Hey, he’s on TV, it counts: Tom Welling’s superboy might have a cameo in Batman Begins.
Speaking of Batman, Volume 2 of the Animated Series is coming in December.
Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, Andromeda) has a sitcom deal with ABC.
There’s going to be a Muppet Wizard of Oz? Miss Piggy as the wicked witch? Brilliant! (Just ignore the fact that Ashanti is going to be Dorothy. Yawn.)
The trailer for Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars is up. We’ll have to get a fan up in here to make sense of it – all I can do is wonder if anyone on the show wasn’t pregnant.
Women in pop culture are getting more respect:
“What we understand is that a girl heroine isn’t just for girls,” Register says. “And in order for her to appeal to everyone, she has to be cool, smart, independent and strong.”
I brave AICN so you don’t have to!
Herc, probably best known for being the guy who always dropped the Buffy and Angel spoilers, had a chance to see the Lost pilot. Contains (duh) spoilers!
The WB wants to be seen as a ‘grown-up’ network… Which might be part of the reason they cancelled Angel. Sigh. Yet another occurance of the ‘genre is for kids’ misconception. They’re also trying to blame Whedon for the cancelation – if he hadn’t asked about the show’s future, they might not have cancelled it. How petty is that?
Ehh. Let’s just say I’m not holding my breath for those Angel mini-movies.
Sci-Fi’s Stargate spinoff, Atlantis, drew the biggest audience for a weekly series on the network. Wow. Is that why Stargate‘s the only thing they ever seem to run during prime time?
Cable loves sci-fi! Then why don’t we have a more varied Sci-Fi Channel?
Speaking of… when it comes to M. Night Shyamalan, Sci-Fi Channel is a Big Fat Liar. That is so 1999.
Eliza Dushku is excited about the next season of Tru Calling. I guess someone has to be…
Relations between Smallville and the upcoming Superman movie are delicate, to say the least.
J.J. Abrams promises to fix Alias. Well, I liked it…
The WB’s Fall Schedule.
The full run of this short-lived show will be in stores December 7th. 12 episodes were produced, but only 3 aired before the cancellation.
J.J. Abram’s new series Lost will have some SF elements. Because a show from the creator of Alias starring a Hobbit wouldn’t have a genre audience otherwise. Hopefully it avoids cancelation, because I’m down to two shows next fall and I NEED TV.
Smallville’s Lois Lane has been cast.
Forget Shatner – reports now have Brent Spiner (Data) guesting on Enterprise. Fans should also note that Enterprise reruns will be moved to Fridays come August.
The La Femme Nikita second season DVDs have been pulled. Huh?
On TV, that is. MSNBC takes a look at series for genre fans. There’s a lot out there, surprisingly, but I’m strangely unmoved.
No, I’m not kidding. This article from Commonweal magazine, which appeared in November 2003, examines the “new feminism” championed by Pope John Paul II and the ways in which the author believes it falls short. In what I think is a terrific example of the theory that a fan can make anything relate to the fandom, Notre Dame professor Cathleen Kaveny argues that the pope’s conception of the role of women could benefit from a few Buffy viewings:
Why is Buffy an important interlocutor for the “new feminism” inspired by John Paul II? Because the two have enough in common for the discussion to be fruitful. The pope rejects sexism, as well as both “sameness” and “separatist” feminism, for the same basic reason: they undermine the dignity of women because they are untrue to the complex reality of the nature and situation of women. So does Buffy, but with snappier dialogue and better clothes.
Agree or disagree, it’s food for thought.