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Q&A with Colin Morgan of Syfy’s Merlin

The fourth season of the drama series Merlin returns with more mythological story lines as Syfy takes viewers to the mythical city of Camelot, to a time before history began and a realm of legendary beasts and mysterious people. Magic is banned by the tyrant villain Uther Pendragon. Merlin, a young man with extraordinary gifts and magical powers, arrives in the kingdom only to discover he is not welcome and has enemies. Merlin must survive in Camelot and uses his magical powers to uncover Camelot’s hidden secrets.

Merlin stars Bradley James as Prince Arthur, Anthony Head as King Uther, Richard Wilson as Gaius, Katie McGrath as Morgana, Angel Coulby as Gwen, and Colin Morgan as Merlin. Colin took part in a Q & A to discuss what lies ahead for Merlin. The fourth season is heading toward the dark side according to Colin, he could not go into full details, but the tagline for the fourth season is a slight giveaway as it states, “the darkest hour is just before the dawn.”

Colin discussed a few of the frustrations that Merlin must deal with. Merlin is frustrated having to keep his magical abilities a secret, and his objective is to be free and live in a land where his abilities are accepted.

Merlin is quite an interesting character for Morgan, as Merlin comes across as funny, dramatic and at times clumsy in a Tomfoolery way. He enjoys all aspects of this character because there is a variety, with Merlin not being a one-dimensional simple character. There is complexity, and Colin is able to mix it up playing Merlin. He is the “spice of life” and able to play the character in a variety of ways to take Merlin in many directions.

Camelot makes for an interesting story. There have been many television, books and films based upon different Camelot storylines, but what makes Syfy’s Merlin different is the fantasy aspect that takes the series to an entirely different level. Morgan said it is a series that you can be inspired by.

Season five is already highly anticipated, yet Morgan said he could not go into details, as they want to keep things secret. The cast only finds out information about three episodes at a time, so at this time he knows nothing about season five and where it will take Merlin.

The powers are a big part of the series, and Colin’s power of choice would be teleportation. He would enjoy the idea of Merlin having that power. He would loved to have worked with legendary actor Paul Newman, whom he calls one of his favorite actors of all time, but if he had a dream guest-star, it would be Sean Penn. He deadpanned, “I’m not so sure we could get them to appear on the show.”

Colin is not on any of the social networking sites, but acknowledges he is appreciative of the viewers and Merlin supporters. He does have an email account, but that is the extent of his social networking, as he prefers to keep his personal life private, although he does enjoy the conventions and meeting the fans. He hopes to attend Comic-Con again next year; it was a blast for him and the rest of the Merlin cast.

Merlin is a smart series and Morgan created a very smart character. He is intelligent, talented and magical. Make sure to tune into the Syfy channel to watch all of his magical, mythological adventures. Merlin premieres Friday, January 6th at 10/9c on the Syfy channel.

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Q&A with Executive Producer Steve Niles of Remains on Chiller

Steve Niles is credited with bringing the graphic novels back to life. He has worked on major franchises such as Batman, and I Am Legend, and also created The Creeper and Simon Dark series for D.C. Comics. 30  Days of Night and the sequel Dark Days have been developed into major motion pictures. Niles has worked with Sam Raimi, John Carpenter and Rob Zombie. 30 Days of Night has now been turned into the Chiller original film Remamins, produced by Nils.

The film is set in the post-apocalyptic Reno, Nevada, and follows survivors of an accident that reduced most of the world’s population to zombies. The survivors take refuge in a vacant casino and fight a losing battle against the undead who have become smarter and more aggressive. The movie stars Grant Bowler (True Blood), Lance Reddick (Fringe, Oz, The Wire), Miko Hughes (Pet Sematary) and Tawny Cypress (Rescue Me). Remains is written by John Doolan and directed by Colin Theys; Andrew Gernhard and Zach O’Brien produce.

Niles took part in a Q&A to discuss the project. He talked about the popularity of the zombie genre. I think horror always reflects our general fears and anxiety levels in society today. The world is different, and right now we’re actually afraid of other people, disease, and being invaded, so what better ways to express our fears than having this zombie hoard that wants to eat humans. It comes to our friends, family and neighbors wanting to kill and eat us.

