SyFy Renews ‘Paranormal Witness’ For Third Season

Via Press Release:


Twenty-Episode Pick-Up Order To Premiere June 2013

NEW YORK – August 29, 2012 – Based on the ratings success of the first three episodes of Season 2 of Paranormal Witness, Syfy is ordering a 20-episode third season of the true-terror docudrama, it was announced today by Mark Stern, President Original Content, Syfy and Co-Head, Original Content, Universal Cable Productions. Season 3 is expected to air in June 2013.

The Season 2 premiere, which aired Wednesday, August 8, was a Top 10 telecast in the 10 PM hour on cable that night. The first three episodes of the season have averaged 1.2 million total viewers.

Paranormal Witness airs Wednesdays at 10 PM ET/PT. In tonight’s episode, “The Dybbuk Box,” a Portland, Oregon antiques dealer ignores warnings not to open the old curio cabinet he bought at an estate sale. He unknowingly unleashes a dybbuk, a malevolent spirit from Jewish folklore, which begins to wreak havoc on his life. This real-life story is the inspiration for the feature film, The Possession, in theaters on August 31.

Paranormal Witness recounts the bone-chilling, real-life paranormal experiences of everyday people and allows viewers to experience the terrifying moments for themselves through gritty, realistic cinematic reenactments. Actual eyewitnesses share their firsthand accounts of the inexplicable phenomena that forced them to try to make sense of the scariest, most inconceivable events of their lives. Paranormal Witness is produced by Raw TV (Locked Up Abroad and Gold Rush: Alaska). Series producers are Mark Lewis and Lucy van Beek. Executive producer is Bart Layton.

Raw TV is a multi-award winning production company specializing in great stories told with distinctive style. Over the last 10 years Raw has built a reputation for delivering gripping narratives, visual innovation and journalistic rigour – vital ingredients in every show they make. Raw has made films around the world but is best known in America for producing Gold Rush (Discovery), Locked Up Abroad (National Geographic) and now Paranormal Witness (Syfy).

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (, and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

MTV Announces ‘Jersey Shore’ Ending After Upcoming Sixth Season, U.S. I.Q. Collectively Rises by 20%…

As expected, MTV has announced that they are canceling the highest rated series in the history of their network, Jersey Shore.  The unscripted (albeit heavily scripted) series following the exploits of twenty-somethings in South New Jersey that audiences have watched drink and screw their way through life will begin its sixth and final season on October 4th with a retrosepctive called – and we’re not kidding – Gym, Tan, Look Back will air on September 6th, ahead of the MTV Music Video Awards show.

Even we have to admit that Jersey Shore, although it makes your I.Q. drop by two points every time you watch it, was morbidly entertaining to a certain degree, but we certainly won’t be missing it.  The only reason we’re even reporting this is that it is the highest rated television show in MTV history and a pop-culture phenomenon.

But fear not, for those who are addicting to becoming dumber just from watching television, you can still catch the Jersey Shore spinoff, Snookie & JWoww as it was recently renewed by MTV for a second season.

SyFy To Develop Reboot Of SciFi Classic ‘Blake’s 7,’ Heroes Scribe To Write Pilot… We’ve Got The Originals [VIDEOS]

Well, big time news here!  SyFy (y’know the network that everyone accuses of not airing any actual science fiction and only airing wrestling for 72 hours per week in prime-time) is developing a reboot of the cult-classic BBC series, Blake’s 7 with Heroes scribe Joe Pokaski writing the script for the pilot (see the press release below).

For those of you who don’t remember, Blake’s 7 ran from 1978 – 1981 and centered around a ragtag group of political prisoners and outcasts fighting against a totalitarian regime in space and exploring along the way.  Think of it as Star Trek meets Farscape meets Firefly.  Despite its cheesy visual effects, the series, which lasted for four years, became well-known for its fantastic writing and superbly developed characters.

There have been several attempts to bring Blake’s 7 back to television, with the most recent being  in 2008 when the UK’s Sky One network had announced its intention to develop the series again.  Those plans fell through in 2010 when the network ended their involvement on the project with no reason cited as to why.

With this news, we’ve been given the perfect opportunity to give our readers a sneak peek at our new YouTube Channel that we are simply calling Channel 2.  Channel 2 will be hosting a variety of films and television shows that we can get away with posting without YouTube getting all over us for copyright violations.  You’d be amazed at how much is out there, such as… Blake’s 7!  That’s right, the first addition to the channel will be the entire 52 episode series of Blake’s 7 uncut, and you can even just watch it on your Playstation 3 or XBOX 360.  Now, we’ve got series (season) one up already so just be patient and give us some time to upload the subsequent episodes that are sitting on our hard drives.

Click here to be redirected to our site page for the channel and begin enjoying the goodness that is Blake’s 7.

Via Press Release:


NEW YORK – August 22, 2012 – Syfy will develop the cult UK classic adventure-sci-fi series Blake’s 7, teaming with Georgeville Television and producer Marc Rosen.

Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Green Lantern) will direct the script by Joe Pokaski (Heroes, CSI).

Originally created by Terry Nation (Dr. Who), Blake’s 7 premiered on the BBC in 1978, running for four seasons (52 episodes). The series centered around hard-core renegades and criminals who escape from a prison planet, battling humans and aliens alike – and becoming heroes.

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (, and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

True Blood Withdrawal? SyFy’s Got You Covered With A Labor Day Marathon Of Vampires…

Yeah, we know it’s hard but the gang in Bon Temps is gone and won’t be back until next summer and since we could give a nut about Twilight we couldn’t tell you when that abortion of a franchise is returning to the big screen.  But don’t worry folks, SyFy feels your pain which is why they are bringing you a vampire movie marathon from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.  The highlight of this marathon is the film Daybreakers which is actually a pretty good flick and we reviewed it, here.

