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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Fall TV Preview 2006/2007 Part I: Canadian Stations

Fall TV Preview 2006/2007 Part I:

(uh, not to be insolant or anything TAG but how can you have a Fall 2006/2007 TV Preview? wouldn't that be a FALL 2006/Winter 2007 Preview. - Ed)

Technically Yes, but it looks cooler and more futuristic this way.

(well that explains it then., you're insane - Ed)

Now that we've cleared that up:

Space: The Imagination Station (Canada's SciFi channel)

Space Fall 2006 New Programmes:


For years, the government has been relocating the world’s geniuses and their families to the rural pacific northwest town of Eureka , where daily life straddles the line between unprecedented innovation and total chaos. U.S. Marshall Jack Carter (Canadian actor Colin Ferguson) finds this out firsthand when he wrecks his car and becomes stranded in Eureka . After the town’s eccentric inhabitants unleash a scientific creation still unknown to the outside world, Carter steps in to restore order and consequently is let in on one of the country’s best-kept secrets. Also stars Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Debrah Farentino, Matt Frewer, Erica Cerra and Jordan Hinson.

(you had me at Matt Max-Headroom Frewer - TAG)

(at least for episode 1 - Ed)

Ice Planet

Based on an original concept by Hendrik Hey. Ice Planet follows Commander Jonas
Trager (Michael Ironside) and his crew from the spacecraft Magellan who, after embarking on a secretive mission, crash on a mysterious planet of ice. The crash is followed by a devastating apocalyptic attack on Earth by the Skorps, a highly advanced alien species. The marooned crew must learn to survive in the frozen landscape, which is home to strange inhabitants and ancient alien conflicts.

(not sure if this sounds like Titan A.E or Starship Troopers? - TAG)

(it'll probably look like Wing Commander - Ed)

(--- *shiver* TAG & Ed)

The Dresden Files

Based on the best-selling novels by Jim Butcher. Harry Dresden is a private detective with a wry sense of humour and a terrific success rate with missing objects and people. He is also the only wizard who advertises in the Chicago Yellow Pages. His detective business covers some of the bills, but most of his meager income comes from helping out the Chicago Police Department on those cases that they just aren't equipped to deal with – demons, vampires, werewolves, the usual.

(so essentially, Harry Potter Philip Marlowe: The Night Stalker - TAG)

(..without Harry Potter, Philip Marlowe, Humphrey Bogart or The Night Stalker - Ed)

(still sounds good to me - TAG)

(me too -Ed)


A rich, ensemble drama filled with action, mystery and humour about rebuilding a society after a massive nuclear attack. The people of Jericho , Kansas find themselves alone and cut off from the global community they had been a part of only yesterday. As resources dwindle, they must draw on inner reserves they may never had known they had. Some will rise to the challenge, some will not. The series follows the lives of the people of Jericho as their world gradually evolves from familiar small town life to a new world with new rules. Stars Skeet Ulrich, Gerald McRaney, Pamela Reed, Lennie James, Michael Gaston, Kenneth Mitchell, Sprague Grayden, Erik Knudsen and Ashley Scott.

(I LOVE post-Armageddon stories - Survivors is one of my all-time Fave U.K Series - My unsolicited Advice: spend the bulk of the series -travelling- from pocket to pocket, a la Logan's Run. The moment you settle down into the daily mechanics of re-establishing society, unless you've got some serious writing talent you will lose the audience - TAG)

(..to something like Celebrity Monkey-Hurling - Ed)

Motel Man

Homicide detective Joe Miller’s life is forever changed when he stumbles upon a motel room key. The key unlocks a world of unimaginable power and with that power comes the greed of those who wish to possess it. The motel room is full of mundane everyday objects, but each of these items possesses its own unique power. Joe soon discovers that the key is the most valued and sought after of all the mysterious items.

The Triangle (Miniseries)

With his crews and cargo ships disappearing at an alarming rate around the Bermuda Triangle, a billionaire hires a crew of specialists to understand why. Handpicked by the man himself, the crew consists of a skeptical journalist, an ocean engineer, a scientist and a psychic. With an attractive financial offer made to each of them, the crew will investigate the legendary and very mysterious Bermuda Triangle to find answers. Created and executive produced by Bryan Singer, Dean Devlin and Rockne S. O’Bannon and stars Eric Stoltz, Sam Neill, Lou Diamond Phillips, Catherine Bell, Bruce Davison, and Michael Rodgers. offer made to each of them, the crew will investigate the legendary and very mysterious Bermuda Triangle to find answers. Created and executive produced by Bryan Singer, Dean Devlin and Rockne S. O’Bannon and stars Eric Stoltz, Sam Neill, Lou Diamond Phillips, Catherine Bell, Bruce Davison, and Michael Rodgers.

New To Space :


Travelling around the world incognito, fighting the bad guys and wrestling with inner demons – for young spy Sydney Bristow, this is a typical day at her not-so-typical job as a secret agent. Further complicating the situation is her CIA superior Jack, who also happens to be her estranged father. Utilizing a variety of disguises and secret weapons, Sydney infiltrates the dangerous underworld, discovering family secrets, hidden agendas and ultimately love.

The Hilarious House of Frightenstein

A Canadian comedy series originally produced by Hamilton ’s CHCH in the 1970s, the mock-horror variety show starred Billy Van, Fishka Rais, Joe Torbay, Guy Big, and special guest star Vincent Price. This amusing and witty sketch comedy featured memorable characters such as Count Frightenstein, Igor, Grizelda the Ghastly Gourmet, and an African explorer called Bwana Clyde Batty, most of which were played by Billy Van himself.

Night Stalker

Crime reporter Carl Kolchak is partnered with Perri Reed at The Beacon, a Los Angeles newspaper. Together they investigate a string of strange murders, all of which may be related to the death of Kolchak's wife 18 months earlier in a similarly bizarre manner. A murder that the FBI consider Kolchak the primary suspect. SPACE will debut four episodes of the series that have never aired.

Returning series include :

* BattleStar Galactica (Season 3)
* The 4400 (Season 3)
* Supernatural (Seaosn 2)
* Smallville (Season 6)
* Stargate: Atlantis (Season 2)
* Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
* Beyond (Season 2)


Not sure which is funnier, House of Frightenstein's Billy Van or Buck Rogers' Hawk.

(IIRC the actor [Thom Christopher -Ed] really took his role seriously, forget empathy, he projectile-hurls Hawk's last-of-his-kind isolation at the screen; took his role perhaps a bit too seriously; it does work, though I'm not sure if I'm saying that because I feel sorry for Hawk or for Thom Christopher, either way I suspect quite a lot of therapy follows)

(^Raise-Finger-to-Comment - Ed)

..for Thom Christopher Ed.

(v-Lower-Finger - Ed)

One thing I can say with relative assurity, is that this is my idea of a perfect woman, the type of nurturing lovely girl that would draw you a bath

...und then step in it with you.

The Avante Guardian.