Friday, August 19, 2005

Friday, TV or not TV (well...yes...TV)

GALACTICA Turns Lawless
Lucy Lawless will guest-star in an upcoming episode of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA. The episode will air September 9th.

Lawless guest-stars in Final Cut, where she will play a reporter who gets unlimited access to film aboard Galactica and documents the stress of military life during wartime. The marines, led by Lt. Palladino, get widely criticized when his crew opens fire on civilian protesters, killing four and wounding 12. Then there's a death threat against Col. Tigh. Meanwhile, President Roslin and Cmdr. Adama offer Fleet News Service full access to the pilots and crew. Along the way, the reporter uncovers some major secrets and faces an ethical dilemma. EDITOR'S NOTE: SPEAKING AS ONE WHO NOW IS WATCHING "STARGATE" JUST BECAUSE BEN BROWDER AND CLAUDIA BLACK ARE ON IT....YES, WE STILL MISS THE SHOW THAT ENDEARED OUR GENRE ACTOR TO US. (SO, LUCY LAWLESS ON "GALACTICA" ISN'T GOING TO HEAL THOSE OLD "XENA" WOUNDS)

Henstridge in holding deal at T'stone TV
Natasha Henstridge has signed a one-year talent holding deal with Touchstone Television.

The deal comes on the heels of the actress joining the cast of the Touchstone-produced series "Commander in Chief" in a recurring role . The ABC political drama stars Geena Davis as the first female U.S. president. Henstridge also had a role in the Touchstone/Bad Robot drama pilot "Pros and Cons" for ABC

Goldblum begins 'World' tour for AMC
Jeff Goldblum has signed on to narrate the first nine episodes of AMC's new original series "Movies That Shook the World," which premieres at 10 p.m. Sept. 9.

The documentary series explores why certain movies were so "explosive" when they were released, the new paths they blazed and why they remain so influential today, the cable network said.

Among the films to be spotlighted are "The Graduate," "Birth of a Nation," "Do the Right Thing," "Fatal Attraction" and "The China Syndrome."

Other confirmed participants in the series include Spike Lee, Willem Dafoe, Al Franken, David Crosby, Sherry Lansing and Roger Ebert.

A Princess in Metropolis
Princess Leia's getting her buns - geddit? buns? - over to Metropolis. EDITOR'S NOTE: YEAH. FUNNY. (SIGH....)

According to TV Guide, "Star Wars" fave and celebrated author Carrie Fisher will pop up in TV's "Smallville" this season. EDITOR'S NOTE: ON THE OTHER HAND, DWEEBS DON'T MIND CROSS-POLINATION AND PANDERING. WHEN IT'S THIS FUN!

According to the site, "Carrie's playing Pauline Kahn, the no-nonsense editor-in-chief of the "Daily Planet" whom Chloe (Allison Mack) meets in hopes of landing an internship. Her episode airs Oct. 27. But considering Chloe gets the gig, it's probably safe to say we'll see Princess L again."

Fisher recently appeared in the films "Wonderland" and "Stateside", and just wrapped a role in the film "Undiscovered" with Kip Pardue and Ashlee Simpson, about a group of aspiring entertainers trying to establish careers for themselves in the city of Los Angeles.

Young Gun a new male lead on Alias
With one of the show's most popular male leads about to depart - EDITOR'S NOTE: OH DRAT DRAT AND QUADRUPLE DRAT!- TV's "Alias" has been on the lookout for a healthy new buck to beef up the next - whispered to be, the final - season.

And it seems, they've found him.

Former teen heartthrob Balthazar Getty ["Young Guns II", "Lord of the Flies", "Natural Born Killers"] has been enlisted for duty. EDITOR'S NOTE: OK. HE'S KINDA CUTE.

He'll be donning the I.D badge of Thomas Grace, a new agent who joins the APO team and a man with a long history of deep cover experience.

