Behind the scenes of the movie and TV biz

By Lynette Rice
December 10, 2010 at 05:00 AM EST

V gets a second chance as genre shows score
Just Because Lost, Flash-Forward, and Dollhouse are distant memories doesn’t mean genre fans need to sound the death knell for high-concept shows. The Walking Dead just wrapped a record-breaking first season on AMC, Fringe is generating some of its best reviews ever for Fox, and NBC may have found a far less pretentious replacement for Heroes called The Cape (the action drama will temporarily replace The Event on Jan. 9). If that’s not enough to get tongues wagging among the sci-fi crowd, then consider this: ABC hopes to ramp up interest in the second season of its V remake by bringing in cult fave Jane Badler to reprise her role as Diana from the original 1983 alien miniseries. She’ll show up in the Jan. 4 premiere, where we’ll learn that Diana is also the scorned mom of Anna, played by Morena Baccarin. ”It’s this whole Greek-tragedy, mother-daughter thing,” Bader tells EW. ”Anna put me away in a dungeon. Everybody thought I was dead.” Viewers probably thought the same thing about V, which managed to earn a second-season pickup despite its low first-year ratings. To attract new fans, exec producer Scott Rosenbaum will reveal more details about the Visitors over the next 10 episodes, including the reason they’re here on Earth. ”It’s so jam-packed with really exciting stuff,” says Baccarin. ”I get to eat someone’s head off and lay eggs, and whip out my tail and kill ’em—all in a hard week’s work.” And what would Rosenbaum like in return? Some appreciation that V isn’t CSI, he says. ”My worst fear is that people will stop watching shows like V and Fringe, and then we’ll lose them all.”

Medium looks far in the future for the series finale
Medium creator Glenn Gordon Caron promises ”complete closure” when the drama starring Patricia Arquette ends its seven-year run on Jan. 21. He also offers this exclusive teaser about the final episode, which began taping this week in Manhattan Beach, Calif.: ”It takes place in the present, it takes place seven years after that, and then it takes place 40 years after that.” The entire ensemble will participate, but don’t look for surprise visits. ”It’s not like Captain Push is coming back or anything,” says Caron, though there were some things that simply had to occur. ”We have to be intelligent, and we have to startle.” Will he make fans sad, too? ”I know for certain that people will tear up.”