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Well now you know as much as we do. No, no, that’s not exactly true. We still know more than you do. But at least we ALL know the names of our cast members. The news finally broke yesterday but, on the off-chance you were in your basement watching a Lord of the Rings marathon, here are the latest additions:

Alaina Huffman (Tamara Johansen): Alaina was one of the first auditions we saw way back in December (I was in Tokyo at the time and watched the stream from my room in The Peninsula). She was so good that, quite frankly, we would’ve been crazy not to cast her. I finally got the chance to chat with her today and discovered that, besides being quick-witted and absolutely lovely, she shares my affinity for Japan. Bonus points for that.

Elyse Levesque (Chloe Armstrong): Like Alaina, Elyse delivered a wonderfully nuanced audition, demonstrating impressive range in two very different ad demanding scenes. I only got the chance to speak to her briefly at the cast dinner but my first impression lines up with what everyone else has been saying about her: she is a sweetheart!

Ming-Na (Camille Wray):Back in my January 30th entry, I wrote “Meanwhile, we inch ever closer to casting one of my other favorites roles – the character of Wray.”. She’s one of my favorites because she has so much potential. That said, as I was working on the first part of the mid-season two-parter, I actually grew nervous. Wray has some nice, meaty scenes in my script and, without a strong actress in the role, the character would crash and burn. So you can imagine my delight to hear we had closed the deal with Ming-Na, a tremendously talented actress (and, apparently, poker player) who is more than capable of delivering bigtime.

Lou Diamond Philips (Colonel Telford): Speaking of talented actors, Lou Diamond Philips is another huge addition to an already impressive roster. He is a kick-ass Colonel Telford and incredibly charming both on and offscreen. I told him I’d enjoyed his work and, especially, his role opposite Mark Wahlberg in The Big Hit. He laughed and admitted it was one of his faves as well. Check it out!

Christopher McDonald (Senator Armstrong): Another experienced Hollywood veteran, Chris brings gravity and charisma to the role of Senator Armstrong. When I was on set the other day, he approached me, shook my hand, and told me how happy he was to be working on the show. A clas act.

Speaking of class acts – today, I was on set talking to some of the cast when the conversation turned to actors who are not only accomplished, but great to work with as well. And, not surprisingly, Bob Picardo’s name came up. As it turns out, Gateworld just posted an interview with him. Check it out here:  http://gateworld.net/interviews/man_in_a_suit.shtml

Had a nice, long chat with Brian J. Smith today. I continue to be impressed with his self-effacing, down-to-earth attitude. However, not so impressed with his NFL team of choice: the Dallas Cowboys. But fellow Romo-booster Rob Cooper certainly was. Hey, Sherry – unfortunately, the studio has put the kibosh on any behind-the-scene pics for the time being. I told Brian that I might convince you to provide some embarrassing baby pics of your son and, while he assured me that you have plenty, he strongly urged me NOT to ask. And so, in the interest of continuing to see that self-effacing, down-to-earth attitude – I’m not going to ask. For now. But I will welcome you to our little book of the month club.

If I had to give the award for Funniest Guy On Set (and I do believe I’ll be presenting the award at this year’s ceremonies), I would be hardpressed not hand it to David Blue. A very funny guy, but a professional through and through. Richard – I echo everyone’s best wishes for Buddy. Here’s hoping for a quick and full recovery that will see him bounding around that backyard in no time.

A pretty hilarious guy in his own right is actor Justin Louis who did a really nice job opposite Ona Grauer in some heartfelt scenes earlier this week. I told him: “You guys are eventually going to get tired of hearing it but – we are loving the dailies!”

Finally, late yesterday, Robert Carlyle delivered a performance in a key scene that was so outstanding it blew the doors off Stage 3 – and the entire crew away! “Masterful” would be one word to describe it. “Extraordinary” would be another. But I prefer to simply go with “Wow!”.

