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The Zocalo Today

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What's New Today

Saturday, February 7, 2004:

LOST IN SPACE: According to Variety, newcomer Adrianne Palicki has been cast as Judy Robinson in The WB's upcoming new LOST IN SPACE pilot. Judy Robinson, the oldest daughter of Maureen and John Robinson, was originally played by Marta Kristen in the 1960s TV series and then played by Heather Graham in the 1998 feature film.

SHREK 2: The official website for SHREK 2 has been updated and now features new download content for your enjoyment. Among the new offerings are Valentine e-cards that you can send to friends; three different wallpaper images; a screen saver and buddy icons for your desktop. There is a new animated intro to whet your curiosity for the forthcoming sequel as well.

HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY: According to Cinescape.com, Sam Rockwell, star of CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND and known to science fiction fans as Guy the security guy in GALAXY QUEST, has been cast as Zaphod Beeblebrox in the HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY movie. The two-headed President of the Galaxy is one of the two that pick up the last Earthman, Arthur Dent, and his companion Ford Prefect after the Earth has been destroyed by the Vogon construction force. Martin Freeman, Mos Des and Zooey Deschanel have already been cast as Arthur, Ford and Trillian, respectively, in the film. Filming starts in April with Garth Jennings directing.

MEDIUM: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Patricia Arquette is in negotations to topline MEDIUM, a project from Glenn Gordon Caron and Paramount Network TV. Blair Underwood is already on board for MEDIUM -- a drama that centers on a suburban mom (Arquette) who uses her psychic powers to solve crimes.

ALADDIN: Buena Vista Home Entertainment announced that Disney's 1992 feature ALADDIN will become the fourth animated "classic" from the studio to be released on DVD. The movie, to debut in retail outlets on Oct. 5, follows the release of SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS, THE LION KING and ALICE IN WONDERLAND as part of the studio's DVD Platinum Series. The new restoration of ALADDIN is expected to include the musical number "Proud of Your Boy" by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, that was cut from the original production. (In the just-released DVD version of Alice in Wonderland, restorers inserted a long-lost song by the Cheshire Cat, "I'm Odd.")

WEEKEND MOVIES: Three fresh films arrive in North American movie theaters this weekend. There's Kurt Russell in Disney's MIRACLE, the story of the 1980 U.S. hockey team's victory over the Russians; MGM's sequel to BARBERSHOP, starring Ice Cube; and the tween-targeted actioner CATCH THE KID. For reviews of all three, go to http://filmforce.ign.com/articles/490/490559p1.html.


8:00pm on HBO
Matt Murdock (Ben Affleck) is not a happy camper. The thug who was indirectly responsible for his blindness is still alive, evil criminals prey on citizens and the courts don't seem able to stop them. That will change tonight when this dark superhero's tale sees the light of day. With Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell and Michael Clarke Duncan.

8:00pm on UPN
Star Trek: Enterprise
The crew tries to fool the creator of the Xindi weapon into revealing its location.

9:00pm on UPN
Star Trek: Voyager
The crew of the Voyager, lost in space, searches for home.

On SCIFI Tonight:

Species II
A half-alien woman searches for her male counterpart.

Alien Lockdown
An alien creature must be destroyed after a government plan to use it as a weapon fails.

On Syndicated TV This Weekend:

The Spider's Stratagem
The crew intercepts a smuggler's stash of mysterious bio-armor on its way to a war-torn galaxy.

A New World
Angel's son rises from hell as a feral warrior bent on destroying his father for his evil past.

War Zone
Angel gets caught in a war between a street gang and vampires.

Tao returns to his homeland of Xinca; the Nords attack and rout the Terrons.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World
Tourist Season
Challenger tries to harness the energy of lightning.

Strictly Business
On the lam from her ex, a woman and daughter help MacGyver battle archenemy Murdoc.

Mutant X
Conspiracy Theory
Brennan and Shalimar investigate a plane crash and Lexa contemplates her future with the team.

She Spies
Leotards and Lies
The spies search for a gymnast held hostage for classified information.

Stargate SG-1
The Cure
A flawed miracle drug threatens Pangeran civilization, leading SG-1 to a discovery about the Tok'ra


Friday, February 6, 2004:
Joan of Arcadia 7.1
Alias 4.7
Smallville 3.4
Tru Calling 2.7
Enterprise 2.7
Charmed 2.6
Angel 2.5
Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 1/12/03 - 1/18/03.

INDIANA JONES 4: Although everyone was excited that Frank Darabont had submitted a script that Stephen Spielberg and Harrison Ford liked -- rumor has it that George Lucas has put the project on hold. He rejected the completed script and commissioned a new script. So time will tell as to what and who he comes up with.

Thursday, February 5:

1. Pirates of the Caribbean
2. Angel season three
3. Finding Nemo
4. The Two Towers extended edition
5. Fellowship of the Ring extended edition
6. Red Dwarf series three and four
7. Stargate SG-1 season five
8. Alice in Wonderland
9. The Lion King 1 1/2
10. Firefly
Source: Amazon.com, top-selling genre DVDs, 2/2/04

STARGATE SG-1: STARGATE SG-1 is the highest-rated original series on SCI FI Channel. Next week, the series hits a milestone -- its 150th episode. The milestone episode is the conclusion of a two-part episode, "Heroes." Part 1 premieres at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Feb. 13; Part 2 debuts at the same time on Feb. 20. You will not want to miss either of these episodes. They will be very special.

ALIEN LOCKDOWN: Set to premiere on Saturday, February 7 at 9:00pm ET, director Tim Cox's ALIEN LOCKDOWN is a story that puts a contemporary spin on the classic SF genre themes of the 1950s. "In the 1950s, anything nuclear would react to a species or a substance and turn that species or substance into a threat. Nuclear power at the time was something we were deathly afraid of, and we didn't quite know what to do with it. Now, in the 21st century, genetic engineering is our nuclear fear factor," Cox said in a recent interview. In ALIEN LOCKDOWN, John Savage (Dark Angel) plays a geneticist, Dr. Woodman, who takes alien DNA and uses it to create a weapon that can wipe out humanity. Cox said, "He feels that wiping out humanity is just the next evolutionary step for the planet." Woodman's experiment goes awry and the alien creature begins a murderous rampage. Woodman and his assistant (James Marshall) lock down their secret government lab and call in covert military forces, commanded by Rita Talon (Michelle Goh), to find and kill the alien.

THE DEAD ZONE: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sarah Wynter (24) has signed on for a six-episode arc of USA Networks' THE DEAD ZONE starring Anthony Michael Hall. The Aussie plays a therapist whose sister disappears, and Hall's character becomes the prime suspect. Production began on the third season of the series this week and launches in June. Star Anthony Michael Hall is directing one of the upcoming episodes.

BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN: Variety reports that Universal Pictures is mounting a remake of the 1935 classic horror film BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, which starred Boris Karloff and Elsa Lanchester. According to the trade, Uni has hired the AMERICAN SPLENDOR team of Shari Spring Berman and Robert Pulcini to write and direct the film. They will reportedly be tasked with "re-imagining" the original picture, starting from scratch to craft a "character-driven horror film more akin to Rosemary's Baby." Their story will be set in modern-day New York City and center around a college coed who is haunted by someone else's memories. She soon begins to discover that she once died and was unnaturally resurrected.

Wednesday, February 4:
Stargate SG-1 2.5
She Spies 2.4
Mutant X 2.2
Andromeda 2.0
Angel 1.6
Beastmaster 1.6
The X-Files 1.6
Buffy 1.5
3rd Rock 1.3
John Edward 1.1
Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 1/12/03 - 1/18/03

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: SCI FI Channel has officially confirmed the network picked up the options for the cast of its original miniseries BATTLESTAR GALACTICA before they expired on Jan. 31. The pickup did not signal any official decision about the fate of a possible Galactica series, despite rumors on the Internet to the contrary. SCI FI said that no decision has come from the network on whether a series will be given the green light. The BATTLESTAR GALACTICA miniseries premiered in December and was one of the channel's highest-rated programs. Based on the original 1970s TV show, it starred Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber, Katee Sackhoff, Tricia Helfer and James Callis.

X-MEN: Patrick Stewart (Professor Xavier from X-MEN) told the Bradenton (Fla.) Herald newspaper that he expects a third installment in the hit franchise next year. "X-Men 3 should come out in 2005," Stewart told the newspaper. Stewart also told an audience at the Sarasota Film Festival that he hoped the franchise continues for several more films. What about his involvement in Star Trek? "I think Star Trek is over," Stewart told the audience. "And that ain't such a bad thing. The last movie [Star Trek Nemesis] didn't do well. ... But I'm sure all you saw it."

ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARDS: The 2004 shortlist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award were announced yesterday. Established with a grant from the legendary author for whom it is named, the award is designed to encourage science fiction in Britain. The award is administered by the British Science Fiction Association, the Science Fiction Foundation and the Science Museum. The award consists of an inscribed plaque in the form of a bookend and a prize that matches the year. In 2004, it will be £2,004 ($3,681). A list of the nominees follows:
•Coalescent by Stephen Baxter
•Darwin's Children by Greg Bear
•Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
•Midnight Lamp by Gwyneth Jones
•Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson
•Maul by Tricia Sullivan

MUTANT X: Over at Cinescape.com, indications are that John Shea will be returning full time to MUTANT X for season four. Shea told the reporter of the item that the show will be returning next year and that there are plans for his character to return full-time next season. Official word about a fourth season for MUTANT X was just announced two weeks ago. News over at Comics Continuum indicated that Shea will be returning for a few episodes this year before the season finale.

MARVEL-PIXAR: With the split between Disney and Pixar, a new name has popped up in conjunction with the animator. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Enterprises has met with Pixar Animation Studios and nearly every producer about translating more of its comic book characters into filmed entertainment, Marvel vice chairman Peter Cuneo said Tuesday. Cuneo, speaking at Emerald Asset Management's 11th annual Groundhog Day Investment Forum in Philadelphia, said Marvel and Pixar have something in common in terms of their track records in film. "Pixar has an incredible record," Cuneo said, referring to the company's five blockbusters in five tries in a partnership with the Walt Disney Co. that seems to be coming to an end after the two sides broke off renewal negotiations last week.

DREAMWORKS: The New York Post reported Tuesday that DreamWorks is considering a possible spin-off of its animation unit, either as an outright sale or an initial public offering. The unit is the particular province of DreamWorks principal Jeffrey Katzenberg, who is widely credited with reviving Disney's animation department in the 1980s and who at DreamWorks has successfully mounted a challenge to Disney's animated fare with such films as ANTZ and SHREK.

THE WEATHERMAN: With filming set to start on February 23, Paramount Pictures has added Michael Caine to Chicago-based drama opposite Nicolas Cage and Hope Davis. Directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Escape Artists, Caine will portray a Pultizer Prize-winning author who's the father of Cage's character, a successful TV weathercaster who's about to leave Chicago for Gotham.

BATMAN: According to Comics Continuum, Adam West will be providing the voice of the mayor of Gotham City in THE BATMAN, a new animated series from Warner Bros. Animation being targeted for a fall launch. The show is expected to air both on Cartoon Network and Kids' WB!, with official details to be announced soon. THE BATMAN will feature a younger version of the character than currently shown in Justice League. BATMAN will be voiced by Rino Romano, whose credits include the lead role in Spider-Man Unlimited.

SEED OF CHUCKY: Rumors had arisen that Brad Dourif may not be back to provide the voice of the world's most favorite maniacle possessed doll, CHUCKY, in the 5th movie, CHILD'S PLAY. Dourif, more recently known for his work as 'Wormtongue' in THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS, however, will return. CHILD'S PLAY writer Don Mancini shot down the rumor in flames. "Brad is signed, sealed, and thrilled to death. I had lunch with him on Saturday."

Tuesday, February 3:
HARRY POTTER: The paperback edition of HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX has been announced. Scholastic Corporation will release the hefty 896 page book on August 10 at a price of $9.99. Two million copies of the paperback edition will be printed at first. If you live in the United Kingdom, you'll have the opportunity to purchse THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX a month ahead of the U.S. The UK publisher, Bloomsbury, will release their paperback edition to bookstores on July 10. J.K. Rowling continues to write the as-yet untitled sixth HARRY POTTER book, with no anticipated release date scheduled. Third movie, HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN, will be out on June 4.

TROY: There are a couple of good trailers for the upcoming Wolfgang Peterson epic TROY at http://troymovie.warnerbros.com/index_flash.html. This film opens in May with Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean, Eric Bana and Peter O'Toole.

STARSHIP TROOPERS 2: While this project is headed directly to video, there is a website dedicated to it at www.STARSHIP TROOPERS 2.NET . You'll find a brief trailer, information about the cast and crew. No word on a release date as yet. Richard Burgi from SENTINEL stars.

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Sci Fi Channel picked up the options last week on its top cast members, which include Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell and Katee Sackhoff. Sources said the cable network is aiming to bow GALACTICA as a full-fledged series as early as fourth-quarter 2004. While there was no comment from Sci Fi, all indications are that at least six episodes of GALACTICA will be shot in Vancouver as soon as April. It will likely be one of cable's more expensive drama series, with production estimates as high as $1.5 million per episode. The four-hour GALACTICA miniseries averaged 4.2 million viewers last year, making it the third-highest-rated multinight program Sci Fi has aired.

Monday, February 2:
Stargate SG-1 1.8
Skeeter 1.5
Marabunta 1.4
Spiders 1.3
Spiders 2 1.3
Bugs 1.3
Mosquito 1.3
The Ninth Gate 1.3
Tremors: The Series 1.3
Dante's Peak 1.2
Source: Nielsen Galaxy Report, 1/12/03 - 1/18/03

SKY CAPTAIN: SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW, an upcoming live-action/computer-generated film from producer Jon Avnet takes its cues from old movie serials. "The serials of the past were an enormous influence," Avnet said of the film, directed by newcomer Kerry Conran. "This is sort of Buck Rogers meets Raiders of the Lost Ark. The serials had cliffhangers, and that's what this is." In SKY CAPTAIN, Gwyneth Paltrow plays newspaper reporter Polly Perkins, who hooks up with Jude Law's aviator hero in 1930s New York to uncover the mystery behind an invasion of giant robots, a squadron of destructive flying wings and the disappearance of the world's most prominent scientists. Paltrow, Law and co-star Angelina Jolie shot their scenes against green screens in London last year. Now, in a nondescript light-industrial building in Van Nuys, Calif., a platoon of computer animators sitting at Apple computers is layering in the movie's sets, backgrounds, vehicles, creatures and action sequences in painstaking 3-D animation. SKY CAPTAIN opens June 11.

SHAZAM: The Hollywood Reporter reports that the screenwriting team of Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow have been tapped by New Line Cinema to adapt the DC Comics series SHAZAM! for the movies. Shazam! is the story of Billy Batson, a boy who becomes Captain Marvel, the world's mightiest mortal, when he says the magic word "Shazam!" The DC comic ran in the 1970s and was actually a revival of the 1940s Fawcett Comics strip. SHAZAM! is being executive produced by Batman executive producer Michael Uslan and is being overseen at New Line by production executives Chris Godsick and Mark Kaufman.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Screen Gems' urban youth flick YOU GOT SERVED topped the box office this weekend, taking in an estimated $16 million in its first week of release. Marques Houston and Omari Grandberry star as a pair of pals who are out to try and win a street dance competition so they can open their own recording studio. ALONG CAME POLLY maintained its perch at number two. After two weeks the Ben Stiller/Jennifer Aniston vehicle has netted a nice $66.7 M. Performing beyond expectations, THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT has now cleared $30 M for New Line Cinema in just two weeks. THE RETURN OF THE KING continues to pull in revenue, marching towards $350 M domestically. Paramount's THE PERFECT SCORE opened in fifth spot with a so-so $5 M gross, but Warner Bros. new movie, THE BIG BOUNCE, failed to make a bounce at the box office. In its opening weekend this Owen Wilson comedy crime caper only took in $3.3 M. Next week: Kurt Russell coaches the U.S. Mens hockey team to gold in MIRACLE, Ice Cube gets back to cutting locks in BARBERSHOP 2, and a trio of pre-teens plot to make a bank heist in CATCH THAT KID -- and there'll be no football on the tube. Here are the estimated box office receipts from January 30 through to February 1:
1. YOU GOT SERVED $16,000,000 $16,000,000
2. ALONG CAME POLLY $10,072,000 $66,764,000
3. THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT $9,950,000 $32,429,000
4. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING $5,275,000 $345,296,000
5. THE PERFECT SCORE $5,000,000 $5,000,000
6. BIG FISH $4,600,000 $55,382,000
7. COLD MOUNTAIN $4,532,000 $78,834,000
8. WIN A DATE WITH TAD HAMILTON! $4,500,000 $13,400,000
9. MYSTIC RIVER $4,405,000 $64,885,000
10. CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN $4,100,000 $127,848,000

SUPER BOWL COMMERCIALS: If you missed all the marvelous trailers for upcoming movies shown during the Super Bowl yesterday, you can catch them all over at http://www.darkhorizons.com/trailers.php.

