Monday, August 15, 2011

Torchwood: Miracle Day - TV Guide: Ask Matt: August 15, 2011

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TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY - TV GUIDE: Ask Matt: August 15, 2011

Aug 15, 2011
by Matt Roush

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... Question: Personally I have to disagree with your assessment of Torchwood: Miracle Day. As a long-term fan of both Torchwood and Doctor Who, I am very pleased with this particular show. Each week I am left with a gasp and a panic that it has been almost an hour already. I just want it to keep going. Re: Bill Pullman's creepy performance, while it leaves me questioning how the character got where it is, there is no denying his acting chops. I do agree that Rex is just annoying, but I love Esther and how she reminds me of the first days of Gwen with Torchwood. For me, Children of Earth didn't leave me eagerly waiting for the next week the way this one does, and I can't wait for the big bad scheme to reveal itself. I am so glad they brought the show to Starz and can't wait for more seasons and more fantastic stories, although I do pray they go back to the original format, one story a week with some things spanning more time, especially character back stories. — Terri

Matt Roush: If you like back stories, you're in for a treat in next week's episode ("Immortal Sins"), which delivers a doozy of a flashback for Jack that finally starts getting to the heart of what's behind the "miracle." This is easily my favorite episode of this particular series — which is a good thing, because the most recent episode ("The Middle Men") may have been my least favorite, with some of the clumsiest action sequences in recent memory, especially in the San Pedro facility, where bad acting and ridiculous plotting proved as lethal as the ovens. As someone who found Children of Earth one of the most thrilling pieces of TV in years, and the apex of the entire Torchwood experience, I'm obviously going to disagree that the overextended, often unfocused Miracle Day is better at delivering the goods, but I do agree that I'd love to see Torchwood revert, even briefly, to its more episodic format, if that's even possible given the current state of Torchwood itself. But again, even though I've found this miniseries to be awfully uneven, I recommend this Friday's episode very highly.

Stargate Universe - Show Patrol: Alaina Huffman and Julia Benson Video Interview

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STARGATE UNIVERSE - SHOW PATROL: Alaina Huffman and Julia Benson Video Interview


Eureka - TV Guide: Ask Matt: August 15, 2011

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TV GUIDE: Ask Matt: Falling Skies, the End of Housewives and Eureka and More!

Aug 15, 2011
by Matt Roush

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... Question: I've been a fan of Eureka since the beginning. It got off to a great start, but I'm confused about the number of episodes in each season. For the last two seasons, Syfy has had 8-10 episodes in the summer and then the 2nd half of the season the next summer. Instead of calling it season 4.0 and 4.5, wouldn't that be seasons 4 and 5 since there are around nine months between each half-season? Will they get back to a normal summer season of 13 episodes, like Warehouse 13, or 10 episodes in the summer and then 10 episodes in the winter, like the Stargate shows? — Ryan

Matt Roush: This question came in before it was confirmed that Eureka's fifth season, currently in production, will be its last — with an extra episode tacked on to the original order to allow the writers to bring the show to a close. It isn't yet clear when and how Syfy will present the final episodes of Eureka, but it would be nice if the network didn't try so hard to confuse the audience with its bizarre scheduling. Syfy has done Eureka no favors in the way its last few seasons were split over such a long period of time. Ryan is absolutely correct that to run one half of a season in July of one year, and then to finish the run the following July, it's basically two separate seasons. Which may take some of the sting out of the recent news, if we pretend that seasons 3 and 4 were actually two seasons each, that would mean next season will be in some ways its seventh. (Got that?) Either way, it has been a nice run for what is currently my favorite Syfy series.

Question: With the news of the cancellation of Eureka, it seems like Syfy is sliding even further out of its SF niche. While Eureka has had a good run and I don't think Syfy is making a mistake with canceling it (besides not deciding a little earlier to give them enough time to wrap it all up), the lack of any news about a replacement show is concerning. For a die-hard SF geek like myself, the fact that there are only 2-3 shows on Syfy that I watch is indicative of the lack of focus from that network. I compare that to USA, which is under the same corporate umbrella, where they have put together a great track record of solid shows from Psych to Suits, and I realize I spend more time watching USA than Syfy these days. Is there any reason why one branch of the NBC (now Comcast) umbrella is doing so well with their series and another is doing so poorly? — Jason

