturated with good shows this fall, it ahs been tough, even for veteran Ghost Whisperer, which still manages to win the night. These winning ratings may not be good enough for CBS after this year, even with the time shift putting ratings up over 1 million additional viewers. There’s a chance that next season CBS will revamp their entire lineup and move their stronger shows to Friday night, especially since it’s been reported that this is NUMB3RS‘ last year. I don’t think that’s a good move, but time will tell.

Number 3: Medium (CBS)

Fridays at  9 p.m. ET
Last week’s ratings: 7.69 million viewers

Medium finally found a good home between Ghost Whisperer and NUMB3RS.

Number 4: Fringe (Fox)

Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET
Ratings before baseball: 5.96 million viewers

I’ve always said it’s bad karma to move a hit show to a new timeslot. Fringe is the best new show on TV and has definitely taken a hit going up against CSI and Grey’s Anatomy who are comfortable in their timeslots. Despite that, Fringe is one of the top shows to gain time shift viewers (to the tune of about 2 million a week). Fringe has a 22-episode order, and is doing the best they can hope for in a terrible, terrible timeslot.

Number 5: Heroes (NBC)

Mondays at 8 p.m. ET
Last week’s ratings: 5.86 million viewers

Is the end of Heroes near? Heroes was the biggest hit for NBC in their first season where we were all snagged with the catch phrase “Save the Cheerleader…Save the World.” NBC went to the top with an average of 14 million viewers, but have spiraled downward ever since. I blame it on the writing. They sucked us in and then got lazy on us. (Some people think ‘too complicated’ rather than lazy.) Even though decent time-shift ratings add another 1.5 million viewers or so, the ratings still are not good enough. Heroes’ 19 episodes will be shown, which will complete this year’s volume, “Redemption.” After that it just might be the end of our Heroes.

Number 6: Eastwick (ABC)

Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET
Last week’s ratings: 5.06 million viewers

Eastwick should have a better shot than others at making the but. Just the fact that it airs on Wednesday’s when there is hardly anything else watching is a step up from other shows that have to go up against established shows. Eastwick is a fun show to watch with three strong actresses and a couple of hunks to boot. Sadly, Eastwick has not quite caught on yet. I thought it might have gotten a ratings boost during Halloween since it is about 3 women learning about their newfound witching abilities. Eastwick won’t be the first series canceled (that honor goes to The Beautiful Life), but it is one of ABC’s biggest problems. (Psst…ABC, how about promoting the show??)

Number 7: The Vampire Dairies (The CW)

Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET
Ratings two weeks ago: 4.19 million viewers

It’s no surprise that The Vampire Diaries is off to a biting start and is the best decision the CW has made this season. They must be riding the coat tails of the Twilight fever, plus Halloween and the new movie The Twilight Saga: New Moon coming out November 20th can’t be hurting the ratings. The DVR +7 ratings bring the series up to over 5 million viewers, many of them female in the CW’s prime demographic.

Number 8: Supernatural (The CW)

Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET
Ratings two weeks ago: 2.88 million viewers

Despite the big guns (Fringe, CSI, & Grey’s Anatomy) in this heavily saturated Thursday night timeslot, Supernatural continues to keep their loyal viewers onboard. And thanks to The Vampire Diaries, they have added a new following of female viewers. Pairing these two shows seems to be paying off for The CW.

Number 9: Smallville (The CW)

Fridays at 8 p.m. ET
Last week’s ratings: 2.60 million viewers

While ratings aren’t as bad as they seem with the series getting a decent DVR boost, the move to Fridays has been a tough one for Smallville. While the producers would be thrilled to have a 10th season, if it is the last year, nine seasons ain’t bad.

Number 10: SGU: Stargate Universe (Syfy)

Fridays at 9 p.m. ET
Ratings from week two: 2.4 million viewers

Stargate Universe is trying to stay off the bottom floor and has been beating Fox’s Dollhouse in the ratings some weeks. The time-shift numbers are excellent, too, and Syfy considers this new Stargate one of its hits. Syfy can “consider” SGU a hit, but the numbers tell the real story. If they don’t get some action going on the show, then I expect those numbers to keep dwindling. The series is headed toward a big hiatus after episode 10, and it won’t return until spring, which is going to hurt it even more.