Via Press Release:


NEW YORK – August 14, 2012 – Syfy will take a bite out of the Labor Day holiday with a special vampire-themed movie marathon on Monday, September 3 from 8:30AM-3AM (ET/PT), highlighted by Stake Land (4:30PM), Blade II (6:30PM) and Daybreakers (9PM).

The three-day movie celebration kicks off on Saturday, September 1 at 9:30AM with movies such as Outlander (6:30PM) and Predator 2 (9PM).

The Sunday, September 2 film festival will be highlighted by Chronicles of Narnia: The Prince Caspian (8PM).

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (, and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

REVIEW:Copper (BBC America – Sunday, 10:00 p.m.)

From Academy Award® winner Barry Levinson and Emmy® Award winner Tom Fontana, “Copper” is a gripping crime drama series, set in 1864 New York City, filled with intrigue, corruption, mystery and murder. Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones, “MI-5″), an Irish-American former boxer turned cop, returns from the Civil War to find his wife missing and his daughter dead. Corcoran seeks justice for the powerless in the notorious immigrant neighborhood of Five Points. Bonded by battle to two Civil War compatriots – the wayward son of a wealthy industrialist and an African-American physician who secretly assists the forensic investigations – Corcoran is thrust into the contrasting worlds of elegant and corrupt Fifth Avenue, and the emerging African-American community in Northern Manhattan. The three men share a secret from the battlefield that inextricably links their lives forever.

70 out of 100

The last time we saw any attempt to recreate lower Manhattan mid-to-post-Civil War was in 2002 when Martin Scorcese, Leonardo Di Caprio and Daniel Day Lewis brought us the incredibly overrated Gangs of New York in which Scorcese seemed far more interested in creating an opera than he did in depicting the actual Five Points neighborhood and the actual history as presented in the original 1928 non-fiction book, The Gangs of New York by Herbert Asbury, which the film is supposedly based on.  We love the opening line in the Wikipedia entry:

Gangs of New York is a 2002 historical film set in the mid-19th century in the Five Points district of New York City, purportedly depicting “the birth of Manhattan and the way the different waves of immigrants have shaped New York City’s evolution.”

Notice the keyword, “purportedly” because the film doesn’t even come remotely close to depicting “the birth of Manhattan and the way the different waves of immigrants have shaped New York City’s evolution.” Scorcese was far more concerned with the meaningless details of the architecture and culture than he was concerned with the actual the history of Five Points.  Copper, although not perfect by any means, seems to be at least attempting to do what Gangs of New York failed to do in that regard.

First, other than the similarity of the setting, Copper bears no resemblance whatsoever to Gangs of New York.  The best comparison we can make is really to HBO’s critically-acclaimed Deadwood, albeit, the light version, without all of the realism and  cleaned up for basic cable.  That being said, we were still pretty surprised at how dark the show really is considering it is basic cable, but then again, even though it’s not BBC, it is BBC America so we should expect it to be a little sharper than your typical U.S. fare.

During the pilot, in the first 10 minutes we see a nine year-old prostitute offer to “pleasure” our main character, Kevin Corcoran, a brutally violent gunfight where one man gets his entire eye socket completely blown out and his brains spray in a mist out of the back of his skull, and shortly after that, the dead body of our young prostitute’s twin sister is found, bludgeoened to death and we find out (graphically, I might add) that she was raped post-mortem.  It also didn’t help that Corcoran was literally running around with the child’s corpse bouncing on his shoulder wrapped in a blanket for a good five minutes.  Like we said… a little darker than expected.

Like Deadwood, Five Points is a lawless frontier town replete with many different and unseemly characters and with varying shades of gray.  We appreciate this portrayal because for some reason, people assume that due to its size and history that New York has always been the metropolis it is today.  Quite the contrary.  New York’s growth coincided with the westward expansion of the U.S. and the incredible influx of primarily European immigrants from the mid 1800’s to early 1900’s.  Between 1840 and 1900 the population of New York City increased by more than factor of 10 from 300,000 to 3.4 million.  This backdrop is providing an incredibly rich history that Barry Levinson seems eager to explore whereas Scorcese really didn’t seem that interested.

Now, as far as the depth of the characters is concerned, well, that leaves a little to be desired at this point.  Corcoran, though certainly a man of his times (he sees no problem in stealing the stolen money from the bank robbers that he and his fellow detectives just killed… kind of the Vic Mackey of his day but it’s acceptable and to be expected in 1864, apparently) does kind of come off as comic bookish in his dedication to “justice above all else.”  What bothers us about that is that it’s just very safe because that particular character has been done repeatedly in literature and pop-culture going back to the Greek tragedies.  The writers do attempt to tarnish this image by depicting him as a man who will use threats, intimidation, violence and outright torture to get the answers he wants and to dish out justice as he sees fit.  Again, he’s the Vic Mackey of his time but the problem with this is that in 1864, Vic Mackey would have fit right in so the “tarnished” effect they’re going for with Corcoran is completely lost.  All that aside, as far as leads go, Copper could certainly do a lot worse.  It’s very easy to see how audiences could become very attached to “Corky” as Dr. Freeman refers to him.

Speaking of which, the other main character is Dr. Matthew Freeman, played very well by Ato Essandoh who we honestly never heard of before Copper but he has had a long and distinguished career as a character actor in both film and television and you know how much we appreciate character actors.  Essandoh’s portrayal is certainly not the problem, it’s the character that’s a little screwy.  First, and this a minor nit-pick but notable, his name is all wrong for the character.  Freeman was a name that was commonly taken by freed slaves, post-emancipation.  The good Doctor is around 40 years-old which would make his birth year c. 1924 and the name “Freeman” implies that he was a slave that was freed.  Well, if this is the case, it’s pretty safe to say that he didn’t go to medical school or have any formal education whatsoever.  So, unless they explain this away magically, the name is completely wrong but like we said that’s a bit of a minor problem because he did imply that he worked in Paris and his bio on the show’s webpage states that he was a valet during the Civil War to Robert Morehouse (Kyle Schmid) so we know he was definitely from the north, free and well-educated.

