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Jaime Murray Considers Both 'Warehouse 13' Spinoff, 'Defiance'
Actress still interested in continuing on with H.G. Wells
Jaime Murray is one popular actress, and it seems nearly every television producer wants to have her a part of the team.
But when Murray signed on to the highly anticipated new Syfy series "Defiance," there were many concerns that plans to keep her in another universe -- one created by "Warehouse 13" -- might not happen.
Despite her news full-time job, Murray says she's still quite interested in reviving her sinister, unpredictable H.G. Wells character. And she could still very much be a part of a planned spinoff being developed by "Warehouse 13" showrunner Jack Kenny.
"Actually, if I were working on any other network, the spinoff would be completely off the chart by now," Murray told Airlock Alpha and other reporters attending a Friday morning launch gathering at San Diego Comic-Con. "But I think sci-fi is a genre where the audience sort of enjoys seeing actors that they know and are invested in. If Syfy wanted that [H.G. Wells spinoff] to happen, it still could happen. We would be able to work out scheduling and such, so it could work."
Even more, both "Defiance" and "Warehouse 13" are filmed in Toronto, so transportation and lodging wouldn't be an issue if the H.G. Wells spinoff were to be greenlighted.
Murray plays Stahma Tarr, an alien with a very interesting background. She plays a character, who on her home world, would be a high-class citizen. But life is much different in Defiance, the city that was once St. Louis. Stahma is married to Datak Tarr, played by Scottish actor Tony Curran. He plays a character of a lower class of the same alien race, a marriage that would probably only work in a place like Defiance.
"As an actor, it's a very fun thing to explore," Murray said. "As a modern-day woman, it's very interesting for me to play such a character that comes from a place with so little power and how that doesn't sit well with her. She's expected to be a submissive in a patriarchal society, but she finds other ways to find what she needs."
Murray also has a chance to work once again with Julie Benz, the actress she shared some scenes in Season 2 of the Showtime hit "Dexter." Since first meeting in 2007 on that show, the two have become great friends, and are enjoying the chance to work together again.
"It's an added plus to be able to work with one of your best friends," Benz said. And while the two are very close in the real world, when it comes to drama, having such a relationship is not in the cards. It seems that some things don't change from the "Dexter" days.
"We're not best friends on the show," Benz said.
While Murray is still interested in reviving H.G. Wells in a spinoff, she's mum on whether or not we will see the character again on "Warehouse 13." And there's reason for that.
"I can't tell you things like that, I'd died at the end of the last season," Murray said. "What possible way could I come back? Anything is possible in sci-fi."
"Defiance" premieres in April 2013 on Syfy.
The series is set in the near future, where aliens known collectively as Votans have come to Earth seeking a new home after their solar system was destroyed. However, when they reached Earth they discovered that despite a prolonged negotiation with the government on Earth they were not welcome. Rather than turn away, they began a war with the humans as they are determined to make Earth their new home. During the war, the Votans drop terraformers on the planet and transform the surface of the planet; scorching the earth, opening chasms in the ground and covering the surface of the planet in dust and debris. After decades of war, a ceasefire is declared when both side realise that they must focus on survival on this new almost alien planet. The series largely revolves around the character of Jeb Nolan. Jeb was only ten years old when the Votans arrived and he served in the military during the war. With the war now over, he returns to his hometown of St Louis to find that its is no longer the city he left; it is little more than refugee camp. Deciding that his services are needed, Jeb takes up a position as the Chief Lawkeeper in Defiance, so he can protect the town from dangerous clashes between humans and aliens, military scavengers and others dangerous visitors who occasionally enter the town
SYFY’S HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED DEFIANCE COMMENCES PRODUCTION IN TORONTO
Visionary Production Team Assembles for Groundbreaking Venture Set to Launch in Spring 2013
NEW YORK, NY – April 25, 2012 – Defiance™, the revolutionary transmedia event launching in Spring 2013, has commenced production on the series pilot in Toronto, ON. An unprecedented partnership between Syfy and Trion Worlds, Defiance is the first-ever convergence of television and massive multiplayer online gaming, featuring an interconnected world and storylines that will co-exist on both platforms.
