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9 years ago
Sanctuary season two: more creatures, time travel, vampires
iSanctuary\/i season two: more creatures, time travel, vampires
Amanda Tapping (left) and Robin Dunne in the season-two premiere

The new season of Syfy's hit Sanctuary promises many more non-human creatures, more creature-based explanations for history's biggest events and a peek into the future of all the characters in a time-travel episode.

Producers also plan to jump on the vampire craze, will include more historic characters and will offer fantastical explanations for everyday creatures. They will also reveal the existence of other sanctuaries located around the world.

Separate interviews with executive producers Damian Kindler, Martin Wood and Amanda Tapping, who co-stars with Robin Dunne, revealed the season-two secrets. Sanctuary returns Oct. 9 and will air Fridays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

"We start the season off six weeks after the cliffhanger of last season," Kindler said. "It's a big opening, it's a shocker, and then the third episode will bring tears to people's eyes, and we have the end to season two that will be even more of a cliffhanger. It will literally be hell."

Kindler said one of his favorite upcoming episodes involves time travel into the future of the lives of each of the characters. "Maybe that's not something I'm supposed to tell you," he said.

Wood, who also directs several episodes, elaborated. "Maybe one of the abnormals we meet may be able to read people's futures, not their pasts," he said. "Time travel is certainly a part of it. Dr. Magnus [Tapping] has lived a very long time, and we can move around in her history and the famous people she came in contact with." Magnus just turned 158 years old.

"We knew we would have to push the line with our imaginations, and we have some pretty big imaginations on this show," Wood said. "We're going with bigger and bigger effects."

More creatures will come up. "We have to be careful to show what makes these abnormal," Wood says. "If it's a unicorn, what makes that abnormal? We talk about a fish—and it's not a dolphin—that we show has more intelligence than we once thought. You won't ever look at that the same way, and you won't ever eat calamari again, if you know what I mean."

Sanctuary has already introduced vampires in the form of real-life historical figure Nikola Tesla. "Yes, we have our vampires, but we're doing that in one show," Wood admitted. Tesla is played by Jonathon Young, who also played the character in a one-man show. "We show the genius of Tesla, a real historic figure, and vampires and put our own spin on it," Wood said. "There will be much more of Tesla in season two."

Tapping said she would have loved to meet strong female characters in history, such as Dorothy Parker, Amelia Earhart and Mae West. In storylines she has mentioned Winston Churchill, J. Edgar Hoover and, no doubt, the Kennedys. "She really got around," the actress said of her character.

The first season established that many of the world's mysteries were caused by abnormals. "We were a little clunky in the first season to show that these well-known myths were explained by abnormals," Wood said, adding: "People like our revisionist history. We can explain that the Nazis were like monsters because the Nazis actually were monsters."

Tapping is involved with the writing of her character, but she doesn't always win. The backstory of Dr. Magnus that she wanted to see in season one will be moved to a subsequent season.

"Amanda will tell me if I write that her character is not forceful enough to another character, and she'll say if she's a bit too much of a hardcore bitch on a character," Kindler said. "Most of the time, I agree. She knows the genre."

Sanctuary's first season is now available on a four-disc DVD set.

New Season
9 years ago

I was disappointed in last years episodes. That husband of Amanda is way too creepy, they make Amanda/Carter look old and I hate the accent. Amanda/Carter's daughter is that "Babe" chick from GH? The whole thing did not gel well. I liked the weirdo in the suit who keeps chasing Amanda.

10 years ago

Sanctuary has MADE IT as a series and will premiering soon on SCI FI. Lord knows they better come up with some good stuff after they knocked off Stargate SG! and soon Battlestar Galactica.

I am not sure I like Carter (Amanda Tapping) with an Old English Accent. I find it distracting.

Sanctuary Webisode Links, Sci Fi Stars
10 years ago

The guys went bankrupt, below are the completed episodes, the website/social community is still up and running

Scfi picked up the webisodes and is bringing it ti sci fi in fall of 08 or later. Lots of CG effects. A mix of Torchwood, SG1, and Myst.

Below are 3 webisodes that are completed.

Webisode 1.

Amanda Tapping, Rodney as a crazy murderer,  and a guy who looks like Daniel Jackson, Major No Name from Atlantis. Kind of a torchwood theme

webisode 2.

better than 1. daniel guy even has some his old lines from the gate. Kid villain has a goa'uld device in his belly.

Webisode 3

Appearance of DeLuis brother, director on SG1

11 years ago
Sanctuary Comes To SCI FI

SCI FI Channel announced that it has green-lighted a full 13-episode season of new original, scripted drama series Sanctuary, based on the world's first high-definition science-fiction Web series. The new show will be the first television series to use live-action actors against mostly virtual sets.

In the one-hour drama, Amanda Tapping (Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis) stars as the enigmatic Dr. Helen Magnus, who, along with her young protege, Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne), is on a quest to track down, aid and protect all manner of strange creatures that walk the earth. The show's sets are 90 percent CGI and shot in the same cutting-edge style as the feature films 300 and Sin City.

Sanctuary creator Damian Kindler (Stargate SG-1) and producer/director Martin Wood (Stargate Atlantis) will executive-produce. Tapping and Sam Egan (Jeremiah, The Outer Limits, Masters of Science Fiction) also serve as executive producers. In addition to her producing and starring turns on Sanctuary, Amanda Tapping will also make guest appearances on several episodes of SCI FI Channel's Stargate Atlantis during its fifth season.

"Sanctuary promises to be a totally fresh television viewing experience," said Mark Stern, SCI FI executive vice president of original programming. "This stylistic approach to virtual sets has proven hugely popular on the big screen, and we have been looking for a chance to use it on a television series. We've worked with Damian, Martin, Amanda and Sam on numerous projects in the past and think they are the perfect team to tackle something this ambitious."

Sanctuary will be produced by Stage 3 Media in association with SCI FI Channel. Filming is slated to begin in March.
The SANCTUARY , Season 2
11 years ago
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Sanctuary Comes To SCI FI

SCI FI Channel has green-lighted a television series based on the Web series Sanctuary, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show will be the first to use live-action actors against virtual sets in the style of the features 300 and Sin City. SCI FI has ordered a full 13-episode season of the new scripted drama series, which originated online as the first high-definition SF Web series.

Sanctuary is a side project from the Stargate SG-1 trio of star Amanda Tapping, writer-producer Damian Kindler and producer-director Martin Wood. They are executive-producing the series with Sam Egan. Kindler created Sanctuary and Wood directed the webisodes starring Tapping.

Tapping plays the enigmatic Dr. Helen Magnus, who is on a quest with her young protege, Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne), to track down, aid and protect strange creatures that walk the earth.

Tapping, Kindler and Wood discussed Sanctuary with the network even before it launched as a Web series. Talks shifted into high gear when the trio came back with a DVD containing two one-hour blocks of webisodes.

"We were blown away by the level of quality they have been able to achieve on a Web budget," SCI FI executive vice president of original programming Mark Stern said. "We loved the world they'd created, and we particularly loved their approach, since we had been looking for a way to apply the virtual-set CGI environment from films like 300 and Sin City to a television series."

Sanctuary, which features 90 percent CGI sets, will be retooled for its transition to television. A new two-hour premiere episode will be produced for the network, with expanded roles for some of the characters, although the cast will remain intact. Much of the CGI footage from the Web series will be enhanced and incorporated into the show.

Sanctuary will be produced by Stage 3 Media in association with SCI FI Channel. Filming is slated to begin in March.

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