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Sci-Fi Siren: Eureka’s Sexy Deputy Erica Cerra

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If there’s anything at all to hate about SyFy’s exceptionally affable original series Eureka, it’s that as they role into their fourth season they’re still dressing Erica Cerra in those unbearable dumpy, unisex police uniforms. That seems unlikely to change any time soon, but even hidden beneath bad khaki Deputy Jo Lupo’s one of the best reasons to keep coming back to their quirky little show. Besides, there was that one episode with the red dress.

Cerra is a Vancouver, BC native of Italian decent and the thirty-one-year-old actress has been working pretty steadily in film and television since 2001. You might have seen her in Blade: Trinity as the Goth Vixen or caught her in The 4400, or if you were really lucky seen her steaming it up on The L Word. But it’s the part of Eureka’s tough as nails Deputy Lupo that really earned her serious geek attention. The town wouldn’t be the same without her.

Eureka kicked off its fourth season this week and that seems as good a time as any to spend some time on some of Cerra’s all too rarely appreciated attributes. In addition to being a dependable actress, she’s kind of a looker. Here’s the evidence:

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Images From Haven: SyFy’s New Cops Investigate Weird Series

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When the Sci-Fi Channel changed their name to SyFy, most assumed it was so they could start showing more wrestling. But apparently “SyFy” is some sort of code for “government employees investigating weird occurences”. SyFy has set about producing all sorts of new, science fiction related programming but… for some bizarre reason… it all seems to be centered around this same, X-Files knockoff theme.

Some of them are entertaining, like Eureka, others are Warehouse 13. Here’s their latest entry in the odd cops investigate freaky stuff genre: Haven.

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TV Review: You Could Do Worse Than Warehouse 13

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131The SyFy channel completed its name change this week and yet, even though they seem to have gone “Poochie” with their network’s branding, they haven’t abandoned geek programming entirely. Along with the name change came the premiere of their latest original series Warehouse 13. They’re looking for another genre programming hit here, with Stargate aging and undergoing changes and Battlestar Galactica drifting off the air. This is just the first in a long series of new ideas on the channel, and surprisingly it’s unlikely to be the worst.

Warehouse 13 feels a lot like Eureka, one of SyFy’s few successful returning series. It has that same sense of restrained whimsy, it has a sense of humor, it seems to know what it is and goes about doing it anyway. That Eureka feel is melded with something akin to the X-Files as two Secret Service agents are put to work investigating the weird and possibly dangerous of the world. The twist here is that they’re more artifact hunters than alien finders.

In the two-hour season premiere, Agents Pete Lattimer and Myka Bering are ordered to a remote location in the desert where, they find a massive and mysterious warehouse. It’s manned by Artie, a man with nearly as many secrets as the treasure trove he protects. Inside Artie’s warehouse are the secrets of America, miles and miles of boxes and shelves stocked with things beyond man’s comprehension. They’re stored here, until we finally get around to comprehending them.

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Enter The All New SyFy And Witness Warehouse 13

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13Today was the day. The Sci Fi Channel is dead, replaced by SyFy, whatever that is. The name change will probably be used to allow them to show more Ultimate Fighting, but there may still be a little science fiction programming left on the channel. For instance, there’s Warehouse 13.

It’s the SyFy channel’s latest original series, a solve the sci-fi problem of the week show in the mold of the X-Files with a touch of Eureka probably thrown in for good measure. We’ve got a sneak peek from Warehouse 13. Get a taste of what this newfangled SyFy channel is up to in the video after the jump:

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Trailer For Battlestar Galactica’s Spinoff Movie: The Plan

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BSG is long gone from television, but the old girl’s got one last gasp in her. This fall the SyFy Channel will release a new Battlestar movie called “The Plan”. It takes what you’ve already seen on the show and then flips it on its head, telling the BSG story from the perspective of those dastardly Cylons. Hopefully this means more Dean Stockwell. You can’t really have too much Brother Cavill.

The first ever trailer for “The Plan” is out, and ready for you to watch. Must see material, below:

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TV Review: Sci-Fi Channel’s Star Runners

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starrunnersTime is running out for the Sci-Fi Channel which, in a matter of weeks changes its name to SyFy so they can, presumably, run less science fiction and sell out to the infinitely more profitable world of ultimate fighting. Maybe it’s for the best. Sci-Fi has never been as sci-fi focused as its name suggests and when they try, it always turns into a bad horror movie. Case in point: Their latest made for TV movie Star Runners.

It starts out in the right direction, with old school pulp lettering in the credits and an outer space chase sequence. That seems sci-fi enough, doesn’t it? Former Trek helmsman Connor Trinneer stars as Tycho and Heroes best-buddy James Kyson Lee is Lei Chen, a pair of transport pilots or “star runners” with an illegal shipment to slip past the feds. It seems at first that they’re going for a Han Solo/Chewbacca dynamic here between the two of them, smugglers shaking patrols cracking wise at one another. It never quite works, mostly because Trinneer and Lee play their characters as if they’ve just taken a heavy dose of sleeping pills, but at least the script seems to be trying, even if it’s not succeeding.