THE BBC INTERVIEWS DAVID FRANKLIN
February 25, 2003 There's a new interview David
Franklin up on the BBC's Farscape site. You can either read the interview or get it via
RealPlayer video clips. Here's an excerpt from the interview:
Tell us how you got the role as Braca?
It was very short notice actually. I went in the day before they started shooting Braca.
I think there was some change of cast, because I went in and talked to a director the
day before, and then I was on the set the next day. I thought it was for a show called Fire Escape. I
imagined Iíd look pretty good in a firemanís helmet. Turned out it was for a show
called Farscape. I learnt that pretty quickly. I catch on.
Click Here to read or listen to the rest of the interview
Thank you to Bazza for sending this to me!
THE ILLUSTRATED SEASON FOUR
UPDATED February 18, 2002: Thanks to the
author, Paul Simpson, we now have a great outline of the new Illustrated Season Four
Companion, which will be released by Titan on May 30th. Click here to read what Mr. Simpson has to say
about the book.
MAGAZINE TO CEASE PUBLICATION
February 14, 2003: Sadly, the rumor we published here back in
November is true - Farscape Magazine will cease
publication after Issue #12. At the time of the first article, the publisher
denied the rumor [click
here for the original article] but yesterday they
confirmed that the oversized issue 12 will be their last.
USA AND UK DVD NEWS
February 22, 2003: There will be
several new DVD releases in both region one (USA & Canada) and region two (UK and
most of Europe) over the next months. Click Here to see what's coming up in your area of the world.
UPDATED March 3, 2003: Contender
has released the details of the second Season Four DVD Click Here to read about it.
NEW MAGAZINE ARTICLES
February 20, 2003: Issue #160 of TV
Zone (the one with Angel on the cover) has a complete guide to Season One, with Season
Two coming next month.
In the April 2003 issue, SciFi, the SciFi
Channel's official magazine, has a good article titled "Farscape Farewell."
Cast and crew give us some thoughts on Farscape and its cancellation. Click here to continue.
SCIFI'S FEBRUARY RATINGS HIGHEST
February 26, 2003: This month gave the SciFi
Channel its highest February ratings to date. The source for the article is the SciFi
Channel, and they give virtually all the credit to Stargate SG-1. Click Here to read the complete article
February 18, 2002: David Franklin, Farscape's Captain Braca, will be appearing at two
conventions in March in the USA. On March 7-9 he'll be appearing at Galaxy Con 1 with Raelee Hill, Lani
Tupu, Jonathan Hardy, Ricky Manning, Bianca Chiminello and Keith DeCandido. Then on
March 28-30, he'll be appearing at Creation
Entertainment's Grand Slam in Pasadena, CA. Click Here for more information about these
conventions and up to date convention news.
UPDATE February 15, 2002 The
signers for the autograph cards is announced along with the ULTIMATE CASE TOPPER! Click here
February 14, 2002: There's hope for
another set of cards following the Season Four set, and if it works out as planned, it's
going to be a doozy!
We also have some new images from the
Season Four set courtesy of Rittenhouse Archives Click here
13, 2003: Last autumn,
United Airlines was showing episodes of Farscape on it's flights to the Far East and
Europe. [Click here to read that
article.] They're showing SciFi programming once again, but this time it's Stargate SG-1
and The Dead Zone. United isn't giving these shows any of the great promotion they gave
Farscape in their inflight magazine, though.
Thanks to Lainydoo for passing this along!
2002: It appears that the SciFi channel is ready to start taking advantage of their
ownership to re-run rights for Farscape. According to their schedulebot, they'll be showing Premier on March 31st at 12:00 am.
Since the schedule for April is yet to be posted, it's unclear whether this is a one-off
or if they'll be going through the whole series.
2003: According to an article in issue #102 of Dreamwatch magazine, the SciFi
Channel rejected J. Michael Straczynski's proposed new series Polaris because
they deemed it "too science fiction-y." Mr. Straczynsk reveals that instead,
"...they went for a project about intergalactic vampires called Bloodsuckers."
INTERVIEW ON OZ TV
6, 2003: Erpgirl very kindly transcribed an outstanding interview with Claudia
Black on Morning with Kerrie-Ann, an Australian TV Show. To read the transcript on the
SciFi BB, click here.
2003 FANFIC AWARDS
18, 2002: The 2003 Farscape FanFiction Awards are
open for business. The process for nominating authors and fiction has changed a bit this year,
so be sure to click here to read the rules
and check out the categories.
KARLSWEB INTERVIEWS DAVE ELSEY
January 26, 2003: Creature Shop Creative Supervisor and Creature
Designer Dave Elsey graciously answered Four Questions for
Karlsweb's AmyJ. Click Here to
read what he has to say.
