MARCH - APRIL ARCHIVES


SCI-FI OFFICIALLY FOR SALE

April 29, 2003 From Reuters: Giant media company Vivendi Universal officially hoisted a for-sale sign over its American entertainment empire on Tuesday, smashing the Hollywood dream of a French firm that slid from boom to near-bust.

Other reported suitors for Vivendi Universal Entertainment include huge media company Viacom Inc. the NBC television network owned by General Electric Co. , and cable TV magnate John Malone's Liberty Media Corp.

Click here to read the article.


VIRGINIA HEY CANCELS SCAPERCON

April 25, 2003: Unfortunately, due to a scheduling conflict, Virginia Hey has cancelled her appearance at ScaperCon this year. However, there are plenty of other Farscape guests who will be appearing including Lani Tupu, David Franklin, Jonathan Hardy, Wayne Pygram and Bianca Chiminello. For more about Farscape-related conventions, check out our Future Conventions pages.


FARSCAPE COMIC CONTEST

April 23, 2003: Save Farscape has announced a Farscape Comic Contest in which you get to choose a caption on a new strip by Inothernews.net. There are a few rules to follow and prizes for the winner and runner ups. Check it out at Save Farscape's website.


VIRGINIA HEY ADDED TO DRAGON*CON

April 23, 2003: Virginia Hey will join Jonathan Hardy, Anthony Simcoe and Lani Tupu as a guest at Dragon*Con in Atlanta in August. For more information, check out our Future Conventions pages.


DETAILS ON BEN BROWDER'S CSI:MIAMI APPEARANCE

April 22, 2003: The details of Ben Browder's guest role in CSI:Miami have been posted on TV Guide's website. Thanks to Caillan from CSI Files for the heads up!

Tinder Box
60 min.

Speedle and Delko are present when a trendy nightclub catches fire, apparently from a deejay's pyrotechnics display, killing 16 people and injuring dozens of others. But the ensuing investigation reveals it may have been arson to cover up a murder. Also: Horatio probes the death of a prostitute who is found dead in a judge's bathroom in his home. D.J.: William Lee Scott. Danny: Ben Browder. Haid: Richard Edson. Veronica: Lisa Gerber. Connie: Jaclyn Gutierrez. Jameson: John F. O'Donohue. Ojeda: Robert Beltran.

SEASON 4 TRADING CARD IMAGES

April 16, 2003: Thanks to Rittenhouse Archives, we now have images of most of the autograph cards as well as all the costume cards for the upcoming Season Four set. Release date has been moved up a week to May 14th. Click here to continue. 

CLAUDIA BLACK POSTS ON SCIFI BB

April 14, 2003 From the SciFi BB:

Claudia Black here...
This is a quick e-mail to see if my handle and password still work. It feels like an eternity since I have posted on this site. But old habbits die hard. I wanted to touch base with all our Scapers and say hi. I hope you are all doing well and do not feel too scarred by the demise of the show. Life trundles on . Goodness knows what awaits us all.
I am sure you will forgive my absense from this board. Last time I tried to post was shortly after the news that season 5 would not be going ahead. Try as I might, the post would not go through. Fingers crossed for this one. 
Let me know you are out there.... and I will post back soon.Thinking of you all,

Claudia.

DVD NEWS

April 10, 2003: We've updated our DVD page to include the newest DVDs, when they're being released and where. To continue, Click Here


"SCARE" SCORES; "TREMORS" SHAKY

April 9, 2003 From Variety via The Futon Critic

The premiere of "Scare Tactics," the Shannen Doherty-hosted series that plays ghoulish pranks on unsuspecting people, chalked up solid Nielsens for the Sci Fi Channel on Friday. But the second week of the network's new "Tremors: The Series" fell off considerably the same night after a stellar debut.

First the good news: "Scare Tactics" brought in 2.16 million total viewers for its two back-to-back original half-hours April 4 at 10 p.m., numbers 50% higher than Sci Fi's primetime average. Program also funneled more people 18 to 49 -- 1.37 million -- to the network than any other original series premiere in Sci Fi's history. 