The real problem with the character is his skill as a coroner.  First, the bio and the show itself indicate nothing about him being a coroner, only a physician.  Being a coroner, even in 1864, was a very specialized field and what makes it more ridiculous is the level of sophistication he employs in the field of forensic science.  It’s not that we doubt the Doctor’s intelligence, but the science that he is using to determine cause of death and specific details about a perpetrator of said crime simply didn’t exist in 1864 at that level.  We don’t mind suspending disbelief, but this isn’t a SciFi show and it seems apparent that someone thought they could get away with this gimmick that serves to only appeal to the simplistic audiences that have been lapping up the CSI franchise for over a decade by simply having Freeman use contemporary scientific methods however only by using the technology available at the time.  It’s like how they explained away all of that stupid steampunk technology in Wild, Wild West but in reverse.  Sorry, but we’re not that stupid and throwing this aspect of the doctor’s character into the mix seems like a decision that a network executive made, not television writer.  This is just completely unbelievable and we have a feeling that they aren’t going to tone that down because it’s going to serve to be a good weekly gimmick for the show.

Our biggest issue with Copper, though, is that the entire show feels like it’s done on a studio backlot and on soundstages.  This is the one area where Gangs of New York surpasses it by leaps and bounds (and of course, Daniel Day Lewis was magnificent as Bill The Butcher).  It doesn’t feel like New York City or any other mid-19th century urban environment and the CGI backdrops are awful.

The pilot for us was a little slow for about the first thirty minutes but then it quickly picks up and becomes a very compelling story, with just the right amount of plot twists and political intrigue to keep viewers like us satisfied.  Copper appears to us to be a series that will have an overriding serial arc (that’s not particularly complicated so you can miss an episode or come to the series late without worry) with a murder-of-the-week theme, so it has a little something for everyone.

Bottom line, Copper is a very good series at this point but not a great series.  The positives of the characters and the storyline far outweigh any negatives.  We definitely recommend this, but brace yourself and try to control the eye-rolling which is inevitable.

Chance of Renewal:  100%

Again, like Perception on TNT this is a no-brainer.  Copper was the highest rated premiere in BBC America history and it probably made back all of its sunk capital costs the first night.  This is going to be a very popular show on a network that’s doing nothing but growing thanks to the saturation of BBC programming available on Netflix and PBS. Again, it’s another show that’s filmed in Canada (Toronto) so it makes it that much easier to call.  Figure that  renewal will be announced no later than the fifth episode.

BBC America: Doctor Who Season Seven Premiere Date Announced, EXCLUSIVE Trailer Released! Tons of Info on New Season!

Ten days fellow Whovians, ten days…

Read the press release below, folks, there’s episode synopses and cast and production staff interviews in there, as well.  The only thing that strikes us as rather confusing is that in all previous announcements from BBC America, they have indicated that the season would consist of 14 episodes (as per the usual), not five, as noted in the press release below.    Heck, even in BBC America’s video description on YouTube they mention the 14-episode season.  What it looks like to us is that the first five episodes of the seventh season  are going to be standalone adventures that center around the Ponds and their ultimate departure in episode five.  The rest of the season will be an arc that picks up from that point. We’ll look into this and provide more details as they become available.

Via Press Release:


Aug 22, 2012 | BBC AMERICA

BBC AMERICA’s Doctor Who returns after a record-breaking season with five blockbuster episodes on September 1 as part of Supernatural Saturday. Join the Doctor, his companions Amy and Rory (aka the Ponds) and numerous friends on their latest escapades through space and time where they puzzle an unexpected invasion of Earth, save a spaceship full of dinosaurs, don Stetsons in a Wild Wild West adventure and are even kidnapped by the Doctor’s oldest foe. The explosive series concludes with Amy and Rory’s heart-breaking farewell – a race against time through the streets of Manhattan. Will the Doctor really lose the Ponds forever? There’s only one way to find out…  Doctor Who premieres Saturday, September 1, 9:00pm ET as part of Supernatural Saturday.

Lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat on the new season: “We have, I think, our biggest range of stories EVER. We’ve got the return of the Daleks AND the Weeping Angels – both of them poll-topping Doctor Who adversaries – in cracking new stories, we’ve got Dinosaurs on a Spaceship (it’s what you’ve always wanted), we’ve got a glorious western with a Cyborg Gunslinger, the most unusual invasion Earth story EVER, and location shooting in New York for the Pond finale.”

In the season opener, Asylum of the Daleks, the Doctor is forced on an impossible mission after being kidnapped by his oldest foe – to a place even the Daleks are too terrified to enter…. the Asylum. A planetary prison confining the most terrifying and insane of their kind, the Doctor and the Ponds must find an escape route. But with Amy and Rory’s relationship in meltdown, and an army of mad Daleks closing in, it is up to the Doctor to save their lives, as well as the Pond’s marriage.

Last year, Doctor Who was the #1 top-selling series on the iTunes Store in the US.  Last month, the series became the first British television series to ever grace the cover of Entertainment Weekly.



Asylum of the Daleks– Episode 1

Kidnapped by his oldest foe, the Doctor is forced on an impossible mission – to a place even the Daleks are too terrified to enter…. the Asylum. A planetary prison confining the most terrifying and insane of their kind, the Doctor and the Ponds must find an escape route. But with Amy and Rory’s relationship in meltdown, and an army of mad Daleks closing in, it is up to the Doctor to save their lives, as well as the Pond’s marriage.Asylum of the Daleks premieres Saturday, September 1, 9:00pm ET.

