Skip to main content

Six of One: "Battlestar" Vixen Tricia Helfer Signs with FOX

Tricia Helfer is moving from Sci Fi to FOX.

The Battlestar Galactica beauty, who plays Cylon model Six (in a series of stunning red garments, electric blue dresses, and black prison garb), has signed a talent holding deal with the network.

Under the terms of the deal, Helfer will star in a series project for FOX, most likely a drama.

While most projects at FOX have either already been shot or are prepping, there are a few current pilots that would be a good fit for Helfer. I could see her broadening her appeal with a turn in mystery procedural Telling Lies (aka Untitled Sam Baum) or the currently casting thriller Inseparable, starring Toby Stephens as a paralyzed forensic detective who has an alter ego who is a dangerous criminal.

Then again, Kevin Reilly has announced that he'll be ordering a whole slew of pilots this summer, which will shoot far in advance of next May's upfronts, so there may be another project out there that will be lucky enough to land Helfer.

Helfer, who served as the host for the first season of Canada's Next Top Model, was cast last year in the FOX drama pilot Them for director Jonathan Mostow; there she played a member of an alien scouting group living on Earth. The pilot was rolled over to this development season and ultimately terminated. She currently appears in the fourth and final season of Battlestar Galactica on Sci Fi and will be seen on the big screen in the upcoming indie Walk All Over Me.

In other FOX news, Lost writer/executive producer Jeff Pinkner has signed on as showrunner on the highly anticipated fall drama Fringe, from executive producers J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci, and Alex Kurtzman.

Pinkner is, of course, no stranger to the Bad Robot family of series. In addition to writing and producing duties on Lost, he also worked with Abrams on seminal ABC series Alias.

Comments

I would love to see Helfer in a great drama. Over the course of Battlestar she has definitely proven that she can play more than just a cylon.
Anonymous said…
I'd actually like to see her on Lost. I think she'd be great as one of the Others.
Jon88 said…
Curious to see her in the indy "Walk All Over Me." Are you listening, Netflix? (PS The network's name is not an acronym or initialism, so Fox, not FOX. Unless you're just that excited, of course.)
Anonymous said…
I'm disappointed about 'Them' - i was really looking forward to it last year.

I'm not a Tricia fan, but i feel she's a pretty good actress for an MTA and i love BSG.

Popular posts from this blog

Katie Lee Packs Her Knives: Breaking News from Bravo's "Top Chef"

The android has left the building. Or the test kitchen, anyway. Top Chef 's robotic host Katie Lee Joel, the veritable "Uptown Girl" herself (pictured at left), will NOT be sticking around for a second course of Bravo's hit culinary competition. According to a well-placed insider, Joel will "not be returning" to the show. No reason for her departure was cited. Unfortunately, the perfect replacement for Joel, Top Chef judge and professional chef Tom Colicchio, will not be taking over as the reality series' host (damn!). Instead, the show's producers are currently scouring to find a replacement for Joel. Top Chef 's second season was announced by Bravo last month, but no return date has been set for the series' ten-episode sophomore season. Stay tuned as this story develops. UPDATE (6/27): Bravo has now confirmed the above story .

Have a Burning Question for Team Darlton, Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, or Michael Emerson?

Lost fans: you don't have to make your way to the island via Ajira Airways in order to ask a question of the creative team or the series' stars. Televisionary is taking questions from fans to put to Lost 's executive producers/showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse and stars Matthew Fox ("Jack Shephard"), Evangeline Lilly ("Kate Austen"), and Michael Emerson ("Benjamin Linus") for a series of on-camera interviews taking place this weekend. If you have a specific question for any of the above producers or actors from Lost , please leave it in the comments section below . I'll be accepting questions until midnight PT tonight and, while I can't promise I'll be able to ask any specific inquiry due to the brevity of these on-camera interviews, I am looking for some insightful and thought-provoking questions to add to the mix. So who knows: your burning question might get asked after all.

BBC Culture: Matthew Weiner: Mad Men’s creator on its final episodes

The creative force behind the period drama talks about where his characters are as his show begins its final episodes. “We left off with everyone’s material needs being met in an extreme way,” says Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner of where we last saw the characters on his critically acclaimed period drama when the show went on hiatus 10 months ago. “Then the issue is, what else is there?” That is the central question with the return to US TV of the AMC hit, one demanding to be answered by both the show’s characters, and its creator whose success is the envy of the television industry. Mad Men has been a defining part of Weiner’s life for the last 15 years. He wrote the pilot script on spec while he was a staff writer on CBS’ Ted Danson sitcom Becker in 1999, using it to land a writing gig on HBO’s The Sopranos in 2002. It would take another five years, filled with multiple rejections, before the first episode of Mad Men would make it on the air. Someone with less determination or vision