On the other hand, "Tremors" harvested 2.43 million total viewers over two hours during its two-episode premiere week, but the series managed to deliver only 1.6 million a week later from 9-10 p.m. Dropoff may cause Sci Fi to reschedule the Wednesday primetime repeat of the "Tremors" episode, which now comes just two days before the new episode airs.


NEW BBC INTERVIEW!

April 7, 2003: Ricky Manning gets his second interview with the BBC today! It's a fairly long interview and you can either read it or view the video clips with RealPlayer. 

Click Here to go to the interview.

Thanks to both Bazza and Ann from the BBC for passing this along!


VIRGINIA HEY INTERVIEW

April 01, 2003: The BBC posted a new interview with Virginia Hey in which she talks about being blue, acting opposite Rygel, Zhaan's future, the cancellation and more. Click Here to read the interview.
Thanks to Bazza for passing this along!


TWO MORE SCI-FI CHANNEL PRESS RELEASES

April 02, 2003 Press Release: SciFi Alters Reality with Slate of New Projects 

Press Release: Original Action on Your Couch Every Saturday Night

Click Here to read both of these press releases.


MINISERIES MAXIMIZE SCI FI SLATE

April 01, 2003 From The Hollywood Reporter: Taken with the ratings success of "Steven Spielberg Presents Taken," Sci Fi Channel is in discussions with DreamWorks to team on another big-budget miniseries. Click Here to continue.


SCI FI IS THE HOTTEST CHANNEL ON TV

April 01, 2003: At least according to the Sci Fi Channel. In a Sci Fi Channel press release received a short while ago, Sci Fi says that its 11-month ratings streak beats all cable and broadcast stations. It recently completed it's best first quarter and its best March ever. Click Here to read the rest of their self-congratulary press release.


GIGI'S SECRETS ARE REVEALED

March 30, 2003: Gigi and her father, Michael, are the subject of a super interview in today's Sunday Herald Sun. Gigi talks about Farscape and her new role in The Secret Life of Us, a popular Australian TV show.

From the Herald Sun by Garry WilliamsMICHAEL Edgley's daughter is about to eclipse her father in the fame stakes.

Gigi Edgley, 25, makes her debut in The Secret Life Of Us next week, a role that could put her at the top of the celebrity circuit in Australia.

Click Here to continue.


SFX READERS' AWARDS NOMINATIONS

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March 26, 2003: Farscape has been nominated in a whopping number of categories this year in the SFX Readers Awards! The show itself was nominated for Best SF/Fantasy TV Show. Both Claudia and Ben were nominated in the Best Actor/Actress and in the Sexiest Man/Woman categories. Claudia is also nominated in the "Who would you use as the basis for your Clone Army?" category

The Sci-Fi Channel gets a nod for the Minority Report Award as the person who should be stopped for committing future crimes, and the Farscape cancellation is listed under the "Worst thing to happen to SF and Fantasy in 2002" category.

Farscape Magazine also got a nomination as did the Farscape Companion book.

Click Here to read the full list of categories and nominees.


BEN BROWDER CONFIRMED FOR CSI MIAMI

April 16, 2003: According to the CSI Files website, Ben's agent has confirmed his upcoming guest appearance in CSI Miami. According to the article, Wayne Pygram first spilled the beans at a convention in Portland, OR a short time ago. Click Here to read the article.  

Thanks to Christine for the heads-up on this!


BRASCAPE

March 31, 2003 From today's Sydney Confidential: FARSCAPE update, #2349.6: Confidential understands that Brascape Ė the latest campaign in which female fans of the axed cult show are sending their intimate garments to Sci-Fi Channel head Bonnie Hammer Ė is progressing well. More than 200 bras have hit Ms Hammer's desk. Thanks to Don for passing this along.


TIMES PAST

March 31, 2003 In an article in the latest issue of Cult Times, John Binns gives his ideas about the final season and the cancelation of Farscape. To read what he has to say, click here to continue.


SCIFI CHANNEL DOUBLES DRAMATIC SERIES DEVELOPMENT

March 31, 2003 SciFi Press Release: SCI FI Channel, already a leader in original dramatic series in cable, announced today that it has doubled its series development for '04-'05. Click Here to continue.