Defiance stars Grant Bowler (Nolan), Julie Benz (Amanda Rosewater), Stephanie Leonidas (Irisa), Tony Curran (Datak Tarr), Jaime Murray (Stahma Tarr), Graham Greene (Rafe McCawley), Mia Kirshner (Kenya) and Fionnula Flanagan (Nicky).
The cast also features Jesse Rath as Alak Tarr, Justin Rains as Quentin McCawley, Nicole Munoz as Christie McCawley, Dewshane Williams as Tommy and Peter MacNeill as Clancy.
The pilot is directed by Scott Stewart (Legion, Priest) and written/executive produced by Rockne O’Bannon (Farscape), Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Caprica, Hellcats) & Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica). Kevin Murphy serves as showrunner. Defiance is produced by Universal Cable Productions.
Other mavens rounding out the first-rate production team and lending their creative prowess to the ambitious project are visual effects supervisor Gary Hutzel (Battlestar Galactica, Caprica), alien language and culture consultant David J. Peterson (Game of Thrones), music supervisor Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead, Battlestar Galactica), writers David Weddle and Bradley Thompson (Falling Skies, Battlestar Galactica) and three-time Oscar-winning costume supervisor Colleen Atwood (Alice in Wonderland, Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha, Edward Scissorhands).
Defiance is a visionary enterprise in collaboration with Trion Worlds, with the Syfy series and Trion’s multi-platform shooter MMO poised to debut simultaneously. Set in the near future, Defiance introduces a completely transformed planet Earth, inhabited by the human and alien survivors of a universal war. Forced to co-habitate, the disparate group struggles to build a new society among the devastation. The dramatic tapestry of the series and the intense action of the game will exist in a single universe where their respective narratives will inform one another and evolve together into one overall story.
Meet the characters of Syfy's epic videogame/TV hybrid Defiance
The upcoming videogame/television series project Defiance from Syfy and Trion won't grace consoles or TV screens until 2013, but executive producer Kevin Murphy and his ensemble cast are already a few scripts into a freshman season that charts a post-apocalyptic Earth that is now home to seven alien races and the rest of humanity.
Chock-full of world-building for every alien race, the Defiance creative team has developed a deep mythology that serves as a through line for the videogame and the series. At San Diego Comic-Con, the cast of Defiance finally teased select press a bit about the characters that will serve as the ensemble focus of the original series on Syfy.
Stars Mia Kirshner (24), Jaime Murray (Dexter), Tony Curran (The Pillars of the Earth), Stephanie Leonidas (MirrorMask), Julie Benz (Angel) and Grant Bowler (True Blood) laid out their character names and their M.O. in the Earth town of Defiance.
Julie Benz: "I play Amanda Rosewater, the newly appointed mayor of the town of Defiance. She is a little in over her head trying to keep the peace amongst the humans and the aliens. I've worked a lot in genre shows, and what I love is how strong the female characters are, and in this show specifically, the men are great but I think the power lies with the women. Each female character is so well formed and thought out. They each have their power, and there's no victim. It really resonated with me in the script."
Stephanie Leonidas: "I play Irisa, who travels to Defiance with Nolan (Grant Bowler), who is basically her father figure. Even though he's human and she's alien they have quite a fiery relationship. They are fiercely loyal to one another, but as any father/daughter relationship they have their ups and down ... just with knives. We end up at Defiance, and I'm not happy about being there at the moment. I am very quiet in the show and I don't talk much, but when I do it's because I am very passionate about something. You wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of her."
Grant Bowler: "My character, Nolan, comes in with Irisa in the open of the show. He was once a part of a unit that Defiance was named after. He was in a group of heroes that ended the Pale Wars and stopped this worldwide catastrophe. He's since become a scavenger and a ne'er-do-well, which I identify with more than the whole hero thing. The only decent thing he's done since is take this young creature in and raise her. He's all about what he can get, and his objective is to kiss all the girls in town in order to win all the money. He ends up in a position of authority, which isn't really a good thing."
Mia Kirshner: "I play a Kenya, a madam, or a pleasure ambassador. She inhabits this world where she can cross over between different species. She runs this club [The Need/Want] that she's created where every fantasy you have exists within this club. She is a very complex, magical, dangerous, naughty character. What I love about the character is that she's grounded in a very strong reality."
