Canadian actress and former model Tricia Helfer is one of Hollywood's rising acting talents, best known for her portrayal of the humanoid Cylon Number Six on Syfy's critically acclaimed Battlestar Galactica. More recently, Helfer has starred in e.g. Andrew Paquin’s Open House and appeared as Alex Clark on NBC's The Firm. Helfer is also an active benefactor of animal rights and environmental causes.
I start shooting for a new show on ABC called #KillerWomen in Sept.
The network is currently eyeing a midseason premiere for the series.
At the same time, Joe M. O’Connell’s blog reports that although the pilot was filmed in Austin, Texas (where the upcoming series is also set), subsequent episodes will be shot in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
It’s a show about Texas Rangers set in San Antonio and the pilot shot in Austin, but the ABC series Killer Women will lens in Albuquerque, my sources confirm.
With the television networks, the decision usually comes down to dollars and cents, and this appears to be no exception. Simply put, filming incentives in New Mexico remain much more attractive than those offered in Texas.
This will likely come as a disappointment to those who were hoping to see Tricia’s ballsy Texas Ranger and the show in an authentic Texan environment, but we as fans are generally happy to see her anywhere, right? :)
I think we’ve managed to piece together some information on a new project! :)
We’ve recently been seeing some tweets pointing in the direction that Tricia Helfer will be making an appearance on the upcoming CTV multi-camera sitcom Spun Out:
@Stealthcan: On set today with the lovely @trutriciahelfer #SpunOut
@trutriciahelfer: Pretaping day. Live taping tomorrow. Multicam jitters. Gonna be fun!
Some further information on the show, which is currently filming at Pinewood Toronto Studios in Canada, from The Internet Movie Database:
Spun Out is a multi-camera sitcom that stars Dave Foley, Paul Campbell, Darcy Michael, Al Mukadam, Holly Devo, Becky Dalton, and J.P. Manoux. Beckett Ryan (Paul Campbell), a struggling writer who ends up working at the public relations firm after suffering his own PR disaster. No matter how bizarre the cases are that the agency takes on, they pale in comparison to the workplace romances, rivalries, personal successes, and often hilarious failures of the close-knit and dysfunctional colleagues.
Paul Campbell, as you may remember, co-starred with Tricia on Battlestar Galactica as “Billy” until his exit in 2006.
As of yet, we don’t know whether this will be a one-off appearance or something else, nor in fact that she is with certainty appearing on the show, but… well, judge the information for yourself. ;) Either way, stay tuned for updates!
According to C/P, Tricia is currently in Toronto, Canada to film Christmas Share, a Christmas TV movie for The Hallmark Channel. The film has yet to get an IMDb page, so not a lot of information is available on it at the moment, but according to the OMDC website, the film will be directed by Harvey Crossland. Filming is scheduled to go on until May 24th.
More details as we find them! :)
Update May 14: According to the Twitter pages of Tricia and Lategan Media respectively, Canadian actor Mark Lutz (Angel, Flashpoint, Ghost Whisperer: The Other Side) and American country music singer JT Hodges also star in the film. Check out also a couple of photos from the set in our gallery, courtesy of Tricia.
Tricia Helfer Talks Lifetime Movie, Playing a Killer Woman on ABC
by Jim Halterman
It’s a good weekend for Tricia Helfer.
Her new Lifetime movie, Dangerous Intuition, premieres tonight and her pilot Killer Women — which she headlines as a Texas Ranger (that has Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara among its producers — was just ordered to series by ABC.
Helfer and I talked a few days before the Killer Women announcement, as she gave me a window into why she connected with the new role, while also touching on the challenges in Dangerous Intuition…
TV Fanatic: The character you play in Dangerous Intuition has more than a little bit of baggage and it’s interesting how it played out since we, the viewer, are not even sure what’s going on in her mind.
Tricia Helfer: In filming it, I knew the outcome and hopefully the audience won’t get it too quickly. We didn’t want to give away the ending too quickly and with the situation it walks the fine line of is she really having a mental breakdown or is she really having these premonitions?
TVF: What was the biggest challenge in the role?
TH: It’s really about finding the relationship with the actors and then trying to bring them onto the screen. David [Cubitt, who plays Kate's ex] was great to work with. He’s really a fun guy and the little girl, Genea [Charpentier], was a sweetheart and such a professional. I don’t think she complained once, working outside of Vancouver in December and it was very cold and rainy and I never heard her complain once. She was such a trooper.
TVF: You’ve been involved in some big concept shows like Battlestar Galactica and even Dark Blue was an intense cop drama. Where do you naturally fall in terms of the roles you want to play?
TH: That’s one of the reason I did this film is because it’s a character I don’t necessarily get to play very often. In Battlestar or Burn Notice or Dark Blue I played quite strong characters. Kate [in Dangerous Intuition] is strong in her own way but there’s also this vulnerability and she loses control of her life. That was a draw of mine and that’s the goal of most actors to do different things.
