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THE Syfy Channel has inked award-winning director/executive producer Jack Bender as director/executive producer for the action-adventure 90-minute pilot Alphas (working title) from writers Zak Penn (X Men: The Last Stand, Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk) and Michael Karnow, it has been announced by Mark Stern, Executive Vice President of Original Programming, Syfy, and Co-Head of Content for Universal Cable Productions, which is the studio for the project. Bender just wrapped six seasons as an executive producer and director on the critically acclaimed series Lost, and directed last Sunday’s much anticipated series finale. Alphas is executive produced by Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun from BermanBraun Television and is slated to commence production in Toronto this summer.
Alphas follows a team of ordinary citizens who possess extraordinary and unusual mental skills. Using physical feats and uniquely advanced mental abilities, this unlikely team takes the law into their own hands and uncovers what the CIA, FBI and Pentagon have not been able or willing to solve. These gifted individuals must balance their quirky personalities and disparate backgrounds with their not always visible powers as they work to solve crimes, stop the ticking time bomb and catch the enemy.
“We are very excited that Jack has chosen to be part of Alphas,” said Stern. “His vision and expertise are perfectly suited to this project, and will truly elevate it.”
Bender is a film director, actor, television producer and screenwriter who has also directed such popular shows as The Sopranos, Carnivale, Alias and Boston Public. He is also an accomplished painter, sculptor and mixed media artist.
SUNDAY, May 23rd, 2010 will always be a bittersweet day for Lost aficionados, or “Losties,” as it marks the end of the long-running ABC series. Some lucky fans will have enjoyed the final 2 1/2 -hour episode at the Lost Finale Party at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, hosted by Michael Purcell of Global Cash Card. In early May, after 1900 seats for the event were snapped up in less than 30 minutes, Purcell made 10 additional tickets available from his Global Cash Card private stash of VIP seats, which included a private autograph signing by Lost Emmy award-winning star Michael Emerson (Ben). Those interested in the seats had to provide the reason why they deserved them at Twitter.com. The ten best reasons, which needed to be communicated in 140 characters or less, were judged by the Global Cash Card staff and announced on Friday, May 14th.
A fan of the TV show himself, Purcell’s sponsorship of his fellow Lost aficionados, Jay and Jack of “The Lost Podcast with Jay and Jack,” show turned into hosting a “How Will It End? Video Contest,” and the production of the soiree featuring Michael Emerson. Fans flew in from all over the U.S. and as far away as Australia to attend the event and view the final episode together at the historic theatre in downtown Los Angeles.
“What started out as a personal passion for the show, turned into us hosting a ‘How Will It End?’ video contest,” laughs Purcell. “Next thing I knew I was watching video submissions and shopping for a 1970 Volkswagen van to restore into a Dharma Van for the grand prize giveaway for the best video submitted. We put up a website and contacted Michael Emerson to join us. In between meetings with my clients and pay card bank partners, I’ve been hunting down the last Apollo bars we could find in the U.S. to provide to fans in a customized commemorative Lost ‘Party Pak.'”
The event was purely an outpouring of interest within the Lost fan community and not affiliated with ABC-TV or the producers of the show. It centered around a viewing of the last episode, but also featured a live version of “The Lost Podcast with Jay and Jack,” a cast Q & A session and those who submitted videos were gifted with specially created replicas of a 4-Toad statue as seen on the TV show. The Type 2 VW bus, complete with the two-tone Dharma blue and white, and a Dharma logo on the front, even features a classic 8-track tape player and a copy of the “Shambala” tape by Three Dog Night, exactly as seen on the program. And, as mentioned above, Purcell even created a commemorative Party Pak complete with a Dharma patch, Apollo bar, commemorative poster, Swan Station Fail-Safe Key replica and VIP “ahead of the line” pass.
For more information about Global Cash Card, please check out www.globalcashcard.com
THE team investigates a string of murders linked to a poker scam involving valuable chips from a closed casino in the ninth season finale of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Cynthia Watros (Lost) and Gerald McRaney (Jericho) guest star as two of the suspects involved in the poker scam. Airs on Thursday, May 14th on CBS-TV.
IN the fourth season cliffhanger finale of The New Adventures of Old Christine, feelings are reawakened between Christine and Papa Jeff at Richard’s and New Christine’s wedding, until Christine receives some shocking news. Scott Bakula (Star Trek: Enterprise and Quantum Leap), Constance Zimmer (Entourage, Boston Legal) and James Leisure (Las Vegas, Lipstick Jungle) guest-star. Airs on Wednesday, May 20th on CBS-TV.