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Jeri Ryan Mentioned In A Warehouse 13 Star’s Interview

Eddie McClintock of Warehouse 13 mentioned Jeri in a recent interview:

The actor was able, however, to reveal some of the great guest stars of the upcoming season. “Jeri Ryan…was amazing to work with; we had a blast. She’s an old pro and she walked on the set and basically made herself at home which was great.

You can read the entire interview here.

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Star Trek producer wanted to kill off Seven Of Nine

Written by James Ryder (Source)

Former Star Trek producer Brannon Braga has revealed that he wanted to kill off the character of Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) in Star Trek: Voyager. Braga was one of the main producers on Star Trek: Voyager and the prequel series Star Trek: Enterprise and is a somewhat controversial figure within the Trek world. Not all Trek fans like his take on the Trek universe and some are quite critical of his work on Star Trek – blaming him for the failure of Enterprise to take off. Braga even received death threats after the character of Captain Kirk (William Shatner) was killed off in the movie Generations.

Now Braga has revealed, in a recent interview with SFX, that while working on Voyager he wanted to kill off the hugely popular character of Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan). The character was introduced in the season three finale of Voyager and became a permanent cast member in the following season as the character was rescued from the Borg by the crew of Voyager. The addition of Ryan’s character to the spin-off added some much needed sex appeal for the series but also a new dynamic on the series with Seven often being paired up with Captain Janeway (Kate Melgrew) creating somewhat fraught teacher/pupil relationship. Despite the characters popularity it seems Braga felt the character should have been killed!

“It was my feeling that Seven Of Nine should have died. If you watch the episode ‘Human Error’ written by Andre Bormanis, it was not only a heart breaking episode in that Seven Of Nine learns, as she begins to explore her human emotions, that she can’t experience them. There’s a Borg chip inside her that will kill her if she tries to do so. First of all, that’s kind of an interesting ‘rape victim’ analogy or whatever you want to call it, about a damaged woman who can’t get past what happened to her, but I also always saw it as a crucial episode that would set up the finale. This was a woman who knew she was neither here nor there. She couldn’t go back to the Borg, nor would she want to, but she could never be fully human, so she was doomed. And I wanted to have her sacrifice herself to get her shipmates home.” – Braga in SFX

While we do understand where Braga is coming from with his ideas surrounding Seven’s possible death we think he was picking on the wrong character in Voyager. If any character should have been killed off – permanently and not resurrected/replaced/retconned at the end of the episode – it should have been the pointless Harry Kim closely followed by dull Chakotay.

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Star Trek helped with new role

By Morgan Jeffery

Jeri Ryan has revealed that her past role on Star Trek: Voyager helped her play Dr. Kate Murphy on new ABC drama Body of Proof.

The series stars Dana Delany as Dr. Megan Hunt, a medical examiner who solves crimes by examining dead bodies.

Ryan told the Los Angeles Times that her time spent delivering science fiction “technobabble” dialogue on the Star Trek spinoff had helped her learn complicated “medical jargon” for Body of Proof.

“I haven’t had so much of that [medical dialogue] but it’s not that difficult,” she explained. “I did four years on Star Trek. I did technobabble for years, so if I can do technobabble I’m not that concerned about the medical stuff!”

She also revealed that real-life medical examiners were present on the set of the series in order to ensure complete authenticity.

“We’ve got technical advisers that will be with us on set, so we can keep all of [the science] realistic,” she claimed.

Body of Proof will debut in the fall on ABC.


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PSYCH:”The Head, the Tail, the Whole Damn Episode” Review

We’re gonna need some better storytelling.

by Jonah Krakow (Source)

March 4, 2010 – Longtime fans of PSYCH know that this show loves to pay homage to horror movies. They’ve had ghost stories, runaway mummies, a tribute to The Exorcist and even an episode that took place at a sleepaway camp complete with a homicidal maniac on the loose. With so many similarly themed episodes under their belt, it’s safe to say that they know what they’re doing, which is why I was so looking forward to their take on the granddaddy of all blockbusters: Jaws. Unfortunately, what we got was Flipper.

