roadrunnerdm (roadrunnerdm) wrote,
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News dump from Burbank conventions

I decided to go ahead and make an initial news dump from the Burbank convention to pass along items that might be of particular interest, then I'll do a descriptive report on the rest later. There are a few minor spoiler bits to report (thanks to Katee...surprise!) so everything will be behind the cut, but I'll also drop all the spoilers down to the very bottom for those who wish to avoid them.


First, the Battlestar Galactica convention was sharing facilities this year with the Stargate SG1/Atlantis convention. Gold Ticket members of either convention were allowed general admission to the other convention, and anyone could attend photo ops or autograph signings from either event. It was good and bad, as it increased the variety of panels to choose from, but it also made things much more crowded -- particularly at the Saturday Dessert and Sunday Brunch, which were combined events for Gold Ticket members of both conventions -- and the facilities at the Burbank convention center just aren't that big. And BTW, next year it will be a triple-event with BSG, SG1/SGA, and Firefly all sharing the same space.

Believe it or not, there really wasn't much talk about the strike beyond the fact that ALL of the guests support the WGA 100%. BSG cast members are currently unemployed, but because it's the holiday season none of them really seemed to mind too terribly much at this point. Katee mentioned that this is the first Thanksgiving in 9 years that she doesn't have to work, so she's actually enjoying it right now, though she doesn't want it to last beyond January 2nd.

No real news to report from Kate Vernon. It was great to see her, but she didn't have any recent projects to speak of...though we will see Ellen Tigh again in season 4. No, she isn't the 12th Cylon, but Saul's issues over murdering his wife for collaborating with the Cylons will naturally be further complicated by the fact that he IS a Cylon. So expect more flashbacks, hallucinations, dreams...that kind of thing.

I don't have much to report on from Tahmoh Penikett either because his session occurred at the same time as Michael Shanks'. I saw Tahmoh at Burbank last year and I had never seen Michael Shanks before so... I do know that Tahmoh and Grace were going out on the town in Hollywood on Saturday night, and possibly taking Michael Trucco along as well. So there just might be some paparazzi pics floating around out there somewhere. Check those photo editorial websites.

Cliff Simon (Ba'al) reported that in the upcoming SG1 movie, Ba'al does die. Or I should say that at least one of his clones dies...again. And we will finally get the real Ba'al to stand up and take a bow. There was also the implication that Ba'al just might figure rather prominently into the planned 3rd Stargate series.

Michael Shanks confirmed that production on SGA is not affected by the WGA strike because all of the writers on Atlantis are WGC. Daniel Jackson will also be making a guest appearance on Atlantis later this season. The "plan" at this point is to continue doing one SG1 movie a year (probably for DVD release like the two already in the can) and a 3rd movie was just recently pitched to MGM, approval still pending. His project (where he plays the devil) with Chris Judge is still moving forward and they are in the process of securing a distribution deal. He and Claudia Black plan to work together on a comedy project once she's had a little more time with the new baby who was born just a few weeks ago. Other than that, he's been taking it easy lately and has been too lazy to visit a barber, hence the need for a baseball hat to hide his long hair (and no he couldn't be persuaded to take the hat off!).

Katee Sackhoff is done with Bionic Woman, and not just because of the strike. She has a meeting with one of the producers after Thanksgiving, but does not expect to return to the show even if it does resume production (which I don't personally believe will happen anyway). She is even already trying to divorce herself from being associated with Sarah Corviss. Katee never came out and explicitly stated the reason for her departure from the show, but her thinly veiled sassy comments made it pretty apparent that there isn't a lot of love going on between her and Michelle Ryan. (Frankly, I'd go so far as to say that Katee was skating a fine line toward being rather unprofessional at times. I'm no fan of Michelle Ryan or Bionic Woman, but it's bad form in any industry to insult your co-workers in front of the customers, and Katee needs to be careful that she doesn't start burning bridges.) She will be spending Thanksgiving with her boyfriend and his family in Mexico and has no plans to work until at least after the holidays. Episode 4.11 is the last episode they filmed before shutting down on Friday, and Katee said it could serve as a SERIES finale...if necessary...but she personally believes the strike will be resolved no later than January and they will resume filming soon after.

Jamie and his family will be spending Thanksgiving with Mary McDonnell and Christmas with other friends in the LA area. Like Katee, he has no definite plans to work during the holiday season, except doing some writing of his own on a few projects that he hopes to produce once BSG has completely wrapped, but he is looking around at other unspecified opportunities now as well.

I may have some other non-Hollywood related news to report about Jamie and Katee's future activities, but it remains TBD at this point, so I'll withhold specifics on that for now. {keeping fingers crossed}








SPOILERS below - Spoilerphobes should go no further.

Kara spends a bit of time in the brig and a lot of time with Leoben. Episode 11 includes some sequences with Kara and Leoben in a forest (These scenes were filmed during the crew's shut down party, so she wasn't able to attend.) Somewhere along the line (don't know which ep) Kara has to build a bonfire on a beach out of driftwood. Kara has a lot of material with Laura this season as well as with the Cylon ladies. She said that Kara believes herself to be a Cylon, though Katee herself doesn't believe that she is, even though all the signs are pointing that way. Jamie confirmed that Lee is still a civilian and his one other little spoiler slip was an implication that the scenes Katee mentioned about Kara and Leoben occur on Earth.

UPDATE: I do not censor comments lightly. I chose to make all posts completely public and to allow anonymous comments for the specific reason that I want to leave all subjects open to everyone to participate and not limit discussion just to those who are my acquainted friends. But I do not harbor trolls. Period.

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