Sci Fi Tracker: This Week In Sci Fi – Mind-Wiped Hobbits, Cannibal Chefs (?), and Still More Torture for TSCC Fans

by | September 4, 2009 at 11:53 AM | SciFi Tracker, TV News

Kristin Kreuk (The CW)

Smallville's Kristin Kreuk (The CW)

Is it fall yet?  What about now?  What about………..now?

What with the glut of guest star announcements, scintillating spoilers, and suspense-laden trailers, we’re thisclose to enjoying fall’s bodacious bounty.

So close, and yet so far.

Plus further on the horizon:  Syfy encourages us to imagine not only greater, but weirder.

Read on.

Is Burbank the New Smallville?

Not long after learning that Brandon Routh was touching down in Chuck for a multi-episode arc comes the faster-than-a-speeding-bullet follow-up announcement that Smallville’s Kristin Kreuk will also be guest-starring, according to The Ausiello Files.

Kreuk plays a recession casualty who takes a job at Buy More in an apparent move to make ends meet – and nerds short-circuit.

What’s On The Menu At Syfy?  Fava Beans and a Nice Chianti?

A story at I09 certainly lends credence to the theory that Syfy execs are continuing to neatly sidestep that whole “genre stereotype” thing.  First the name change that launched a thousand snarks, and now a re-imaginative move toward…..cooking shows?  Syfy’s EVP for Original Content, Mark Stern, is quoted as saying:

“In regards to reality, we’re developing all sorts of ideas, and there is an opportunity to push the envelope a bit with the new brand; to see where “Imagine Greater” might take us. That said, as with our scripted programming, anything we do needs to fit within a speculative genre, and the idea that we’re celebrating the imagination. So, if we were to do a “cooking show”, it definitely wouldn’t be a normal, conventional cooking show.”

“Not a normal, conventional cooking show” is a pretty wide berth.  But Anthony Hopkins is a shoe-in as guest chef, surely.

Tantalizing Teasers and Trailers

Sci Fi Wire offers up a glimpse of Dominic Monaghan in FlashForward.  (The glimpse is fleeting, to say the least, but hey, it’s a few bona fide moving frames of pure, hot, ex-Hobbit action, nonetheless.)

And over at the mothership, Syfy.com, one can partake of the theatrically-released trailer for Stargate Universe, while being courteously spared an otherwise requisite viewing of Final Destination 3D or Halloween 2.

Headey Plays “Smart, Cunning and Devious” (Again)

Lena Headey has been cast as Cersei Lannister, one of the prominent female leads in HBO’s Game of Thrones (adapted from the fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin).  Her character is “smart, cunning and devious,” per the story at Sci Fi Wire.

Sci Fi Wire commenter ThronesFan27 (a fan of Martin’s books) provides a more cut-to-the-chase description of the character Headey will be portraying: “flipping twisted.”

Dekker Hints At The Depth of Fan Deprivation Contained In TSCC’s Unborn Season

For the season that shall never be, Thomas Dekker revealed all sorts of hypothetical Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles spoilers, which we come to learn about at TheTVAddict, via I09.  Was John going to reunite with mum Sarah in the future?  Would he align himself with Cameron’s chip, or Cameron’s body?  (As if any hot-blooded hetero male would need to ponder that one for long….)  And evidently, we would have been introduced to Son of Skynet.

This information is dispensed solely to torture TSCC fans, one must assume.  Sure, Dekker throws a direct-to-DVD movie rumor breadcrumb on the floor, but for those of us who have been hungrily clamoring for another serving of that certain cyborg saga, this morsel does naught but tease the palate………….

Hardest Working Man in Sci Fi

A Battlestar Galactica movie, an Excalibur remake and another X-Men installment might put a crimp in the schedule of mere mortal producer/director/writer types, but not in Bryan Singer’s case.  As detailed at Sci Fi Wire, director/producer Stewart Hendler recently confirmed that he and Singer are collaborating on a genre web series that is sci fi “with a Lost vibe” to it.  “It’s very, very ambitious,” adds Hendler.

Not unlike its creator.

Fringe Second Season Sneak Peek

Also at I09:  a teaser for Fringe’s season deux….which also gives us a first glimpse at new FBI femme Sonia (as played by Megan Markle).

And that’s that for this week.