Sunday, December 25, 2011

NOVA - PBS Video: 'Deadliest Volcanoes' Episode Trailer Airs Jan 4 '12

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The season premiere examines the work of scientists who are studying active volcanoes in an attempt to learn how likely they are to erupt, when eruptions might happen and how deadly they could be.

Millions of people around the world live in the shadow of active volcanoes. Under constant threat of massive volcanic eruptions, their homes and their lives are daily at risk from these sleeping giants. From Japan’s Mount Fuji to the "Sleeping Giant" submerged beneath Naples to the Yellowstone "supervolcano" in the United States, we will travel with scientists from around the world who are at work on these sites, attempting to discover how likely these volcanoes are to erupt, when it might happen, and exactly how deadly they could prove to be.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation - Syfy: Season Five Marathon Jan 2 '12

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

08:00 AM A Matter Of Time

While on a mission to save a planet that was hit by a huge asteroid, the Enterprise encounters a man (Matt Frewer) who claims to be from the future.

Guest stars include Stefan Gierasch, Matt Frewer, Sheila Franklin and Shay Garner.

09:00 AM A New Ground

On an unexpected visit, Worf's son (Brian Bonsall) delivers some startling news---he intends to take up permanent residence on the Enterprise.

Guest stars include Georgia Brown, Brian Bonsall, Richard McGonagle and Jennifer Edwards.

10:00 AM Hero Worship

A young boy (Joshua Harris), the only survivor of a destroyed research vessel, becomes attached to Data (Brent Spiner) and attempts to emulate the android. Patrick Stewart directed this episode.

Guest cast includes Joshua Harris, Harley Venton, Sheila Franklin and Steven Einspahr.

11:00 AM Violations

Crew members begin to fall into inexplicable comas when the Enterprise plays host to a delegation of telepathic aliens.

Guest cast includes Rosalind Chao, Ben Lemon, David Sage, Rick Fitts and Eve Brenner.

12:00 PM The Masterpiece Society

Picard and the crew of the Enterprise work to save a genetically engineered society from a natural disaster---but their efforts could be equally destructive.

Guest cast includes John Snyder, Dey Young, Ron Canada and Sheila Franklin.

01:00 PM Conundrum

The crew of the Enterprise experiences memory loss and becomes engaged in a baffling battle with the Lysians.

Guest cast includes Erich Anderson, Michelle Forbes, Liz Vassey and Erick Weiss.

02:00 PM Power Play

Troi, Data and O'Brien stage a mutiny on board the Enterprise after investigating a distress signal originating from an apparently uninhabited moon.

Guest stars include Rosalind Chao, Colm Meaney, The Killing's Michelle Forbes and Ryan Reid.

03:00 PM Ethics

After Worf (Michael Dorn) is paralyzed in an accident, he is forced to choose between ritual suicide or experimental surgery.

Guest stars include Caroline Kava, Brian Bonsall and Patti Yasutake.

Game of Thrones - HBO2: Schedule Week Dec 26 '11

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Game of Thrones cast includes Sean Bean, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Roy Dotrice, Michelle Fairley, Lena Headey, and Stargate Atlantis' Jason Momoa.


10:00 PM Winter Is Coming

In the premiere of this adaptation of author George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" medieval fantasies, King Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) journeys north to offer Lord Ned Stark (Sean Bean) an important position in his court after the death of a trusted mentor. Meanwhile, the exiled Prince Viserys Targaryen (Harry Lloyd) uses his sister, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), as a pawn in his plot to return to power.

Guest stars include Jamie Sives, Ron Donachie, Joseph Mawle, Roger Allam, Dar Salim, Esmé Bianco and Susan Brown.

11:00 PM The Kingsroad

Accompanied by his daughters, Ned (Sean Bean) rides south to take his place in King Robert's (Mark Addy) court, but Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) remains at Winterfell, praying that Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) will recover. Meanwhile, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) tags along when Jon Snow (Kit Harington) leaves for the Night's Watch with his uncle; and Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) gets advice on how to please her husband.

Guest stars include Amrita Acharia, Sarita Piotrowski, Wilko Johnson, Rhodri Hosking, Luke McEwan, Lalor Roddy, Conor Delaney, Callum Wharry and Aimee Richardson.


10:00 PM Lord Snow

Ned (Sean Bean) finally arrives at King's Landing, but he's aghast to find out from Robert's (Mark Addy) advisers that the Crown is deep in debt. Meanwhile, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) gets off to a rough start with the other recruits at Castle Black, but his commitment impresses Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), who clashes with Benjen (Joseph Mawle) over the purpose of the Night's Watch; and Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) secretly follows Ned to King's Landing, where she airs her suspicions about the Lannisters to her old friend Petyr Baelish (Aidan Gillen).

