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We are back in Vancouver – and failing fast.   On the surface, it seemed like a good idea at the time: wake up REALLY early and catch the first flight out so that the dogs would, presumably, sleep the entire five hours enroute.  And, yeah, we did wake up at 4 a.m.  And we did catch the 6:50 a.m. flight out.  And Lulu was as quiet as a mouse for the entirety of the trip.  But Bubba!  Cantankerous, anxiety-prone, almost-14 year old Bubba?  He whined and cried and poked his head out of the carrier and made certain I didn’t sleep a wink either.

But the important thing is we’re back home.  And look at what was awaiting us, a little gift from our house-sitter, Tomomi:


Yep, it’s a hand-painted depiction of the diabolical duo doing what they do best…impatiently awaiting treats.

So, hey, while I was in the air, things were happening on the ground.  First up, Entertainment Weekly offered fans exclusive photos of new Dark Matter cast additions: Franka Potenta, Melanie Liburd, and Shaun Sipos…and also announced the casting of Stargate veteran Mike Dopud (who has been in pretty much every live action show I’ve ever produced), and Scott Pilgrim’s Knives Chau, Ellen Wong.

“Dopud will play Arax, “the powerful head of a prison gang” whose “extensive connections and pull with criminal outfits throughout colonized space would be Arax’s biggest asset should the crew ever decide to trust him,” Syfy said. Wong will portray Misaki, described as a “close childhood friend of Four” who is the “deadly new Commander of the Ishida Royal Guard. Skilled in combat and diplomacy, nothing will stop Misaki from performing her duty to Zairon.”

Franka as Commander Shaddick…


Melanie Liburd as Nyx Harper…


Shaun Sipos as Devon Taltherd…


Mike Dopud, behind the scenes, as Arax Nero…

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Ellen Wong, behind the scenes, as Misaki Han…


Meanwhile, over on Io9 gives the rundown of How Dark Matter and Killjoys are raising the stakes for season 2.


Hey, look!  It’s me demonstrating proper use of the escape pod!

With less than a month to go, we start rolling out some major behind the scenes goodies.  Stay tuned to this blog for oodles of Dark Matter fun stuff!

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Love those pictures of Bubba!

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

Poor little Bubba… I don’t know if you’re interested but I bet the vet could give you something for the return trip. For Bubba, not you. wink
When my son was a baby, he’d cry all the way to my mom’s house (3 hour trip, that we didn’t make often). I’m not talking little whimpers, I’m talking full blown crying. When we arrived, he’d sleep like a ….well, like an exhausted baby. I bet Bubba sleeps well tonight.

Drea: Welcome to the Old Fart’s Club! smile

Dr Jo is home for a few days before surgery and I can’t go visit. Typhoid hubby gave me his cold!!!!! sad


And that bowl is adorable.

Margaret Clayton

That bowl is amazing!


Bubba is like a little jack-in-the-box… or a pug-in-the-box. Cute kid. Yeah my big mouth beagle Maggie loves to howl in the car when we are going somewhere, especially to the Vet. I think that is why I am getting harder of hearing. Love the bowl! Welcome home!!


So glad to hear that you all made it home okay. It must seem very peaceful and calming to be back in the old house. I guess Bubba’s gotta Bubba! He sure looks cute in those pics, especially that second one. How could anyone that looks like that cause trouble!?

That bowl is fantastic!

Mike Dopud is going to be on Dark Matter?? Cool!! wink

Maggie L80
Maggie L80

I honestly can’t imagine traveling on a plane with a dog, much less two! Glad you are home safe & sound. Sleep well!!

Thanks for all the pics! I didn’t think I could be more excited, wrong!


congrats on finishing it all and making it back to town.
sorta looking forward to less production and more food wink


What a beautiful plate! thanks Tomomi! Relax a bit if you can before your feet hit the ground running. meditate, eat chocolate, pet the pups, hug Akemi, not always in that order….


The bowl is really cool! And welcome home!


So glad all arrived safely home. And that bowl is fabulous! Tomomi must be an excellent artist!

Counting the days for Season 2 and so glad that Mike D. is onboard!



Ah Joe

So terribly sorry to hear Bubba
so cruelly, loudly, rejected ‘your latest pitch’

-> for him to produce and star in his own show
about a model citizen who loves to fly
and charm the ladies with how well behaved & brave he is
even when exhausted & starving.

Hope your LA meetings go much better! xo

Love the bowl Tomomi made.
So much wonderful talent all around us in the world!


@maggiemayday hope you will consider snapping some pics
of your june exhibit to share with us here on the blog. <3


Welcome home! Bubba looks so cute with his head poking out of the hole. Love the bowl (plate?). Great work. smile Somebody (not me) who comments here actually spilled the beans about Mike months ago.


Welcome Home!

It’s time to adjust to the Vancouver timezone again!


I think some people realized after seeing this tweet back from Feb 2015 from Dopud that he would eventually be on the show.


@Somebody (not me) who comments here actually spilled the beans about Mike months ago.

I don’t think anyone directly confirmed it on here. I think some people guessed it from the teaser pictures Joe posted a short while back.


no wonder Bubba was all whiney. A big boy like him is not used to those Airbus 320 coach seats. Did he get to look out the window?


Love that io9 interview and I’m so excited for the casting of some great actors! It needs to be July right now. smile I love Shaun and Mike from other roles but I am super excited for Ellen and Melanie: them plus Melissa and Jodelle seems the best recipe for some kickass but nuanced female characters.


That cute dish is awesome, how Tomomi make it? Welcome to Franka, Shawn, Ellen, Melanie and welcome back to Mike D, is it just me is does everything look way more expensive; is there a bigger budget for Season 2?


Coooooooooooooool! less than a month? Wahooooooo.
Love love love the plate!