Number 11: Dollhouse (Fox)

Fridays at 9 p.m. ET
Ratings two weeks ago: 2.15 million viewers

Fans were shocked when Fox decided to pick up Dollhouse for a second season. But the ratings for Dollhouse have been so bad, even with the time-shift viewing, that Fox has decided to pull the series for November sweeps. Dollhouse is scheduled to return December 4, with two episodes airing each Friday. It’s not looking good for a third season of the Joss Whedon series,even with the help of Summer Glau.

Number 12: Sanctuary (Syfy)

Fridays at 10 p.m. ET
Season premiere ratings: nearly 1.9 million viewers

Sanctuary is doing well when it comes to the time-shift audience and it is very compatible with Stargate Universe. (Which has nothing to do with the  fact that former SG star Amanda Tapping plays the lead role in Sanctuary.) That isn’t bad for a series that once only lived on the Web and is still mostly virtual.

What’s your take on the new season?

October 28th, 2009

TV Aliens That Look Human

 

With the reincarnation of the 80s hit TV show V reappearing next week, I wanted to visit some aliens that look like humans we have seen on TV. Who is your favorite human-looking alien?

“The Visitors are not our friends.
They’ve come to rape our planet and kill us.
They’re not who they appear to be.”
-Dr. Juliet Parrish, “V”, 1983

If we are ever invaded by aliens from space we will never know it. They are now, as we speak, walking among us and we are not aware of them because they have taken on the form of humans. What space alien look actually lies underneath that human outer shell? With the reincarnation of the 80s hit TV show V reappearing on November 3, 2009 on ABC, I wanted to visit some aliens that look like humans we have seen on TV. Of course, this is not a complete list of human-looking aliens on TV; this is just a few of my all-time favorite human-looking TV aliens. Who is your favorite human-looking alien?

TV Aliens That Look Like Humans

Doctor Who
(Doctor Who TV Series, 1963-1989; Doctor Who on BBC)

To the human eye the Doctor looks like a regular Earthly human, but underneath the skin is his true alien being. What makes the Doctor alien and different than humans is he possesses two hearts, has a body temperature of 60 degrees and has the power of reincarnation, although the new body never looked like the old one.

The Doctor has no formal name; he is known simply as “The Doctor.” The Doctor is a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey, thus making him a space alien to humans. Time Lords control the secrets of the fifth dimension known as Time. When the Doctor became bored with merely being an observer he commandeered (stole) a time travel unit known as a TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space) and set out on a never-ending adventure to explore and interact, not merely observe the universe. When his fellow Time Lords caught up with him, the Doctor’s punishment was to be exiled to 20th Century Earth for an indefinite period of time. But the Time Lords decided to change their policy concerning non-intervention and allowed the Doctor to travel through time to battle evil and right wrong-doings.

Kal-El
(The Adventures of Superman TV Series, 1952-1958; Superboy TV Series, 1988-1992; The New Adventures of Superman TV Series, 1966-1970; Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman TV Series, 1993-1997; SmallvilleTV Series, 2001-Present)

Kal-El is the given name of the human-looking alien we know as Superman or as mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent when he is blending in with the human race. Kal-El was sent to Earth in a rocket ship before his home planet of Krypton exploded. He crash landed on Earth near Smallville, USA where farmers John and Martha Kent found him and raised him as their own. They soon discover that Clark is special when he begins to discover his super powers at an early age. He is definitely an alien in human skin, but they all keep that their little secret.

Kal-El’s super abilities include having super human strength, running very, very, very fast, being able to see through objects with X-ray vision (except for lead), laser vision to heat up things, a super cold breath when he needed it, the ability to fly, hear and see things from very far distances. But every space alien has to have a weakness. Superman’s weakness is the radioactive-charged substance known as Kryptonite, fragments from the explosion of his home planet. Prolonged exposure to this greenish element causes weakness, unconsciousness and possibly the death of him.