The zombies may be the most terrifying example of real horror, and with all the insanity in the world, it seems it could actually happen. For those who are truly afraid of the world, the zombies have become a form of therapy for confronting their fears.

Niles is excited to be a part of Chiller; he enjoys TV movies, and Dan Curtis who wrote The Night Stalker and Dark Shadows is one of his heroes. He said the people at Chiller are already like family, so being a part of Chiller was enough for him. He felt it was a wonderful place to premiere his TV movie Remains.

As Remains are being turned into a TV movie, Niles had to face a big challenge; there was a lack of budget to film the movie. He could imagine and do anything, but without the budget had to improvise. He turned to the film he calls “the greatest zombie movie of all time,” which had a budget of seventy thousand dollars and was shot on the weekends, Night of the Living Dead. Inspired by that classic film, he was able to get the scenes he wanted done effectively.

Niles not only enjoys zombies, but also mean nasty vampires that do not want to seduce you but strictly want blood. He has developed affection for vampires and believes there is more you can do with that particular monster, story-wise. Zombie stories are great for telling human stories, but vampires are great for both their human and monster aspect. Niles considers himself the “luckiest monster kid on earth” to be able to create the stories he loves, everything from vampires to Frankenstein.

Niles is happy with the way Remains turned out. You can watch the premiere of Remains on Friday, December 16 on Chiller.

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Q&A with Emily Rose, Eddie McClintock and Colin Ferguson

A very Syfy Christmas. 

The Syfy channel has decided to add three shows to their Holiday Episode line-up (for the second year in a row), Episodes of Eureka at 8/7c, Warehouse 13 at 9/8c and everyone’s favorite supernatural town, Haven at 10/9c, in which rumors of Eric Balfour in Santa Claus suit have been running wild through the viewer community, will air on Tuesday, December 6. Three of the talented cast members, Emily Rose of Haven, Eddie McClintock of Warehouse 13, and Colin Ferguson of Eureka, took part in a Q&A to discuss their shows.

Syfy has decided to do the standalone holiday episodes, and it makes sense because it gives the viewers a chance their favorite Syfy shows instead of just the usual holiday specials that run on other well-known channels.

Syfy viewers are wondering what we can expect from these shows, knowing that normally the shows contain action, adventure, paranormal, mystery, unusual, death, heartbreak, happiness, mysterious guest-stars and the best cast. Emily Rose said they have been gearing up for the Christmas episode, and the cast is very excited.

It certainly is not the traditional thing for Syfy to do, because many people know that the infamous film A Christmas Story is usually what people are watching. If you want something different and fun, you’ll want to check out Syfy’s Christmas, because there will be nothing like cozying up and watching the excitement that Syfy brings.

Rose said they were invited to be a part of this before the season started last year, so she felt it was special. There was not a lot she could share, as the details are under wraps tighter than Christmas wrapping paper.

Haven’s episodes were filmed in the beginning of the year in Nova Scotia; Emily said it was odd to be in the Christmas spirit, and then have to start filming the rest of the season.

Eddie goes through a darker phase on Warehouse 13’s holiday episode. He also could not go into detail, but some of the darkness involves his mother and taking things to a new level, and Jinks and the rest of the crew being “alive.”

Colin Ferguson must take on the concept of reality and there will be several forms of animation involved. Colin was interested in the Holiday Episodes because he would be able to go light or dark with his character on the show. He admits one of his favorite holiday classics is The Grinch.

Eddie joked that his morals for the holidays take him right to boobs. Only, Eddie could get away with that. Emily sticks with watching traditional holiday films including, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer and The Grinch. She adores the classics.

So with Syfy, they are joining an elite list with their very own holiday episodes. What does Christmas mean to these characters when they live in such chaos with everything from strange government relics to lost memories? Emily said Audrey has a lot to overcome, and it is hard for her to wrap her head around the idea of the holidays. What Audrey does remember is not the most pleasant thing.

Colin wants it to be something that could happen every year. He likes the idea that the Syfy stars are contributing to the holidays. He cannot give away any major details, as Syfy is known for keeping the storylines under lock and key and the stars are just as mum on the subjects. He said it is definitely not what the viewers will expect at all. He warns it is one of the best endings the show has seen since their season premiere, and you will never expect what will happen.