Guest stars include Josef Altin, Luke McEwan, Elyes Gabel, Amrita Acharia, Eugene Simon, Portelli Paul, Nikovich Sammut and Seamus Kelly.

11:00 PM Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things

Ned (Sean Bean) searches for the truth behind the cause of Jon Arryn's death, and meets a King's Landing blacksmith's apprentice with an interesting family tree. Meanwhile, Jon (Kit Harington) takes a timid Night's Watch recruit under his wing; Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) stands her ground against Viserys (Harry Lloyd) in the Dothraki capital; and Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Arya's (Maisie Williams) first jousting tournament is one they'll never forget.

Guest stars include Ian McElhinney, Jamie Sives, Donald Sumpter, Susan Brown, Robert Sterne, Conleth Hill, John Bradley, Julian Glover, Owen Teale, Jason Momoa, Andrew Wilde, Francis Magee, Ron Donachie, Gethin Anthony and Jefferson Hall.


10:00 PM The Wolf and the Lion

Ned (Sean Bean) and Robert (Mark Addy) clash over the King's order of a preemptive strike against the Targaryens, a defiant stand that leaves the Hand in a precarious position. Meanwhile, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) receives a rude welcome at the Eyrie from Catelyn's sister, Lysa (Kate Dickie); Sansa (Sophie Turner) catches the eye of a handsome knight; and Arya (Maisie Williams) learns of a threat against her father.

Guest stars include Charles Dance, John Bradley, Ron Donachie, Aidan Gillen, Vinnie McCabe, Ian McElhinney, Kate Dickie, Eugene Simon, Conleth Hill, Donald Sumpter, Jamie Sives, Julian Glover, Roger Allam, Susan Brown, Francis Magee, Robert Sterne, Gethin Anthony and Lino Facioli.

11:00 PM A Golden Crown

Ned (Sean Bean) is reinstated as the Hand and sits on the throne while Robert (Mark Addy) is hunting, but makes a risky, emotional decision that could threaten the stability of the Seven Kingdoms. Meanwhile, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) pleads his case to Lysa (Kate Dickie) at the Eyrie; Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) reaches out to Sansa (Sophie Turner); Robb (Richard Madden) and Theon (Alfie Allen) come to Bran's (Isaac Hempstead Wright) rescue in the woods; and Viserys (Harry Lloyd) demands that Drogo (Jason Momoa) make good on his payment for Daenerys (Emilia Clarke).

Guest stars include Eugene Simon, Lino Facioli, Gethin Anthony, Natalia Tena, Julian Glover, Susan Brown, Ron Donachie, Kate Dickie and Ian McElhinney.


10:00 PM You Win or You Die

With conflict looming, Tywin (Charles Dance) urges Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) to preserve the Lannisters' future; Ned (Sean Bean) presses Cersei (Lena Headey) about the death of Jon Arryn; Jon (Kit Harington) takes his vows at Castle Black, though he's preoccupied by Benjen's (Joseph Mawle) disappearance; Drogo (Jason Momoa) is enraged by a threat to Daenerys (Emilia Clarke); Robert(Mark Addy) hopes for a smooth transition at King's Landing.

Guest stars include Charles Dance, John Bradley, Aidan Gillen, Yosun Goral, Roxanne McKee, Conleth Hill, Jack Gleeson and Alfie Allen.

11:00 PM The Pointy End

Syrio (Miltos Yerolemou) comes to the rescue of his pupil Arya (Maisie Williams) during a confrontation with the Lannister guards after Ned (Sean Bean) is captured. Meanwhile, Robb (Richard Madden) assembles the Stark allies to prepare for war in the south against Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance); Jon (Kit Harington) clashes with drill instructor Thorne (Owen Teale) at the Night's Watch; Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) finds an unlikely alliance in the hills; and Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) has second thoughts about her quest for power after a Dothraki attack on a peaceful village.

Guest stars include Charles Dance, John Bradley, Owen Teale, Ron Donachie, Finn Jones and Roxanne McKee.


10:00 PM Baelor

Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) makes a deal with the untrustworthy Walder Frey; Robb (Richard Madden) has his first success on the battlefield; Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) finds himself in an unfamiliar environment; Jon (Kit Harington) discovers Maester Aemon's (Peter Vaughan) secret; Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) goes to extremes to help Drogo (Jason Momoa).

Guest stars include Charles Dance, John Bradley, Peter Vaughan, David Bradley, Finn Jones, Sibel Kekilli and Roxanne McKee.

11:00 PM Fire and Blood

The first season ends with tragic news reaching all corners of the Seven Kingdoms, which coincides with a shared vision by Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and Rickon Stark (Art Parkinson). Meanwhile, Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) presses Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) about her son's fall; Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) heads south following his father's surprising decision; Arya (Maisie Williams) tries to escape from King's Landing; Jon (Kit Harington) faces a difficult choice at the Night's Watch; and Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) suffers a terrible setback.

