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Everything is Better with Cylons

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | March 16, 2010 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | March 16, 2010 |

The SyFy Channel just announced that the 4th season of “Eureka” will see none other than James Callis joining the show. Very nice, though I fail to see how he can possibly top the nuance, tragedy and humor he brought to the table in his most famous role as Bridget Jones’ gay friend. “Eureka” has quietly become SyFy’s highest rated “original” show, averaging 3.2 million viewers per episode during the last season in the 9pm Friday death slot. Not too shabby. Here’s what the press release says about Callis’ role:

“Callis will play scientist “Dr. Grant,” a former resident of the town whose unexpected return is cause for serious alarm and—considering his romantic interest in Allison Blake (Salli Richardson-Whitfield)—significant friction with Sherriff Jack Carter (Colin Ferguson).”

So basically he plays Nathan Stark.

SyFy also announced that it had ordered a 90 minute pilot of “Three Inches,” an ongoing series about the shared condition plaguing network executives, and the lengths to which they go to compensate … oh misread that, no this one is about a slacker who discovers he can move any object with his mind, but only three inches at a time. He assembles a superhero team of other similarly modestly endowed slacker heroes. Disposable SyFy executive Mark Stern described the show as “a fun, smart, offbeat spin on the superhero genre” with “a very postmodern approach” and “a really wonderful, tongue-in-cheek script,” thus coming within just three buzzwords of breaking the world record for BS per sentence.

Stern also announced that SyFy was looking for another “Battlestar Galactica” spinoff, but this one they want to be space opera. Yeah. Funny thing network execs, you did have a BSG space opera. And you canceled it. To who are they announcing that they are “looking” for such a thing? Did Ron Moore stop answering their calls so they’re using press releases as a version of Missed Connections? You: the heartbreaking space opera gone before its time. Me: the naive network who didn’t know yet how to love. Is there still a chance? Email me. The rash cleared up.

Stern also made a point of refusing apropos of nothing to discuss the upcoming “Sharktopus” which shows some level of humor I find suspicious in a network executive. He’s probably a cylon.

(sources: SciFi Wire, THR)

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.