Right up until Saturday morning, June 14, Paul McGillion and his fans believed they would meet in Dallas for the FedConUSA event. That morning came, and the con fell apart. It was canceled on the spot, which also ended Paul’s plans to fly in from Vancouver. But there was a silver lining to the disastrous con.
A few months ago UK journalist Craig McGill interviewed Paul McGillion, including questions from fans. The interview is finally up at the journalist’s site! An excerpt:
And while some moan about fans, Paul can’t see him ever being that ungrateful. “I could never see the fans as a burden or a problem. As an actor, you want people to appreciate the work that you do, so how could I ever moan about people getting so engaged in the characters I play – it’s a compliment to me and to the people who write/create the characters.”
Please visit Craig’s site to read the entire interview and perhaps leave a comment!
The third of five Atlantis???????? ????? ???????? Season 5 episodes that will feature Dr. Carson Beckett has been revealed. It is episode 13, entitled “Outsiders”. Here is a summary of the episode (warning — general spoilers for episode!)
- May 10th, 9 pm
- May 11th, 2 pm
Paul filmed the role early last year, with a working title of Just Breathe. To find out more including a detailed synopsis and cast list visit IMDB.
Please support Paul by watching the film on Lifetime! If we hear about other airings, we’ll let you know.
The April ’08 TV Zone has a 6-page, picture-packed interview with Paul McGillion, with lovely insights about filming Carson’s return in Kindred and some hints about what happens to Beckett in Season 5! Show your support by ordering the magazine today. To whet your appetite, we have provided scans of the article here in our gallery. (Look for TV Zone April 2008 in the gallery.)
NEW UPDATE: Auction now ends April 20th
Due to an admin error by Ebay, the original auctions were lost and have had to be re-listed, effectively starting the bidding process all over again. On the brightside fans now have until the 20th April for their chance to win dinner with Paul!
CLICK HERE for the new auction listing and full details.
UPDATE: Auction is now live
The fundraiser for The Babz Chula Society is now live over at Ebay. Bidding has begun on the chance to win dinner with Paul and his co-star Jewel Staite. Click here to check out the listing. Continue reading “Charity Auction: Win Dinner with Paul”
March 22 is the one-year anniversary of the infamous “Save Carson Rally” at The Bridge Studios in Vancouver, BC. You can relive the rain-drenched event here on our blog. The rally got immense attention from the Stargate production and mainstream media, and will be immortalized in an SCB DVD special for the Atlantis Season 4 DVD box set.
At the time of the rally, Carson’s fate was uncertain at best. Since then he has returned, in his own way, and will be back for five episodes of Season 5. It’s been acknowledged that fan response played a big factor in Carson’s return.
Let’s take a moment to thank everyone who attended the rally, from fans to producers, actors, the media, and of course the Pipe Band, The Highland Celts of Canada. Well done, everyone!
US viewers, celebrate Leap Day and don’t forget to watch Kindred Part 2 tonight on Sci Fi! After last week’s 10-second cliff-hanger, Carson should figure prominently in Part 2. We hope our questions will be answered: who or what is this Carson, what has he been through, and what does his future hold? For a rather spoilery preview, watch the Sci Fi trailer here.
Perhaps in honor of this week’s airing of Kindred Part 1 in the US (and please everyone, tune in for Part 2 on 29 Feb!), there were a couple of interviews featuring Paul in the last few days:
- TrekMovie.com — on Paul’s response to this campaign, and his role in the new Star Trek movie!
- Niagara Falls Review — on his roles on Stargate and Star Trek
And keep an eye out for the interviews to be published in The Sun in the UK by journalist Craig McGill. He included fans’ questions and promises to publish Paul’s answers very soon at his website.
