Katee Sackhoff needs to know how to sprint: Let’s face it, every series regular on “24” has to run from a bad guy or a disaster at some point.
But Sackhoff’s bigger concern at the moment is walking. She’ll be participating in the Oct. 18 AIDS Walk L.A. She’s hoping “Battlestar” fans will give her an assist in her effort to raise money; she will match donations made on her behalf up to $5,000.
To sponsor Sackhoff, go to the AIDS Walk L.A. page, click “Take Action,” hit “Sponsor a Walker,” select Sackhoff and donate, if you care to. One fan will receive an autographed photo and a signed Season 4.5 DVD boxed set from the actress.
“I’ve never done
anything like this before and this seemed like such a nice way to give back and
be a part of the continued fight against AIDS,” Sackhoff said on Wednesday.
Fun fact: Speaking of running, I spoke to Sackhoff briefly at a Fox party in Los Angeles in August, and she said that she had requested to wear Easy Spirit pumps in her role as CTU analyst Dana Walsh on “24,” which returns Jan. 17 on Fox.
What are the rest of the “Battlestar” alumni up to? Well, would it interest you to know that two new shows with “Battlestar” connections debut on the same night in January? Would it interest you to know that one alumni is in a remake of “Children of the Corn”? Do you want to know where to spot Mark Sheppard next? Which writer is working on a USA network pilot? Read on.
“Battlestar” executive producer Ronald D. Moore is working on “Caprica” and has directed one episode of that prequel.
Jane Espenson is an executive producer of “Caprica” and is hard at work on that show’s first season, yet still finds time to Twitter. Also on the “Caprica” writing staff are “BSG” veterans Michael Taylor and Ryan Mottesheard, and Bear McCreary, “BSG’s” amazing composer, will be creating the soundtrack for the show, which premieres Jan. 22.
By the way, that’s the same day that “Battlestar” vetaran Lucy Lawless’ new Starz show, “Spartacus,” debuts. (It’s Whedonite vs. Whedonite: Both Espenson and Steven S. DeKnight, the creator of Starz’s “Spartacus,” are veterans of Joss Whedon shows such as “Buffy” and “Dollhouse.”)
Former “Battlestar” writers David Weddle and Bradley Thompson wrote the “CSI” season premiere, which airs tonight, and they’re working on the “CSI” crossover that will have characters appearing on all three incarnations of the CBS franchise. The Las Vegas installment of the crossover airs Nov. 12.
Mark Verheiden of the “Battlestar” writing staff is a part-time consultant on “Heroes.” Verheiden is also working on the features “Ark” at Sony and “Quatermain” at DreamWorks.
UPDATED: Michael Angeli has been very busy: He’s penned episodes for the most recent seasons of “In Plain Sight” and “Monk” and he wrote an episode for the upcoming season of “Law & Order: SVU.” He’s a co-executive producer on USA’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and he also penned a pilot for USA called “John Q.” As if that’s not enough, he is writing an adaptation of the Dean Koontz novel “Dragon Tears” for Starz and he’s penned a piece for a November issue of Rolling Stone.
Michael Nankin, a terrific “Battlestar” director, has helmed a couple of “Caprica” episodes and may do one more. He’s preparing to direct two episodes of “FlashForward,” he’s directing an episode of “Heroes” and may direct another “CSI” episode this season (he directed the outstanding “sci-fi convention” episode last season). He also wrote a pilot called “Butterfly.”
Edward James Olmos (Adama) appeared in and directed the upcoming “Battlestar” movie “The Plan,” which was originally to debut this fall but has been shifted to a 2010 Syfy air date (the movie is still coming out on DVD and Blu-ray Oct. 27). Olmos is also appearing in the upcoming “Green Hornet” movie.
Mary McDonnell (Roslin) appeared in the most recent season of “The Closer.”
Michael Hogan (Tigh) appeared in a “Warehouse 13” episode (along with his wife, Susan, another “Battlestar” alum) and will be in the Oct. 9 episode of “Dollhouse.” (For more info on Hogan’s episode and on “Dollhouse” in general, look here.)
Mark Sheppard (Romo Lampkin), by law, must appear in every scripted series shot in North America. You no doubt enjoyed him in “Burn Notice,” “Leverage,” “Dollhouse” and “Warehouse 13” (and those are just a few of his recent credits). Look for him next in the series premiere of USA’s “White Collar” (Oct. 23).
Tahmoh Penikett (Helo) is a series regular on “Dollhouse,” which returns Friday on Fox.
Callum Keith Rennie (Leoben) appeared on “Californication” and “Harper’s Island” and has a recurring role as a Russian mobster on the new season of “24,” which arrives in January.
Jamie Bamber (Lee Adama) is a lead on “Law & Order: UK” and is in Friday’s “Dollhouse” season premiere.
James Callis (Baltar) was in an episode of “Numb3rs” last season and also appeared in a UK version of the “Merlin” tale.
Lucy Lawless appeared on “The L Word” and “Flight of the Conchords” and has a new show coming up on Starz, “Spartacus: Blood and Sand.”
Alessandro Juliani (Gaeta) will appear in Syfy’s December remake of “Alice in Wonderland,” which stars Kathy Bates and is called “Alice.”
Kandyse McClure (Dualla) is in Syfy’s remake of “Children of the Corn,” which airs Saturday and also stars David Anders (“Heroes,” “Alias”).
Grace Park (Boomer/Athena) was a series regular on “The Cleaner” and also appeared on a Canadian series, “The Border.”
Donnelly Rhodes (Doc Cottle) has a guest role in the premiere of “Human Target,” which arrives on Fox Jan. 17. The “Human Target” pilot is just so-so but it’s worth seeing for a short scene between Rhodes an Jackie Earle Haley, which may cause thousands of fanboy and fangirl brains to explode.
Tricia Helfer (various Cylons including No. 6) is a guest star in “Human Target’s” premiere and also appeared in “Chuck” and “Warehouse 13″ this year. She’ll also appear in the upcoming film” “Open House” and “A Beginner’s Guide to Endings.” (Speaking of charity efforts, Helfer is a strong supporter of animal organizations such as Kitten Rescue of LA).
Stephanie Jacobsen (Kendra Shaw from “Razor”) appeared last season in “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” and is a regular on the CW’s “Melrose Place.”
The tremendous Michelle Forbes (Helena Cain from “Razor”) livened up the wild second season of “True Blood,” appeared in the second season of “In Treatment” and is in the second season of the Canadian series “Durham County,” which arrives in the United States on Ion TV in October.
On a sad note, the “Battlestar” cast and crew came together a few weeks ago to remember the life and work of the show’s beloved line producer, Harvey Frand.
If there’s a “BSG” alumni project you’ve heard about, feel free to mention it in comments.