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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.

Starbuck Fix: Just What is Kara Thrace?

Cylon ? Clone? Resurrected human? A ghost? A demon? Just what is Kara " Starbuck " Thrace since returning from the clutches of death last season? Tonight's episode of Battlestar Galactica ("Someone to Watch Over Me") looks like it will finally answer that elusive question as Kara seeks some answers about her, er, condition and gains some shocking revelations about her true nature. While I have no knowledge of the upcoming plot twists ahead on Battlestar Galactica , the promo for tonight's episode (which can be found below) had me pondering some theories of my own, building on that of my recent theory about Kara's parentage and what I know from the two-hour pilot for prequel series Caprica . I posited a few weeks back that Kara is actually the offspring of a human mother and the Cylon Model Seven, named Daniel. Which is why she is so vital to the Cylon race... and why Simon went so far as to remove her ovaries back on Caprica (remember that dangli

PaleyFest09: Who's In?

As tickets are now on sale for the Paley Center's PaleyFest09 (also known as the William S. Paley Television Festival) for members of the Center (they go on sale to the general public on March 1st), I thought I'd ask once again this year: who's in for PaleyFest09? Tickets are once again hard to come by at this year's festival, which boasts a lineup that includes panels for series 90210, Battlestar Galactica and Caprica, The Big Bang Theory, Big Love, Desperate Housewives, Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Fringe, The Hills, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Mentalist, Swingtown , and True Blood . For my part, I'll be at the panels for Battlestar Galactica and Caprica, Big Love, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Alone Blog, Pushing Daisies , and Fringe , though I probably should have also requested a seat at It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia as I love that series with a fiery passion . But I am curious to know: For those of you reading who have gotten tic

NGS Fridays at C30 on TB10: Tracy Causes Confusion, Fear, and Fondness for "Teen Wolf" on "30 Rock"

I may have to take the X train to Zorgonia Avenue Station. Just a few quick thoughts the morning after the latest episode of 30 Rock ("Jalisa"), previously known as "Larry King," in which Liz and Kenneth attempt to retrieve her lost mobile phone (with a saucy "adult" photo of Liz on it) from a cab driver in Queens, Jack and Elisa try to take their relationship to the next level, and Tracy causes pandemonium in Manhattan when he speaks about the Asian market crash on Larry King's eponymous CNN talk show. While this week's episode didn't feature any of Jon Hamm's Drew Baird, he was an integral part of the plot nonetheless as the "boobies picture" he snapped of our Liz Lemon on her phone lead to a standoff with a extortion-ready Queens cab driver who didn't quite understand the point of "opposite day." I loved the fact that only Kenneth was willing to accompany her to Queens but wanted her to actually call him her &quo

Looking to the Light and the Darkness: Sacrifice and Self-Preservation on "Damages"

I've received a lot of emails from readers wondering where this week's discussion of FX's Damages is and I have to make apologies for not getting it up yesterday, but sadly didn't get to watch Damages this week until the day after it aired. But this is Damages we're talking about so I didn't want to disappoint as there's quite a lot to discuss. This week's sensational episode of Damages ("They Had to Tweaze That Out of My Kidney"), written by Aaron Zelman, answered some lingering questions in many audience members' minds and dealt beautifully with the mysteries surrounding Uncle Pete, The Visitor, and Patty's personal life... all while introducing a new mystery in the form of The Red File. There also seems to be a bit of confusion stemming from one of the episode's biggest shockers so let's dive in and discuss "They Had to Tweaze That Out of My Kidney." Uncle Pete. I'm glad that the series' creators decided

Channel Surfing: Evangeline Lilly to Stay Put on "Lost," "Gossip Girl" Spin-off Finds Its Lily, Capshaw to Stay on at Seattle Grace, and More

