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Last night, I watched Andy Mikita’s director’s cut of episode #113, the big season finale.  All I can say is: Whoa!  I envy all of you who’ll be coming into the show fresh when it premieres on June 12th.  Believe me, you’re in for such a treat. We’re not just going to surpass expectations, we’re going to blow them away by delivering a scifi series you’re going to LOVE: character-driven, ship-based science fiction full of action, adventure, shocks, surprises, dazzling visual effects, and, above all else, a sense of fun.

I want to get the word out early and often.  I don’t want to wait until AFTER we air to start bringing fans on board or rewarding them for their viewership.  I want to get things started early by making you all part of the Dark Matter family BEFORE we air.  All of these sneak peeks, photos, interviews, trailers, and endless blog posts are here (and there) because I want you all to feel that this is as much your show as it is ours.  Take ownership in it.  The Dark Matter army is strong and getting stronger!

Executive Producer Jay Firestone already has some awesome amazing giveaways planned to coincide with the show’s launch – among them, limited edition 3D models of our various ships.  When the time comes, I’ll be offering up special signed, annotated scripts like the ones I did for Stargate – with hand-written notes and insights on every page.  Official Dark Matter merchandise is on the way but, while we wait, I’ll be giving offering up some of those custom t-shirts pictured in yesterday’s blog entry.  And just wait until we hit San Diego Comic Con…

More photos of our amazing cast (hopefully a few you haven’t seen):

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The stasis pods

The stasis pods

What's behind the big doors?

What’s behind the big doors?

Building the bridge.  Love them windows!

Building the bridge. Love them windows!

Meet the Dark Matter crew:

http://www.thetvjunkies.com/dark-matter-meet-the-crew/

Yeah, I ramble but, in all fairness, I wasn’t THAT drunk.

DARK MATTER -- Season:1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Zoie Palmer as The Adroid, Alex Mallari Jr. as Four, Anthony Lemke as Three, Melissa O'Neil as Two, Mark Bendavid as One, Jodelle Ferland as Five, Roger Cross as Six -- (Photo by: Dennys/Ilic/Syfy)

DARK MATTER — Season:1 — Pictured: (l-r) Zoie Palmer as The Adroid, Alex Mallari Jr. as Four, Anthony Lemke as Three, Melissa O’Neil as Two, Mark Bendavid as One, Jodelle Ferland as Five, Roger Cross as Six — (Photo by: Dennys/Ilic/Syfy)

That #Zobot sneak peek – just in case you were geo-blocked:

And a few wonderful Dark Matter gifs compliments of http://darkmatterdaily.tumblr.com

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Today’s entry is dedicated to blog regular whoviantrish!

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Whoa!  As our series premiere draws ever nearer (less than two weeks and counting!), things are really beginning to ramp up.  Check out all of the Dark Matter-related goodies…

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…starting with this terrific interview by longtime Stargate supporter and friend, Steve Eramo, who talks to Dark Matter Executive Producer and Prodigy Pictures President Jay Firestone about how he brought the series to air and his continued involvement in the show’s creative and production:

http://scifiandtvtalk.typepad.com/scifiandtvtalk/2015/05/jay-firestone-talks-dark-matter.html

Give it a read and leave him a thank you for bringing you some much-missed ship-based scifi!  And your new favorite SF series!

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Get to know Dark Matter and Lost Girl’s Zoie Palmer:

http://www.syfy.com/lostgirl/blog/get-to-know-lost-girls-zoie-palmer

Hey!  Jodelle Ferland and the gang speak Spanish in the Dark Matter trailer for #SyFySpain:

https://amp.twimg.com/v/05c44b2e-d871-4853-bb17-b441b2f111b4

For our Spanish-speaking fans:

https://seriescienciaficcion.wordpress.com/2015/05/16/conoce-a-los-protagonistas-de-dark-matter-la-nueva-serie-del-canal-syfy/

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SyFyNL is offering up the opportunity to win a trip to San Diego Comic Con.  See you there!

http://www.syfy.nl/competitions/win-een-reis-naar-comic-con®-san-diego

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SyFyUK’s poster for the series.