After many months of waiting admidst much speculation, this Friday marks the US premiere of the 2-part episode featuring the “resurrection” of Dr. Carson Beckett in Season 4. The Kindred Part 1 will air at 10 pm (9 pm Central) on Sci Fi Channel on Friday, February 22, and Part 2 will air on February 29. Continue reading “Finally! Watch "The Kindred" This Week”
Paul McGillion has taken a moment to respond to the news of his return in the role of Carson Beckett, with this message to the campaign:
I am really excited to reprise my role as “Dr Carson Beckett,” and I would like to thank all the people who have been so great to me, with all your support especially the SCB campaign (You Guys Rock!) What can I say? “Beckett’s Back!” and I owe it to the Fans! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
Lots of Luv
P.S. Im ready to Kick some ASS! SCOTTISH STYLE!!!
As usual, Paul is a class act! It was our pleasure, Paul. We just wish we could have brought you back full-time!
Sci Fi Channel has finally made a press release, which you can read HERE. Carson Beckett will return in Season 5 for five epsiodes.
Joe Mallozzi has promised that Sci Fi will finally put out an official press release about Atlantis Season 5 on Monday Feb. 4. Joe’s many hints about Carson point to his return as a recurring character, but of course that can mean anything from 2 epsiodes to 20! Let’s hope it’s closer to the latter, and we’ll have a better idea on Monday.
In his blog entry yesterday, Joe Mallozzi included a photo of SGA script supervisor Alex Levine holding up a slew of letters sent in by the SCB letter-sending volunteers who print and mail letters submitted by fans to our letters page.
From Joe’s blog entry:
Today’s pics: Alex Levine flashes a whack of letters from Beckett’s adoring minions.
Well done, writers and volunteers! We can only assume Joe’s picture points at good news coming about Carson in Season 5. Joe wouldn’t be so cruel. 🙂
On his Sci Fi blog this week, script coordinator Alex Levine said Ivon Bartok has created a featurette on the SGA Season 4 DVDs devoted to the campaign to bring back Carson! From Alex’s blog:
Gateworld has published (link) the first still photos taken during filming of Season 4’s “Kindred,” the 2-part episode featuring Carson Beckett’s return. The photo shows a healthy but seemingly imprisoned Carson, likely from before he is rescued by the Atlantis team friends. It’s lovely to see Carson again, and certainly all fans look forward to his return. Part 1 of “Kindred” will air in the U.S. on Feb 22 ’08 and in the UK shortly afterward. SCB will of course have full coverage of the episodes!
Paul is featured on the cover of the Official Stargate Magazine for January ’08, which has already started arriving in subscribers’ mail boxes. This honor is accompanied by a lovely 5-page interview in which Paul discusses his departure and return, his gratitude to fans, and the other projects he’s done recently. In the interview, Paul continues to show his gratitude for our efforts, and his humble grace:
“I was absolutely blown away by the campaign. You never think as an actor you are going to have a pipe band for your character playing in the pouring rain in front of the studio and protests in New York, Los Angeles, and Germany. There was a huge letter campaign so it is flattering and I was honored.”
Sci Fi Channel has released promos for the second half of Season 4, and it features a lovely shot of Carson! Beware of spoilers, but you can view the promos here at YouTube. Carson doesn’t appear until the very end. They are saving the best for last!
While Paul McGillion didn’t get the role of Scotty in the new Star Trek movie by JJ Abrams, word comes now that he did get a speaking part in the film as a different character.
Continue reading “Paul In Star Trek After All!”
It’s been an interesting few weeks for SCB and Paul McGillion related news.
The Official Stargate: Atlantis Season 3 companion book hit the shelves on November 14th, containing a double page spread on ‘The Fans’ which was dominated by SCB. The pages include the famous ‘bum message’ photo from our rally in Vancouver this past March and an article which ran in Paul’s Scottish birthplace newspaper, The Paisley Daily Express. The book also features an hilarious forward by Paul, as well as the usual great episode by episode break down, full cast interviews and several colour photos. Continue reading “Stage & Print: Latest SCB & Paul News”