When the human-looking Kal-El wants to blend in with the Earthly humans his disguise consists of a pair of glasses. That’s it. Just put on a pair of glasses and no one will know who you really are. But Kal-El’s alter ego known as Superman wears an outfit with much more flair to it; blue body stockings, red boots and trunks and a yellow belt with a gold buckle. On his chest and his red cape was a scarlet “S” emblazoned on a shield of yellow. Clark’s Earth mother fashioned him this costume from the fabric found in his crashed rocket. It was acid, fire and bullet-proof. (I guess she got her son Clark to use his super laser vision to cut the pattern). When there is a call for help, a telephone booth is a favorite place for Clark Kent to enter and reemerge as Superman.

Matthew Star
(The Powers of Matthew Star TV Series, 1982-1983)

The human-looking Prince Matthew Star (Peter Barton) has been exiled to Earth from the planet Quadris. This makes him another alien from space that looks human on the outside. Matthew has to stay on Earth and blend in until he can regain control of Quadris that has been overthrown by extraterrestrial tyrants. Yes, even the space alien has space aliens attacking his home planet. He blends in with the Earthly human race as a teenager attending Crestridge High School. He faces the same struggles a normal teenager does such as the responsibilities that come with growing up along with the not-so-common fear of being attacked by outer space assassins. Matthew soon develops an arsenal of un-Earthly like powers that include telepathy, telekinesis, transmutation and astral projection.

Mork from Ork
(Mork & Mindy TV Series, 1978-1982; Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour TV Series, 1982-1983)

Mork (Robin Williams) is the ever smiling human-looking space alien from the planet Ork. Mork is an advance scout for the Orkan race who are thinking of migrating to Earth in the future. He lands his spacecraft, “The Flying Egg” near Boulder, Colorado where he takes up with a local earthling known as Mindy (Pam Dawber). Mork reports back to his superior’s weekly using mental telepathy. The planet Ork is about 200 million miles from Earth and sports 3 moons. The inhabitants of Ork evolved from chickens, but look like humans. (How can that be?) Orkans have no hearts, no lungs, and no sense of humor. Mork, however, has a sense of humor and is the reason the Orkans are glad to get rid of him. He just doesn’t fit in on Ork. But, even though he looks human, his alien quirkiness makes it hard for him to blend in on Earth. Mork gets his nourishment from eating plastic, flowers and coffee grinds. He drinks water through his bloinks (fingers), gets drunk on ginger ale, tells time with a wrist watch strapped to his ankle, sits on his face, spits to say thank you and sleeps upside down. Some choice Orkan phrases are “Na-Nu, Na-Nu!” (Hello!) and “Shazbot!” (Damn!).

Martin the Martian
(My Favorite Martian TV Series, 1963-1966)

While trying to avoid a high speed collision with an X-15 doing a test flight, a Martian professor of Anthropology (Ray Walston) is forced to crash land on Earth. The space alien is soon discovered by newspaper reporter Tim O’Hara (Bill Bixby), who allows the alien to stay with him (and keeps it a secret) until said alien can get his spacecraft repaired. Living incognito with Tim, the Martian, who surprisingly is not green and looks very human, poses as Tim’s “Uncle Martin,” thus becoming the first Irishman from the planet Mars.

Martin is 450 years old in Martian years. His Martian name is Exagitious 12 and 1/2. Martin has a normal blood pressure of 218 and an average body temperature of 131. What alien can resist using his alien abilities on Earth? Martin certainly can’t. He can levitate any object within his sight just by pointing his index finger. He can read minds as long as the person is unaware if him doing it. And he can become invisible. All he has to do his raise his Martian alien antennas from the back of his head and concentrate. But in the event of a thunderstorm Martin needs to be properly grounded or the electrical activity could cause him to disappear and reappear uncontrollably thus earning him the nickname “Popsy.” If exposed to the metal silver, Martin the Martian’s nervous system gets out of whack, drains him of his powers and leaves him acting like a human moron.

Q
(Star Trek: The Next Generation TV Series, 1987-1994)

Q is a term applied to anyone living in the Q continuum which is an alien world of omnipotent beings. This means they are God-like. Not God, but God-like, meaning they have certain abilities. They can move about in time and space like we humans move from the couch to the kitchen looking for a snack.

This particular “Q” (John de Lancie) is a conniving human-looking alien being who delights in testing the resolve and determination of the humans of the starship Enterprise-D and Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) is his favorite target. Not familiar with the human race, Q sets up situations of stress and decision and to see how humans perform, even to the point of taking a few human lives in the bargain.

