Slice of SciFi #71: “Forbidden Planet” 50th Anniversary

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News Bytes:
  • All five Star Trek Captains on board for “Star Trek: Legacy” videogame
  • Superman Returns sequel slow to fruition because of lower than expected domestic box office returns
  • Shatner being roasted on Comedy Central

Dean Lorey, co-executive producer for FOX’s “Arrested Development”, has a young adult fantasy trilogy, “Nightmare Academy”, that has been picked up by Universal Studios for big screen development.

Doug’s Slice of Trivia

TV Talk:
New CBS series “Jericho” is a post-apocalyptic story told in a different way: the characters in story find out what’s going on at the same time as the audience does. This new series featuring Gerald McRaney centers around the small town of Jericho, Kansas which remains one of the few locations to survive an end-of-the-world nuclear holocaust. Each week there will be a new chapter in the lives of the people of Jericho as we witness the aftermath through their eyes, thoughts and emotions.

Interview: At Comic-Con, Michael sat down with Warren Stevens, Richard Anderson and Earl Holliman to talk with them about starring in Forbidden Planet, and about the extras for the upcoming 50th Anniversary DVD release.

Future Talk: What’s Coming Up?
Mandate Studios has acquired the rights to the dark, supernatural thriller called “27 Times”, a story focusing on a paranoid, overprotective young man who cares for his shut-in teenage brother. The brother is tortured by precognitive visions of murder, mayhem and violent deaths. The caretaking brother profits from his siblings supernatural gift, until they both become confronted face to face with the brutal deaths themselves.

Podcasting News: We’re running the podcasting track at DragonCon, as well as running the Parsec Awards for Excellence in Podcasting. Check out DragonCon in 2006, and we hope you can make it!

Listener comments: If you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know.

Movies: American Gothic – Complete Series | BSG 2.0 | BSG 2.5 | Deadwood – The Complete Series | Firefly – The Complete Series | Forbidden Planet (Two-Disc 50th Anniversary Special Edition) | Invasion | Jeremiah | Lost in Space – Series 1 | Roswell – Series 1 | Stargate Atlantis – Series 1 | Surface – Series 1 | X-Men 3 | When Worlds Collide


  1. says

    FYI…Gerald McRaney plays the villain George Hearst in Deadwood and stared in the TV series Major Dad. But how I know him best is as Rick Simon from the 80s series Simon and Simon.

  2. says

    Yep..that’s the man. He has been a virtual TV staple since the late 1960’s, starring in just about every cop show ever made, Night Gallery, recurring roles on TV’s The Incredible Hulk, Designing Women, Touched By An Angel, Gunsmoke and the list goes on and on. He is one of those rare talents that can do it all and do it with great professionalism. His most recent role as George Hearst on Deadwood will, no doubt, gain him an Emmy before all is said and done. He will be playing the mayor of the tiny hamlet of Jericho in this new CBS fall SF Show.

  3. says

    Tad, I thought he was the one from Simon and Simon, but I didn’t want to say anything without checking first.

    Alvie, darling, why do you think they hate it so much when I’m not there to read the news? :) Even with names I’m not sure of I can do a better job than the boys do!

  4. says

    I’m not too thrilled about the “Brought to you buy ‘Invasion'” promo. It’s not that I’m opposed to promotions, cause you guys have to pay the bills, but I rely on you guys to give me unvarnished reviews of shows and movies and stuff, and I’m worried you won’t be able to do that if you’re relying on them for your moneys.

    Just a thought.

  5. says

    Don’t worry, getting money from and working with other folks has never deterred us from our honest snarky selves before and it’s not about to start now. Just ask Bonnie over at SCI FI.

  6. Michael Mennega says

    Yes indeed Sam. We have done several Scifi Channel promotions, and we have not wavered one bit from our contention that Scifi has some really good things, and some really bad things.
    Just because they toss us a little money, we are not going to ‘Sell Out’.
    We do our best to keep the show open and honest. If ever we cross that line, we expect our fans to be the first to cry foul. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. says

    The only thing that irritated me about the “Invasion” promo’s wasn’t actually the promo, it was Evo’s comment that maybe it might come back in some form if we all bought copies of the DVD.

    Don’t get my hopes up like that again, Evo. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    “Please, let it be true, Please, let it be true…”