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Archive for January, 2011

Little Mosque on the Prairie’s Manoj Sood and Brandon Firla To Appear Live In Burnbay

Friday, January 28, 2011 @ 09:01 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Indeed ,Little Mosque on the Prairie viewers in British Columbia , have a rewarding opportunity this weekend. Two of the series’  main cast members, actors, Manoj Sood[ Baber Siddiqui] and Brandon Firla [ Reverend William Thorne]are scheduled to make appearances on Saturday, January 29 2011,  as apart  of  CBC’s Meet the Stars at Live. The actors will appear  live at  Metropolis at Metrotown, Burnaby.

Though CBC  will be hosting an all day event which shall commence  at 11:00am,  featuring cast members and  hosts from  the network’s various others programs, the starsof Little Mosque on the Prairie will appear  as of 3:00pm. The  event will provide  attendees with the opportunity to receive autographs ,giveaways , prizes and  enjoy other entertainment.  The first one hundred  entrants to arrive at 3:00pm, will  receive wristbands for  this portion of the   event.CBC live.jpg

In addition to  the stars of Little Mosque on the Prairie,   select  cast members from various other  CBC series, including 18  To Life’s Stacey Farber and Michael Seate  as well as Insecurity’s Natalie Lisinska and Richard Yearwood .. For a  complete  view of the schedule for the day’s event, please visit  CBC’s Community Blog.

Will you be attending the event? Drop us a line in the  comments section to let us know!

LOST’S Michael Emerson To Guest Start As A Bug Specialist on NBC’S ,Parenthood

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 @ 08:01 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

  Indeed Michael Emerson  continues to lead a distinguished  professional life , with life after LOST. The actor, who was cast in JJ Abram’s NBC drama  pilot, Odd Jobs, has more recently  been set for a guest star role on the popular NBC series, Parenthood.

According to Entertainment Weekly , Emerson will play a” smart-yet-socially-awkward man who’s hired to entertain the children at a birthday party for Max (Max Burkholder). Like Max, the son of Kristina (Monica Potter) and Adam (Peter Krause)

The episode is scheduled to debut sometime in March, with an exact date subject to posting.

 What are your thoughts on Emerson’s suitability for the role, given his character in LOST. Will you be tuning in? Drop us a line in the comments section!

LOST’S L Scott Caldwell To Guest Star on Grey’s Anatomy

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 @ 07:01 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Indeed actress , L Scott Caldwell, who played the miraculously cured and spiritually inclined LOST character of Rose Nadler,has been cast for a guest appearance on the popular ABC series, Grey Anatomy. Though a specific date for the episode in which Caldwell’s character will appear in, has not yet been released, viewers can expect to see her appear sometime in mid February.

Caldwell will play a character who is the wife of a patient engaging in a clinical trial being operated by the series’ regular character, Derek, who is assisted by the character of Alex.

Caldwell is no newcomer to the Grey’s Anatomy set, having previously appeared for another guest role back in February 2009.

This news was first reported by  TV Line.

Will you be tuning in to see Caldwell? Are you excited? Drop us a line in the comments section.

SGU’S Lou Diamond Phillips Guest Stars As A Villian on Chuck

Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 07:01 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Indeed Lou Diamond Phillips will be appearing  for a  guest star role  as a villian  for an upcoming  episode, on the popular NBC series, Chuck.

According  to a report from TVLine, Phillips will appear in the fifteenth episode of the current season of Chuck. The episode will likely air in mid February. Further information regarding  the exact date of this episode,  shall be posted.

Phillips, of-course, plays Colonel David Telford on Stargate Universe,  which will air its final ten episodes,    later in spring on SyFy.

Will you be tuning in for the episode of  Chuck , to see Lou Diamond Phillips? Are you excited? Drop us a line in the comments section!

 

Little Mosque on the Prairie Ratings Drop For “Bromancing The Imam”

Friday, January 14, 2011 @ 10:01 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Indeed  Little Mosque on the  Prairie’s ratings drastically decreased for its recent episode, Bromancing  The Imam, which made its debut  on  Monday ,January 10 at 8:00pm eastern standard time on CBC. The sophomore episode of this season,  earned a rating of  477, 000 viewers, which  is more than  100 000 less ,than the  593 000  viewers which tuned in for the fifth season premiere, The Proposal, a week before on January 3 2011.

