NOT SO TAKEN WITH SCIFI
December 22, 2002: The following letter is
published the December 28th issue of TV Guide:
TAKEN with Sci-Fi
I find it darkly amusing to reach Sci Fi Channel's Bonnie Hammer referring to Taken as
"big and different," but also a "big risk" ["Close
Encounters," November 30]. Sci Fi had something big and different - and
successful! It was called Farscape. I won't be watching Taken. Why
bother with Sci Fi at all if all they do is give their good shows the ax?
Socorro, N. Mex.
STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF FIREFLY
December 22, 2002: As most of you already know,
FOX has cancelled Firefly after only 13 episodes. Save Farscape has written an
outstanding statement on Firefly, Farscape and the state of science fiction in general.
Click Here to read the
DISNEY TO BID FOR
19, 2002: Walt Disney Co. is preparing to offer
approximately $135 million for the Jim Henson Co.
Here to continue
12, 2002: The newest issue of UK's Impact magazine (#132)
will have a six page exclusive feature/interview with Ben
Here for more information on the issue which will be
released in the UK next week.
OF INTEREST ON EBAY
Mutation figures to benefit the Save Farscape
Entertainment has a number of auctions of Farscape merchandise in which they've
reduced the reserve-price.
Barbie & Crichton Ken Auction to benefit the Beyond Hope Fund and the USA Today Ad Fund
UPDATE: Auction ended with a great bid!
In the "This has to be a record of some kind" department, a SketchaFEX card
from the Season Three set sold for $442.00
UPDATE TO LANI'S CONVENTION SCHEDULE
11, 2002: Karlsweb has just learned from Lani Tupu that his appearance at Morehead State
University scheduled for 11/12/02 and his signing at White Crow Comics have been postponed
until February. Lani
apologies for this last minute change but contractual obligations make him unavailable.
UPN RENEWS TWILIGHT ZONE
UPN has picked up a full season of The Twilight Zone,
calling it "the most compatible show ever paired with a Star Trek series on UPN."
Translation: Since its Sept. 18 debut, the show has been able
to hold onto more of its lead-in audience (73 percent of Enterprise’s total viewers, 74
percent of household rating) than any of its predecessors.
JUNK FROM SCIFI
5, 2002 From
Sci Fi Channel, which is single-handedly keeping alive the
low-budget, futuristic exploitation movie, has commissioned four
more of them to premiere on its Saturday night movie showcase.
an apocalyptic thriller based on the series of novels by James
Axler set in "a world ravaged by war and radiation."
Vincent Spano and Traci Elizabeth Lords star.
an end-of-the-world melodrama dealing with a future Earth turned
into a wasteland by devastating storms. Grant Show (news) and
Vivian Wu star.
which takes place in a parallel universe covered in spider webs.
It concerns a human treasure-seeker stalked by a mutant
spiderwoman. Cast and director are to be announced.
a monster movie pitting a mechanical engineer and an
entomologist against very, very large bugs living in the subway
tunnels of a Canadian city. Cast and director are TBA
Sci Fi Channel can bring these movies in for around $2 million
apiece and score healthy Nielsen ratings when they make their
debut Saturdays at 9 p.m.
For the year-to-date, premieres of an original Saturday movie on
Sci Fi are averaging a 1.4 rating, which is 56% greater than the
time-period average for 2001. The network plans to greenlight
15-20 of these originals each year.
CINESCAPE'S TV MANIA ISSUE
November 14, 2002: Cinescape has always loved Farscape and
their "Survival Guide" only goes to prove it.
Season three is gone through, episode by episode with a
brief summary followed by an analysis, with a grade given to each episode.
SCI FI CHANNEL HOPES ALIENS WILL NAB VIEWERS
November 30, 2002: FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
The Sci Fi Channel, long seen
as a niche cable network for geeks watching "Star Trek" reruns with Spock ears
on, wants to change that perception next week with "Taken," one of the most
ambitious miniseries ever on television.
CLAUDIA & BRIAN AT TAKEN PARTY
26, 2002 Cinescape has a short article on the Save Farscape
TV ad but the picture is from the "Taken"
premiere after party. Gigi Edgley, Brian Henson and Claudia
Black are posing with Bonnie Hammer. And everyone's smiling.
