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‘Outcasts’ To Be Co-Produced By BBC America

BBC America has certainly been stepping up their game lately, not only with broadcasting the latest series of Survivors, Being Human and Doctor Who, but also by entering into co-production deals such as the one with ITV to bring back Primeval and now with Kudos and BBC to create a new sci-fi show called Outcasts. Here are all the details from BBC America:

BBC AMERICA today announced the co-production of a new high concept drama Outcasts. From Kudos Film & TV, the makers of award-winning and international hit series Life on Mars, MI-5, Hustle and Occupation, Outcasts takes viewers into a new world as it explores humans’ drive for power, politics and sex in a new post-Earth era. Created by Ben Richards (MI-5), the new explosive series stars Eric Mabius (Ugly Betty, The L Word), Liam Cunningham (Clash Of The Titans) and Hermione Norris (MI-5, Wire In The Blood).

Outcasts series one will consist of 8×60 minute episodes and is a Kudos Film & Television, BBC AMERICA and BBC co-production distributed by BBC Worldwide

Production is now underway in South Africa with Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica), Daniel Mays (The Bank Job, Atonement), Amy Mason (Being Human, Torchwood) and South African actress and model Jeanne Kietzmann also cast in the series.

Outcasts is set in 2040 on a recently-discovered planet and tells of the dilemmas, loves and lives of a group of people setting up a new world. This life-sustaining planet is now home to the surviving population from Earth. Here there is a chance to start again, to bring the lessons learnt from Earth and to put them into action on a new planet.
The series begins on the day the last known transporter from Earth arrives, prompting great excitement on the new planet – who is on board? Friends and loved ones? Important supplies and news from Earth? But also many questions – will the new people bring the problems of Earth with them? Will the mistakes that destroyed Earth be repeated? Will the arrival of a new, would-be leader, rock the fragile and precarious equilibrium of the fresh, unified and courageous new world? And, most importantly of all, how do is a new and better world created?

Executive producers are Jane Featherstone, Simon Crawford-Collins and Faith Penhale for Kudos and Matthew Read for the BBC.

Michael Shanks Online Launches 5th Annual Online Auction

I apologize to Monica Duff and the folks at Michael Shanks Online for the lateness in posting this and hope you will still check out the auctions they have going on right now. It all benefits the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and I’m sure you will find something you would like to bid on. Read the full press release below and then head on over to the Michael Shanks Online website and get bidding!

MICHAEL SHANKS ONLINE LAUNCHES 5TH ANNUAL ONLINE AUCTION JUNE 8, 2009

Proceeds to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

A second spin-off – “Stargate Universe” – due to hit the airwaves, with cameos and appearances by original cast members. A third DVD movie in the pipeline – and a DVD movie for the first spin-off, “Stargate: Atlantis” – also on the drawing board. A re-mastered re-release of its original series pilot. More novels from Fandemonium Books. More audio dramas from Big Finish Productions. What began back in 1996 as a spin-off from a feature film, a little series called “Stargate: SG-1” continues to make its mark on television history.

With the DVD release of the re-mastered pilot – “The Children Of The Gods” – imminent, Michael Shanks Online, the official website for actor Michael Shanks (http://www.michaelshanks-online.com) is launching their fifth annual online auction, the proceeds of which will be donated to the Mutiple Sclerosis Society Canada, the charity supported by SG-1 actors Michael Shanks and his wife, Lexa Doig.

With a collection of memorabilia to attract even the mildest of “SG-1” fans – including some of Shanks’ own scripts from the series – the auction will also appeal to a broad range of science fiction afficionados, featuring items from past and current popular series such as “Supernatural”, “Battlestar Galactica”, “Star Trek”, “Torchwood”, “Farscape” and the “SG-1” spin-off, “Stargate: Atlantis”.

Included among the many items available for auction:

* Michael Shanks’ signed, personal “SG-1” scripts (with hand-written notations), plus scripts and call sheets from his appearances on the USA Network series “Burn Notice” and the Fox Network series “24”

* Stargate DVDs signed by the original movie’s stars, Kurt Russell, Mili Avatal, Erick Avari and Alexis Cruz.

* Photos, posters, DVDs and action figures signed by – among others – Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles (“Supernatural”), Jeffrey Donovan (“Burn Notice”), Jamie Bamber and Katee Sackhoff (“Battlestar Galactica”), Joe Flanigan, David Hewlett and Paul McGillion (“Stargate: Atlantis”), Sean Astin (“The Lord Of The Rings”) and Gareth David Lloyd (“Torchwood”).

* “SG-1” team and individual photos, DVDs, and more, signed by Michael Shanks, Claudia Black, Amanda Tapping, Beau Bridges, Ben Browder and Christopher Judge, among others.

In the last four years, the Michael Shanks Online auctions and related fundraising efforts have raised just over $81,000 U.S. for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. This year’s auction, which includes items donated and/or signed for the auction by Michael Shanks, Lexa Doig, Kurt Russell, Beau Bridges, Claudia Black, Amanda Tapping, Jeffrey Donovan, David Hewlett, Christopher Judge and Scott Bakula – among many others – promises to be even more exciting than the last. The auction will also include items donated by such organizations as the University of British Columbia, Insight Film Studios, American Cinema International and Creation Entertainment.

The first 20 of approximately 200 items will be launched on Monday, June 8 2009, with additional items added each day.

For further details, and for links to the auction items from June 8, check the Michael Shanks Online website.

ECCC ’08: Two months until the Emerald City goes Four Colors

Today begins the two month countdown to the Emerald City Comicon on May 10th and 11th, which is shaping up to be the biggest comic book event in the Northwest. The guest list currently includes nearly two hundred comic book professionals, most notably J. Michael Straczynski, Tim Sale, and DC Comics Executive Editor Dan Didio. Didio will be hosting a DC Comics panel each day and as the con happens about a week and a half after DC Universe: Zero hits the stands expect them both to be lively. Also attending will be several film and television guests, like “Battlestar Galactica’s” Jamie Bamber and Adam Baldwin, he of “Chuck” and “Firefly” fame. We are planning extensive coverage of the con itself and are working on a couple of things in the days leading up to it. Look for profiles on some of the folk attending in the coming weeks as well as a surprise or two. Keep checking back and we’ll keep you updated on the latest.

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