Summer Glau, Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker and Richard T. Jones/Fox Summer Glau, Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker and Richard T. Jones/Fox

Thomas Dekker is in heaven, and not just because hundreds of people have lined up for a screening of his new Fox series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (premiering Jan. 13). "That's the Borg Queen from Star Trek," he says, pointing at a replica of the grayish lady standing in the corner of the Golden Apple comic store on Los Angeles' Melrose Avenue, which hosted the sneak preview.

Dekker has every reason to be excited about his show, as his is one of the few that will air original content this spring. And so excited are his fans that some flew from Virginia to L.A. this past Saturday to see the cast and get a signed poster.

Sarah Connor Chronicles picks up after the events of Terminator 2, and benefits from having T3's James Middleton as a producer. James Cameron, who brought Ahnuld's time-traveling cyborg to life, is not involved in the small-screen adaptation, but he merits an "obvious homage," Dekker says, in the form of a pivotal new character named Cameron (played by Firefly's Summer Glau). As for how the director feels about the TV port, Dekker admits, "We have no idea how he feels... so we're flying by the seat of our pants on this one!" - Carita Rizzo