Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Television Stuff. STILL not Star Wars (sniffle)


THE 4400
In a recent interview, Jacqueline McKenzie, who co-stars as Diana Skouris on USA's THE 4400 said the show's upcoming second season picks up six months after the events of the first-season finale.

The series follows Department of Homeland Security agents Skouris and Tom Baldwin (Joel Gretsch of Steven Spielberg Presents Taken) as they investigate the 4,400 people who were abducted and suddenly return, some with mysterious mutant abilities, after having been
away for periods ranging from weeks to decades.

"In terms of the character and where I stand, she's very devoted to her work, and there are a lot of questions that need answering," McKenzie (Deep Blue Sea) said. "Everybody is just at the start of this huge process of trying to unravel what's going on with the 4,400, where they've
been and why they're back and what they're trying to do with us in the present. And we're trying to work out what messages they're sending us."

THE 4400 debuted last July on USA Network and was both a critical and ratings success, prompting the network to commission 13 additional hours for season two. EDITOR'S NOTE: ONLY 13?!

McKenzie said that she was not too surprised that the show caught on. "When I read it, I thought it was a very exciting piece. The concept was really, really different, and then when I worked on it and saw what [pilot episode director] Yves Simoneau was doing with the material, how he was shooting it, I thought it was wonderful. And then when I saw the cut of it I just
thought it was brilliant. I thought it was very original, and I said, 'This should be a hit.' And it was.
So I wasn't so much surprised as I was really pleased."

The 4400 will begin its second season on June 5 with a two-hour premiere, "Wake-up Call."

Lifetime Grabs New Series from TNG & DEEP SPACE Writers
TrekToday.com is reporting that the Lifetime cable network has given a pilot order to SCARLETT, a new television series created by former STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION and DEEP SPACE NINE writers Robert Hewitt Wolfe and Hans Beimler.

The new series revolves around an Anne Rice-like gothic horror writer who moves into a mansion in New Orleans, and then discovers that her fictional characters start coming to life... or so she thinks.

The pilot order is contingent upon the casting of a lead actress.

The project is being developed at Cheyenne Productions, the production company of Bruce Willis.

Wolfe stated, "Hans and I just moved into our new office at [Cheyenne], and we're busily composing casting lists. We should be hiring a casting director early next week."

Big tent folds as HBO cancels 'Carnivale'
HBO has pulled up stakes on "Carnivale," opting not to order a third season of the series. Prospects for a "Carnivale" renewal have appeared bleak since the sophomore season wrapped in March; the Dust Bowl drama didn't increase its viewership and series creator/executive producer Daniel Knauf already signed on to produce a series for Showtime.

"We have decided not to renew 'Carnivale,'" said Carolyn Strauss, president of entertainment at HBO, in a statement. "We feel the two seasons we had on the air told the story very well and we are proud of what everyone associated with the show has accomplished."

Cumming takes 'Midnight' train to Sundance
Alan Cumming has signed on to host Sundance Channel's "Midnight Snack," the cable network's Friday night "cult-movie destination."

The new season of "Snack" -- which debuted in March 2004 with Bob Odenkirk as host -- launches at 12:30 a.m. July 1 with 12 installments, including the films "The Tesseract" and "Foxy Brown."


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