Fan Expo recap: Todd’s ‘season three’ quest, Continuum travels afar

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The girls’ cosplay costumes weren’t the only revealing things at Toronto’s Fan Expo this year.

During Q&A panels Saturday and Sunday, the casts and crews of Space’s Todd and the Book of Pure Evil and Showcase’s Continuum had plenty to tell their respective fans about where they are now and where they’re headed.

Finishing Todd’s adventure

Though Space opted not to pick up a third season of the horror comedy about a satanic book that plagues a young metalhead and his friends at the fictional school Crowley High, series creator Craig David Wallace was adamant Sunday that viewers hadn’t seen the end of Todd.

“We’re working on a ‘third season,’” he said.

“We’re really hoping to do a TV movie to wrap up the story we had with Todd and get to a point where we might be able to reboot it as something we can do in an animated form,” he added.

Wallace’s dedication to the series is hardly surprising, considering the process of getting it to the screen was what he calls an “eight year epic.”

Todd’s story began almost 10 years ago in short film format while Wallace was in a director’s program at the CFC.

But as Wallace explained, the original concept of the film differs from the series.

“I was a really big fan of shows like Young Indiana Jones and Young Sherlock Holmes, and I thought I wanted to do the story of Faust as a 15-year-old heavy metal kid who sells his soul to Satan to become a popular kid, then it all goes wrong,” he said.

From there Wallace took the concept to the NSI’s Totally Television program in Winnipeg, which opened the doors for the show to be picked up to be Chum.

But after Chum was bought by CTV, the show was left in limbo until Bell Media started running Space and Frasier Robinson landed at the network as Space’s director of content.

“He really loved heavy metal. If it wasn’t for that, we probably wouldn’t have gotten the show, because he actually got the jokes where a lot of people didn’t,” said Wallace.

Two years later, the pilot was shot and after what Wallace calls a crazy process, seasons one was ready.

“One of our first set of notes on our scripts was our executives saying, ‘We found the third episode has a lot more blood, swearing and violence than the first two scripts. Can you make the other two scripts match it?’ he explained.

“At that point, we were just like ‘Yes, we can.’ From there, with everything we threw at them, they just kept pushing us to make it go crazier and I had never heard that from anyone before, so we were very lucky,” he added.

Continuing Continuum

Also delivering upbeat vibes to fans was the cast and crew of Showcase’s Continuum, who revealed Saturday that the show had been picked up for a second season.

The series, about a cop from 2077 who finds herself trapped in the present day Vancouver while trying to stop a terrorist organization known as Liber8, stars Rachel Nichols, Victor Webster and Erik Knudsen.

Since it premiered late May to an audience of 1.7 million Canadian viewers, the sci-fi show has established itself as one of Showcase’s leading programs, averaging #1 on Sundays through the summer.

Continuum has also become an international success, with Syfy recently acquiring exclusive U.K. rights to the show from international distributor GK-tv.

Series creator Simon Barry also hinted at the Q&A panel that the show had found an unnamed American broadcaster, which on Tuesday was reported to be Syfy (a report which Barry himself and series star Webster also re-tweeted).

And according to a tweet by Webster, the first season of Continuum will begin airing on the network in January 2013 and dovetail into the anticipated season two premiere in April.

The Showcase original series, filmed in Vancouver, is developed and produced by Reunion Pictures in association with Shaw Media, with Jeff King acting as exec producer and showrunner.

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