Here to read the article.
USA TODAY AD FUND AUCTION
December 6, 2002: A 5th of Farscape is having
another eBay auction to pay for an ad in USA Today to run on January 17, 2003. The
auction still had nine days to run the last time I looked and the bids are piling up
fast! Even if you don't bid, check it out - it's a fantastic piece of work! Click
Here to see the auction.
Speaking of auctions, Scifidimensions, the site that
brought us the cool interviews of Gigi Edgley, Paul Goddard and Lani Tupu when they were
in Atlanta, is having several auctions to support the site. Among them are Shekhina, a
photography book signed by Leonard Nimoy and two novels signed by the author, Orson
Scott Card. Check 'em out by Clicking Here.
BBC CALLS FOR QUESTIONS
When Claudia and Wayne are in the UK for the
convention on December 7th, the BBC is planning an interview. They've asked
for fans to send in suggested questions that they might ask them. To submit a question, Click Here.
Thanks Katya for sending this to Karlsweb.
24, 2002 FROM IMDB NEWS:
New York Post said that, preliminary to a deal with Liberty,
Diller may buy DreamWorks for stock, so that the eventual
company would bring the dream team of Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey
Katzenberg and David Geffen into the fold. Click
here to continue.
FARSCAPE, THE GAME SHOW
7, 2002 From Creation Entertainment: We're happy to announce that Farscape Executive
Producer RICHARD MANNING will be joining the fun of The Official Farscape Convention coming to
Burbank, California November 22-24, 2002!
Richard has always been a great part of the success of the previous events, so we're thrilled
to welcome him back! Along with commentary on stage, Richard will be participating in a
new gameshow we've been developing for the convention.
GROSS ATTENDS CYBER PARTY!
13, 2002: The cyber party has begun on the SciFi BBoard and Farscape's award winning
composer Guy Gross was the first celeb to drop by. He answered loads of questions for
everyone. Here's a little snippet from the chat:
We all appreciate all you're
efforts. There are photocopies of various bits you fans have done to get this show back on the
road all over the post production doors and notice boards. If it doesn't happen it's not
because you guys didn't give it your best shot. I hell yah, I'm available for 2 more seasons
WHEN you guys buy the rights and do it! Oh... and I heard about the cancelation on line with
you guys in the chat room. Though I kinda knew it was coming.
case you couldn't make it, Click
Here to read the entire thread. For a cyber-party menu,
5, 2002: The Journey
to the Center of the Internet Party will have yet another
celebrity drop-in during the weekend of November 14-17. Lani
Tupu has accepted the invitation. From the SciFi BBoard: "Acclaimed
actor *Lani Tupu* aka our beloved and heroic "Dark
Captain" aka Captain Bialar Crais has graciously accepted
the invitation from scapers to attend the scaper cyber party!"
To find out what else is happing on the cyber party, click
VIVENDI HIRING FREEZE
18, 2002: Vivendi
Universal Entertainment has imposed an indefinite hiring freeze throughout the
telecommunications conglomerate, according to USA Networks Inc. president of network
distribution and affiliate relations Douglas Holloway.
Speaking Nov. 14 at a
National Association for Minorities in Communications New York chapter panel discussion on the
effects of industry consolidation on minority hiring, Holloway said Universal -- which
oversees USA Network, Sci Fi Channel and Trio, among other cable entities -- is under a hiring
freeze within all of its divisions.
He declined to give
FAR OUT & WAY COOL
30, 2002: In his latest "Roush Review," Matt Roush asks the question,
"Earth to SciFi: Why Cancel This Show?" Click
Here to read the article. And don't forget to thank Mr. Roush by clicking
SFX TOP 10 CHARACTERS OF ALL TIME
December 30, 2002 From Zap2it.com: In a poll commissioned by the science fiction magazine SFX
to determine the top 10 sci fi characters of all time, cult hit Buffy the Vampire Slayer
made an impressive showing, with Spike, Willow, Angel and Buffy herself taking four of
Three of the remaining six spots were also taken by TV characters, including
Farscape's John Crichton and Aeryn Sun.