Jaime Murray: "I play Stahma Tarr, and I'm married to Datak Tarr (Tony Curran). I come from a very powerful family in a caste system. It's a patriarchal society, and women don't have a lot of power, which doesn't sit well with my character. She finds her power in other ways, which is fun and interesting."
Tony Curran: "I play Datak, who is married to Stahma, and he's from the lowest caste and the lowest rung of the ladder imaginable. He's an uncompromising survivor. She's the words in the relationship, and I'm the action. Datak tends to get aggressive and be on the front foot. We met on the ark on the way from their planet. Back on our planet, if she would have married me it would have been a scandal, because she would have dropped from the top caste and had to live in squalor. But we're quite a full-on couple."
I'm looking forward to this one. I hope it's good, we need some decent scifi.
amen to that mate
thanks romeo, it does look good in the trailer, lets hope it is good when it finally starts.
Ooo,can't wait for this one.
anybody watched this yet
Not yet, Romeo. Any good?
I watched the first hour of the 2 hour pilot. Its so so for me at this point. I'm a little dissapointed. But it's early and I'll give it a chance.
Great idea but It was just okay for now.I'll give it a chance too.
yeah I feel the same just a bit to predictable
but I will give it time
Watched the whole pilot and still feel the same. I will still give it a chance though...
I liked it a lot. So far it seems better than the last Stargate spin-off.
NEW EARTH. NEW RULES. NEW RECORDS! SYFY'S TRANSMEDIA EVENT "DEFIANCE" MOST-WATCHED SCRIPTED SERIES PREMIERE AMONG ADULTS 18-49 SINCE 2006 2.7 MILLION TOTAL VIEWERS, 1.4 MILLION ADULTS 25-54 AND 1.3 MILLION ADULTS 18-49 MORE THAN SIX MILLION GAMEPLAY HOURS WORLDWIDE RECORD NUMBER OF SOCIAL EXPOSURES NEW YORK - April 16, 2013 - New Earth. New Rules. New Records. Syfy's groundbreaking transmedia event Defiance became the channel's most-watched scripted series premiere among Adults 18-49 (1.3 million) since 2006 (Eureka). Defiance also delivered Syfy's top performance in total viewers (2.7 million) and Adults 25-54 (1.4 million) since 2009 (Warehouse 13) during its two-hour telecast on Monday, April 15 from 9-11PM (ET/PT). While averaging a 2.0 HH rating, Defiance also averaged 479,000 Adults 18-34, the most for a scripted series premiere since 2006. Since launching worldwide on April 2nd, the Trion Worlds game Defiance has seen players log more than six million hours of gameplay. Defiance ranked among the top five scripted cable shows in social activity on premiere day, earning 59K social exposures to rank as Syfy's best series premiere day and its most social scripted telecast ever. It outperformed HBO's Game of Thrones and The Newsroom, FX's The Americans, TNT's Falling Skies and MTV's Teen Wolf on their respective premiere days. In addition, Syfy Sync - Syfy's second screen tablet offering - posted its best day ever in uniques and visits as well as the 2nd best performance in page views. Defiance became Syfy.com's best series premiere day ever in uniques, page views and visits, while ranking as the #1 section of Syfy's Digital Portfolio across key metrics. Defiance is NBC Universal's biggest day-and-date launch ever, premiering in over 55 countries on April 15th and 16th including the UK, Canada, Germany and France. Beginning next Monday, April 22, Defiance will assume its regular 9PM time period, followed on Monday, April 29 by the season return of Warehouse 13 at 10PM, comprising Syfy's Powerful Mondays programming bloc. Defiance's luminous cast includes Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas, Tony Curran, Jaime Murray, Graham Greene and Mia Kirshner. Set in the near future, Defiance introduces an exotically transformed planet Earth, its landscapes permanently altered following the sudden - and tumultuous - arrival of seven unique alien races. In this somewhat unknown and unpredictable landscape, the richly diverse, newly-formed civilization of humans and aliens must learn to co-exist peacefully. Each week, viewers will follow an immersive character drama set in the boom-town of Defiance, which sits atop the ruins of St. Louis, Missouri, while in the game, players will experience the new frontier of the San Francisco Bay area. The series is executive produced by Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Caprica, Hellcats), who also serves as showrunner, Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica) and Rockne O'Bannon (Farscape). Scott Stewart (Legion, Priest) directed the pilot; Michael Nankin serves as supervising producer/director on the series. Defiance is produced by Universal Cable Productions. Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast Corporation.(Syfy. Imagine greater.)
