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Work progresses on Dark Matter season 2.  Today brought a fresh round of auditions – and a handful of very strong candidates.  Casting the part of Nyx is going to be especially challenging because our casting director, Lisa Parasyn, and her team have assembled some truly terrific talent.  Some great choices among the candidates who auditioned for Devon, Misaki, and Arax Nero as well.

Construction on our new sets begins next week and we have some pretty amazing plans in the works (but you already know that, don’t you?).  I’ll be sure to snap plenty of “Before” pics so that you can compare once the show airs next year.

Yes, with Dark Matter‘s second season still a ways away, here are a few visual tidbits to tide you over – a sneak peek at what we have in the works for you compliments of  Production Designer Ian Brock, Art Director Russell Moore, Set Designer Doug Slater, and Concept Illustrator Sanford Kong…

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Thoughts and theories on the above?

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Well, this is interesting.  Apparently, Canadians are HUGE fans of science fiction television:

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“During the 2014-2015 broadcast year Canadian TV sci-fi series Orphan Black on Space (4.3 million viewers*), Dark Matter on Space (3.7 million), Between on City Total and Killjoys on Space (both 3.2 million) each reached roughly 10% of the Canadian population. In addition, these shows performed above their respective channel averages in the very desirable 18-34 demographic.”

That’s 10% of the Canadian population that tuned into our little show.

Tell me more…

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Not bad.  It brings to mind another scifi series that far surpassed expectations when it aired on Canada’s Space Channel several years back.  I’ll give you a hint…

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Speaking of Stargate, the giveaways are enroute.  We sent off the last one this morning.  Akemi, as always, personalized each envelope…

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Pictured above: Canadian bunny, coasters in hand, on his way through the stargate to gforce’s house!

Toronto-bound tomorrow morning!  Hoping I can get some writing done on the flight.

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The Mikkei Combine’s Commander Delaney Truffault (Torri Higginson, STARGATE: ATLANTIS) offers the crew a golden opportunity to make some much-needed cash and acquire some much-needed protection by taking on a job to heist a mysterious device from a rival corporation. Complications arise in the form of another team of ruthless mercenaries who have also been hired for the same op. The two crews must work together to complete the mission, but getting along proves to be a very tall task.

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DARK MATTER — “Episode Ten” Episode 110 — Pictured: (l-r) Roger Cross as Six, Anthony Lemke as Three, Melissa O’Neil as Two, Mark Bendavid as One — (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

Woohoo!  Only two days away from my second favorite episode of the season (second only to the BIG season finale).  Directed by Dark Matter stunt coordinator John Stead, this outing sees our crew teaming up with a group of even more mercenary criminals!

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DARK MATTER — “Episode Ten” Episode 110 — Pictured: Anthony Lemke as Three — (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

Every one of the guest stars in Episode 110 hits a home run performance.  Torri Higginson is Commander Truffault, our unlikely ally.  Ennis Esmer is the other team’s villainous boss, Wexler.  Jessica Sipos and Jon Cor are Tash and Vons, the unnervingly inseparable duo.  Conrad Pla is Cain, the looming heavy.

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DARK MATTER — “Episode Ten” Episode 110 — Pictured: Roger Cross as Six — (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Prodigy Pictures/SyFy)

This is an episode I’ve watched at least a dozen times – and I love it just as much the twelfth time as I did the first!

You are in for treat!

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DARK MATTER — “Episode Ten” Episode 110 — Pictured: Jodelle Ferland as Five — (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

http://www.threeifbyspace.net/2015/08/dark-matter-episode-10-sneak-peek-an-offer-you-cant-refuse/

“FAIR WARNING: This sneak peek is pretty spoilery because it basically explains how our gang manages to survive being surrounded by three Ferrous Corp destroyers.”

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DARK MATTER — “Episode Eleven” Episode 111 — Pictured: Conrad Pla as Cain — (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

http://www.threeifbyspace.net/2015/08/dark-matter-episode-10-preview-dishonor-among-thieves/

“The team must work with a group of psychotic outlaws. Trouble doesn’t even begin to describe what happens next.”

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DARK MATTER — “Episode Ten” Episode 110 — Pictured: Anthony Lemke as Three — (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

http://www.screenspy.com/articles/tv/editorials/dark-matter-the-crew-attempt-a-daring-heist-with-deadly-repercussions/

“Remember, folks, it’s a two parter.  Breathe.  While you can.”