AIRDATES…

June 12th: US & Canada
June 13th: Australia
June 13th: Germany
June 14th: Asia, Poland
June 15th: UK & Spain
June 16th: France, Netherlands & Belgium

(and more to come…)

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The ladies.

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And the guys.

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#Don’tMessWithTheZobot!

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Dark Matter’s Goemon!  Yeah, anime aficionados know what I’m talking about!

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Recently got a chance to sit down and talk Dark Matter with the wonderful Sam Maggs, author of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy (http://sammaggs.com/writing/books/).

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A delightfully informative read for all genders!

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Check ’em out.  A day too late for the wrap party, but pretty awesome nevertheless – my custom-made Hieronymous Bosch Garden of Earthly Delights tie suit from The Knotty Tie Company (http://www.knottytie.com).  I think I may follow up with a round of Salvador Dali this summer.

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Yes, last night was the Dark Matter season one wrap party.  I live tweeted the event here (https://twitter.com/BaronDestructo) and uploaded pics here (https://instagram.com/joemallozzi/), but in case you missed it, here are the amazing people I responsible for bringing you what will no doubt become your new favorite scifi series…

Roxanne with her guest, David.

Roxanne with her guest, David.

Melissa and Daniel

Melissa and Daniel

Jesse

Jesse

Alice

Alice

Anna, Jessie, and Eric

Anna, Jessie, and Eric

A Student Bodies reunion: Jamie Elman and me!

A Student Bodies reunion: Jamie Elman and me!

Alex and Allie

Alex and Allie

Mackenzie and Megan

Mackenzie and Megan

Jamie, Stephany, and Robbie

Jamie, Stephany, and Robbie

Craig and Rachelle

Craig and Rachelle

Ivon, Lawren, Zoie, and Vanessa

Ivon, Lawren, Zoie, and Vanessa

Frank and Alison

Frank and Alison

Marc

Marc

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Norman and Terry

Norman and Terry

Jay and I

Jay and I

Kevin and Lisa

Kevin and Lisa

Ivon and Jodelle

Ivon and Jodelle

Jessica and Lawren

Jessica and Lawren

Jean and Rowena

Jean and Rowena

Alas, there were many, many more crew members in attendance – but between all the drinking and snacking and execution of awesome dance moves, I didn’t have a chance to snap them all.  But I’ll miss them no less!

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A sneak peek at the Dark Matter season finale.  In the final shot, the crew enters the bridge as this season’s mysterious Big Bad swivels around in the command chair to reveal their true identity: Space Cat!

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See, this is the type of behind the scenes photos fans love.  Actor Anthony Lemke (Dark Matter’s THREE) eats an egg salad sandwich.

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While actor Roger Cross (Dark Matter’s SIX) enjoys his morning coffee.  Try to take it away from him and THIS happens –

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Meanwhile, back on the ship –

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Someone forgot actress Jodelle Ferland (Dark Matter’s FIVE) in the airlock!

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Actor Alex Mallari Jr. (Dark Matter’s FOUR) shuttles our special guest star back to her trailer between scenes.

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Actor Marc Bendavid (Dark Matter’s ONE) wants your coffee.

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Actress Zoie Palmer (Dark Matter’s Android) keeping Space Cat’s seat warm.

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And, yes.  Actress Melissa O’Neil (Dark Matter’s TWO) also wants your coffee.

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Well, well, well.  Look who it is.  Director Martin Wood (Stargates SG-1 and Atlantis) hits the streets of Toronto – in his trademark shorts.  Yes, if there are two thing I remember about Martin Wood from our days on Stargate, it’s: 1) His penchant for wearing shorts year round, and 2) His onscreen cameo character, Major Wood, always lugged around a giant wrench.

Alas, no giant wrench on Dark Matter (but who knows?  We’ve yet to shoot his episode, #111) but the shorts are still in full effect!

