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On the AMC Western drama Hell on Wheels, actor Christopher Heyerdahl plays Thor Gundersen, also known as The Swede, who is Thomas Durant’s (Colm Meaney) ruthless head of security. His tactics help him maintain a degree of control over the chaotic traveling town, but he abuses his power to extort money from its residents.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Christopher Heyerdahl talked about how he came to be a part of Hell on Wheels, what he enjoys about playing such a complex and complicated character as The Swede, that he’s developed the character through extensive research both in books and in his own Norwegian heritage, and the challenge of shooting the Western concurrently with his SyFy series Sanctuary. He also talked about playing the ancient Volturi vampire Marcus in the Twilight Saga films, the deleted scene from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 that he hopes will end up on the DVD, what audiences can look forward to with Breaking Dawn – Part 2, and what it’s been like to have the support of genre fans. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Roger Avary to Pen Adaptation of William Faulkner’s Crime Novel SANCTUARY

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Cops producer John Langley has tapped Pulp Fiction co-writer Roger Avary to pen an adaptation of William Faulkner’s 1931 crime novel SanctuaryDeadline reports that Ali exec producer Lee Caplin will co-produce with Langley.  The book was adapted back in 1933 as The Story of Temple Drake, but the plot had to be readjusted to adhere to the Production Code, and there’s a lot to readjust.  The story involves rape, murder, abduction, and other brutal acts set against the backdrop of the American South during Prohibition.

Avary’s last produced screenplay was 2007′s Beowulf and his career was slightly way-laid when he pled guilty to a vehicular manslaughter charge in 2009 and while he was at first given a work furlough and five years probation, he was dumb enough to complain about it on Twitter and as a result was sent to jail to serve out the remainder of his sentence.  He was released last July.  Personal problems aside, Avary is an interesting screenwriter who has no trouble tapping into the ugliness of characters and their situations and he sounds like a perfect fit for this adaptation.  Hit the jump for a synopsis of the novel.

HBO’s IN TREATMENT and SyFy’s CAPRICA and SANCTUARY All Return in October

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Though most network and cable shows are kicking later this month, October always sees the return of some series a little later in the fall season and this year is no exception. First up, via press release, HBO announced their drama series In Treatment will return to the air on Monday, October 25th with two back-to-back episodes kicking off the third season. Then Tuesday, October 26th will see two more back-to-back episodes as well. Gabriel Byrne will reprise his role as Dr. Paul Weston with new cast members like Debra Winger (Rachel Getting Married) and Amy Ryan (The Office, Gone Baby Gone) being tossed into the mix.

Details on SyFy’s returning series after the jump.


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The studios, networks, and production companies go all out for Comic-Con every year and SyFy is no different.  This year, not only did they bring the thunder with cast members and sneak peeks of their series and such for the panels, but they even went so far as to take over a Hard Rock cafe in downtown San Diego and turned it into their own Cafe Diem, where the menu is customized to include items like Lou Diamond Flapjacks (a play on words of Stargate Universe star Lou Diamond Phillips).  Though we can’t transport you to Cafe Diem, we can provide a look at all the Comic-Con trailers that SyFy brought to San Diego this year including Warehouse 13, Eureka, Stargate Universe, Sanctuary and Caprica:


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Syfy has ordered more Stargate Universe and Sanctuary.  The two Friday night shows have been getting solid ratings with Universe averaging 2.6 million viewers and Sanctuary 2.2 million after you factor in DVR numbers.  With the pick-up, production has commenced on both shows, with season two of Stargate debuting in the fall, along with the third season of Sanctuary.  Both shows received a twenty episode pick-up.  More after the jump:

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