‘True Blood’ Scoop: Three Actresses Join Cast, Jessica Tuck Promoted To Series Regular!

by Josh Wigler at MTV News
Bon Temps is getting a whole lot weirder when season four of “True Blood” rolls around. In addition to the arrivals of actresses Fiona Shaw and Courtney Ford, three other actresses are joining the HBO vampire show’s ranks in some truly interesting roles.

Deadline reports that Janina Gavankar has joined the fourth season of “True Blood” as a series regular, while actresses Alexandra Breckenridge and Vedette Lim are saddling up in recurring roles. Additionally, “True Blood” veteran Jessica Tuck has been promoted to a full-time series regular when season four begins.

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A Peek At Next Week’s Episode Of Supernatural, ‘Caged Heat’

by Kevin Melrose at Spin Off Online

It’s a sad week for Supernatural fans as the Thanksgiving holiday means there won’t be a new episode this week. Instead, we get a repeat of the season premiere “Exile on Main St.” It’s cold comfort, I realize, but what can you do? To tide us over, The CW has released a sneak peek next week’s episode, in the form of the TV spot, preview clip and photos. And what an episode it looks to be!

Titled “Caged Heat,” it features the return of Rachel Miner as the demon Meg. What’s more, the episode stills suggest that she and Cas (Misha Collins) may have a cozier-than-usual relationship for a demon and an angel.

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SyFy’s 2011 genre programming

via Fangoria
BEING HUMAN, GHOST HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL and Jason (or is it Jeremy?) London in an Area 51 movie are just a few of the things that the channel has in store for the coming year.

Here are a few of the highlights from Syfy’s 2011 winter programming:

BEING HUMAN and FACE OFF are two of Syfy’s new original series. Based on the popular UK series, BEING HUMAN premieres Monday, January 17 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) and focuses on three roommates—vampire Aidan (Sam Witwer), ghost Sally (Meaghan Rath) and werewolf Josh (Sam Huntington)—living in a Boston brownstone. Together they try their best to be human while navigating the complexities of living double lives. LOST’s Mark Pellegrino co-stars.

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Syfy Cancels Open-mindedness – Help them Rebrand

Via Caprica Times
Today The Caprica Times is launching the “Imagine What?” campaign. Just over one year after changing names from The Sci Fi Channel to Syfy a lot has changed. The association between the image of Syfy and their programming has disconnected and it’s left many former fans of the channel feeling alienated. The Caprica Times thinks it’s time for them to rebrand again.

Syfy has shown that despite what they say and what their name implies, they don’t support Science Fiction – a genre known for exploring possibilities. Of Syfy’s current 2010-2011 lineup there are 8 Reality shows, 5 Fantasy shows and 1 Science Fiction show. Although Fantasy shows elicit imagination, they don’t look at the ways our world can become greater. Reality shows are the opposite of fiction. Only the Science Fiction genre can encompass the brand that the Syfy logo currently represents. But Syfy’s lineup includes Cooking shows (Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen), Makeup competitions (Face Off) and Wrestling (WWE Smackdown) – all poor interpretations of the concept of imagination and nothing we haven’t seen before. It seems as though Syfy is trying to dumb down what an imagination is.

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Happy-Slapping Hoodies with ASBOs and Superpowers: Misfits and Teenage Culture

by Emily Asher-Perrin at Tor
When Heroes debuted in 2006, it was widely criticized for being nothing more than an X-Men rehash. Frankly, it’s hard to argue against that point. Of course, any storyteller worth their salt (or anyone with an English or Theatre degree for that matter) will freely admit that we are constantly retelling the same stories. So why was Heroes a bland rehash and not a great retelling?

Perhaps the reason so many comic fans rallied against Heroes was because it didn’t seem like the creators of the show had lifted those ideas from X-Men and transformed them into something unique, brought a new take on an old favorite. They made a bad copy of something great. But that doesn’t mean that someone couldn’t do it up right.

In fact, someone has.

The UK channel E4 recently premiered season two of Misfits, a show that has been described by many as Heroes/X-Men meets a John Hughes film. The description is fairly apt; five teens doing community service for various crimes end up caught in a freak lightning storm that leaves them all with superpowers. Unlike your typical all-American superheroes with a sense of purpose and responsibility at having achieved such greatness, these are kids have no interest in destinies or protecting society.

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I think everyone who was a fan of The Sci Fi Channel knew that changing the name to SyFy was a warning. I said back then that they were dumbing everything down, and I was right. I knew there was a ridiculous amount of unrelated reality shows, but I didn’t realize that the rest of the programing was fantasy. I don’t mind them showing fantasy, but it should be at least 50/50, since the channel is founded on Science Fiction.

What do you think of the True Blood casting? Did the clips give you your Supernatural fix until next week? What do you think of Misfits?