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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. Source: 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

Prequel fever. 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 their heads. Source: Electronic Media

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