This ‘n’ that
Another week, another zillion things I didn’t get to.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ NBC Universal announced this week that the fourth season of Doctor Who is coming to the SciFi Channel in April, along with its new spinoff, The Sarah Jane Adventures. The latter has the same creative team as the former, and follows the adventures of Sarah Jane, one of the Doctor’s former companions. “Having traveled the universe with The Doctor, Sarah Jane is used to alien encounters. Accompanied by her new young friends Maria, Luke and Clyde, she becomes embroiled in an offbeat world of mystery and danger.” As for the good Doctor, his new companion for the season is Donna Noble (the bride from the 2006 Doctor Who Christmas special “The Runaway Bride,” played by Catherine Tate), though Martha (Freema Agyeman, who I personally loved in the role) will return midseason.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Speaking of NBC, the network is picking up a show from CTV, a Canadian network. The Listener “tells the story of a young man who can read people’s thoughts, and act on them.” NBC ordered 13 episodes. It’s already in pre-production up north and is set to begin shooting in the spring. That’s another way around the American writer’s strike.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Among the most popular masks at Brazil’s Carnival this year, according to AFP, were Jack Bauer of 24 and Dr. House of House. By the by, there were crackdowns this year on “Internet sellers of illegal drugs such as LSD and ecstasy,” (you can buy those online?) and streetside sales of alcohol were banned. Sorry, but N’awlins ain’t got nothin’ on Rio.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Speaking of Jack Bauer, at the recent Naples Winter Wine Festival, a package that included a walk-on role in 24 brought a top bid of $320,000. Now, this article doesn’t make it abundantly clear who won it, but it appeared to be festival director Don Gunther, a big fan. He was quoted as saying, “I want to go on ‘24’ and have Jack Bauer cut off my fingers.” Um, that would be a little more than a walk-on role, Mr. Gunther.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Men in Trees fans have found a wonderful way to express their frustration at ABC for jerking this show around for two seasons now (on for a few weeks, then disappearing for months, then coming back, then not, then maybe, then … well, you get the idea). The fans told Mike Ausiello over at TVGuide.com that they’re donating money to treesforlife.org. For every $1 donated, the organization helps people in developing countries plant fruit trees. The certificates will be presented to Stephen McPherson at ABC.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Maybe the Dresden Files could return after all. A letter to SciFi Weekly gave hope to Harry Dresden’s fans. The points made:
1. Lionsgate has made a deal with the writers’ guild and the writers are no longer on strike at Lionsgate. Lionsgate is the company that makes Dresden Files.
2. Paul Blackthorne’s (Harry Dresden) character was just killed off on Big Shots. Big Shots is the show he went to when Dresden Files wasn’t renewed.
3. A new poll from NBC Universal asks if people like shows dealing in magic and the supernatural. What better suits this than The Dresden Files?
4. Bonnie Hammer (the head of the SCI FI Channel and the one who had Dresden Files canceled) has stepped down from her position as head of programming for the SCI FI Channel.
5. The SCI FI Channel has scheduled the two-hour version of Dresden Files: Storm Front to air on March 8. Though it is listed to be on at 3 a.m. it will be the first time the two-hour version of Storm Front will air in the USA. It has already aired in prime time on the Canadian channel called Space.
6. The new Dresden Files comic books are in the works, and, of course, the latest Dresden Files novel comes out this spring.