TIGER CRUISE: According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Disney Channel has greenlighted an original film set against the backdrop of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Production has begun on TIGER CRUISE, a fictional spin on a real-life incident involving a naval carrier called into full combat alert while children and other civilians were on board. CRUISE will be produced by First Street Films and Stu Segall Prods. with Bill Pullman and Hayden Panettiere in starring roles.

DARK SHADOWS: The Hollywood Reporter indicates that the WB Network has ordered "Dark Shadows," a drama pilot based on the classic ABC soap from producers John Wells and Dan Curtis.

Sunday, February 1:
NEW BABYLON 5 PROJECT: Here's the latest from JMS on the project he mentioned in November:
It's taken longer than hoped for to be able to talk about this, because it's taken longer than hoped for to go through all the machinations of the deal. Depending on the nature of a given deal, it can take a few weeks to a couple, three months to actually cut the deal and finalize the language in terms everybody can agree with. We only literally finished the deal last week.

Writing on B5:TMoS is complete, and as soon as the powers that be sign off on everything, it can be turned in and we can start moving. At that point, I can say more about this.

Figure another couple of weeks.


SPECULATION: Some of the guesses people have sent in (B5: TMoS) are wonderful. Let's hope that some of the better ones are accurate.

STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE: For quite some time, there have been rumors floating around about changes ahead for STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE. Those rumors are getting stronger and with the UPN announcement that the series would move to the 9:00 timeslot on Wednesday, one wonders what other changes are in store. Cinescape Online is reporting a rumor that an overhaul may be in the works. Citing an anonymous source, the site reported that Paramount Television Productions president Garry Hart may make changes to the show's production staff after February sweeps, including the possible replacement of longtime executive producer Rick Berman. We'll all have to wait and see on that one.

Battlestar Galactica Viper BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: With time running out on the options for the actors involved in SCIFI Channel's BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, word has been coming out about a greenlight for additional episodes. Ronald Moore indicated on his website that he expected word to come and he has been writing furiously so that he would have scripts ready. Galactica 2003.net reports that GALACTICA actor Aaron Douglas has stated that the network has ordered 13 episodes of the new series. Douglas played Chief Petty Officer Tyrol in the mini-series, and according to his post, his contract calls for his character to appear in all 13 episodes. Douglas said in his post that he only learned of the go-ahead late in the afternoon of January 30 with literally minutes left until the options holding the actors in place ran out. Douglas also added that he heard from actress Grace Park, who played Boomer in the mini-series, also stating that her option had been exercised and the series was happening. Nothing official from the SCIFI Channel.

ANGEL: At The WB's recent Winter Press Tour, ANGEL creator and executive producer Joss Whedon, said this Wednesday's 100th episode will have the sense of a milestone. In "You're Welcome," Charisma Carpenter returns as Cordelia, who mysteriously awakens from her coma and is shocked and unhappy to discover that Angel and the group are no longer fighting Wolfram & Hart, they're running it. When she realizes that Angel has lost his conviction to be a hero, she gives him the information and support he needs to get back on track. "That's very much kind of an opportunity for us to sum up, sort of 'Good Lord, we've been doing this for a while' without being sly and post-modern about it and winking at the audience."

MUTANT X: John Shea, who portrayed Adam Kane during the first two seasons of MUTANT X, is expected to return to the series during the February sweeps. Kane was thought to have died in last season's cliffhanger but has been listed as a special guest star for the third season. Shea is expected to appear in approximately four episodes.

SUPER BOWL SUNDAY: If you are a football fan, today is your day! Hopefully the game will be exciting and the best part won't be the commercials.
If you aren't a football fan, there are a number of marathons on today. A&E has MURDER SHE WROTE, FoodNetwork has Paula Dean (I love her) and there are others. It is a great day to pull out a good book or VHS or DVDs of your favorite shows. Would have been a terrific day for a BABYLON 5 marathon at SCIFI -- or even STARGATE. Oh well. Have a great Sunday.


I picked up the Season 5 DVD of STARGATE SG-1 at CostCo yesterday. It was $39.99 and they had all of the previous seasons there as well. I snapped up the last Season 5! I love that place.

Ranger Brian sent along a terrific tip for purchasing any DVDs. Go to http://www.dvdpricesearch.net/. You can do a search on any title and it will find the lowest price for you. It includes mailing information as well. Thanks Brian!

Ranger Frank in Seattle indicates that again, CostCo is saving Babylon 5 fans money!
Costco stores have a limited time sale on the Babylon 5 DVD sets. I went into a Costco in the Seattle area today, and they have seasons 1, 2 and 3 for $59.99 each -- about $25 less than Amazon.com, and $40 less than list price, as I recall. Season 4 is $64.99. But the deal is that if you buy Season 4, you get $20 off any one of the other seasons.

Thanks Frank for passing along the info. Other folks should check out CostCo for Babylon 5 and other DVDs. They usually have very competitive prices.