Getty's on the verge of a semi-comeback it seems. He's popped up recently in films like "Ladder 49", "Traffic" and "Deuces Wild", and is one of the names lending their tag to the Project Greenlight-flick "Feast", due for release at Chrissy.

His role on "Alias" is likely to kickstart the new phase of his career even further.

This new season of "Alias" will either be the last, or at least, the last for star Jennifer Garner. Garner's let the money-men know that she probably won't be back for season six. If the network does decide to renew the series, which will be decided in a couple of months, it's likely that newcomer Rachel Nichols ["Dumb and Dumberer"] will replace Garner. Nichols' character, a deadly black-ops agent, is being introduced this year.

Forster, Henry, Michele joining 'Hunt' for CBS
Robert Forster, Michael Michele and Gregg Henry have been tapped to star in the CBS movie tentatively titled "The Hunt for the BTK Killer." The movie is based on the real-life story of the serial killer known as BTK who was arrested this year after a 31-year killing spree in Wichita, Kan. Henry will portray the murderer; Forster and Michele will play local detectives who work to solve the case. The movie, which is in production, is set to air at 9 p.m. Oct. 9.

'Child' play: Polo, Gilpin in Lifetime pic
Teri Polo and Peri Gilpin have been tapped to star in the Lifetime Television original movie "For the Love of a Child," which is based on the true story of two Nobel Peace Prize nominees who help rescue abandoned and abused children. EDITOR'S NOTE: ANY LIFETIME CHANNEL INFO SHOULD BE CONSIDERED MY VERSION OF A PSA. I GET SUGAR-SHOCK JUST READING THE DESCRIPTIONS. (LIFETIME: TELEVISION FOR WOMEN WHO WEEP A LOT).

The movie centers on Yvonne Fedderson (Polo) and Sara O'Meara (Gilpin), who founded the nonprofit organization Childhelp USA and recently were nominated for the 2005 peace prize (winners will be announced in October).

"Child," set to premiere on Lifetime in January, chronicles their work while telling the stories of abused children who find refuge in a Childhelp USA village. "What (O'Meara and Fedderson) have accomplished over the past 45 years is truly inspirational," said Trevor Walton, senior vp original movies.

Arquette bonds with Jones for CBS' 'Bomb'
David Arquette and Richard T. Jones have been tapped to star in the CBS movie tentatively titled "Time Bomb."

The movie, a thriller that unfolds in real time, centers on a threat received by the Department of Homeland Security that a bomb has been rigged to explode during the fourth quarter of a big game in Washington. The agency joins forces with the FBI, stadium officials and Special Ops to stop the disaster. Arquette and Jones will portray Homeland Security agents in the movie, which just went into production. EDITOR'S NOTE: WASN'T THERE A BEN AFFLECK JACK RYAN MOVIE WITH THIS PLOT? WEREN'T WE BORED THEN TOO?

The ninth and second seasons (respectively) of STARGATE SG-1 and STARGATE ATLANTIS will wrap up their first half next month, leading into what fans dread most: the fall rerun break.

But the summer season does promise to end on a high note when the two shows air
cliff-hanger episodes on September 23. EDITOR'S NOTE: BE STILL MY HEART. (SMIRK)

The SCI FI Channel has confirmed its broadcast schedule for September, bringing a pair of marathons and three more brand new episodes for each Stargate series.

Stargate SG-1 marathon (8 p.m. to 2 a.m.)

Stargate SG-1 Season Nine marathon (7 p.m. to 2 a.m.)

Stargate SG-1: "Babylon"
Stargate Atlantis: "Conversion"

Stargate SG-1: "Prototype"
Stargate Atlantis: "Aurora"

Stargate SG-1: "The Fourth Horseman, Part 1"
Stargate Atlantis: "The Lost Boys"

Stargate SG-1: "Avalon, Part 1" (Rerun)
Stargate Atlantis: "The Intruder" (Rerun)

Season One will continue in SCI FI's 4-hour "Stargate Monday" blocks from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The second half of Season Two and early Season Three will air weeknights at 6 p.m.


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