Neverland: Q&A with Charlie Rowe, Rhys Ifans, Anna Friel and Nick Willing

The Syfy channel breathes new life into a classic. When you think of Neverland, you may think of Peter Pan or Michael Jackson’s world-renowned home, but originally Peter Pan was a character created by Scottish novelist and playwright J.M. Barrie (1860-1937). The story is legendary around the world, and we all know Peter Pan as the boy who refuses to grow up. The Syfy channel gives it an updated look and is one of the first Syfy original stories to take on the Syfy Countdown to Christmas week.

The two-night miniseries event takes us on many different journeys and brings together elaborate fantasy and classic sets along with a fantastic cast fit to play these legendary characters. The cast includes Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) as James Hook, Kiera Knightley as the voice of Tinker Bell, Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies) as Captain Elizabeth Bonny, Oscar-nominee Bob Hoskins as Smee, who if anyone remembers, played Smee in Steven Spielberg’s film Hook, Raoul Trujillo (Tin Man), and Charlie Rowe (Pirate Radio) as the most infamous character, Peter Pan.

Recently, the fairy tales have been resurfacing with shows like NBC’s Grimm and ABC’s Once Upon A Time, so the Brothers Grimm may have been the inspiration for this fairy tale reinvention. We have seen vampires (and we still love them), but Willing believes he could easily live in Neverland, Oz, or Wonderland. There is a fascination with the stories and retelling them for a new generation.

During a recent Q&A, Charlie Rowe, Rhys Ifans, Anna Friel and writer/director Nick Willing took time to discuss the legendary tale. Many people have grown up with the story and are familiar with the different variations. Anna Friel admits she was encouraged to take the role because of her six-year-old daughter. She adored the idea of there being a new take on the story, and felt the magic was taken above and beyond with Syfy’s version.

The film is slightly different from the various versions because it is a prequel. Nick Willing wanted to show why a boy would not want to grow up and how he ended up in Neverland with pirates, fairies and sword fights. “I just let my imagination run wild and felt it would make an intriguing movie,” Willing said.

Charlie Rowe originally found himself reading for the part of Fox, Peter Pan’s best friend. Playing Fox was not Rowe’s first choice, so he spoke up and said he wanted to play Peter Pan. Nick apparently had the same thought as he called Rowe the next day to ask him if he would like to play Peter Pan. He felt it was an amazing character and was happy he was able to play him.


 
Nick felt Charlie was the right person to portray Peter Pan. he said he must have seen at least four-hundred kids, and then finally his Peter Pan walked through the door. He went with his instinct and knew right away he made a good choice.

Friel felt it was one of the best scripts she had read and loved the fantastic element and the magical concept. She was also very excited to play a villain. She had a conversation with Willing on the phone and said he spoke so eloquently about the story and what he had envisioned it becoming on-screen.

Rhys was sitting in a bar in a beautiful village in Spain (you can almost envision him doing so), and received the script for Neverland. He could not put the script down and fell in love with the story. He felt Nick was telling a beautiful story and painting his own psychosis of the arrival for the embodiment of evil.

The challenges involved making these familiar, beloved characters new and fresh and adaptable to Willing’s story. Rowe said he learned a lot from Rhys and Anna and being around Nick, he realized the character he was portraying was similar to Nick and used him as inspiration for Peter Pan.

The new tone for the characters was set by this cast immediately, according to Friel. She said the performances were unique, and her character in particular was newly created. She found many ways to invent her character and bring her to life, so she fit with the story and the original characters.

Rhys said he never felt like he was working with a child actor, but a professional actor from the very beginning. Hook is brought to life by Rhys, and he adds new emotions and a lot of new maturity. He felt safe with the cast and Nick, and believes Hook truly develops and gets a fresh start.

Willing was excited to bring this project to Syfy, because he knew the network would allow him to take a lot of risks and reinvent the story as much as possible. Syfy is brave enough to delve into the dark areas in which it is often more difficult to do on the big screen or another network. He wanted to experiment with the project and make it elaborate and creative for the viewers to imagine they could be in Neverland with these characters.

