Slice of SciFi #171: Frank Spotnitz (Writer/Producer, “X-Files: I Want to Believe”)

In the News:

  • Mark Stern, SCI FI Channel executive VP says that the BSG prequel “Caprica” will either air first as a TV movie or move directly into a series format. He will make his decision once the 2-hr pilot is delivered to and reviewed by him.
  • When “Heroes” returns this fall to NBC for its third season, expect some changes for one character in particular. Look out! It’s bad little Claire.
  • While all the actors on “Battlestar Galactica” have shot their final scenes for the series, which returns in January 2009, don’t worry about most of them having trouble finding work. We tell you where you will find them now and in the future.

  • Movie Talk: While August won’t be the huge blockbuster month for SF films that the last 3 months have been, there will still be plenty of exciting films on hand to make you want to part with your hard-earned dinero. We give you a complete listing of what to look for.

    TV Talk:

  • Beginning Saturday, August 9, BBC America will begin airing the U.K.’s popular 2007 series “Primeval” for U.S. audiences.
  • ABC has opted to bring a Sean Baily script titled “The Unlimited,” to the small screen. It is about a Texas basketball coach who inherits his father’s special mental powers.
  • Interview: Emmy nominated producer and writer Frank Spotnitz talks about this weekend’s premiere of the next X-Files movie titled “X-Files: I Want To Believe.” Frank co-wrote the script with creator/director Chris Carter. The stand alone film takes place 6 years after the end of the television series in which the times haven’t just changed, so have the lives of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Frank also talks about his work on X-Files comics for DC Wild Storm Comics.

    Future Talk:

  • “Year One” is a fantasy comedy starring Jack Black and Michael Cera who are two hapless cave dwellers, who because of their laziness, are banished from their tribe and must fend for themselves is this world loosely based on the Book of Genesis.
  • Universal Pictures has bought up the rights to the 1999 BBC television series “Second Sight” and plans on adapting the show for the big screen as a feature motion picture. This was the series that made Clive Owen a star.
  • Listener comments: If you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know. Keep your comments brief, or funny, and maybe you’ll hear your message on the voicemail show! See you next week with fresh new content.

    Link: X-Files: I Want to Believe
    Link: “Heroes” Season 3
    Link: DC Wildstorm Comics
    Link: Netflix
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    1. says

      I’ve season series 1 of ‘Primeval’ and I enjoyed it and would recommend it to folks. It’s not really creepy. It’s a little lighter in style but still fun with some nice CGI creatures.

      Series 1 was six episodes and series 2 was seven episodes.

      During the discussions about the show it was mentioned that the show ended after two seasons. ITV has announced that there will be a season 3 coming in 2009 and it’s expected to be ten episodes in length. This information comes from the official show website ( and from links available on the Primeval Wikipedia page.