6, 2003: SciFi's schedulebot has an episode of Farscape listed for Monday, March 31
at 12:00 am (ET). Unlike all the Season Four listings on their schedule, this one is not
listed as LBX (Letterbox) which means that a) they forgot to add "LBX" to the
listing, b) the whole listing is an error, or c) they're going to start having Farscape
reruns at midnight once Season Four finishes.
ACTION FIGURE NEWS
6, 2003: Karlsweb Newscape has learned
directly from Toy Vault
that, sadly, the next issue of the Farscape Reunited
series of action figures has been suspended.
In addition to the news about the Reunited series of
figures, Toy Vault's spokesman also told us that although the Aeryn Commando
figure is still a go for now, they reserve the right to cancel if their
pre-production orders are less than 1/3 of the production run. Click
Here to continue.
Now for the good news: The new D'Argo cold
cast statue is just about ready to roll from Toy Vault! To see some pictures of this
fantastic piece of work Click Here.
3, 2003: Starlog Magazine has a super interview this
month with Farscape creator Rockne S. O'Bannon. Mr.
O'Bannon gives us the inside scoop on events leading up to
and following SciFi's cancellation. Click
Here to continue.
NEW GUESTS AT GALLIFREY ONE CONVENTION
February 11, 2003: but I just received
an email that Gallifrey
One XIV has added David Franklin to its list
of guests. The convention takes place this coming weekend, February 14-17 in Los
Angeles, CA. Also on their roster will be Virginia Hey and Marv Wolfman, the author of
the Farscape Comic. They are hoping to have another guest - a major cast member - so
keep checking their
website for more information. UPDATE: Unfortunatiel, The "major cast
member" the convention staff was working with didn't work out.
TV GUIDE INSIDER
January 29, 2003: Bonnie Hammer
speaks again. In an article about the Battlestar Galactica remake, Ms. Hammer says,
"What was wonderful about Farscape, in its day, was that it was fresh,"
she continues. "It was a different kind of space opera, and it didn't feel like any
other space opera that was out there. What we need to do here is reinvent it yet again."
Click Here to
read the article.
Season Four Trading Cards
January 23, 2002: We have loads of new
information on the next set of trading cards from Rittenhouse Archives.
Click Here to learn all about the newest set due to
arrive at the end of April.
January 27, 2003: Karlsweb has just learned
directly from Toy Vault that the Officer Aeryn
Sun action figure is still in the works and is in the final pre-production stage. Click Here for more information and several more
Toy Vault's first two figures in the Farscape Reunited
line are finished and ready to roll. There are some great images on the
Newscape Action Figures page.
Additionally, Toy Vault told us that they were recently
awarded the rights to do Farscape plush and are currently working on a Rygel plush
TWICE SHY RATINGS
January 29, 2003: Save Farscape has posted the
ratings for Twice Shy. They've bounced back to up to where they were for Kansas! Click Here to see
how Farscape compared to the rest of Friday's shows. The Dream Team's rating is worth a
FARSCAPE ON VARIETY
22, 2002: The Monday February 3 edition of the weekly
trade magazine Variety will feature a Farscape cover! It's
an ad purchased by a group of fans of Farscape. Click
Here to see what the cover will look like.
EBAY AUCTION FOR SAVE FARSCAPE
February 7, 2003: Check
out a fantastic way to help the Save Farscape campaign and get your fix of chocolate at
the same time. Click on the photo for a larger version of Claudia at the Burbank
convention last November. The auction ended on February
SEASON FOUR EPISODE TITLES
January 23, 2002: Karlsweb has the episode
titles for the final three episodes of Season Four. In case you're not reading
"spoilers" I've put them in the Farscape Schedule box. Click
Here to see what they are. For more information, check out the Karlsweb
Thanks to AnnaMaria for passing this along!
SEASON THREE DVDS
January 23, 2002: According to an ADV press release, the third season of region
one Farscape DVDs will be available beginning on April 8. This will be a DVD-only release, the
first time that ADV has not included VHS
volumes with one of their releases.
Click Here to read the
January 20, 2003: Rittenhouse Archives
has just announced their Farscape Bobbleheads will be
available in April. Click
Here for more information.
REGION 2 SEASON 4 DVD NEWS
9, 2003: The first of the region 2 (Europe, Japan) Season Four DVDs is due for
release on February 24. It will include the episodes Crichton Kicks, What Was Lost, parts 1 & 2, Lava's a Many
Splendored Thing and Promises.
Also included in this volume will be an interview with
Anthony Simcoe, a featurette titled "The Story So Farscape..." a
gallery of stills and some deleted scenes.
volume is available for preorder from Black Star
or from Amazon.com.uk.
