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Archive for December, 2010

Little Mosque on the Prairie Season 5 Premiere

Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 08:12 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

 Indeed Little Mosque on the Prairie returns with  the official start to the fifth season , on Monday, January 3 at 8:00pm eastern standard time.

To get a  sense of what awaits viewers in the season premiere, take a read through CBC’s official description below and  the network’s official trailer for  the new seasons of its winter programs, for a peak at what is in store.

Amaar searches for the perfect way to propose to Rayyan after getting Yasir’s permission to marry his daughter. Sarah volunteers to help but soon what is supposed to be the most magical night ever becomes a series of comic misfires. Meanwhile, when Thorne finds the town has turned on him after his bad behaviour toward the Muslims, he tries to find a new way to fit in.”

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 What are your thoughts on the  description and trailer?How do you  think the  upcoming storylines which were highlighted, will  play out?Which storyline are you the most excited to  see explored?

Still Hope For A Third Season of Stargate Universe

Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 12:12 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

 

stargate universe season 2 trailer With last week’s announcement of Stargate Universe’ cancellation many fans have concluded that the future of the Stargate franchise has been terminated. However, consulting producer of Stargate Universe says fans should not be so certain just yet.

Mallozzi indicated on his  blog , that there still may be  a minimal  extent of hope , for a third season of Stargate Universe. Though he maintained that such an outcome was unlikely, he did assert that it was possible. To support his optimistic statement,  Mallozzi added the following on his blog:

“Well, the SyFy cancellation makes it very long odds that we’ll be producing a third season next year.  BUT IS THIS THE END?  Damn you’re persistent.  The honest answer is: I don’t know.  No, that’s not entirely true.  The truth is I do know some – but only enough to say it doesn’t look good and it’s very log odds we’ll be producing a third season next year – yet still only enough to say I can’t say this is definitely the end.  At least for now. 

Though, Mallozzi has not yet specified  what other methods would be used to  help  revive the series for a third season, it  seems that the producers are still investigating their various alternative options.Once further developments on this front have been  released, we will be sure to post further information.

 What are your thoughts on Mallozzi’s statement?Has it developed a sense of hope for you as to SGU’s future and what are the possible methods which could be used  to   help keep the series on the air, for a third season?Sound off in the comments section below or send us an e-mail at blogmanagement@ymail.com.

UPDATE— Producer, Brad Wright also commented on  his efforts to  have Stargate Universe continue in some form, in a recent interview with  Show Patrol. In the interview, Wright specifically stated the following:

We haven’t given up on finishing the story we started,” Wright, who expressed, his gratitude for fan support, after his recent series of ongoing discussions with MGM officials ,  also added the following in his interview.

“It’s heartening to see so many people upset about Syfy’s cancellation of the show,” he said, “but it’s important to remember that their license fee represented only a portion of our total budget

 When  further details on Wright’s progress is made, we will be sure to post it onto the blog.

 What are your thoughts on the  cancellation of SGU and  what possible forms/ ways could the series continue in? What is your opinion on the interview and do you think Wright will be successful in reviving the series ? Sound off below.

Stargate Universe Cancelled After Two Seasons

Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 09:12 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

 

Indeed we are greatly disappointed to have to report that  Stargate Universe has been cancelled by  Syfy . The series, which is currently in its second season, will air the last ten episodes in its second half this spring, before  drawing to a premature end.

 The   news of the abrupt cancellation was first posted on Twitter today, where Syfy’s Craig Engler indicated that “Syfy will end its original action-adventure series Stargate Universe when the show returns with the final 10 episodes of its second season in the Spring of 2011,” Engler said. “The Stargate franchise — consisting of Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe — has aired on Syfy since 2002.

Stargate Universe was to be different from its sister series,  Stargate SG1 and Stargate Atlantis in that it was to be  more of a character based drama, which although  would maintain the  long term elements of adventure and  humour, would also develop a more darker grittier tone. The series initially received a great deal of negative fan reception as the inception of the series was announced in simultaneous reports to the cancellation of the previous, Stargate Atlantis, causing  many fans to be misinterpret  the news reports to suggest that  Stargate Universe  was an intended replacement of this previous incarnation.