B5 Season Four DVD


Collectible Six-Disc DVD Set Featuring All 22 Episodes
Fully-Loaded with New Bonus Materials
Remastered in Widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio
Available January 6 from Warner Home Video

Burbank, Calif., October 14, 2003 - The future begins - or ends - here and now. Here is the huge space station Babylon 5. Now is the fateful year 2261. Commander John Sheridan has already declared the station free, breaking the ties between it and Earth Alliance. It was perhaps only a matter of time before he would have to fight to remain free. That time has come on January 6, 2003 with the complete 22-episode fourth season adventure of the acclaimed Babylon 5 sci-fi series from Warner Home Video (WHV). Presented on a must-have six-disc collector's set, Babylon 5: The Complete Fourth Season is priced to own at $99.98 SRP. Orders are due December 9.

Packed with out-of-this-world DVD bonus materials including a featurette about the series composer and the making of the series' music, an original music suite composed exclusively for the DVD release, in-depth audio commentaries from cast members and the series creator, personnel files and a gag reel.

"The Babylon 5 series has consistently been one of Warner Home Video's most in-demand DVD collections, proving the loyalty and strong fan base for this acclaimed sci-fi series," said Jeff Baker, Vice President, Non-Theatrical Franchise Marketing. "The TV to DVD trend has been very strong in the marketplace and WHV plans to continue releasing fan-favorite series throughout the year."

Babylon 5 has won two Emmy Awards for Groundbreaking Visual Effects and Makeup as well as the 1998 Science Fiction Writers of America Ray Bradbury Award. It also earned the 1999 Saturn Award for Best Genre Cable/Syndicated Series from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. Currently, Babylon 5 continues to be seen by legions of fans with episodes syndicated on the Sci-Fi Channel.

I have put together a listing of the episodes and pictures from each episode of Season 4 with a synopsis from the Lurker's Guide. Enjoy.

If you have found bargain prices out there on this set, let us know. If you have had problems with the set, here is an address to use to report them: Send any complaints/issues directly to Sherri Bogard at sherri.bogard@warnerbros.com. She handles all DVD problems with "Babylon 5".


Over at TV Shows on DVD, you'll find a notice that Season 5 of Babylon 5 will be available on April 13. Nothing official from the WB yet. Here is the information available so far:

From the beginning, both were running out of time. The space station that was the last, best hope for peace was sooner or later certain to be eclipsed by new political coalitions and technical advances. And John Sheridan, who guided the massive freeport through its most tumultuous days, knew that his own fate had been inalterably prophesied.

Now both storylines converge in a 22-episode final season (with dazzling Exclusive DVD Extras!) whose events also include Sheridan's attempts to wage peace for the Interstellar Alliance, the tragic fate of the telepaths and the ultimate fireball destruction of the outmoded station after it is declared to be a spaceway navigational hazard. You're cleared for final approach...to Babylon 5.

Introduction to Wheel of Fire (Season 5 of Babylon 5) by series creator, J. Michael Straczynski
Two audio commentaries by J. Michael Straczynski
Movements of Fire and Shadow commentary by cast members Bruce Boxleitner, Peter Jurasik, Patricia Tallman and Tracy Scoggins
Digital Tomorrow - a featurette about making the special effects for the series
Beyond Babylon 5 - a featurette focusing on the fans, their reactions to the show and available Babylon 5 merchandise
The Universe of Babylon 5 including: Personnel Files, Data Files and Gag Reel
Episode previews
Easter Egg: Marcus Cole: Dead or Frozen
Additional and Extended Scenes


Let's talk favorites -- favorite music, books, movies, and of course, TV series. Why is it your favorite? Does it take you away from it all and transport you to a safer, friendlier place? Does it awaken your imagination and stretch your mind?

Send in your comments and views to sgbruckner@aol.com. I post them on the Discussion Page for everyone to share. See what has come in so far. If you see an old topic you want to respond to, go right ahead. We enjoy hearing from you.


Jeremiah DVD


$5 COUPON FOR JEREMIAH Here's a great value for you. Download this $5 coupon that can be applied to your purchase of the season one DVD set of JEREMIAH. Here's a link to the file. Jeremiah coupon.

For information on the season one DVD of JEREMIAH, read the Season One Press Release which describes the DVD set in detail. You will also find links to clips from the DVD here.


For new information on JEREMIAH, visit the JEREMIAH PORTAL . You'll find a lot of new information for the series, including a photo gallery, wallpaper, links to other JEREMIAH sites and much more.

For all that is new with JEREMIAH, go to JEREMIAH page. Showtime does not have the show on it's schedule right now. Fans are putting pen to paper and writing to voice their support for the series and their desire to have it back on the airwaves. Check out how you can help.

Nothing official, but I read somewhere that Showtime will return JEREMIAH to their schedule in March of 2004. Hopefully we will get a date on that soon.


Stargate SG-1 Season 5 DVD


For information on the season five DVD of STARGATE SG-1, read the Press Release which describes the DVD set in detail.

More information on both of this DVD, go to Stargate Season 5 DVD. You will find photos from episodes as well as a TV trailer.


BRUCE BOXLEITNER: Bruce will star in an upcoming SCIFI Channel original movie "Snake River". Bruce portrays a Sherriff in the project. There is an article about the feature in the new SCIFI magazine.

STEPHEN AUSTIN: Our favorite Pak'Ma'Ra Ambassador has a wonderful of stand-up comedy routine that he takes on the road. His latest dates are: THE IMPROV, Fri., Feb. 6th - 10p
Hollywood, CA. 323-651-2583
THE COMEDY SPOT, Feb. 13th-14th
Scottsdale, AZ. 480-945-4422
THE IMPROV Tues., Feb. 24th - 8p
Ontario, CA 909-484-5411
MALONE'S Thurs., Feb. 26th - 8p
Santa Ana, CA 714-979-6000

BILL MUMY: Bill has a new CD out entitled, "Redwood, Lost, But Not Really, the history of tree music". It captures and preserves the music that Paul Gordon, Gary David and Bill made together from 1969 through 1974. As Bill writes at his website, "It will always be special to me. I think what makes it unique was for the most part there was an innocence and purity in our songwriting back then that simply cannot be duplicated." For more about this project, go to http://www.billmumyfanclub.com/ .