The film takes on the fantasy genre and the cast was fine with being able to create a mesmerizing, unforgettable project for the Syfy viewers. Friel said she found it fascinating that they started filming in a real environment on a real ship, then moved towards green screen and had so many fantastic visuals of what it would be like in Neverland.

Rhys described it best; no one is going to have to leave the comfort of their own home to be transported to such a magical place. Neverland is thrilling, exciting, emotional, psychological and magical from start to finish. The cast is excited for viewers to watch the characters they created and gave a new life to, and Nick Willing is excited to have viewers enter the world he created as a writer.

Rowe’s playground for Peter Pan and Captain Hook was the set. He is excited for a new generation to be able to have them back on-screen thanks to the Syfy channel, and hopes he did Peter Pan justice. Willing said if you want to know where Peter Pan came from and how he ended up in Neverland with the lost boys, and why this strange place is the home to fairies and pirates, and why Peter Pan does not want to grow up, you are going to want to sit down and grab some popcorn with your family to watch Neverland.

If you want to get lost in your own imagination and join this amazing cast and enter Nick Willing’s version of Neverland, make sure to watch this amazing story unfold and take a night or two off as a grown-up and watch Neverland on Syfy Sunday, December 4, and Monday, December 5, at 9/8c.

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Q&A with Ving Rhames of Syfy’s “Zombie Apocalypse”

Veteran actor Ving Rhames brings his talent to the new Syfy original movie, Zombie Apocalypse. With the success of AMC’s The Walking Dead, the zombie genre is here to stay. You really can’t keep the dead down. Rhames has appeared in over one hundred films including Pulp Fiction, Con Air and many more. He is multi-talented and often portrays a badass in his films. He is very smart and savvy when it comes to choosing great roles that fit his personality. Now Rhames takes on the undead for Syfy. Previously taking on the undead in the film Dawn of The Dead, he is no stranger to the world of zombies. He recently took part in a conference call to discuss his latest roll and his long career in film and television.

Rhames was born in New York City and studied at the Julliard School of Drama, then began his career in New York theatre. His first appearance was on Broadway in the play “The Winter Boys” in 1984. He hit the big time with his first TV role in Go Tell It On the Mountain, and his first film role being in Native Son. He won a Golden Globe winner for his work in the miniseries Don King: Only in America.

“Zombie Apocalypse” takes place after a zombie plague has wiped out ninety percent of the American population. A small group of survivors must fight their way cross-country to a possible refuge on the island of Catalina. Rhames didn’t want to disclose too much about the film or his character, but said there are a few people who do survive this massive catastrophe where Zombies have taken over. The story goes into the characters’ friendships and how they all work together to survive under such stressful circumstances

Rhames received a call from his agent regarding the project. After reading the script, he immediately said that he was in and wanted to do the film. He was attracted to the role because of his previous experience with Dawn of the Dead. He loved bonding with his fellow actors and appreciated that the film combined fantasy-fiction and fun. He felt it was all about chemistry and making a few new friends. He needed to be in sledgehammer-wielding shape, and prepared by working out four to five days a week. Not that he wasn’t already in good shape thanks to his martial arts training, being a black belt in karate.

There were several scenes that Rhames enjoyed filming, and one scene in particular that stood out for him was between him and Lesley-Ann Brandt. He shows a lot of compassion and protects her character throughout the entire film. There was great chemistry between the cast as they dealt with a lot of different conditions in the movie. It’s very different when the characters are humans and zombies.

Rhames has played a variety of diverse characters and over the years and has maintained a fascinating career by taking on different roles to show his versatility. His dream roles would be portraying Dr. Martin Luther King or Paul Robeson. He has battled everything from sharks to zombies, but his most difficult adversaries were piranhas. His character Henry in Zombie Apocalypse will not have to take on any piranhas, but will do some serious battling with the undead. He takes on the role of the protector and enforcer in the movie.

Rhames still applies what he has learned at Julliard to each one of his roles. His includes that in his advice to future actors. He feels it’s important to make sure they receive the proper training. He grew up watching Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro, and considers them to be the best.

Rhames appreciates his fans and works with a group called Developing Options, which helps with gang intervention. He believes he is doing what he is meant to be doing with his life. He continues to grow and studies his craft by working.