Sirians
(V TV Series, 1984-85)

Sirians are human-looking aliens that hail from the planet Sirius IV. They appear all at once hovering over all of Earth’s major cities in an armada of enormous spacecraft. In the initial contact with Earth’s representatives, the Sirian aliens assure us Earthlings that they are just Visitors here to share their advanced technology in exchange for minerals they need for their planet.

The first deception the aliens pull on humans is their appearance. On the outside they look as human as you or I. But underneath the humanoid facade is a scaly face and body of two-legged reptiles with forked tongues. The reality of their visit is that they need to use humans as a food source to take back to their planets’ reptilian inhabitants.

The Visitors’ master plan was uncovered by a crusading broadcast journalist, Mike Donovan (Marc Singer) and a brilliant scientist, Dr. Juliet Parrish (Faye Grant), who formed a unit of Freedom Fighters to battle the alien occupational forces. Diana, (Jane Badler) the ruthless leader of the aliens, reveled in the torture of her human captives.

The Freedom Fighters developed a red-powdered dust chemical that is safe to humans but deadly to the alien reptiles. The aliens are suffocated when the red dust bacteria penetrates their alien’s gill tissues. With this weapon, the Freedom Fighters slowly began to win back the Earth from the alien domination.

Meanwhile, before she realizes his true form or intentions, the human female known as Robin Maxwell (Blair Tefkin) has fallen in love with one of the Sirian aliens. Her interplanetary romance produces a hybrid child with strange powers…powers that the alien empire wants to exploit.

Solomon Family
(3rd Rock from the Sun TV Series, 1996-2001)

These human-looking space aliens are known to us Earthlings as the Solomon family. They are here to observe our planet and have taken on a human form in order to blend in with the natives. They are lead by their High Commander Dick Solomon (John Lithgow) who is an oversexed alien that poses as a physics professor at the local college. Joining the alien High Commander on the mission are colleagues Tommy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), an alien military officer and the eldest of the aliens who pretends to be the horny teenage son of Dick; Sally (Kristen Johnson), a tall blonde who has her eyes on the robust policeman named Office Don (Wayne Knight); and the bizarre squinty-eyed geek known as Harry (French Stewart). Apparently all these aliens think about is sex.

The Solomon family gathers facts about humans by interacting with them on a daily basis. Humans they have daily contact with include Dr. Mary Albright (Jane Curtain) who is Dick’s colleague at college and his romantic interest; Nina Campbell (Simbi Khali) Dick’s college assistant; Mrs. Dubcek (Elmarie Wendel), the owner of the home in which the Solomon’s lived; and August Loeffler (Shay Astar), Tommy’s pushy girlfriend. They then report their observations back to an unseen alien on their home world known as “The Big Giant Head.”

Starman
(Starman The Movie, 1984; Starman TV Series, 1986-87)

In 1984, Starman (Jeff Bridges) crashed his alien spaceship on Earth. His energy form discovers the Wisconsin home of a recently widowed woman (Karen Allen) and uses his alien powers to clone the human’s deceased spouse from a piece of hair he found in a scrapbook. The widowed woman is shocked to see her dead husband suddenly walking about and soon discovers the alien’s true identity. Despite this, she helps him to get to a rescue spacecraft in the Arizona desert. Along the way the alien and human have a romantic interlude that leaves the barren widowed woman pregnant with a half alien child.

In 1986, Starman (Robert Hayes) returns to Earth when he hears a call for help from his half-human/half-alien teenage son, Scott Hayden (C. S. Barnes) who is now an orphan. Scott was saved from a deadly car crash that killed his foster parents by a mysterious alien-like blue energy force that originated from a golf ball-sized silver sphere that Starman had given to Scott’s mother Jenny (Erin Gray) on his first visit to Earth.

To blend into the Earth’s society once again Starman assumes human form. This time he duplicates the human form of photo-journalist, Paul Edward Forrester whose was killed in a helicopter crash while on assignment photographing volcanic eruptions near Seattle, Washington. Starman clones the body from drops of blood left in the snow at the wreckage site.

