Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Natalie Chaidez and John Wirth join V staff

Writers Natalie Chaidez and John Wirth, who previously worked on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, have joined the staff of V. The two were responsible for some of the best episodes of the good old Terminator, including "The Turk," "Queen's Gambit," "Earthlings Welcome Here," and "Complications."

More details about their roles on V below, from Airlock Alpha:

John Wirth and Natalie Chaidez are the newest additions to the "V" staff, making the move from "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" where Wirth was an executive producer and Chaidez was a co-executive producer. An ABC spokesman has confirmed that Chaidez will become a co-executive producer of "V" while Wirth will serve as a consulting producer.

Sources say the two are expected to be a huge boost to the show's writing team, and signal what could be continued confidence in the long-term vitality of "V" by ABC.

Wirth and Chaidez do bring impressive resumes to the table. Chaidez wrote four episodes of "Sarah Connor," which was canceled by Fox last season. She also was a co-executive producer for NBC's "Heroes" in 2006 and 2007 writing the episodes "Better Halves" and "The Fix." Other shows she worked on include "Judging Amy" and "New York Undercover."

Wirth has been a key part of several popular shows over his career including "Sarah Connor," "Ghost Whisperer," "Nash Bridges" "Picket Fences" and "The District." He wrote four episodes of "Sarah Connor," including the popular episode "The Turk."

ABC confirms episode orders for V and Flash Forward

ABC has issued a press release, saying that they have ordered 12 total hours of V this season. This is one episode less than originally reported. The also cut the episode order for Flash Forward by an hour, to 24 total episodes.

V will return with the remaining eight episodes on March 30, 2010.

From the press release:

ABC has locked in its scripted commitments for the 2009-10 season.

The news, which was confirmed to the site exclusively by network and studio sources, includes some adjustments to its previously indicated episode orders.

Newcomers "V" and "FlashForward" are set to film 12 and 24 total hours, respectively, both one episode shy of numbers reported earlier this fall. Come 2010 then the Alphabet will have eight new episodes of "V" (returning March 30) while "FlashForward" (returning March 4) will offer up 14 fresh installments.

At midseason, seven episodes of "The Deep End" and "Romantically Challenged" as well as eight hours of "Happy Town" are on tap.

As for its returning slate, "Grey's Anatomy" is set to film 24 episodes while "Desperate Housewives" and "Private Practice"* are booked for 23 hours.

The rest of its lineup - including "Castle," "The Middle," "Modern Family," "Cougar Town," "Ugly Betty" and "Brothers & Sisters" - currently have the standard full seasons of 22 episodes.

Rounding out the bunch then are "Lost" and "The Forgotten" with 18 episodes each and "Scrubs" and "Better Off Ted" with 13 episodes apiece.

Sources however were quick to note that the option still exists to order additional episodes of several of the aforementioned series.

Friday, 4 December 2009

V will return on March 30, 2010

Hollywood Reporter writes:

Some ABC viewers just had a flashback.

The network ran a promo at the end of Thursday's "FlashForward" letting viewers know the show would return in March -- March 4, to be exact. It's similar to the announcement made at the end of "V," saying the show would return that same month. But while the "V" message met with relief (it's coming back!), the "FlashForward" push is being met with dismay (that long?), especially since fans expected the show to continue in January.

ABC wants to get the show out of the way of the Winter Olympics and air the show straight through without repeats. The network also is setting a firm date for the return of "V" -- March 30.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

5 clips from V 1x04, "It's Only the Beginning"

Here are five clips from the V fall finale, "It's Only the Beginning," which airs tonight at 8 on ABC:

Interviews with Morena Baccarin and Morris Chestnut

TV Guide talked to Morena Baccarin and Morris Chestnut before this evening's episode, the last one to air until March. Here are the interviews:

New official V podcast

ABC has put up a new V podcast. It has brief interviews with Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Laura Vandervoort and Scott Wolf at the V photoshoot and provides some insight into the show's production design. It also has an exclusive sneak peek into the fall finale, "It's Only the Beginning."

New interview: Joel Gretsch

Fancast has a new interview with Joel Gretsch, who plays Father Jack. Here is a part of it:

Erica, Georgie, Ryan and Father Jack – these are the four people that are going to save the world?
What a resistance team, huh? Hey, it’s a start. But we have a lot to do, that’s for sure.

Is Ryan quick to reveal his true V self, or does he tuck that information away for a later time?
We ended the last episode sitting around and talking, and that’s where we pick it up. But yeah, there is a lot to deal with – and thank goodness everyone is coming with different kinds of information. Ryan brings a lot to the table.

Father Jack has proven to be a bit of an action-hero priest. Why is he so vested in this cause?
What I love about Father Jack is that he has strong beliefs, and right from the get go he has been questioning of the V’s. He feels like he is protecting a lot – not just peoples’ relationships to God, but also we see now their lives. So the stakes are high.

Might he have some unique resources to tap into as the series goes on?
Absolutely. The one thing you get wind of tonight is Father Jack’s past, and it’s more complex than what meets the eye. Before he showed up at this congregation, he had a past that will be informative to where he’s going.

In the real world, has the Catholic Church ever expressed a stance on extraterrestrial life?
I don’t know. What do you think?