Just a quick head-up that Tricia Helfer has unfortunately had to cancel her this month’s appearances at FedCon in Düsseldorf and Galacticon III due to scheduling conflicts. Tricia kindly informed us on Twitter earlier today that she will be flying over to Toronto, Canada already later today for filming and will therefore be unable to attend either event.
@triciahelferfan @fedcon @Galacticon3 @Mtlcomiccon Work has made me pull out of @fedcon & @Galacticon3. Flying 2day 2 Toronto for filming.
The news has yet to be updated to the websites of either convention, but obviously, this coming straight from Tricia, the cancellations are confirmed. So far as we know, she is still on board for Montreal Comiccon in September, but this is, of course, of little comfort to those fans who were hoping to see her in Düsseldorf and/or Houston. :(
As for what Tricia is going up to shoot, we have no further information on as yet, but we’ll, of course, post it here as soon as we do.
“You know better than to come between a mother and her child.”
Good news on Deadly Visions!
According to the film’s Facebook-page (now located at facebook.com/dangerousintuition), Deadly Visions has been retitled Dangerous Intuition and has a new airdate of May 11th on Lifetime. This is, of course, much sooner than the previous August release date, so don’t miss it!
Dangerous Intuition is directed by Roger Christian. Again, May 11th on Lifetime!
Speaking of title changes, Tricia’s upcoming indie comedy Scribble has according to the Internet Movie Database also undergone renaming, and is now known as Authors Anonymous. So far as we know, however, no release date has yet been set for the film.
Just a little reminder about some of the upcoming events Tricia is currently scheduled to attend, in chronological order:
The Humane Society 27th Annual Genesis Awards on March 23rd
Tricia has yet to explicitly confirm her appearance, but she is part of the Genesis Awards Gala Host Committee this year and has been seen at the event three years in a row. So, her schedule permitting, we expect her to be on hand. More information & tickets at www.humanesociety.org; if you want to make sure Tricia’s going, give her a shout on Twitter. :)
Update: Bad news – unfortunately Tricia will not be able to attend the Genesis Awards this year. She kindly confirmed to us on Twitter she will still be in Texas filming Killer Women at that time.
Emissaries: Galacticon III on May 23rd through 26th
Last, but not least, an epicBattlestar Galactica fan event is coming up in May as Tricia is a confirmed guest at Emissaries: Galacticon III, the periodic BSG convention which will this year celebrate the double 35th anniversary of the original series and 10th anniversary of the reimagined series, in Houston, Texas. Also going are Edward James Olmos, Jamie Bamber, Michael Hogan, Richard Hatch, Michael Trucco, Aaron Douglas, Nicki Clyne, Rekha Sharma, Kate Vernon, Luciana Carro and Leah Cairns, as well as several stars from the original series. Register STAT at www.galacticon3.com.
In the new clip, Tricia talks about, among other things, pilot season (hell), her recent guest appearance on Community, her upcoming Lifetime movie Deadly Visions (which according to Tricia should be premiering some time this summer), her role in StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (just released Stateside) as well as an upcoming “blurb” in another, mystery video game, and last, but not least, Max, the latest addition to her feline family (from Kitten Rescue according to Tricia’s Twitter account @trutriciahelfer) — and yes, that should be 11 cats now. 8D
Epic news!! According to TV Line, Tricia Helfer’s Battlestar Galactica co-star Michael Trucco will be joining Tricia in the upcoming ABC pilot Killer Women.
ABC’s Killer Women will host a killer Battlestar Galactica reunion, now that Michael Trucco has boarded the Tricia Helfer-fronted drama pilot.
Based on the Argentine series Mujeres Asesinas, the project follows Molly Parker (Helfer), the only woman among the notoriously male Texas Rangers. Described as a ballsy, beautiful badass, Molly knows how to get to the truth and isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers to do so.
Trucco will play Molly’s older brother, Billy, who is married to her BFF Nessa (played by Marta Milans). The actor’s recent TV credits include arcs on Revenge, How I Met Your Mother and Castle, and a co-starring role on USA Network’s Fairly Legal.
Also new to the Killer Women ensemble, which also previously cast Mark Blucas (Necessary Roughness), is Alex Fernandez (Commander in Chief), playing Molly’s coworker Luis.
The pilot begins filming next week’s Monday in Texas… and is getting more awesome by the minute. 8D
Another great interview with Tricia from Yahoo! TV, in which Tricia talks especially about her new ABC pilot Killer Women and her tonight’s appearance on Community (and how she and Katee Sackhoff both would like to guest star on Sons of Anarchy — please, won’t someone finally make this happen??). Full article under the cut.
Yahoo! TV exclusive: Battlestar Galactica alum Tricia Helfer talks about her new ABC pilot, playing a sci-fi fan on Community
By Kimberly Potts
Battlestar Galactica fans, here’s a double dose of good news: not only is BSG alum Tricia Helfer guest-starring in a fun, sci-fi-themed episode of Community tomorrow night, but she also just signed on for a, ahem, killer new ABC drama pilot.
