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Tonight’s Diners: Scott, Miles and M.


Welcome to the Diner

On this listener feedback show, listeners discuss the following: The Superman Blu-ray, Marvel: Agents of S.H.I,E.L.D., Atlantis, Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary Special, Ender's Game, Thor: The Dark World, Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Almost Human, and more.

 

Be sure to check out  Lola Lariscy's book Trudie Lem: Spaceship Captain, Earth Detective. It's about one heck of a crazy, contrary and just plain foul spaceship captain and her co-pilot/minder, Aurora.


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In Part 2 of our celebration of DOCTOR WHO‘s 50th anniversary, we take a look at the big events of the weekend itself, from the airing of the special adventure “The Day of the Doctor” to AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME, the Mark Gatiss-scripted drama that takes a nostalgic look back at the beginning of it all. Scott and Arnold discuss the celebration of a television institution, focus on the many “beautiful” touches that made it such an unbridled joy, and also provide some feedback on Big Finish’s own 50th anniversary special, “The Light at the End,” and the classic Doctor romp, “The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot!” Also, check the show links below for some of the many ways that Scott and Arnold seemed to take over the Internet on the 50th anniversary weekend!

SPECIAL NOTE: This episode features a remix of the DOCTOR WHO theme by “Gwylock1″!

The 20th anniversary DOCTOR WHO TECHNICAL MANUAL published in 1983

The 20th anniversary DOCTOR WHO TECHNICAL MANUAL published in 1983

CONTEST TIME! Listeners (or readers of this very post) can win a copy of the 1983 DOCTOR WHO TECHNICAL MANUAL simply by writing in to the podcast e-mail address with your tale about how you first discovered the Doctor! Get in touch, share your story, and we’ll not only share some of them in the next episode but choose one to receive this special 20th anniversary collectible!

Happy times and places!

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An American Writer on Gallifrey by Scott (CNN iReport)

25 Things You Need to Know about DOCTOR WHO by Arnold (Geek Exchange)

Arnold’s Best of DOCTOR WHO 50th Anniversary Ballot at Anglophenia

Wikia Expert Showcase: DOCTOR WHO featuring Arnold

DOCTOR WHO Confuses and Confounds Ron Burgundy (YouTube via IGN)

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It's a lean week in terms of DVD releases, but that doesn't mean there isn't a jam-packed episode of The Weekly Podioplex.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire took the number one spot at the box office this past weekend and earned the distinction of being the highest opening weekened movie of November ever.  Plus, there is news of Marvel properties and a Tolkien biopic in the works.  Michael Falkner has it all for a Happy Thanksgiving.

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Today marks the 50th anniversary of the British science fiction television series, Doctor Who.  While most modern day fans have become so thanks to the reboot of the series in 2005, there are a legion of fans who love all the incarnations of the Doctor, including his first.  In celebration of the anniversary, the Spotlight series will take a monthly look at each of the Doctors.  We begin where it all began in a little salvage yard on Totters Lane with two teachers attempting to find out the secret of their unusual student.  There, they meet the grandfather of the girl, a doctor, played by William Hartnell.  He whisk them away through time and space in a time machine in the shape of a British police box.  And thus the 50 year adventure begins.  John sits down with The G2V Podcast's Arnold T. Blumburg and Scott Alan Woodard to discuss the man and his legacy to the series.  They offer suggestions on episodes to watch and also look at how this first incarnation of the Doctor took some time and development to become the Doctor that everyone knows and loves today.

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From Wikipedia:

Hartnell's performance in This Sporting Life was noted by Verity Lambert, the producer who was setting up a new science-fiction television series for the BBCDoctor Who. Lambert offered him the title role. Although Hartnell was initially uncertain about accepting a part in what was pitched to him as a children's series, in part due to his success in films[9], Lambert and director Waris Hussein convinced him to take the part, and it became the character for which he gained the highest profile and is now most remembered. Hartnell later revealed that he took the role because it led him away from the gruff, military parts in which he had become typecast, and, having two grandchildren of his own, he came to relish particularly the attention and affection that playing the character brought him from children.

Doctor Who earned Hartnell a regular salary of £315 per episode by 1966 (in the era of 48 weeks per year production on the series), equivalent to £4,050 a week in modern terms. Throughout his tenure as the Doctor, William Hartnell wore a wig when playing the part, as the character had long hair.