These are Region 2 items so before you order, make sure your player is capable of
playing them. To learn more than you ever wanted to know about the region encoding system,
As was reported here back in November, the
second volume will be out on April 7, 2003 and contain the next 5 episodes: Natural
Election, John Quixote, I Shrink Therefore I Am, A Prefect Murder and Coup by
The third, fourth and fifth volumes will follow on May 19th, June 30th and August
RICKY MANNING INTERVIEW ON BBC SITE
promised last week, there's a great interview with
Ricky Manning on the BBC's website. Here's a little excerpt from the interview:
Tell us a little about the two episodes you wrote for
season four - Promises and Terra Firma. You don't make things easy for John and Aeryn's
relationship in either of them, do you?
Easy? On Farscape? Ha. And again, ha.
You want them to have an "easy"
relationship? Just between us, is that what you're really saying here, Ann? Well... let
me put it this way... be careful what you wish for...
Here to read the rest of the interview.
SAVE FARSCAPE ON FOX AFFILIATES?
January 20, 2003: The
Save Farscape website reports the
possibility of the Save Farscape being covered on all the FOX affiliates around the
Here for more information.
RIVAL BIDDERS INTERESTED IN VIVENDI
20, 2003: Liberty Media Corp. , Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. and General Electric Co.'s
NBC each have expressed interest in exploring a purchase of at least some of Vivendi
Universal SA's (V, news) U.S. entertainment assets, and Vivendi has renewed talks with
investor Marvin Davis about his multibillion-dollar offer for the properties, Monday's
Wall Street Journal reported. Click
Here to continue.
BIANCA CHIMINELLO TO ATTEND GALAXY
January 20, 2003:
We just received word from the Galaxy
Con I staff that Bianca Chiminello (Jenavian Chatto from the Look at the Princess
trilogy) will be attending the convention! Expect news about additional guests soon.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY HIGHLIGHTS
January 18, 2003: Entertainment Weekly Magazine
has a double issue this week and Farscape gets several mentions. Since there are
spoilers in the blurbs, I'll link to the Karlsweb Spoiler Page for the descriptions.
MORE WINTER HIGHLIGHTS
MARCH 21: Farscape unveils its series finale on SciFi
WHAT TO WATCH
Friday, January 24 Click Here
to read what they have to say about Twice Shy
then, since this is a double issue
for Friday, January 31:
Farscape: Click Here
for their description
Thanks to E B for passing this along!
SAVE FARSCAPE POSTS RATINGS FOR KANSAS
January 14, 2003: From the Save Farscape BB: "Courtesy
of a reliable source, we have the national ratings for last Friday's lineup on the
Sci-Fi Channel." They're not good, but they're not terrible, either. Click
Here to see how we did.
MATT ROUSH AGAIN OUR CHAMPION!
January 14, 2003: Once again, Matt Roush of TV
Guide has spoken out for Farscape. In his Q&A column, Ask Matt, he's answered a
letter asking if the cancellation and Bonnie Hammer's response makes sense. To read what
Mr. Roush had to say, Click Here.
Thanks once again to E B for passing along a super
TRANSCRIPT OF DAVID
9, 2003: The chat this evening became a two-fer with
Ben Browder dropping in to chat as well. I'm sure you'd
rather read what they said than anything I have to say
so...to read a
transcript of the chat, Click
FARSCAPE SEASON FOUR
January 7, 2003: Rittenhouse has just announced
some of the goodies that will be available this coming April in the Farscape Season Four
set. It looks like this set will be the best yet with original art created by Virginia
Hey and much more. Click Here to continue.
January 16, 2003: Want to read what
the Salt Lake City Weekly has to say about The Dream Team? Among other things:
"Like psychotherapy and Crossing Over With John
Edward, dream interpretation is absolute bullshit rife with moneymaking potential.
So, itís only fitting that The Dream Team With Annabelle & Michael
(weeknights; debuts Monday, Jan. 20, 9 p.m.) is the Sci-Fi Channelís new lead-in to
corpse whisperer Edward."
to read the entire article.
WAYNE PYGRAM INTERVIEW
January 13, 2003: We just received notice from
the nice folks at the BBC website that they've put up a new interview with Wayne
Pygram. And next week, they'll have an interview with Ricky Manning! ("He's a very
funny man") Here's an excerpt from Wayne's interview:
Tell us about how you got the part of Scorpius.
My screen test was very curious. I got a page of dialogue, no information as far as the
makeup, and the costume and the whole thing [was concerned]. [The character was like] an
intelligent, dark, Spock. So down I go. Everything Iíve done with the character, the
voice, the mannerisms, I had on the day. So it was certainly all coming from internal,
which is always good.
to continue. You can either read a text version of the interview or watch video clips on
RICKY MANNING TO ATTEND
January 3, 2003: Ricky Manning will be joining
Jonathan Hardy and Lani Tupu as a guest at Galaxy Con I, which will be held at BWI
Airport Marriott in Baltimore, MD on March 7-9. Thanks to Phill (one of the cool folk
who are running this convention) for passing along this information. Stay
tuned for more updates as the date gets closer. Click
Here to go to Galaxy Con I's website.