Catch Rhames take on the zombies of the world in Syfy’s original movie, Zombie Apocalypse, premiering October 29 at 9/8c.

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Q&A with Ben Hansen and Jael de Pardo of Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files

Get ready for the return of the Syfy series “Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files,” that answers all the strange questions you may have regarding otherworldly activity. Ben Hansen, a former FBI agent with a lifelong love of the paranormal, leads a team of investigators around to discover whether the photos or online videos people post are fake or real and worth further looking into.

The team conducts elaborate experiments and attempts to recreate the phenomena. Ben makes the final choice which cases require a trip into the field. Once he decides it’s a go, the team will speak to witnesses, collect physical evidence, and determine whether the case should be followed, debunked or even dangerous.

Ben Hansen and Jael de Pardo took part in a conference call to discuss the series. The team has come across everything from ghosts to UFO’s, so they have had their fair share of interesting investigations. The paranormal world has a fairly good following now, and Ben is covering as much as he possibly can. He believes that people love to see a little bit of everything. They do not stick to one main topic. It is not strictly Ghost Hunters or The Twilight Zone, but they combine everything to make the show more exciting.

Jael was a journalist before working with Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files, and he was hired as a researcher for Destination Truth, a fellow Syfy show. He started to document his experiences with the paranormal, and has been able to document some of the strangest phenomena in the world. Ben’s natural curiosity and love of the film ET sparked his interest.

Ben’s FBI experience comes in handy for the show. He is meticulous and logs every bit of evidence. Similar to his FBI filing, he writes reports, logs EVP sessions and is hands-on with his work. They choose various locations for the shows, ones that are never the same, but do have to get approval for some of the bigger, complicated experiments.

One of the challenges the team faced involved Area 51 and trying to get an approval to maneuver around the base freely for an investigation. The legendary base is protected and security was watching them at all times. This is just one of the challenges they have faced. When they take the show overseas, they face different laws including no FLIR cameras because of the thermal imaging.

Ben’s dream case is to see a Loch Ness Monster or new monsters. England has its own version, they call it Brownie. There have been sightings and a few photos worth looking into of several different Loch Ness Monsters, but Jael and Ben are certified divers and would have no problem jumping in the water.

The cases take a lot of time, and Ben and Jael work hard at finding the locations, making sure the witnesses are credible, and digging for evidence that can be presented on the show. They are constantly traveling and searching for what is unusual in the world. So while some people may seek the normal, the crew of Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files are traveling around the world looking for UFO’s. The world is their playground.

Maybe Ben will find ET one day, but for now you can watch “Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files” on the Syfy channel Wednesdays at 10/9c, to share their other finds.

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Q&A with Scott Hallock and Tracy Morgan of Syfy’s “Scare Tactics”

It is that time of year to frighten, watch scary movies and scare the ever living crap out of people. Are you scared? “You shouldn’t be. You’re on Scare Tactics. It is the line many dread and some people get a kick out of, as hilarious actor and comedian Tracy Morgan (30 Rock” and Saturday Night Live) hosts and executive produces this outlandish Syfy version of Candid Camera. People are set up by their so-called loved ones with elaborate pranks and scary situations that involve everything from special effects to makeup.

These elaborate horror hoaxes are designed to tap into the fears of the unsuspected victims. In the season premiere there is a mist, a lab experiment and something with cryonics. A big mix-up happens, and a fellow lab member winds up trapping his colleague in the room with a “mist.”

What these people do not know is there is in an entire viewing audience watching at home as the hilarious Tracy Morgan does the introductions and hosts the show. During a recent conference call Tracy and Executive Producer Scott Hallock discussed what goes into scaring someone into oblivion and then wailing with laughter, Syfy style.

Scott Hallock discussed the serious process of “pranking” a family member or friend. The crew must first meet with the friend or family member to find out why they would want to do something so horrifying to their loved one. With Halloween just around the corner, and Syfy promoting the 31 Days of Halloween, it makes you wonder if people look for cameras to make certain the Scare Tactics crew isn’t preparing a prank.

