‘Battlestar Galactica’ Legacy Living On, Says Mary McDonnell

Speaking of Emmy dress plans, nominee Mary McDonnell (“The Closer”)
reports, “As a matter of fact, I’m in the thick of it right now. I think we’ve
found a stylist we’ll be working with. As I’m sure you’re well-aware, there’s a
whole series of events that go on in a 10-day period. There’s a whole process of
setting it up now. I’m really looking forward to it, because I love fashion, and
I love getting dressed up. Or, I love it when people dress me up — put it that
way.”

McDonnell is especially savoring Emmy recognition now — after years of being
overlooked by the Academy of Television for her (and her fellow actors’) role on “Battlestar Galactica.”  The thoughtful, culturally relevant sci-fi series did, however, win a 2006 Peabody Award.

“Whatever it was, at this point, it doesn’t matter,” says the actress, who
played President Laura Roslyn for four seasons. She shrugs. “The legacy of the
show just grows every day, the legacy of ‘Battlestar.’ It was such a great
thing, and people are falling in love with it as it goes further and further out
into the world. In the U.K., they already loved it because they had an
equivalent of SyFy (Channel) there, and they could download the show. I’ve been to conventions there, and I knew it had a strong fan base. But now that it’s
airing on the BBC, it’s kind of going through the roof.”

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH: Production is set to start next month on a Disney/ABC Family movie called “Elixir,” in which a mother discovers a mysterious potion that shaves decades away, and, looking newly young, heads off to attend (and, she hopes, stop) her daughter’s wedding. Sounds like a fun role for the right actress.

THE BIG-SCREEN SCENE: An October production-start with shooting planned for Alaska and California has been set for “Sins of The Midnight Sons.” That’s
Kimberly R. Morgan’s steamy novel of tough lives and lust set at Alaska’s North
Slope — where, as casting notice put it, “heads butt and tempers clash between
Eskimo locals and white men who come to work the land.”  And that’s not even mentioning Sarah Palin.