April 30, 2016: Bring Your Daughter to Work Day on Dark Matter! And more premiere dates!

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This past Thursday was Bring Your Daughter to Work day on Dark Matter.  As a result Lulu had the run of the place.  Pictured above, seconds before she launched missiles on that Ferrous Corp cruiser.

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Then, later, calling dibs on her new quarters.  Looks like hereonin THREE will be sleeping in the infirmary.

She also swung by the wardrobe department to see what Costume Designer Noreen Landry and her crew were working on.  As it turned out, quite a bit…


This military-style jacket in progress.


 This could be trouble!


Han-Shireikan’s gorgeous outfit.


Soon.  Soon.

Speaking of which…

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Hurrah!  Another season premiere announcement!  Watch for Dark Matter’s return to Syfy_Spain on July 1st!

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And one more! Dark Matter makes its season 2 premiere on SyfyAU July 2nd!

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April 29, 2016: Announcements! Season 2 Premiere Dates!

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It’s official!  Dark Matter returns for its 13-episode second season this summer. When exactly?  Well, it depends on where you live…


On SyfyUK: Monday, July 4th

On Syfy in the U.S.: Friday, July 1st:


On SyfyDE in Germany: Monday, July 11th:


On SpaceChannel in Canada, Friday, July 1st:

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And more to come!

Another official announcement of sorts.  We have a new episode title.  The voting on this one was surprisingly close and the only time this season that all of the choices were in contention until the final hour or so.  And the winner is…

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Thanks to all who participated.  You’ll get a chance to vote on a title for the season 2 finale next week!

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April 28, 2016: Vote on a new Dark Matter episode title!

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It’s your second-to-last chance to vote on a new Dark Matter episode title!  Also, the one chance to vote on the second-to-late Dark Matter episode of the show’s second season!

The nominees are:

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The polling stations close in 24 hours!

The BTS pics from Dark Matter’s first season continue to be uploaded at a record pace over at my dedicated Dark Matter twitter account.  Click here (@DarkMatter_show) to find it and then click the “follow” button for the visually splendrific updates.  Like, for instance…


This shot of the gang kicking back between set-ups.  Or…


This peek at production on Episode 1.  Or…


This Butch and Sundance snap.

Meanwhile, I’ve been having a lot of fun over on reddit where I’ve been interacting and chatting with fans of both Dark Matter and Stargate.  In the case of the latter, one of my recent posts that has received…

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April 27, 2016: Ice cream donut day on Dark Matter!

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Today was a good news, bad news, good news, bad news, good news day.

Good news: I arranged to have a local ice cream donut truck swing by set this afternoon after lunch as a thank you to our amazing cast and crew.  Essentially it’s a European sugar and cinammon-encrusted donut, lined with nutella, and stuffed with soft serve vanilla ice cream.  Faaaantaste-tic!

Bad news: Even though we had two units shooting (main and second), The Chimneys truck could only set up outside one studio.


Good news: Fortunately, second unit was shooting only five minutes away and we arranged for the truck to be there through and lunch and well into the late afternoon, plenty of time for everyone to make their way over.

Bad news: Unfortunately, the ice cream machine broke down partway through the service.


Good news: But not before I got mine.


Also good news: Looks like…

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April 26, 2016: New Dark Matter episode title revealed!

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Love this guy!  I haven’t had this much fun working with a director since, well, one of the last times I worked with this director:


It’s been great hosting Will Waring on Dark Matter and I can’t wait to do it again – next season.

Hey, we have a new episode title!  The fans have chosen:

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“Episode 24: Wish I’d Spaced You When I Had The Chance”.

And I lose another one.😦


So over on my dedicated Dark Matter twitter account (@DarkMatter_show), I’ve been uploading a slew of BTS photos.  Someone asked why I wasn’t featuring the Android and I informed them that there was a good reason for that – but couldn’t elaborate.  To tide you over, here are a couple of pics of the perfect Android hand, moulded and sculpted from actress Zoie Palmer’s very own.


