Syfy Channel’s Fourth Annual Digital Press Tour on Monday (Oct. 11) gives us insight to the its scripted shows in addition to some new alternative reality programming for the 2010-2011 season.
Highlights from the “Sanctuary” and other Syfy Digital Press Tour panels:
- Sadly, star Amanda Tapping had to drop out at the last minute because of an illness in the family.
- Robin Dunne teases that Magnus will face a new villain played by Ian Tracey who’ll be a classic character out of history and literature, an “iconic character that gets an Abnormal twist,” who we’ll love to hate.
- The Five is back, including Nigel Griffin.
- There will be an episode entirely from Will’s perspective.
- Joe Maddalena’s white whale is “The Wizard of Oz’s” ruby slippers.
- The No. 1 requested item is the “Iron Man” costume.
- Julie Dawn Cole, who played “Willy Wonka’s” Veruca Salt, kept her Golden Ticket.
- Even though Maddalena’s son scoffed at “Lost” Dharma matchbooks, they sold for $1900.
- “SmackDown” will lead into “Sanctuary” on Friday nights.
- Kofi Kingston is fearless. He wants to be on “Scare Tactics,” take on Sharktopus and even his boss, Vince McMahon.
- Moderator Erika Kennair becomes an honorary SmackDown diva, but first she needs to learn a move from Kofi Kingston:
- Meaghan Rath has to sit on “Sally’s hard pillows,” props that look like pillows but don’t dent since her character is a ghost.
- Sam Huntington actually has a harder time with prosthetics playing a werewolf than playing a caveman in the short-lived series “Cavemen.”
- Sam Witwer on playing Darth Vader’s apprentice, Davis Bloome on “Smallville” and now vampire Aiden: “I get a lot of guys who have damaged psyches I guess.”
- The Sams got along so well, they were told to dial down the chemistry early on since their characters didn’t really know each other yet.
- Yes, Huntington will be naked on the show. “It’s not gratuitous” he insists.
- (Check back with Zap2it for our video interview with Witwer.)
- Josh Gates will be co-hosting “Ghost Hunters Live” with “Warehouse 13’s” Allison Scagliotti.
- On the show, some of the most disturbing things are the animal sacrifice incidents, also the Chilean open graves.
- Gates’ travel rituals: Downloading all his favorite movies and TV shows before going on a 14-hour plane trip.
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