Hartnell's deteriorating health (he suffered from arteriosclerosis, which began to affect his ability to say his lines), as well as poor relations with the new production team on the series after the departure of Verity Lambert, ultimately led him to leave Doctor Who in 1966.

When he left Doctor Who, the producer of the show came up with a unique idea: since the Doctor is an alien, he can transform himself physically, thereby renewing himself. William Hartnell himself suggested that Patrick Troughton should be cast as the new Doctor, stating that "There's only one man in England who can take over, and that's Patrick Troughton". In the fourth episode of the serial The Tenth Planet, the First Doctor regenerated into Troughton's Second Doctor.

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Mighty Movie Podcast host Dan Persons joins the Rift crew while Krissy is out at a convention.  He fills us in on his Kickstarter campaign to develop a video interview series for Cinefantastique Online.  In addition, we cover NaNoWriMo, Gravity, the new fall TV season, the next Star Wars movie, and the rock star status of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Michio Kaku.  Download the episode, take a listen, and chime in with your thoughts on what we discussed here.

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Segment One: Bringing it to the Table

5:40 - John starts things off by welcoming new podcasts to The Chronic Rift Network - The G2V Podcast, The Sci-Fi Diner Podcast, and the HG World Podcast.

13:30 - Dan presents his Kickstarter campaign for a new video interview series for Cinefantastique called Inside the Fantastique.  (Campaign runs through November 28, 2013) Check out the video pilot episode here on the Rift website.

31:00 - Keith tells us about Dark Universe, the new show/exhibit at the American Musem of Natural History in New York.

34:25 - Mike is getting his writing muscles working by participating in NaNoWriMo.

41:20 - Promo for the HG World Podcast

42:25 - Promo for The Sci-Fi Diner Podcast

 

Segment Two: Reviews

44:30 - Natalia reviews the ghost story collection, The Beautiful Things That Await Us All.

51:40 - Dan looks at Gravity and is most impressed with George Clooney.

1:08:25 - John starts the podcasting holiday season early by recommeding The Christmas Stocking podcast.  In addition, his tripod features Auto Pilot's look at the Wonder Woman pilot movie with Cathy Lee Crosby, The Tin Dog Podcast's interview with Anneke Willis, and The Flopcast's look at Schoolhouse Rock.

1:16:05 - Keith is not impressed with the new fall television offerings, but he is very happy with the way season 2 of Arrow is progressing.

1:37:40 - Promo for The Waffle On Podcast

1:38:22 - Promo for The Way of the Buffalo Podcast


Segment Three: Pop Tops

1:39:00 - We take a look at the X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer, the passing of Marsha Wallace, and the writer switchup for Star Wars.

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Tonight’s Diners: Scott, Miles and M.


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Interview: SciFi Diner Podcast Ep. 189 - Our Interview with Greg Evigan (TekWar, BJ and the Bear, and The Six Million Dollar Man )

Trivia: New Trivia this week! Win Neil Grayston

TV News: Here's not one, not two, but THREE trailers for The Day of the Doctor, Almost Human premieres

Movie News: Watch RoboCop take out a room full of drones in ass-kicking new trailer, Rumored Scarlet Witch actress confirms she IS in Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, Mark your calendar: Star Wars Episode VII release date officially confirmed!

TWIST: IDW Publishing's Latest Star Trek Comics

SciFi 5 in 5: Top 5 SciFi books M should read, but just can't get through; the top 5 books she pushed through and loved.

Trivia:

Trivia this week! Who said this quote and from what movie?

Question: "Does thinking you're the last sane man on earth make you crazy? Because if it does, maybe I am."

Prize: A signed Neil Grayston print

Promos:

Jim's SciFi Blog

Trek News and Views

Greg Evigan

Currently Greg has just completed 22 episodes of a new situation comedy called "Big Sound." "Big Sound" is a management firm in which Greg's character Bill Sutton, takes on the nerve-racking responsibility of handling clients in the music business. The satirical humor of the show is derived from the fanatical, opulent, and often eccentric behavior of artists, agents, lawyers, publicists, etc., surrounding the clients and the business.

After completing the episodes of "Big Sound" Greg went back to Los Angeles but only for a short stop before he traveled back up to Saskatooon, Canada to perform a role in the independent feature, "Sweet Revenge" AKA Die! Die! Die! (The USA Video title)

Straight from that project Greg was offered the role of a high school teacher who is raising a daughter on his own after the untimely death of his wife. Dealing with the high spirits of his daughter losing her mother and blaming herself, Greg's character has to deal with the "Spirit" that has been living in their home.

