News Briefs: Syfy Is Importing Canada's Sci-Fi Drama Continuum

BUSINESS TIME

... Syfy is continuing its relationship with the fine Canadians of Canada and will import Continuum, a buzzy drama starring Rachel Nichols. The 10-episode first season just wrapped up earlier this month on Canada's Showcase, and a second season has already been ordered. Nichols stars as a cop from the future that is wormholed back to present-day Vancouver and chases down future terrorists who have also time-traveled. I've seen a handful of episodes and can confirm that this does not suck. [Deadline Hollywood]

... HBO's The Newsroom finished its season Sunday on a high note, drawing 2.3 million viewers for a series best. So suck on that, haters! True Blood's fifth-season finale also hit a season high with 5 million viewers. Haters of True Blood may also suck on that, or whatever else they have around the house. We also have reviews of both of them! (True Blood review, The Newsroom) [Deadline Hollywood]

... TBS' long-delayed comedy Wedding Band finally has a premiere date, and like most weddings, it will take place on a Saturday. That's good for weddings, and really bad for television shows. The hourlong comedy, starring Harold Perrineau ("Waaaaaalt!") and Brian Austin Green as aimless men that play music at weddings, will debut November 10. Its Saturday time slot isn't encouraging and likely means TBS is just letting this thing die. [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC has purchased a comedy project from Chelsea Handler and Ingrid Haas (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) about a young woman who accidentally breaks up her parents' marriage, forcing her father to move into her apartment. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Fox has purchased the drama Athena from writer Lisa Joy. Based on Joy's graphic novel Headache, the series would follow a young woman who discovers she's the Greek goddess Athena. Among her tasks as a new goddess: fighting monsters and other gods from Greek mythology that want to take over the planet. Sounds Buffy to me. [Deadline Hollywood]

CASTING ROUNDUP

... Abby Elliott, who recently left Saturday Night Live's cast, will guest star in multiple episodes of How I Met Your Mother. She'll play a crazy chick whose craziness only makes her more attractive to the guys. [EW]

... A&E;'s upcoming Bates Motel has found its Mama Bates. Vera Farmiga has been cast as Norma Bates in the Psycho prequel that's co-created by Lost's Carlton Cuse. [Deadline Hollywood]

... You've been waiting patiently to find out who the final contestant, voted in by the fans, on the next cycle of Dancing With the Stars would be, and now we know! It is... Sabrina Bryan! I'll save you the trouble of looking her up: she's a Disney star from the original movies The Cheetah Girls! [USA Today]

ALL HAIL YOUR NEW LEADER LORENZO NEWS

... The waters ran red with blood, the locusts feasted on the harvest, and the Four Horsemen saddled up their ponies over the weekend, as Jersey Shore star Snooki gave birth to your new overlord, Lorenzo Dominic LaValle. BOW BEFORE LORENZO AND YOU WILL BE SPARED! [MTV]


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Continuum sounds interesting!



Go True Blood!



Athena sounds like its going to be another favorite and oh I hope they do it right!
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Continuum is pretty decent! Special xffects are not quite there yet for some purists... but plots are decent and acting is decent, and the characters are very likeable: those are all good "plusses"... can't wait for season 2!
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Continuum is a great series. I think its at its best when its focusing on Kiera chasing the Liber8 and not the police stuff but its still a great series.
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Being someone who has been a vocal supoorter of the show and recall giving Tim a heads up about the show a few months back, the series has been brilliant.



Considering the low budget the creators obviously had to work with, they have created a failry good sci-fi drama. It might not be in the same realm as Fringe, but it was intriguing enough to keep me hooked for the entire season which is saying a lot for sci-fi shows these days.



With some of the best Canadian acting ensemble (Erik Knudsen from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Nicholas Lea (aka Alex Krycek) and William B. Davis (aka CGB Spender) from the X-Files), Simon Barry has created one of the best sci-fi shows to come out of Canada in decades. Bring on Season 2!
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Glad to see that the show was renewed ... and also glad to see SyFy pick it up. This show is probably the sleeper sci-fi hit of 2012 ... and features a great actress, Rachel Nichols, in the lead role. A very good supporting cast, and some slick writing and production values, makes this one you need to tell your friends to watch!



Now .... if only SOMEONE would make a movie about David Weber's Honor Harrington (hmmm - another job for Rachel, maybe?), I'd be a happy sci-fi camper!
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Wow Honor Harrington, that'd be great! Who would you cast for the part?
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Continuum is very cool!!!!
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Continuum is very cool!!!!
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Continuum is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GREAT!
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Continuum sounds a lot like Time Trax, but I bet it won't have a holographic sidekick or a keychain car remote that shoots people.



NBC - really, another show from Chelsea Handler? Remember the last one that sucked and failed? Good lord you guys are terrible at your ONLY JOB of figuring out what audiences would like to watch.
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The clothes she's wearing can do most of that, and some other stuff. Her gun is sillier than the PPT in Time Trax (because it *folds" into a gun like a transformer).
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Continuum sounds really interesting so look fwd to a few more seasons!
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Continuum probably has a tenth of the budget of Falling Skies but minute for minute is way better written and acted.

