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Saturday, January 31, 2004


Joss Whedon, creator and executive producer of The WB's Angel, said this Wednesday's 100th episode will have the sense of a milestone.

In "You're Welcome," the 12th episode of Angel's fifth season, Charisma Carpenter returns as Cordelia, who mysteriously awakens from her coma and is shocked and unhappy to discover that Angel and the group are no longer fighting Wolfram & Hart, they're running it. When she realizes that Angel has lost his conviction to be a hero, she gives him the information and support he needs to get back on track. Meanwhile, while Angel has security keeping an eye on Eve, her partner Lindsay prepares to bring about Angel's demise.

"That's very much kind of an opportunity for us to sum up, sort of 'Good Lord, we've been doing this for a while' without being sly and post-modern about it and winking at the audience," Whedon said of the 100th episode at The WB's recent Winter Press Tour.

"We're really using it as a milestone, having her (Cordelia). Because she was there at the beginning. She can come and say, 'Where are you now? Where were we when we started and where are you now? And how do you feel about that?'"

As part of the Angel panel, Whedon fielded questions about several different topics involving the series.

Below is a rundown:

* On the impact of DVD sales from the show: "I do think it creates a new revenue stream and I think studios are learning to exploit now in a way they never did. I don't know if that will ever translate back to the show. It's hard to say. They're all separate units of a big company.

"So I don't know if it helps us. It doesn't hurt. The Angel DVDs have been really popular. That shows another way, besides the Nielsens, of proving that we have a loyal fan base.

* If any characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer would be appearing the rest of this season: "I do not believe we have any Buffy people slated for the rest of the season."

* On the possibility of doing a stunt or high-concept episode for Angel like "Hush" or the musical episode from Buffy: "I don't think it lends itself to a musical like Buffy did. Buffy had sort of a sophomoric, kind of good-hearted silliness that the color palette was very much lended itself to the musical.

"As for the other shows, it was never like, 'Oh, let's do a stunt.' They sort of emerged from trying to find artistic challenges. And if something like that happened on Angel, it would be because we found a new way to tell a story that we thought was valid to the story.

"We're not going to a black-and-white Angel because we can. That's sort of meaningless to us. I haven't gotten anything whacky thought up, like 'Oh, we're going to do this one entirely in Spanish and clogs.'


The WB has released seven images from "Velocity," the new episode of Smalllville scheduled to air on Wednesday, Feb. 11.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"After Pete (Sam Jones III) purposely blows a street race, the thugs that run it threaten his life, so he asks Clark (Tom Welling) to use his powers to stop them. Furious that Pete would put himself in this position, Clark must figure out a way to save Pete and still protect his secret. Meanwhile, Jonathan (John Schneider) begins to suffer the consequences of his deal with Jor-El and Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) discovers that Adam's (guest star Ian Somerhalder) doctor is treating him with a dangerous experimental drug."

"Velocity" was written by Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer and was directed by Jeannot Szwarc.

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In other Smallville, The WB has released a synopsis for "Obsession," the episode scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 18.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"Clark (Tom Welling) is forced to use his powers in front of Alicia (Sarah Carter), a new girl at school, but he is surprised to find out she has powers of her own. The two develop a bond through their shared secret, but things turn ugly after Alicia becomes obsessive about sharing Clark with anyone else -- especially Lana (Kristin Kreuk). Meanwhile, Lana asks Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) to investigate Adam."

The episode was written by Holly Harold and directed by James Marshall.

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X-Men: Evolution won't be returning for a fifth season on Kids' WB!, a source told The Continuum.

Official word on the show's status, as well as that of Static Shock, probably won't happen until the network announces its 2004-2005 lineup in the next few weeks.

X-Men: Evolution will remain in its 9:30 p.m. (ET) time period on Cartoon Network through March 11.

Following is a rundown of March episodes:

"Mainstream" on Monday, March 1; "The Stuff of Villains" on Tuesday, March 2; "Blind Alley" on Wednesday, March 3; "X-Treme Measures" on Thursday, March 4.

"The Toad, The Witch and The Wardrobe" on Monday, March 8; "Self-Possessed" on Tuesday, March 9; "Under Lock and Key" on Wednesday, March 10; "Strategy X" on Thursday, March 11.

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The character of Adam Kane is expected to return to Mutant X sometime during the February sweeps, sources told The Continuum.

Adam, played by John Shea, was the leader of Mutant X during the first two seasons of the show, but was thought to have died in last season's cliffhanger.

