Week of May 28, 2001
Voyager finale nets stellar ratings for UPN.
The final episode of Star Trek: Voyager
scored the second-highest ratings in UPN's history - second only to the
series premiere in January 1995.
NBC's season finales for Ed and Law & Order came in first for the night;
by comparison, Endgame beat the WB's season finales of Dawson's Creek
and Felicity by a 93% margin. Endgame also attracted 63% more viewers
than the episode of Voyager which aired the previous week.
Source: Electronic Media
Roswell abducted by UPN.
Whatever the WB drops, it looks like UPN is picking up. In addition to Buffy The
Vampire Slayer, UPN is rescuing Roswell, the cult-following show about alien-bred
teenagers living in the legendary New Mexico hotbed of UFO-sighting activity,
answering many a fan's request - and strategically scheduling it in Tuesday's 9pm
(Eastern) slot, against the WB's own Buffy spinoff, Angel.
Source: Electronic Media
Groovy memoirs, baby.
Possibly the best genre actor with the most cultish fan following, Hercules/Xena
guest star (and former star of his own Fox series, Brisco County Jr.) Bruce
Campbell has penned his memoirs of a strange and prolific career in the
business, due out this month. From his humble beginning with friends Sam Raimi
and Rob Tapert working on a low-budget horror flick you may have heard of called
Evil Dead, to international not-quite-superstardom, Campbell tells
it all in his own inimitable smartass style in his autobiography, If Chins
Could Kill: Confessions Of A B-Movie Actor.
If Chins Could Kill: Confessions Of A B-Movie Actor
Hour of the wolf.
Peter Davison and Mark Strickson reprise their roles as the Doctor and Turlough
in this month's Doctor Who Audio Adventure from Big
Finish, Loups-Garoux (written by Marc Platt, writer of the acclaimed 1989
three-parter Ghost Light
and the pivotal New Adventures novel Lungbarrow). Joining them
are past Who guest stars Eleanor Bron (City of Death, Revelation of the Daleks) and
Bert Kwouk (Four To
Doomsday). The plot involves werewolves in 21st century Rio De Janiero,
and introduces a new, more sophisticated look for the cover art of Big Finish's
titles featuring past incarnations of the Doctor.
Source: Big Finish Productions
Digital Leisure reviving more laser game classics.
Remember laserdisc games such as Dragon's
Lair and Space Ace? Digital
Leisure released those Don Bluth games as fully playable DVDs over the past year
and a half, winning praise from many classic video game fans, but now it only gets
better. Digital Leisure has won the rights to ten titles by American Laser Games,
including Mad Dog McCree, Crime Patrol and others, and is already remastering
them for release beginning this fall in a variety of formats: DVD Video, DVD-ROM, and
a DVD edition optimized especially for Playstation 2 owners.
submitted by Mark Holtz
Killer DVD of the Week.
Steven Spielberg's career may have begun with Jaws,
but his style was cemented with his next movie, the intelligent
alien abduction thriller Close Encounters Of The Third
Kind. This 1977 movie is the latest in a series of
feature-rich titles mined from Spielberg's past works - if you
recall, Spielberg originally backed the DIVX format, citing that
DIVX offered more copyright protection...but of course, DIVX went
the way of the dinosaurs (and nobody's about to build a Jurassic
Park to commemorate or revive that ill-advised format). So here
at last is another of Spielberg's masterworks, CE3K,
starring Richard Dreyfuss. The DVD is out this week in the U.S.,
and our overseas readers with Region 2 DVD players can pre-order
it for its release there exactly one month later.
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
Fan writers Trek into print.
Pocket Books has unleashed its fourth compilation of the best fan fiction
submitted to its Strange New Worlds contest. Spanning every era of the
Trek franchise, Strange New Worlds IV features short stories by fan
authors both well-known and new.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds IV
Cube 2 under construction.
Remember the cult Canadian SF/horror film Cube, starring Nicole de Boer of
Deep Space Nine fame? Apparently it
made enough of an impact to merit a sequel. Cube 2: Hypercube
is currently in the development stages, with a theme similar to that of the
original. No casting announcements or tentative release dates have been set.
Source: Sci-Fi Wire
If you think Enterprise is the only prequel
hitting the airwaves in the next TV season, think again. Ironically, PAX TV is
also taking that approach with a new series called Ponderosa, a prequel
to - of all things - Bonanza. There's no word on whether or not the Cartwright
family will be recast as younger, or how many years before Bonanza that
Ponderosa will take place. But at least they don't have to worry about whether
or not the boys from the neighboring rival Klingon ranch will have bumps on
Source: Electronic Media