Amanda Tapping, star and executive producer of the SCI FI Channel original series Sanctuary , told SCI FI Wire that viewers may get a glimpse into the events that helped shape her character, Dr. Helen Magnus the 158-year-old scientist who leads the effort to protect/contain creatures of all kinds when season two commences. Tapping also talked briefly about her involvement in upcoming Stargate Atlantis and Stargate SG-1 DVD movies that are in the works. SCI FI Wire spoke with Tapping, dressed head to toe in black and sporting raven hair, at SCI FI Channel's upfront presentation for advertisers and the media last night in New York. Following are edited excerpts from our exclusive interview. Some people weren't entirely convinced that Sanctuary would work as well as a weekly series as it did as an online series. How confident were you that it would work? Tapping: I was absolutely convinced, actually, when we were shooting the webisodes that it would make a great TV show. I think, in terms of the way we shot the webisodes, we shot it as if we were shooting for television anyway. So I think the transition was seamless. How pleased were you with season one of Sanctuary? Tapping: Very. I'm really proud of it. The thing with Sanctuary is that it's the little show that could. We don't have a major studio backing us. We don't have a huge support network. We sort of struggled to get our feet, and the fact that we were able to produce 13 really good episodes and have the kind of atmosphere we had with the show and the buzz that we're getting, I'm totally stoked. As you head into season two, what would you like to see for Helen and for the show in general? Tapping: For Helen, I'd love to see a bit more into her backstory, maybe go back in time a little bit with her and see what shaped her. We're definitely going to be doing more interaction between the characters. We bringing some characters forward a bit more. There's a lot of stuff happening in season two. You wear several hats on Sanctuary, most important as star and producer. How complicated is it to juggle those responsibilities while doing each one justice? Tapping: That's the one thing about last year that was the biggest learning curve for me, was how to learn when to take off what hat. As an actor I really needed to focus sometimes, but I was in the middle of conference calls or meetings and then running down to set. I found my balance toward the end. And this year I'm going to be directing as well. It's not like I need to do all these things; it's just sort of falling into place like that. A Stargate Atlantis DVD movie is in the works. Have you shot that yet? Tapping: We haven't, actually. And apparently there's an SG-1 movie as well that will be happening. Really, how much further can you spread yourself? Tapping: You know what? It's a fine line. I'm hanging by a little tiny thread, but it's all good. And the most is important thing is I'm a mom. Going back to the Stargate movies, how eager are you to play Carter again? Tapping: Oh, I love it. It's such a comfortable place to go. We say this all the time with Stargate, but it's such a family, and it's just nice when the family gets back together. It's very easy and it's fun. You fall into that same crazy vibe, and it's great. SOURCE
We have the new trailer, titled "Philosophical," for SciFi Channel's upcoming Stargate Universe , only on SCI FI Wire. It debuted tonight during the airing of Stargate Continuum . Stargate Universe is a spinoff of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis and follows the adventures of explorers who start off on a reconnaissance mission to the Destiny, a ship built by the Ancients, only to wind up on a never-ending mission when the crew learns the ship can't return to Earth. It debuts later this year on SCI FI. Click Here for the Stargate Universe Preview Trailer 2 Scifi New HQ
I don't know about you, but I love Stargate SG-1 more than Stargate Atlantis, probably because it's the first series in the franchise, and of course because it has Jack Oneill. Speaking of Jack Oneill, a 3rd Stargate SG-1 movie is on the way, according to reports, Brad Wright has received approval from MGM to write a script for the third SG-1 feature, which will feature Jack Oneill. Read more here:
Whispers going around about a third Stargate SG-1 movie sometime soon. This is an excerpt from Joseph Mallozzi's wordpress : Ben writes: "And also where do we sit in terms of getting another SG1 movie?" Answer: If all goes as planned, we should be filming both the SGA movie and the third SG-1 around the same time next year. I wonder what this new movie could be about? All the System Lords are dead (please, no more clones!), the Replicators are all gone, the Ori have been destroyed and the Priors turned to the light side... what is there left?
For fans of the Stargate SG-1 series that want to own it on DVD, Amazon is selling the entire series as one of their Gold Box Deals...for $116.99 (instead of the regular $329). Not too bad...