Matt Roush: In this case, it does seem an apples-and-oranges type of comparison. USA Network is doing very well at programming for the broadest possible audience, hewing to an escapist formula popularly described as "blue sky" while working just enough tweaks in most series so it doesn't feel like you're sitting through the same show hour after hour (some more successfully than others). Whereas Syfy is trying to find variations within an expansive genre, with a mix of scripted and non-scripted (quasi-reality) shows that, in the scripted arena, have tended to veer toward the whimsical light-fantasy side of late, because that's what's been working best for them. And while the purist may be disappointed by Syfy's current slate, from a business point of view they're doing pretty well, all things considered. And don't be surprised when USA broadens out to include comedy and reality in its portfolio, which will surely earn it some critics. Personally, I'm putting almost an absurd amount of hope on the Battlestar Galactica prequel (Blood and Chrome) to return Syfy to classic form and improve upon the disappointing Caprica, because I've also missed the weightier (read: risky), more allegorical and less earthbound dramas that some of us tend to associate with sci-fi.

CSI - CBS Video Featurette: First Look: Ted Danson as D.B. Russell on CSI

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CSI - CBS VIDEO FEATURETTE: First Look: Ted Danson as D.B. Russell on CSI

Ted Danson joins the cast of CSI: this fall on CBS.

Alex O'Loughlin - Hawaii Five-0 - CBS Video Featurette: Season One Recap

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At the end of season one the Hawaii Five-0 task force was broken up and Kono and McGarrett were in jail. It's up to Danno and Chin Ho to bring the team back together and right what was wronged. Check out what happens Monday September 19 at 10/9c on CBS!

Do you think you are the ultimate fan and have what it takes for the job? Registration begins Tuesday, July 26, and the contest begins Wednesday, August 3. Visit

Warehouse 13 - The Morton Report: Allison Scagliotti Interview

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WAREHOUSE 13 - THE MORTON REPORT: Allison Scagliotti Talks About Acting and Schmacting In Next Week's Episode "Don't Hate The Player"

By Steve Eramo
August 14, 2011

[This] week’s all-new episode of Warehouse 13 (“Don’t Hate the Player,” airing Monday, August 15th @ 9:00 p.m. EST/PST on Syfy) sees the return of Eureka’s very own Neil Grayston as Dr. Douglas Fargo. The actor first guest-starred on the series in season two’s “13.1,” which was followed by a visit from Warehouse 13’s Allison Scagliotti (Claudia Donovan) in the Eureka episode “Crossover.”

In ”Don’t Hate the Player,” a desperate call for help leads Claudia, Myka (Joanne Kelly) and Pete (Eddie McClintock) to Fargo’s side, where they discover he has fallen into an epileptic-like coma while testing out a Warehouse 13-inspired, massive multi-player on-line videogame. Pete and Claudia realize the only way to save his life is to play the dangerous game themselves -- from the inside -- and find Fargo before it is too late...


... "This is my favorite episode this year,” says Allison Scagliotti during a filming break on-location in Toronto on Warehouse 13’s third season. “It’s like our Dungeons and Dragons meets Tron story where we go inside a videogame courtesy of, drum roll please, Fargo. I’ve probably already gushed enough about working with my buddy Neil but it’s really just the coolest thing, and as I’ve said before, he’s one of my best friends and I think he’ll always be..."

Torchwood: Miracle Day - Starz Video: 'Immortal Sins' Episode Trailer Airs Aug 19 '11

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TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY - STARZ VIDEO: 'Immortal Sins' Episode Trailer Airs Friday, August 19, 2011 at 10/9C

Gwen fights to protect her family and embarks on a frightening journey that covers many miles and decades, and may lead to a revelation about the history of the Miracle.

Guest stars include Cris D'Annunzio, Tom Price, Daniele Favilli, Shawn Parsons, Pat Asanti, Everton Lawrence and Michael Chomiak.

Kyra Sedgwick - The Closer - MSN TV: Tonight's Picks Aug 15 '11 - TNT 9/8C

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MSN TV: Tonight's Picks Monday, August 15, 2011

... The Closer

9:00 PM, TNT

Brenda (Kyra Sedgwick) and the team investigate when a body is found under a retaining wall on a construction site. Brenda's desire to hire a high-priced lawyer could lead to some major budget cuts for her and Fritz (Jon Tenney). Corey Reynolds and Mary McDonnell also star in the new episode "Home Improvement."

