A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit the set of the upcoming Sarah Connor Chronicles. Here’s the rundown on that amazing day:

At 9:30am the bus arrived at our hotel to take us to the WB lot. (Yes, it’s a FOX show, but it’s taping on the WB lot.) After we checked in at the gate, the bus drove us onto the lot a block away from the Connor house. We were then divided into two groups, and my group headed directly to the house. Inside, we were all given directors chairs and headsets to watch a scene being filmed. The scene we observed was a moment between John and Sarah Connor (Lena Headey) talking in the kitchen, before John had to head to school. We were told that they were shooting for episode 3 that day.

Producer James Middleton met with us for a bit. I asked how long the Sarah Connor Chronicles will run this season, and he let us know that they have approval for 12 episodes. With good ratings, we can hope for more!

In between takes, Summer Glau (from Firefly/Serenity and The 4400)came back to meet and shake hands with each of us. She was very polite a friendly, looking each of us in the eye while exchanging names. Summer will be playing Cameron, a Terminator sent back to protect the Connors.

A bit later, the new John Connor, Thomas Dekker (of Heroes fame), walked back to our room and answered our many questions and talked a bit about his new role, the updated fashions, and his respect for the Terminator movies.

When the other group arrived, we switched places and were led to the trailer of make-up artist Rob Hall. There, he took a volunteer and turned him into a Terminator. As we watched and asked questions about his history and work, Rob created “scratches” on the volunteer’s face, and what looked to be metal underneath the skin. It looked incredibly realistic.

Here I am, getting a closer look at the prosthetics used in the show.

Here are the transformed Terminators, with Summer Glau in the center.

As we walked back to the Connor house, someone pointed out several trailers in a row. Apparently where a Big Name Star, Shia LaBeouf, and quite a few others were filming a Certain Fourth Genre Movie.

Lunch was catered outside, where we were able to eat with a couple of the show’s producers. Executive Producer John Wirth sat next to me, and several of us began asking questions about the show. A little bit later, Richard T. Jones joined us, sitting on my other side, even though he wasn’t even working that day. Richard talked a bit about his character, James Ellison. Ellison is a F.B.I. investigator who is searching for Sarah and John Connor, but is always just a step behind. Richard was very down-to-earth and gracious. I thanked him several times for coming out on his day off to meet with us. John, Richard, and James sat and talked with us for quite a while.

Star Lena Headey greeting visitors.

Star Richard T. Jones, me, and Executive Producer John Wirth.

Richard signing a poster for a guest.

Then, before we had to leave, we all gathered for a group shot. I’m standing, just to the right of the stairs.

All in all, it was an incredible experience, and I had a fantastic time!

…Closer to the premier in January, I’ll be posting more details about Sarah Connor Chronicles!

And here is a link to TheTVAddict’s post on the set tour. (He was one of the guys made into a Terminator!)

Photos are courtesy of Adam Taylor/FOX.
Publicity photos: ©2007 Fox Broadcasting Co.