Monique Ganderton to star in 'Smallville'
Actress and stunt performer Monique Ganderton has apparently been cast in the new season of Smallville. Ganderton will take on the character named Alia – a beautiful, sexy femme fatale assassin with “mysterious ties to Clark and Krypton”.
Ganderton has previously appeared in Smallville where she performed as the stunt double for Cassidy Freeman (Tess Mercer).
She also has a role as a stunt double in the first episode of Syfy’s upcoming Stargate Universe.
In additional Smallville news:
- Season 8 episode ‘Bloodline’ has been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series
- Smallville repeats will begin airing on the CW Network from July 31 at 8pm
- Ausiello reports that season 9 will be flooded with the iconic “S” symbol, including on Clark’s chest
- On July 26 at the San Diego Comic-Con (10:30-11:30) fans will be greeted to a Smallville panel consisting of cast members Erica Durance, Justin Hartley, Cassidy Freeman, Allison Mack and Callum Blue
The first episode of Smallville’s season 9, titled ‘Savior’, will air on the CW Network September 25,2009.
Image from a photo by Allison Kuhl courtesy of Monique Ganderton.com.
Source: Kryptonsite vis Comic Book Movie.com
Lost, Battlestar Galactica & True Blood Are Emmy Nominees
The nominees list for the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards has been announced and there are quite a few sci-fi and fantasy shows in the mix this time around.
Battlestar Galactica was the clear winner with 6 nominations including Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series, and Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series.
Lost came next with 5 nominations including, notably, Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Michael Emerson).
True Blood was also successful in drawing 3 nominations.
It is pleasing to see highly underrated Legend of the Seeker is also up for an Emmy care of Joe LoDuca’s music, although one of the most notable snubs of the year has to be a lack of a nomination to Bear McCreary for his music to Battlestar Galactica. McCreary’s music to Daybreak Parts 1 & 2 was nothing short of outstanding and considering all of Battlestar’s nominations came from Daybreak Pt 2 (the series finale) it is a shame not to see Bear McCreary’s name in the nominee list.
Additional nominees include Fringe, Heroes, Smallville, Life on Mars, Sanctuary and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
Below is a modified Emmy Nominee list with all categories and nominees removed that are not from the sci-fi and fantasy genre for ease of reading.
Read the rest of this entry »
Recently a rumor surfaced that Warner Bros. were developing a Smallville spinoff made-for-tv movie titled Metropolis. The rumor began when Aint it Cool News received an anonymous tip off suggesting that an announcement would be made at this years Comic-Con. The tip off read:
On black, with crimson/red text in the same font lettering that Smallville uses, and a transparent grey Superman “S” watermark behind the text:
Then at the bottom is a banner advertising the Smallville presentation, with the time/place (can’t remember).
Since this announcement Warner Bros. insiders have told Ausiello that the whole thing is just an internet rumor.
My peeps at Warner Bros. are still insisting that some drunk fan probably made that up nothing like that is being discussed at the moment.
One way or the other the truth will be known in about 11 or so days when the San Diego Comic-Con kicks off on July 23.
(Left) Callum Blue / (Right) Terence Stamp as Zod in 1980's 'Superman 2'
British actor Callum Blue has been cast as mega villain Zod in the ninth season of Smallville.
Blue’s previous credits include Dead Like Me (he played Mason), Related, The Tudors, and Secret Diary of a Call Girl.
Apparently Blue will be a regular on the show so fans may be right to expect a fair amount of Zod action in the new season.
Zod was last played by Terence Stamp opposite Christopher Reeve in the 1980 film Superman II. Callum Blue certainly has some big shoes to fill.
This announcement follows the recent announcement that Brian Austin Green will be playing the cyborg villain Metallo.
Despite speculation that this will be the final season of Smallville, these recent cast announcements suddenly have the series looking up.
Brian Austin Green Will Play Metallo In 'Smallville'
The new season of Smallville just became seriously interesting with the announcement that Brian Austin Green has been cast as a villain.
According to TV Guide, Green will reportedly play the DC Comics villain Metallo.
For those that don’t know much about the character of Metallo, he’s a cyborg with a kryptonite-power source who repeatedly dishes out the pain to Superman and is one of the most popular villains in the DC Universe. Yes, instead of hunting Terminator’s in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Green will now play a Terminator in Smallville. Very cool.
He will play the villain and his alter ego John Corben in at least the first two episodes of season 9. Of course, since his stand out performance in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, I’m seriously hoping he appears in additional episodes.
To add some additional ‘cool’ factor to the story, apparently Green was offered a full time gig on One Tree Hill but declined so that he could appear as Metallo in only two episodes of Smallville.
It’s a major bonus for Smallville that Green has been cast as Metallo, but for the record I’m still hoping that one day we’ll hear he’s also been cast as the Green Lantern.
In additional news for Smallville fans, the CW Network is apparently discussing ways to extend the life of the franchise beyond Smallville. According to a rumor report on Ausiello, the network is considering a new spin-off series. That’s all we know at this early stage.
Season 9 of Smallville begins on Friday, September 25.
When the CW Network unveiled its 2009-2010 schedule we learned Smallville had been dealt a seeming death blow by being re-scheduled to Friday nights (The Vampire Diaries replaced it on Thursday’s).
Typically when a scripted series is moved to the Friday timeslot it doesn’t guarantee the demise of the series but it doesn’t help it either. With Smallville’s move coming in the wake of the cancelation of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles it is hard to think anything positive about the future prospects of the super-hero series.
In response to fan concerns that Smallville is probably now entering its final season, CW Entertainment President Dawn Ostroff spoke with TVGuide.com.
“No …. It’s not necessarily the last season,” she said. “I hope it’s not.”
That’s about as reassuring as it gets.
The CW Network issued a press release today unveiling their 2009-2010 schedule – and the news isn’t so hot for Smallville fans.
The network has moved Smallville to the 8:00-9:00pm death-slot on Fridays. The long running super-hero series will now be pitted against Fox’s Brothers and ‘Til Death, CBS’s Ghost Whisperer, and every other possible attraction that people gravitate to at the end of the work week.
“Moving Smallville to Fridays gives us a major player with a loyal fan base to kick off the night,” the network said. We tend to think that’s code for, “It’s unlikely Smallville will get another season.”
If Smallville’s ninth season is its last fans of Stargate SG-1 will probably rejoice. Stargate SG-1 holds the record for the longest running sci-fi series in North America. Smallville would need a tenth season to take the title. Of course, just because Smallville has been moved to Friday’s doesn’t automatically mean a tenth season won’t eventuate. Still, it’s probably fair to say CW’s move certainly hasn’t helped the cause.
The new schedule also confirms new vampire series The Vampire Diaries will air at 8:00-9:00pm on Thursday, pitting it against Fox’s Bones and CBS’s Survivor.
The Vampire Diaries will lead into Supernatural which has the unenviable task of competing with Fox’s Fringe and CBS’s CSI.
Erica Durance and Tom Welling star in Smallville
Lois (Erica Durance) pretends to be a new superhero to get a big news scoop. When Clark (Tom Welling) gets captured by thugs using kryptonite to weaken him, Lois’ pretend superhero must become a real hero in order to save him.
Here’s a sneak peek:
Smallville ‘Stiletto’ airs on CW April 23rd.
After a three week hiatus Smallville will return on April 23 with Season 8 Episode 19 ‘Stiletto’.
Watch the promo trailer:
Unfortunately no promotional images have been released for this episode.
Smallvile 8.17 ‘Hex’ airs on 26 Mar 2009. Here’s a very short teaser: