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AlphaBits: John Barrowman Avoiding New ‘Doctor Who’?

PLUS: TV journalists join Alpha Waves Radio Thursday to talk about the 2009-10 season

Hopefully it’s just because he’s been a little too busy with his guest recurring role on “Desperate Housewives,” but “Torchwood” star John Barrowman says he has yet to see the Matt Smith version of “Doctor Who.”

Well, at least “Desperate Housewives” is his excuse … for now.

“I’ve been away in the States, and because of the filming schedule over there doing ‘Desperate Housewives,’ I wasn’t able to sit down and watch it.”

But it doesn’t mean he doesn’t plan to.

“I have it all on my computer,” Barrowman said. “I’ve yet to watch it to get up to date. I’m looking forward to it.”

The actor added that it’s not about who plays The Doctor — Barrowman himself has played alongside two actors in the title role — but it’s more about the show.

“I’m excited about it, and like everybody else out there, they will get on that journey with The Doctor and the Tardis and the assistant.” — [Digital Spy]


Talking television on Alpha Waves Radio

We usually don’t promote Alpha Waves Radio this high in AlphaBits, but Thursday’s show is definitely one you don’t want to miss.

We’re going to break our usual style of producing a podcast version of the radio show, and instead will come to you live beginning at 8 p.m. ET on May 13.

We have a great panel scheduled to take part, including Ahmad Childress from Crave Online, Bill Gorman from TV By the Numbers, Ian Cullen from Sci-Fi Pulse, Kris King from Star Pulse and Daniel Malen from The TV Addict.

Also, our May 13 show is where we will reveal our special guest appearing on Alpha Waves Radio May 27. I just interviewed this special guest over the weekend, and let’s just say you’ll love who it is.

Of course, after each show, the great Tony Tellado will come on beginning at 9 p.m. ET to host Alpha Waves Rewind, the live call-in show designed for you to talk about sci-fi and anything else on your mind.

One last thing to note about Alpha Waves Radio: We are in the middle of making a small pseudo documentary called “The Making of Alpha Waves Radio.” It will likely be about 30 minutes long when it’s all finished (and we are a third of the way through it now). It will focus on the two May shows, and some of the history of Alpha Waves Radio — dating back to our SyFy Radio days.

If you would like to see our teaser trailer for the documentary, click here. — [Airlock Alpha]


Call the Ghost Hunters

Amy Pond may have grown up with a creature living in one of her rooms, but “Doctor Who” actress Karen Gillan says she is not very fond of her real home.

Why? Because she says it’s haunted.

“If I am at home on my own and trying to sleep, I can get quite freaked out, and need to look around every few seconds,” Gillan said. “My mother is adamant there are ghosts in our house, which hasn’t helped me. She thinks we’ve got a presence.”

Maybe she should call Matt Smith? — [Monsters and Critics]


‘Being Human’ back on BBC

If you have a thing for Russell Tovey, or Lenora Crichlow, or especially Aidan Turner, than we have good news for you.

The second season of “Being Human” is coming to BBC America, premiering July 24 following the “Doctor Who” fifth season finale.

Syfy already is working on its own Americanized version of the series, but until then, you can enjoy the original which features Tovey, Crichlow and Turner as roommates who have to try and find a way to co-exist despite some challenges: like being a werewolf, vampire and ghost.

“Being Human” first premiered on BBCA last July, and is gearing up for a Blu-ray release of Season 1 July 20.

Tovey was recently at an Orlando fan gathering, and made it clear that yes, he is spending a lot of time out of his clothes, so get the pause buttons ready on your DVRs. — [Airlock Alpha]


‘Moonlight’ returning as well

Do you miss the former CBS series “Moonlight”? Well, get ready, because this summer will give you a bit of sharpened teeth nostalgia.

The CW will re-air “Moonlight” beginning June 3. The Alex O’Loughlin series will air beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

Does this mean there might be new episodes of “Moonlight” in the future? Definitely not. The CW has no plans to try and bring “Moonlight” back. However, it should pair up well with reruns of the network’s hit freshman series “The Vampire Diaries.” — [Rabid Doll]


Ron Moore gets new production deal

Ronald D. Moore, who made a name for himself behind SciFi Channel’s highly successful relaunch of “Battlestar Galactica,” looks to be sticking to television for quite some time.

Moore has signed a new two-year deal with Sony Pictures TV that will allow him to create more television programs under that banner. He joins “Smallville” creators Al Gough and Miles Millar.

Although this deal would succeed the one he had for Universal Media Studios, it shouldn’t affect his involvement with “Caprica” on Syfy, the “Battlestar Galactica” spinoff. — [TV Squad]


Why Starbuck ain’t going to ‘True Blood’

“Battlestar Galactica” alum Katee Sackhoff had a chance to join the third season of the hit HBO series “True Blood,” but instead decided to stick with network television.

It’s not that Sackhoff didn’t like “True Blood.” It’s more that she’s feeling a longer possible tenure in the potential ABC series “Boston’s Finest.”

“I am a huge fan of ‘True Blood,'” Sackhoff tells Entertainment Weekly‘s Michael Ausiello. “It’s a phenomenal show and [executive producer] Alan Ball is a fucking genius. But I wanted more security than one season of something, so I rolled the dice with [‘Boston’s Finest’].” — [Entertainment Weekly]


Film premieres! Film premieres! Film premieres!

I have yet to see “Iron Man 2” (waiting for my high-definition vision coming from my LASIK surgery later this week), but we have some word on when we might see some other high-profile films.

Entertainment Weekly reports that “Men In Black III” is planned for May 25, 2012 that will include Will Smith and director Barry Sonnenfeld. And it could very much include a return of Tommy Lee Jones, and maybe even the debut of Josh Brolin.

Also, Dark Horizons has let us know that Warner Bros. is planning a July 20, 2012 release date for its third Batman movie, giving us a four-year wait from “The Dark Knight.”

That will join a crowded summer movie field, that already includes “MIB III,” “The Avengers” from director Joss Whedon, the new Spider-Man reboot on July 3, and “Star Trek XII” on June 29. — [Dark Horizons]


Auction to help Spider Robinson’s wife

The great online radio show Sci-Fi Saturday Night airs, you guessed it, on Saturday, but that’s all the time you have to join in on a special fan auction to help the wife of renowned author Spider Robinson, who is suffering from cancer.

The hosts of the radio show are auctioning off six jam pieces … these are posters that include pieces from various artists that are drawn specifically for (and on) the poster. They include artists such as Sergio Aragones, Mike Mignola, Amber Benson, Sara Richard, Ian Nichols and more.

Get those bids in, because time is running out!

You can find all the details by clicking here. And don’t forget to catch Robinson on Sci-Fi Saturday Night this weekend to talk about Robert A. Heinlein. — [Airlock Alpha]

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