TOUGH PIGS REVIEWS

March 29, 2003: If you've never been to "Tough Pigs", now is the time to go. Danny Horn, the webmaster, jumped into the show at the beginning of Season Four and reviewed each of the episodes. His reviews are for the most part hilarious, and sometimes they have quite a bite so make sure to bring your sense of humor. Here's an excerpt from his "Bad Timing" review:

"Well, stay tuned for Battlestar F***ing Galactica, I guess.

Which just adds insult to injury, doesn't it? I mean, it's bad enough that they go and cancel the only show on the Sci-Fi Channel that I have the slightest interest in watching. Then they have to take that money and put it into shows based on the 1970's. They just showed a miniseries on Children of Dune, from 1976. Next up is a miniseries based on Riverworld, which was 1971. And they take this moment -- the series finale of Farscape -- to spring the news on us that after that, they're doing a remake of Battlestar F***ing Galactica. Hey, I thought science fiction was supposed to be looking to the future. Wha happen?"

Click Here to read his review of Bad Timing and then be sure to read the rest of the reviews. 


BBC INTERVIEWS HENSON'S JULIET BLAKE

March 25, 2003 Excerpt: "...Once a network makes its mind up that itís going to move forward in a different direction, itís very hard to bring that show back to life because the actors have moved on, a lot of the writers have moved on. I think we as a company in some ways have moved on." 

In answer to a question about a movie, Ms. Blake had this to say: "I wouldnít say itís planned, but we are thinking about it and looking at how we could do it and what the economics would be, and thinking about whether we will do that."

Click Here to read the full interview.


NEW SECTION - OLD ARTICLES

April 5, 2003: Perhaps you read some of these magazine articles when they first appeared, perhaps not. In any case, hop into the wayback machine and enjoy some memorable articles from the early days of Farscape. Click here to read the articles.


SAVE FARSCAPE INFORMATION

March 23, 2003: Now that Season Four is finished it's time to really set to work to save our show! You'll find loads of information in our save Farscape pages: 

Contacts: Who to contact, where, and how.
Transcripts
: Loads of chats and interviews
Articles
: Links to nearly 200 articles about the cancellation and more! 


TREMORS REVIEW

March 28, 2003 From the Chicago Sun-Times:

"Tremors" (8 p.m., Sci Fi Channel): Michael Gross, who's come a long way from "Family Ties," reprises his movie role in this series version of the crummy horror flicks about graboids, shriekers and other bizarre vermin in Perfection Valley. How much tequila was downed while coming up with this concept originally?

Sounds like must-see TV, doesn't it?


FARSCAPE MEMORIES

March 23, 2003: SciFi's website has a new article in which some of the Farscape folk talk about their favorite scenes. Several people are conspicuous by their absence - could SciFi be thinking of running a part 2 to this story?  Click Here to continue.


RATINGS FOR 422

March 24, 2003: We've just received the ratings for Bad Timing and the rest of the Friday night programs from a reliable source:

8:00 Farscape: 1.4
9:00 Stargate: 1.8
10:00 Tracker: 1.2 
11:00 Stargate: 1.2
12:00 Farscape: 1.0


NEW FARSCAPE STORY BY ROCKNE

March 22, 2003: The BBC's Farscape site has posted an excerpt from a Rockne S. O'Bannon story that will appear in the final issue of Farscape Magazine. Click Here to read the excerpt from Horizons, which "...takes place long after the end of Season Four." Thanks to Bazza for passing this along!


SFX ARTICLE FARSCAPE UNPLUGGED

March 25, 2003: David Kemper, Ben Browder and Claudia Black come clean about Sci-Fi and the cancellation in SFX #103, on the stands now in the UK, in a few weeks in the USA. According to Paul Simpson, the writer of the article, it's "edgier" than previous interviews on the subject. 

Here are a couple of excerpts from the article:

Looking back, David Kemper notes that, ďIt was rancorous from the beginning, to a degree.Ē Although the Sci-Fi Channel gave the show a two season pick up at the start of October 2001, there were some considerable strings attached, most important of which was that the show needed to widen its audience.

On Sci-Fiís publicity: ďThey brought in a new team of people and we understood from the get-go that they didnít understand the show or like the show.Ē Sci-Fi wanted a bigger audience. Kemper says that it was Sci-Fiís job to get the audience, Farscapeís job to hold it. 

