I hate sharing bad news, but since I know quite a few people have been waiting for news on Marg’s pilot, the official word is that FOX has unfortunately decided to pass on Behind Enemy Lines. No specific reasons were given for the pass. I’m a firm believer that this just means an even better project is out there with Marg’s name all over it, but it’s disappointing news to hear we won’t have her back on our TVs this fall…
Fox postponed formal decision on five pilots until after the upfronts. There was very little chance of any of them going at the network, and it’s now official, with Fox passing on its remaining pilots, comedies Linda From HR, starring Lauren Graham, Type A, toplined by Eva Longoria who already had indicated she would not continue, and Thin Ice as well as dramas University Project and Behind Enemy Lines — all from 20th TV.
Last night Marg attended the premiere of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbeans: Dead Men Tell No Tales at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. Based on her social media posts, it sounds like Marg had a great time and that the movie is a lot of fun. I don’t know about everyone else, but I personally can’t wait to see it!
— Marg Helgenberger (@MargHelgen) May 19, 2017
Last night Marg attended the 24th annual Race to Erase MS Gala. This is a cause that is near to Marg’s heart because her father passed away in 1985 due to complications from MS. The Race to Erase MS is an organization that is “dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure of Multiple Sclerosis. Funding research is the core focus of the Foundation and all funds raised support our Center Without Walls program, a selected network of the nation’s top MS research centers.” To learn more about this organization, visit www.erasems.org. Here are a couple of highlights from Marg’s attendance at this year’s event.
Credit: MaximoTV YouTube channel
Credit: Marg’s Instagram
Additional photos can be found HERE.
For those fellow fans who love to collect anything and everything Marg-related, I’m happy to announce that there are a couple of commemorative editions coming out soon — the 2009 animated film Wonder Woman, where Marg provided the voice of Hera, and then there will also be a commemorative edition of Species coming out. Marg played Dr. Laura Baker in that film. Below are details on both special editions that have been revealed thus far.
From Warner Bros:
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced a Commemorative Edition re-release of the acclaimed 2009 DC Universe Animated Original Movie, Wonder Woman, which is set to hit Digital, Blu-ray and DVD this May. Here’s a preview of the cover art, synopsis, commemorative edition special features, and the trailer.
Celebrate the princess who becomes the World’s Greatest Super Heroine in this Commemorative Edition of the epic story of Wonder Woman’s origin!
On the mystical island of Themyscira, a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons have raised a princess of untold beauty, grace and strength—Diana. When U.S. fighter pilot Steve Trevor crash-lands on the island, the rebellious and headstrong Diana defies Amazonian law by accompanying Trevor back to civilization. Meanwhile, Ares (the God of War) has escaped his imprisonment at the hands of the Amazonians and has decided to exact his revenge by starting a World War that will last for centuries and wipe out every living being on the planet, starting with the Amazons.
It is up to Diana to save her people and the world—by using her gifts and becoming the ultimate Wonder Woman!
Commemorative Edition Special Features:
– Featurette – What Makes A Wonder Woman: For 75 years, Wonder Woman has resonated with audiences because of her loving nature and quest for truth. Hear some of her biggest fans and fellow creators discuss how her qualities have crafted her into the icon we know today.
– Sneak Peek – Batman and Harley Quinn: Sneak peek at the next DC Universe Original Movie, Batman and Harley Quinn, featuring the talented filmmakers and voice cast.
– Creative Team Commentary: Scene and film analysis by producers Bruce Timm & Gregory Noveck, director Lauren Montgomery and screenwriter Michael Jelenic.
– Featurette – Wonder Woman: A Subversive Dream – A definitive look at a psychologist’s dream, and the rich history of one of the pillars of DC Comics.
– Featurette – Wonder Woman: Daughter of Myth – This revealing documentary explores the archetype and tradition of the female DC Comics Super Hero
From Scream Factory:
“Species is a Grade-A B-movie.” – Scott Weinberg, DVD Talk
Charged with pulse-pounding suspense, ingenious special effects from Richard Edlund and a first-rate cast including Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina, Forest Whitaker, Marg Helgenberger and introducing Natasha Henstridge, Species is an adrenaline-charged thrill-ride you’ll never forget.
When a beautiful human-alien hybrid (Henstridge) escapes from observation, scientist Xavier Fitch (Kingsley) dispatches a crew of experts to find her before she is able to fulfill her horrific purpose: to mate with unsuspecting men and produce offspring that could destroy mankind. As her deadly biological clock ticks rapidly, Fitch and his team are hurled into a desperate battle in which the fate of humanity itself hangs in the balance!
Commemorative Edition Details:
– Official release date is scheduled for July 11th.
– This 2-Disc Set will branded as a “Collector’s Edition” that will come with a slipcover (guaranteed only for three months after its original release date).
– The newly-commissioned front-facing artwork you see pictured comes to us from The CRP Group (Firestarter, Serial Mom, Rabid) The reverse side of the wraps will showcase the original theatrical poster art.
– We will be doing a new 4K HD film transfer. Bonus features and specs are still in progress and will be announced sometime in Late May.
It looks like Marg may be headed back to the small screen. It was announced this evening that she will be joining the cast of FOX’s pilot ‘Behind Enemy Lines’. There aren’t too many details to report yet, but here’s what we know so far.
CSI vet Marg Helgenberger is heading Behind Enemy Lines as a “fierce but fair” Navy Admiral in Fox’s McG-directed pilot.
Loosely based on the 2001 Owen Wilson/Gene Hackman movie, the Fox project is described as a military soap thriller wherein a group of U.S. soldiers find themselves trapped — you guessed it — behind enemy lines. The “distinctly patriotic series” will offer a multi-perspective narrative that follows soldiers on the ground, the officers and service men and women on a nearby aircraft carrier and intelligence officers in D.C. as they attempt to bring our heroes home safely and under the radar.
Helgenberger — a five-time Emmy nominee and 1990 winner — will play Navy Admiral Bobbie Decker, the most powerful woman in the military and a “no B.S.” straight shooter who will do anything to keep her men and women safe. Previously, B.J. Britt (UnREAL, Agents of SHIELD) was cast in the pilot as Reggie Mitchella, a weapons systems officer.
In addition to her long run as CSI Catherine Willows, Helgenberger’s previous TV credits include Under the Dome, CBS’ one-and-done Intelligence, ER, China Beach and Ryan’s Hope.
Here’s a more detailed description of Marg’s character from Variety:
Helgenberger will play Admiral Bobbie Decker, a Navy Admiral who’s the most powerful woman in the military. Described as fierce but fair and a no BS straight shooter, she will do anything to keep her men and women safe.
Edited to add this great photo that the Hollywood Reporter shared as part of their press release describing Marg’s new role.