Helfer will play a Texas Ranger in Killer Women, an ABC drama adapted from a popular Argentinian TV drama called Mujeres Asesinas. The series, executive produced by Modern Family star Sofia Vergara and Casino Royale director Martin Campbell, revolves around Molly Parker (Helfer), the only woman in the Texas Rangers (the law enforcers, not the baseball team, Helfer jokes).
“I just found out yesterday, and I’m really, really excited about it. It’s a fantastic script, and we start shooting it in early March,” Helfer tells Yahoo! TV. “I’m playing a Texas Ranger, but [the show] is really about women who kill, and usually it’s done for a lot of different reasons than what you expect.
“It’s more character driven, as opposed to just pure procedural, which is something that I’m really excited about. And with [Molly], there’s definitely a quirky side to her, so that’s going to be fun to play. She’s not just a total badass, she’s got a quirky side as well.”
Helfer, who made memorable guest appearances on Burn Notice and last season’s finale of Criminal Minds, is also starring on this week’s new episode of Community, titled “Conventions of Space and Time.”
In a clever nod to her sci-fi history and the many fan conventions where she’s starred, Helfer plays a woman named Lauren, who catches Jeff Winger’s eye when he goes to an Inspector Spacetime convention with Troy, Abed, and the gang.
“That’s certainly the fun side of the role, when you first meet Lauren, you think she’s coming in as this really together person,” says Helfer, who’s a fan of Community and dramas like Justified. “And then, through her talking with Jeff Winger, you find that there’s this hidden side to her that he’s certainly not expecting, so it was fun to do a little flip on him there.”
Community: Tricia Helfer on Going from Battlestar Galactica Cylon to Inspector Spacetime Fangirl
by Eric Goldman
Helfer discusses her ‘Community’ guest role and her animation and video game voice acting work.
On this week’s Community, the Greendale gang will go to a place near and dear to Abed and Troy’s hearts — an Inspector Spacetime convention.
Inspector Spacetime is of course an ongoing Doctor Who parody on Community, and a real life sci-fi icon will be appearing on the episode, as Battlestar Galactica‘s Tricia Helfer guest stars. Helfer plays Lauren, a beautiful woman Jeff (Joel McHale) encounters, only to learn she is a huge Inspector Spacetime fan herself. Which suddenly makes Jeff a lot more interested in Inspector Spacetime…
I spoke to Helfer about appearing on Community and working with McHale. We also chatted about her work in animation, such as The Spectacular Spider-Man, and video games, including the upcoming StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm expansion pack.
IGN TV: You haven’t done a lot of comedy. That being the case, was it pretty exciting for you to get the chance to be on Community?
Tricia Helfer: Oh, absolutely, yeah. I hadn’t done much comedy, and it’s something I’d certainly like to do more of in the future. It was just fun, and it also had kind of a fun tie-in to have a sci-fi genre actor in one of the roles, because of the episode being at an Inspector Spacetime convention. But for me, just a chance to work with Joel, who I think is absolutely lovely and very funny… It’s why I signed on, no questions asked.
Tricia Helfer and Katee Sackhoff's documentary about their October 2010 Acting Outlaws cross-country motorcycle ride from Los Angeles, CA to New Orleans, LA to raise funds and awareness for the BP oil spill cleanup, the "LA La Ride", is now online. Purchase your digital copy now from store.actingoutlaws.org!
Filming in Toronto, Canada. Genre: Comedy, Sitcom Network: CTV Role: TBA (rumored) News | Info | IMDb | Official Site | Photos
TV: The Firm (2012)
Canceled; Season 1 out on R1 DVD. Genre: Drama, Legal, Thriller Network: NBC Role: Alex Clark (S1 recurring guest) News | Info | IMDb | Official Site | Photos
TV: TRON: Uprising (2012)
Season 1 complete; pending renewal. Genre: Animation Network: Disney XD Role: The Grid (voice) News | Info | IMDb | Official Site | Photos
Web Series: BSG: Blood & Chrome (2012)
Complete series online. Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi Website: youtube.com/MachinimaPrime Role: Humanoid Cylon (voice cameo) News | Info | IMDb | Official Site | Photos
Web Series: Husbands (2012)
Complete Season 2 online. Genre: Comedy Website: HusbandsTheSeries.com Role: Pillow Girl #2 (ep. 2.01 guest) News | Info | IMDb | Official Site | Photos
MV: The Black Keys "Howlin' for You" - IMDb
SF: PostHuman - IMDb
VG: Mass Effect 3 - IMDb
VG: StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm - IMDb
WS: The Nerd Machine: Trailer Park Heroes - IMDb
Legend: AS - animated series; MV - music video; SF - short film; VG - video game; WS - web series.
In August 2010, Tricia Helfer and best friend and former Battlestar Galactica co-star Katee Sackhoff founded the charity company The Acting Outlaws. With periodical causes of choice, the purpose of the company is to raise funds and awareness for causes Tricia and Katee find important to them. For details on the company and how to participate in advancing the ladies' causes of choice, please visit www.actingoutlaws.org.
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