Well, finally!  It’s official!

http://io9.com/first-details-on-david-hewletts-return-to-syfy-in-dark-1695188609

“David Hewlett is returning to Syfy! This summer Hewlett will reunite with Stargate Atlantis writers Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie on their new show Dark Matter.

Hewlett will have a recurring part as Talbor Calchek. In a slight change for Hewlett, Calchek is a sleazy agent for unsavory mercenaries who will appear in a four-episode arc.”

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Who is Tabor Calchek?  Well…

“Slick, silver-tongued, and more than a little seedy. Tabor Calchek is the team’s handler and the ultimate agent. For the standard 10% commission, he uses his underworld connections as a broker to secure his clients their lucrative assignments. Tabor is sly, manipulative and opportunistic, and can always be counted on to look out for his client’s best interests…right after his own.”

Imagine a cross between Stargate: Atlantis’s Rodney McKay, Entourage’s Ari Gold, and Nic Cage’s Detective Rick Santoro from Snake Eyes, and you’d have a pretty fair approximation of the Tabor character.  His morals are as suspect as his fashion sense, but he is a hoot!  When it came time to cast the role, we reached out to David and made him an offer.  No audition necessary because I knew he would nail it.  And he did, delivering a performance that had us all struggling to stifle our laughter during his takes.  Behind the scene pics to come.  But here’s something to tide you over…

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Little known fact: When he’s not acting, David Hewlett works station security on Shaofu 2!

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Our second BIG guest star announcement:

“Also guest-starring in the show’s first season will be Ruby Rose (Orange is the New Black) as Wendy, described as a “dangerously beautiful android with a full range of pleasure features.”

Well, sure.  That’s one way to describe her, but I prefer…

“Wendy is an entertainment model android designed and built for FUN. The crew discovers her, disassembled in a remote section of the ship and decide to bring her online. Using every bit of her entertainment programming to her advantage, she immediately charms everyone on board – with the exception the ship’s practical work model android who finds Wendy illogical and plain bad company. Resentment brews as the two droids vie for the crew’s attention and affection.”

Ruby landed on our show thanks to the inspired, out-of-the-box casting mind of Dark Matter Executive Producer Jay Firestone – and she was an utter delight to work with.  Smart, sweet, and exceptionally dedicated to her craft, she delivers a one-of-a-kind performance as the multi-faceted Wendy, at turns sunny, sharp, and totally kick-ass.  Oh, and 1000 bonus points to her for being such a compassionate dog rescuer.

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Ruby celebrated her birthday Dark Matter style, with Executive Producer Jay Firestone and the gang playing laser tag.

AND…that’s another wrap!  Episode #108 is in the books and director T.W. Peacocke heads to editing.

Monday, we roll right back into episode #109 with four days of director Ron Murphy’s episode still to shoot.

And then, Dark Matter stunt coordinator John Stead assumes the directing reins on episode #110.

While that goes to camera, it’s another Stargate reunion of sorts as director Martin Wood comes into town to prep episode #111.

And we finish Dark Matter’s first season in fine style, with another Stargate alum as director Andy Mikita drops by to shoot episodes #112 and #113.

I can’t believe we have less than two months to go.  I’ve got to start making plans for my return trip home to Vancouver!

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glowyzoey

YESSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you, Joe! Thank you, David! smile smile smile

gforce
gforce

Isn’t Shaofu 2 the Downersville where everything was prohibited? Figures they would have an ugly green security vehicle. He looks awesome driving it though!

Not being an Orange is the New Black watcher, I have to admit that I had to look up Ruby’s name, but I’m sure she’s great.

Yeah, it’s hard to believe that it’s getting this close to wrapping for the season. It seems like no time ago that you were still trying to piece the whole deal together. The way time flies is scary.

archersangel

quoting gforce;
It seems like no time ago that you were still trying to piece the whole deal together. The way time flies is scary.

i second that.