Alphas - Syfy: Season One Marathon August 18, 2011

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Alphas Monday


Alphas cast includes Ryan Cartwright, Azita Ghanizada, Laura Mennell, David Strathairn, Warren Christie and Malik Yoba.

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08:30 AM Pilot

Ominous messages steer a man to a building's rooftop, where he executes an improbable shooting in the opener of the series following a team of people with extraordinary abilities who investigate crimes linked to others like them.

Guest stars include Jeff Seymour, Joe Pingue, Callum Keith Rennie, Jane Moffat, Daniel Kash and Rachael Crawford.

Something Bothering You - Alphas

Watch a clip from the Pilot episode of Alphas.

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10:00 AM Anger Management

The team moves to new offices following the attack on Rosen; violent riots break out on the east coast, which are linked to a runaway teen.

Guest stars include Devon Graye, Tatiana Maslany, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali and Callum Keith Rennie.

She's This Way - Alphas

Watch a clip from Episode 103 'Anger Management'.

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11:00 AM Cause & Effect

A problematic former patient of Rosen's escapes as Rosen is getting acquainted with his Department of Defense liaison, and the rest of the team tries to balance their normal lives with their work as Alphas.

Guest stars include Valerie Cruz, Will McCormack, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Raoul Bhaneja and Deborah Odell.

Simple Game - Alphas

Watch a clip from Episode 102 'Cause & Effect'.

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12:00 PM Rosetta

The team must stop a Red Flag terror plot before it changes the existence of Alphas as we know it. Alphas Monday at 10/9c.

Guest stars include Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Jane Moffat and Mike Tyrell.

One Heartbeat - Alphas

Watch a clip from Episode 104 'Rosetta'.

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01:00 PM Never Let Me Go

Rachel goes on a date that ends with a powerful kiss; Rosen's team officially joins the Defense Criminal Investigation Service, and their first case is to probe a series of deaths linked to a high school in Pennsylvania.

Guest stars include Kathleen Gati, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Jason Gosbee, Mike Tyrell and Lindsay Wagner.

Back Off - Alphas

Watch a clip from Episode 105 'Never Let Me Go'.


02:00 PM Bill And Gary's Excellent Adventure

Bill and Gary pursue an outside case, putting their Alpha powers to the ultimate test. Featuring guest star Alaina Huffman. Alphas Monday at 10/9c.

Guest stars include Stargate Universe's Alaina Huffman, Peter Wingfield, Melissa Hood and Conrad Pla.

Stargate TV Schedule Week August 15, 2011 - (US)


[NOTE: High Definition channels not listed on this schedule. Please confirm with your local listings for correct times.]


STARGATE The Original Movie (1994)

Cast includes Kurt Russell, James Spader, Alexis Cruz, Viveca Lindfors, Mili Avital, John Diehl, Leon Rippy, Djimon Hounsou, Erick Avari and French Stewart.

Mon. Aug. 15 7:10 AM ATMAX
Wed. Aug. 17 10:00 AM ACMAX
Thur. Aug. 18 4:00 PM 5MAX
Sat. Aug. 20 3:40 AM ACMAX


STARGATE SG-1 (please check local listings to confirm Showtime time slot)

Cast includes Richard Dean Anderson, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge, Michael Shanks, Don S. Davis, Teryl Rothery, Corin Nemec, Ben Browder, Claudia Black and Beau Bridges.


Thur. Aug. 18 1:00 AM The Cure

The Pangarean civilization is threatened by the side effects of a flawed miracle drug, leading to an SG-1 investigation that unearths revelations about the origins of the Tok'ras.

Guest stars include Peter Stebbings, Malcolm Stewart, Gwynyth Walsh, Allison Hossack, Daryl Shuttleworth and Teryl Rothery.

Fri. Aug. 19 1:30 AM Sight Unseen

After returning from an alien archaeological site carrying a glowing artifact, several members of the SG-1 team experience terrifying hallucinations that threaten their sanity.

Guest stars include Jody Racicot, Gary Jones, Teryl Rothery and Michael Karl Richards.


Sat. Aug. 20 8:00 PM Desperate Measures

When Major Carter is abducted by a mysterious man in black, Gen. Hammond authorizes O'Neill and Daniel to find her. The two track her to a hospital where dangerous experiments are being conducted.