When Scott and Starman meet they begin to search for Jenny. Scott and his “Starman” father find Jenny living in Seguaro, New Mexico under the assumed name of Karen Isley. She had become an emotional loner after giving her son up for adoption. To support herself financially, Jenny had earned money by painting Starscapes which contained the configuration of Starman’s galaxy.

Sources:

“Dr. Who” TV Series, 1963-1989

“Dr. Who” on BBC

A Brief History of Time (Travel)

“Adventures of Superman” TV Series, 1952-1958

“Superboy” TV Series, 1988-1992

“The New Adventures of Superman” TV Series, 1966-1970

“Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” TV Series, 1993-1997

“Smallville” TV Series, 2001-Present

“The Powers of Matthew Star” TV Series, 1982-1983

“Mork & Mindy” TV Series, 1978-1982

“Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour” TV Series, 1982-1983

“My Favorite Martian” TV Series, 1963-1966

“Star Trek: The Next Generation” TV Series, 1987-1994

Official Star Trek site

“V” TV Series, 1984-85

“3rd Rock from the Sun” TV Series, 1996-2001

“Starman” TV Series, 1986-87

“Starman” The Movie, 1984

 

October 8th, 2009

Sanctuary is Filmed Using FX Technology

Did you know that Sanctuary is the first TV show to be filmed extensively on green screen using virtual sets, RED cameras, CGI and extraordinary visual effects? That little bit of info gives a whole new appreciation to the actors appearing on the show. Imagine you have to pretend to be amazed or scared of a weird, creepy looking lizard-man that is just one of the creatures housed in the Sanctuary while looking at a point in space. The Sanctuary effects team fills the Sanctuary with strange and arcane technology as well as believable and fascinating cities, scenery and monsters. When watching the show it is hard to not realize that this is all make-believe that someone created from the recesses of their mind. It all looks so real. Some of the sets seen on Sanctuary are created using entirely digital effects.

Sanctuary stars a dark-haired Amanda Tapping (who is also one of the shows Executive Producers), who is best known to Syfy and Stargate SG-1 fans as Colonel Samantha Carter. Tapping plays the mysterious Dr. Helen Magnus who is a brilliant scientist who keeps taps on the alien underworld of creatures the public is unaware surrounds them. Together, she and forensic psychiatrist Dr. Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne) try to protect these creatures as well as try to unlock the secrets behind their existence on earth. (The writer can’t help but compare Zimmerman to Dr. Daniel Jackson from SG-1. Don’t tell me you haven’t thought he reminded you of someone either.) Other characters working in the Sanctuary are the quirky technical wizard Henry Foss (Ryan Robins) who is a computer expert, weapons designer and head security guy for the Sanctuary. Magnus’ daughter, Ashley (Emilie Ullerup), has grown up in the world of the Sanctuary where the bizarre has become her norm. She is as tough as she is pretty, a skilled fighter and master of weaponry makes her the ultimate monster hunter. John Druitt (Christopher Heyerdahl) entered the world of the Sanctuary in a flash, quite literally. He is able to appear and disappear at will and his power is unmatched thus far. Druitt has a history with Helen Magnus that we, the viewer, have yet to understand as it has not been revealed to us. But we do know he makes her nervous with his extraordinary capabilities. Not all of the creatures at the Sanctuary are harmful. One, known to us simply as “Big Guy” serves as a bodyguard, chauffer and handyman at the Sanctuary. He reminds us a little bit of the “Beast” inBeauty and the Beast.

If you get really bored, you can visit the Sanctuary site and shoot at Nubbins that got loose in the Sanctuary last season. These furry little creatures procreate as fast as Tribbles and are about as annoying. You can also download Sanctuary wallpaper for your computer or learn more about FX technology under the “Extras” tab.

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Syfy/Sanctuary

October 7th, 2009

Syfy Sets Dates for “Alice”

Lately there has been a buzz about Tim Burton’s re-interpreted fantasy classic of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland set to hit theaters on March 5, 2010. But did you know that Syfy has a four-hour movie event simply named Alice set to air on Sunday, December 6 & 7, 2009 at 9:00 ET/PT?