PETER WOODWARD: Peter has been a busy fellow! CLOSING THE RING, a feature film written by Peter, and to be directed by Lord Richard Attenborough, is now scheduled to start official "prep" the end of February. It is expected to begin shooting in May in Ireland and Canada. Peter has completed shooting a 3-part special on ALEXANDER THE GREAT. The documentary is for The History Channel and is currently expected to air sometime in 2004.



Peter as Galen Peter is considering cruising the Caribbean in early 2005 and wants to invite his fans to join the fun. He would like to see if there is sufficient interest before going too far into planning, so if you would like to receive a brochure about Peter's upcoming cruise once the details are finalized please advise of your:

Postal Address, City, State, Zip:
E-mail address:
Phone number:
Total number of guests in your party:
Age range of the guests including yourself:

Send this information to pwoodwardinfo@yahoo.com. Any information you send us will be handled respectfully. This is not a commitment from you, just an indication of interest.

Over the holiday, I received a note from Jerry. It announced 'The Jerry Doyle Show" launched in syndication, coast to coast, on 12/6 through Talk Radio Network. It's on Saturday nights, 8-11 PM PST. According to Jerry, it's about "Politics, pop culture and things that tick me off is the general theme. It's been a great ride and the folks at TRN have been fantastic. This week, I've been sitting in this week for "The Rusty Humphries Show", 1-4 PM PST. I guess it went well enough that the brain trust at TRN are having me sit in for Savage this Friday, 4-7 PM PST. He's got over 9.9 million listeners. Should be fun." You can go to Talk Radio Network for more information.


Michael Beck - February 4
Ardwight Chamberlain - February 16
Karen Harrell - February 21
John Iacovelli - February 25
Bill Mumy - February 1
Matt Plummer - February 26
Majel Barrett Roddenberry - February 23
John Schuck - February 4
Myriam Sirios - February 2

Have I missed anyone? If you know the birthday of someone connected with Babylon 5, pass the information along. We want to include everyone in our Happy Birthday Wishes.


Sometimes you just can't find the e-mail address for someone you know you have -- it's someone who responded to a discussion topic or you met in one of the chat rooms. You'd like to send a personal note, but .... No address!!!!

We've started a White Pages of Zocalo Readers! It's a handy way of keeping track of people -- and putting together a birthday/greeting card list as well. If you would like to be part of the listing, just send me your name, state, e-mail address and (if you'd like to have it listed) birthday (without year) to sgbruckner@aol.com. Check out the Directory of Readers.

Name: Andrea Barna
State: Szekszárd, Hungary
E-mail: delenn@tolna.net
Birthday: February 8

Name: Yue Cole
State: NY

Email: CorpsIsMother@aol.com
Birthday: Feb. 5th

Name: Sean Lyons
E-mail: sean@efcfrance.com
State/Country: West Yorkshire, UK
Birthday: February 02

Name: Andres E. Hidalgo Sandoval
Country: Venezuela
E-mail: andresvene11@hotmail.com
Birthday: February 17

Name: Matthew Sweet
State: New York
E-mail address: msweet2@stny.rr.com
Birthday: February 16


We have a number of Fan Clubs listed here at the Zocalo. They are those associated with a particular actor -- and there are those devoted to Babylon 5 or science fiction. Be sure to check out the Clubs Page to see if there is an organization near you.



Are you looking for Babylon 5 merchandise? Would you like to possess some of the wonderful patches or pins sold by the B5 Fan Club? Do you want to put in an order for the latest DVD? Bruce at Uncomyn Gifts still has one of the best collections around. Check out www.uncomyngifts.com. You may just find the magazine or t-shirt or patch you are looking for.


TV Zone #172 TV Zone #172: JMS concludes his series on BABYLON 5 in this issue. He reminisces about the making of the series during the final season. Also in this issue, Amanda Tapping talks about things coming up for her character, Maj. Samantha Carter during the final season of the series and set dectorators Mark and Robert Davidson explain how a blank canvas can be transformed into a scene for the hit TV series.

Expose #83 Expose #83: In this issue, we get a look at ALIAS thru the eyes of Agent Weiss - Greg Grunberg. Sean Astin tells us about how LORD OF THE RINGS has been a life-changing experience. Co-producer of CHARMED, Peter Chomsky, looks back over six years of special effects.

Starburst #306 Starburst #306: This 100-page issue is full of exciting interviews -- including Sir Ian McKellen and Viggo Mortensen from LORD OF THE RINGS. Also in this issue, Neil Gaiman talks about his upcoming projects and Linda Park discusses Ensign Sato's story arc on ENTERPRISE.

Cult Times Special #100 Cult Times #100: This huge, 100-page issue is full of great articles and interviews. Among them, you can read about STARGATE SG-1's Richard Dean Anderson as he approaches Season Eight of the show; Linda Park from ENTERPRISE talks about her role as a translator and Alfred Gough provides some hints on what we'll see in season three of SMALLVILLE.



Ranger Dave writes that books by Bruce Boxleitner, John DE Lancie(Q), and William Shatner are available on Bookcloseouts.com in hard cover. They also now have a paperback listing and book prices are greatly reduced. Check it out.