Guest stars include John de Lancie, Tom McBeath, Bill Marchant, Andrew Johnston, Ted Cole, Carrie Genzel and Frank C. Turner.

Sat. Aug. 20 8:45 PM Wormhole X-Treme!

A conspiracy theorist (Willie Garson) who's “not just interested in outer space, [he's] from outer space” creates a sci-fi TV series that features plots that could expose the top-secret Stargate program.

Guest stars include Willie Garson, Michael DeLuise, Peter DeLuise, Jill Teed, Robert Lewis, Benjamin Ratner, Christian Bocher, Don Thompson, Peter Flemming, Herbert Duncanson, Kiara Hunter and Mar Andersons.

Sun. Aug. 21 10:00 AM Desperate Measures
Sun. Aug. 21 10:45 AM Wormhole X-Treme!



Cast includes Joe Flanigan, David Hewlett, Rainbow Sun Francks, Rachell Luttrell, Torri Higginson, Paul McGillion, Jason Momoa, David Nykl, Robert Picardo and Amanda Tapping.


Mon. Aug. 15 5:00 PM Missing
Mon. Aug. 15 8:00 PM Missing

Teyla and Dr. Keller uncover a mystery on New Athos, where they find an abandoned Athosian settlement and a hostile warrior tribe.

Guest stars include Johann Helf, Danny Trejo and Glenn Ennis.


Thur. Aug. 18 2:00 AM Doppelganger

While exploring a jungle planet, Lt. Col. Sheppard comes into contact with a crystalline growth that turns him into a host for an infectious alien life form.

Guest stars include Claire Rankin, David Nykl, Kavan Smith, Linda Ko and Yee Jee Tso.

Fri. Aug. 19 2:30 AM Travelers

On a return flight to Atlantis, a jumper is seized and its pilot, Lt. Col. Sheppard, is taken prisoner by Larrin (Jill Wagner), the commander of a rogue human ship.

Guest stars include Jill Wagner, Kavan Smith, Sean Rogerson, Michael Cram, Scott Heindl and Chris Kalhoon.

Sat. Aug. 20 2:00 AM Tabula Rasa

The crew suffers from amnesia after plant samples from their new home planet unleash a virus that affects everyone except Teyla and Ronon.

Guest stars include David Nykl, Kavan Smith, Brenda James, Zach Selwyn, Eureka's Niall Matter, Linda Ko, Joel Cottingham, Graem Beddoes, D. Harlan Cutshall and Robert Clark.


Weekend August 20/21 - Syndicated (check local listings for channel and time) - The Lost Tribe

Rodney and Daniel activate an Ancient weapon before determining its threat to active stargates; Todd's group continues to hold the Daedalus crew captive.

Guest stars include Michael Shanks, Christopher Heyerdahl, Daniella Alonso, Martin Christopher, Tyler McClendon, Sharon Taylor and Linda Ko.



Cast includes Robert Carlyle, Louis Ferreira, Brian J. Smith, Elyse Levesque, David Blue, Alaina Huffman, Jamil Walker Smith, Peter Kelamis, Patrick Gilmore, Julia Benson, Jennifer Spence, Ming-Na and Lou Diamond Phillips.


Weekend August 20/21 - Syndicated (check local listings for channel and time) - Pain

When the crew suffers from vivid hallucinations that tap into their personal fears, Tamara Johansen isolates the affected from the rest and then tries to seek out the cause of the affliction as it spreads and becomes life-threatening.

Guest stars include Sean Blakemore, Christopher McDonald, Haig Sutherland, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Darcy Laurie, Ryan Booth, Leanne Adachi and Gordon Grice.

SciFi Daily - BBC America Schedule Week Aug 15 '11 - STTNG & Doctor Who

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NOTE: An additional episode of Doctor Who has been added in the 6pm time slot!


Star Trek: The Next Generation

Cast includes Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden and Wil Wheaton.

Mon Aug 15 4:00 PM Tin Man

The Enterprise crew is assigned to carry a Betazoid Federation emissary (Harry Groener), who's en route to contact a newly discovered life-form called Tin Man.

Guest stars include Harry Groener, Michael Cavanaugh, Peter Vogt and Colm Meaney.