Dinosaurs on a Spaceship – Episode 2

An unmanned spaceship hurtles towards certain destruction – unless the Doctor can save it, and its impossible cargo…… of dinosaurs. By his side a ragtag gang of adventurers; a big game hunter, an Egyptian Queen and a surprised member of the Pond family. But little does the Doctor know there is someone else onboard who will stop at nothing to keep hold of his precious, prehistoric cargo. Dinosaurs on a Spaceshippremieres Saturday, September 8, 9:00pm ET.

A Town Called Mercy– Episode 3

The Doctor gets a Stetson (and a gun), and finds himself the reluctant Sheriff of a Western town under siege by a relentless cyborg, who goes by the name of, the Gunslinger. But who is he and what does he want? The answer seems to lie with the mysterious, Kahler-Jex, an alien doctor (yes another one) whose initial appearance is hiding a dark secret.A Town Called Mercypremieres Saturday, September 15, 9:00pm ET.

Details on episodes 4 & 5 will be released at a later date.


The Doctor                          Matt Smith (Going for Gold, Christopher and His Kind)
Amy Pond                            Karen Gillan (We’ll Take Manhattan, The Kevin Bishop Show)
Rory Williams                     Arthur Darvill (Broadchurch, Little Dorrit)

Executive Producer

and Lead Writer                 Steven Moffat (Sherlock, The Adventures of Tintin)

Executive Producer           Caroline Skinner (The Fades)

Writers                                 Steven Moffat (ep 1)
Chris Chibnall (ep 2) (Torchwood, Camelot, Law & Order: UK)
Toby Whithouse (ep 3) (Being Human)

Directors                             Nick Hurran (ep 1) (Little Black Book, The Prisoner)
Saul Metzstein (ep 2&3) (Upstairs Downstairs)

Series Producer                 Marcus Wilson (True Dare Kiss, Life on Mars)


Head writer and executive producer Steven Moffat gives us an insight into the monsters and adventures that we can expect from the new series.

So it is back with a bang and with Daleks from every decade. Why did you decide to kick-off the new series with a Dalek filled episode?

We’ve been off the air for longer than usual, so it was an easy decision to come back with Doctor Who at its most iconic and that means Daleks. Lots and lots of scary Daleks. There have been many monsters to face the Doctor over the years, but only one that can sum up the whole series just by being there.

Also, it’s my first go at writing for them. I LOVE the Daleks, and I’ve held off till now. But I had what Ithought was a good idea, and couldn’t resist any longer!!

Are there any new monsters to look out for and star guest appearances?

There’s a terrifying Cyborg in the old West, and wait till you see what’s invading Earth in episode 4. There’s never been an extra-terrestrial incursion like this one!! Guest stars include David Bradley, Rupert Graves, Stephen Berkoff, Mike McShane, Ben Browder, Adrian Scarbourgh and Anamaria Marinca.

As well as filming in and around Cardiff, you ventured abroad to Spain and NYC for episodes 1, 3 and 5, what was it like to shoot in those locations?

I don’t think I’ve ever worked on show before that’s had foreign location shoots on three out of five episodes – it’s quite astonishing. We have snowy mountains for the series opener, New York for the finale and along the way a full-blooded Western shot on location where all the best cowboy movies come from – Spain. Location shooting at this level is such a blast of fresh air for the show – wide open spaces and wide open skies!  It’s easy to say “movie scale” but that really is what we’re delivering.

We know to expect Amy and Rory’s departure in episode 5, why was it decided that this should be the time for them to go and with an episode featuring the Weeping Angels?

The story of the Ponds hasn’t even begun to end yet – they’ve got loads more adventures with their mad friend the Doctor ahead of them, and we’ll see more of their lives and Time Lord-complicated relationship than we ever have before. This more than any other, is the year of the Ponds.

But, yes, it’s true, I cannot lie – somewhere out there, the Weeping Angels are waiting forthem….

What are you going to miss most about the characters and Karen and Arthur?

Amy and Rory have been with the Doctor since I took over the show, they’re part of the landscape for me. It was just traumatic to consider a future without them. Amy is everything I admired (and sometimes feared) about strong, clever, reckless women, and Rory is the man I’d like to be – so strong he never has to show it.

Karen and Arthur have become friends, and I still can’t get my head round the fact that I’ll never find them on the set again. Brilliant performers and warm and lovely people – the best of the best.

MATT SMITH – The Doctor

Donning the compulsory tweed for the third time, Matt Smith gets ready for more adventures through space and time as the Doctor.  Herehe talks about his hopes for the new series, what fans have to look forward to and saying goodbye to the Ponds.

Asylum of the Daleks is going to be a cracker, states Matt as he talks excitedly about the opener of the new series.   Steven has written andabsolute belter and we have made the Daleks scary again, something I am not sure we got right before.


With five big adventures for the Doctor and his companions, this series it is set to be epic.

We have five of the most exciting standalone episodes, with everything from Daleks to dinosaurs and of course, the fall of the Ponds, explains Matt

During this series Matt Smith’s Doctor gets faced with a lot of new challenges. Not only did he get to live out many a childhood dream of becoming a cowboy for the day by riding a horse in the western themed episode,A Town Called Mercy, but he also got the once in a lifetime opportunity…to ride a dinosaur.  More painful than you can imagine, Matt gives us an insight into just what that was like, I had to wear padded trousers!  Dinosaurs are a lot lumpier than horses, so it was a painful couple of hours, a laugh though and definitely worth it as it’sgoing to look great.


With Asylum of the Daleks featuring Daleks from all of The decades, does Matt have any favorites?