CSI: Companion TP

CSI Companion TP
by Mike Flaherty

Featuring episode summaries, behind-the-scenes information, exclusive celebrity interviews, and more, this official companion book to TV’s most watched drama, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, takes fans behind the scenes to the world behind the yellow tape. (248/0-7434-6741-8) (CAUT: 4) RES. from Previews V13, #6 (JUN032803) SC, 7x9, 272pg, FC..........$24.00


DC Comics will release the first Smallville Trade Paperback on April 7. The 160-page book will cost $9.95. The paperback will feature nine stories, collecting material from Smallville: The Comic and Smallville #1-4, an introduction by Smallville consulting producer Jeph Loeb and a cover by John Van Fleet. Contributors include writers by Mark Verheiden, Clint Carpenter and Michael Green and artists Roy Allan Martinez, Kilian Plunkett, John Paul Leon, Renato Guedes, Tom Derenick, Mark Morales, Oclair Albert, Norm Rapmund and Adam DeKraker.

DC describes the book:
"Witness young Clark Kent's battles with a raptor-like Kryptonite freak in Smallville and another foe he can't even see! Watch as strange things happen at the Miss Smallville beauty pageant, then find out what Chloe did on her summer internship at the Daily Panet! Plus, one of Lex¹s old friends is murdered, and he's the prime suspect! All this, and much, much more!"


To Dream In the City of Sorrows DelRey is reprinting the original Babylon 5 novels. They started with #7 - Jeanne Cavelos' THE SHADOW WITHIN. Here's one I've been waiting for -- Kathryn Drennan's TO DREAM IN THE CITY OF SORROWS. The release date is scheduled for July 29, 2003. I love the new cover art! It can be pre-ordered from www.amazon.com. For those of you who love Babylon 5, this one reads just like an episode from the series. You just can't put it down.



Amazing Spiderman #507 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #507

Written by J. Michael Straczynski, cover and pencils by John Romita Jr.
Concluding a 3-part arc, featuring the mysterious Ezekiel!
32 pages, $2.25, in stores on April 28.


Supreme Power #9 SUPREME POWER #9

Written by J. Michael Straczynski, cover and pencils by Gary Frank.
The world is still shaking from the titanic battle of Hyperion and Dr. Spectrum. Is Earth big enough for two such powerful beings? And who is Power Princess? Find out here!
32 pages, $2.99, in stores on April 7.


CSI You can now become part of Gil Grissom's CSI team! Check out the latest video game featuring CBS' CSI series. Here is the storyline:
Master the Tools. Solve the crime.
A murdered woman…a slain police officer…a mysterious arson case. What do these crimes have in common? Enter the gritty world of CSI and search for the truth with Grissom, Catherine, and the entire Crime Scene Investigation team. Armed with high-powered forensic equipment and razor-sharp wits, delve deeply into the mysteries of 5 baffling crime scenes to reveal the truth. Don't just watch the action. Live it!

For more information, go to http://csi.ubi.com/index.php.


Stargate SG-1 Season 6 Cards STARGATE SG-1 SEASON 6 CARDS

This 72-card set features three cards per episode for each of the 22 in Season 6. Signers include Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping, Ronnie Cox, John Billingsley, Musetta Vander, Bruce Harwood, Enid Raye-Adams, Jacqueline Samuda, Exec. Producer brad Wright, and more! Look for "Behind the Scenes with Brad Wright" cards, "In the Line of Duty" cards, "Stargate Galley" cards, and more! Also available is the album, custom designed to store the entire collection, including plastic pages, bonus promo card, and a Colonel O’Neill "From the Archives" costume card. 7 cards per pack. 40 packs per box. MSRP: $2.00 per pack.


BABYLON 5 and CRUSADE are not currently listed on any SCIFI schedule.


13-FEB-04 11:00 PM STARGATE SG-1 HEROES - PT 1






Carrie Dobro David Brooks Peter Woodward on Charmed

Peter Woodward has sent along a new photo -- a rather dreadful one -- from his appearance on CHARMED. It will be added to the collection of photos available from Peter, including additional copies of the Crusade poster in photo format. Both are autographed by Peter.

You do NOT have to pay the prices asked for over at e-bay! Here are photos of B5 and Crusade cast members at fantastic prices. Check out Photo Shop. Ordering is easy -- and you can't beat the prices! Just let me know which photos you want and I'll check to make sure they are still in stock.


John Cook has a wonderful collection of cartoons -- many are take-offs from Babylon 5. Here's just one of them.
Rebulding Stations?
He has a cartoon caption contest going on as well. Try your hand at a punch line.

Go to http://contests.sev.com.au/index.php?contestid=1


Guests at the Bar Tye Bourdony's latest Lighter Side of Sci-Fi satire can be seen in the latest issue of the Star Trek Communicator #148. See more of Tye's works at www.thelightersideofscifi.com.




Creation Entertainment
February 6-8, 2004
Location: Doubletree Bellevue Hotel
Place: Seattle, Washington
Guests: Robert Beltran, Amanda Tapping, Tim Russ, Robert Picardo, Ethan Phillips, Peter Mayhew, Jeremy Bulloch

For more information, visit their website at http://www.creationent.com/calendar.htm.

Creation Entertainment
February 14, 2004
Location: Phoenix Hilton East/Mesa
Place: Phoenix, Arizona
Guest: William Shatner

For more information, visit their website at http://www.creationent.com/calendar.htm.

Creation Entertainment (Buffy & Angel)
February 15, 2004
Location: Phoenix Hilton East/Mesa
Place: Phoenix, Arizona
B5 Guest: Robin Atkin Downes
Guests: Stephanie Romanov, Julie Benz, Iyari Limon, John Kassir, Jacqueline Lichtenberg

For more information, visit their website at http://www.creationent.com/calendar.htm.

February 13-15, 2004
Location: Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn
Place: Baltimore, MD
B5 Guests: Bill Mumy, Brad Dourif
Other Guests: Peter David, Liliana Mumy

For more information, visit their website at http://www.farpointcon.com.