Hallock maintains it is all about the back story of the person. When friends and family set someone up for a prank, they inform the crew of their fears, and their workplace is in on the surprise as well. The show usually starts out with people who are in on the scare doing something random at a job or outdoors. They never start out with a jump-off-the-sofa moment. That is saved for when you are very comfy and believe you are watching a great comedy show play out before the chaos ensues. Hallock assures that these people are not showing up blindly, but in fact going through the process of getting to know the crew and what is and is not appropriate for the show.

Much of the focus of the “scare” depends on what the person is into. If someone worships vampires, their episode will revolve around vampires. If they have a thing for aliens, they will land the mother ship and begin looking for members. If you fear spiders or snakes, the crew backs off a bit. They will not place anyone into a dangerous situation.

Hallock said he is frightened by Bigfoot, mainly because he grew up in the Northwest and heard a lot of noises in the woods. He is not fond of the unseen; it’s creepy to him. He brings his own fears to the show, but in a way that the audience can relate to. He offered the example of having a bad day at work and discovering that you will become the test subject for strange medication, with discomfort setting in then minutes later. Or, you could be at work and some type of strange reptile slithers across the office floor. That is what Scare Tactics is all about.

Tracy added that he is mainly afraid of the IRS. You can see where the perfect comic timing comes in and why he is the host. He makes the show even more believable by putting people at ease with his comic relief. No one would ever suspect so many things could go wrong having him involved with the project.

Scare Tactics is going full force and bringing everything and anything the mind may imagine. There are several new tactics that involve everything from “exploding heads to the rarest of them all, alien spores from outer space.”

There is a lot of extensive planning that goes into the show but the comedic aspect of it is what draws viewers in. Everyone is always looking for something different to watch, and Syfy provides it. The show takes on the unknown and adds comic relief.

Morgan said he could not think of a favorite prank off the top of his head. It is true shock value being provided, but “I don’t think I could pick just one.” He did decide that having a “devil baby” make an appearance was a rather interesting prank.

Hallock’s favorite prank involved Tracy’s premiere episode in which the mummy in the museum exhibit comes to life. He believes that Syfy assists with making us believe the unbelievable. He also referenced an episode in which they are shooting a horror film, and they began to kill off the people in the film.

The pranks may push the envelope, but not to the extent of hurting anyone or scaring the life out of someone. Hallock is not looking to scare the person to death but just provide them with a bit of a reminder that life is filled with adventures, Sometimes we are so busy living, we need to have some fun in life.

Morgan believes the show gives viewers something to laugh about. We live in such a serious world with so much going on, to be able to laugh is a relief for many of us. There will be a lot of great things happening on the show. A lot of comedy, some amazing scares, and some great tactics in which he gets to take part in this season.

Scare Tactics has had great ratings, and Morgan adds that extra kick to the show. There are so many levels for this show, but in reality it is all in good fun. At the end of the day, no one gets hurt, and that Bigfoot you thought you saw lurking around is probably an actor trying to find his trailer. So beware, Scare Tactics may be heading your way with all new pranks.

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Q&A with Amanda Tapping and Robin Dunne of Syfy’s “Sanctuary”

We can expect an exciting new season of Syfy’s “Sanctuary” as it ventures into the fourth season. The show follows Dr. Helen Magnus (Tapping), a scientist who holds the secrets to a group of frightening beings that live amongst human beings. Her forensic psychiatrist Dr. Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne) and her tech expert Henry (Ryan Robbins) and her daughter Ashley (Emilie Ullerup), Magnus must protect this secret phenomenon. The series also stars Christopher Heyerdahl as villainous John Druitt. The show is created by Damien Kindler (“Stargate SG-1,” “Stargate Atlantis”) and produced in association with Syfy.

“Syfy’s 31 Days of Halloween” kicks off this month, and Sanctuary will be part of this infamous line-up. The season opener “Tempus” finds Dr. Magnus pursuing Adam Worth (Ian Tracey) back to 1898 London as he attempts to save his daughter. Magnus knows if he is successful this will destroy the natural order of history. This series is unique as we are taken to an entirely different world. It’s the first show to shoot on green screen, and there are extraordinary visual effects and amazing virtual sets.