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We had our final (?) notes session with Executive Producer Jay Firestone the other day.  Soon after, we made the necessary changes and released our season finale, episode #113.  As I may have mentioned, I want to approach each season as a instalment in a book series.  And so, #113 offers answers to many of the questions we set up over the course of our initial 13 episode journey and includes one HUGE reveal.  But I made a point of scripting it in a way that keeps the mystery reveal a secret…until our very last day of production.  A LOT of theories swirling around set right now…

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B 1st Assistant Camera Marcel Janisse enjoys lunch in the infirmary’s isolation chamber.

I’m thinking it’s high time for another mailbag.  If you’ve got questions about the show, post away.  I’ll answer later in the week.

I’m also thinking of doing one of those reddit AMA’s.  How do they work?

Finally, here’s another look at the Dark Matter teaser trailer:

Over 47k+ views and counting!  Share!  Share!  Share!

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It’s here!  It’s here!  The Dark Matter teaser trailer is finally out!  Share!  Share!  Share!

Head on over to IGN.com for the write-up and links:

http://www.ign.com/videos/2015/04/10/dark-matter-trailer

When SyFy told us they wanted to produce a one minute teaser trailer for the show, my initial response was “Impossible!”.  We only had two locked episodes with no finished visual effects.  How could they possibly produce a compelling trailer?

Well, I stand corrected.  This first teaser trailer is pretty darn terrific.  A big thanks to Gary Morgenstein, Katherine Nelson, Bill Trojanowski, Samantha Agnoff and the rest of the gang at SyFy Publicity & Marketing!  Great job on this one and I look forward to the next VFX-laden trailers to come!

SyFyFridays returns to SyFy June 12th with an SF triple header!  A two part premiere of Defiance kicks things off at 8:00 p.m.  And Dark Matter has the 10:00 p.m. slot.

Circle the date on your calendars and SHARE THE HELL out of our trailer!

And here’s a little behind-the-scenes pic to tide you over until tomorrow.  Locked and loaded.

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Allow me to end today’s entry with a shout out for my long-time buddy, Lou Anders, who is about to publish the second book in his Thrones & Bones series (Nightborn hits the shelves July 14, 2015).  Meanwhile, Lou’s been keeping busy, touring.  And, apparently, his characters are going places as well: http://louanders.blogspot.com/2015/04/thrones-bones-characters-for-fate.html

Thanks, all.  And get the word out.  We’ve already got over 22k views and counting.  I want to reach 50k by Sunday!

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Dark Matter Goes International!

http://variety.com/2015/tv/global/spaceship-drama-dark-matter-to-go-global-on-syfy-1201467374/

“LONDON — TV series “Dark Matter” is going global on Syfy following its U.S. premiere on the channel on June 12.

It will air on Syfy in 86 countries, including the U.K., France, Germany, Spain and Australia. Regions where it plays on the channel include Asia, Central Europe and Latin America. […]”

Great news!  This means that the next time I travel to Tokyo, I’ll be able to stay in and watch Dark Matter on Universal Channel (Japan)!

We’re still a ways from finished visual effects, but there’s some very positive early buzz on the show.  People who have watched the rough cuts of our first two episodes are very excited by what they’ve seen.  The feedback has been fantastic and we keep hearing the same things: “Great characters!”,  “Great sets!” and, most importantly “Fun!”.

Let’s celebrate with the final instalment in our Four Days of Tabor Calchek feature:

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I saved the best for last.  This one’s going to be my new desktop wallpaper!

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Can’t wait to see the Tabor Calchek cosplayers at Comic Con next year.

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The awesome Bruce McDonald was in the ship’s underbelly this morning, shooting his final scene for episode #107.  Love this guy.  It was a pleasure working with him – and an equally great pleasure watching his director’s cut of same episode (minus that outstanding scene).  It’s going to be great.  But don’t take it from me.  I screened it for Akemi the other night and she couldn’t stop talking about it.

Another director I’m a huge fan of is Ron Murphy who followed Bruce today, shifting the action to the mess – and episode #109.  It was a festive atmosphere. Especially after we broke out the party favors:

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Tomorrow: Editing!  Infirmary!  Bridge battle!  Jay’s notes on the season finale! And rum cakes!

Not necessarily in that order!

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