Writer and director Nick Willing uses the classic Lewis Carroll books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass as a jumping-off point to create a daringly different, boldly colorful and delightfully skewed dreamscape of his own modern-day story of Alice. Alice Hamilton (Caterina Scorsone) is a fiercely independent young woman who gets caught completely off-guard and finds herself on the other side of a looking glass. She lands in a bizarre city made of twisted towers and casinos built from playing cards, all under the rule of a scrumptiously devilish Queen of Hearts (Kathy Bates) who does not welcome Alice with open arms.

To re-interpret this familiar tale in an imaginative and innovative way, an incredible creative team has been put together. The stellar cast includes Tim Curry (Rocky Horror Picture Show) as Dodo, Colm Meaney (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) as the King of Hearts, Philip Winchester (Crusoe) as Jack Chase, Matt Frewer (Watchmen) as the White Knight, Andrew Lee Potts (Primeval) as Hatter, Harry Dean Stanton (Big Love) as the Caterpillar, Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica) as 9 of Clubs, Timothy Webber (Taken) as Carpenter, Alex Diakun (Sanctuary) as Ratcatcher, Zak Santiago (Kingdom Hospital) as 10 of Clubs, and Eugene Lipinski (Animorphs) as Doctors Dee and Dum.

Willing also directed the record-breaking, Emmy-winning miniseries Tin Man for Syfy in 2007. Serving as Executive Producers for this ambitious new event are Matthew O’Connor and Lisa Richardson from Reunion Pictures, Jamie Brown from Studio Eight and RHI Entertainment’s Robert Halmi, Sr. and Robert Halmi, Jr.

Although the lineup for Alice looks great, it is probably not fair to compare it to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Whether Alice falls down a rabbit hole or into a looking-glass, the story is all too familiar to all of us. And while many of us have a very vivid imagination, none can compare to that of Tim Burton. Syfy’s Alice will be a good watch while we wait for the big-screen Alice to make her debut in the spring.

October 6th, 2009

New Logo Revealed for “Doctor Who”

When the new series of Doctor Who begins in 2010 there’ll be a new Doctor, a new companion and a new logo. The new version (on the official site) ditches the spinning red & yellow elliptical shape of recent years for a more classic blue/purple color scheme and TARDIS-inspired abbreviation. Video of the new logo in motion is out below:

 

 

The arrival of a new cast and crew isn’t the only change to one of the BBC’s biggest franchises, the entire show is getting all sorts of updates which actually seem to be taking a slightly retro-theme. Along with a new TARDIS exterior (more like the Police Box of the classic series), interior (rumored to be a marble, silver & gold finish and consist of multiple rooms),

Finally, there’s still no official times and dates announced as yet for the remaining three Fall/Holiday 2009 specials starring David Tennant in his last adventures (though mid-November, Xmas & New Years Day are still the best guesses). Tennant however will appear in character and play a significant role in a two-part episode of the spin-off series “The Sarah Jane Adventures” on October 29th & 30th.

October 1st, 2009

Are You Ready for Stargate Universe?

Stargate fans were in an uproar when Stargate SGU was canceled. But then they gave us Stargate Atlantis. Then it was canceled and we thought that was the end of the Stargate series. Buy Syfy surprised us when they announced the new Stargate Universe. The series debut of Stargate Universe is almost here! It is tomorrow, October 2, 2009 at 9:00 on Syfy.

In the SGU, a band of soldiers, scientists and civilians are forced thru a stargate when their hidden base comes under attack. The desperate survivors emerge aboard an ancient ship, The Destiny, which is locked on an unknown course and unable to return to earth. In the Part One 2-hour Premiere Episode, a scientist sends escapees into deep space for an experiment during an evacuation.

Starring in SGU is an all-new Stargate cast:

Lou Diamond Phillips as Colonel Telford

Robert Carlyle as Nicholas Rush

Louis Ferreira as Colonel Everett Young

Brian J. Smith as 1st Lt. Matthew Scott

Elyse Levesque as Chloe Armstrong

David Blue as Eli Wallace

Alaina Huffman as 1st. Lt. Tamara Johnasen

Jamil Walker Smith as Master Sgt. Ronald Greer

Ming-Na as Camile Wray

Christopher McDonald as U.S. Senator Alan Armstrong

September 24th, 2009

“Warehouse 13:” Syfy’s Biggest Hit of the Summer

Syfy’s Biggest Hit of the Summer is “Warehouse 13”

