GE/NBC WILL PROBABLY GET VIVENDI
August 26, 2003 FROM THE NY POST:
"Vivendi management is expected to recommend
to the company's board of directors today that it enter into exclusive talks with
General Electric to hammer out the final details of a proposal to merge GE's NBC with
Vivendi Universal Entertainment, according to sources close to the matter." For the
complete article go to the NY Post website
Also check out this
article on Yahoo which gives an excellent over-all view of the happenings. Thanks
August 16, 2003: Kent McCord will be making his
first UK Appearance at Alternate
Universe in London on November 14-16.
In earlier news, Starfury
Conventions has started to announce guests for their November 28-30 Senior
Partners convention and Gigi Edgley will be among them! The convention will take
place at the Thistle Hotel, Heathrow, UK.
19, 2003: Gigi Edgley's appearance at Page's Bar in the UK has been confirmed for September 13th.
Go to Newscape's
Convention News pages for up-to-date convention listings.
JONATHAN HARDY INTERVIEW
August 15, 2003: The BBC's Farscape website
has yet another fantastic interview, this time with Jonathan Hardy, the voice of Rygel.
Among other things, Mr. Hardy talks about Rygel (he loves the helium thing), the
cancellation and his career. It's a great read!
ADV OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES SEASON TWO DVD BOX
August 12, 2003: ADV has finally confirmed that the
Season Two box set of DVDs will be released on October 28, 2003. After denying for
months that it was in the works, yesterday they sent out a press release officially
announcing the set. Newscape published the item back in July and there are details on
our Future Merchandise page, thanks to
ARTWORK GALLERY GRAND OPENING
August 5, 2003: Karlsweb's newest addition to Visual Datastores,
the Artwork Gallery, is now open! We're too cheap to spring for wine
and cheese, so just pretend, ok? Check out the products of talented artists of the
scaper community! If you would like to see your art displayed in the gallery, just click on
Pilot near the top of the page.
ROCKNE S. O'BANNON TO APPEAR AT TO BE CON-TINUED 2
August 10, 2003: Rockne S. O'Bannon, the creator of Farscape will be appearing at
To Be CONtinued September
26-28, 2003 in Merrillville, Indiana which is just 15 minutes outside of Chicago. To my knowledge, this is the first convention that Mr. O'Bannon
has attended since the first Farscape convention in 2000.
For up to date convention news, go to the Newscape Convention News pages.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE ARTICLE WELL WORTH A READ
August 9, 2003: Chicage Tribune reporter Maureen
Ryan attended ScaperCon last weekend and has written an article titled Science
Friction for the Tribune. Ms. Ryan writes about the Save Farscape campaign and
quotes several fans, cast members, Brian Henson and Matt Roush (TV Guide) among others. Click Here to read the article. You'll have to register first, but
it's free and simple. The more hits this article receives, the better!
JONATHAN HARDY AT UK CONVENTION
August 8, 2003: Jonathan
Hardy (the unmistakable voice of Rygel) will be making his first UK appearance at Collectormania 4 on October
3-5. The news should appear on Collectormania's website soon! Click here to go to our Convention News pages.
Thanks to Mara for passing this info along!
August 6, 2003: With so many new products and
items about to come on the market, I've decided to consolidate the information in one
report to make it easier for you to decide how to spend your money. Click
Here for a preview of what's new in the world of Farscape stuff .
NO ONE GETS LEFT BEHIND CAMPAIGN
August 7, 2003: During ScaperCon it was revealed
that several of our favorite cast members hadn't been invited to attend the Official
Farscape Convention in Burbank in November. Click Here
for information on the campaign to get Creation Entertainment to invite the largest
number of the cast possible.
RESPONSE FROM CREATION ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 2003: "Thanks for the great
support for the upcoming Official FARSCAPE Convention, this November 14-16 at the
Burbank Airport Hilton Hotel.
RITTENHOUSE EXTENDS FARSCAPE TRADING CARD LICENSE
"Over 500 tickets have been sold to date. We have received some e-mails from
fans inquiring and we want you to know that we are still working on additional guest
announcements to add to those coming: we'll keep you posted!..."
August 7, 2003: There's good news from
Rittenhouse Archives for trading card fans! They will definitely be doing more with
Farscape as they've recently extended their license. Steve Charendoff, Rittenhouse's
President, told me that an all art set is "certainly possible.
