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NEWS ARCHIVE: (28/03/98) -> (29/04/99)
Maintained by David Boyd
Last Update on May 28 '99
 
 Thursday, 29th April, 1999

VOTE FOR THE NEW TNT TIMESLOT FOR B5:

On TNT's Babylon 5 web site as reported yesterday, starting Monday May 3, Babylon 5 will go on hiatus for a few weeks and they are going to give you a chance to vote for the new timeslot. You can now vote for the timeslot you would like Babylon 5 to be on! You have four choices....

  1. Monday through Fridays 7 am ET/PT
  2. Monday through Fridays 8 am ET/PT
  3. Every Saturday morning
  4. Every Sunday morning
So it's either in the morning, in the morning, in the morning or in the morning...

Click here to go to TNT's Babylon 5 web site and vote!


DID YOU SEE JMS IN THE SKY?

Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski reports that the Kitt Peak Observatory in Tuscon, Ariz., has named an asteroid after him. The space rock was discovered by the observatory in 1992 and has officially been designated 8379 STRACZYNSKI.

"Suffice to say it's a tremendous honor," Straczynski wrote in an online posting. "Finally, I'm a rock star..."

 
 Wednesday, 28th April, 1999

TNT Crusade Promo

AICN has recieved the Crusade Promotional poster. It states Crusade is a limited run series. The oddest thing is that it states that the crew of the Excalibur are rangers... You can view the poster on our pictures page here.

AICN also has reviews of Crusade episodes posted. (highly praising the show) You can view the report here.


TNT WILL POLL VIEWERS FOR NEW B5 SLOT:

Here is official word from TNT as to the B5 schedule:

"Starting Monday, May 3, Babylon 5 will go on hiatus for a few weeks. We are currently looking into alternate programming slots for the series and would like some input from our loyal B5 fans. We will be putting a B5 scheduling poll online very shortly; please vote for the time slot you would like best. We will tabulate the results and take it into consideration when we make our decision."


BABYLON 5 EPISODE NOMINATED FOR A HUGO AWARD:

Babylon 5's final episode "Sleeping in Light" has been nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation.

 
 Saturday, 24th April, 1999

JMS EARNS BRADBURY AWARD:

Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski will receive the Ray Bradbury Award for Dramatic Screenwriting, which is given by the president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. The award was founded by SFWA president Ben Bova in 1992 and has only been given once, to writer/director James Cameron for his work on Terminator 2.

"The membership of SFWA voted overwhelmingly this past fall to reinstate the Dramatic Nebula Award," SFWA president Paul Levinson said. "But eligibility for this award, chosen by the membership, begins with work made available to the public on Jan. 1, 1999.

"I thought it especially appropriate, in these circumstances, to give the Bradbury Award one more time," Levinson explained. "It signals to the world SFWA's deep interest in dramatic media."

Straczynski is being honored for his work on B5, which SFWA called "one of the most imaginative and influential science fiction television shows in years." The series recently concluded its five-year run and is currently being shown in repeats on TNT.

The Bradbury will be presented to Straczynski during the Nebula Awards Ceremony, which is being held on May 1 in Pittsburgh, Pa.


Courtesy the SciFi News

 
 Tuesday, 13th April, 1999

AUSTRALIA OVERREACTION

It seems that I overreacted by posting the previous message too fast:

I've been keeping up to date with the Babylon 5 and Crusade news ever since it first hit the waves that Crusade may only last 13 episodes. A day ago I read a "latast news" item which said that Season 5 of Babylon 5 is no longer being shown on Channel 9.

The reason for this was simple. Throughout last year Babylon 5 was churning out some very impressive ratings figures. The Babylon 5 timeslot was at one point occupied by Star Trek Deep Space Nine, which didn't do nearly as well. In October Season 5 began and I gather, continued to gain good ratings. However, over the Christmas/New Year period, which is our (Australia's) non-rating period, Babylon 5 was not aired because ratings are so erratic during that period.

In order for the network to take full advantage of the show's ratings potential, the airing of the remaining episodes have been put off until now. Brooklyn South, the show which currently occupies the Babylon 5 timelsot aires it's season finale this week and so it is logical to assume that the final installment of Babylon 5 will begin airing as of Thursday week.

As for Crusade, it's most likely that Channel 9 won't pick it up unless it eventually gets guarenteed a second season. Part of this also stems from the size of the Australian market, which is significantly smaller than the US and most western countries. Networks over here won't take on a show that is already known to have been experiencing production problems which threaten the show over in the US. In dollar terms it doesn't make sense for the channel to take on a whole series which may only aire 13 episodes.

Hope I have shed a bit of light on the Australian situation. -- John Ponton

 
 Tuesday, 13th April, 1999

ISRAEL AIRDATE

Israel's Channel 3 (a series-only channel, which aired Bablyon 5) website confirms that it has aquired the rights to Crusade. According to rumour, the air date is in September. (sent by Tamir)

 
 Saturday, 10th April, 1999

AUSTRALIA PROBLEMS

The following was sent to us:

Currently the Nine Network is no longer showing Season 5 of Babylon 5, although the last episode show was "In The Kingdom of The Blind". No word as to when it will recommence showing, but it would *probably* be around 11pm on Thursday, sometime this year. As for Crusade, it may or may not be shown here (due to the fact it has been cancelled). -- CS7

 
 Thursday, 08th April, 1999

CRUSADE TEASER

The Spoiler Page has information on the Crusade teaser (the part with the cast credits):

Crusade Logo is a large Crusade Logo which has the word crusade with a sword going through it. We see the Excalibur flying across the screen.

Next we hear Peter Woodward narrating "Who are You?"

Then we see the cast. First we see Gary Cole as Captain Matthew Gideon. We hear his voice answering "Captain Matthew Gideon, captain of the Earth Alliance ship Excalibur."

Next we hear Peter Woodward narrating "What do you want?" We hear Gary Cole's voice answering "To find a cure to the Drahk plague on Earth before its too late."

Next we hear Peter Woodward narrating "Where are you going?"

We hear Gary Coles voice answering "Anywhere I have to."

Next we have a montage of the rest of the cast as follows:

Tracy Scoggins as Captain Elizabeth Lochley Daniel Dae Kim as Lt. John Matheson David Allen Brooks as Max Eilerson Carrie Dobro as Dureena Nafeel Marjean Holden as Dr. Sarah Hoffman Peter Woodward as Galen

Then we hear Peter Woodward narrating "Whom do you serve and who do you trust?"

Finally we see Created by J. Michael Straczynski.

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