Monthly Archives: June 2012
In recent years, San Diego Comic-Con has become less about blockbuster movies and more about cult television series, many of which have been upgraded from the upstairs Ballroom 20 to Hall H, the annual geek fest’s marquee location. That’s where panels for Vancouver-filmed TV shows Supernatural and Fringe will be on Sunday, July 15th. Of course panels for three Vancouver-shot features will be in Hall H as well. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn 2 gets Hall H’s first official slot at Thursday lunchtime, July 12th. That’s by design so that Twihards don’t ruin Comic-Con like they’ve done in the past. Last year Twilight fans started lining up outside the San Diego Convention Center three days early (on Monday) to be among the six thousand lucky [...]
American network TV series return to Vancouver this summer, with Supernatural scheduled to start filming of its eighth season on July 9th; modern fairy tale series Once Upon a Time of its second hit season on July 16th; Fringe of its fifth and final season on July 18th; kickass Arrow of its first season on July 18th; and Ally McBeal-esque Emily Owens M.D. of its first season on August 1st. July 9th: Supernatural left us with separated Winchester Brothers. Dean is trapped in Purgatory. That won’t stop his alter ego Jensen Ackles from directing the first filmed episode, as he’s done for the past two seasons. Ackles returned to Vancouver this Tuesday to get started on his director’s prep for what will be episode three. Supernatural’s [...]
PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD Season Finale Turns Gastown Into London for PRIMEVAL’s Andrew-Lee Potts – Updated
Sometimes our city doesn’t play itself in upcoming Vancouver-as-Vancouver series Primeval: New World. Tonight a section of Gastown doubled as a London square and street with a prop red double-decker bus, prop black London cabs, prop red post box and a real British star. Andrew-Lee Potts, aka Conner Temple from the original British series Primeval, is back to film another episode of the Vancouver spinoff, more than three months after guest-starring in the series premiere. He and Robert Lawrenson (Sanctuary) and two other ARC actors did take after take of the four of them chasing what will be a computer-generated dinosaur through Maple Square and along Alexander Street for half a block. It was a long run, especially when repeated over and over again (I did not [...]
After an almost three-month hiatus, word is that one of the Winchester Brothers is back in Vancouver today, a few weeks early for director’s prep. Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester) will be directing the upcoming season’s first filmed epsiode for the third year in a row. Shooting starts on Monday, July 9th. Jensen Ackles clearly enjoys directing. Last summer it was a Sam-centric episode three of season seven called The Girl Next Door, featuring co-star Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester) and sci-fi goddess Jewel Staite of Firefly and Stargate fame (Amy). Ackles is said to be directing the third episode of season eight this summer, but I don’t know much about it yet. I do know he got rave reviews from his actors for last season’s episode three: Jewel [...]
Once Upon a Time’s press release for its San Diego Comi-Con 2012 panel confirms what we’d already guessed: Magic is coming to real-world Storybrooke (played by Steveston below), much to the delight of Rumplestiltskin and the Evil Queen. And with the curse broken and fairy tale characters remembering who they really are, we can look forward to an interesting family reunion between Snow White, Prince Charming and their daughter Emma Swan. Last season’s biggest new American drama hit Once Upon a Time returns to San Diego Comic-Con in style on Saturday, July 14th in Ballroom 20, with a panel featuring Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White), Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan), Josh Dallas (Prince Charming), Lana Parrilla (Evil Queen), newly-upped series regular Emilie de Ravin (Belle) and newly-upped series [...]
Vancouver Canadians fans who stayed after the game in Nat Bailey Stadium a year ago to play extras in a Psych series baseball episode can see themselves in the crowd tonight on Global TV. Psych’s fifth epsiode — Dead Man’s Curve Ball — of the sixth season is about the mysterious death of the fictional minor league Santa Barbara Seabirds’ hitting coach, with Danny Glover (of Lethal Weapon fame), Michael Trucco (Fairly Legal/Battlestar Galactica) and Baseball Hall of Famer and 1996 World Series Champ Wade Boggs as guest stars. James Roday’s “psychic” detective Shawn Spencer infiltrates the team as a hitting coach and Dule Hill’s Burton “Gus” Buster as Sammy the Seagull, a big white bird mascot with giant yellow webbed feet (looking very much like Mascot [...]
Upcoming sci-fi series Primeval: New World has a little more than three weeks of filming left before wrapping its first season here, so it seems like a good time to revisit the Coal Harbour location shoots that will feature in its series premiere. Andrew-Lee Potts, aka Conner Temple from the original British series Primeval, flew in this past March to guest star on the first episode of the Vancouver spinoff. From what I saw of a scene at Harbour Green Park in Coal Harbour, Potts’s Temple walks from the sea wall towards the crime scene and shows something to Niall Matter’s rich Vancouver software genius Evan Cross near the yellow crime scene tape. It’s all very serious, as it should be, considering the prosthetic body of a parachutist victim of some kind of flying dinosaur [...]
On Sunday’s night’s Continuum, entitled A Test of Time, our terrorists-from-the-future Liber8 decide to test a theory that they might cease to exist if their ancestors are killed. They target Kiera Cameron’s grandmother to see what would happen to Cameron if her grandmother died. I saw Rachel Nichols’s Kiera Cameron filming a scene for episode five in early March at The Centre dressed as fictional Pacific Coastal University in downtown Vancouver. She talks to some of the students and then puts one of them in the back of the blue uunmarked Vancouver Police Department car. When I learned the epsiode logline, I wondered if this young woman could be Kiera’s grandmother in 2012.
Hey Now! That’s Jeffrey Tambor, better known as Hank Kingsley on the Larry Sanders Show and Oscar Bluth on Arrested Development, waving at me from the Psych set in the 6100 block of Boulevard in Kerrisdale today. I’m not often starstruck but I scrambled to remember just one of his catch phrases, experienced brain freeze and ended up giving him a feeble wave back.