Guest stars include Francis Magee, John Bradley, Julian Glover, Emun Elliott, Sibel Kekilli, Natalia Tena, Esmé Bianco and Clive Mantle.

Stargate TV Schedule Week December 26, 2011


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


STARGATE SG-1 (please check local listings to confirm Showtime time slot - NOTE: no additional SG1 listings in the Showtime [Beyond] schedule through January 2012 at this time.)

Cast includes Richard Dean Anderson, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge, Michael Shanks, Don S. Davis and Teryl Rothery


Sat. Dec. 31 1:00 AM Avatar

A virtual-reality program proves a tangible threat to Teal'c, whose endurance is pushed to the breaking point when he becomes trapped in a cycle of increasingly difficult battle scenarios.

Guest stars include Bill Dow, Andrew Airlie, Gary Jones, Dan Shea and Dan Payne.



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. Dec. 26 5:00 PM Broken Ties
Mon. Dec. 26 8:00 PM Broken Ties

Ronon (Jason Momoa) endures a grueling ordeal after his former friend, Tyre (Mark Dacascos), captures and delivers him to the Wraith. Meanwhile, the team launches a rescue mission for their missing comrade.

Guest stars include Eureka's Kavan Smith, Sean Campbell, Mark Dacascos, Tyler McClendon, Patrick Sabongui and Annalise MacCulloch.


Sat. Dec. 31 2:00 AM Poisoning the Well

The team discovers another planet preyed on by the Wraith---only here, the locals have been developing a drug to protect themselves from their tormentors.

Guest stars include Alan Scarfe, Allison Hossack, Paul McGillion, James Lafazanos, Dean Marshall, Edmond Kato Wong, Neil Maffin and Darren Hird.


Weekend December 31/January 1 in Syndication (check your local listings for channel, date and time) - Before I Sleep

The team discovers that a woman who has been kept in suspended animation for 10,000 years is none other than Dr. Weir (Torri Higginson), who recalls her journey into the city's past.

Guest stars include Gildart Jackson, Matthew Walker, Paul McGillion, Craig Veroni, Melia McClure, David Nykl and Alex DeCosta.


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 December 31/January 1 in Syndication (check your local listings for channel, date and time) - Trial and Error

Col. Young (Louis Ferreira) has visions that warn of an impending alien attack.

Guest stars include Julie McNiven, Mark Burgess, Leanne Adachi, Darcy Laurie, Ryan Booth and Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman.

Doctor Who - Entertainment Weekly: Tonight's Best TV Dec 25 '11 - BBC America 9/8C

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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Tonight's Best TV Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Daily Guide To Notable Shows

... Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe


A drafty old house in England and a mysterious young man in a bow tie? No, it's not time for Downton Abbey just yet.

Hell on Wheels - MTV: Common Video Interview

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Dec 20 2011
By Jocelyn Vena

... In addition to releasing new music, Common is also knee-deep into the season of his AMC drama "Hell on Wheels," in which he plays former slave Elam Ferguson, who is struggling with his identity shortly after the Civil War. "I'm supercharged about that also," he said. "We've been doing really well. Everybody that has been supporting it, thank you very much. And those that haven't seen it, you got to check it out."

Much like in his music, the show is about storytelling and taking fans on an emotional journey. "It's a great story about the building of the Transcontinental Railroad, but it's more about the relationships of the people who were there to build this dream, you know, from freed men, from black freed men, to the Irishmen to Confederates to Union soldiers to the whores of the town and how these lives mesh."

Balancing his acting and musical careers is sometimes a struggle, but it's a struggle that Common is willing to make. "Once I really got into the acting world, I definitely had to balance it," he explained. "I love acting — I love it for real and I love music too. I got to give them both attention. I can't neglect either one. It's a little easier working on the album, but they both mean a lot to me..."

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Doctor Who - AOL TV: What To Watch: TV Picks Dec 25 '11 - BBC America 9/8C

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AOL TV: What To Watch: TV Picks Sunday, December 25, 2011

"Doctor Who: The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe"

(9 p.m. ET, BBC America) 80-minute special presentation

It's Christmas Eve, 1938 when Madge Arwell comes to the aid of an injured Spaceman Angel as she cycles home on this year's "Doctor Who" Christmas Special. He promises to repay her kindness -- all she has to do is make a wish. Three years later, a devastated Madge escapes war-torn London with her two children for a dilapidated house in Dorset. She is crippled with grief after a personal loss, but she's determined to give Lily and Cyril the best Christmas ever. The Arwells are surprised to be greeted by a madcap caretaker whose mysterious Christmas gift leads them into a magical wintry world. Here, Madge will learn how to be braver than she ever thought possible, and that wishes can come true ...

