Syfy Casts Being Human Remake

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According to TVGuide.com, Syfy has cast 2 of the 3 main characters for its upcoming remake of the hit BBC show Being Human. Smallville villain Sam Witwer has been cast as the vampire Aidan. And Meaghan Rath (The Assistants) will play a ghost named Molly. No official word yet on who will take on the role of the werewolf character.

Being Human is about three roommates (a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost) who try to maintain their humanity despite their paranormal state.

As a huge fan of the original British series, you would think I’d be mad or at least nervous about a Syfy remake. Instead, I’m actually excited. BBC’s Being Human is great, and I can still enjoy it on BBC America. But soon I’ll be able to (hopefully) enjoy a new, fresh take on a strong premise. Syfy’s version won’t be replacing the British one. And, in my opinion, there can never be too may scifi or fantasy shows on television. I loved Sam Witwer in his Smallville role. And I think he’s a great choice for the tortured vampire character on a new Being Human.

Syfy will also undoubtedly have a larger budget than the British version, which means the special effects will be much better. I have to admit that I cringe every time George changes into a werewolf, after seeing the quality of the Underworld movies. But ultimately, Being Human is about the characters and the choices they make. And if Syfy can recreate that chemistry with solid characters, it could be great as well.

New episodes of Being Human return July 24th on BBC America.

If you’ve missed the previous episodes of Being Human, you can still catch up here: http://www.bbcamerica.com/content/369/index.jsp

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Book Review: Lost Souls: Burning Sky

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Lost Souls: Burning Sky, by Mel Odom and Jordan Weisman

Nathan Richards smart teenager who refuses to live up to his potential, always living in his older cousin’s shadow. But on the night he turns 13, he is given a strange and unique gift. He can travel between different frequencies (realities) and talk to the dead. With this gift, he has to play a game tied to Mayan mythology against Kukulkan. And Nathan has to win in order to save the world from ending on December 21, 2012.

The first in a new trilogy, the novel for middle readers come packaged with a copy of the actual game from the story. And the game’s instructions are detailed at the end of the book. Whereas, Nathan must learn the rules and game instructions throughout the course of his adventures. Nathan is a likeable kid, with a tragic family. His mother died when he was born. And his father is so focused on his work, that he neglects his only child. And though Nathan is reluctant about the Game, he is focused on doing the right thing, even if it means putting himself in jeopardy.

With the popularity of Mayan culture in children’s books lately, this new trilogy has a fun niche literally incorporating a game – and helps to pull the reader even more into the story. This first in the trilogy is fast-paced, full of mystery and wonder. The adventure and suspense will attract readers of all ages. It’s fun, engaging, and exciting. Ending with a mild cliffhanger counting down to the supposed end of the world, I eagerly await the next installment.

Blu-Ray Review: Supernatural: The Complete First Season

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Supernatural: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray
Own it on DVD and Blu-Ray: June 15th
Official Site: http://www.supernaturaldvd.com

Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester are brothers who are on a journey to find their missing father, who was hunting the evil that killed their mother. Along the way, the brothers find themselves hunting the very things that their father faced including popular urban legends, vampires, ghosts, and other paranormal monsters.

A decidedly dark and grisly series, Supernatural appeals to a wide range of horror and thriller fans. Scary and violent, this series isn’t for the faint of heart. Padalecki and Ackles are fantastic actors that are put in a shocking and bizarre situation each week, sometimes getting to play beyond their own characters. Each episode is a nightmare/freak-of-the-week, full of heart-pounding suspense and chills. And the stunning visual effects are impressive for a television series. Now each of the 22 episodes is available in HD, making the picture ultra-clear and ultra-scary.

Special Features Include:
The Devil’s Road Map: Interactive Map Guide to Season One’s Urban Legends and Unusual Facts
– Paley Festival Panel Discussion Featuring the Cast and Creators
– Unaired/Extended Scenes
– Commentary on the Pilot by Series Creator Eric Kripke, Director David Nutter and Producer Peter Johnson
– Commentary on Phantom Traveler by Co-Stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles
– Two additional featurettes: Day in the Life of Jared and Jensen and Supernatural: Tales from the Edge of Darkness
– Gag Reel


Tonight on Syfy: Morgause Returns on an All-New Merlin

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From Press Release:
Darkness descends upon the kingdom of Camelot as wicked Morgause returns, more determined than ever to destroy Uther, in “The Fires of Idirsholas,” an all-new, action-packed episode of Merlin premiering Friday, June 25, at 10 p.m. ET/PT only on Syfy.

In “The Fires of Idirsholas,” Morgause gains a determined ally in her fight against Uther: Morgana, whose hatred for the King puts the entire kingdom at risk. With her dark magic, Morgause re-animates the long-dormant but never-deadlier Knights of Medhir – then places Camelot under a spell to render it defenseless as she plots an attack. Merlin and Arthur find themselves virtually alone in fighting off the relentless knights.

Meanwhile, the Dragon (voiced by legendary actor John Hurt) reveals to Merlin that the only way he can stop them is to betray someone he loves.

As Merlin speeds toward its epic season finale on July 2, “The Fires of Idirsholas” brings together the powerful magic, tense swordfights and myth-driven storytelling that has made the series such a potent addition to Syfy’s lineup.

“It’s a huge and big episode,” enthuses actor Colin Morgan, who stars as Merlin. “When you first read something like that, you think, ‘Wow.’”

Central to the plot is a powerfully dramatic confrontation between Merlin and the increasingly threatening Morgana, who’s played by Katie McGrath.

“Morgana has finally decided that she’s had enough of Uther, that she can’t live with the way he is anymore,” McGrath explains. “She has decided that the time has come for her to do something about it, and Morgause comes into the episode and facilitates this – but in a way that Morgana isn’t really aware. Morgana agrees to a plan without truly understanding what it is.”

Though Morgan knows the story of Merlin and Arthur better than most, he says he was nevertheless impressed by the deep emotions of this episode. “You see Morgana becoming so impassioned and so against Uther that it’s actually becoming quite dangerous and quite worrying.”

The plan Morgana has helped put into motion involves the aforementioned Knights of Medhir, who are stirred by Morgause’s incantations. Coming up with the right look for them was important to the episode’s director, Jeremy Webb.

“I wanted them to have cloaks that would move nicely in slow motion and be quite menacing,” he explains. “Dark and hooded – sort of like grim reapers.”

As the otherworldly knights descend on Camelot, the kingdom is all but helpless against the attack. Only Arthur, Merlin and Morgana are able to wage battle – and in the midst of it, the Dragon heightens the tension by reminding Merlin of the promise the warlock made to set him free.

In the final moments of “The Fires of Idirsholas,” Merlin finds himself standing next to a huge chain. “It’s what has been holding the Dragon down in the depths for all these years, and this is the big moment,” Morgan explains. “Merlin’s about to keep his promise.”

What will come of Merlin’s unexpected actions in the penultimate episode of this season of Merlin? Find out when “The Fires of Idirsholas” airs this Friday – June 25 – at 10 p.m. ET/PT, only on Syfy.

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Book Giveaway: Best Served Cold

On behalf of Orbit Books, I have an extra copy of Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie for one lucky winner!

Contest is open to everyone. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends July 23. I’ll draw names on July 24, and notify winners via email.

Good luck!

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