August 5, 2003: Farscape Create is having an art contest!
It's open to everyone, so if you're interested in entering, click on the banner at the
left to read the rules. The contest closes on August 16th (Bennington Battle Day) so
you'd better hurry. Winners will be announced on August 30th.
GALAXY CON POSTPONED
August 5, 2003: Sadly, Galaxy Con II will be
postponed until October 2004. The Spring 2004 convention scheduled for Washington DC is
also posponed. Click here to read the reasons why.
August 5, 2003:
In Cinescape issue 72 (September 2003) Bonnie Hammer is number seven in their Genre
Superpower 100. She ranks just below George Lucas, and is the #1 person from television.
Spielberg is overall #1
A quote from
the article, "She's bold, we'll give her that. As the head of the nation's only
dedicated science Fiction Channel, she took their highest rated show - Farscape - and
axed it..." The article closes with, "Looks like there's life after Farscape
after all. But where will the Hammer fall next?"
August 03, 2003: Dragon*Con has added another
Farscape guest to its schedule - David Franklin (Braca). He will join Jonathan Hardy
(Rygel's voice), Anthony Simcoe (D'Argo) and Lani Tupu (Crais & Pilot's voice). The
convention takes place August 29 - September 1. Click
Here to go to Newscape's Convention pages.
AERYN & PLUSH RYGEL UPDATE
August 03, 2003: According to Entertainment Earth,
release date for Commando Aeryn has been pushed back to November 2003. Plush Rygel won't
be around until July 2004.
FARSCAPE SCHEDULE UPDATE ON SCIFI
August 02, 2003: As of the beginning of September, Farscape
will join what the Sci-Fi Channel calls "Daytime Rotation." From 11:00
am to 4"00 pm (Eastern) every Tuesday-Friday (with some exceptions) they show five
episodes of one of several shows. Farscape's two September showings are on Sept. 02 and
The Monday airings at 12:00 am will continue.
August 01, 2003: ADV has just sent a press
release announcing the final Season Three volume for Region 1 (USA & Canada), which
will be available on October 7, 2003. Click here go to
the Newscape DVD page. To read the complete press release from ADV, click here.
Meanwhile, Contender's next volume for Region 2 (UK,
Europe, Japan) will feature the final four episodes of Season Four. Details are on our DVD page.
MGM DROPS OUT OF BIDDING
July 30, 2003: According to The Hollywood
Reporter, MGM has pulled out of the bidding for Vivendi Universal's US entertainment
assets (which include the Sci-Fi Channel) considering the price expectations are too
high. If Vivendi should drop its price, some analysts say that MGM may be back in the
game. Remaining in the bidding are Comcast,
Liberty Media, General Electric's NBC TV network, Viacom and a team
led by Edgar Bronfman Jr. Click here to read the complete story.
BLAKE'S 7 GETS A SECOND CHANCE
July 29, 2003: The show that has
much in common with Farscape is close to making a comeback. The rights to Blake's 7 have
been acquired by actor Paul Darrow, who played Kerr Avon in the original series. If you
like Farscape, this show would probably interest you also. Click here to read the article. Thanks, Karl, for passing this
TUPU INTERVIEW UP AT BBC SITE
July 26, 2003: The BBC Farscape site has scored
again with a Lani Tupu interview! The interview was conducted on July 4th, before the
rumors of a miniseries surfaced. When asked if he thinks that the show will ever be
revived, Lani says, "No, I don't think so. I think it's gone.
"I think there was a possibility that a film might happen, but it's too far down
the track now. People are working on other projects. It would have been great to have
worked on the film, just to complete it and give some kind of conclusion, but that's not
to be." I hope he's wrong!
Click here to read the complete interview. Thanks, Sue, for passing this along!
ADV ANNOUNCES SEASON 2 BOX SET
July 28, 2003: At last there's news of a Season
Two DVD box set for region one. (USA and Canada) ADV has announced that the set will be
released on October 28, 2003. More news as it becomes available. Thanks to artood2 for
passing along the info!
DIRECTV NOW COUNTS WITH NIELSEN
July 29, 2003: As of July 1st, families who use
DirecTV and are part of Neilsen's random people meter sample will have their viewing
patterns sampled. This is the first miutichannel service provider that has had its
national audience measured by Neilsen.