However, the top spot went to Dr. Who, the eccentric Brit who traveled through time
and space in the guise of several actors over the course of 26 years from 1963 to '89.
The Top 10 Sci Fi Characters of All Time, in order, is as follows:
1. Doctor Who ("Doctor Who" )
2. Spike ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer")
3. Buffy Summers("Buffy the Vampire Slayer")
4. John Crichton ("Farscape")
5. Aeryn Sun ("Farscape")
6. Han Solo (the "Star Wars" saga)
7. Willow Rosenberg ("Buffy
the Vampire Slayer")
8. Darth Vader (the "Star Wars" saga)
9. Angel ("Buffy
the Vampire Slayer")
10. Gandalf ("Lord of the Rings" )
December 16, 2002: The
BBC website has a super interview with Claudia Black that
was done during her recent visit to the UK. Claudia talks
about everything from getting the part of Aeryn Sun to
what she's doing now. You can either read the interview or
watch the RealPlayer version. Click
Here for the interview.
STRANGER THAN FICTION
Sci Fi "Taken" Weekly Ratings Crown
December 12, 2002 From CABLEFAX DAILY:
knew numbers for Steven Speilberg's $40mln mini-series "Taken" were good. But
we were shocked to see that they were strong enough to land SCI FI in the top prime-time
spot among basic nets last week for the 1st time ever.
It's 2.8 rating/2.23mln HH delivery beat out
football-laden ESPN and general entertainment nets - though pres. Bonnie Hammer said
beating such competition was never the goal. "We were so focused on nightly
ratings and buzz,"that it wasn't until the end of the week that she realized,
"Holy crap! We could be the #1 cable net for a week or 2." The
main lesson Hammer is taking from the success of "Taken" is that the net can
take more risks in the future. "Our goal always has been to broaden slightly,
not become a general entertainment net but a broader general entertainment supplier
within a genre," she said. "Taken" is seen as the springboard for
that new approach, which includes 6-hour mini "Children of [Dune]" in March.
Thanks to e b for passing this along
INTERVIEW WITH BEN BROWDER
December 22, 2002: Beginning Monday, December 23, there will be an
interview with Ben Browder at SciFi Today. From the SciFi newsletter:
And if a FARSCAPE Marathon [December 24th from 8am to 7pm on SciFi]
isn't enough, we bring you this special holiday treat! Ben Browder, FARSCAPE's
beleaguered and beloved astronaut John Crichton, goes on the record with his thoughts on
the Moya crew's final journeys and his own personal next journey.
Click Here to go to SciFi today
TV GUIDE LOVES FARSCAPE
December 17, 2002: It's no surprise to anyone
who loves Farscape that TV Guide is a big fan of the show. In their December 21st issue
(the one with Santa Shaq on the cover) Farscape gets mentioned several times. With
pictures and everything! Click Here
FARSCAPE MENTIONED IN EW
December 30, 2002 From the Jan 3 issue of
Entertainment Weekly "What to Watch" column:
Farscape (Sci-Fi, TV-PG)
Catch last summer's final three episodes in preparation for next week's season premiere.
Or don't. Either way it's not skin off my back. (R)
Thanks to E B for the heads-up on this one!
SEVERAL NEW ARTICLES WORTH A LOOK
December 26, 2002: The
first, from My
InKy, really loves Farscape and ranks it #1 in TV shows for 2002. (Thanks to
Warrior for the heads up on this one.)
The second is from Australian
Entertainment News and is a short interview with Gigi Edgley along with some
background about Farscape.
Washington Post has an article about SciFi's post "Taken" ratings,
mentioning SciFi's promotion of Farscape during the miniseries
DAVID KEMPER RETURNS
AND BRINGS LANI WITH HIM
21, 2002: On January 2,
2003 at 6:00 PM (not sure of the time zone yet, but will post it when I have it) David
Kemper will return to Interstellar
Transmissions for another broadcast.
You may ask David
and Lani questions by either emailing
them in ahead of time or by calling in during the webcast. The last time DK was on the
show they had the most calls they'd ever had.