 Although the series  debut received strong ratings, with over 2 million viewers, by end of the inaugural  season, the series was merely attracting 1.5 million viewers. In an effort to regain viewership,SyFy made a decision to move the  Friday night series to Tuesdays, a night where programs  tend to typically attract more live viewers . However, this effort has proven to have gone in vein as the first half of the current second season  merely averaged 1.1 million viewers. It should, however be noted that the series scores significantly higher ratings in DVR viewings, suggesting that there is still a strong fanbase for the series. Possible reasons for the great number of delayed viewings include the great competition present from other network series on Tuesday nights.

There has been no news as to the possibility of a fourth Stargate series nor has there been any news on the developments of  a  SGU movie, to follow the series finale Deliverance, which will air in June 2011 as a cliff-hanger.

To  make matters worse,  various cast members of the series have  reported that they found out about the news from their fans on Twitter and received no prior notice of the cancellation.

  We would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire cast and crew of Stargate Universe for their efforts into this series. Indeed, we embraced the new direction of Stargate, which you had helped create and  were looking forward to having the  series further develop in  its exciting direction.We shall remember   both the characters and storylines , which the series established and had the potential to  further explore, for years to come.Thank you for a spectacular two years and  best wishes for the future are extended to all those involved in the series.

 What is your reaction to the series’ cancellation?What are your thoughts on the future of the Stargate franchise?

UPDATE-  Producer, Joseph Mallozzi indicated on his blog, that there still may be  a minimal  extent of hope , for a third season of Stargate Universe. Though he maintained that such an outcome was unlikely, he did assert that it was possible, saying the following. 

“Well, the SyFy cancellation makes it very long odds that we’ll be producing a third season next year.  BUT IS THIS THE END?  Damn you’re persistent.  The honest answer is: I don’t know.  No, that’s not entirely true.  The truth is I do know some – but only enough to say it doesn’t look good and it’s very log odds we’ll be producing a third season next year – yet still only enough to say I can’t say this is definitely the end.  At least for now”.

Further developments on alternative approaches to producing the third season, will be posted on this blog as soon as they are available.

Stargate Universe is A 5 Year Series

Sunday, December 12, 2010 @ 10:12 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Indeed the producers of Stargate Universe have the planned the series to a degree which no previous Stargate series has been planned. According to consulting producer Joseph Mallozzi on a recent post in his blog,  the series has a value of five years in storytelling before its  planned conclusion.Mallozzi, specifically states that “there are a number of arcs and elements that will figure into the ultimate finale we have planned,” Mallozzi said.  “Ideally, we’d get five years to tell the entire story in satisfactory fashion but, if it came down to it, we could pay it off over the course of a single season.”

He added that there are no alternate plans in place as to how the storyline would continue in a different form [i.e movie], should the series fail to be renewed before reaching its fifth season.

While it would definitely be exciting to see the storyline further develop and reach a conclusion which ties all of the plots together to contain the series, Stargate Universe’s ratings in its current Tuesday night slots do not help support the probability of this outcome.  The series has been  one of two series struggling on Tuesday night on SyFy, with the other being Caprica, which has already been cancelled in its current inaugural season. Currently,Stargate Universe is averaging a total of 1.0782 million viewers per average household, for  the first half of its current sophomore season.

A decision on its third season is to be made later this month or in January, after the holidays have completed. It should, however be noted that Stargate Universe has a large DVR audience. This suggests that there is  indeed a strong fanbase for the series, however many viewers are making use of the advantages of  DVR and online viewing to keep up with the series. As a result, the audience is actually greater than what is officially accounted  for in the live time slot.

Mallozzi had the following to say in this regard.“I think our audience is there but simply growing more diffuse,” Mallozzi said of the ratings.  “It would terrific if the television industry found a way to catch up with the modern media’s technological advancements, find a way to make sure everyone is counted in those ratings — but barring a major miracle, I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

Be sure to stay tuned  on the blog for news regarding the decision on the future of Stargate Universe.

What are your thoughts on the planned time frame of five years?Are you excited that there is a plan for this series and that an ending is guaranteed, provided it airs for five seasons?How would you like to see the series end?Do you think SGU will be renewed for a third season, given its  ratings for the first half of season two?Why or why not?Sound off in the comments section below.

Interview With Little Mosque on the Prairie’s Sitara Hewitt

Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 03:12 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Actress Sitara Hewitt has been leading a distinguished career. Having been a dancer, host, model and an actor, the delightful actress has now been bringing her talents to CBC’s hit sitcom, Little Mosque on the Prairie, as the devout, Rayyan Hamoudi.

