On July 6th, the TCON Promotional Society announced the winners of the sixth annual Constellation Awards, honouring excellence in science fiction film and television.

The ceremonies, hosted by Toronto-born actor Robin Dunne of the science fiction series Sanctuary, were held in the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North.

Despite its cancellation in 2011 after only two seasons, the Vancouver-based series Stargate Universe proved that it is still fondly remembered by its devoted fans by taking home the award in five of the six categories in which it was nominated, including “Best Series”, “Best Film Or Television Script”, and “Best Female Performance in a Television Episode” for actress Ming-Na.

A bittersweet moment of the night came when the show’s musical composer, Joel Goldsmith, was recognized posthumously in the category of “Best Technical Accomplishment”. Continue reading »

The property group who bankrolled the recently cancelled Canadian series Sanctuary have said it was no longer possible to keep making the show as it was not “economically viable”.

Beedie Development Group, which is based in Burnaby, pulled the plug on the series with official word coming earlier this week from the Syfy channel.

CFO Jim Bogusz said while they enjoyed being a part of the project, the company had not recouped its investment.

“The show needs to be economically viable,” said Bogusz, who served as one of Sanctuary’s executive producers. “The Beedie Group is a business and we look at our investments on their ability to return, and the time frame was too long and too uncertain for our liking.”

The show’s creator Damian Kindler has remained optimistic and pointed out that Syfy didn’t cancel the show because they didn’t like it.

“I suppose the unfortunate truth is that Syfy didn’t pick us up because we weren’t making the show, as opposed to [they] didn’t want that show. They were interested in having some form of a fifth season, and the Canadian broadcaster Space were interested as well,” Kindler said.

“And I totally respect [the Beedie Group] decision. This is a show they own, this is a project they backed passionately for four years, and I think when they decided they wanted to move on, then you have to respect that.”

Group founder Keith Beedie said he got involved in the show as he was a big fan of the sci-fi genre.

Source: theglobeandmail

10 p.m. ET – Friday, November 25 on Space

In a groundbreaking episode of SANTCUARY, a mysterious Abnormal attacks Abby, and Magnus and Will discover there’s only one way to communicate with this unusual enemy – through music. Music and lyrics done by series creator Damian Kindler and composer Andrew Lockington.

10 p.m. ET – Friday, November 18 on Space

When a team from the UK Sanctuary gets in trouble on a stranded icebreaker in the Bering Sea, Magnus and Will must figure out who is behind the mysterious happenings at sea.

10 p.m. ET – Friday, November 11 on Space

Will runs into unexpected trouble, and personal revelations, on a trip to the Liberian Sanctuary in Monrovia. Meanwhile, Magnus has her hands full when a couple of ne’er-do-well flying Abnormals recruit her help with a questionable scheme. Directorial debut of series co-star Robin Dunne.

10 p.m. ET – Friday, November 4 on Space

A sanctuary mission to infiltrate a secret Abnormal testing facility brings Magnus and Henry face-to-face with a mysterious and deadly creature, and with an old friend whose loyalties are once again in question.

10 p.m. ET – Friday, October 28 on Space

Magnus flies to a remote island in Africa to meet with the Sanctuary’s new top secret financial advisor, but lands herself in the middle of a deadly hostage situation.

10 p.m. ET – Friday, October 21 on Space

With a government inspector threatening to cut off the Sanctuary’s funding, Magnus and Will must explain a mission gone wrong. Meanwhile, Henry has a surprise visitor with some shocking news.

10 p.m. ET – Friday, October 14 on Space

As Hollow Earth Abnormals continue to arrive at the surface in droves, Will, Henry, Kate and Bigfoot scramble to prevent all-out war with the Lotus Security Forces. All the while, they are worrying about the whereabouts and safety of Magnus who was last seen heading to Praxis just before the city was destroyed.

10 p.m. ET – Friday, October 7 on Space

In the season four opener, Helen Magnus has pursued Adam Worth back to 1898 London to stop him from altering – and quite possibly completely destroying – the future. As she battles to stop Worth, stay hidden from her past-self, and avoid taking any action that might change the events of history, Magnus must also figure out how to get back to her own present day timeline.