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, DARK MATTER — “Episode Eleven” Episode 111 — Pictured: (l-r) Jessica Sipos as Tash, Jodelle Ferland as Five — (Photo by: Steve Wilkie/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

Check out a good dog-related cause:

http://globalnews.ca/news/2156732/dog-with-casts-on-both-front-legs-left-on-alberta-road-with-bag-of-food/

http://www.youcaring.com/rocky-mountain-animal-rescue-in-canmore-ab-411233#.VcrOGljjf6U.facebook

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Dark Matter’s second episode airs tonight on SyFy and Space Channel at

10:00 p.m. EST/7:00 PST

And 10:00 PST

I’ll be live tweeting through both broadcasts.  Who’ll be joining me?

In preparation for tonight’s big event, I’ve been dropping a few sneak peek screen caps on twitter…

The fallout.

The fallout.

The Android and FIVE bond.

The Android and FIVE bond.

Who's the baddest?

Who’s the baddest?

Don't mess with TWO.

Don’t mess with TWO.

Panic on the bridge.

Panic on the bridge.

Trouble comin' at ya!

Trouble comin’ at ya!

So, who is the baddest crew member?

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I want you to rank them, #1-#7, from “super badass” to “cause for concern”.

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Watch the premiere!

Tonight!

10 p.m. on SyFy (U.S.)

7 p.m. PST, 10 p.m. EST on Space Channel (Canada)

And here is our updated global premiere rundown.  New and improved!  Now with added Portugal!

Dark Matter Global Premiere Dates

The cast, crew, and EP Vanessa Piazza and I (@BaronDestructo) will be live tweeting the event – both east and west coast feeds.  Follow the #DarkMatter hashtag.  Join us!

A final teaser promo from Space Channel: “Technically, she’s an android”…

https://www.facebook.com/SPACEchannel/videos/vb.133102256224/10153037502911225/?type=2&theater

“Here is Why Dark Matter, SyFy’s New Space Opera, Could Be TV’s Next Big Hit”:

http://culturemass.com/2015/06/11/here-is-why-dark-matter-syfys-new-space-opera-could-be-tvs-next-big-hit/

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Ships!  Ships!  Ships!  io9 offers up a sneak peek at our corporate ships:

http://io9.com/meet-the-ships-of-dark-matters-biggest-antagonists-1710942614

Something To Fill That Firefly-Shaped Hole In Your Heart:

http://www.theworkprint.com/dark-matter-advanced-review/123

3 Things You Should Know:

http://www.syfy.com/darkmatter/blog/dark-matter-three-things-you-should-know

On bringing back the “fun scifi” with Dark Matter:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/longtime-stargate-ep-aims-bring-802045

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Melissa O’Neil and Anthony Lemke dish on Dark Matter:

http://www.digitaljournal.com/a-and-e/entertainment/interview-melissa-o-neil-and-anthony-lemke-dish-on-dark-matter/article/435595#hv14160

Roger Cross talks Dark Matter:

http://www.sliceofscifi.com/2015/06/12/slice-of-scifi-722/

Truth & Consequences: Anthony Lemke talks about playing the rogue, Star WarsSpace 1999 and his favorite episode…

http://scifiandtvtalk.typepad.com/scifiandtvtalk/2015/06/truth-consequences-interview-with-dark-matters-anthony-lemke.html

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The One, Two, Three interview:

http://www.threeifbyspace.net/2015/06/dark-matter-the-one-two-three-interview/

On tonight’s launch:

http://www.space.com/29646-dark-matter-syfy-show-launches-tonight.html

Collider’s thoughts on the premiere:

http://collider.com/dark-matter-review/

Everything you need to know about Dark Matter going into tonight’s premiere:

http://askgenretv.com/dark-matter-podcast/an-introduction-to-dark-matter-episode-1/

My chat with Blastr:

http://www.blastr.com/2015-6-11/exclusive-brains-behind-stargateatlantis-are-back-dark-matter

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The Seattle Time’s TV Picks for June 12th:

http://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/tv/june-12-tv-picks-dark-matter-series-premiere-on-syfy/

Teasing the premiere:

http://www.screenfad.com/syfy/dark-matter-executive-producer-joseph-mallozzi-and-cast-tease-series-premiere-39051

http://thetelevixen.com/2015/06/dark-matters-creator-and-cast-tease-season-one/

***Post your spoiler-free Dark Matter-related questions in the comments section and I’ll answer them in tomorrow’s dedicated “Dark Matter Q&A” blog entry!  U.K. and international post-premiere Q&A’s to follow!***

Today’s entry is dedicated to blog regular ponytail!

