Sci Fi Tracker: This Week in Sci Fi – Wash Lives! Boone Bites Back! And….Will The Mad Hatter Serve Frankenfish At His Tea Party?

Even with the Galactica having flown off into the sunset, there’s still plenty of decent speculative fiction on TV to keep us busy in the present and near future. If you can’t bear to face a future without skin jobs, you’d be hard pressed to find one more fun to watch than Terminator‘s Summer Glau. And don’t count out Family Guy‘s Stewie, who is all set to take teleportation gags to new heights (or depths) this coming Sunday.

Even better…….lots of familiar faces will be popping up in new places on the sci fi horizon.

Read on.

So, ‘V’ Stands For…..What? “Very Freakin’ Impressive Cast”?

The creators of ABC’s ‘V’ are certainly doing their damnedest to deflate the general misconception that all remakes are doomed to be nothing more than sloppy seconds……particularly given that the growing cast list is starting to read like an impressive Who’s Who of Sci Fi TV. Firefly‘s Wash (Alan Tudyk) joins his former co-star Morena Baccarin, though Tudyk will likely be playing for the home team, seeing as how he’s been cast as a Fed. Smallville‘s Laura Vandervoort – who has signed on to portray a Visitor – will be putting a friendly face – and smokin’ body – on the whole “man-eating reptilian alien” angle. Something tells me male residents of Earth will be all too eager to serve themselves up to her on a silver platter. Also, Lost‘s Elizabeth Mitchell is only slated to appear as a guest-star in the pilot episode at this juncture, but that’s not stopping the Visitor’s Site from pegging her as Most Likely To Play Erica Evans. Lourdes Benedicto (The Nine, ER) and Logan Huffman are additional new signings for the series.

Sci Fi Author Glimpses Future of Television

Sci fi author Robert J. Sawyer is reportedly pleased with how his book is being adapted for television by ABC, according to a report on Sci Fi Wire. “Flash Forward” will revolve around characters who get a glimpse into their futures, and with cast members like Joseph Fiennes on board so far, it’s hard not to predict good things for this project.

Boone Bites Back

Variety reveals that Ian Somerhalder, who played Boone on Lost, will be sinking his teeth into the role of a “smug vampire” in the CW’s pilot for “Vampire Diaries.”

“Smug vampire”? Isn’t that a tad redundant? Have eternal youth and superhuman strength ever spawned modest, low-key behavior?

What To Fill A BSG-Shaped Void With? Try the Mad Hatter, and a Guy In Purple Tights

Nowadays, the folks at the Sci Fi Channel aren’t merely sitting around, crying into their “So Say We All” coffee mugs, soaking their Cylon-emblazoned toast with a flood of nostalgic weeping, or otherwise keeping busy dodging the heated remarks being lobbed in their general direction after that unfortunate name change announcement. As reported at the Live Feed, a handful of pilot projects are underway for the channel….with nary a Frankenfish or Chupacabra in sight.

“Alice in Wonderland” will be reimagined by Nick Willing, who did a pretty good job teaching Toto some new tricks in the revamped Oz tale, Tin Man.

Plus comic-book hero “The Phantom” will attempt to take off in a pilot…but just don’t expect him to do it in control-top hosiery. “It’s not a guy in purple tights,” Sci Fi’s Mark Stern is quoted as saying. (Hopefully this won’t result in the first ever Phantom in Dockers, although product placement tie-ins can be pretty tempting for producers. )

And the pilot for “Riverworld” – based on the series of books by Philip Jose Farmer – will follow the adventures of a photojournalist who is transported to an alternate universe in which dead historical figures are alive and well. All three projects are being brought to life by RHI Entertainment. You can get a sneak peek of their handiwork with “Knights of Bloodsteel” next month on Sci Fi (plus watch this space for a Q&A with star David James Elliott). “The Storm” and Meteor” will also rain down on NBC this summer courtesy of RHI.

Penny For Her Thoughts

Sci Fi Wire has assembled a very cool list of the top 18 sci-fi related Twitter feeds, which includes the succinct sayings of Felicia Day, Brent Spiner, Levar Burton and Neil Gaiman. And while you’d think William Shatner’s high-strung hilarity would make for some mighty amusing twitter-patter, alas, he doesn’t quite make the grade……

And that’s it for this week, sci fi fans.

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