Absolutely!  The blue and white ones from the 1960s, I think they are from the Troughton era…they are just kind of groovy, smaller but fantastic.  And the lovely Barnaby (Edwards) who operates them. The day we filmed with all of those Daleks there was such an excitable atmosphere on set from cast and crew alike.  It was a brilliant few days at work!


The second episode sees viewers taken on an incredible prehistoric adventure with the unusually titledDinosaurs on a Spaceship, so what did Matt think when he first heard those four words?

Steven you are a genius! It’s Doctor Who in a nutshell. I have always wanted to do a dinosaur episode, he continues, so I was very pleased to get the chance.  And the Director Saul (Metzstein) has done a fantastic job, with David Bradley playing a cracking villain.  I think it is such a fun episode with a wonderfully crafted script by Chris Chibnall.


As the most ambitious season to date, locations play a key role in creating scale and meeting that ambition.  Travelling to the Spanish mountains for episode 1, Almeria in Spain for episode 3, A Town Called Mercy, and New York for the Pond’s departure in episode 5, Matt believes they really help transport the viewer and the character, commenting that, There is only so much CGI can do.We were in the middle of a western village, which was brilliant for Doctor Who,adding to the imagination of it all.  And I am such a fan of New York, and we got to use some properly iconic locations, like Central Park. There is nothing quite like running through Times Square trying to shoot a scene.


As well as visiting new locations and facing new monsters, Matt got his first taste as TheDoctor of what it is like to be on the receiving end of one of the show’s most widely known formulas, a change in companion.

It was terribly sad and I do miss them as they are such great chums, Matt shares his thoughts on his last days on set with Karen and Arthur, we knew it was coming, but just didn’t believe it. It is one of those things like when you are on holiday and you suddenly realize it is Friday and you are going home on Monday. But that is what the show is about, evolution and regeneration, and we now have Jenna who is lovely and great.

So did he agree with Steven’s choice to send them out in an episode with the Weeping Angels,Oh absolutely, I think I can speak for all of us when I say that the Weeping Angels are one of our favorite monsters. The fact that they don’t speak just makes them crueler. And with the last episode set in New York and to have River back, it all just made sense. I really think, Karen and Arthur go with a bang and tear!

Stupid dancing, stupid faces and stupid everything, is how Matt sums up what he will miss most about having Karen and Arthur on set. Being ridiculous, there were points when we wouldn’t even have conversations, but just make noises at each other. We had a laugh and that really informed the energy and spirit of the show. The relationship between our characters on screen and off screen really blurred!


Renowned for his pranks on set, Matt gleefully explains how much he used to enjoy making Karen scream, I used to hide in her trailer a lot and just jump out at her and she is a real screamer. Or I would dance really close to her face, which would also make her scream! It was very much like a brother and sister relationship with Arthur and I pranking her like older brothers!


It’s Karen Gillan’s last season as Amy Pond. Having travelled through space and time for three years, she is about to hang up her TARDIS key.


Here she gives us a glimpse at what is to come in episodes 1 to 3 from Daleks to Dinosaurs and some thoughts on her departure.

It was AMAZING! We have totally made them scary again. I expect everyone to be watching from behind theirsofas, I know I will…

This season has been done in a really interesting way with five standalone epic episodes, like a movie a week, all building to the departure of the Ponds! We actually kick-off the season with Amy and Rory’s relationship in a sticky situation; it is less than marital bliss. Those scenes were really interesting to do, she explains, because they created such a different on-screen atmosphere between Amy and Rory, something that the viewers wouldn’t have seen before. That is the good thing about Doctor Who, it gives you the chance to shift the character, and you never know what is going to happen from episode to episode.


Karen is talking excitedly about the return of the Doctor’s most fearsome and famous enemy the Daleks. The opener to season 7, Asylum of the Daleks, will feature the most Daleks ever to be seen on screen and from the different decades, including a special appearance from Russell T Davies’ Dalek.

I am so pleased that he now owns an official Dalek, it was a real honor to act opposite him and I think he is going to go far! she says rather cheekily.

I think my favorite is the 1960s Dalek with the white and blue armour, she continues, there is something more menacing about them as they are smaller and they just look so original. If I was going to own one, it would be one of those, Karen concludes, I would keep it in my kitchen.


But it isn’t all upset for the Ponds, as the adventures continue in episode two with Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, written by Chris Chibnall.

That was a crazy filming adventure, exclaims Karen, with all the adventures that I have been on through-out the show that was perhaps the most surreal!  There was a lot of running from things we couldn’t see, whichis always fun, BUT a couple of the cast got to ride a dinosaur…..


Mark Williams comes along for the ride as Rory’s dad Brian Williams.

He was so fantastic, naturally funny and such great casting, you could totally imagine Rory having a dad like that. This series has some great guest stars, characters and of course monsters, she teases.

Guest stars making their Doctor Who debut are James Bond Baddy, Steven Berkoff, Jemma Redgrave and Ben Browder.  Alex Kingston as River Song makes her return in episode 5, just in time to say goodbye to Amy.


While the majority of the filming was done in the home of Doctor Who, Cardiff, the cast and crew found themselves in the perfect spaghetti western location of Almeria, Spain, giving Toby Whithouse’s episode 3, A Town Called Mercy, a truly authentic western feel….

So much fun, claims Karen, using a location that had actually been the set for other westerns made everything feel so much, well, realer.  In the episode Amy Pond gets her hand on a gun, something Karen agrees that she really shouldn’t be let anywhere near. Definitely, Amy Pond should be nowhere near a gun, exclaims Karen. I remember for a previous episode I had to fire a gun with blanks, followed quickly by Rory shouting ARGHHH as though I had hit him. I completely forgot this when action was called, so when I fired and he shouted I really thought I had shot him! It was awful! In this episode when she gets hold of a gun you can see the fear on the faces of the other characters, but they weren’t acting, I genuinely think all of the actors including Matt and Arthur were in fear for their lives!


