Sunday, 9 June 2013

Leo Awards, Falling Skies season premiere, and other updates

First off, congrats to Meg Tilly, Michael Eklund, Richard Hudolin, Richard Harmon, and the cast & crew of Continuum on winning Leo Awards last night.

Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series
Meg Tilly - Bomb Girls - Armistice

Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Feature Length Drama
Michael Eklund - Errors of the Human Body

Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series
Richard Harmon - Continuum - Family Time

Best Production Design in a Dramatic Series
Richard Hudolin - Arrow - Pilot

Best Dramatic Series

The complete list of winners is here.

Falling Skies is back with the two-hour season 3 opener tonight at 9 pm on TNT.

Luciana Carro, Ryan Robbins and Ty Olsson are all back this year, and RĂ©mi Aubuchon was still the showrunner for season 3.

Last month, he announced he was stepping down as head writer to focus on his first novel, which sounds pretty interesting.

David Eick will be taking over from him in season 4.

Additions to the cast this season include Gloria Reuben, Robert Sean Leonard and Stephen Collins.

Falling Skies: The Complete Second Season was released on DVD and Blu-ray last week. It's available on Amazon and a few other places.

Here is a recent interview with Aubuchon:

The first two minutes of the season premiere:

And some previews:
"On Thin Ice" (9 pm)

Season three of Falling Skies opens seven months after the 2nd Mass arrived in Charleston. In the interim, Tom has been elected to political office, but he has his hands full as the resistance continues to battle the alien invaders. Tom’s decision to have the rebel skitters fight alongside humans creates tension and raises suspicions that someone may be feeding secrets to the enemy. Meanwhile, Hal struggles with nightmares that seem so real, he has difficulty knowing if he’s awake or dreaming. And Tom and Anne prepare to welcome their baby. Terry O’Quinn and Gloria Reuben guest star.

"Collateral Damage" (10 pm)

With hostilities escalating between the resistance and the alien invaders, Tom calls on a nuclear specialist (guest star Robert Sean Leonard) known as “The Rat King” to come up with a plan that will strip the aliens of their power. As suspicion continues to mount about a mole within the resistance, Tom and his leaders make a drastic decision that jeopardizes trust among the group. Anne, meanwhile, has a feeling that all is not right with her newborn. Gloria Reuben also guest stars.

Elsewhere, no idea if Brian Markinson is showing up on Mad Men tonight (10 pm, AMC), but Sci Fi and TV Talk has a nice, long interview with him, and he talks about most of his current projects. A few snippets:
“Our writers on Continuum are just getting better and better. We recently read the scripts for the final two episodes of the season – the first of which will be directed by the amazing Amanda Tapping [Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Sanctuary] while Pat Williams is directing the season finale – and some people's minds are going to be blown away by what happens. There’s all kinds of cool stuff coming down the pike.”

In addition to his police duties on Continuum, the actor’s other recent roles have been that of Doctor Arnold Rosen in AMC’s Mad Men and Ronnie Dearman in the CBC series Arctic Air.

“I’ve been so blessed this year,” says Markinson. “With Mad Men it’s so easy to play what’s on the page. It’s such a beautifully conceived and written show, and walking onto the Mad Men set is like stepping into a time capsule. You throw on the clothes and all of a sudden there’s not a lot of work left to do. You just breathe and do your stuff.

“As for Ronnie on Arctic Air, he’s fun. Again, throw a cowboy hat and a pair of boots on and he’s easy to play. I think moving forward with subsequent seasons of the show, they’re going to try to bring even more gravitas to the series and I’m hoping Ronnie is going to be more involved. He represents the sort of corporate ‘raping’ of the land and its people that has happened in Canada with the Native population as well as in the United States. So I feel there’s more to plumb with Ronnie and I like the Arctic Air world, too.

“Something else to throw into the mix of the recent projects I’ve been involved with is this fantastic miniseries in Calgary about the Gold Rush of 1897 called Klondike. I had the chance to work with people like Sam Shepard [Father Judge], Richard Madden [Bill Haskell] from Game of Thrones and Abbie Cornish [Belinda]. I play a real nasty piece of work, this guy called Cavendish, who’s a politician. It kind of runs parallel to the Dearman character in Arctic Air in that Cavendish represents the corporate interest coming into Dawson City and The Yukon and raping the land for the gold as opposed to the prospectors who came in. He’s sort of an exterminator who pushes the Mountie who’s in charge of law and order in the town to hang these Natives accused of murder. It’s a delicious role and every scene is just beautiful.”
Also not quite sure who how many familiar faces are showing up on The Killing tonight or if Hiro Kanagawa will be recurring this season, but there is a new episode on at 9 pm on AMC. Here is a quick interview with Ben Cotton from the Leos:

Ryan Robbins was on The Rush a couple of weeks ago, and the video is finally up on YouTube. He may or may not show up both in The Killing and Falling Skies. Here is the interview:

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