The first 10 epis of Season 1 was awesome . I hope they pick it up and inject more dollars.
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Victor Webster (Mutant X).. Lexa Doig (Andromeda).. that guy from 24 that I can't think of his name..who was also on First Wave



Talk about Sci-Fi alum..



Must check this show out :)
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I didn't even recognize those names, but I recognized Lexa Doig's face. From SG-1 actually. I see now that she's been in a lot: The 4400, Supernatural, V, Smallville,...



Your most obvious omission is Master Bra'tac from SG-1. He's the leader of the terrorist group here. One of his Liber8 goons was the Lucian alliance guy on SGU who got friendly with the doctor. (That guy also appeared on both Grimm and W13 recently). The Liber8 guy who isn't a complete psycho (the indian guy) did a bunch of episodes of Smallville. The police captain was on Caprica. He was a cop there too.



So...there are lots of somewhat familiar faces. The star, Rachel Nichols, was famiilar to me too, but I couldn't figure out where I had seen her. She had significant roles in G.I. Joe and Conan the Barbarian, and she was the new agent that joined the team on Alias around the time the show started going downhill (due to bad writing).
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Good news, this is a great show! definitely worth to watch
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Great News! I love Continuum!
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I like Chelsea Handler, but she's a terrible actress.
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- Happy for Continuum. It's one of my guilty pleasures, a kind of substitute for Fringe during the summer.



- Chelsea Handler creating another project? Wow, that woman keeps trying. Now, I have nothing against her or her comedy style. It just doesn't really translate in a sitcom. Most of the jokes in "Are You There, Chelsea?" had been heard already on Chelsea Lately. I hope that she has a fresh take on her new project, instead of her tired jokes about being drunk, popping pills and sleeping around (not that there's anything wrong with any of those things).
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Substitute for Fringe? Just wait until FringeFanatic hears about this... :D
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BLASPHEMY!
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Good point. I should have been more clear on what I meant. Of course Continuum is not a full substitute for Fringe. Nothing is! But it is a short term sci-fi fix in absence of Fringe. Continuum is to Fringe what methadone is to really good heroine. It keeps the craving a way for a few months, but it'll never be as good as the real thing.
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As a recovering Fringe addict I concur. Alas Continuum is on hiatus and I'm really Jonesing! At least last night I got a hit of Summer Glau on Alphas.
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I'm pretty sure Fringe Fanatic is Canadian, so I'm guessing he watches Continuum too.



I saw a preview and it looked awesome, so I read the synopsis on the Showcase website and it sounded terrible. I'm glad that so little was on during the summer that I decided to watch it anyways, because it's a very good show. Showcase, you should fire your website promo writers.
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My ears are burning! ... Wait, that doesn't make sense in this case.



My eyes are burning?
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How proud are you of Justin Bieber?

Almost as proud as you were for Celine?

I'm sorry ...

A Bieber could happen to anyone I guess ...
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I hope you don't refer to the myth that FringeFanatic is ArchAngel88.
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@safibwana



Haha! So proud!
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Pretty sure s/he's referring to the fact that FringeFanatic is an admitted Canadian. Ask him about how proud he is of Justin Bieber!
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The bit about Snooki's baby is gold.
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I'm glad SyFy is picking up Continuum. Stumbled upon the show on accident but I really like it. Mostly for the story but hey, Nichols is a very nice bonus :) Season one was good, hope things will really pick up next season.
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The down side of SyFy airing Continuum is now Season 1 DVDs will probably be artificially delayed until the SyFy channel airs S1... just like they did with Lost Girl. Personally I'd rather it come out at the normal time on DVD/BluRay/iTunes/whatever as I can watch it without commercials.
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"You've been waiting patiently to find out who the final contestant, voted in by the fans, on the next cycle of Dancing With the Stars would be," no..no I really haven't. There are a lot of things I've been waiting for. Testicular cancer, giant meteors.. bubonic plague..not that.
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Rachel Nichols is fine, but i don't think i'll watch. warehouse 13 is about the only show i watch on syfy now that stargate, sactuary & eureka have all been canned.



i think merlin is on syfy right? but i usually find & watch that online somewhere when it airs on BBC
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I watched 2 episodes of W13 and I didn't care for it. Continuum is much better as it has plot continuity unlike W13.



Liber8!!!!
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Continuum is much better than W13 (and Alphas).
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you should watch Alphas If you watch anyhting on SighFi!