Sanctuary - Show Patrol: Amanda Tapping teases 'Sanctuary' season finale

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Sanctuary Season 4 Finale

SHOW PATROL: Amanda Tapping teases 'Sanctuary' season finale & takes your questions

December 22, 2011
By Curt Wagner

When Amanda Tapping saw the final mix for the Season 4 finale of "Sanctuary," she cried.

"I wept and then I punched Damian [Kindler] in the arm and said, 'Why did you do that?'" Tapping told me Tuesday during a phone chat from Vancouver.

The finale, "Sanctuary for None," will air in two hour-long parts at 9 p.m. Dec. 23 and 30 on Syfy. Written by James Thorpe and directed by Damian Kindler, the first part has Helen Magnus (Tapping) teaming with Hollow Earth rebel leader Caleb (guest star Gil Bellows) to build a new homeland for displaced abnormals in the Fifth Ward. Magnus wants to broker a peace deal between the insurgents, SCIU and the other government agencies, but SCIU director Greg Addison (Brian Markinson) has other ideas.

A lot goes down in that first episode involving Addison, Will (Robin Dunne), Bigfoot (Christopher Heyerdahl) and Tesla (Jonathon Young), leading Magnus to take desperate action. But I'll leave it at that and let Tapping give the tease for both eps.

"I would say it is the culmination of 113 years of work and it is the final reckoning for the team," she said. "It's a complete game changer."

That word "game-changer" gets bandied about a lot, but I think it is a fitting description of this finale. It opens up inifinite avenues of storytelling for the cast and crew if Syfy grants them a fifth season (which has not been decided yet).

Tapping and I discussed where the story could go, which I will write in a post for after Part 2 of the finale airs Dec. 30. In the meantime, we talked about other non-spoilery things and I asked her some questions from Twitter followers. Enjoy and happy holidays!

Sanctuary For None Pt 2

... Q: What were some of your favorite moments from the season?

Amanda Tapping: "I think that some of the moments that we found in "The Depths," in terms of acting were some of my favorite moments. But oh gosh, that is a huge question Curt. I don't know because I thought this season we really hit it out of the park just in terms of developing the characters that much further, in terms of developing the technology, in terms of the mythology of the show. I think this season really resonated on a lot of levels. I loved the interplay with Jonathan Young this year and the relationship between Tesla and Magnus being much more flirtatious and fun. Yes, he is a pain in the ass, but he's a genius and nobody understands what it's like to live as long as Helen, but she's the closest..."

Doctor Who - MSN TV: Tonight's Picks Dec 25 '11 - BBC America 9/8C

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MSN TV: Tonight's Picks Sunday, December 25, 2011

... Doctor Who

9:00 PM, BBCAM

The special new Christmas episode "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe" finds the Doctor (Matt Smith) in a World War II British coastal town, where he poses as a caretaker as he tries to help a British woman (Claire Skinner) who is trying to salvage Christmas for her two children (Holly Earl, Maurice Cole) following the disappearance of her husband over the English Channel. Bill Bailey, Arabella Weir and Alexander Armstrong also star

Hell on Wheels - Assignment X: Dominique McElligott clusive Interview

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ASSIGNMENT X: Exclusive Interview: HELL ON WHEELS actress Dominique McElligott on the AMC series

December 19th, 2011

In AMC’s post-Civil War Western HELL ON WHEELS ... the railroad-building camp is primarily populated by men. One exception to this is Lily Bell, played by Dominique McElligott. Lily is the English wife of an American railroad surveyor – she has been widowed when her husband was killed by the anti-railroad local tribe. However, she’s a force to be reckoned with on her own.

McElligott (pronounced mick-el-i-cot), who is Irish, has been visible as a variety of nationalities this year. In BLACKTHORN, she plays American Etta Place, and in THE GUARD, which just garnered a Golden Globe nomination for leading man Brendan Gleeson, McElligott portrays a prostitute from Dublin. The globe-trotting actress talks about Lily and her other acting adventures...


... AX: How would you describe Lily as a character?

McELLIGOTT: "Lily is no shrinking violet. She’s this Englishwoman, educated, cultured and when she comes over to America, it’s a ballsy move for someone of her class and the etiquette of that day, very unlikely that she would do such a thing. She met her husband in England and he’s American and she’s come back with him to help him with his work. He’s a surveyor on the railroad and one of [railroad owner] Durant’s main men, really, and he passes away, obviously, and she’s left on her own. So from the very beginning, you see that there’s a spark in here that’s something that’s a little bit more. She has a little bit more fire in her and she’s a feisty woman and she learns to deal with a lot. She’s got a lot of strength..."

The next NEW episode of Hell on Wheels, 'Derailed,' airs Sunday, January 1, 2012 at 10/9C on AMC.