Greg is now waiting to hear if a network for series production will pick up a two-hour movie that he filmed in Toronto, June of 2001. The name of the show is "Isabelle Rocks." Greg's character "Steve" is a private investigator who gets roped into precarious situations when he lets his feelings for Isabelle overrun his better judgement. A romantic comedy for the producer Fred Silverman could have a shot for a mid-season replacement.

Last on the work list so far this year is "Reba," where Greg is "Bill the Plumber." This could be a reoccurring role for the show, which is on the WB Network on Friday nights.

Greg is an actor, singer, song writer and musician, known around the world best from his character portrayals of B.J. McKay on the hit television series "B.J. and the Bear"and Joey Harris in "My Two Dads." Although Greg has been successful in both drama and comedy, he actually started out his career in music, performing in local Jersey Bands.

At age 17, he got his first job as a singer in the original Broadway production of "Jesus Christ Superstar." Two years later he continued his stay on the Broadway stage in the leading role of Danny Zuko in the original production of "Grease".

After two back to back hit shows on Broadway, it was music and television producer Don Kirschner who brought Greg to California to meet Norman Lear. (Producer of "All In the Family") The show was called "A Year At The Top" In which Greg co-stared and recorded an album with Paul Shaffer, the notorious bandleader of "Late Night with David Letterman." Greg and Paul Shaffer supplied original music for the show. They were signed to "Casablanca Records" and recorded an album together as none other than,"Greg & Paul."

Greg has also sung the theme songs for many of the TV series that he has appeared in, such as the B.J. & The Bear theme. He co-wrote and sang the theme for the hit series "My Two Dads," called "You Can Count On Me." Greg again sang a duet with Sheryl Crowe for the series theme song for "P.S. I Luv U" in which he co-starred with Connie Selleca.

During the My Two Dads years, Evigan landed his first leading roles in feature films. He starred as Lieutenant Heinaman in "Stripped To Kill" a Roger Corman film with actress Kay Lenz; in the underwater adventure thriller, "Deep Star Six" as Kevin McBride, and in "Private Road" as Brad with actor George Kennedy. "Private Road" gave Greg his first crack at musical supervisor on a film.

An ABC movie of the week project titled "One Of Her Own" attracted critical attention for Greg in the role of Charlie Lloyd, a police officer who rapes his female rookie partner (Lori Loughlin). "He (Evigan) uses his former heartthrob twinkle to turn his cop-on-the-skids into a devilish, misogynistic knucklehead. Evigan's Lloyd is a torturous presence," said Adam Sandler of Daily Variety.

Other movies made for television include "Lies Before Kisses," with Jacqueline Smith;"The Lady Forgets" with Donna Mills; "Deadly Family Secrets" with Gigi Rice and"Colombo" with Peter Falk.

From 1993 to 1995, Greg completed four two-hour television movies based on William Shatner's novels, "TekWars." Set in the year 2034, Evigan starred as Jake Cardigan, an ex-cop-turned-private-eye detective. After the four two-hour movies, Greg went on to complete eighteen one-hour episodes of TekWar which debuted in January1994 for the USA Network.

The two-year residence in Canada enabled Evigan and his family to receive "Landed Immigrant Status," valuable for future projects as producer as well as actor.

Upon his return to Los Angeles Greg was approached to play a role in the Aaron Spelling series "Melrose Place" he accepted the role of Dan Hathaway. Greg completed 13 episodes of the show and Aaron Spelling immediately cast him in his new pilot presentation of "Pacific Palisades" which was sold to the Fox Network. In the thirteen shows that were produced Greg played Robert Russo, architect/adulterer whose business and marriage is on the rocks.

Some of the other more recent projects Greg has starred in were the ABC movie "Nobody Lives Forever." Greg's character, Rick Barrish is caught in a love/murder triangle with his female cop partner and a long-lost girl friend (co-staring Brenda Bakke and Kevin Dobson).

Also aired in the spring of '99, a UPN Made for television movie called "Survivor".

A reoccurring role on the hit NBC series "Veronica's Closet" with Kirsti Alley. Greg once shared the spotlight with Kirsti on a Series that never really got off the ground for more than 13 episodes in the mid-eighties called "Masquerade."

The movie for the Fox Family Channel called "Earth Quake in New York" was shot in Toronto. Suffering the loss of their youngest son in the big quake of '94 in Los Angeles, Greg's character John Rykker moves his family back to New York. Trying to escape the threat, as well as the memories of that horrible experience only to be faced with more of the same when a magnitude 8.2 hits New York City.