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that wouldn't have been hard zander
sgu was crap
I actually thought SGU was starting to get good at the end. But it was a drag...
i must agree with what was said before
"Great idea but It was just okay for now.I'll give it a chance too."
altho im looking forword to the next episode and the rest of the season and were the seires will go from here
we can only hope it get's better
i liked the pilot a lot of sub plots . a green screen show will always be a bit off . all in all good show . better than revolution .
You USA fans are so lucky to be able to view this as in the UK it is only available on SKY and I cant afford to have that so have to wait till this comes to DVD so I can get the box set Season by Season but on first opinion does this look good enough to go beyond 1 Season, I sure hope so.
episode 2 is good just about done watching in Canada on show case channel (spoiler) the r in the mine
terra nova remake :) but with far worst actors
This does not seem like a Terra Nova remake.
And the actors are not that bad...well not all of them.
There is a big difference between time traviling to the distant past,
and the aftermath of an alien invasion.
It seems more like a cross between Farscape and the Mad Max movies.
i think the actors are ok the story not bad as-well .
jed nolen 10/10
raf mc cawley 10/10
irisa 5/10 to moody
doc yewll 9/10
the big guy that looks like a bear 8/10 doesn't do much but look good.
I must admit it was a better episode than the first let's hope it continues
Hi everyone !
I see so much similarities with other shows out there and the "us against the whole wild word" is
- The Dome (coming up soon)
- Terra Nova
@newlinux i do agree with you I also saw the pilot and it is a kind of predictable and disappointing .
I will give it a chance because we really do need a good Sci Fi.
Okay. Watched the last episode. Still not doing it for me. Trying to decide to drop now or give it one more episode...
It seems to get better with each episode.
Though the story lines seem to develop slow.
yeah not bad
i have to agree with zandarblade with the episodes getting better with every episode well engoy watching im hoping it ends up being a good season for defiance and many more years of the show
Defiance Renewed for Season Two
No surprises here: Syfy Channel announced today that it has given its new scripted sci-fi drama Defiance a second season.
The series has performed well in its four episodes aired so far, opening with 2.73 million viewers (Live Same Day) for the 2-hour pilot last month. Normal post-hype erosion has brought the series down to 2.15 million viewers for Monday’s episode.
But Defiance certainly does its job in the key demographic of adults 18 to 49. The network said that, with DVR-delayed numbers in, the premiere was the second largest series premiere among that demo in network history. (The highest, if memory serves, would still be 2004′s bow of Stargate Atlantis.)
The companion video game has seen more than 1 million registered accounts to date.
Syfy has ordered another 13-episode season of Defiance, to air in 2014. Production begins in Toronto in August.
The show stars Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas, Tony Curran, Jaime Murray, Graham Greene, and Mia Kirshner in a story set in the near future on a radically terraformed Earth.
Kevin Murphy will continue to serve as executive producer and showrunner, with Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin (Smallville) returning as executive producers. Michael Taylor will serve as a consulting producer.
The cable channel definitely needs a win here: It has reportedly invested tens of millions of dollars in the venture, not only to produce the television show but to help developer Trion Worlds get the MMO-RPG up and running. If ratings stay even passable, expect Syfy to try and amortize that investment over several seasons
ty for the post romeo53 i enjoyed reading the last one
Okay I gotta admit... It has gotten better... I'll keep watching.
I am starting to dislike the Earth Alliance. I think they will be just as bad as the ex-mayor and what she did. I loved how the Lawman and the mayor handled the whole situation with the hijacking and the prisoner.
Have warmed up to this show and now look forward to new episodes... Jaime is a treat to watch... do hope, though, we can see more of her as HG Wells...
Yes, she plays both parts very well.
HG Wells spin off wont happen while defiance is still going
that's what I heard anyway