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Last week we reported on the above-the-line cachet that A&E’s miniseries The Andromeda Strain is wielding — the powerhouse team of brothers Ridley and Tony Scott as producers. Late last week the production added the lovely Canadian actress Jessica Harmon (last seen in the remake of the horror classic Black Christmas — shot in Vancouver last year) to the cast. In the story —about a deadly bacteria let loose after a U.S. government satellite crash-lands in Utah — Harmon stars as Nattie, one of four college kids who end up being attacked by the infection while camping in the dessert.
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Sackhoff books more time in Vancouver:
Battlestar Galactica star Katee Sackhoff has inked a last-minute deal to appear as a recurring character on the NBC re-imagination Bionic Woman — to be shot in Vancouver. Sackhoff had been featured heavily on the network’s promos for the series and touted as a recurring nemesis on the show, but didn’t have a deal to stay on beyond a couple of episodes. Word is she and Universal Media Studios were far apart on terms, but after a series of back-and-forths last Tuesday, an agreement was finally reached. We understand that Katee bought a house here in the Lower Mainland a couple of years back, so we may see even more of her around town over the coming months ... assuming NBC’s bionic gamble finds an audience.
Canadians well represented at Emmy nods: Finally, The Sopranos may have mobbed the 59th Annual Emmy nominations announced last Thursday, but Canadian productions were well represented, and an HBO movie made in Canada — the Alberta-shot telefilm Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee — picked up the most nominations overall, with 17 nods. Original Canadian productions nominated included Peter Raymont’s 2005 documentary Shake Hands With The Devil and Shaftesbury Films adaptation of author Margaret Atwood’s
The Robber Bride. The Nomadic Pictures, Calgary-shot co-production of AMC’s Broken Trail is also up for 16 awards, including best miniseries.