Hey, look at what arrived in the mail today! A super, special, advance copy of Joe Abercrombie’s latest: Best Served Cold. Regulars to this blog know that I’m a huge fan of Joe’s and consider his First Law trilogy among my favorite works in the fantasy genre. Will be jumping on it next and have a full report for you all next week. 

 

 

In the meantime, our continuing discussion of David Louis Edelman’s Infoquake:

AMZ writes: “Ironically, with my phone line and internet down I found I could really sympathise with the boys during Initiation…”

Answer: So could I.  Their technology-free wilderness survival training reminded me of my last trip to Montreal.  Minus the bears, wilderness, and training.  Still, my internet connection was kind of iffy.  I empathize.

AMZ also writes: “

I particularly liked the history he created, especially the Autonomous Revolt, which seems to have instilled in the people a fear of losing technology and creates a rich tension between moving forward with advancements and treading with a bit of caution…”

Answer: Which brings up an interesting point.  Given the repercussions of the Autonomous Revolution, is it difficult to accept that humanity would be willing to introduce nanite technology into their everyday lives?  Would they be more cautious given the past or could it be argued that enough time has passed to make them more accepting of the technology?

Sparrow_hawk writes: “ I’m not really a computer geek, but have a lot of friends and acquaintances who are. I was fully prepared to like Natch and his apprentices, but the more I saw of them, the less I cared about them. “

Answer: And how do these characters compare to your computer geek friends?  Is there a Natch in your midst?

Fsmn36 writes: “At the same time, it wasn’t a fully conscious act for Natch. I don’t think he can entirely be blamed for instinct. I don’t agree with it, certainly not, but was he fully himself in that moment? Or did fight-flight and self-preservation kick in?”

Answer: Except that he didn’t just happen to cross paths with Brone while the fight-flight instinct kicked in: “Until, as chance would have it, he spotted Brone.  Natch whipped around and headed in his direction.”  Sounds like he knew exactly what he was doing. 

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Christle
Christle

Ming-Na?!?!?! I REALLY hope we get Sci-Fi Channel if I move now, ’cause otherwise I’m screwed, I want to watch her, Robert and Brian!

Ganymede
Ganymede

You guys scored Lou Philips..?!! grin
BONUS!!

VOOK
VOOK

Hold on minute… Shooter MacGavin is in Stargate?

That. Is. Awesome

Shawna
Shawna

Actually, I’m surprised at how many of those people I recognize. And I just realized David Blue was that nerdy vamp on Moonlight. Heh. Nice. He was always entertaining on that show. This should be good.

I’m so looking forward to this show. I’m beginning to feel withdrawl. I need my Stargate fix.

susan the tartan turtle

I know that you have already told us – but I have forgotten, or maybe you didn’t tell us and I was imagining it. Is Robert Carlyle portraying a Scotsman?

If so it might not be a good idea to mention our need for the SCB campaign. smile

Wish him well from Scotland – (Susan is waving fae Perth).

Although still upset and angry at the demise of Atlantis I am willing to give your new programme a try.

Izzy
Izzy

Another Cowboys fan! Woo-hoo!!! *Does happy dance*

Ona Grauer’s back?!! Another “woo hoo!”

sector24
sector24

Great cast is forming. To see names like Lou and Robert Carlyle in the stargate franchise is just astonishing. We should start petition to change that premiere month from October to at least early September. smile

Hannah
Hannah

I’m so glad that in the great tradition of sci-fi, you have some great multi-ethnic casting. Ming-Na is a fantastic actor who also happens to be a role model for young Asian-American women. She was also in Joy Luck Club with Tamlyn Tomita another SG alum. Just a bit of random trivia. Anyways, it’s another reason to watch SG!

herbertsommerfeld
herbertsommerfeld

It was good to see you today Joe. From a fan’s perspective…SGU is going to be nothing short of amazing! I look forward to watching the finished product.

Anais33

coucou Joseph!