"What you have is a network that only has two original programmes cancelling 50% of its line up and it's the one that got critical praise!"

To order the magazine, Click Here to go to the SFX website.


VIRGINIA HEY TALKS ABOUT ARTIFEX CARDS

March 16, 2003: In her latest newsletter to her fans, Virginia Hey talks about her ArtiFEX drawings for the release of Farscape: Season Four trading cards. Click Here to read what she has to say.


FAREWELL FARSCAPE!

March 22, 2003: There's a very touching Farscape farewell over at sciforums. The author put a lot of thought and effort into the post. Most of the choices for best/worst are exactly what I'd have chosen.  Click Here to check it out. Thanks to DRD457 for passing this along!


NEW MAGAZINE ARTICLES

March 20, 2003: There are several new articles about Farscape in the media lately. To keep up-to-date, Click Here to check out out our "Specials" section.


DISNEY MAY ACQUIRE HENSON

March 20, 2003 From The New York Times: LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mickey Mouse and Kermit the Frog may be joining forces. Michael Eisner, chairman of The Walt Disney Co., hinted Wednesday that a Disney purchase of the Jim Henson Co., whose cast of characters includes Miss Piggy, could happen soon. Click Here to Continue


I-CON

March 24, 2003: If you live in the northeast and want to meet David Franklin (Braca) here's your chance. He'll be appearing at I-Con 22 this coming weekend (March 28-30) at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY. Click Here to go to the convention's website.


FARSCAPE GETS MENTIONED IN "USER FRIENDLY"

March 20, 2003: Farscape is the subject of today's User Friendly comic strip. Click Here to check it out! Thanks to Daniel & Christine for passing this along!


BEN BROWDER BIDS FAREWELL TO FARSCAPE

March 18, 2003: TV Guide's Insider column has a new interview with Ben Browder today. Among other things, he talks about the end of the series and John Crichton's development over Farscape's four year run. Click Here to read the article.


LOST IN 'SCAPE

March 17, 2003: This month's issue of Non-Sport Update, the magazine for non-sport trading card collectors, has an excellent article about Farscape by Scott Thomas Also included in the issue is NSU the exclusive P2 promo card.  Karlsweb has reprinted the article (with permission) but you'll need to buy the magazine to get the promo. Click Here to read the article.


DUNE DELIVERS

March 20, 2003: Three part, six-hour miniseries Frank Herbertís Children of Dune, which debuted this past Sunday at 9 p.m. on Sci Fi Network delivered an average 2.41 household rating (with 2.7 million total viewers). Comparatively, this makes the miniseries the third most watched original program in the history of the cable network.


FAR GONE

March 21, 2003: TV Guide reviews tonight's episode.After viewing the series finale of Farscape, I retrieved my stomach from my throat, scratched my head and thought, "What was that?" Click Here to read the article.


ASK MATT

March 17, 2003: Matt Roush has another Farscape-supporting answer in the Roush Room area of TV Guide's website. He's not to enthralled with Tremors, either. Click Here to read the article.


DILLER RESIGNS VIVENDI POST

March 18, 2003: Barry Diller, the chairman of Vivendi Universal's entertainment division, announced Wednesday that he would resign the post, according to Megan Larson.

Vivendi Universal is in the process of selling its entertainment outlets, which include USA Networks, The Sci Fi Channel, Universal Studios and its theme parks.

For more articles on this subject, Click Here.


SCI-FI NETWORK vs. "THE SCAPERS"

March 17, 2003 From The Mercury News: The amateur commercial sprang from a home computer to the Internet and television screens in about two dozen U.S. cities, including the Twin Cities.

"I am Farscape," several ordinary-looking people intone. Save "Farscape," the spot implores. Click Here to continue...


SCIENCE FRICTION

March 16, 2003: The Boston Globe ran an article today about the SciFi Channel, Farscape and science fiction in general. Click Here to read the article.


THREE MENTIONS IN TV GUIDE!

March 14, 2003: Farscape gets three mentions in TV Guide this week! The first is on page 1 in "What You Have to Watch This Week."  The insider features Farscape on page 8 and on page 152, it's in Friday's Close-Up section. SPOILERS! Click here to read the articles and see the photos that were with them. SPOILERS!

