Sci Fi News Wrap; Being Human, Outcasts, Bedlam and Aidan Turner
A brief round-up of some smaller stories from the world of cult and science fiction including: Syfy repeating The Sarah Connor Chronicles, the return dates for Stargate Universe and Sanctuary announced, low ratings for Outcasts while Being Human continues to perform well but is Aidan Turner leaving?
Syfy has acquired the rights to repeat The Sarah Connor Chronicles. The broadcaster has picked up the rights to air all 31 episodes of the series which originally aired on Fox in 2008/2009. It was one of the victims of the notorious Friday evening ‘graveyard’ slot. The news comes after last week’s announcement that the Science Channel is to repeat Firefly which has prompted much media interest and a new campaign to revive the Joss Whedon series, for more details on that click here >>.
Staying with Syfy and the return date for the final batch of Stargate Universe episodes has been announced. The cancelled series will return on Monday 7th March for its final episodes. There’s no news as yet on a possible deal to save Universe by moving it to another broadcaster. The last we heard was several “hurdles” had been overcome but there’s been no more news since. Syfy has also announced its Amanda Tapping drama Sanctuary will return on Friday 15th April.
BBC One’s troubled sci-fi Outcasts continued to tumble down the ratings chart last night being beaten by The Biggest Loser on ITV1 – oh dear! In its final performance on Monday evenings before its shunted out of prime-time the Kudos drama (starring Hermione Norris and Eric Mabius) had just 2.7 million viewers. So viewers of Outcasts shouldn’t get their hopes up for another series because its for the cancellation heap.
BBC Three drama Being Human continues to perform strongly though with Sunday evening’s episode seeing a week-on-week rise. The episode pulled in 1.3 million compared to 1.2 million the week before. In related Being Human news there are some rumours that actor Aidan Turner is to leave the supernatural drama to concentrate on filming for The Hobbit. See more on that on Blastr here >>
Scott Rosenbaum, executive producer of ABC’s re-imaged V, has told TV Guide that the season two finale will see several main characters killed off. There is still no word whether ABC intends to renew V for a third season or not; at this stage based on ratings it could go either way. However, it seems as though V intends to end its second season, and possibly its run, with a bang as two or three main characters are killed off. The season finale of V airs on ABC on 15th March.
Sky Living’s supernatural drama Bedlam, starring Will Young and Theo James, had 320,000 viewers for its third episode on Monday evening.