Read the rest of the interview at

Saturday, 21 November 2009

More previews for "It's Only the Beginning"

A couple of new promos showed up on YouTube earlier today:

And here is one from SpoilerTV:

Friday, 20 November 2009

Longer teaser for V 1x04

Here is a longer teaser for next week's episode:

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Teaser for episode 1x04, "It's Only the Beginning"

Here is a preview for next week's episode, "It's Only the Beginning:"

Monday, 16 November 2009

V 1x03, "A Bright New Day" - nine previews

Here are nine previews for episode 1x03, "A Bright New Day:"

#1 - You Helped Make This Day Happen

#2 - Do You Have Company








V 1x03, "A Bright New Day," airs tomorrow, Tuesday, November 17, at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

TV Addict interviews Morena Baccarin

The TV Addict posted a new interview with Morena Baccarin. Here are a few snippets:

Bluntly, is Anna a “good” V or a “bad” V?
Morena Baccarin: Maybe she’s a little bit of both, I suppose it depends on who you ask.

Do you, as the actress playing her, have a definitive answer to that question?
I sort of know the answer but to be honest I feel like what I know can change. Especially when the producers may be telling me something only to have other plans for me later on. They are a very wily bunch and really only tell us what we need to know.

The premiere gave us a quick glimpse of what’s underneath the V’s skin exterior, will we ever see the full V?
You will see a little bit more, but I don’t think we want to do a whole reveal just yet.

And I’d be remiss if I didn’t ask you about the big news from last week that had ABC and Warner Bros. replacing original showrunner Scott Peters with Scott Rosenbaum. Were you surprised by the move?
We [the actors] have been aware of some of the creative changes Warner Bros. and ABC wanted to see made, but it’s weird to have all the changes happen as we’re working. Truthfully, I don’t really know the politics of it all. But what I do know is that we’re all trying to make the best show and whatever changes are made are for the best.

For the full interview, go here.

V nominated for People's Choice Award for best New TV Drama

People's Choice has revealed the final list of nominees for this year's awards. V is nominated in the New TV Drama category, along with The Good Wife, The Vampire Diaries, Eastwick, FlashForward, Mercy, The Forgotten, Melrose Place, Three Rivers and NCIS: Los Angeles.

You can vote for the show at the PCA site.

Official podcast with Scott Wolf, plus new promo

ABC has launched an official V podcast. Here is the first one:

And here is another new promo:

New interviews with Elizabeth Mitchell, Scott Wolf and Morena Baccarin

Several new interviews with the V cast -

With Scott Wolf and Morena Baccarin:

Another one with Morena:

And Elizabeth Mitchell on Jimmy Kimmel:

V 1x04, "It's Only the Beginning" - press release

From ABC:


"It's Only the Beginning" -- Erica works with newly-formed allies to uncover a biological threat they suspect the Visitors have been plotting. Aboard the Mothership, Anna meets with a special guest while managing the investigation into the murder of a V. And Chad does a segment on the V Healing Centers, demonstrating their amazing medical abilities, but then finds himself conflicted by some of his findings, on the riveting cliffhanger of "V," TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24 (8:00-9:01 p.m., ET), on ABC. The series will return with new episodes in March 2010.

"V" stars Elizabeth Mitchell as Erica Evans, Morris Chestnut as Ryan Nichols, Joel Gretsch as Father Jack, Lourdes Benedicto as Valerie, Logan Huffman as Tyler Evans, Laura Vandervoort as Lisa, with Morena Baccarin as Anna and Scott Wolf as Chad Decker.

Guest cast: Ryan Kennedy as David, Craig Fraser as Peter Combs, Christopher Shyer as Marcus, David Richmond-Peck as Georgie, and Mark Hildreth as Joshua.

"It's Only the Beginning" was written by Cameron Litvack & Angela Russo Otstot and directed by Yves Simoneau.

Interview with Morena Baccarin

TV Guide has a new interview with Morena Baccarin here. A few snippets below. What is the Visitors' ultimate goal?
Baccarin: You'll have to watch to see, but by Episode 4 you get a very good idea that we're not what we're all cracked up to be. There's more to it than we're saying. We are here for more than just a short while, and we're here for additional reasons than just water and minerals. Are there any good qualities in the Visitors?
Baccarin: Yes, absolutely. Anna is very loyal to her people; that's a good quality. I think there are Vs that have been living among humanity, so they take on some human qualities. There are parts of Anna that, depending on who you ask, can be seen as good. When do we get to see an unmasking?

Baccarin: It's throughout the series in different people. I don't have a big peel-off-my-face moment, but I've been told that there may be some effects in that direction. The Ambassador program feels like an homage to Hitler Youth. How does that develop?
Baccarin: It grows quite a bit actually. It's very smart of the Vs to invest in the youth of the world. One of their plans is to get the young people really excited about the Vs, so they can influence other people. As the generations change, they will be present. It definitely gets out there a lot. What precarious positions is Anna going to put Chad in?
Baccarin: It's going to get really interesting because he's very ambitious, and he really wants to succeed at what he does. By the end of the four episodes, he's going to find himself in a real decision spot of not knowing which way to go, and maybe their relationship will progress into something else. The power shifts back and forth a bit, so he doesn't just fold like a cheap suit [again]. What can we look forward to in future episodes?
Baccarin: We get to see more about how the Vs live. There are more hints at how they do certain things and there's some really great plot twists. [There are] characters' worlds that collide that you wouldn't expect.

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Promotional pics for 1x04, "It's Only the Beginning"

Here are the promotional stills from episode 1x04, "It's Only the Beginning:"

Promotional pictures for episode 1x03, "A Bright New Day"

ABC has released promotional pictures for episode 3, "A Bright New Day."