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Sci Fi Channel has cast Kristanna Loken in the title role of its new Painkiller Jane series.

The Continuum on Friday morning caught up with Jimmy Palmiotti, who created Painkiller Jane with Joe Quesada, to talk about Loken's casting and the show in general.

To read the interview, CLICK HERE.

Production on 22 one-hour episodes of Painkiller Jane, produced by Insight Film Studios, in association with Starz Media and Kickstart Comic Arts Studio, will begin in Vancouver next month.

Here's how the network describes the show, which will not be set in continuity of the pilot movie:

"Painkiller Jane is the story of Jane Vasko (Loken), a DEA agent who is recruited by a covert government organization tasked with capturing 'Neuros' - genetically-enhanced individuals who possess superhuman powers of the mind. During the course of her first investigation with the team, Jane inexplicably discovers that she too possesses extraordinary abilities - abilities that render her impervious to injury ... but not pain. She develops miraculous regenerative powers, healing from every injury and finding herself stronger than she had been before. As she continues to work with the government to hunt Neuros, Jane tries to uncover the cause of her own transformation and what - if any - connection she shares with the very people she is pursuing."

Painkiller Jane is executive produced by showrunner Gil Grant. Loken will serve as co-executive producer. The series is slated to premiere on SCI FI in next spring, followed by a domestic broadcast weekly syndication window in fall 2007. Starz Media will handle U.S. DVD and syndication sales, as well as distribution to key worldwide markets. Additional casting is currently underway.

Best known for starring opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminatrix in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines for Warner Bros., Loken last appeared in theaters as Rayne in the feature film adaptation of the video game, BloodRayne. She also starred in Sci Fi's miniseries Dark Kingdom in March and recently completed filming Dungeon Siege: In The Name of the King, starring alongside Burt Reynolds, Claire Forlani and Matthew Lillard. Loken also produced the independent film Lime Salted Love, in which she also stars.

Loken will appear as a guest star on the 2007 season of Showtime's The L Word.

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The CW has released a description for "Rage," the Thursday, Nov. 5 episode of Smallville.

Here's how the network describes the episode:

"Clark (Tom Welling) discovers the Green Arrow (Justin Hartley) was shot while trying to save a couple from a carjacking, but Oliver denies he was injured. However, when Oliver starts displaying erratic behavior, Clark and Chloe (Allison Mack) investigate and discover he is taking a super-drug that causes his body to heal itself but has severe side effects. Meanwhile, Lana (Kristin Kreuk) makes a shocking discovery that will impact her relationship with Lex (Michael Rosenbaum)."

"Rage" was written by Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer and was directed by James Marshall.

Look for more Smallville news soon here in The Continuum.

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Matt Wayne has excelled at turning comic-book characters into animated characters. He's written for such shows as Static Shock and Legion of Super Heroes, and was a story editor and writer for the final season of Justice League Unlimited.

So, it shouldn't be surprising he was tapped to write the screenplay for Hellboy: Sword of Storms, the animated movie that will premiere on Cartoon Network on Saturday, Oct. 28 before being released on DVD on Feb. 6.

The Continuum caught up with Wayne for a quick chat about Hellboy.

To read the interview, CLICK HERE.

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Oni Press has released its solicitations for January.

For a rundown, with cover images, CLICK HERE.

For previously posted solicitations for January, click on the publishers' names below.

Archie Comics.

Aspen Comics.

Boom! Studios.

Dark Horse Comics.

DC Comics.

Devil's Due Publishing.

IDW Publishing.

Marvel Comics.

Moonstone Books.


For covers and four- to five-page previews of Marvel Comics titles arriving in stores on Nov. 8, CLICK HERE.

Titles include Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes II #1, Franklin Richards: Happy Franksgiving! and Ultimate X-Men #76.

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* According to Marvel Comics, Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Guilty Pleasures #1, the first new book released under Marvel's collaboration with the Dabel Brothers, has sold out at Diamond.



In case you missed The Continuum's recent coverage, here are some links. Click on the date to get the day's full report.

* Saturday, October 14: Battlestar Galactica, The Simpsons, Transformers: Spotlight, Ape Entertainment's Nightmare World and Krypto the Superdog.

* Friday, October 13: Hellboy: Sword of Storms, Smallville, Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, First Looks, September sales and Iron Man movie.

* Thursday, October 12: Justice League of America, Superman Returns video game, White Tiger, Marvel First Looks and Image First Looks.

* Wednesday, October 11: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Marvel First Looks, DC First Looks and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance.

* Tuesday, October 10: Moonstone Books for February, Iron Man movie, Heroes and Battlestar Galactica.

* Monday, October 9: Aspen Comics for December, Image Comics First Looks, Justice League Unlimited and The Simpsons.

* Sunday, October 8: Spike TV's Scream Awards, Hellboy and First Looks.

* Saturday, October 7: Smallville, Heroes, Battlestar Galactica and Top Cow's Freshmen II.

* Friday, October 6: Superman Returns video game, IDW Publishing lands Star Trek, Thunderbolts and Dynamite First Looks.

* Thursday, October 5: Dark Horse Comics for January, X-Men: the Last Stand, Spider-Man 3, Transformers: The Movie and DC First Looks.

* Wednesday, October 4: Marvel First Looks, Heroes, Virgin's Seven Brothers and Image First Looks.

* Tuesday, October 3: Heroes, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Civil War #2 second printing, Love and Capes, Image First Looks and DC First Looks.

* Monday, October 2: Allison Mack on The Batman, Pasqual Ferry's New Avengers and Bluewater Productions for December.

* Sunday, October 1: Battlestar Galactica, Deadworld, First Looks and X-Men.

* Saturday, September 30: Fantastic Four episodes, Cartoon Network for October, The Darkness and First Looks.

* Friday, September 29: Robert Downey Jr. cast as Iron Man, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer's Doug Jones, Smallville's "Arrow" episode, Hellboy: Sword of Storms on Cartoon Network, Avatar Press for December, First Looks and Spike TV cancels Blade: The Series.

* Thursday, September 28: Legion of Super Heroes, Superman Returns, Image Comics' Lower Orbit, Archie First Looks, DC First Looks and Marvel/Bullet Points press conference.

* Wednesday, September 27: Occult Crime Taskforce movie, Marvel First Looks, Diamond Select Toys and Smallville.

* Tuesday, September 26: Heroes, Fear Agent to Dark Horse, The Scribbler, Batman Beyond and Marvel First Looks.

* Monday, September 25: Legion of Super Heroes' Andy Milder, Justice League Unlimited DVD and Image First Looks.

* Sunday, September 24: Heroes, Image's The Nightly News and Casper on Cartoon Network.

* Saturday, September 23: Smallville, Image Comics' Drain, Dark Horse First Looks and Fantastic Four.

* Friday, September 22: The Batman Season 4, Superman DVDs, Oni Press for December, IDW's Dick Tracy, Scary Godmother and First Looks.

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