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Inside Battlestar's "Astonishing" Midseason Finale

Mary McDonnell by Carole Segal/Sci Fi Channel

Brace yourselves Galactica fans Executive producers Ronald D Moore and David Eick are promising big things for the mid-season finale of the series fourth and final year airing Friday June 13 at 10 pmET Eick teases the cliff-hanger definitely rivals the Season 2 one year later shock but hes otherwise playing it coy What we know for sure is 1 ailing Laura Roslin is abducted by the Cylon rebels and according to Moore 2 suspected toaster Kara Thrace is going to make an important discovery [and] all hells going to break loose Eick says hes drawn to this plot because the struggles Starbuck Katee Sackhoff faces on her own ship call into question the nature of who these people are For Moore the Adama-Roslin relationship [is paramount] I really like how its matured It moves me President Roslin herself Mary McDonnell tells us the midseason finale is an astonishing piece of work that will be really gratifying for the fans Its brilliantly done because read more

I am shocked that in the many ...

Question: I am shocked that in the many comments made about Bionic Woman, no one has mentioned the completely flat and robotic acting of lead Michelle Ryan. When I tuned in to the show to give it a try, I was completely turned off by Ryan's dismal performance. What could the producers and NBC have been thinking with that casting choice? One of the reasons Alias was such a critical and cult favorite was because of the fantastic lead performance of Jennifer Garner, who not only kicked butt, but also infused character Sydney Bristow with warmth, depth, intelligence and angst. Her multilayered performance "garnered" her several richly deserved Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, and even a Globe win. Sadly, I would not predict the same for Ryan. Do you agree that her lack of both acting skills and charisma will contribute to the failure of Bionic Woman? Answer: I hardly thought this was a big secret. Seems to me lots of the negative commentary about this show has focused on the dour, ... read more

Galactica Star Battles Real-world Stalker

Mary McDonnell by Justin Stephens/ Sci Fi Photo

Battlestar Galactica prez Mary McDonnell has obtained a cease-and-desist order against an obsessed female fan, the New York Post's Page Six reports. Among her assorted trespasses, the stalker — who on fan forums goes by the screen name "peakeana" — allegedly has been spied following McDonnell around when the actress visits her daughter at Brandeis University, says a classmate. The Post could not reach McDonnell for comment. read more

In commenting back to Kay, ...

Question: In commenting back to Kay, the 30-year-old woman who was so excited to see representations of real women on TV these days, I cannot believe that you did not urge her to "run, don't walk" to snag a DVD of Battlestar Galactica to watch the incomparable Mary McDonnell play President Laura Roslin. I am deeply saddened that she might miss out on such a fabulous portrayal of a very real woman in a very tough situation. The actress and her character are true gems. Shame on you. Still love ya anyway, but really... how could you leave her out? Answer: How dare I! Just for that, I'm going to bed without my supper tonight. (Probably would do me good.) You're absolutely right. It could be because the show's off the air until the new year, so she didn't come immediately to mind when I was answering that question, but when it comes to mature women who are sexy, commanding and fascinating, it's hard to top this one. What was I thinking ... read more

Starbucks to Go: Inside Galactica's Season 4 Preview Bash!

Battlestar Galactica's Lucy Lawless, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber, Katee Sackhoff and Edward James Olmos

Admiral Adama, President Roslin, Apollo and Kara finally made it to Earth. Well, at least to the Arclight Theater in Hollywood, California, where on Wednesday night stars and producers of Battlestar Galactica met with roughly 1,000 fans of the critically acclaimed Sci Fi Channel series. Rather than focus on the recently announced sad news that the show's upcoming fourth season, which begins in January, will also be its final one, cast, producers and devotees of the show spent hours praising the space opera's past — and contemplating its immediate future. Attendees erupted into applause upon seeing a trailer for Battlestar Galactica: Razor, a two-hour TV-movie that tells the stor read more

Mary McDonnell: Will Galactica's Prez Get Emmy's Vote?

Mary McDonnell, Battlestar Galactica

In Part 1 of TV Guide's interview with Mary McDonnell, the accomplished actress teased the shocking wrap-up of Battlestar Galactica's third season (the finale airs Sunday at 10 pm/ET). Here, in Part 2, the topics are vipers, U.S. presidents, and whether a show such as BSG — and herself, in particular — can ever convert Emmy buzz into grabbable gold. TV Guide: You seem to have a flair for playing women who persevere in the face of extraordinary personal hardships — Passion Fish, read more

Mary McDonnell Previews Galactica's Trial and Tribulations

Mary McDonnell, Battlestar Galactica

Don't let that soft voice fool you. Mary McDonnell is one iron maiden when it comes to leading the survivors of a decimated civilization as President Laura Roslin on Sci Fi Channel's Battlestar Galactica (Sundays at 10 pm/ET). As the season finale nears and Emmy buzz begins building, TV Guide welcomed the opportunity to speak with the accomplished actress. Here, in Part 1 of our Q&A, McDonnell previews the big trial and even bigger tribulations to come. TV Guide: Is Roslin's motivation for trying Baltar (played by James Callis) vengeance or justice? Mary McDonnell: Oh, I think it's justice. I think there is a tremendous personal frustration with regard to the man himself because of what she's been through read more

Shocking Preview: Battlestar Galactica's Cylons Go to Extremes

Tricia Helfer and James Callis, Battlestar Galactica

Acting on Sci Fi Channel's Battlestar Galactica (Fridays at 9 pm/ET) can be torture. Case in point: Fan favorite James Callis is lying in a beautiful, zen-like chamber on the show's soundstage in Vancouver, but the visual serenity of the locale is repeatedly shattered by his head-splitting screams. This week's episode finds Callis' character, Gaius Baltar, held prisoner by the Cylons, who suspect he has information about a virus that could kill them. When a full-body electroshock — administered by the ruthless Cylon ringleader D'Anna (Lucy Lawless) — doesn't elicit the desired confession, she chooses a wicked-looking item that pierces the eardrum. His screaming begins anew. After three-plus hours of this sadism, lunch is called, read more

Please, please, please give ...

Question: Please, please, please give us a hint as to which actress was missing from the BSG set (Ask Ausiello 7/5). Even if it's just in asterisks! Seriously, I'll give you my firstborn for this information!


Answer: It wasn't Mary McDonnell. Or Katee Sackhoff.

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Did I see you at the Museum ...

Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell

Question: Did I see you at the Museum of Television and Radio on Friday for the Battlestar Galactica panel discussion? Curious on your thoughts on the trailer snippet for Season 3 (I'm still reeling) and desperate to know if the cast dropped into the reception upstairs.


Answer: Yes, that was me sitting in the second row trying mightily to suppress my inner geek — and failing miserably. What a fraktastic night! For those who missed out, 400 lucky fans were treated to a screening of the Season 2 finale, followed by a Matt Roush-moderated Q&A session with Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber, and executive producers Ron Moore and David Eick. Highlights included Bamber joking about Apollo's weight gain, saying the new season starts with him on Jen read more

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