Vous allez bien? Oui!!! super ces nouvelles personnes du cast, je suis impatiente de voir jouer Ming, je sens que je vais aimez son personnage^^!

merci beaucoup.

Je vous adore!

HBMC
HBMC

Just saw a quote from Christopher McDonald on IMDB:

“Actors think the grass is always greener. When you do a play, you wish you could be making easy money doing a film, because you work your butt off on the stage. Then you do your television and say, ‘God, if I have to do this one more time, I’ll just go crazy.’ I think any actor would rather do quality work than the episodic TV which pays the rent.”

Dunno when he said that – probably ages ago – but you uhh… might have want to have a word with him. grin

BYE

suziesbluefeather

“So you can imagine my delight to hear we had closed the deal with Ning-Ma,…”

sad

Joe you misspelled her name. That is sad.

HBMC
HBMC

Oh, that’s the other thing, is Lou Diamond this show’s Colonel Sumner?

BYE

shiningwit

Welcome to David’s dad *waves* sending good thoughts to Buddy for a swift and complete recovery.

Impressive cast you guys have cobbled together. SGU seems to be shaping up quite nicely.

Excuse me while I et the rabbits out, its their playtime and they’re kicking up a ruckus.

green
green

“So you can imagine my delight to hear we had closed the deal with Ning-Ma…”

I hate ‘N’s and ‘M’s. They’re such fickle letters. And so distractable. I can never keep them where they’re supposed to go.

In other thoughts: The rumors of SG: 90210 are looking to be about as valid as rumors tend to be. Who knew that a vague statement like “directed toward a younger audience” wouldn’t mean the entire cast would be twenty-somethings with nothing to do but droll out relationship worries and piddle on split ends.

Still, it seems like the whole world is leaning toward the “younger generation.” Just look at the new Doctor. Heck, I AM the younger generation and it’s bugging me.

Then again, I’m under the absolute certainty that the American world (marketing and media) is being run by those catering to 12 year old girls. Sometimes I look at the television and twinge and wonder if They know some of us have already been through puberty.

Anyway…I was wondering on that question I asked. I know you haven’t gotten around to answering any mailbag questions today, but I would really like to know about it, if there’s going to be a gay character in the new series. It would be awesome to know that a homosexual character would be represented in an American (made in Canada) television show.

check.

Fred
Fred

Wow. Unbelievable. I am truly amazed at the talent being amassed for this series. If I give you $1,000, how ’bout letting me visit the set for a day? I’m talking cash here, by the way, so if you’re interested…

On a more serious note (although I am quite serious about the offer), could you please tell us which of these actors are regulars and which are reccurring?

Also, I’m confused… is Telford or Young in command? Your December 15th post said that “contrary to initial reports, the Rush character is not the leader of the unplanned expedition. That honor falls to Colonel Everett Young.” But the press release seemed to indicate that Telford had that role. Am I missing something?

Kraut

Umm. Aha.
This may sound incedibly ignorant for someone working in TV, but I haven’t heard of any of those newly announced actors before, nor seen them, and I looked them up on IMDB to make sure.
You see, a lot of the many TV productions and feature films from the U.S.A. and Canada simply never make it across the Atlantic, or by the time they are bought and dubbed by our TV stations, they are at least several years old (e.g. with Battlestar Galactica, we just got to the pilot of season 3, two and a half years after it aired in the U.S.). That makes me feel like someone from a backwater planet here.

But does it matter? If SGU gets me hooked one day as SG-1 and SGA did, it will be because of the stories with their intensity, imagination and humour. So it’s you, the writers and directors, whom I am counting on.
Great actors like Robert Carlyle (yes, at least him I know and love) are an asset, but even a brilliant actor can not save a bad script. On the other hand, a bad actor can ruin a good script. But after all the great work you guys already did, I trust your casting as much as your scripting.
And if I liked your work on SGU, I can tell you in about three years…

rsthomas90
rsthomas90

I’ve never heard you talk about a cast like this before, and if the idea was to hype people up about SGU, it’s working!