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Watched the first season after some folks recommended it in these here comments. Very glad I did, its the best sci fi show I've seen in a while. Great FX.
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Continuum sounds an awful like that show Time trax from the early 90's only it is terrorists and not criminals that escape to the past.
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I kind of enjoyed Time Trax actually. I don't remember it very well though. If you're not at all into sci-fi, this show probably isn't for you. It's bad in some ways. Some of the acting isn't great. The police work we see on the show is far from realistic. There's a knife-throwing scene in the first episode that's just insanely bad. There are lots of other small flaws, but all things considered, I think the show is pretty entertaining.
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Just watch it. I thought the same first BUT it's serialized, the terrorists are actually the "good" guys and FX and actors give no cause to complain - not that often in the genre.
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The good guys? They're a bunch of psychopaths who kill people because they enjoy it. The cause is clearly secondary, at least to some of them, especially to that guy who was flirting with the doctor on SGU and is now popping up all over the place (recently in W13 and Grimm).



It does however seem that the terrorists are *right* about the fact that the new system is evil and needs to be taken down. So it's pretty bizarre that only psychopathic killers support their cause.
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I was just going to post the same thing on here. I used to love that show tho as a kid even tho it was cheesy as hell.
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Don't let the summary fool you. This has been a very edgy and kickass drama. It worries me that they may play around with it to much.



The only "downside" is the extremeness of violence if you are concerned about this.
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this is about t.v. shows dont bring your scams here
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So sci-fi is going to show this show now ?

then what we get caught up in the show and they turn around and cancel it just like they did with other shows.
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SyFy isn't taking over the show. They just purchased the rights to show the episodes that have already aired on Showcase. Showcase has renewed it for a second season, so you only have to worry about it not getting a third.
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already seen first season . very good. cant wait.
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scifi (I mean syfy but not really) should get together with showcase and produce shows. It would be a win-win for both networks.
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No, they shouldn't. If Syfy has any control over the show they'll most likely cancel it. I like it how it is now. Syfy shows Continuum and Lost Girl and Showcase continues to make both shows.
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I don't want syfy to have a controlling interest just put up some money like advertisers do. Like an 80% showcase 20% syfy.
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Syfy airing Continuum doesn't surprise me, even though the show focused too much on seemingly stand-alone procedural storylines and didn't have much scifi until the finale really.



Abby Elliott is great so more of her on tv is also great. I'm still hoping she joins the cast of New Girl at some point though.
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I'm guessing Elliott jumped before she was pushed. By far the least funny person in last year's SNL cast.
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I wish she was the New Girl on that show...
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Continuum = great show. I'm glad it gets a second season!! :D
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Good on SyFy! I watched all of Continuum and while it houses a number of obvious Canadianisms (over-use of obvious CG for one), I think it ranks up there with a lot of other Sci-Fi shows at the moment, and the season finale was a pretty amazing episode. Oh, and I'm allowed to poke fun at Canadian shows (or shows with Canadian in them) because I'm Canadian -- self-deprecation is part of our identity. :) Looking forward to the next season, and hopefully now that SyFy has picked it up we can finally start reading about it on this site! (hint)
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What?! How?! Why!? Why would you give a person another shot at a show who brought us such renowned sucks festa like Whitney and Are You There Chelsea? Who in their right mind would allow Chelsea Handler anywhere near a sitcom again? I mean I liked Scott Pilgrim as much as the next person. But that alone doesn't make up for Chelsea's horrible shows. NBC is led by morons.
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I'm glad they are importing it. I was hoping for that too. Thanks SyFy!



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Happy about Continuum! :-)
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Glad they picked up Continuum. The newsroom can suck my nut.
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i enjoyed continuum. never pegged you for a torrenter, or should we assume you get showcase. i hope this put the show off until syfy catches up crap doesn't happen like with lost girl.



grats and well done the newsroom. i enjoyed you. grats to you true blood for being mostly irrelevant and old but still drawing the big crowds.



mentioning Harold Perrineau and Brian Austin Green makes me miss the unusuals (poor adamn goldberg , and little chick that showed up in housetoo) and the sarah connor chronicles.



a psycho show sounds interesting and adding vera farmiga to the mix, though i don't really think she's a great actress, sure increases the hot factor.
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Great news about Continuum! When I started watching the show I was surprised TV.com didn't even have a page for it. Now there'll be one, plus reviews, forum. That's great.
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I've heard nothing but good things about Continuum, i'll happily watch that.
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Is the cop from the future's name Darien Lambert?
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Whenever I watch Continuum, I think about Time Trax. Haha. I guess they have the same not to serious feel, though Continuum does have a higher body count. Might be the times...

And a teenage (?) boy somehow replaced Selma, lol
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I was thinking of Time Trax too when I read the description. Glad I'm not the only one to remember that show.
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Continuum was pretty damn fun to watch. Some of the characters are a little stale, but overall the show was surprisingly good.
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I honestly cannot see them casting anyone known as the mother.
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Yeah for Continuum! i love it when shows don't suck!
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I'm calling it: Abby Elliott is the mother. She'll be doing some sort of Jekyll and Hyde act, and the moment her "crazy" character becomes normal at the end of the season, will be the moment Ted met her.



Or not.
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Abby Elliott is not the mother. The mother was in the class Ted mistakenly thought was his, and they showed a shot of the class sitting in a lecture theater, and I'm pretty sure Abby wasn't in the shot.
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