Slice of SciFi #202: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of SciFi TV

In the News:

  • Heath Ledger’s final performance in Terry Gilliam’s “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” is having a hard time find a U.S. distributor.
  • ID is offering a free web-based version of multiplayer “Quake.”
  • Scientists are using new high-speed video cameras to study the structure of lightning in greater detail than ever before.

Krazy Joe’s Punch in the Junk: Joe’s back and he’s not happy.  This week’s punch goes to Warner Brothers for greenlighting remakes of “The NeverEnding Story” and “Arthur.”

Movie Talk:

  • Linda Hamilton is in negotiations to provide a voice-over as Sarah Connor for “Terminator: Salvation.”
  • Michael Gondry will direct the upcoming “Green Hornet” movie.

Slice of Trivia: This week Kurt in St. George tests the studio crew and you with three new clips. Email your clips to Kurt at Your entries could get picked and played on the show.

TV Talk:

  • BBC America will start running “Ashes to Ashes” on March 7th.  The series is a spin-off of the popular series, “Life on Mars.”
  • “Chuck” has seen its ratings grow the past several weeks.  Hopefully this means the show will get a renewal.

Discussion: The studio crew has a conversation about the best and worst of the current crop of genre shows.  Warning: There are SPOILERS here about the latest episodes of a lot of shows currently airing. Agree, disagree?  You can call into our Voice Mail line and leave your thoughts.

In the Future:

  • Director Alex Proyas wants to direct a trilogy based on the “Tripods” novels.
  • Author Anthony McCarten will adapt and direct the big-screen adaptation of his best-selling novel, “Death of a Superhero” for Bavaria Pictures
  • Dan Ackryod says “Ghostbusters III” could begin shooting this fall.

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.

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  1. Locutus says

    Glad to hear to good comments on “Legend of the Seeker”. I’m enjoying it as well. It was thanks to your interview with Craig Horner that led me to check it out.

    Any chance to get Bridget Regan interview?

  2. WildNelson says

    Oh that reminds me, you guys talked about the “fighting” in Legend. Ugh, the fighting is so campy and fake that it’s practically unwatchable.

  3. WonderJenn says

    I think it’s the campy slow-motionness that makes it fun. That’s where you get the Xena/Hercules type “eye candy” of the show. But the eps that stay close to the books’ mythos are fantastic (i.e. “Denna”).

  4. Buzz Ryan says

    Bravo! Bravo for your dead on assessment of the state of and impact of reality programming.

    I agree with everything you said about it.

    My best to all of you!

  5. ejdalise says

    . . . except the part where you liked some of it. The one with the a$$hole master chef berating his crew is particularly annoying (Kitchen Disasters?). Never watched it, but the advertisements are enough to turn me off. I’ve not seen the bikini one, but I don’t imagine the two to be much different in substance.

    Of course, that’s just me . . . I don’t watch any reality TV as my TV viewing is meant to be an escape from reality.