Click Here to read the
transcript from his last visit to Interstellar
WAYS I'D IMPROVE THE SCI-FI CHANNEL
December 4, 2002
This article, subtitled: The Sci-Fi Channel sucks, you know? was
probably written a couple of years ago, but except for the names of the shows, things
haven't changed all that much. It's an interesting read. Click here to read the 4
WITH DAVID KEMPER
December 21, 2002:
Originally, Ben Browder was scheduled to chat on SciFi in
January. Recently, this was changed to a David Kemper chat
on Jan. 9 at 9pm EST. Click
Here for more information. Instead, Ben has done an interview which will be on
SciFi Today as of December 23rd. Click
Here for the interview
VIVENDI TO SELL ART COLLECTION
December 12, 2002 FROM THE NY TIMES: Vivendi
, the troubled French entertainment conglomerate, has ked the three leading auction
houses for proposals to sell off the prized modern art collection that has long been the
hallmark of the Seagram Building on Park Avenue.
Here to continue
Thanks to Jane and Lainydoo for passing
VIACOM TO START A SCIFI CHANNEL?
Many thanks to MIke for passing this along!
December 10, 2002 FROM VARIETY: Viacom
Inc. chief operating officer Mel Karmazin is busy exploring the launch of a sci-fi cable
channel, hunting for bargain acquisitions, continuing to beef up CBS and pressuring
Washington to loosen station ownership regulations.
...Click Here to continue.
EMTV EXECS ON TRIAL
11, 2002: EMTV, the company that purchased the Jim Henson Company from the
Henson family a
few years ago, are on trial in Munich for defrauding EMTV's shareholders.
To read more about the woes of EMTV, check out our Article Links page for links to several articles on the subject.
SOME GOOD NEWS
December 2, 2002
From Ain't it Cool News: Word from Gigi Edgley and Claudia
Black, among others, at the official Farscape convention
in New York on the 29th and 30th of this past month is
that there is a strong possibility of a Farscape motion
picture, and/or a four-parter.
Black also said that
exec. producer David Kemper says he found a way to
"finish" Farscape with what was shot without
actually "ending" it, hinting that it leaves
room to finish the story later on...to which the audience
BID FOR HENSON CO.
06, 2002 From The
Hollywood Reporter: Former UPN president and CEO
Dean Valentine has emerged as the latest suitor to field
an offer for the Jim Henson Co.
Here to continue.
October 24, 2002: From the
latest issue of Visimag's
TV Zone: "Farscape
fans were shocked when we broke the news that their favourite
show had been cancelled. We take a look at the popularity of the
series, and try to assess why, ultimately, it might have been
just too good to survive…
here to continue
27, 2002 According
to SciFi Wire, the SciFi channel set a prime time ratings record
for the month of November. This placed it in the top ten of all
basic cable records and reflects a 43% increase over last
here to read the article on SciFi Wire.
23, 2002: Wired's website has an article about the Save
Farscape TV commercial that will be running in many major cities
next week. Click
Here to read the article.
OF THE POPUP
22, 2002: It disappeared for a while, but it's back - the
popup from SciFi. Could it be that they're experiencing another
surge of email, snail-mail and phone calls urging them to renew
here to continue.
SEC INVESTIGATES VIVENDI
The U.S. Securities
and Exchange Commission has launched a formal investigation of Vivendi Universal, the
Paris-based media conglomerate confirmed late Tuesday.
here to continue
GUY GROSS WINS AWARD
18, 2002: Karlsweb congratulates Guy Gross for
winning the Best Music for a Series or Serial for his work on Farscape. The award was given
last night in Sydney by the Australian Guild of Screen Composers.
sure to read Amy's Four Questions with Guy Gross.
KERMIT GETS HOLLYWOOD
15, 2002: Kermit the Frog joined Mickey Mouse, Bugs
Bunny Woody Woodpecker and Big Bird when he was honored with the 2,208th star in the Hollywood
Walk of Fame. Although he couldn't be reached for comment after the ceremony, Kermit appeared
quite pleased with the honor.
TO SPIN OFF ENTERTAINMENT ASSETS
14, 2002: Vivendi, the
company that owns the SciFi Channel, has decided to spin off
it's US entertainment assets. An initial public offering is
expected in the next four to six months.
here to continue.
14, 2002: A couple of days ago Newscape posted an unconfirmed rumor that the Farscape
Magazine would be ceasing publication after the next issue - #11. Thanks to Jess for passing
Jess, and everyone.