 


BONNIE, ONE MORE TIME

March 14, 2003: In an article in the Seattle Post Intelligence, Bonnie Hammer has this to say: "Our viewers out there today are very different from the image and perception of what Sci Fi viewers are supposed to be," she said. "People used to think Sci Fi's viewers were all these young geek boys who stay home and play computer games all day, and all night, and that's all there was. We found that wasn't true at all." Click Here to read the rest of the article.


HELP SAVE AERYN!

March 8, 2003: The Commando Aeryn action figure is in danger of being cancelled, but Toy Vault has come up with a possible solution. If it comes down to the wire, instead of canceling the figure altogether, thereís a chance they might produce a small quantity of them for a premium price - $29.95.

Help us show Toy Vault how much you would love to get your hands on this incredible collector's item. Fill out our anonymous survey today!

For more images and information on this and other Farscape Action figures please go to Newscape's Action Figures pages.


TICKETS ON SALE FOR BURBANK CONVENTION

March 10, 2003: Creation Entertainment has just put gold weekend tickets for the Official Farscape Convention on sale. The convention will be held November 21-23, 2003 at the Burbank Hilton Hotel. So far, no announcements have been made about any guests at the convention. Click on the banner above for more information.


BBC INTERVIEWS "SAVE FARSCAPE"

March 10, 2003: Appropriately enough since the final episode aired today in the UK, the BBC has posted an interview with the "leading lights of the Save Farscape Campaign." You can either read the interview or watch it with RealPlayer. Click Here for the interview.


MORE AUTOGRAPHS ADDED TO SEASON FOUR TRADING CARDS

March 7, 2003: Rittenhouse Archives has announced that three more autographs have been added to "Farscape: Season 4 Trading Cards" scheduled for release in April. Click Here to continue.


FARSCAPE NOMINATED FOR THREE SATURNS!

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Best Actress in a TV Series

Best Syndicated Cable TV Series

Best Actor in a TV Series

March 6, 2003: Other nominees for best series are Andromeda, Dead Zone, Jeremiah and Stargate SG-1.  For more information on the awards and the nominees, Click Here to go to Cinescape's website.


UK DVD 4.2 INFORMATION

March 3, 2003 Contender has updated their website with information on their second season four DVD. The release date is April 7th and it will include the second five episodes of Season Four. Click here for more information on this and other DVDs to be released soon.


BBC NEWS

March 4, 2003: The BBC's website has recently put up a group of 20 different posters created by artist Arne Ratermanis for the Save Farscape campaign. You can send these fantastic images as postcards or download them to use as desktop wallpaper. 

Next week there will be a piece from Save Farscape campaigners and perhaps a "doozy of a Virginia Hey interview."

Thanks to Bazza and to Ann for passing along these great items!


RPG UPDATE

March 4, 2003: If you've been playing the Farscape Role-Playing Game, you might want to check out Alderac's website. They've recently set up a Farscape Discussion Forum and have added loads of new downloads and game enhancements.  Among them are 19 new lifeforms, 10 new planets and 19 adventure hooks.


AERYN ACTION FIGURE, UPDATE # 803697652

March 5, 2003: It seems that yesterday's article was misread by some people that the Aeryn Action Figure has been cancelled. As the article yesterday stated, the figure has been PUT ON HOLD, which does NOT mean that it has been cancelled. If sales on the Farscape Reunited figures are not high enough, the figure will be cancelled, but it has not been cancelled yet. If the figure is released, it will be out in May, but Toy Vault has not begun production on the figure and they won't begin production until they get some orders from retailers, who are shy about ordering merchandise from a show that has been cancelled. Click Here to read yesterday's original article

I hope this clears up any misconceptions due to the misreading of the original article.


SCIFI SHOWING FARSCAPE RERUNS

March 1, 2003: SciFi has finally updated their schedulebot with April's listings. Beginning on March 31 at 12:00 am, and continuing each Sunday through Thursday at the same time, Farscape episodes will run in order, beginning with Premier. Also, Season Four episodes will begin re-running every Friday morning at 5:00 am. 

Click Here to see the whole schedulebot for April  

Once again, thanks to Bazza for passing along this information!


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