Firefly courtesy Fox
Jewel Staite makes her living these days playing Dr. Jennifer Keller on Stargate: Atlantis, but of course many fans fondly remember her older role as Kaylee on Joss Whedon's Firefly. Staite found time to be a guest the past two weekends at the first rounds of the 2008 Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Australia (March 28-30 in Melbourne and April 4-6 in Brisbane; she couldn't make it to the Sydney or Perth events).During a question-and-answer session with fans at her Melbourne appearance, Staite was asked if there's still hope for further adventures with the crew of Serenity. She replied that she thought there was, and that "if they called, I would be there in a heartbeat." In the process of answering this question, she dropped quite a bombshell:"I just heard that they're re-releasing Firefly, a special edition of Firefly in a box set," Staite said. "They actually asked me if I was able to come down to L.A. and do a commentary in the spring. So I think that would be fun."We checked in wi...
Adam Baldwin, Chuck
While Zachary Levi's unlikely spy tries to make the best of an impossible situation – none to easy when your CIA handler is as smokin' as Sarah! – it's up to Adam Baldwin's Casey to keep everyone in line and on target. The Firefly alum gave TVGuide.com a sneak peek at what's ahead on NBC's buzzworthy Chuck (airing Mondays at 8 pm/ET). Plus, what is Zachary Levi really like when the cameras stop rolling?
TVGuide.com: It's nice to see Chuck ticking back up in the ratings.Adam Baldwin: Yeah, yeah, I mean we have really tough competition on Monday nights. The sports guys [watching Monday Night Football], hopefully they'll be finding us [when the NFL season is over]. So we're all full of high hopes. And then… there's the writers strike.
TVGuide.com: And then there's the writers strike. How many episodes did you get done?Baldwin: We will complete the initial order of 13. They banged out Episode
Eliza Dushku courtesy Fox, Joss Whedon courtesy Fox
Short of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reunion movie, this is just about the best news you could ask for: Eliza Dushku and Joss Whedon are reteaming for a new series! (Told ya it would be worth tearing yourself away from the candy corn to drop by The Ausiello Report.) Here are the five things you have to know about the show, and I mean now:1. It's a one-hour drama produced by Twentieth Century Fox to air on Fox. The first of the seven episodes to which the network has committed could premiere as early as spring. 2. It's called Dollhouse because that's the nickname of the high-tech lab where a group of human chalkboards are kept between assignments.3. Human chalkboards?! Yes! What else would you call characters like Dushku's Echo who can be given new memories, skills and even personalities, then stripped of them just as quickly, leaving them virtual children?4. Whedon is the creator, head writer and executive producer, and perhaps in part because Dushku convinced him to do the show, she...
If you didnt watch the debut of Chuck, why not? This is one of the smartest, funniest shows of the new season. Couch potatoes and computer geeks rejoice: ou have been given a hero who doesnt have perfect hair or rock-hard abs. Armed with a pocket protector and deadpan sarcasm, Chuck is an unassuming every-nerd (we all went to school with a guy like this) who finds himself in the ultimate geek fantasy: working with the government to thwart international spies and evildoers. It was a great choice to open with Chucks uncomfortable birthday party. I could feel how out of place he was in his own home when his well-intentioned sister forced him to socialize with "real live women." The scene not only laughed at Chucks stereotypical geek behavior, but it laughed with him when he made the joke about working on his five-year plan and just needing to "pick a font." The sudden cut to Chucks former college roommate, "Big Man on Campus" Bryce, who turns out to be a s...
Question: I've been amazed when people have said in previous Ask Matt questions that they don't want to start watching a show because of the chance it might be canceled. I've lived through the agony of having shows I've cared for canceled. I was crushed when Dark Angel ended mid-story. I was in agony when Firefly ended prematurely and stunned when Farscape was canceled after a gut-wrenching cliff-hanger. And there are many others: Wonderfalls, Dead Like Me, Veronica Mars, Drive. Doubtless there will be others. But I don't regret having watched any of these shows. Would my life have been less rich if I had never watched Firefly? Would I be better off if I had never seen Dead Like Me? I understand wanting a beloved show to go on for seven or eight seasons, but I'm grateful even for the brief glimpses into alternate realities that these shows provided. I would have loved to see where Wonderfalls would have gone, but I'm delighted that I got to experience the show at all. So yes, some of ...
