[08/01/07 - 06:00 PM] Sci Fi Channel Announces Casting Coups The network confirms the return of Lucy Lawless to "Battlestar Galactica" and the casting of Sam J. Jones in a guest spot on "Flash Gordon."
ADDITIONAL NOTES: sci fi's upfront presentation on 3/18/08 did not list the series as part of its 2008-09 season plans
DESCRIPTION: (from Sci Fi's press release, April 2007) Placing a 21st century spin on a science fiction classic, SCI FI's contemporized version of Flash Gordon follows the all-new adventures of Flash (Eric Johnson) and his companions, Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov. Ordinary people thrust into extraordinary circumstances, they find themselves as Earth's last line of defense against the forces of the merciless dictator Ming. Produced by Reunion Pictures, this modern day retelling of the classic comic strip franchise will begin production in May. RHI Entertainment will be distributing the series internationally. Under an agreement with property owner King Features Syndicate, the new series is being produced by Matthew O'Connor and Tom Rowe. RHI's Robert Halmi, Sr. and Robert Halmi, Jr. (Tin Man, Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven, The Ten Commandments), who previously produced SCI FI's popular miniseries event Legend of Earthsea, will serve as Executive Producers on the series.