Saturday, December 02, 2006

Jewel Staite-New face in Stargate Atlantis Season 4

One of Stargate Atlantis’s own will not be with the show in Season Four, according to reports. Paul McGillion will no longer be a regular cast member, with his character Dr. Carson Beckett departing in the second half of Season Three.

Fans have speculated about the move for months based on subtle hints from various cast and crew, even establishing a campaign at before the news was confirmed, to try and change the producers minds. The news was confirmed by executive producer N. John Smith at last week’s Collectormania event in England.

Smith reportedly told fans that Dr. Beckett won’t be killed off, but instead will disappear in the second half of the current season. Though McGillion will not be a regular in Season Four, he may return for future episodes.

The producers made a similar move in Season Two, with actor Rainbow Sun Francks ("Aiden Ford") departing the show but returning for multiple episodes.

"I think each character is beginning to find the different layers and sometimes the darker side of the characters," McGillion recently told Eclipse Magazine. "I can tell you one thing for Beckett as a character in the second half of the season, there’s a lot of major plot lines that are developed throughout with Beckett in mind and I think the fans will be in for some big surprises."

Though the actor refused to comment on Dr. Beckett’s rumored fate until after the episode has aired, he did stress that the show’s producers "do listen to what the fans say."

McGillion was a recurring guest star in the show’s first season, and promoted to regular cast member in Season Two. His role on the show as Atlantis’s chief medical officer is rumored to be replaced by actress Jewel Staite (Firefly), who will play the recurring role of a medical doctor named Dr. Keller.

He said that filming the 2-hour pilot movie, and working with co-star David Hewlett ("Rodney McKay"), have been among the highlights of his three years on Stargate Atlantis. "Working with David Hewlett has been a tremendous experience," he said. "I just love working with David; we have a really great chemistry acting-wise on the show and he’s become such a good friend of mind as well, so that’s something else that I’ll treasure."

Jewel Staite Filmography:
  • Posing: Inspired by Three Real Stories (1991, TV) ... Jennifer

  • Liar, Liar (1992, TV) ... Dorianna

  • "The Odyssey": episode The Believers (1992), epizoda The Prophecy (1994) ... Labelia

  • The Only Way Out (1993, TV) ... Alexandra

  • "Are You Afraid of the Dark?": epizoda The Tale of Watcher's Woods (1994) ... Kelly; The Tale of the Unfinished Painting (1995) ... Cody

  • Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain (1995) ... Samantha

  • The X-Files: epizoda Oubliette (1995) ... Amy Jacobs

  • Prisoner of Zenda, Inc. (1996, TV) ... Theresa

  • "Flash Forward" (1996) ... Rebecca "Becca" Fisher

  • Carpool (1996) ... Soap Opera Actress

  • "Space Cases" ... Catalina (1996)

  • "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show" ... Tiara Vanhorn (1997-1999)

  • Mummies Alive! The Legend Begins (1998, V) ... hlas

  • "Da Vinci's Inquest" ... Gabriella Da Vinci (1998-2001)

  • "Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy": episode Happy Trails (1999), epizoda Fools for Love (1999) ... Sally

  • "So Weird": episode Siren (1999) ... Callie

  • "Higher Ground" ... Daisy Lipenowski (2000)

  • "The Immortal": episode Learning Curve (2001) ... Danielle Jenkins

  • "2gether: The Series": episode Kiss (2001) ... Josie

  • "Seven Days": episode Empty Quiver (2001) ... Molly

  • Roughing It (2002, TV) ... Susan Olivia Clemens

  • Damaged Care (2002, TV) ... Bryanna (15-20 years)

  • "Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction": episode Second Sight (2002) ... Carly/Shannon

  • "Just Deal" ... Laurel (2002)

  • Cheats (2002) ... Teddy Blue the Curser

  • "Firefly" (2002) ... Kaylee Frye

  • "Dead Like Me": episode Rest in Peace (2003) ... Goth Girl

  • "Wonderfalls": episodea Safety Canary (2004), epizoda Lying Pig (2004), epizoda Cocktail Bunny (2004), episode Caged Bird (2004) ... Heidi Gotts

  • "Huff": episode Pilot (2004) ... Carolyn

  • "Cold Squad": episode Girlfriend in a Closet (2004) ... Thora Andrews

  • Widow on the Hill (2005, TV) ... Jenny Cavanaugh

  • Serenity (2005) ... Kaylee Frye

  • "Stargate: Atlantis": episode Instinct (2005) ... Ellia


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