What The 12 Monkeys Showrunner Learned From Writing For Terminator: SCC

Creating a TV show based on 12 Monkeys is a daunting prospect. There's the closed-ended movie storyline, plus all that twisty time-travel. Luckily, the showrunner of 12 Monkeys, Natalie Chaidez, was a writer for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. She tells io9 what lessons from Terminator she brought to Monkeys. » 1/15/15 11:00am 1/15/15 11:00am

Summer Glau Tells io9 About Her New Robot Best Friend, Jeff 1000

Summer Glau played one of our favorite robots in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Now she's starring in a new webseries, Jeff 1000, about a former industrial robot who wants to break into acting. Here's your exclusive first look at the trailer. Plus Glau told us what she would have done in T:SCC season three. » 12/10/14 10:52am 12/10/14 10:52am

Who's The Toughest Mother In All Of Science Fiction And Fantasy?

Everybody says there's nothing more dangerous than a mother protecting her young — but some moms go way above and beyond, in their ambition and grit. Some mothers are just unstoppable. But who's the baddest mother in all of science fiction or fantasy? » 9/23/14 1:58pm 9/23/14 1:58pm

Does It Matter That The TV Version Of Constantine Is Straight?

This fall is seeing a huge crop of comic-book TV shows, and one of the most promising is Constantine. The trench-coated antihero who copes with the unsavory side of magic is getting a more faithful portrayal. Except he won't smoke. And now we're hearing his sexuality will be toned down too. Does it matter? » 7/14/14 12:58pm 7/14/14 12:58pm

Which Network TV Show Is As Smart As Any Cable Show?

Everybody obsesses about the dark, character-focused intensity of shows like The Walking Dead and True Detective — but network television has served up some shows that are every bit as intelligent, complex and character-focused. What's your favorite show from a broadcast network, that manages to be as smart as any… » 3/17/14 2:01pm 3/17/14 2:01pm

What movie or TV show did you dread, only to wind up loving it?

Sometimes you can see a trainwreck coming from a mile off... only to have it arrive and turn out to be a wonderful train ride instead. What TV show or movie have you been convinced you would hate, until you saw it and fell in love instead? » 2/05/14 2:12pm 2/05/14 2:12pm

Rumors: Thor writers joining Star Trek 3, Abrams leaving Star Wars

There's turmoil in two galaxies, if rumors are to be believed. First of all, rumor has it that Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz, writers of Thor and X-Men: First Class, are going to be the main writers of Star Trek 3. And meanwhile, J.J. Abrams may have abandoned Star Wars: Episode VII. Update: Lucasfilm has… » 7/22/13 5:44pm 7/22/13 5:44pm

11 Books That Every Aspiring Television Writer MUST Read

Tomorrow, an army of geeks descends on San Diego — and many of them would kill to write for television. Comic-Con always hosts panels about TV writing, and they're always standing-room only. But how do you learn the craft? We asked some great television writers, and they told us 11 books that every aspiring scribe… » 7/16/13 10:33am 7/16/13 10:33am

Continuum turns its time-traveling cop into... a superhero?

Season two of Continuum launched last night on Syfy, with a modest sort of scene-setting episode. A new status quo is established for Kiera, Alec, and the lovable gang at Liber8. We get a bit more development of the mystery of why Kiera was sent back in time. And this show seems to want to be a superhero epic all of a… » 6/08/13 10:00am 6/08/13 10:00am

12 Iconic TV and Movie Roles That Were Recast Successfully

By Charlie Jane Anders and Katharine Trendacosta. It's an unfortunate fact of life: roles get recast all the time. Sooner or later, Robert Downey Jr. will quit playing Tony Stark. Once Upon a Time is said to be recasting its Mad Hatter. Game of Thrones has already recast a few minor roles. Usually, when an actor is… » 4/11/13 10:21am 4/11/13 10:21am

Are there going to be multiple "robot crime" shows on television soon?

Last we heard, Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) was still hard at work on the pilot of the untitled "robot-on-human murder" show he's creating with Howard Gordon. But that may not be the only robotic crime show that could be on television in the next year or two. » 12/10/12 3:00pm 12/10/12 3:00pm

Locke & Key, the canned TV pilot, resurrects as a movie?

Our hearts were crushed when the television adaptation of the comic Locke & Key (which was penned by the amazing Josh Friedman and boasted a pilot directed by Mark Romanek) was canned by FOX before it was ever released. Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's comic book is exactly the kind of creepy mystery-solving the world… » 11/01/12 3:02pm 11/01/12 3:02pm

Atlas Shrugged 2: The Wrath of Keynes!

The second installment of the Atlas Shrugged movie trilogy is out today, just a few weeks before the presidential election. And in the proud tradition of sequels, this film ramps up the action. The government mandates are crazier. The political speechifying is more intense. And the principled statements about freedom… » 10/12/12 3:33pm 10/12/12 3:33pm

A New Android Cop Show, From the Makers of Fringe

Could there be dueling police dramas about robots a year from now? Just a few weeks ago, NBC picked up a show about cops and robots from Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' Josh Friedman. And now, Fox has ordered a pilot for a show about android cops from J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman, one of two showrunners on … » 9/06/12 1:20pm 9/06/12 1:20pm

How to Tell from a Pilot if a TV Show is Going to be Any Good

Soon enough, the big television networks will offer up their brand new shows for your approval. You'll get to see the pilot episodes that producers and execs were sweating over last spring. A great TV pilot can be like a thrilling summer movie, leaving the door open to weeks of adventures afterwards. » 8/22/12 12:47pm 8/22/12 12:47pm

You won't have to complain about Fox cancelling your favorite science…

People always complain about Fox pulling the plug on their most beloved science fiction TV shows, from Firefly to Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. The thing they always forget is that Fox also took a chance on some risky genre projects, which is why it had those favorite shows to cancel in the first place. » 5/14/12 2:24pm 5/14/12 2:24pm

First Horrifying Look at Lena Headey in Dredd

She's already shown her amazing range by playing Sarah Connor and Queen Cersei — but now Lena Headey is going to play a straight-up villain in the new Judge Dredd movie. And here's the first photo of her disturbing appearance as Madrigal, the ruler of Peach Tree City Block in the dystopian Mega City One. Nightmare… » 5/07/12 4:29pm 5/07/12 4:29pm

10 Great Prison Breaks from Science Fiction and Fantasy

No prison can hold a truly awesome hero. To a great explorer of the unknown, a cell is just a puzzle to be unlocked, and guards are just obstacles to be eluded. Many of our favorite science fiction and fantasy stories include prison breaks, in which our hero proves that no cell can hold him or her. » 11/15/11 10:16am 11/15/11 10:16am

10 Great Stand-Alone Episodes That Totally Represent Their Respective…

Stand-alone episodes. Pretty much every TV show does them, even in this age of more serialized television. And oftentimes, they're kind of disposable. They're the cheap episodes, or the ones which don't shake up the show's status quo. Most of all, they're often stories that could come from any television show — like… » 10/18/11 10:27am 10/18/11 10:27am

Greatest Random Out-of-Nowhere Deaths in Science Fiction and Fantasy

The great thing about science fiction and fantasy is that they're full of surprises — you just never know what the universe will have in store. Like, sometimes, a totally random, surprising, shocking death. » 10/04/11 3:00pm 10/04/11 3:00pm