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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dies

  The television writer and producer Glen A. Larson, whose oeuvre includes hit television shows from Battlestar Galactica, Quincy M.E. , Magnum, P.I. , Knight Rider , and a number of others died Friday night in Los Angeles, California. He had been battling esophageal cancer. He was 77.   Larson's first writing credit was for The Fugitive , and he later worked his way up the ladder, creating his first show, Alias Smith and Jones in 1971. He later made Battlestar Galactica , which lasted for just a season in 1978-79, because of high production costs. The show is best known now for its beloved rebirth in the mid aughts on Syfy. His biggest hits would come in the '80s with the mustachioed Tom Selleck in Magnum P.I. and Knight Rider starring David Hasselhoff. He earned three Emmy nominations for McCloud and Quincy, M.E.   Read More... http://www.vulture.com/2014/11/battlestar-galactica-creator-glen-a-larson-dies.html

Battlestar Galactica's Jamie Bamber Lands Multi-Episode Arc on Rizzoli & Isles

  Jamie Bamber has landed a multi-episode arc on Rizzoli & Isles , TVGuide.com has confirmed. As first reported by TVLine.com , the Battlestar Galactica alum will play...   http://www.tvguide.com/News/Rizzoli-Isles-Jamie-Bamber-1083897.aspx?rss=breakingnews

'Battlestar Galactica' vet Ronald D. Moore's 'Outlander' will premiere at Comic-Con

Ronald D. Moore and STARZ's upcoming series "Outlander" will premiere at a red carpet gala event on Friday, July 25th at the Spreckels Theater during Comic-Con.   Read More... http://www.hitfix.com/news/battlestar-galactica-vet-ronald-d-moores-outlander-will-premiere-at-comic-con

Tricia Helfer talks the lasting impact of 'Battlestar Galactica'

The sci-fi icon talks with HeroFix about the series' ability to make a difference; and the staying power of a certain F-word.   Read More... http://www.hitfix.com/news/tricia-helfer-talks-the-lasting-impact-of-battlestar-galactica

SideReel Picks the Worst TV Robots of All Time

I'm a big fan of science fiction (my poor family can attest to the truth of this statement) and was one of the few who watched Fringe all the way to its bitter, fairly nonsensical end. But I have faith in the genre and in the abilities of J.J. Abrams — a sci-fi fan's sci-fi fan, if there ever was — so I was pretty excited to check out Almost Human . Sure, it's a pastiche of every robotic police movie/show ever, but it's fun, and it's got great visuals (which, OK, are heavily borrowed from the brilliant film  Blade Runner ). So in honor of Almost Human's (so far) great* robot cop, Dorian, here's a list of the worst robots ever to grace your living room. * As of this writing, two episodes have aired. It's very possible the show will suck. I'm not blessed with the power of foresight. I don't even know what I'm having for dinner tonight.   Challenge of the GoBots:  GoBots Any TV show that exists solely to sell merchandise is an irritant in my book, but GoBots , the sad bastard step-sibling of Transformers , is an especially egregious example. The GoBots aren't even half as cool as Transformers! And no one's made a GoBots movie, have they? Let alone the 108 movies that Transformers seems to have made. And if there were a GoBots movie, it would probably star Emile Hirsch, the poor man's Shia Laboeuf.     Small Wonder:  Vicki Robot engineer Ted Lawson creates a creepy-ass child robot whose name (Vicki) stems from her model ID ( V oice I nput C hild I denticant). Normal so far, I guess? Except that Ted tries to pass her off as human and sends her to school, where apparently no one ever seems to realize she TALKS LIKE A ROBOT and always looks exactly the same (at least until the actress herself started to age). Ugh, I bet she was a curve buster, too. Thanks for ruining the college hopes and dreams of your classmates, Vicki.   Buffy the Vampire Slayer:  Buffybot Buffybot was designed as a sexbot for Spike and was so convincing, she managed to convince real Buffy's friends that Buffy was depressed and acting out (something I hope a sexbot designed after me would do as well). Later she's used to better ends, but in a show that routinely pushed the boundaries of the suspension of disbelief, this was just a microchip too far.     Star Trek: The Next Generation:  Lore What was the point of Lore? He's basically just evil Data, and it's unclear why their creator Dr. Soong would have designed him in the first place. How is it possible that the final step before "perfect android" is "evil android"? And why didn't he dress better? Or wear a mustache? Why couldn't he be an evil genius as opposed to just a weird, petty android? Hate on Wesley all you want, but he was way more interesting than Lore.     Friends:  C.H.E.E.S.E. We get it: Joey is a bad actor and ends up in terrible projects! The backronymned C.H.E.E.S.E. ( C omputerized H umanoid E lectronically E nhanced S ecret E nforcer) is supposed to be the exemplar of a terrible network show that might cast Joey, but come on! At the time this episode aired (2000), no network would put this on TV. The time of Small Wonder was long past, and the concept of C.H.E.E.S.E. is just a meta-insult to the intelligence of Friends fans.   Futurama:  Flexo I appreciate that Futurama was willing to turn sci-fi convention on its head and say that a doppelgänger with a goatee whom everyone declares to be "evil" might actually be the good one of the two, but he's just so boring. I know, I know, that's the point, but he kept popping back up and being his same boring self, never getting frustrated, always there with a pat on the back or heartily chuckling at a joke — but there's a reason we love real Bender (aka the real evil Bender) and that's that he's insane, awful, and hilarious. "Evil" Bender never stood a chance.   Battlestar Galactica:  The Cylons The frustrating thing about the Cylons was that early in the series they really were terrifying. They were indistinguishable from us except for the fact that they were better in almost every way — AND nearly succeeded in destroying all of humanity. And then after a few seasons they were… vaguely mean kind of? Except for the ones who were good? Maybe we were supposed to root for them? Maybe they held the key to everything? Who knows! In trying to be all things to the series, they became nothing worth watching, and that was truly a shame.   Family Matters:  Urkelbot Let the GIF at the left do the explaining.                   Leah E. Friedman  is the editor of SideReel.com. She's seen things you people wouldn't believe . You can follow her musings on  Twitter .