SF Ball
February 13-15, 2004
Location: Carrington House Hotel
Place: Bournemouth, UK
B5 Guests: Richard Biggs, Jason Carter
Other Guests: Linda Thorson, Dwight Schultz, Carolyn Seymour, Scott Macdonald, Celeste Yarnall, Michael Sheard, Michael Dorn and Alexandra Tydings

For more information, visit their website at http://www.sfball.com.

March 5-7, 2004
Location: Hilton Mpls/St. Paul Airport Hotel
Place: Bloomington, Minneapolis
B5 Guest: Richard Biggs
Other Guests: Dr. Demento, John M. Ford, Davina, David E Romm, the Great Luke Ski, The Nick Atoms, Tri-Destiny

For more information, visit their website at http://www.marscon.org.

March 5-7, 2004
Location: Orlando, FL
Place: Orange County Convention Center
B5 Guest: Bill Mumy, Brad Dourif
Other Guests: Allison Mack, Lost in Space cast: Angela Cartright, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, June Lockhart, Bob May, and many more

For more information, visit their website at http://www.megaconvention.com/.

Best of Both Worlds
Date: March 13-14, 2004
Place: Canberra, Australia
Theme: Lord of the Rings
Guests: Dominic Monaghan - Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck (The Lord Of The Rings Movie Trilogy)
For more information, visit their website at http://johnvb.tripod.com/asn2.html.

I-CON 23
Date: March 26-28, 2004
Place: SUNY, Stony Brook Campus
Location: Stony Brook, NY
B5 Guests: Peter Jurasik, Bill Blair
Other Guests: Vaughn Armstrong

For more information, visit their website at http://www.iconsf.org.

United Fan Con East
Date: March 26-28, 2004
Place: Marriott Hotel
Location: Quincy, MAbr> Guests: Teryl Rothery (Maj. Janet Frasier, STARGATE); Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi from Star Trek: The Next Generation); more guests to be announced

For more information, visit their website at http://www.unitedfancon.com/.

Creation Entertainment GRAND SLAM: THE SCI-FI SUMMIT
March 26-28, 2004
Location: Pasadena Center
Place: Pasadena, CA
Guests: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Brent Spiner, Sally Kellerman, Connor Trinneer, Alexander Siddig, Dominic Keating, Anthony Montgomery, Walter Koenig, Andrew Robinson, Armen Shimerman, Kren Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton, John Rhys-Davies, Amanda Tapping, Michael Shanks, Corin Nemec, Michael Rosenbaum, Mark Verheiden, Anthony Michael Hall, Nicole de Boer, Chris Bruno, John L. Adams, Kristen Dalton, Andy Hallett, Mercedes McNab, Robia La Morte, Iyari Limon, Mark Lutz, James Leary, Julie Benz, Jeremy Bulloch, Kenny Baker, Rusty Goffe, Ken Colley, Peter Mayhew, Leni Parker, Gina Torres

For more information, visit their website at http://www.creationent.com/calendar.htm.

Be sure to visit the referenced sites to see if there have been changes in dates/guests attending. Also visit our Convention Calendar for a full listing of upcoming conventions featuring Babylon 5, Crusade and Legend of the Rangers cast members as guests.


2BeContinued Guests Ranger Brian had a blast with Rick, Jason and Jeffrey at the 2BeContinued Convention last week in Indiana. He sent along a picture for everyone to enjoy. Thanks Brian.

If you would like to share your convention experience with your other Zocalo readers, send along a convention report. I will gladly post it for all to read. Got pictures? I'll post those as well.


Do you have extra copies of B5, Amazing Spiderman, Midnight Nation or Rising Stars comics you'd like to trade? How about those extra trading cards or B5 magazines? There are a lot of fans looking for these items -- and the Trading Post can help you buy or sell them. To see what's available, just use this link to the Trading Post. To have items included in The Trading Post, send a note to The Zocalo. Please put Trading Post in the subject line.


If you are looking for someone to talk about Babylon 5 and Crusade with, the Pen Pal section is for you! Check it out! Drop a note to someone who is feeling B5 withdrawal -- BIG TIME!

People thought a Pen Pal page was a good idea. If you would like to meet people who you could chat with or share your opinions of the show with, send along your e-mail or snail-mail address The Zocalo. It will be incorporated on the new Pen Page Page.


Here's a recent note from JMS on the subject:

Just an FYI to those who've been using the Ventura Blvd. mail drop for fan mail to actors....

As mentioned before, we're phasing out the forwarding of fan mail because we a) don't have the resources, complicated by b) the actors have scattered to the four winds, and it makes it very difficult to get everything to everybody in a timely fashion.

So, having provided prior notice...fan mail to actors coming to the Ventura Blvd. mail drop will be sent back. Mail to actors should be sent via their official fan clubs. I will still be taking mail there, since it's my mailbox, but that's it.

Just so's y'all know and save a few bucks on postage and returns.


Warner Bros. Address:

Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522

Warner Home Video:

Mr. Douglas Wadleigh
VP for Marketing and Special Features
Warner Bros.
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522

Bonnie Hammer, President
Sci-Fi Channel
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY. 10020-1513

Mr. Thomas Vitale
Senior VP of Acquisitions, Scheduling & Program-Planning


The front page of the The Zocalo Today changes daily, so be sure to check the back issues to make sure that you haven't missed anything IMPORTANT! I don't want the front page getting too long so I shift information periodically into the archives. So if you aren't a regular visitor to The Zocalo Today, be sure to check out the back issues. Just use the button above!

Take care and I look forward to hearing from you.
Sandra Bruckner (sgbruckner@aol.com)
The Zocalo Today

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