Meanwhile, CBC’s other Monday night series  also showed a drastic decrease in viewership in contrast to the previous week, with  18 To Life, dropping  from 436 000 viewers to 386 000 viewers in its  episode which aired, right after Little Mosque on the Prairie  at 8:30pm. Meanwhile, CBC’s new series, Village on a Diet took a massive dive , dropping from 514,000 viewers to 376,000 viewers.

 Reportedly,  CBC’s Tuesday night series also displayed similar correlations in contrast to  the previous week’s ratings.

 Tune in for a new episode of Little Mosque on the Prairie, entitled, Kept The Imam  on Monday, January  17 2011 at 8:00pm eastern standard time and be sure to  take a sneak  peak of the episode at  www.cbc.ca/littlemosque.

This news was first reported by TV Feeds My Family

Share your thoughts on this report in the comments section below.

Interview With Little Mosque on the Prairie’s Manoj Sood

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 @ 08:01 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Manoj Sood has been leading  an exemplary career. Having been in the acting industry  since 1994, Manoj has appeared in over 40 major television series and feature film productions. His appearances on television series include those such as Dead Zone and Dead Like Me ,while his list of film credits include,Rat Race and American Meltdown.

Manoj now brings his extensive experience and talents to CBC’s hit sitcom, Little Mosque on the Prairie in the role of the conservative Muslim father, Baber Siddiqui.

With Manoj being kind enough to participate in an interview with us and Little Mosque on the Prairie having just entered its fifth season, we took the opportunity to discuss his character and the series in general. In the interview, we particularly discuss  the challenges of playing Baber, what is in store for the character in the fifth season of Little Mosque on the Prairie , another recent project ,which the actor has been working on and much more!

1.Over the course of the past 16 years, you have appeared in over 40 different roles in television and feature film productions. Among these, you have had other roles as Arab Muslims. How has your previous experience in playing Muslim characters helped you to play the role of Baber?

I have played many ethnic characters so playing a particular ethnic type does of course add to an actors experience and yes it does put an additional tool in an actors tool belt.  I can’t honestly say that playing a previous character who is Muslim has helped me in a major way to play Baber as the religious elements are more a product of the writing than the acting.  If anything has contributed to my ability to play Baber in the way I do I would say it is the experience I have gained by having many friends from ‘Baber’s part of the world’.

2. How do you relate to your character, especially given the fact that you are a single father yourself?

It helps me to understand how he would behave in parent-child situations.  As a father I know that nothing in my life is more important than my son.  In order for me to play Baber truthfully, I must always remember that he is a father also and being a good father is his prime motivation in life.

3. What has been the most challenging aspect of playing Baber?

I find that to consistently maintain his accent and body posture in all situations and levels of intensity can be a challenge.  Sometimes I find that I have a tendency to lose the accent a tad when he is speaking loudly or shouting.  I have to watch this.  Similarly I find that when he is speaking in an excited way that the accent becomes too intense.  I have to be careful to maintain his unique accent in all speaking situations.

4. With Amaar and Rayyan having professed their love for each other last season, what role will Baber play towards the relationship, especially given his strong insistence that they maintain a distance?

You will see Baber in more situations as a chaperon and a self-appointed relationship manager so to speak.  As you know Baber has some very old ideas as to how men and woman should behave in the courting/engagement phase of a relationship.  Quite simply you will see more of this.

5. Could you please give us an idea as to what other challenges and surprises are in store for Baber in the fifth season, both in terms of his role as a father and a member of Mercy Mosque?

Layla is growing up so Baber has to adjust to this.  He must also learn to live with Thorne and interact with him as the 2 of them conflict in the day-to-day situations of the town of Mercy.  He continues to be the know-it-all on matters of his faith and he continues in his pompous and self-centered ways.  You will see Baber expressing his primitive views on who can be a board member of the Mosque and who can’t. You will also find him involved in Rayyan and Amaar’s relationship in some ways that may surprise you

6. What message would you like to convey to fans of the series?

Thank you for staying with the show for all of these seasons.  Quite simply please keep watching.

7. Are there any other acting projects, you have been working on, which you would like to share with viewers?

I have a role   in a lovely Canadian feature film called Fathers and Sons.  I play a gay Bollywood dance choreographer.  The film should be in Canadian theaters in early 2011.