Battlestar Galactica's Tahmoh Penikett Cast in Supernatural Season 9 as Ezekiel!

A fallen angel joins the cast of Supernatural! Battlestar Galactica's Tahmoh Penikett will be joining Supernatural for it's upcoming 9th season. Penikett has previously appeared on CW show Arrow and now he'll be joining the Winchester brothers as Ezekiel, a fallen angel and dignified warrior who was injured during the Fall. He'll make his first appearance in the Season 9 premiere, which will air on October 8th. So, are you excited to see this BSG alum join the cast of Supernatural? Let us know your thoughts in the comments and stick with us at Celebified for all the latest TV news.

How to Recover from Binge-Watching Any Show: A Friendly SideReel Guide

ol li { margin-bottom: 1em: } By now we've all done it. You go in with the intention of watching one or two hours of a show and the next thing you know, the weekend is over, you're surrounded by takeout boxes, and you can't remember the last time you took a breath of fresh air. You've powered through the last 40 episodes of Breaking Bad or Mad Men and run out of show. Or maybe you've stretched the consumption of a show like Orange is the New Black out over a couple of days, but realize there are only 13 episodes in the entire series (so far). Either way, the problem is the same.  Like any addict, when the product runs out, you're going to go through withdrawal. Here are some easy steps (no, there aren't 12 of them) to ease that pain:  Take a shower. If it was a weekend marathon, there's a good chance you haven't had one in a while — and even if it was a slightly longer haul, you'll still feel better. If the show has a theme song, go ahead and sing it to yourself. If it's the Cheers theme song, sing it REALLY LOUDLY. Head over to your computer. Google "[Name of show]" and then any or all of the following terms: theories, fan fiction, wiki, supercut, mashup, tumblr. A trove of riches awaits you here. If looking at a science fiction, fantasy, or supernatural show, you don't even have to pace yourself. Note: If you're looking for any Star Trek series , go directly to Memory Alpha . Devise a drinking game around the show! No, we're not telling you to trade one vice for another — we're telling you to combine them.* It may force you to rewatch (though no, it will never be as good as the first time), or at least delve pretty deeply into plotlines, characters, and (potentially) catchphrases. This will allow you to... …bother your friends into watching this totally cool show you just discovered that they've already watched on a weekly basis and probably have no desire to talk about it anymore. IMPORTANT: Tell them you're supplying the liquor. Movie spinoffs? MOVIE SPINOFFS!** Why quit your habit? There are millions of hours of television to catch up on. Just pick a show , and check out our recommendations . *We do. **The only exception here is  Stargate , where the movie actually preceded the show and is completely different in both casting and tone. Leah is SideReel's Web TV and Movie Editor. For further super exciting insight into watching reruns, follow her on Twitter .

Edward James Olmos on What It Means to ‘Be’ Battlestar Galactica’s Bill Adama

  Last summer, severely jetlagged from a trip to China, I watched all of Battlestar Galactica in two weeks of sleepless nights that led to squandered days. Remember that Portlandia sketch where Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen sit down to watch one episode of Battlestar and get so caught up in an obsessive marathon that their power gets cut off and they lose their jobs? That was pretty much me, though I did manage to get into work every day — groggy and unable to think of anything but my next fix. I did fall asleep hardcore once, right as a beau was coming over, and woke up to five missed calls and ten missed texts that he was on my doorstep (and left), shrugged my shoulders, and dove into the next episode. That did not end well. And when I hit the series finale, I didn't track down Ronald D. Moore to write one more episode, like on Portlandia , but I did take a personality quiz to determine which Battlestar Galactic character I am. To my surprise, I'm Commander Bill Adama: dutiful, prideful protector of the last survivors of the human race. (I'd been hoping for hotheaded fighter pilot Starbuck, but was pretty pleased nonetheless.) Read More... http://www.vulture.com/2013/07/edward-james-olmos-explains-commander-bill-adama.html

'Battlestar Galactica,' 'Xena: Warrior Princess' Returning to German TV

Germany's Tele 5 signs a package deal with NBCUniversal that includes several cult sci-fi and fantasy series, including "Hercules" and the Vin Diesel action pic "Pitch Black."      http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/f6HXBIs19Co/story01.htm

‘Battlestar Galactica’ Alum James Callis to Stir Up Trouble on ‘CSI’

The season finale of CSI, the long-running procedural (now in its 13th season!) will air on Wednesday, May 15 on CBS, featuring a familiar face to TV viewers: James Callis of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ fame. It seems he will play "a journalist who has the Las Vegas Police Department – including the CSI team – in his crosshairs, as he aims to expose the corruption and hypocrisy of those tasked with policing Sin City". It is also said that the character Callis will play is "harboring a secret in his past". What that will spell for the members of the ‘CSI’ team are unknown because, of course, details are scarce on the finale. READ MORE...
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