Spoilers are the fastest moving kind of news. Today: the Spider-Man musical gets a villain. Torchwood gets a synopsis, of sorts. Lost set pics! Plus spoilers for Dollhouse, Fringe, BSG, Doctor Who and Smallville.
Spider-Man: The Musical:
Are you pumped up for this U2-scored, Lion King-flavored, budget-busting spectacular? Then let star Evan Rachel Wood tell you about the storyline:
It will pull some things from the films, but it's based more on the comic book and the origin of Spider-Man. There's going to be old villains and new villains. Wait until you see the villains. I wish I could tell you who the villain is. There's one [new villain] that is more of a Greek mythology kind of thing.
I know I'm excited, now that I know there's going to be a villain from Greek mythology. That was the one thing the Spider-Man musical was missing to make me excited. (Pluto? Medusa? Circe??) Also, she confirms that only Peter Parker sings, not Spidey. [Sci Fi Wire]
What exactly happens in this Frank Miller cheesefest? Says Sci Fi Wire:
The story follows Denny Colt (Gabriel Macht), a murdered rookie cop who returns from the dead as the Spirit, a seemingly immortal masked hero on a mission to protect his beloved Manhattan-like Central City and to understand the hows and whys of his impossible existence. Along the way, he encounters a super-psychotic super-villain, the Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson), and a bevy of beautiful babes.
And it sounds like the movie is loosely based on a two-parter about Sand Saref, from the comics. [Sci Fi Wire again]
W00t! Finally an actual plot synopsis of the new miniseries. According to producer Peter Bennett:
It's different to every other year. It's not a story about spaceships, but it's about a government that did a deal with aliens back in the '60s, and they're now dealing with the consequences of that deal when the sins of their past come back to haunt them.
And the resulting kerfuffle is something that affects all the "children of Earth." Hence the title. Also, without Tosh and Owen, we see a new side to the remaining characters. Rhys helps out more, and there's a new character, a young lady played by Cush Jumbo, who helps out too. And we meet some new characters, including "Peter Capaldi, who's fantastic as the government middle man caught up in the storm, Liz May Brice as a covert government agent and Paul Copely as a damaged man." [Digital Spy]
Hide your pets! Crazy attorney Romo Lampkin (Mark Sheppard) will be back towards the end of season four. (And you glimpsed him in one of those promo videos yesterday, I think.) [iF Magazine]
Sheppard also says the character he plays in Joss Whedon's new show is named Tanaka, and he intersects with FBI agent Paul Ballard (Tahmoh Penikett). He's in at least two episodes. [iF Magazine again]
Velile Tshabalala, who plays new companion Rosita in the Christmas special, says her character's name is nothing to do with Rose. (But then she adds that she can't say too much or she'll get in trouble.) There is a scene where both Doctors are up in the air in harnesses. (Presumably flying or being flung about.) Also, the two Doctors get trapped, and Rosita has to save them. And Rosita runs across a warehouse waving an axe. [Planet Gallifrey]
Yay, here are some set pics (possibly from a while ago) that show Sawyer, Kate and Juliet in Dharma jumpsuits. Plus Sayid lurking in a leather jacket. The jumpsuits look surprisingly sexy, and I like that Kate's in the motor pool. Also, Sawyer's jumpsuit says "LaFleur," which is also the title of episode 5x08. Does that mean that episode is Sawyer-centric? [Lyly Ford]
The late John Scott's state of being will be a major topic for the show in January. And Olivia will find out more about the drawbacks of sharing consciousness with her ex. [TV Guide]
And here's a new trailer for the next episode. [Fringe Television]
What's ahead for Lois? Erica Durance has some clues. [OSCK]