“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!