Tue Aug 16 4:00 PM Hollow Pursuits

A crew member (Dwight Schultz) acts out his frustrations in the holodeck and endangers the Enterprise by neglecting his engineering duties.

Guest stars include Dwight Schultz, Charley Lang, Colm Meaney and Whoopi Goldberg.

Wed Aug 4:00 PM The Most Toys

Data's shuttlecraft explodes, but the crew is forced to proceed on its mission to aid a colony with a contaminated water supply.

Guest stars include Nehemiah Persoff, Jane Daly, Colm Meaney and Warehouse 13's Saul Rubinek.

Thur Aug 18 4:00 PM Sarek

Sarek, the Vulcan ambassador, is uncharacteristically moody when aboard the Enterprise for a mission to establish ties with the Legaran.

Guest stars include Mark Lenard, Joanna Miles, William Denis, Rocco Sisto, Colm Meaney and John H. Francis.

Fri Aug 19 4:00 PM Menage a Troi

The Ferengi abduct Counselor Troi (Marina Sirtis) and her mother Lwaxana (Majel Barrett) to study Lwaxana's telepathic powers.

Guest stars include Majel Barrett, Frank Corsentino, Ethan Phillips, Peter Marx, Rudolph Willrich and Carel Struycken.

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Doctor Who

Season five cast includes Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill.

Mon Aug 15

5:00 PM Vampires in Venice

The House of Calvierri protects the city of Venice, but when blood-drained corpses start to show up in the streets, the Doctor's suspects something is not right with the beautiful Calvierri daughters.

Guest stars include Helen McCrory, Lucian Msamati, Alisha Bailey and Alex Price.

6:00 PM Amy's Choice

Five years have passed since Amy and the Doctor’s journeys in the TARDIS. Danger lurks when the Doctor returns to Amy on the night before her first child is born. Amy must make a life-changing choice.

Guest stars include Toby Jones, Nick Hobbs, Joan Linder and Audrey Ardington.

Tue Aug 16

5:00 PM The Hungry Earth

Part 1 of 2. It's 2020 and scientists are drilling far into the Earth's crust, hoping to make history - but deep below the surface, something is not right.

Guest stars include Neve McIntosh, Meera Syal, Robert Pugh, Nia Roberts, Alun Raglan and Sam Davies.

6:00 PM Cold Blood

Part 2 of 2. The Earth is on the brink of its final war, or a new age of harmony.

Guest stars include Neve McIntosh, Meera Syal, Robert Pugh and Nia Roberts.

Wed Aug 17

5:00 PM Vincent and The Doctor

Amy finds herself battling a deadly alien in France with none other than Vincent Van Gogh. Can The Doctor save the famous painter?

Guest stars include Tony Curran, Nik Howden, Chrissie Cotterill and Sarah Counsell.

6:00 PM The Lodger

When people begin disappearing in a flat, the Doctor investigates a mysterious staircase in the building that you can walk up, but never down.

Guest stars include James Corden, Daisy Haggard, Owen Donovan and Babatunde Aleshe.

Thur Aug 18

5:00 PM The Pandorica Opens

Part 1 of 2. A message on the oldest cliff in the universe, a puzzle box that opens from the inside and a love that lasts thousands of years... The fates are drawing close around the TARDIS - is this the day the Doctor falls?

Guest stars include Alex Kingston, Tony Curran, Bill Paterson, Ian McNeice, Sophie Okonedo and Marcus O'Donovan.

6:00 PM The Big Bang

Part 2 of 2. A message on the oldest cliff in the universe, a puzzle box that opens from the inside and a love that lasts thousands of years…The fates are drawing close around the TARDIS - is this the day the Doctor falls?

Guest stars include Alex Kingston, Caitlin Blackwood, Susan Vidler and Frances Ashman.

Fri Aug 19

5:00 PM Doctor Who: Best of The Doctor

An in-depth look at the very best of the eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith. A collection of fans from the celebrity, comedy, sci-fi and digital words discuss their favorite moments from Doctor Who season 5 and the first half of season 6.

6:00 PM Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol

Amy and Rory are trapped on a crashing space liner, and the only way The Doctor can rescue them is to save the soul of a lonely old miser. But is Kazran Sardick, the richest man in Sardicktown, beyond redemption? And what is lurking in the fogs?

Guest stars include Michael Gambon, Katherine Jenkins, Laurence Belcher and Danny Horn.