A couple of Sci Fi Channel announcements, after the jump ...
Here's the word:
SCI FI announced today the return of Lucy Lawless to Battlestar Galactica and the casting of Sam J. Jones as a guest star on the Channel's new series Flash Gordon. Jones played the title character in Mike Hodges' 1980 film, Flash Gordon.
Lucy Lawless will return to Battlestar Galactica for a minimum of two episodes of the show's fourth and final season, currently in production in Vancouver. Lawless will reprise her role as D'Anna, the religious zealot who broke away from the collective voice of her fellow Cylons, thus sowing the first seeds of dissention among the robot race. As a result of her divisive behavior, her entire model was deemed defective and was "boxed."
Introduced in a widely read comic strip by Alex Raymond and film serials starring the late Buster Crabbe, Flash Gordon gained a new legion of fans in the 1980s with a film starring Sam J. Jones. SCI FI Channel's Flash Gordon, a new original series premiering August 10 @ 9PM and featuring Eric Johnson (Smallville) in the title role, contemporizes the Flash legacy for a new generation of viewers. With a tip of the hat to the Flash legacy, Sam J. Jones will guest star in an upcoming episode of the SCI FI series entitled "Revelations." Jones will play 'Krebb,' a seedy prisoner who reveals surprising information about the fate of Flash's long lost father. This special episode of Flash Gordon is slated to premiere on SCI FI Channel in October.
I should also note that, with the news "Flash Gordon" series due, the 1980 movie is getting a new DVD edition, in stores Aug. 7.