Featuring an alien with a score to settle A Town Called Mercy also reveals a different side to the Doctor as Amy claims, So this is what happens when you travel alone. In the series we see a slight shift in the Ponds’ relationship with the Doctor, Just as any relationship changes when it matures, explains Karen. We get to see a glimpse of what Amy and Rory do when the Doctor isn’t around and how the adventures and time away from home has affected their own relationships with friends and family. I think the Doctor also begins to realise how he has changed Amy and what happens when heisn’t there, and at first he doesn’t really understand it. There is a really sweet moment in episode 5 when the Doctor notices Amy is wearing glasses, she hints.


Following the Western the series takes us to Amy and Rory’s house and a deadly outbreak, before heading to the final episode of the Ponds, shot in New York and with the return of the Weeping Angels.

The never ending pranks and my two best friends, Karen is talking about what she is going to miss as she takes her bow from the show, Matt used to hide in the cupboard of my trailer and jump out of it at me and I used to go flying back against the wall in absolute shock! He must have done it like a hundred times and I fell for it every single time! But honestly even with the bruises, it really was the biggest and most exciting time of my life. I wouldn’t change it for the world!

I always knew that Steven had an ending for Amy Pond and when I met with him a year or so ago it was kind of like, so what are the plans for the character and we both said that she should go at this point. It was such a fantastic mutual decision and completely the right time for Amy to leave. I will miss her, but I can’t wait for fans to see what happens…..

ARTHUR DARVILL – Rory Williams

Having joined Doctor Who in the fifth season, Arthur became a regular character in season six and is now set to make his departure alongside onscreen wife Karen Gillan in episode 5.


Here he shares his favorite moments, monsters and how you can make Karen scream!

Rather wonderful, the great thing about Doctor Who is that it always tries to better itself and that has really happened this series, Arthur is talking fondly about the upcoming series, it feels like a movie!

What is fantastic is that the Daleks are actually scary in this episode, continues Arthur as he gives his thoughts on Asylum of the Daleks.  It was quite an odd experience being on set that day, not only because of all of the Daleks, but because there was generally a lot more people on set as they were so excited about what was about to happen.

Such an amazing title, but to be honest I wasn’t sure how they were going to do it, getting Dinosaurs on a Spaceship!  But that episode is made extra special with Mark Williams playing Rory’s dad, he was just hilarious, so lovely and just a funny guy, remembers Arthur.  With one of the biggest sets ever built to house the prehistoric creatures, Arthur exclaims, The dinosaurs were huge, going on set was like walking in to a massive aircraft carrier.


So with Amy and Rory’s relationship in a slightly sticky situation in episode 1, how did Arthur find that to play?

Every relationship has their rocky moments, Arthur explains, but it was quite fun to play out a problem in their relationship and it shows a different side to both of their characters and makes them more real. I think that was an important side to show.


In episode 3, A Town Called Mercy, we see The Doctor and his companions in a western themed setting, where Amy Pond gets her hands on a weapon.

I am always terrified when Karen picks up anything!  Of course there was a guy there to make sure it wasn’t loaded. But Karen is better at these things than she pretends to be, even though she looks like she is made of spaghetti!

I am a huge fan of westerns, me and my dad used to spend Sunday afternoons watching them, so it was kind of like living out a boyhood dream, filming in Almeria where so many westerns had been shot.


Along with Karen Gillan, Arthur makes his exit in episode 5, but before we get to that heartbreaking ending there is glimpse of the Pond’s everyday life in episode 4, a side to the couple that hasn’t previously been explored.

So what does Arthur think about his exit?

Just brilliant, he exclaims, I was really happy to go out in an episode with the Weeping Angels. They are a relatively new monster, but Steven immediately made them a classic. I think they are one of the scariest villains within Doctor Who and episode 5 is very creepy, he hints.


Are there any other monsters that Arthur favored?

The Silence were pretty good, they look scary. Along with the Weeping Angles they have a psychological effect. Steven is good at writing those, making quite terrifying television!


We know Matt is fond of pranks on set, but did Arthur also torment Karen?

During down time on set if there was a lull a great way to entertain yourself was to tell Karen that a moth was flying around her head. She would literally go mad, flinging her arms around and screaming, it was hilarious! She hates anything with wings!

The people, it is such a big family, Arthur is explaining what he will miss the most about the show. But me, Matt and Karen still chat every few days and meet up when we can. The great thing about Doctor Who is that you get to work with the best of the best. It has been such a fantastic adventure and I hope everyone enjoys the remainder of the ride.

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Like We Said, No-Brainer: TNT Renews Perception For Season Two In 2013

Not that it was a really bold statement to make, but as we predicted last week when we wrote our review of TNT’s freshman detective procedural, Perception and said this:

Chance of Renewal: 100% 

As dopey as this type of show is, audiences eat this generic fare up and it’s a bit of a no-brainer for TNT to renew what is an incredibly inexpensive show to produce (and it’s filmed in Canada, as well dropping the costs that much more), only has a 10-episode summer schedule and is bound to be a ratings boon for the network.  Expect renewal by the halfway point of the season.”

…but, yes, we were right and last Friday TNT announced that the series had been picked up for a second season.

Via Press Release:



TNT has ordered a second season of Perception, the hit Monday night drama starring Emmy® and Screen Actors Guild Award® winner Eric McCormack (Will & Grace, Who Is Clark Rockefeller?). Perception comes to TNT from ABC Studios and currently ranks second behind TNT’s Major Crimes among basic cable’s top new scripted series for the year-to-date. The network has ordered 13 episodes for season two, which is slated to air in 2013.