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SyFy’s Dark Matter Brings The Badass Ladies In Force:

http://www.themarysue.com/dark-matter-interview/

Space Opera is Set for a New Dawn with Dark Matter:

http://www.themortonreport.com/entertainment/television/space-opera-is-set-for-a-new-dawn-with-dark-matter/

“Dark Matter’s 13-episode first season is destined to be an action-packed mix of drama, humour and adventure in the mould of Stargate and Firefly. Any similarity to the former is not coincidental given that Mallozzi and Mullie have a long history with that franchise.”

How SyFy’s Dark Matter Created the Ultimate Police Ship: http://io9.com/how-syfys-dark-matter-created-the-ultimate-police-ship-1710547670

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Zoie Palmer Brings Dark Matter’s Android to Life:

http://www.thetvjunkies.com/zoie-palmer-dark-matter-android-to-life/

“I’m always drawn to the underdog a little bit, I’m drawn to those characters that are a little bit outside, a little bit quirky, a little bit disconnected. I think there’s a ton of places you can go. Even on Lost Girl I think every character felt a little bit like an outsider. It was a group of outsiders. They all sort of found each other and connected in that way.”

Melissa O’Neil and Antony Lemke talk Dark Matter:

http://metronews.ca/scene/1394068/qa-melissa-oneil-talks-spaces-dark-matter/

“When we started shooting, absolutely we were. We had read a number of episodes ahead as actors but one of the things that Joe and Paul did very, very well was keep secrets. Boy did they ever.”

Anthony Lemke talks Dark Matter:

http://www.torontosun.com/2015/06/11/anthony-lemke-talks-new-sci-fi-show-dark-matter

“Thematically for the show, you have the two poles, in a way, of how to approach life,” Lemke explained. “We have the side that is very moral, and the other is very instrumental. Whatever you can do to live another day is kind of what my character is all about.”

Great Anthony Lemke (Dark Matter’s THREE) video interview:

http://globalnews.ca/video/2048957/anthony-lemke-talks-dark-matter

Another teaser promo from the gang at Space Channel: “I can save us all…if you let me.”

Dark Matter – Pilot – Technical Previews: “Visuals”…

http://www.spoilertv.com/2015/06/dark-matter-pilot-technical-preview.html

“Dark Matter is poised to gallantly launch us all back into space and the visuals the show provides are a very big part of what makes this show so unique.”

Dark Matter series premiere advance preview:

https://tvgeektalk.com/previews/dark-matter-series-premiere-advance-preview-episode-one-photos-video/

Dark Matter is the featured t.v. gallery on imdb.  Thanks to BoltBait for the heads up!

http://www.imdb.com/gallery/rg2395511552 When does Dark Matter premiere in your part of the world?  Check out Our Worldwide SyFy Premiere Dates: 

Dark Matter Global Premiere Dates

Finally, how’d you like to win a model of our hero ship?  Details here:

http://prodigypictures.com/press?news_id=172&uniqid=1238

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Another short video from the gang at Space Channel: “Death.  Despair.  Chaos.  So what?”

More early reviews:

http://scifiandtvtalk.typepad.com/scifiandtvtalk/2015/06/dark-matter-gets-two-thumbs-up.html

http://www.scifistream.com/2015/06/review-dark-matter-blasts-off-this-friday/

I talk about the show with Greg David at TV, eh?:

http://www.tv-eh.com/2015/06/09/dark-matter-launches-canadas-summer-of-sci-fi/

“There is a lot of dark sci-fi out there that is great,” he explains. “But a lot of fans are missing a fun sci-fi series and there hasn’t been one on a ship-based show for awhile. We set out to make a fun show with a sense of humour while at the same time putting viewers on the edge of their seat every week.”

Our hero ship, from concept to finished product:

DM1 CONCEPT WITH PRELIM SCHEMATIC OVERLAY copy (1)

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16_DM_SHIP_Textured

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