With the actress being kind enough to participate in an interview with us and Little Mosque on the Prairie approaching its fifth season for January 2011, we took the opportunity to discuss her character and the series in general. In particular, we discuss how she connects with the character of Rayaan, her view on how the character has developed over the course of the series, what is in store for the fifth season of Little Mosque on the Prairie and much more.

1.Your mother’s side of the family has an Islamic background and you spent a few years as a child in the Himalayan mountains of Pakistan. How has this part of your background helped you relate to your character and overcome some of the challenges in portraying Rayyan?

Staying in the Himalayan villages with my mother while she did her PhD and studied the people’s lives for her book was an incredible experience. I met some of the most generous, kind people who live in complete synchronicity with nature – we could learn a lot from them. They were all devout Muslims. I learned a lot about how and why women cover their heads, and a great deal about modesty and devotion. And I learned to be very comfortable in a ‘Chador’ or Hijab!

2. How do you think Rayyan has developed over the course of the series?

Rayyan has grown up over the years.  She started off as more naive, then after an engagement that didn’t work out she became more focused on her career and being a good person for herself, and not for a man. While she remains quirky and sarcastic, she has also become less immature, and more compassionate and relaxed. As we all do as we grow.

3.  In last year’s season finale, Rayaan and Amaar finally professed their love for each other. What was your reaction when you found out about this storyline and why do you they think they waited so long?

I was delighted. It just felt right. . and I think they waited so long so that viewers would enjoy the anticipation. (smile)

4. Can you please give us an idea as to what story lines and surprises are in store for the fifth season of Little Mosque on the Prairie, both in terms of the series in general and for Rayyan?

Mmmm, well I can’t say much though I’d love to.  Rayyan and Amaar take the next step and getting to know each other in a dynamic (with chaperones hehe) that they both never dreamed that would occur. It’s not always a smooth ride though . . .  Oh, and Thorne is a lot nicer and human. Two favorite characters make a surprise return as well. It’s a really nice season.

5. Do you have a message for fans of the series, which you would like to convey?

Thank you for giving this show a chance, and for being so loyal. It’s a concept that has never been done before, and though we may not please everyone we truly love making this show, and hope you all continue to enjoy it.

 

SGU InnerSpace Live Event – Review

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 @ 09:12 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

 Indeed we were at the Inner Space SGU Live event, which took place on Friday, November 12   in Toronto and are now  here  bring you the highlights

 The exciting event began with lead actor, Robert Carlyle who  commented on the developments of his character. Carlyle commented on how , although Rush would have liked for the discovery of the bridge to remain a secret from the fellow crew members, he believes that ultimately Rush’s goal is to ascend. Carlyle adds that  this is because Rush does not have anything left behind in this world and this  option, of pursuing higher power would be the most likely option for him.

Carlyle also commented on producing his first episode, Pathogen. He said he thought it was appropriate  that he was assigned to direct this episode as he could work at helping to convey  the emotions in the character relationships which needed to be strongly featured ,between Eli Wallace and his mother as well Camille Wray and her girlfriend, Sharon.

 Actor Louis  Ferria also appeared on the show. The actor  recalled his  initial interactions with lead actor, Robert Carlyle commenting on the humorous  miscommunications  between them, due to  Carlyle’s accent. He then commented on how he was proud that both he and Carlyle were  like the mother and father of the cast as a result of   their  distinguished careers.

When asked about the possibility of how the ship may have given TJ the visions of her baby being safe similar to the way in which it gave visions to Colonel Young, actress Alaina Huffman had some interesting insights. She  said that the characters often have two lives aboard the ship – their personal lives and work lives. For TJ, this difference has been blurred and given the amount of stress she was under for her responsibilities as medic, the ship just may have given her these visions as a way for her to move forward.

 Actor, Brian J Smith was asked why his character, Lt Mathew Scott did not take the chance to rise up the  ranks in the recent episode, Trial and Error.  Smith gave some great insights on this saying that it would have been  both selfish and stupid for Scott do this. The information we had was that Destiny needed Young, said Smith and the ship shut down because of him. Scott did what he had to, by getting Young back up as  leader.