We've just had a statement from the people at Farscape magazine on this:
'Martin Eden, Editor of the official Farscape magazine has stated that this rumour is untrue -
no such decision has been taken, and the magazine will continue.'
the situation changes, we'll report on it as soon as we hear, but there you go for the
CREATION COSTUME CONTEST
November 6, 2002:
Get your costumes ready, folks! Creation Entertainment just informed Karlsweb that
although it's not yet posted on their website, there will be a costume contest at the
convention in Burbank on November 22-24. They plan to hold the contest on Sunday.
If you need some inspiration, click here to visit Karlsweb's
ROSES DON'T SWAY SCIFI EXECS
7, 2002 FROM BROADCASTING & CABLE: Distraught Farscape fans are finding that it takes
more than flowers to woo Sci Fi Channel executives.
Since Sci Fi's September decision to end the original
series, Farscape devotees have sent dozens of roses to Sci Fi president Bonnie Hammer, her
assistant and any network executive they can find.
Universal Television chief Michael Jackson and even
DreamWorks SKG -- which is co-producing Sci Fi's upcoming miniseries, Taken -- have been
showered with flowers
The floral blitz hasn't changed Sci Fi's plans to
cancel Farscape after its fourth season, which begins in January.
Fans might want to start sending flowers to other
cable networks or TV stations. After four seasons, there will be 88 Farscape episodes, enough
for a syndicated run.
SUPPORT FOR CAST
14, 2002: Anthony
Simcoe & Gigi Edgley will be signing autographs at SFX
convention in Boston this weekend. What most fans don't know is
that their main source of income while touring the States is the
sale of photos at their tables. So if you don't have a picture
yet and plan to buy one at the convention anyway, get it from
the folks who will be signing them, Anthony and Gigi.
for you music buffs, Anthony will have some copies of his new
CD, signed by both himself and Wayne Pygram.
SCIFI RENEWS STARGATE
7, 2002 As has become typical for the SciFi channel, they first
denied that rumors were true, then issued a press release confirming them.
Continued on the
Newscape SCIFI news page
MICHAEL SHANKS RETURNS
11, 2002 A recent article at Zap2It confirms that both Richard Dean
Anderson and Michael Shanks will be back for Season 7 of Stargate SG-1. Click here to read the whole
FARSCAPE FLIES THE FRIENDLY SKIES
November 4, 2002 UPDATED:
In an update, Lanidoo (read story below) let Newscape know that in
November, United Airlines will now be showing Farscape in the business and First Class
sections on outgoing flights to the UK, The Netherlands, Germany France, Belguim and Italy
instead of the flights mentioned below. ! They also have a great synopsis of the series
so far accompanying a picture of Crichton and D'Argo with the season four ladies (you have
probably seen the shot elsewhere) to explain the series to new viewers.
If you want to say thank you to United, here are some addresses from
the in-flight magazine.
PO Box 66100
Chicago, IL 60666
877-228-1327 (toll free)
Thanks to Lainydoo for passing this one along!
"Just thought you might get a kick out of this. I sure did. My
husband and I are currently on a trip to Japan. Guess what one of the entertainment selections
is on United Airlines in first and business class? That's right, none other than our beloved
Farscape. They show it outbound on all flights to Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand. It
is repeated at least three times over the course of the flight. I watched "Revenging
Angel" with great delight. As soon as I return to the States I plan to write and email to
thank UA for helping to bring Farscape to a larger audience. UA must think it is appropriate
for their higher paying customers. Take that SCIFI. Thought you would like to know, I had no
idea UA cared."
A FUTURE FOR FARSCAPE?
This (Click on the picture ) appeared in the October 13th issue of TV
Time Plus, which is the "TV Guide" of the Orlando Sentinel. The Orlando
Sentinel is the major newspaper for the Central Florida area, so this means that nearly every
subscriber of the Sentinel had this article sitting on their coffee tables for at least a
week, and there was a chance they read it each time they checked their local TV listings. With
the big picture of Zhaan right in the middle of the page, it certainly catches your eye. Can't
get much better local publicity than this.
Thanks to HaMm3rEd for passing this one along!