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

Those story lines sound really good! Thanks for the inside glimpse. 😀

Ruby recuses dogs? I’m sold on her then. Did they cover her tattoos or write them in the story?

JeffW

It’ll be great to see David Hewlett in Sci Fi again! Are the script pages running long in his episodes like they used to in SGA? Or is the wordiness toned down a bit in this new character?

And who knew Shaofu 2 imported a bunch of Reliant Robins for station security (or that there was a 4-door version of the Robin)?

Okay, tongue now removed from cheek…it’s a Snyder electric vehicle, but I had to do a image search to identify it. I was thinking Daihatsu before that. Yeah, I’m a car nerd too.

Lily
Lily

That’s wonderful news about Ruby and David. So there might be a android face-off…oh this is gonna be good. Gotta love Ruby’s tats. She’s smart, talented, beautiful & compassionate…wow.

June came come soon enough!

JeffW

Or maybe it’s a ZAP Zebra?

airelle
airelle

Sailing on, sailing on, wow, the time has sure flown by, and reading about it every day, has helped me make the journey. Looking forward to your project, that has been ever so much fun to read about, all the inner workings and behind the scene good stuff. More familiar faces and new ones, a whole new show to watch. It is most welcome.
~How are your mom and sister doing these days? Have a great day!

Denise McInerney
Denise McInerney

Yay, got my wish!!! David will be wonderful as Talbor Calchek–can’t wait to see the magic he brings to the role! Thanks for making my weekend. smile

shyone65
shyone65

David and Ruby……YIPPPEEEE. Oh a jealous android….I cant wait…Yippppeee again

riss reader
riss reader

Yay! Many, many yays for the return of Hewlett.
Here’s some cheerleaders with pom-poms for you.

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astrumporta

Such great news, and when you described the Talbor character weeks ago, I immediately pictured David for it, but I thought it would be too good to be true! Both casting news items are great — I love OITNB, and I love that you’re casting outside the box!

paloosa
paloosa

Do. Not. Kill. Off. Calchek. Please?

labmunkie

This is great news!

Line Noise
Line Noise

When you posted the character description of your special guest I think most of us guessed who would be best at playing him. Looks like we were right!

Yay! Ruby Rose comes from my home town. Does her character speak with an Australian accent? That would be cool!

livingforcreativity

This is sooo cool! And such great casting news! You do realize how much you are torturing us–by making us WAIT for this show to get to air, don’t you?

jojo
jojo

So excited David is coming to be on dark matter. He is amazing when he gets the right script. And you guys can deliver that for sure. Can’t wait!

Mike McGinnis
Mike McGinnis

Not sure if you can answer this, but is david’s 4 episode arc a one and done? Or will it be left open for him to return again in the future?

Randomness
Randomness

Shocked! lol. Joking aside, it had to be Shanks or Hewlett anyway. Hewlett is a great bit of casting, he really made Atlantis his own. I would easily consider McKay as one of the most important and well acted/written characters on Atlantis.

Randomness
Randomness

@out-of-the-box casting mind of Dark Matter Executive Producer Jay Firestone

That was certainly out of the box and well done there. Hopefully the episode she appears in is promoted right, it could bring in the viewers perhaps. She is quite well known so you never know really. Could happen.

noellam

David Hewlett?! Perfect!

Jay

A ZAP! That’s an inspired choice of vehicle…

Jeff, I don’t think it’s necessarily a zebra. I think the zebra has a zebra paint job.

gforce
gforce

That looks a cat (or something) on David’s shoulder as he’s sitting in the car. Or maybe something more… alien.

Randomness
Randomness

Speaking of which Joe, it’s a shame Cas Anvars newest show Olympus didn’t have the best of starts on Syfy. It only pulled 894,000 viewers and a 0.2. That said 12 Monkeys got renewed with similar numbers so jury’s out on that I guess.

JT
JT

Great blog! Andy Makita is a wonderful director! This should be great! Can’t wait to see your first trailer.