“Perception has captured the imagination of TNT’s audience of armchair detectives with wonderfully intricate cases, emotionally charged situations and, of course, a terrific cast led by Eric McCormack,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “Daniel Pierce is a truly unique and fascinating addition to television’s pantheon of crime solvers. We look forward to seeing where Perception takes us next.”

TNT’s Perception, which airs Mondays at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), centers on Dr. Daniel Pierce (McCormack), an eccentric neuroscience professor with paranoid schizophrenia who is recruited by the FBI to help solve complex cases. Rachael Leigh Cook (She’s All That) stars as FBI agent Kate Moretti, Pierce’s former student who asks him to consult on her cases. The cast also includes Arjay Smith (The Day After Tomorrow) as Max Lewicki, Pierce’s teaching assistant, and Kelly Rowan (The O.C.) as Natalie Vincent, Daniel’s best friend and every bit his intellectual equal. In addition, award-winning actor LeVar Burton (Roots, Star Trek: The Next Generation) plays Paul Haley, a dean at the university and Pierce’s friend.

Perception was created by executive producer Ken Biller (Star Trek: Voyager, Smallville) and co-executive producer Mike Sussman (Star Trek: Enterprise). In addition to starring in the series, McCormack serves as producer.

In its first season, Perception is averaging 7 million viewers (Live + 7), with 1.8 million adults 18-49 and 2.3 million adults 25-54. The July 9 series premiere of Perception ranks third behind the Aug. 13 premiere of Major Crimes and the June 13 premiere of TNT’s Dallas on the list of this year’s top series debuts on cable. The season finale of Perception is set for mid-September.

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OFFICIAL: The Office To End After Its Upcoming Ninth Season, Greg Daniels Returns As Showrunner

Well, it was only a matter of time, but since Michael Scott (Steve Carell) left the Scranton office of Dunder Mifflin, the branch has never been the same and on Tuesday, it was made official that NBC  would be ending its most successful comedy over the last decade after its upcoming ninth and final season.

Truthfully speaking, as much as we loved The Office, the show had been on kind of a downward swing since about the sixth season.  Last year when it was announced that Carell would be leaving the show that he headlined for seven seasons to focus more on his film career, we all knew that was code for “getting out while you’re still on top” because as talented as Carell is, there’s no way he couldn’t have seen the decline in the quality of the writing that the rest of us certainly did.

That being said, we were actually excited about the shake-up of the cast that was announced at the end of last season (we wrote about it, here.) as we thought that the best way to bring some new life into a series like The Office was to bring some new cast members in and a fresh perspective.  Well, not only was the interview episode from the end of season seven absolutely hilarious, but the addition of James Spader as Robert California was a much-needed breath of fresh air that really brought the series back to its former glory, even if only for a little while.

Unfortunately, eight seasons into a series is a little too late to be reinventing yourself and when Michael Scott left, so did the many loyal customers in his Rolodex that had been tuning in for seven years on Thursday night. The Office‘s ratings, though not awful last season, weren’t really good enough to sustain a series for any long stretch of time and with  costs of production continuing to rise every season while the revenues decrease, NBC Universal understands that the future outlook for the series lies in syndication home video nad digital distribution deals (read: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc.).

And to add further credibility to the final season, Greg Daniels has returned as showrunner, the position he held for the first five seasons.  It doesn’t seem to be much of a coincidence that Daniels left after season five and that’s when the wheels started to fall off.  It’s not that The Office has jumped the shark, it’s just that they’ve gone back to the well one too many times and there hasn’t been anything left.

From Deadline Hollywood:

“It was a hard decision [ending the show] but this is going to be a real gangbuster season,” added Daniels. The producer stressed that creative closure was the primary reason behind the decision to end the series. “Certainly we’re not leaving for any reason other than that one,” said Daniels. “This year feels like the last chance” for The Office to have “an artistic ending.” With The Office still ranking as NBC’s highest-rated scripted series, Daniels said he feared the network might want to “cling to it” when he approached NBC executives with the idea of ending the show. “It’s actually a big surprise to me that NBC was so supportive of this decision,” he said. “We all had a lot of passion for it and persuaded them.”

NBC is to be commended for this because far too often have we seen what should have been legendary shows stick around too long for their own good and tarnish their reputation as a series while furthermore making their final seasons completely forgettable.  Honestly, does anyone remember the last two seasons of That 70’s Show after the major cast members left and the excuse of why they were gone was written so horribly?  FOX should have cut the show loose two seasons earlier but they got greedy which is why That 70’s Show will never be remembered for the status it once held and it will never be a post-first run revenue generator like The Office will no doubt continue to be… just like Seinfeld.

NBC learned a thing or two from Seinfeld.  Jerry Seinfeld had plenty of material left in him as did his writers and producers when he decided to end the “show about nothing” and NBC did NOT want to let it go because it was the highest rated show on television and was just printing money.  Seinfeld was under no contract to keep the show going and insisted that the show end in its ninth season, while it was on top.

From the New York Times, December 26, 1997:

”I wanted to end the show on the same kind of peak we’ve been doing it on for years,” said Mr. Seinfeld. ”I wanted the end to be from a point of strength. I wanted the end to be graceful.”

…And Seinfeld did exactly that, earning the highest ratings of its run in its final season and being forever remembered for all time as the best comedy in television history.  Now, is The Office as good as Seinfeld?  No, not even close, because Seinfeld is simply in its own class (and deserves reverence), however it’s safe to say that The Office is definitely one of the top twenty-five television comedies of all-time and that’s quite an achievement in and of itself and that’s how the series will be remembered.

Now as for whether or not Michael Scott will return, Daniels said that he’d love to see it but he doesn’t want to put any pressure on Steve Carell, either, so… we’ll see.

GEEK ALERT: Fangirl Academy Launches YouTube Channel, Fangirl Diary TV… SUBSCRIBE!!!