Saul Rubinek and Eddie McClintock star in "Warehouse 13" Photo by Bill Spears (C) Wikimedia Commons

Saul Rubinek and Eddie McClintock star in “Warehouse 13″
Photo by Bill Spears (C) Wikimedia Commons

The debut of Syfy’s Warehouse 13 ranked as the third-most-watched series telecast in Syfy’s history, (Stargate Atlantis and Eureka hold the number one and two spots) with a 2.8 household rating and 3,997,000 total viewers. In its first season, Warehouse 13 has delivered a 2.9 Household rating (including only the weeks for which full DVR data is available), 4.02 million total viewers, 1.99 million Adults 25-54 and 1.57 million Adults 18-49. Warehouse 13 has grown its audience since its debut, setting series highs for total viewers with its second and fourth telecasts. The fourth episode which aired on Tuesday, July 28 at 9PM (ET/PT) delivered the most females (1.9 million) of any series telecast in Syfy’s 17-year history.

What is Warehouse 13?

Warehouse 13 is the thirteenth warehouse in a line of warehouses that have moved all over the world since the first one was built by Alexander the Great in 336 BC. Warehouse 13 was built by Nikoli Tesla, Thomas Edison and MC Escher. The outside of Warehouse 13 looks like a piece of old rusty junk being held together by hay wire and a bit of luck. But once inside Warehouse 13, it seems to go on forever and ever. Warehouse 13 stores artifacts that have been found or acquired by the U. S. Government over the years that have special powers that need to be contained. The public, or more importantly the bad guys, do not need to get their grubby little hands on any of these artifacts as bad things can happen. Most of the artifacts are being contained because they are the result of a science experiment gone wrong and the power it holds will quickly get out of control in the hands of someone who does not know how to handle them.

A Few of the Artifacts Contained in Warehouse 13

Some of the artifacts housed in Warehouse 13 include:

Edgar Allen Poe’s pen and notebook makes whatever is written in the notebook happen in real life such as closing a man inside a wall.

A Phoenix Brooch will protect the person that is holding it from being burned.

John Dillinger’s pistol, a nickel plated Colt .45, will turn on its owner.

If you wear John Wilkes Booth’s boot you can get away with anything for 12 days – then you get caught.

Lewis Carroll’s Mirror contains the “real” Alice who is criminally insane. If a person looks into Alice’s mirror for too long they will find themselves trading places with their mirror image.

The People Connected to Warehouse 13

Agents Lattimer and Bering saved the President’s life. Now they have been abruptly sent to the middle of nowhere South Dakota to help protect Warehouse 13 whom hardly anyone has ever heard of. Pete (Eddie McClintock) and Myka (Joanne Kelly) looked at this like a job demotion.

Artie (Saul Rubinek) is the caretaker and new boss of Pete and Myka. Artie knows everything about everything that is in Warehouse 13. Pete and Myka’s new jobs are to help Artie keep the artifacts in Warehouse 13 safe and also to follow up on reports of weird and strange happenings in the world that may be caused by an artifact that needs to be corralled. Artie is so familiar with some of the artifacts that he and the agents use them in everyday life such as Farnsworth’s Communicator, a two-way video communications device and Nikola Tesla’s Electro Stun Gun which discharges an electric pulse that stuns the target and causes amnesia of immediate events.

Claudia Donovan (Allison Scagliotti) is a techno-wiz and breaks Warehouse 13’s state-of-the-art security system to track down Artie. After Artie helps her free her brother from the grips of one of the artifacts, Claudia stays on as (almost) a part of the Warehouse team.

Leena (Genelle Williams) is the owner of “Leena’s Bed and Breakfast” and the new home for Pete and Myka. Leena has been in business since Warehouse 13 first opened in South Dakota in 1914. Besides cooking a mean omelet, Leena has the gift of being able to read auras surrounding people and objects. Artie finds this gift useful to him when he thinks an artifact is up to no good in the Warehouse.

Mrs. Frederic (CCH Pounder) is Artie’s boss. No one knows much about her except for the fact that she is very stealthy and seems to appear out of nowhere at the most un-opportune times.