TV Round-Up – It’s that most wonderful time of the year

Ah, don’t you just love the smell of a new TV season?

There be some spoilery (yet oh, so intriguing) tidbits on Watch with Kristin‘s weekly spoiler chat about returning shows Heroes Smallville and Supernatural.

Speaking of Heroes, TV Guide is also offering up a bit of a sneak peek into the sexy of Season 3.  (Hey, if we can get more shirtless Mohinder?  I am all for it.)

As for the new shows, JJ Abrams talks to them about Fringe and a little film he’s doing for the Trek franchise.

Firefly and Dr. Horrible‘s Nathan Fillion has had his new series picked up.  Not sci-fi, but we wish him luck, all the same.  (And could we get a little shirtless action there, too?)

Yup.  Smells like a new season!

The Trek Angst Continues

You gotta feel for JJ Abrams. The next Star Trek film is the most anticipated, yet angst-ridden, film since the Star Wars prequels. (Maybe this is why he was talking with George?)

The latest batch of whining and gossiping includes:
– Roddenberry’s son expressing his complete and utter doubt that a prequel will work
Jennifer Garner as the next Vulcan sex symbol? (Look out, Jolene Blalock!)
Russell Crowe as the main bad-guy?

Zachary Quinto has no qualms. He wanted the Spock gig.

More Trek Talk

So Paramount continues to try to reignite the enthusiasm of the Trek faithful (and hopefully some of the not-so-faithful) with the Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas, this past weekend. has posted blogs from Thursday and Friday, so far. And while it seems that all the special guests proclaim their excitement about the new movie, the biggest buzz was generated by a piece of paper: notably, the next teaser poster.

Still, doubt remains that JJ Abrams can overcome the odd number curse and get things going again for Trek. We’ll see!

Thursday @ SDCC: All the other stuff

Zachary Quinto is young Spock. Meanwhile, Leonard Nimoy will reprise his role as original flavor Spock in scenes that will act as a framing device for the film.


Friday is Star Wars day, so keep your eye on the TOSblog and Flickr.

Even a Vulcan would laugh at this

Is it just me? People seem to be having more fun floating rumors about the Star Trek movie than have had actual fun at a Star Trek movie in recent memory.

The latest, from that reliable source known as Star Magazine (who I refuse to link to), is that Jennifer Garner will be cast to play Spock’s love interest.

According to Cinematical, this brings to four the number of actors who have been discussed for this film. And JJ Abrams has just barely gotten going on the project!

IGN claims that the rumoured casting of Gary Sinise is close to reality and that filming is expected to begin in October, with a Christmas, 2008 opening.

The official website,, hasn’t provided much in the way of detail, other than to quote other interviews in which JJ Abrams discusses how wonderfully emotional the script is. (Will the official site ever provide anything that’s original? Don’t go complaining about!)

It’s not for you! It’s for everyone!

J.J. Abrams is not making his Star Trek movie just for Trekkies.

”On the one hand, for people who love Star Trek, the fix that they will get will be really satisfying,” he says. ”For people who’ve never seen it or know it vaguely, I think they will enjoy it equally, because the movie does not require you to know anything about Star Trek. I would actually prefer [that] people don’t know the series, because I feel like they will come to it with an open mind.”

Good call, my man. Good call. Hardcore fandoms are the ultimate mixed blessing: Yes, we know all (or most) of the scary little details and just try and keep us away on opening night, but there’s also the arrogance that comes with only socializing among ourselves that often overwhelms fan chats and forums.

For Star Wars fans, for instance, it’s important to remember that most of the people you saw Revenge of the Sith in the theatre with probably don’t even know that exists, let alone that there are at least a dozen people there who will spend hours arguing over the physical features of a ship seen onscreen for five seconds. Or, for old-school Jaders, people who have spent hours arguing over the love life of a character who shares no significant screentime with any female not somehow related to him. (Not that I would know anything about that, nor have spent a good chunk of my junior year of high school doing so. Nope.)

Not that I would automatically discount all comments and complaints made on fan forums. It just pays to remember that the loud voices aren’t always the only ones out there, and that some things simply can’t be done away with. The key is striking a balance.