Tribune Entertainment, which produces Mutant X, listed Shea as a special guest star for the third season. Shea is expected to appear in approximately four episodes.

In other Mutant X news, The Continuum has obtained the following loglines for the next two new episodes:

* "Conspiracy Theory." While Brennan (Victor Webster) and Shalimar (Victoria Pratt) investigate a mysterious plane crash, Lexa (Karen Cliche) contemplates her future with the Mutant X team.

* "Art of Attraction." As the Mutant X team fights to retrieve a formula hidden in a collection of artwork, Shalimar is given vital information from a mysterious source.

The image above is from "Conspiracy Theory."

Look for more Mutant X news on Monday here in The Continuum.


Steve Saffel, editorial director of media projects for Del Rey Books, has signed on Amber Benson and Christopher Golden to co-author a series of original novels based upon their BBCi animated online drama Ghosts of Albion.

Benson, best known for her portrayal of Tara on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is an actress/writer/director whose most recent work includes the upcoming independent films Latter Days and Chance (which she also wrote, produced and directed). Among Benson's other film credits are The Crush, Bye Bye Love, Imaginary Crimes and Steven Soderbergh's King of the Hill.

Golden is a Bram Stoker Award-winning writer best known for his novels The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, and The Gathering Dark. Golden is also the author of the Body of Evidence series of teen thrillers, and several bestselling Buffy and Angel tie-in novels. As a comic-book writer Golden has penned original tales for Batman, Spider-Man, Doctor Fate, Punisher and Hellboy.

Set in nineteenth-century London, Ghosts of Albion revolves around William and Tamara Swift, siblings who must use their family legacy of supernatural powers to protect England from an ancient evil that threatens to destroy the world. To this end, they enlist the help of the mystical "Ghosts of Albion," a trio of restless and heroic spirits from Englandıs past: Lord Nelson, Lord Byron and Queen Bodicea.

Created and written by Benson and Golden, and directed by Benson, Ghosts of Albion originally launched at BBC online last March as a series of original 12-minute animated chapters, and featured vocal talents such as Emma Samms and Anthony Daniels. The online series won Special Commendation at the 2003 Prix Europa Awards, an award that recognizes the best in European television, radio and web production. Ghosts of Albion soon became a cult favorite, was listed by USA Today as a "Hot Site," and went on to generate a sequel, the original online novella Astray.

"Working on the animated serial version of Ghosts of Albion was wonderful, but we've really only scratched the surface," Golden said. "In the novels, we'll have the space to enrich our characters, and you can bet that's going to make their lives darker, nastier, more complex and far sexier. Working with Amber is a pleasure. Sheıs remarkably talented, a Renaissance woman,D and her mind is even more devious than mine."

"It's fantastic to think that after years of being a voracious reader, I have the opportunity to join the ranks of those very authors that inspired me as a child," Benson said. "Chris and I are honored to have Del Rey as the new literary home of the Ghosts of Albion universe. I can't wait to get down into the really dark places of early Victorian England. We've created an enormous mythology for the series, and it just keeps growing."

The first of Del Reyıs Ghosts of Albion novels is currently scheduled to appear in Fall 2005.


  • Oni Press is debuting Blue Monday: Painted Moon, a four-issue mini-series by Chynna Clugston-Major, in April. Instead of a press release, Oni issued "an open letter" from the cast. To read the letter, CLICK HERE.

  • Coming Monday: Movie news -- and much more!!!


    In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links:

    * For Monday, Jan. 26, including movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Jan. 24, including IDW Publishing's solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Jan. 23, including Blade: Trinity and Hulk movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Jan. 22, including Daredevil movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Jan. 21, including CrossGen Entertainment and Devil's Due solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Jan. 20, including DC Comics' solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Jan. 19, including Spider-Man 2 news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Jan. 17, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Jan. 16, including Dark Horse solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Jan. 15, including Elektra movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Jan. 14, including Image Comics' solicitations for April, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Jan. 13, including DC news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Jan. 12, including DC news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Jan. 11, including DC news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Jan. 10, including Marvel news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Jan. 9, including a feature on Image Comics' Patient Zero, as well as Marvel news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Jan. 8, including Punisher movie news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Tuesday, Jan. 6, including Smallville news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Monday, Jan. 5, including Mutant X, Smallville and Justice League news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Saturday, Jan. 3, including Transformers news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Friday, Jan. 2, including Justice League animated news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Thursday, Jan. 1, including Mutant X news, CLICK HERE.

    * For Wednesday, Dec. 31, including Static Shock news, CLICK HERE.

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