During the sweeps week in spring of '99 six episodes of "Family Rules" a UPN/ Jim Hensen production was aired. In this comedy series Greg's character Nate Harrison is a college basketball coach who is raising four daughters on his own.

An independent feature film "The Pawn." Greg stars as Ray Harland a New York cop who is lured back to his home town by his father and brother to help them flush out the Russian Mafia, only to find that his own family is in on the take. Co-starring with actors, Sydney Penny, Tony Lo Bianco and Robert Stewart. The film was released to video by Aurora, under the Action Thriller category.

Greg has also finished an independent film called "Mel" co-staring with Ernest Borgnine and Julie Hagerty. The film has aired on HBO and is available through, North by Northwest Entertainment.

Evigan has produced and sang on his "pop" album, "Slow Down" featuring ten of his original songs now available to you through this web site.

He plays the piano, drums, and saxophone, and writes in a variety of different styles of music. He is now mixing a new CD, with more original pieces, recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios in London. The Modern Classical album features Evigan at the piano.

You can order Greg's first CD "Slow Down," by clicking here or on the CD icon on the left and sending a check or money order to the address listed. If you are using a credit card to order go to Amazon.com's "Slow Down" Purchase Page.

To keep up-to-date on Greg's career and upcoming shows; www.evigan.com

 


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Thor 2 continues to dominate at the box office, but there is another franchise waiting in the wings to challenge the God of Thunder this coming weekend.  In addition, there's new TV on DVD releases this week that include a classic Doctor Who title that is just in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the series.  Plus, Kevin Bachelder of the Tuning in to Sci-Fi podcast stops by to offer his thoughts on a favorite movie, Night of the Comet, which is getting a Blu-ray release this week.  There's all this and more, brought to you by Michael Falkner and The Weekly Podioplex.

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Believe it or not, Scott and Arnold survived the zombie attacks featured in our previous episode…but just barely! This time around, our celebration of the 50th anniversary ofDOCTOR WHO begins with a look at fandom – how it not only supported the series during those dark “wilderness” years but how it also helped bring your G2V hosts together and allowed them both to contribute professionally to the universe of our favorite TV series! We focus on the fun, the fantasy, and the fandom with a look at our hero – the Doctor – on screen, in print, and on audio!

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“The Night of the Doctor” Mini Episode – “The Day of the Doctor” Prequel

“The Day of the Doctor” Trailer

“An Adventure in Space and Time” Trailer

Big Finish Productions – Home of Original DOCTOR WHO Audio Dramas

Scott Alan Woodard’s Big Finish DOCTOR WHO Audio Dramas

The Big Finish DOCTOR WHO: SHORT TRIPS book collections (Wikipedia)

Gallifrey One Convention

Chicago TARDIS Convention

L.I. Who Convention

Craig Ferguson – The Lost DOCTOR WHO Cold Open

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The comedy team of Etta Devine and Gabriel Diani already have a bit of notoriety attached to them: Their Kickstarter campaign for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Robotic Edition) — which proposed to publish an edition of the Mark Twain classic with all occurrences of the N-word replaced with the word “robot” — attracted no little attention and enough supporters to not only push them to their goal, but well beyond. With that success under their belt, they’ve embarked on a less unorthodox, but hopefully just as entertaining, Kickstarter campaign for a new end-of-the-world comedy, DIANI & DEVINE MEET THE APOCALYPSE. With a solid technical crew and a cast that includes DEEP SPACE NINE’s Armin Shimerman, BUFFY’s Harry Groener, and LEGEND OF KORRA’s Janet Varney, the project is already well-positioned to bring some mirth to unrestrained devastation, disease, and despair.

So since my sponsors for this ep are presently running a Kickstarter for their cool, RFID-blocking jacket, the Shield, and since I, myself, am running my own Kickstarter, I thought it would be worthwhile to reach out to Etta and Gabe to talk about the film, its inspirations and challenges, and also to get their thoughts on crowdfunding a creative project. Click on the player to hear the discussion.

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Rejoice!  You have something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday season.  Clay and Debby are back with an all new episode.  In it, they're in the car again (a surprisingly useful studio space) and talking about Thanksgiving.  There are preparations to be made in terms of menu, family expectations, and finally Black Friday shopping.  Can Debby get a word in edgewise with the ADD prone Clay?

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