Welcome to your Friday morning television briefing. Kate isn't going anywhere, any time soon: Reps for Evangeline Lilly have denied a recent report on that claimed that the Lost star was seeking work on another television project for this fall and have maintained that the actress is under contract on Lost until May 2010, when the series ends. We have no idea how this rumor got started," Lilly's rep told Michael Ausiello, "and whoever started it didn’t call us or ABC to verify the validity of it, for which there is none." ( Entertainment Weekly 's Ausiello Files ) UPDATE : E! Online's Kristin has spoken with Lilly herself, who said that she isn't leaving Lost anytime soon. "I am very happy on Lost ," said Lilly, "and have no reason to look anywhere else for a home." ( E! Online's Watch with Kristin ) Brittany Snow ( American Dreams ) will star in the Gossip Girl prequel spin-off, currently being referred to in the

The Man Who Killed Me: John Locke (and Jeremy Bentham) Encounter the Face of Evil on "Lost"

I don't know about you but I couldn't sleep last night as my mind is still reeling after yet another neck-snapping plot twist from Team Darlton . I'm speaking, of course, of last night's episode of Lost ("The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham"), written by Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse , which filled in a lot of the blanks about just what happened to John Locke between his leaving the island and his corpse's return trip. Bookended by scenes of Locke with the survivors of Ajira Airways Flight 316 on the Hydra Island, this week's episode delves into several ongoing mysteries and answers some lingering questions about Locke's choice of pseudonym, the exit strategy from the island, Matthew Abaddon , Walt, and more. Let's discuss. The Plane. I was glad that we did learn this episode that the Ajira Airways flight carrying the Oceanic Six and Benjamin Linus DID crash, after all. While the members of the Oceanic Six were seemingly pulled from the

The Big (Not-So) Easy: The Final Three Square Off for the Title in the "Top Chef" Season Finale

Color me very surprised. If there's one thing that Top Chef has remained in five seasons of culinary challenges, Quickfires, and Eliminations, it's that it's always unpredictable. At times, frustratingly so. The judges are quick to remind us that every chef is only as good as their last dish and this week's season finale of Top Chef: New York , in which the final three chefs face off at Commander's Palace in New Orleans, was no exception to that rule. Had you asked me at the beginning of this season whether I could have predicted that the final three chefs competing for the title would have been Carla, Stefan, and Hosea, I would have laughed. Sure, I figured that Stefan would be in the mix as he's been consistently amazing throughout the season, dazzling the judges with his precise execution and innovative flavor profiles, even as he rubs his fellow contestants the wrong way with his brazen arrogance. Carla has been the underdog for the last few weeks but remi

Press Release: Sci Fi Releases Details on "Caprica" DVD and Digital Download

THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED FEATURE-LENGTH PREQUEL TO THE SERIES PHENOMENON, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA PREMIERING EXCLUSIVELY ON DVD AND DIGITAL DOWNLOAD Universal City, Calif. - Caprica , the highly anticipated prequel to Battlestar Galactica , will enjoy its world premiere exclusively on DVD on April 21, 2009 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. In a groundbreaking move sure to delight fans of the long-running television phenomenon, the feature-length prequel will be available on DVD as a limited-edition uncut and unrated version before the series’ broadcast premiere on the SCI FI Channel in 2010. Caprica is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick ( Battlestar Galactica ) and Remi Aubuchon ( 24 ). Exclusive bonus features that take viewers behind the scenes of the creation of Caprica make this DVD a landmark event for any fan of Battlestar Galactica . The film will also be available at selected online destinations for digital download transactions. As Battlestar Galactic

Channel Surfing: "Hex" Star Lands FOX Pilot, First "Melrose Place" Casting, Seinfeld Sells Reality Series to NBC, Cassar Quits "24," and More

Welcome to your Thursday morning television briefing. Former Hex star Christina Cole has been cast as the lead in FOX's untitled Ian Biederman drama, where she will play a female surgeon who suffers from adult-onset schizophrenia; Cole Hauser ( K-Ville ) will star in CBS drama pilot Washington Field , where he will play the squad's supervisor; Michael Nouri ( Damages ) has been cast in ABC drama pilot Empire State, where he'll play the wealthy father of a girl involved in a star-crossed romance with a blue-collar worker; and Anthony Carrigan, Michelle Borth, Bob Stephenson, and Rochelle Aytes have been cast in ABC's untitled Jerry Bruckheimer drama pilot (formerly known as The Unknown ). ( Hollywood Reporter ) NBC has ordered reality/comedy hybrid series The Marriage Ref , from executive producers Jerry Seinfeld and Ellen Rakieten, in which celebrities offer advice to real-life couples battling "classic marital disputes." So far there is no launch date for t

