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'Sanctuary' Has Evolved For Television

It started life as a green screen Web series, but that doesn?t mean "Sanctuary" has to limit itself when it moves to television. Quite the opposite in fact as the move to television has allowed the series to widen its scope a little.

"The fact is it's already evolving," series star and executive producer Amanda Tapping told SciFi Wire. "Our pilot that we're now going to start shooting is very different from what you've seen on the Web. But [Magnus] is still this crazy character. She's 157 years old, and she's very eccentric and very sexy and very unapologetic. I love it."

The series, which was created by Stargate veteran Damian Kindler and co-written by Martin Wood, sees Tapping tackle the weird, the bizarre and obscurely paranormal through her work at a Sanctuary for all things that go bump in the night. However, her character on the show is more than just a caretaker ? she is one of those creatures herself. Dr. Helen Magnus is a 157-year old immortal with a deep connection to Jack the Ripper.

And with the supernatural tone to the series, Tapping believes that the SciFi Channel is the natural home for the series ? whether it is on air or on the Web.

"It gives us a good home base," Tapping said. "SciFi [Channel] is the perfect fit for this show and for me, because I have worked with the network for so long. It made so much sense to stay with this network. They understand the genre. They understand the fans. And now they understand multimedia platforms in terms of utilizing social networking, which is what our company is all about. So it's a perfect fit."

?Sanctuary? is currently expected to premiere this fall.

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Alan Stanley Blair is the news editor for Airlock Alpha and assistant news editor for its sister site, Inside Blip. Contributing from his home in Scotland, he is currently studying for a diploma in freelance journalism and feature writing. He can be found on Twitter @Alanistic.
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