GUEST CAST ADDED TO WHO'S ON FIRST
July 28, 2003: If you'd like to see what Natira
or Jothee do in their spare time, check out the new section of
Who's on First! Coming Soon - Writers' area!
CALENDAR COVER CONFIRMED
July 24, 2003: The 2004 calendar is about to be
released (August 8th) and Newscape has a confirmed cover picture from the manufacturer. Click on the image at
the right to see a larger version.
FARSCAPE ONE OF TOP FIVE TV SHOWS
July 20, 2003: Starburst Magazine's issue
#300 has listed Farscape as one of five of the best TV shows. Here's what they have to
"Often derivative (Blake's 7 and
Buck rogers are plundered shamelessly), but yet still shiningly original. Farscape
endears with its grandiose space battles, off-the-wall plots, often unlikable characters
and sheer attitude. Season Three, in which Lead character John Crichton (Ben Brrowder)
was duplicated and the cast split in two, remains the peak of perfection."
Also named in the five best are The
X-Files ("A shame they just didn't know when to stop"), Star Trek: The Next
Generation ("Other later Treks would prove to be just shallow imitations); Babylon
5 ("This remains dense, groundbreaking Outer Space drama"); and Buffy The
Vampire Slayer ("Funny, thrilling and clever).
ANOTHER CONTENDER FOR VIVENDI
July 24, 2003: Comcast, the largest cable TV
operator in the US, has become interested in the Vivendi Universal Entertainment assets,
which include the Sci Fi Channel. That makes six bidders for the property: Comcast,
Liberty Media, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, General Electric's NBC TV network, Viacom and a team
led by Edgar Bronfman Jr. Comcast has its own financial troubles. Right now it's $27
billion in debt.
BEN BROWDER TO DO SHOW FOR THE
20, 2003: Right after the Farscape panel at Comic-Con, Ben was flying off to Europe
to do do a new series for the History
Channel. More about this as it becomes available.
Smith's web log out for some great photos and a short report on the Farscape panel
YA GOTTA HAVE HOPE!
July 20, 2003: Hope is always
a good thing, and since speculation on Farscape's return has been heating up over the
past few weeks it's time to warm up the spoilers
pages once again. We've moved the IGN articles over to the spoilers
area and from now on, any unconfirmed items regarding Farscape's return will be
posted in the spoilers area.
REVIEW OF ILLUSTRATED SEASON 4
10, 2003: Geoff Willmetts reviews the latest volume in the Illustrated Companion
series. Here's an excerpt from the review: "Somewhere down the line, unless you
bought these companion books when they first came out, one day you’re going to be
stalking second-hand bookshops, you’re going to regret not getting a complete set for
reference." To read the complete review go to SF Crowsnest. To read some excerpts from the book, Click Here.
BEN BROWDER INTERVIEW
June 24, 2003: The latest Visual Imagination's Cult
Times Special (#26) has an interview with Ben Browder. The cover of the issue
states: "Ben Browder on war and why he's a whore!" Read the interview in our Data Stores pages or order the issue at VisiMag's website.
SQUIRM, BONNIE, SQUIRM!
UPDATE July 11, 2003: The Cleveland Plain Dealer has a wonderful story (maybe not so
wonderful from SciFi's point of view) on the Battlestar Galactica debacle
reported here a few days ago. Here's an excerpt from the article: "...Suffering an
acute attack of honesty, [Edward James] Olmos sat and delivered a filibuster that busted
up all the lofty claims being made by Hammer..." To read the complete article, click here.
If you're headed off to ComicCon
next week, you might want to stop in at Friday's panel on Galactica. Mr. Olmos
will be one of the panelists. It runs from 12:00 to 1:00. Don't forget the Farscape panel begins at
From TV Guide Online:
EDWARD JAMES UH-OH: Sci Fi Channel president Bonnie Hammer visibly
squirmed at Tuesday's TCA presentation for Battlestar Galactica, where star
Edward James Olmos revealed that devotees of the original '70s TV show are sending him
hate mail. Apparently, they've heard Sci Fi's four-hour fall miniseries is a very
loosely based remake, and they ain't happy. "If you're a die-hard fan of the
original Battlestar Galactica, please don't watch," Olmos declared.
"Sci Fi Channel wants you to think everyone will like this. They won't! So please,
don't watch! Buy the DVD of the original series, and when we're on, pop it in instead! I
don't want you writing me any more letters!"
Thanks to Donnie for passing this along!