SGU Cancellation Page

Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 09:01 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 , 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.

However ,since this announcement was made,   producer Brad Wright has been  exploring alternate options to continuing the series, with officials at MGM. As a result, there is renewed hope as to the future of the series. Follow the updates  below, for progress on the  efforts to have  Stargate Universe , continue in some format.

December 22 2010“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”.

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[http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/show-patrol/2010/12/brad-wright-on-stargate-universe-we-havent-given-up.html ]

December 25 2010All options are being considered at this point, but a third season would be ideal.[ producer, Joseph Mallozzi on his blog]

January 4 2011:I spoke to Brad about the future of the franchise.  We discussed “the plan”, Universe mainly, but also talked SG-1 and Atlantis.  No word on progress yet but, given the recent holidays, that’s to be expected I suppose.  Hopefully, we’ll receive some positive news next week.[http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2011/01/04/january-5-2010-yes-and-no-and-yes-but-no-and-stargate/]

January 10 2011: No developments to report on the Stargate front, but I’m hopeful we’ll receive some news this week[ producer , Joseph Mallozzi on his blog @http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2011/01/10/january-10-2011-the-top-10-food-t-v-personalities-that-kind-of-get-on-my-nerves/]

January 12 2011-I was in the office yesterday to watch the Day 1 Mix of The Hunt.  Great stuff!  Anyway, while there, I talked to Brad.  Needless to say, he’s been working hard to ensure we all get the opportunity to work with Mark in 2011.  Nothing definite as of yet toreport but a minor hurdle was cleared.  Quite a few hurdles still lie ahead and there’s always the chance it might all be for naught – but right now, things are looking positive.[producer, Joseph Mallozzi on his blog @http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2011/01/12/january-12-2011-stargate-production-update/]

January 26 2011-There’s also the fact that if things move as quickly as I think they will[ in regards to an opportunity presented by former Stargate co creator, Robert C Cooper, it will make both Paul and I unavailable for any other projects-poised-for-production.  Was hoping to hear something definite on the Stargate front before week’s end (or certainly before January 31st).http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2011/01/24/january-24-2011-hey-look-whos-in-town/

January 28 2011-Still no word on the Stargate front.  Sorry, gang.  When I do hear, either way, I promise you’ll be the first to hear. Producer, Joseph Mallozzi on  his blog.

January 29 2011-"Still no definite word on the Stargate front although I am being cc’d on the various emails concerning meetings, etc.  Alas, a third season looking less likely, but there are other scenarios that would allow us complete this incredible journey". Producer, Joseph Mallozzi on his blog @http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2011/01/28/january-28-2011-just-wake-me-up-if-i-have-to-go-to-toronto-lunch-with-ryan-still-no-word-in-case-youre-wondering-clearing-my-dvr/. What are your thoughts on this? Are you disapointed  at the unlikely prospect of a third season?What other form  would you  most like to see the journey completed in and how would you like to see Destiny complete its mission?

January 30 2011-Speaking of buzz – I exchanged emails with Brad today and he reports another major hurdle has been cleared.  Almost there, Stargate fans.  Again, this is show business, so even the most promising of scenarios can go sideways fast (and dead-end scenarios turn around just as quickly).  Nothing is written in stone but things are looking MUCH better now than they did last week when things looked much better than they did the week before.  Meetings are still ongoing and I, like most of you, am really beginning to feel antsy.  Hopefully, by the time we head back into the office for the Day 1 Mix of Blockade, we’ll have something more substantial to discuss. Producer, Joseph  Mallozzi on his blog @http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2011/01/30/january-30-2011-ready-for-t-o-cautiously-optimistic-things-i-made-recommend-me-a-bat-book/

February 6 2011- Meanwhile, for all those wondering – which I assume is A LOT of you – the Stargate situation remains fluid, and the tidbits of information I’ve received continue to sound very promising for a conclusion to the SGU story (in addition to a few more goodies).  It’s slow but positive progress.  Hopefully, I’ll know more this Tuesday when I go in to watch the Day 1 mix of Blockade and Day 2 mix of Common Descent.Producer, Joseph  Mallozzi on his blog@ www.josephmallozzi.wordpress.com

February 9 2011-Still no definite word on the Stargate front,” Mallozzi said.  “Following a flurry of promising developments, things have gone unbearably quiet.  Not a bad sign just … no sign.  There’s an anticipation that good news could break any day now — but the longer the wait, the greater the challenge when the time comes.  To those holding out hope that this could mean a third season pick-up — alas, this isn’t one of the scenarios in play.