Lena Headey and Thomas Dekker in The Sarah Connor Chronicles by Joe Viles/Fox
With the Fox network, it's often all about the mid-season, the time when shows like American Idol and 24 come along to rescue the network from its fall doldrums. Not that it's impossible for any of Fox's September newcomers to catch on. The Kelsey Grammer/Patricia Heaton sitcom Back to You looks very commercial. The situation is admittedly tougher for the downbeat New Orleans crime drama K-Ville or the murky supernatural crime drama New Amsterdam (about an immortal detective) to buck the odds and be a factor come January. While it's possible one or both may hit its mark, you can't help but feel that they might as well be titled "Placeholder 1" and "Placeholder 2" (shades of last fall's Vanished, Justice and Standoff).Once again, Fox is holding back one of its biggest guns (literally) for January. Easily the most anticipated show on the network's lineup is The Sarah Connor Chronicles (look for the word Terminator to be added to the title before it premieres): a high-octane, big-budge...
How much cult cachet does Jericho have?
Three years ago, TV Guide dared to compile a list of the Top 25 Cult Shows Ever, a veritable who's who of programs that got people talking — and in many cases still had them talking long after the final episode aired. The litmus tests were many. These are the types of shows that make normal folk Romulan-fluent, series that inspire what can only be called worship. The faithful collect everything from action figures (and perhaps way too many of them) to yellowing scripts obtained by any means necessary. They attend conventions in fangs or blue skin or with Hurley's numbers tattooed in disturbing places.
Spurred on by the successful campaign to get Jericho plucked from the postapocalyptic ashes and returned to CBS' 2007-08 slate, TV Guide revisited that years-old countdown, asking ourselves such tough questions as: Is Lost too
As you will see detailed in the Friday, June 29 Interviews & Features column, TV Guide presents the Top Cult Shows Ever, an updated "best of" list that is sure to ignite conversation and debate both of which we encourage at this blog set up just for the occasion.* Denotes a newcomer to the list since our previous 2004 countdown30) Strangers with Candy (1999-2000) *29) Absolutely Fabulous (1994-2003)28) Stargate SG-1 (1997-2007) *27) H.R. Pufnstuf (1969-1971)26) Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1975-1978)25) Firefly (2002-2003) *24) Twin Peaks (1990-1991)23) Dark Shadows (1966-1971)22) Doctor Who (1963-present)21) Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000)20) The Avengers (1966-1969)19) Quantum Leap (1989-1993)18) Veronica Mars (2004-2007) *17) Beauty and the Beast (1987-1990)16) Babylon 5 (1994-1998)15) Family Guy (1999-present)14) Battlestar Galactica (2003-present) *13) Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1989-1999)12) Pee-Wee's Playhouse (1986-1991)11) Jericho (2006-present) *10) Xena: Warrior...
Nathan Fillion and Kristin Lehman, Drive
Rob and Amber wouldn't survive a day in this sprawling journey. Premiering Sunday at 8 pm/ET before settling into its Mondays-at-8 time slot, Fox's Drive takes a wide swatch of types — played by Nathan Fillion, Dylan Baker, Kevin Alejandro, Taryn Manning and Kristin Lehman, to name only a few — then raises the flag on a super-mysterious, super-secret underground cross-country race. Giving the assorted strangers their driving papers (in the form of compelling if not always life-threatening reasons to race) is a man known only as Mr. Bright (played by
Question: : I know you've given up on Fox's existing serialized dramas, but how do you feel about the potential of Fox's mid-season entry Drive? My wife and I have enjoyed all of the TV series to which producer Tim Minear has been attached, and have been Nathan Fillion fans since Firefly. But considering Fox's halfhearted commitment to Minear's last three shows (The Inside, Wonderfalls and the aforementioned Firefly), does Drive even stand a chance? The premise appears to be interesting, but I'm not sure how sustainable it could be over multiple seasons. Or does the fact that it's a Tim Minear show airing on Fox practically guarantee that sustainability won't even be tested? We just don't want to get attached to another show that will be canceled before all of the filmed episodes have even aired, then have to wait a year to buy the DVD set.
Answer: This kind of reasoning always baffles me. Live in the moment, people. Don't worry about what Fox may or may not do down the road. Drive is