Oxford Blues: Raymond's Challenge Has Teams Scrambling on "Last Restaurant Standing"

Last night's episode of BBC America's Last Restaurant Standing ("Oxford Formal Halls") was a personal one for me and not just for the Oxford setting but specifically because the college that James and Alasdair had to prepare a meal for was the very one that I attended: Wadham College. I had the opportunity as an undergraduate to dine at the High Table for Christmas dinner with the dons and fellows. It was an occasion that I will remember for the very rest of my life and it was made especially memorable by the fact that my girlfriend at the time (now my wife) was there beside me. Oxford is steeped in tradition and everything, even the way meals are conducted in hall, have an elaborate sense of precedence. So I was extremely excited (and a little terrified, frankly) to see just how the three teams in Raymond's latest Challenge would conduct themselves when faced with the daunting task of preparing a fine dining experience for the High Table and another fantastic m

Channel Surfing: Amy Acker Gets "Happy" for ABC, "Stargate Universe" Adds Cast, Lance Reddick, "Fringe," and More

Welcome to your Wednesday morning television briefing. Amy Acker, who currently recurs on FOX's Dollhouse , has been cast in ABC supernatural mystery pilot Happy Town , where she will play the wife of small town cop Tommy Conroy (Geoff Stults). Elsewhere, Eric Christian Olsen ( Brothers & Sisters ) will play the lead in ABC's untitled Ricky Blitt comedy pilot, about a 30-something guy in a state of arrested adolescence who is stuck between the demands of his needy best friend and his new girlfriend, who has teenage children; Taylor Schilling ( Dark Matter ) will play the lead in NBC drama pilot Mercy , where she will play Veronica Callahan, a nurse who was previously stationed in Iraq; and Dakota Goyo ( Ultra ) has been cast as NBC's untitled Daniel Cerone drama pilot (formerly known as Brothers & Detectives ), where he will play an 11-year-old genius who helps his older brother, a police detective (Jimmy Wolk), solve crimes. ( Hollywood Reporter ) Ming-Na ( ER ) an

Good Grief: Michael Cera Signs on to "Arrested Development" Film

Now the story of a wealthy family who lost everything and the one actor who had no choice but to keep them all together. It's Arrested Development . Yep, Michael Cera has finally signed on to the big screen version of Arrested Development , according to E! Online's Watch with Kristin , and will reprise his role as George Michael Bluth. (Not to be confused with the singer-songwriter.) E! Online is reporting that cast holdout Cera will join Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Jessica Walter, Jeffrey Tambor, and David Cross in the feature version of Arrested Development , which is reportedly going to be written by series creator Mitch Hurwitz and directed by Ron Howard. Looking for details about a potential storyline for the Arrested film? You're sadly out of luck. Hurwitz, Howard, and the cast are said to be extremely tight-lipped about any plot points for the feature film, which will be produced by Fox Searchlight and may be filmed as early as this year

CW Renews Six Series, Orders Pilot from Ashton Kutcher

Fans of Privileged and Reaper , you may want to sit down. CW President Dawn Ostroff announced that the netlet has renewed six series for the 2009-2010 season, including Supernatural , Gossip Girl, Smallville, 90210, One Tree Hill, and reality series America's Next Top Model (cycles 13 and 14). Smallville was not thought likely to return unless studio Warner Bros. Television was able to successfully renegotiate a contract renewal with series star Tom Welling. (And, given the renewal announcement, it seems like they did so.) “As we continue to build The CW Network as a destination for young women, these six shows have clearly contributed to strengthening our schedule and our brand identity,” said Ostroff in a statement. Missing from the renewals list: on the bubble dramas like Privileged and Reaper and comedies Everybody Hates Chris and The Game . It's thought likely that the comedies will not be returning as both have produced enough episodes for syndication and the CW ha