Two of the stars, Amanda Tapping and Robin Dunne, took part in a conference call to discuss the series as it delves into the fourth season. Dunne and Magnus are both veterans to the science-fiction genre. Their characters add an extra kick to the show. Dunne and Tapping were tight-lipped about any of Magnus’ secrets. We will find out what makes her tick and why she has made some of the point choices she made in the last two seasons. Magnus has surrounded herself with an elite group. There are quite a few confusing moments that will indeed make sense in the end. Some of the storyline continues from the third season, so Sanctuary fans will not be disappointed.

There is a parade of guest-stars appearing this season. Ian Tracey (Adam Worth), Jonathan Young (Tesla), Peter Wingfield (James Watson), Carlo Rota and Brian Markinson will play a new villain, and Al Sapienza (“The Sopranos”) returns playing Will’s father. Robert Lawrenson also makes a return. Tapping and Dunne describe their guest-stars as being part of their Syfy dysfunctional “Brady Bunch.” They are the awesome version and much bigger, although they look to much better stars than sitcom veterans to play them in flash forwards and flashbacks. Dunne would love for George Clooney to play him in the flash forward scenes, and Tapping would like Dame Helen Mirren to play her mother in the flashback scenes.

There is already talk of season five, and the optimism from Tapping and Dunne is there. The most anticipated episode will be the musical-inspired episode airing Thanksgiving weekend on Friday, November 25th at 10PM ET/PT. The episode finds the two in quite a predicament; they must communicate with a mysterious Abnormal. The only way they can communicate with this unusual villain is through music. Series creator Damien Kindler jumped in with music and lyrics, and composer Andrew Lockington worked his magic.

This episode was a lot of fun for the cast. They were provided with phonics so they could actually hear the songs and sing along with the tracks, but nobody else could hear the song. Dunne said it was fun to be a rock star for just a little bit. They also had to rehearse in the studio for the episode. Tapping was excited, with a real sense of anticipation for her.

The cast does not ever expect anything to stay the same; they are always dealing with something new and fresh. The writers will always toss them a curve ball to mix it up. This is one show that everything from wardrobe to scenery changes. They do not think outside the box, as the box does not exist.

Tapping and Dunne are also part of the Once Upon a Cure gala, working to raise funds for Hunter Syndrome. They have good hearts and their characters reflect that. Dunne believes his character is a lot more involved and jokes that Tapping is at least three feet taller than him, so he would like a “little credit” having to deal with the smart and savvy Dr. Magnus.

Despite her strong demeanor, Tapping does have a little bit of sadness to her character and some loneliness. She is incredibly focused and there is no room for error. If you’re wondering whether Dr. Magnus would have referred to President Kennedy as “Honey,” Tapping said “yes, she would.”

Both Tapping and Dunne credit the social networks and the support of the fans and viewers for the success of “Sanctuary.” They are involved in the social networks and describe it as a weird blessing. They are able to connect with fans and also spread the word about the charities they hold near and dear to their hearts. They have the best fans and feel that they can send out great messages to their fans. Dunne says the fans are incredibly respectful, and it is a great way to keep in touch.

As for who they would both like to see as an Abnormal on “Sanctuary,” Dunne said Hemmingway would be very cool or maybe Elvis Presley, imagine the science-fiction king of Rock-N-Roll. Tapping would like to have Dorothy Parker as an Abnormal. Dunne added David Lee Roth and The Beatles. They weren’t done with the “let’s pretend” aspect, though, as Tapping admitted her superpower of choice would be to be invisible, and Dunne’s choice would be to have “slinky hands.” They are both incredibly interesting choices.

The series mainly follows Dr. Magnus and her crazy adventures she winds up on. With Halloween just around the corner, the series is a perfect Segway for Syfy to add some extra mystery and effects. There is still that intensity that surrounds the show. “Sanctuary” may have gone rogue, but viewers do not have to worry that the series is taking a “Glee” turn. The science-fiction genre is one of the most versatile topics to work with. The new season is alive even more so. Insane creatures, deep dark secrets and a musical or two, what more could you ask for in a show.
Don’t miss out. Make sure to enjoy Syfy’s 31 Days of Halloween as season four of “Sanctuary” returns with thirteen new episodes on Friday, October 7 at 10PM ET/PT.

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