Slice of SciFi #131: Interview with Tracy Hickman (“Dragonlance” Movie)

Tracy and Laura Hickman Michael and Summer are joined in the studio this week by Tim and special guest Philip from Australia to join in the geeking.

In the News:

  • Robotic insects being used for surveillance and spying?
  • More news on the disagreements between Hollywood studios and screenwriters
  • Networks complain about NBC taking advantage of new Nielsen rules because they were unprepared to do so themselves

Movie Talk: Production on Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins set to begin in 3 months, with the hopes of jump-starting the franchise in the future setting of an adult John Connor.

Next, because of the success of Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit, stay tuned for more new Wallace and Gromit short films and a new feature.

TV Talk: J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are returning to the small screen in a new Abrams project titled “Fringe”. This mashup of X-Files, Altered States and The Twilight Zone will feature a mismatched team exploring paranormal mysteries in self-contained episodes sprinkled with a dash of humor.

Next, NBC has given the greenlight to “Tapped”, a series focusing on the stories of everyday people who are “tapped-in” to a frequency at which God is transmitting messages to them, that are intended to move them to help the rest of humanity — one person at a time.

Finally, while some very good shows aren’t getting the ratings or attention they deserve here in the US, many of them are finding more popularity and more buzz in overseas markets.

Interview: Fan favorite Tracy Hickman joins us to give us an update on the animated Dragonlance movie, from his joy at hearing some of the characters voices come to life, and he lets us hear small samples of the music that’ll be featured in the film.

No release date as of yet, but you can be sure we’ll let you know as soon as we know!

Future Talk: SciFi Channel is expanding it’s slate of fantasy and paranormal offerings for the 2008 season, with “Ghost Hunters International”, and a new SciFi Original Movie called “Ba’al”, starring Jeremy London, and Dina Meyer will star in “Riddles of the Sphinx”.

Next, Vin Diesel may be in consideration to be the next Terminator, but first, he’s set to reunite with Paul Walker for the fourth “Fast and the Furious” movie.

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  1. tim and darcy low says

    woot! i like him a lot, i cant wait to hear this. it will be first thing i put on my new ipod.


  2. says

    Fred, I saw the episode with Wayne Brady as Neil Patrick Harris’ brother (mostly because I wanted to see both of them performing). Amusing, but there was nothing in there that made me want to go see earlier episodes, or keep watching any new episodes.

    At the urging of friends, I tried to watch Home Improvement, Seinfeld, Friends, King of Queens, and Everyone Loves Raymond. I’ve seen maybe 10 different eps of Home Improvement, maybe 5 partial episodes of Friends, and I couldn’t get through an entire episode of the others.

    Honestly, I can’t think of any sitcom I’ve watched since WKRP and M*A*S*H. So, no, I guess I’m just not a sitcom gal anymore :)

  3. fred says

    I’m hit and miss on the one’s you listed myself. Okay, how about early Frasier and Cheers.

    After that I think your best option is to get a Tickle Me I’m A Geek shirt.

  4. Greg says


    What about News Radio? Just make sure you avoid the last season when that hack Jon Lovitz showed up.

  5. says

    I have to agree with Ryan. BBT is one of the best sitcoms to come down the pike in a long time. I wasn’t too sure about it on the night the pilot debuted, but since then I must admit, I’m hooked on the show. It comes on the same time as “Chuck” so thank goodness for the DVR.

    My favorite line from the show so far comes from guest star Laurie Metcalf who played Sheldon’s religious zealot Mom who said in her best southern drawl —

    “His gets that (his weirdness) from his dad, he gets his pretty eyes from me……and, all that science stuff….he gets from Jeeeesus!”

  6. tim and darcy low says

    great show guys, as always. looking forward to when dragonlance comes out. big fans here of the series. kuddos to them both and you all for the interview.


  7. says


    I have to admit that while I did watch a lot of the first season of Cheers, it never hooked me either, and as a result I never had any interest in watching Frasier. I don’t even think I knew it was a spinoff until another friend told me.

    Basically, if it’s not a police procedural, or flavored with some scifi, fantasy or paranormal, a TV show probably won’t even register on my radar.

    I’m not a fan of those “we’ll act stupid because it’s funny” movies, either. The genre parodies, the kids doing stupid things, anything Ben Stiller does that only he thinks is funny, stuff like that… I could care less, no interest in seeing it.

  8. says

    Well Summer, have you tried watchign Scrubs? It’s gotten a tad weak the past few seasons, but with this year being the final one hopefully they’ll stop playing safe and be as gutsy as they were at the start. It is primiarly a comedy, but it has some genuinely tear-jerking moments too, like this from way back when the song How To Save a Life was new and not assocatied with that crappy show on ABC.