There are several familiar names and faces in Chris Carter's
promising new series Harsh Realm - and a couple that aren't. A
minimum run of 13 episodes is currently being shot in Vancouver.
Contrary to earlier rumours, Nicholas Lea is not (yet) part of the
ensemble cast of Harsh Realm and neither is his X-Files
co-star Chris Owens. On both these points, Owens told Starburst
recently, "At this point it's speculation. I haven't actually
The official announcement came just
prior to filming in mid-March. Series regulars are Scott Bairstow (Party
of Five, The Postman, The X-Files' Miracle Man),
DB Sweeney (Strange Luck, Fire in the Sky, Spawn)
and Millennium's Terry O'Quinn.
Not Easy Being PC
of the international Hindu community are outraged at what they see as
two affronts to their religion - one by Austin Powers star
Mike Myers and another by Xena: Warrior Princess. Myers
appeared in a recent Vanity Fair sitting in the lotus position
dressed as a religious icon. Photographer David LaChapelle later said,
apologetically, that Myers's intention was simply to parody western
celebrities who have appropriated such religious imagery as "a
Xena is under fire for its
depiction of the deity Vishnu in a recent episode and that the figure
is used to assist Xena and Gabrielle - "her lesbian lover"
(a rather literal translation of an initially unintentional subtext
that's never been officially addressed). The Hindu representatives
want the episode withdrawn from repeat showings and international
distribution (Stop Press: Renaissance Pictures
appear to have agreed to these demands, and apologised for the offence
caused. - Web Ed.)
Soars, Raven Dives?
There are mixed fortunes for several Canadian-made genre shows.
While The Crow: Stairway to Heaven has been renewed for a
second season, it is rumoured that its ornithological counterpart -
and Highlander progeny - The Raven has been shot down.
Meanwhile the Vancouver-shot Howard (X-Files) Gordon-produced
Strange World has had a rough ride in the ratings on the ABC
network and has been axed from its high profile timeslot after just
three weeks on air. There's doubt as to if and when the 10 remaining
episodes may surface.
Staying in Canada, Alliance Atlantis
is to create a new series called The Project, a kind of Mission:
Impossible with youthful superheroes raised to use 100 percent of
their brain power. The show will get a hefty send-off in the form of a
big-screen cinema movie. Both the film and the series are set to
appear in 2000.
With Lord of the Rings in the works, now Fantasy fans can
expect an extra treat. A live-action film version of role-playing-game
classic Dungeons & Dragons is finally going into production. At a
cost of $28m, it's cheaper than Peter Jackson's impending labour of
love but that doesn't stop the D&D producers from showcasing 10
different creatures and an FX-packed finale that promises 75 dragons
on-screen at once. Filming begins in May with location work taking
place in Prague.