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Stargate Star Finds Sanctuary on Sci Fi Channel

Amanda Tapping by Eike Schroter/Sci Fi Channel Photo

Si Fi Channel has greenlit a full 13-episode season of Sanctuary, a drama that originated online (as the first-ever hi-def Web series, no less) and stars the Stargate world's Amanda Tapping as Dr. Helen Magnus, a woman on a quest to protect "strange creatures that walk the earth." Tapping is exec-producing the TV port along with SG-1 writer-producer Damian Kindler and producer-director Martin Wood, and Sam Egan.Despite scoring this plum gig, Tapping will guest on at least several Stargate Atlantis episodes next season.Sanctuary will be the first TV series to shoot live-action actors against "virtual set pieces," à la 300 and Sin City.I've got Logan's Run now stuck in my head. Grr. read more

Cat Deeley Does New Year's, More Short Cuts

Cat Deeley by Jeff Neira/Fox

Once again, adorable So You Think You Can Dance ringleader Cat Deeley will host Fox's New Year's Eve Live. She'll be aided by Spike Feresten, checking in from the Times Square ball watch.... ABC News has climbed into bed with Facebook to allow its 2008 presidential election coverage to be used on the site to spur debate among its (political) party animals.... To benefit the Carol (aka mother of Alec and William) Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, Amanda Tapping and Joe Flanigan are auctioning off a walk-on role on Stargate Atlantis at CharityFolks.com/baldwin between now and Dec. 14.... NBC has made a first-of-its-kind deal with TiVo to use the digital-recorder company's ratings and somehow force us to see advertisers' names even if we are skipping the commercials. — Ben Katner read more

What is your take on the cast ...

Question: What is your take on the cast changes on Stargate Atlantis? I'm personally pretty happy that SG-1's Amanda Tapping is making the trip to Atlantis. It seemed pretty inevitable: Someone was going to cross over after Torri Higginson's role was minimized. Anyway, as an objective party who's never been all that entrenched in the series, what is your opinion? Also, have you heard the theory that Higginson wanted out of her contract? Answer: I honestly don't know the circumstances of this cast change, but churn like this is inevitable on just about any long-running show — although experience has told me that any time a major change happens on a cult sci-fi/fantasy series, there will be some outcry. (Remember the fuss when Michael Shanks left SG-1 for a season? I certainly do!) From where I sit, as a detached observer who never got deeply involved in either series (they're enjoyable but, to me, not habit-forming), this all makes perfect sense. I think of Worf migrating from Star Trek: read more

Unending

Well, its all come down to this: 10 seasons. Over 200 episodes. Adventure. Laughter. Tears. And as this is the last episode of our journey together, I will make this my last TV Guide blog entry.Thanks be to all of you who have grown with us over the years. It has been a true pleasure, and one I’m sure I will not see the likes of again. The years have gone by so fast… so fast. So much has changed, in my life, and in the lives of those around me. And I’m sure of yours too.I was reminded as recently as yesterday how much can happen in 10 years. I shared a conversation on the plane with Katee Sackoff (of Battlestar Galactica fame — for those living under boulders) who enlightened me that she used to watch the early seasons of Stargate with her father… when she was 17. Holy crap. That aged me.I was a single boy of 26 years when we took our first steps through the gate, and now I speak to you as a father of three at 36 years old. It really does fly, doesn... read more

Amanda Tapping Eyes Stargate SG-1's Final (TV) Days

Amanda Tapping, Stargate SG-1

This Friday night, the members of Stargate SG-1 (8 pm/ET, on Sci Fi Channel) will get a shock when they discover that one of their own has been brainwashed by the evil Ori. Amanda Tapping, who plays gutsy astrophysicist Samantha Carter on the long-running series, spoke with us about SG-1's final tales and her transfer to Stargate Atlantis.TV Guide: What's this about Daniel Jackson becoming a Prior of the Ori? Amanda Tapping: I could tell you but then I would have to kill you. [Laughs] Poor Daniel has really been through it. He's ascended, and now he's a Prior. The Ori is a fundamentalist religious group, and Daniel gets tortured into their ways. It's a good team episode about us trying to save our f read more

Stargate Movies Deemed Ready for Takeoff

Stargate SG-1 by Eike Schroter/Sci Fi Channel Photo

Farscape, I got. Farscape, I liked. Farscape, I miss. But Stargate SG-1? Um, no. Nonetheless, MGM Television has given the green light to a pair of TV-movies based on its hit sci-fi series. The first, Stargate: The Ark of Truth, will wrap up the main story line from the show's last two seasons. The second, Stargate: Continuum, will kick off a new adventure. On board are leads Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge and Michael Shanks, and Farscape alumni Ben Browder and Claudia Black. I'll say it again: Farscape, I miss. read more

Richard Dean Anderson Marks SG-1's 200th

Richard Dean Anderson, Stargate SG-1

TV Guide caught up with Richard Dean Anderson on the Vancouver set of Sci Fi Channel's Stargate: SG-1, where he was making his first visit back since he left the show one and a half years ago to spend more time with his young daughter. Sitting in a mock wedding chapel, Anderson looked just fine in a tux, as he waited for a nuptial scene to begin. (SG-1 fans, you'll love it.) The occasion was special not only because of the former star's return — the first of two SG-1 and three Stargate Atlantis visits this season — but because the episode was the 200th of the decade-old show (airing Friday, Aug. 18, at 9 pm/ET). Anderson talked to us about the anniversary, why he returned and what he's been up t read more

Stargate Crossover Q&A, Preview and More!

Stargates' David Hewlett and Amanda Tapping

It's taken four years, but on Friday, July 28, at 9 pm/ET, the crew of Sci Fi Channel's Stargate SG-1 visits their Atlantis brethren for a crossover episode all about — what else? — saving the galaxy. SG-1's comely scientific genius, Lt. Col. Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping), and Atlantis' annoyingly brilliant Dr. Rodney McKay (David Hewlett) must destroy the Ori's Supergate or they'll all be prostrating before false gods before they can say, "O'Neill, help!" We talked to Tapping and Hewlett, combatively acerbic buddies in real life, about the shows and their roles. TV Guid read more

Stargate Crossover Q&A, Preview and More!

Stargates' David Hewlett and Amanda Tapping

It's taken four years, but on Friday, July 28, at 9 pm/ET, the crew of Sci Fi Channel's Stargate SG-1 visits their Atlantis brethren for a crossover episode all about — what else? — saving the galaxy. SG-1's comely scientific genius, Lt. Col. Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping), and Atlantis' annoyingly brilliant Dr. Rodney McKay (David Hewlett) must destroy the Ori's Supergate or they'll all be prostrating before false gods before they can say, "O'Neill, help!" We talked to Tapping and Hewlett, combatively acerbic buddies in real life, about the shows and their roles. TV Guid read more

Stargate Crossover Q&A, Preview and More!

Stargates' David Hewlett and Amanda Tapping

It's taken four years, but on Friday, July 28, at 9 pm/ET, the crew of Sci Fi Channel's Stargate SG-1 visits their Atlantis brethren for a crossover episode all about — what else? — saving the galaxy. SG-1's comely scientific genius, Lt. Col. Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping), and Atlantis' annoyingly brilliant Dr. Rodney McKay (David Hewlett) must destroy the Ori's Supergate or they'll all be prostrating before false gods before they can say, "O'Neill, help!" We talked to Tapping and Hewlett, combatively acerbic buddies in real life, about the shows and their roles. TV Guid read more

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