And here’s a closer look at her bar…

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April 25, 2016: Vote on a new Dark Matter episode title!

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We’re in the stretch run of production on Dark Matter’s second season.  Two weeks to go!  And three final episodes to name.  Next up, Episode 211.  Your choices are:

Polling stations will be open for the next 24 hours.  Cast your ballot now to avoid disappointed!


The Imperial Court of Ishida.  Wait!  Who’s on trial?  And what’s in the garbage bin?


Mascot for the Ishida Koi baseball team: Elliot the Ecstatic Emblem!

Some of the Ishida cruiser onscreen displays courtesy of Kelly Diamond and the gang in Playback:

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April 24, 2016: That damned star field! Reading recommendations!

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So, over on alt. Dark Matter twitter account (@DarkMatter_show) I uploaded the above pic, snapped very early on in the show’s first season.  It’s a beautiful set, beautifully lit, with gorgeous playback displays and…a truly awful star field out the front.  The production purchased it from somewhere in the middle east – and it didn’t come cheap.  It was, I was told, a top of the line star field often used in planetarium shows and displays.  Which would have been great – had I been putting on a planetarium show or display.  On camera though, the stars looked terrible – big and bright and oh-so-fake.  Our attempts to dial them down were less than successful and a consultation of the handy guidebook that accompanied the purchase proved equally problematic given that it was entirely in Farsi.  Despite our eventually securing a translation, the damn star field never quite…

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April 22, 2016: BTS pics! And pineapple!

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Received these from VFX Supervisor Lawren Bancroft-Wilson this morning – two choices on the size of the Reynaud ship.  We’re thinking of going with 01 – bigger, more menacing.  What do you think?

So, my new Dark Matter-centric twitter account (@DarkMatter_show) is off to a rollicking start.  I started it as an alternate account dedicated to live-tweeting the show upon its return but decided to make it a little more interesting by uploading a slew of BTS pics – some old, some new – along with a little comment on each.  For instance…


Concept design for the space station’s docking arm. We elected to go with hangars instead.


Preliminary concept designs for The Raza.


Stasis pod designs.


Concept design for “the trench” in which our Android takes her spacewalk in Episode 103.

Meanwhile, on set…


Oh, damn.  Pineapple sighting!

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April 21, 2016: New Dark Matter episode title! And much love for Syfy International!

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The votes have been tabulated and we have a new episode title!  In the end, this one wasn’t all that close either.  The results…

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“Episode 23: Take The Shot”

Thanks for playing and stay tuned for a chance to weigh in on another Dark Matter episode title.  We have three more to name and less than three weeks to do it in!


We had a special visitor to set today, all the way from jolly old New York – representing our much-loved Syfy International: Bipasha Ghosh, Vice President International Marketing, NBC Universal!

If you may recall, I’ve mentioned Syfy International in many past blog entries, and gave the team a BIG shout-out at SDCC last year for all their support and genuine love for Dark Matter.  We’re a huge hit overseas and that’s in no small part thanks to the tireless efforts of Bipasha and co. who have been…

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April 20, 2016: Choose a new Dark Matter episode title!

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The Dark Matter season 2 episode titles you, the fans, have chosen to date:

“Episode 14: Welcome To Your New Home”
“Episode 15: Kill Them All”
“Episode 16: I’ve Seen The Other Side Of You”
“Episode 17: We Were Family”
“Episode 18: We Voted Not To Space You”
“Episode 19: We Should Have Seen This Coming”
“Episode 20: She’s One Of Them Now”
“Episode 21: Stuff to Steal, People to Kill”
“Episode 22: Going Out Fighting”

Now, here are the nominees for Episode 210:

Cast your vote!  Polls close in 24 hours!

Speaking of voting, here’s a look at another little something you all had a hand in selecting – the design of the Reynaud destroyer.  What follows are three different looks, initial models and tweaks:










To address scaling issues, VFX Supervisor Lawren Bancroft-Wilson and artist Craig Van Den Biggelaar of Darkroom Digital Effects  textured the ship with…

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