BONNIE HAMMER THRASHED BY CRITICS
2003 From The Washington
Post: Cable suits beware: TV critics have had
enough of your dodging questions here at Winter TV Press Tour 2003.
Bonnie Hammer, president of the Sci Fi channel, was
thrashed by the critics today when she attempted to sidestep a question about why the
network was dumping the series "Farscape."
Like AMC topper Rob Sorcher the day before, perky
Hammer pulled out the old "Gee I'd love to answer that one but we're here to listen
to our on-air talent blather about their fabulousness, so I'm sorry I just can't
possibly." The line is on the first page of the "How to Answer Those Tough
Questions at the Press Tour" handbook that is required reading for cable execs.
Hammer's version went like this: "I'd be delighted to talk
with you after this, rather than taking up time with the panel but . . ."
At which point, critics, who on Day 2 of the tour were
already grumpy, let her have it.
"No!" they screamed at a visibly shaken
"The bottom line was we couldn't come up with the
financial deal that made sense," Hammer told them. She said that what critics might
call evasiveness was really a decision by the network to "take the high road. We
didn't go out to the press and tell them what was going on; we didn't feel that was
appropriate, so we just very calmly just said . . . we just financially couldn't do 22
new [episodes]. We could do 13 and that's what we . . . tried very hard to do."
They ended up with only 11 more episodes.
January 7 2003 In an article titled Farscape: Sci Fi's Murder by Numbers?, TV Guide's Insider interviews SciFi's president Bonnie Hammer. Below
is an excerpt from that interview.
TV Guide Online: So, what gives? Why would you
want to cancel such a rad show?
Bonnie Hammer: We never wanted to cancel it. What we were trying to do was do 13 more
episodes, not 22. The ratings had softened, and it was getting increasingly expensive to
produce. We just couldn't make the financial deal. But we never wanted it to end when it
ended. We had all intentions of doing 13 more episodes [beyond these 11] ó we wanted
to keep it in '03 and end it in '03. But financially, it was just too difficult to do.
Click Here to read the rest of the
CREATION POSTS PICTURES FROM BURBANK
January 8, 2003: Check out Creation
Entertainment's website - they've recently posted some outstanding photos of the Burbank
Convention (including a fine one of PKBarb's foot) taken by photographer Albert Ortega. Click Here to got to Creation's website.
INTERVIEW WITH BEN BROWDER
January 5, 2003 From ZAP2it: There's
a super interview with Ben by Zap2it. Below is an excerpt from that interview.
With his Kangol bucket hat -- complete with kangaroo
logo -- and Tennessee Volunteers jersey, "Farscape" star Ben Browder is
dressed the part of a man caught between worlds.
This Saturday morning, he's sitting in Mel's Diner on
Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, Calif., contemplating life after
"Farscape." For the last four seasons, the Tennessee-born Browder -- who went
to school in both North Carolina and London -- has been stationed in Sydney, Australia,
working on the Sci Fi Channel series. Click Here
to read the entire article.
INTERVIEW WITH LANI TUPU
January 5, 2003: Beginning on Monday, Jan 6, there will be an
exclusive interview with Lani Tupu at SciFi's website. From SciFi's email: "The award-
winning New Zealand actor and director LANI JOHN TUPU talks about his dual FARSCAPE
roles as flamboyant antihero Captain Crais and as the voice of Pilot." Click Here from Monday to read the
And don't forget the SciFi website chat with David
Kemper next Thursday, Jan. 9 at 9pm ET, 6pm PT. Click Here for more information.
January 7 2003 From the What to Watch
Column of Entertainment Weekly's January 10th issue:
FARSCAPE - Executive producer David Kemper has a message to Farscape fans who have been
mourning the demise of their favority sci-fi drama: "Just go ahead and watch
the show. And stop bellyaching and enjoy it, because the last 11 episodes are the
best 11 episodes we've ever done." Having watchedtonight's premiere, I can
say this: It is pretty damn good.
Thanks to e b for passing this along!
GROWING CABLE CHANNEL
January 6, 2003 From Media Daily News: Based on viewer ratings, the Sci Fi Channel was the
fastest-growing basic cable channel in 2002. Due to the late-year airing of Steven
Spielberg's miniseries Taken, Sci Fi also reached fourth in cable household ratings for
the first time, above its previous-record ninth. According to Nielsen Media Research,
Sci Fi has also sustained more than five consecutive weeknights of a 3 or better
coverage area HH rating, the first basic cable entertainment channel to do that.