At the SDCC panel for ‘The Orville’, series creator Seth McFarlane announced that the comedy would return in late 2020, but to a new home. The series is shifting to Hulu for its third season, from FOX where it has aired for two. Fox renewed ‘The Orville’ in May, but as Deadline reports the show has “evolved and production timelines have pushed delivery.” Keep in mind, McFarlane is still responsible for delivering ‘Family Guy’. With his heavy workload, plus the extensive special effects work necessitated by ‘The Orville’, it became clear that the show wouldn’t be ready, even by midseason. So, instead, the third season will go directly to Hulu later in the year. Seasons 1 and 2 are already available to stream on the service.
Rhode Island native David Hedison, died July 18, 2019, at his home in Los Angeles. He was 92.
The actor was best known for his roles as a scientist in the original horror film "The Fly",
CIA Agent Felix Leiter in two Bond films, and Captain Lee Crane in the 1960's TV series 'Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.'
Albert David Hedison Jr. was born in Providence, R.I., on May 20, 1927, and began his career under the name Al Hedison. He was married to Bridget Hedison from 1968 until her death in 2016. They had two daughters, actress and director Alexandra Hedison (who is married to actress Jodie Foster) and Serena Hedison.
If you're a fan of the book /TV series The Expanse, and waiting for Season 4 to stream soon on Amazon Prime, here's something to tide you over: The Expanse Role Playing game by Green Ronin publishing.
Here's an excerpt from their Press Release: The Expanse Roleplaying GameThe Expanse Roleplaying Game brings James S.A. Corey’s award-winning series of science fiction novels to the tabletop. Using the Adventure Game Engine (AGE) rules that power Green Ronin’s Fantasy AGE, Blue Rose, and Modern AGE RPGs, The Expanse takes players to a far-future solar system where humanity is divided: Martians, Belters, and the people of old Earth struggle for political power and resources, but older, alien, forces are stirring in the universe, and human history is about to take an unexpected new turn.
The Expanse RPG applies the fast-playing, stunt-powered AGE system to spaceships, solar colonies, adventure, and intrigue in the far-future, where the actions of the characters may change the course of history!
Go to https.greenronin.com/expanse for more information.
Pinball fans will be converging on the Sturbridge Host Hotel for the Pintastic Pinball Expo, June 27-30, 2019. Over 200 pinball machines will be available to play, for FREE. The Convention also features workshops, activities for children, and pinball vendors. The crew from Sci-Fi Journal, our RISFC RI PEG Access cable TV show, will be covering the event. For more information and tickets, check out their website:
Actor Paul Darrow, best known for his portrayal of 'Kerr Avon' in the British TV series 'Blake's 7', died on June 3, 2019, at the age of 78, after a short illness.
Along with Blake's 7, which never quite outgrew its cult status, Darrow had two major arcs on Doctor Who. He played Captain Hawkins in Doctor Who and the Silurians back in 1970, then returned to the series as Tekker 15 years later.
More recently, Darrow became part of Star Wars' video game lore, voicing Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars: Empire at War as well as Overseer Tremel in Star Wars: The Old Republic. He was also the voice of Zarok in MediEvil and MediEvil: Resurrection.
Darrow was born in Surrey in 1941 and attended the Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School before studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he bunked with fellow actors Ian McShane and John Hurt. He's preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, actress Janet Lees-Price, who passed away in 2012.
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