 Actor Jamil Walker Smith was also asked about her character. After having the chance to joke with Innerspace host , Teddy Wilson about whether or not he would use the strength of Greer to  defend him, Smith offered some insightful l comments on  playing the role of Greer. He particularly  commented on how the crew has been  on  Destiny for an extended period of time and  Greer is therefore  showing more of his personality as opposed to just displaying the traits of a warrior.  When he told Smith that he was slowly coming around to his character, the actor responded by saying that now that they have been on the ship  for sometime we are able to see the military  show more of their personal lives aboard of the ships and that we can therefore see Greer’s lighter side.

Actor David Blue  and Elyse Levesque made a comment on how they were dating. It was, however,  unclear  to many if they were joking or not, when actress Ming Na added that  all three of them were dating!

 Actress  Elyse Levesque  gave her opinions on how Chloe was taking the current issue of mutation. She indicated that she is happy with how her character has greatly developed in the series 1.5 seasons. She notes that Chloe  feels “alienated”[ laughs at the pun!] behaves very maturely about her situation, by accepting it. The actress reports, how it is a very  mature response given the extraordinary events which are happening to her and in  contrast to the what the character’s previous reaction would have been.

 When asked about  portraying her character, Ming Na indicated that it was one of the most challenging roles she ever played. She noted that when fans come up to her and tell her  that they love to hate her  character’s she feels as though she has done her job well. The actress , however, added that she loves how Camille is such a complex character and  because of her many layers , her intentions are often misunderstood. Na also stated that despite Camille’s many vulnerabilities, she does have to wear   a mask which is quite different from that of the military personal, but this is slowly being taken off as time aboard the ship progresses for those on board.

Actress Julia Benson had the chance to comment  on her role as  Lt, Venessa James.She noted that she was pleased with how  her character had developed. 

Actress, Jennifer Spence , who plays  the intelligent, Lisa Park  was asked about her  character’s romance with Jamil Walker ‘s character, Ronald Greer. She simply responded jokingly, indicating that she does not know if Greer is capable of  intense  romance but she is sure that Jamil is [ although not from any personal experience, of course!]She then added that the audience would have to wait and see what develops from this relationship.

  Actor  Patrick Gilmore ,who plays Volker said he  always wanted a love interest for his character. Wright was quick to suggest that this would not happen.

Producers, Brad Wright and Robert C Cooper also had the chance to exclusively  discuss SGU on the show. The two discussed issues regarding the serialized nature of the series . Wright indicated that they to tend to have a general idea of what is going to happen as the start of each half of the season as  the seasons are shown in television into two halves. However, Wright adds that, this is not only from a production perspective but also from a storytelling one in that they what to know  where the storyline will end up at the end  off each half, so that  each episode can be used to help reach this outcome. They also discussed  how in Science Fiction in any concept, to which there is merit, can be considered  for the series.

 When  Teddy Wilson ,discussed the Gemini nominations with the producers, they both indicated that they were happy that not only was this a Canadian series that was doing so well, but also that it is a science fiction series. Copper, specifically noted that this was because of the fact that although other genres such as  comedy had their own categories in the ceremonies, Sci Fi did not. For Stargate to be  one of the shows acknowledged, spoke volumes about the series.

 Cooper , who was stepping back from the franchise after 17 years  left fans with a farewell message. He indicated that while it was ideal to have such a great cast and crew to work  with, one does not enter the industry to work in the same thing  for 17  years. He wants to explore other opportunities, but noted that he has not completely stepped back from the production  and he is as much of a fan as anybody who was gathered in the massive  studio audience.

The event ended with a sneak peak at the next week’s episode of Stargate Universe followed by a autograph session with the main cast members[ excluding Robert Carlyle]For a view at our cast  photograph, please visit  the home page at www.abbaskarimjeeweblog.com. Be sure to let  us know what you think of the photo!

 Also, we are proud to inform readers that the cast of Stargate Universe were invited to our blog by senior producer of Canada AM, Tina Dengrez. Thank you to Tina for supporting our blog and for working with us to promote the event on Canada AM.We  sincerely hope  that all of the cast members enjoy this blog and are impressed by the community.

Little Mosque on the Prairie:A Holiday Special – Live Discussion

Monday, December 6, 2010 @ 03:12 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Indeed, in honour of the stand alone Holiday special of Little Mosque on the Prairie, we will be hosting a live discussion on the episode. Share your thoughts on the episode  as you are watching it live on CBC, from 9:00pm -9:30pm .

  Post all comments for the discussion in the comments section below. We look forward to sharing our thoughts with you.