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Goodbye Supernatural, Hello Farscape?

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Sky Living’s decision to drop Supernatural has been causing a fair amount of teeth-gnashing over at TVClaw Towers. (We don’t watch Cougar Town anymore so meh to that.)

However, Winchester fans, fret ye not: The CW is searching even now for an alternative UK home for the show. Stay tuned for updates.

Perhaps the Sam ‘n Dean-sized hole can be filled by some John Crichton action? The frelling awesome Farscape will soon be back on screens. Pick TV is airing the ground-breaking sci fi series from the beginning, starting 21 April at 7pm.

How do we know this? It is courtesy of the bods over at GeekTown who maintain a list of UK air dates for US and UK shows.

If you’ve never seen Farscape before, give it a go. The stylish precursor to Ronald D. Moore’s reimagined Battlestar Galactica, Farscape has it all: comedy, drama, action, sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll. And a lot of shiny black leather. Like, a lot.

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The Best Television Soundtracks

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What makes a television series great? Script, performances, directing, production values, of course. But don’t forget music. No series is great unless it’s also got great music.

From Tony Soprano crossing from Jersey to Manhattan with the Alabama 3, through the Grange Hill fork spearing a banger, to the Wooo WOOOOOO! Woo Woo Woo Woo Woooooo… (I paraphrase) of Star Trek, the theme song and opening credits can make or break a series.

But it’s not all just about the opening credits. The shows need great music throughout.

Here is the TVClaw Top 5 of television soundtracks. And I’m talking original scores, not soundtracks artfully (and expensively) cobbled together from the producers’ and writers’ favourite albums. It’s an entirely subjective list, and there may be some glaring omissions, so add your picks in Comments.

The TVClaw Top 5 Best Original Television Soundtracks

1) Battlestar Galactica (2003): Bear McCreary. BSG remains one of the best television dramas ever, and much of the credit lies with McCreary’s fantastic score (a.k.a. “the sound of poundy drums”) . The original Battlestar Galactica also had its own memorable score, which was nominated for a Grammy in 1979. It lost out to John Williams and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and hey, there’s no shame in that.

2) Star Trek (1966): It’s all about that theme song by Alexander Courage plus incidental music from Courage, George Duning, Gerald Fried, Sol Kaplan and Fred Steiner. Instantly memorable.

3) Doctor Who (1963, 2005): Ron Grainer, Delia Derbyshire and Dick Mills at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop provided the original theme song, which still survives in the opening credits despite several recent attempts to mess with it. Now that the BBC Radiophonic Workshop is but a distant memory, composers Murray Gold and Ben Foster continue to create music for time travelling.

4) The Returned/Les Revenants (2012): Mogwai. It’s new and recent and it’s just great. Who knew xylophones could be the stuff of nightmares? Mogwai’s understated score makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

5) Band of Brothers (2001): Michael Kamen. This landmark HBO miniseries was Kamen’s untimely swansong and he scored a vast amount of classical movements for it. A stunning body of work.

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Battlestar Galactica Meets Abed: Tricia Helfer, Matt Lucas To Guest Star On Community

Extraordinarily perfect casting news to blow Abed’s mind: Battlestar Galactica siren Tricia Helfer and Little Britain creator Matt Lucas are to guest star in the upcoming Community Season 4.

TVLine exclusively reports that Helfer and Lucas will cross Abed’s path in Episode 4.

In a plot inspired, perhaps, by this year’s WhoCon in Cardiff, the pair will play Inspector Spacetime superfans attending a convention for Abed’s beloved Doctor Who parody.

At a WhoCon panel session Steven Moffat was asked about the possibility of doing a Doctor Who — Inspector Spacetime crossover.

The Doctor Who showrunner joked, “I’m not going to have those Americans taking the rip out of our show!”

But what a fantastic idea for Comic-Con or Community, perhaps? Come on, Matt Smith! Save Greendale!

Doctor Who Season 7 premieres in the UK on Saturday 1 September, 7:20pm on BBC1.

Doctor Who Season 7 premieres in the US on Saturday 1 September, 9pm ET on BBC America.

Community Season 4 premieres in the US on Friday 19 October at 8:30pm ET on NBC.

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