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The results are in and this one wasn’t even close.  And you’re winner is…

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“EPISODE 26: But First, We Save The Galaxy”.

Thanks to everyone who cast their ballots.  Next season, we’ll (hopefully) have another 13 episodes to title!

Hey, who is this familiar-looking mystery character?


Answers await you this upcoming season!

You’re following my unofficial all-things Dark Matter twitter HQ @DarkMatter_show for your daily dose of Dark Matter BTS photos, right?

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Hopefully, yes, because that’s where all the live-tweeting action is going to take place when the show premieres on July 1st!

Meanwhile, over on Reddit, the Stargate fun continues:

Stargate Memories: Crossroads, Divide and Conquer, Window of Opportunity

And over on the Television sub-reddit:

My Top 10 Desert Island Comedies

Big BIG Dark Matter cast member fan Q&A announcement coming your way tomorrow.  Watch for it!

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12 episode titles down and 1 to go.  The time has finally come to name our season 2 finale.

To date, you (the fans) have chosen the following:

“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”
“Episode 23: Take The Shot”
“Episode 24: Wish I’d Spaced You When I Had The Chance”
“Episode 25: Sometimes In Life You Don’t Get to Choose”

And now, you have one more choice to make.  Select a season finale title from among the following…

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Polls close in 24 hours.  Vote away!

Some EOS-7 surveillance room visuals compliments of Kelly Diamond and the gang in playback:

Tell your friends to head on over to twitter and follow @DarkMatter_show for a daily dose of Dark Matter goodies.  Today, we continued our look back at some of the season 1 behind-the-scenes moments:

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While, over on Reddit, the Stargate fun continues with another two posts:

My Journey to the Gate II – which includes the SG-1 theme with lyrics!

Stargate Memories: Small Victories, The Other Side, Upgrades

If you missed them the first time, head on over to Reddit and check out my trip down Stargate: SG-1 season 4 memory lane!

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Tomorrow will mark the last Tuesday of the Dark Matter season 2 production schedule.  Where has the time gone?  It feels like only yesterday we were in Vancouver convening the writers’ room –


Back at a time when season 2 and the Trump presidency seemed so impossibly faraway.  And now look at us.


Finally, after many months of spinning, writing, prepping, shooting, and slaving over a hot editor, the end is in sight.  And once I finish my final edit at the end of May and get through a few mixes, I’ll be flying back to Vancouver for some much needed R&R – Research and Review as I prepare to beat out Dark Matter’s third season.  Juuuust kidding…

I’ve already started beating out the show’s third season.  I’ve got the major arcs, series and character, as well as many of the stories.  And, this morning, I just finished breaking the season 3 premiere.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.  Instead, let me get ahead of myself while you all relax and check out the show’s second season premiering in early July wherever all fine science fiction shows are aired.


Another little something in the works for our finale.

So, over on my alt. @DarkMatter_show twitter account, the BTS pics continue to come fast and furious…

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If you’re not following, you’re missing out!

Meanwhile, over on Reddit, I posted this little goodie on the scifi sub-reddit:

And, for the Stargate-minded, this informative write-up of The 4 Best Atlantis Scripts I Never Got To Write! over on the Stargate sub-reddit of course.

This week’s highlights going forward: the mix, the ambush, and the knife fight!

P.S. My friend Carl Binder’s show, Houdini and Doyle premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on FOX.  Check it out!

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“Easy to root for” is a term Dark Matter Supervising Producer Ivon Bartok introduced me to years ago.  It was in reference to actor Brian J. Smith (SGU‘s Lieutenant Matthew Scott) on the heels of his Tony Award nomination for his Broadway performance in The Glass Menagerie.  “Easy to root for” in that Brian, in addition to being incredibly talented, was simply just a straight-up good-hearted, down-to-earth, sweet-natured guy.  We were happy for his success because it seemed an appropriate karmic payoff for a guy who had been nothing but positive, pleasant, and downright gracious during our years working with him on Stargate: Universe.

Flash-forward four years and the term comes to mind again in relation to actress Melanie Liburd who, in addition to her role in the upcoming sixth season of Game of Thrones, joins the crew of The Raza in Dark Matter’s second season as the mysterious Nyx Harper.  “She’s like the nicest person on the planet!”texted Zoie Palmer and I have a hard time arguing that statement of fact.

Today, Melanie, Akemi and I got together for a long-overdue meal.  We did dim-sum, got in some shopping, chatting, and capped our afternoon with a visit to Toronto’s premiere chocolate shop, Soma, for a major chocolate infusion.


Melanie shows off her lobster dumpling…that’s actually shaped like a tiny lobster.


Akemi and Melanie prepare to descend on dessert.  The calm before the snacking storm!

Can’t wait for you to finally meet her when Dark Matter season 2 premieres (July 1st on @Syfy, @Syfy_Spain, and @SpaceChannel; July 2nd on @SyfyAU, July 4th on @SyfyUK, and July 11th on @SyfyDE).

Speaking of the new season, I have a conference call next with Bipasha Ghosh and the rest of the Syfy International marketing teams to discuss plans for you, the fans.  And, oh, what plans we have!

This week, we head into the home stretch in what promises to be a season full of shocks, surprises and BIG pivotal moments.  What’s to come?  Well, here’s a hint…


If you’re not following @DarkMatter_show on twitter, you’re missing out on oodles of amazing BTS pics like these…


Jodelle and Alex support each other during read-thru.


The sassiest android in space!

Lately, I’ve also been spending time on reddit’s Stargate sub-reddit where I’ve been reposting some of my most popular Stargate-related entries.  So far:

Stargate Memories: My Journey Through the Gate – In which I detail my journey from animation writer to joining one of television’s most successful scifi franchises.

My Top 10 Favorite Stargate Episodes – Self-explanatory.  #1 may surprise you.

The Top 10 Best Stargate Episode Titles – In my opinion.

Top 10 Running Gags in SG-1 – From blue jello to whatever’s in O’Neill’s mug.

It’s been a lot of fun.  If you’re interested in reading about some of the BTS action on Stargate, subscribe to the subreddit.  I’ll be uploading daily entries moving forward!

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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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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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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 a ton of upvotes is this former blog entry:

Top 10 Running Gags in SG-1

Head on over and subscribe to both sub-reddits as I’ll be contributing to both on a daily basis.  And it’s a wonderful opportunity to interact with even more fans!

Finally, today, let me leave you with a little mystery screen shot as we count down toward the Dark Matter season 2 premiere…

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