The Ladies of Fangirl Academy (From Left to Right):
Elle, April & Jessica

It is with great pleasure that we announce the launch of Fangirl Academy’s brand new YouTube channel, Fangirl Diary TV. Now, we just discovered the Fangirl Academy a few weeks ago when Facebook suggested this cute, elfin-like redhead named April Marie Eden who happened to have a lot of the same famous SciFi people on her friend’s list that we did.  We did a little research and we found out all about April and the Fangirl Academy and realized that it would probably be in The ‘Tastic’s best interest to keep an eye on her and the goings-on at the Academy.  April graciously accepted our friend request and she and her cohorts, Jessica Hendrickson and Elle Viane Sonnet (of Chicly Geek News), have been keeping us entertained and informed ever since.

From the Fangirl Academy Facebook Page:

You gotta love it when the Vulcan salute is thrown out in their first video as a matter of course.  Respeck, yo.

Here’s the release for the launch of the new YouTube Channel and below are the videos they’ve posted so far,  Enjoy and subscribe (and subscribe to us for crap’s sake if you haven’t already.)!

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REVIEW: Perception (TNT – Monday, 10:00 p.m.)

In Perception, Eric McCormack plays Dr. Daniel Pierce, an eccentric neuroscience professor with paranoid schizophrenia who is recruited by the FBI to help solve complex cases. Pierce has an intimate knowledge of human behavior and a masterful understanding of the way the mind works. He also has an uncanny ability to see patterns and look past people’s conscious emotions to see what lies beneath.

Pierce’s mind may be brilliant, but it’s also damaged. He struggles with hallucinations and paranoid delusions brought on by his schizophrenia. Oddly, Daniel considers some of his hallucinations to be a gift. They occasionally allow him to make connections that his conscious mind can’t yet process. At other times, the hallucinations become Daniel’s greatest curse, leading him to behave in irrational, potentially dangerous ways.

Daniel’s mental condition and offbeat manner make it difficult for him to achieve the close friendships and intimate relationships he craves. He’s in his element when solving an intricate puzzle or a coded message. But in unfamiliar situations, he can quickly become overwhelmed, and only his favorite music and a crossword puzzle have the power to make things right again.

Rachael Leigh Cook co-stars as FBI agent Kate Moretti, Pierce’s former student who asks him to consult on certain cases. Unlike her colleagues, Kate is willing to look past Daniel’s peculiarities. Also in Daniel’s life is Max Lewicki (Arjay Smith), who serves as his teaching assistant. His primary job is to keep Pierce in line and on task, whether that means grading midterms or laying out Pierce’s wardrobe for the day. And Natalie Vincent (Kelly Rowan) is Daniel’s best friend and every bit his intellectual equal. In addition, award-winning actor LeVar Burton (Roots, Star Trek: The Next Generation) will play a recurring role as Paul Haley, a dean at the university and Pierce’s friend. – TNT

Score:     55 out of 100

What do you get when you cross a delusional schizophrenic college professor and a cute and sassy FBI agent? Well, in this case, you get a typical formulaic police procedural with a gimmick that’s trying to trick audiences into thinking it’s actually clever, original and full of  compelling plot twists.  It’s not and in fact it’s pretty lame.

Now, we’ve talked about gimmicks on police procedurals before, most recently with the CBS series Unforgettable and the now canceled Bones spinoff, The Finder, and the gimmicks we are talking about concern the main character who has some special ability or feature that’s not supernatural but is rare that gives him a special insight into solving crimes that the local police and federal agencies simply can’t handle on their own (see: Numb3rsThe MentalistMonk, and Psych, to name a few).  Most of the time, it doesn’t work because at the end of the day, a generic police procedural is a generic police procedural and they’ve all been done before.

Perception is no different except for the fact that the goal of this show is apparently to throw so much crap at the audience between Pierce’s delusions and Monk-like obsessive-compulsive idiosyncracies and convoluted stories and plot twists that they utterly confuse the audience into believing that this is a unique and quality show.

“And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn’t been for that meddling schizophrenic and his plucky sidekick.”

We normally don’t do reviews without watching at least the first three episodes of a series but we couldn’t get past two with Perception because it was so eye-rolling embarrassing to watch and it became obvious very quickly that the show was going to follow the same routine every episode and beyond the pilot there are simply no surprises in formula and procedure.  The only thing that is surprising is how completely ridiculous the premise of each scenario of each episode is and that they actually expect us to believe the ludicrous plot twists they throw at us.  And, of course, every week the ultimate suspect (because of course, they’ve gone through several by this point) when confronted by Professor Cuckoo-For-Cocoa-Puffs and Special Agent Sassy-Pants with the entire scenario of how they killed the victim, the suspect admits everything in the obligatory Scooby Doo ending.

The characters are incredibly poorly written to the point of being silly, however, they are likable, albeit cartoonish, and the performances by the actors are fine considering the garbage material they have to work with (although, it is very difficult to take Rachel Leigh Cook seriously as an FBI agent… she looks like she’s 16).

All things considering, though, as mediocre and silly as the show is, it’s not horrible and unwatchable.  It’s just very typical and it’s trying very hard not be and it’s a bit of a shame because the premise seemed to have a lot of potential.  Can the show improve?  Unlikely. The producers and writers seem locked into this safe formula with all the extra junk thrown in for good measure.

Chance of Renewal: 100%

As dopey as this type of show is, audiences eat this generic fare up and it’s a bit of a no-brainer for TNT to renew what is an incredibly inexpensive show to produce (and it’s filmed in Canada, as well dropping the costs that much more), only has a 10-episode summer schedule and is bound to be a ratings boon for the network.  Expect renewal by the halfway point of the season.

Watch compete episodes of Perception, here.