Adam B. Vary at 9 TV Shows We Can’t Wait to See
Premieres Jan. 22 at 9 p.m. on SyFy

What it’s about: If you ever wondered how the robotic Cylons from Battlestar Galactica were born, this prequel series from Battlestar exec producers Ronald Moore and David Eick serves as a sexy, soapy origin story. Set on the eponymous planet 58 years before Battlestar, the sci-fi family drama follows two tragedy-stricken patriarchs: Joseph Adama (Esai Morales) — a Mob lawyer who’s mourning the death of his wife and daughter in a terrorist bombing while raising a young son who will grow up to be BSG‘s Admiral Adama — and Daniel Graystone (Eric Stoltz), a Bill Gates-like technology genius whose daughter died in the same attack and whose efforts to resurrect her lead to the creation of those frakkin’ toasters.

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by Jean Bentley at MTV: ‘True Blood’: Joe Manganiello Dishes On His Alcide Workout And How Facebook Landed Him The Role
The folks at the “One Tree Hill” podcast have been doing a great job of getting our favorite “OTH” actors to talk about their upcoming projects. Last week’s edition brought us news on Bethany Joy Galeotti’s “The Notebook” Musical, and this week they’ve gotten sometime “OTH” guest star Joe Manganiello to dish on his major new gig: playing werewolf Alcide Herveaux on HBO’s “True Blood.”

Joe credits his technologically savvy fans for helping him get the role. “Facebook and the internet were integral to me getting this part. There are ‘True Blood’ bloggers that were fans of the books. They knew this character was coming up — that it appeared in book three — so they knew it was coming up for season 3. They would blog about who should play the character, and some of these bloggers put up pictures of me.”

After a friend brought the posts to Joe’s attention — “that is really what got me into the books” — he called his agents and managers and began posting the links on his Facebook page. When someone who was friends with the “True Blood” casting people mentioned Joe’s campaign to them, “it got me in,” he said.

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from Alan Stanley Blair at Airlock Alpha: The CW May Renew ‘Smallville,’ ‘Supernatural’
If you thought the Man-of-Steel would be calling it quits after his ninth season, you’d better think again as reports now point toward a 10th season pickup for The CW’s Superman-in-training series, “Smallville.”

“I’m really pleased with the show,” The CW president Dawn Ostroff said during the Television Critics Association winter press tour. “Creatively, I think they’ve done a great job. And the ratings are [strong] on Friday night. I have to commend [the producers] … It’s not easy in Season 9 to keep a show fresh. And you know what I think? The fans have really liked the show this season.”

“Smallville” isn’t the only other series that is likely to receive another year as the demon-filled “Supernatural” also is expected to return for a sixth season despite news that Eric Kripke is treating the finale as its series finale, wrapping up the majority of plotlines.

Traditionally, “Supernatural” always has been considered an on-the-bubble series (meaning that it tends to teeter between renewal and cancelation on a yearly basis). However, this year the show has gone from strength-to-strength critically, if not in the ratings. And it looks like that has been noticed.

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By Jeremy Barker at The National Post: The Return of Futurama

Good news everybody, Futurama is back, in black and white and filmed in glorious cellphone shakey-cam! Topless Robot has unearthed a video of the first three minutes of storyboard animatics from “Rebirth” from the next season of Futurama. Watch it quick before FOX stomps all over it.

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The video premiered at Comic-Con this summer (I believe). I cannot wait for new Futurama. I have actually worn out one of my dvds-there are lines all over it when it plays. I think Caprica looks good, but since I haven’t seen Battlestar yet, I might wait.

What do you think of the CW renewing Smallville and Supernatural?  Are you excited about the return of Futurama?