“Nevertheless, as I said in a previous entry, if and when we finally do get the green light, Brad has some wonderful surprises in store for fans of SGU (as well as fans of the Stargate franchise in general)

February 26 2011-For now, I believe the plan is to strike the sets on Stage 6 (the cave and Homeworld Command which were doubtful to be used moving forward anyway). The standing sets (the Destiny corridors, observation deck, gate room over on Stage 4 and the bridge, shuttle, and mess over on Stage 5) will remain standing until we hear definite word that we will not be proceeding with production on any movie(s).  And, sorry to say, no news to report on that front.

Producer, Joseph Mallozzi on his blog@http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2011/02/25/february-25-2011-i-think-yogurt-very-mysterious-always-likids-on-the-tops/.

March 3 2011

“Hopefully, by the time [the season finale, 'Gauntlet'] airs, we’ll have definite word on a potential movie or two,” he said.

“If it’s a go and fans can look forward to a proper end to Destiny‘s mission, then ‘Gauntlet’ will certainly set the stage for a grand conclusion.  If, on the other hand, things don’t pan out and ‘Gauntlet’ does turn out to be the bittersweet finale, fans will be thrilled, touched, heartbroken — and left to wonder what could have been. Producer, Joseph Mallozzi on his blog @ http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2011/03/03/march-3-2011-gauntlet-the-dish-on-that-super-secret-restaurant-and-lunch-at-refuel/

March 5 2011-What happens to the SG Set at the end of SGU? are most of the writer’s and producer’s already gone to other projects??”

Answer: The sets are still standing as Brad and co. await word on possible movies.  As for the writers/producers – some have moved on, some stand ready to start work on a continuation of the storyline should they receive the green light.

April 1 2011To those of you asking about Stargate – I have no new info for you.  From what I hear, Brad hasn’t given up the fight and there’s still hope for a proper ending to the SGU story.  So, until further notice, the gate remains. [ Joseph Mallozzi, on his blog]

Discussion

What are your thoughts  and reactions on SGU’s cancellation? What possible  alternatives are there for keeping the series on air?Which  possibility do you think has the most chance of being successful?Comment on the  effect which the current cancellation has  had on  Stargate Revolution and Stargate Extinction. What changes do you think, need to be made , for SGU  to succeed as a series?Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Little Mosque on the Prairie Earns Strong Season Premiere Ratings

Thursday, January 6, 2011 @ 09:01 PM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

Indeed Little Mosque on the Prairie  is off to a strong start for its fifth season. The season premiere, The Proposal, which  aired on January 3 2011 at 8:00pm  eastern standard time,attracted a large audience of 593 000 viewers . This was CBC’s top score for   the night as  Little Mosque’s preceding series, 18 To Life attracted 436,000 viewers  and the new reality show, Village on a Diet , earned 514 000 viewers.

This rating is quite exceptional given the fact that   at the end of the  series’ previous fourth season, the program was earning less  then 400, 000 viewers per average household. Furthermore, this rating is of great news, considering it was also hockey night in Canada.

 Congratulations are  extended  to the cast  and crew of Little Mosque on the Prairie for  exceptional efforts and talents which helped contribute to the accumulation of such a notable  rating.

Happy New Year!

Saturday, January 1, 2011 @ 12:01 AM
Abbas Karimjee[ Administrator/ Owner]

On behalf our entire administration, I would like to  extend greetings of Happy New Year to all  of the valued  readers and supportive affiliates of this blog! May  the coming year bring you  an excess of health,success and happiness.

I truly anticipate that readers continue to maintain active involvement in the community  as  we embrace the prospects of the future by exploring further subject matter ,expanding  on our already existing coverage  and ultimately  initiating the blog’s relocation to a new self hosted site.

 Below, is a video of international new year festivities from   CNN. View the video to get a taste of the   diversity of celebration which occurred as the global community embraced  2011.

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As per our site’s tradition, we invite readers to  share personal new year resolutions in the comments section  below. Together we can share our self improvement goals. Readers are also welcome to extend  greetings to each other, in honour of the new year.