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A Merry Band of Puppeteers

January 11th, 2014 | Category: Farscape Alumni,slightly Farscape

The youngest is 21. The oldest is 41. Some are students. Some are industry professionals. They come from Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Arkansas, New York, California, Oklahoma, and England. They’re all passionate about creating creatures for storytelling.

Meet the contestants in Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge. Read their bio’s, and you’ll see that each of them loved puppets and creatures from an early age. Each of them are thrilled to be working with Creature Shop mentors. And each of them are hoping to win the grand prize – $100,000 and a chance to work for The Creature Shop™. 

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge premieres March 25rd on SyFy.

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Gigi Edgley to Host Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge

November 09th, 2013 | Category: Farscape Alumni

Mike Ausiello, at TV/Line, breaks the news that the upcoming SyFy reality show, The Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge will be hosted by Farscape alumnus, Gigi Edgley. (That’s the same Creature Shop which created all the creatures for Farscape.) TVWorld.com has more details about how this competition show will work, and who will be the judges. (Clue: one of the judges will be Brian Henson.)

What an amazing gig for Gigi. We’ll be waiting for when we can begin to watch.

That’s Gigi Edgley, looking lovely and glamorous, next to Brian Henson

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Claudia Black Explains Everything

July 20th, 2013 | Category: Farscape Alumni

Claudia is interviewed in David Blue’s Out of the Blue podcast over at Den Of Geek. It’s an awesome interview, in which she:

  • Speaks in a sexy German accent
  • Confesses to being a sesquipedalian
  • Reveals she hasn’t had coffee since 1994 (WHAAAAA???)
  • Talks about women in show biz
  • Explains about men

Once again, it’s clear in the interview that she’s very smart, but we knew that already. But did you know that she’s part of the ensemble at an improv and sketch group call The Gym? Sadly, she’s on hiatus now.

The podcast is not yet available for download, so you’ll have to listen via your browser.

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A Fabulous FedCon Report

May 31st, 2013 | Category: Farscape,Farscape Alumni

Sounds like everyone had a great time at the recent FedCon (May 19 – 22) in Dusseldorf. Ordinarily this convention leans towards Trek and SG1, but this year Gigi, Claudia, and Ben made appearances. Here is a fantastic report, including pictures.

And for fans of the Doctor Who universe, John Barrowman and Eve Myles also appeared.  I found an english translation of german report about this. You can also see a nice slideshow: FedCon Slideshow

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Cowboys and Aliens

September 09th, 2012 | Category: Farscape Alumni,scifi

Mercy! Ben Browder Appears in Doctor Who Episode

This coming Saturday (September 15th)  in a very special episode of Doctor Who, we’ll be able to see Ben Browder in a guest appearance. He’ll be playing Isaac the sheriff in a “A Town Called Mercy”, which is also the title of the episode. The episode was filmed on the same location as the famed Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns were filmed, in southern Spain. This episode, the third in the current 7th season, will also begin the process of the changing of companions.

Read an interview at SFX Magazine’s website.

See the preview at TV Guide’s website.

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Jonny, We Hardly Knew Ye!

August 01st, 2012 | Category: Farscape Alumni

Jonathan Hardy passed away a few days ago. Farscape fans knew him as the voice of Rygel, a character he made lasting and memorable.  Rygel, a creature driven by inestimable self-interest and greed, always giving in to his baser instincts, yet capable of surprising heroism. epitomized the vast depth of characters on Farscape. Although, strictly speaking, he was created by the Muppet Shop out of latex, and it took a small crowd of muppeteers to manipulate him, it was Jonathan Hardy who gave him his Falstaffian proportion. .

Farscape fans knew Mr. Hardy as a sweet, chubby cheeked, beetle-browed raconteur. He had a long career, which provided him with an endless trove of stories to regale audiences with, and was seemingly always happy to greet and interact with his fans, who only knew him as the voice of Rygel, and affectionately considered him a real life counterpart to the Dominar. Yet, as I scrubbed through his resume on IMDB, I was astonished to discover that he was the screenplay author of Breaker Morant (nominated for an Oscar for best writing), and had played a character in the first Mad Max movie. The Farscape production team was always quick to tell fans about how distinguished a talent Jonathon Hardy was, and I would say that having an Oscar nomination under his belt pretty well proves it.

He will be sorely missed, as an actor of many parts, as the soul of Rygel, and as a twinkling star in the Farscape firmanent.

Read more, including a fascinating account of how Jonathan came to be cast as Rygel, from Richard Manning, a co-producer and writer for Farscape.

You can hear an interview with Jonathan Hardy about characterizing Rygel from a 2009 scifi convention in New Zealand here, and you can hear his version of how he got the role.

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Rockne O’Bannon Interview

July 14th, 2012 | Category: Farscape Alumni

Rockne O’Bannon gets interviewed, and he talks about how Farscape fandom inspired his new series, “Cult”.

His portion of the interview begins at the halfway point.

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Naught Clear

July 08th, 2012 | Category: Farscape Alumni

A status update from the executive producer of Naught For Hire:

“We’re doing some re-work on the current Naught for Hire timeline, and that will ripple backwards into the prequel. That’s slowing us down some, but we are pedaling fast even though news here has been slow.”

It’s on Facebook, and you can read it for yourself there. I welcome all thoughts on what it might mean, as I remain clueless.

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Who’s In the New Who

March 08th, 2012 | Category: Farscape Alumni,scifi

Farscape’s Ben Browder will have a guest appearance in the third episode of the seventh series of Doctor Who, which is filming now in Spain. Read more here.

It’s supposed to be a sort of western flavored episode, which to me has just a whiff of spaghetti about it. Not sure yet when the series will begin airing either in the UK, or in the States, but we’ll be sure to keep the half dozen readers of this blog updated. (That’s not a complaint, by the way. What is lacking in numbers is more than made up in acumen, insight, and sagacity. And that’s a compliment.)

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Alumni Alerts

January 22nd, 2012 | Category: Farscape Alumni

How Meta Is This?

Farscape’s Rockne O’Bannon makes a TV show about a cult TV show. The CW has revived his 2005 pilot Cult, which was originally going to be a show on predecessor network The WB before it was killed six years ago in the WB/UPN merger. Read all about it at io9. This is still in the pilot stage, so it is a ways away from something we can expect to see on our TV screen.

Just Missed It

Ben Browder just had a guest spot on this past week’s episode of Chuck – titled Chuck vs. the Bullet Train.  (Where was I? Oh, yeah, sleeping.)  You can probably catch this appearance on a re-run, or if your cable service offers it, it still might be available for viewing.

Still Game

Claudia Black voiced Chloe Frazer in a video game that was released for PlayStation 3 in early November. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, is deemed an “adventures worthy of a big screen” by the New York Times, who describe it as “it is a captivating, engaging, grin-inducing adventure”.   Users at IMDB give it a 9.6 rating. What’re you waiting for? Go get it!

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