Shirt'n'Tie
Shirt'n'Tie

Hi there Mr M!

I occassionally glance over at your reading list and have just discovered that you have finished reading “Do Android’s Dream of Electric Sheep?”. I assume that this was a re-read. I wondered what sparks you to pick up a book you have read already? I

love this book, it contains one of my favourite words……..”kipple”.

Now that I have their Imperial Majesties, I find that the laws of Entropy have gripped my house, with pink and glitz the order of the day. Gone are the neatly (chronologically ordered) DVD collections, scattered to the four corners…..as the pink kipple spreads its tentacles (think SGA Season 4 SEED).

Thanks for the update on the Short Story Super Secret Project. Any sign of release/ publication?

Best to all

Shirt’n’Tie

Sessy
Sessy

I don’t really have a question for Amanda Tapping, I’ve a message, can you pass that on as well, please, Joe? smile

Dear ms. Tapping,

A while ago, Joe here asked on his weblog what our favourite SGA scenes were. One of mine wasn’t a favourite SGA at all, it was the X-files scene with mr. Pileggi. You looked stunning there by the way (well, except after he woke up, that made me wonder if you have a very flexible neck or a very convincing props dpt.) – with your hair like that, you looked prettier than Marilyn Monroe. Speaking of hair (yes well, I might as well join in on the hair obsession), with brown hair you totally look like Xena. Kickass!

I love the character of Sam, both on Sg1 and SgA. In fact, for as long as Sam took over Atlantis, I didn’t have much of a problem with Elizabeth being written out. That’s saying something, because Elizabeth was my 2nd favourite character on the show. You rock! You’ve got this way of portraying a strong woman without going all b1tch or all GI Jane on it – all too often strong women are either vicious or evil, or plain male.
Sam is still very much feminine. I completely, whole-heartedly love the way you portray her. And in Sg1, you had this way of bringing balance on screen in a very subtle way. It’s like Sam knows she’s in the middle of a testosterone overdose, but she’s so confident in both herself and her gender that she doesn’t think about it, doesn’t try to change who she is in any way. You may not have thought of it when you played her, but she is a very positive female role-model on tv.
Thank you for the way you portrayed her, and thank you for all your hard work.

Best wishes,
Liz
Netherlands

Jinx

Oh, we SO need a widget for the premier date.

Lou? *faints*

duneknight
duneknight

This is a great cast that will attract lots of viewers, even the ones that despise all things stargate.
but i’ll say this again, you need to get the message out there. you guys need ads placed everywhere, may i suggest a cheap way to do it?–why not go viral? viral ads work and dark knight proved it. every movie got one now and i think stargate needs one to get people comfortable with it. either a alternate reality website showing SGC classified files on Icarus or a youtube video showing a UFOs (which is a wraith ship or Atlantis in the sky)—this will be most viewed because it would look real. thats one way to grab peoples interest, Joe. another way is to do gorilla ads-just make hints of the show in subways or billboards. im saying these things coz im taking an advertising course thing so thats why my mind is in that sort of thing right now.

Chelle DeBoer
Chelle DeBoer

Hey Joe! I just wanted to pop in to say YAY!! I’m loving the cast!! I can’t wait to see the new show. I only hope that it airs down here in Australia.
Thank you so much. xxxx

ledzeppelintsrts
ledzeppelintsrts

Oh my god, what a cast!!! i cant wait for it to begin, i mean a show with Robert “awesome” Carlyle was already great, but now ill get to see my “Young Guns” hero on the best damn franchise ever!!! talk about anxiety…

drldeboer
drldeboer

Christopher McDonald aka Shooter!! but his best shot so far was Castillo way back when, Star Trek NG ep that also returned Denise Crosby as Tasha, my fave character from that series. Anyway, he’ll make an excellent US senator. And I hope I don’t mean Kinsey.
DD