Even notable sci-fi all-stars Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager) and Michael Hogan (Battlestar Gallactica) couldn’t breathe any life into this boring episode. It pains me to say that because I love the show and can usually count on it for a few great laughs or some wacky undercover work by Shawn and Gus. But this episode had none of the playful humor we’re accustomed to and dragged on with a mystery that never seemed interesting. Hell, we didn’t even get much in the way of movie references apart from more nods to Jaws, including the funniest one when Shawn’s dad Henry (Corbin Bersen) described Jaws 4 as the worst sequel ever filmed. (Personally, I’d go with the follow-ups to The Matrix, but I see his point.) Even if the mystery isn’t that strong each week, there’s a certain amount of silliness and adventure we expect from PSYCH and this episode just didn’t deliver.

The episode started out promisingly enough, when Det. Lassiter summoned his inner Shawn Spencer and declared that the victim of a shark attack was in fact murdered, due to a suspicious wound that didn’t look like a bite mark. Even though the local papers disagreed with his conclusion and branded him “Detective Dipstick,” Shawn loved that Lassiter was open to looking for not-so-obvious clues, a major sticking point between the two characters. As the investigation continued however, Lassie wasn’t able to un-learn all he had learned from the academy, and reverted back to his old by-the-book ways, regardless of how much Shawn rooted for him to do the opposite. It seems like there was a missed opportunity for some fun scenes with Shawn “coaching” a grumpy Lassie or a comical meeting of the minds between the two characters who are normally at odds, but that story never developed. So of course, in the end when Shawn and Gus solved the murder and took the credit, Lassie wasn’t able to enjoy the spoils. Yes, the heroes won in the end, but at the expense of an interesting plot development.

As usual, PSYCH cast two guest stars who fit perfectly into their roles: Michael Hogan played a salty sailer (the “Quint” role), and Jeri Ryan played a shark expert (the “Hooper” role), who also became a love interest for Henry Spencer. However, as amusing as those choices were (especially to sci-fi fans), the characters didn’t add much to the story, and the show suffered from the same issue as last week: if you’re not going to take advantage of the actors (aside from their name value), what’s the point in casting them? I’m not as familiar with Ryan’s work on Star Trek, but I know Hogan has tremendous range from his years on BSG. But because he didn’t do anything but snarl and growl, the character came off as very one-dimensional. For the second episode in a row, I felt like the inspired cameos were wasted.

Next week is the 4th season finale and it looks like we’re going to be meeting up with Mr. Yang again (Ally Sheedy) which I am really excited about. Hopefully after two so-so episodes, PSYCH can finish the season on a high note.

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Jeri Ryan Dishes Leverage

Ryan: mom of 2 loving life!

by Kevin Downey

Jeri Ryan is probably best known as Seven of Nine, the sexy Borg she played on Star Trek: Voyager. But Ryan, an affable mother of a toddler and a teenager, has been racking up memorable roles for nearly 20 years.

Ryan initially guest-starred on shows like Who’s the Boss? in the ‘90s. Then Ryan enjoyed a long run on Boston Public earlier this decade and was recently on the too-short-lived Shark, with James Woods.

This past summer, Ryan began a seven-episode gig as Tara Cole on TNT’s fabulously clever crime drama Leverage, with Timothy Hutton. Leverage kicks off the final six episodes of its second season — with Ryan — on January 13.

Jamming with Jeri

SheKnows: How does it feel to be best known for Seven of Nine on Star Trek: Voyager all these years later?

Jeri Ryan: I’m really lucky to have been given a role that was so beautifully written, that was so rich to play as an actor and which became an iconic character. You don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. I’m very grateful for that — that’s very rare. It’s nice that it made an impression on people and that they enjoyed it that much. But it’s also scary to sign on to Star Trek because it’s notorious to for pigeonholing actors. I feel incredibly lucky that I’ve been working pretty steadily ever since.

SheKnows: Actually, you’ve been working steadily for almost 20 years.

Jeri Ryan: Good God! (Laughing). Wow, it is almost 20 years.

SheKnows: In 20 years, you’ve been on several shows that ended before viewers were ready to let go, such as Shark. How do you feel when a show is cancelled?

Jeri Ryan: With Shark, I was home on maternity leave, so my mind was in a very, very different place. I was really quite fine with it – that one did not hurt. At that point, I wasn’t entirely sure I wanted to go back to work. Boston Public was tough, though. I think it was a great show and I don’t think it was given a fair shake by Fox. They bounced it around different timeslots and didn’t necessarily tell the audience when to look for us. So, that was tough, compounded by the fact that it was a perfect work experience. I loved everything about that show: the character, the show, the people. The acting was great. The writing was great. We were proud of what we were doing. It was sad to see that one go down.

Having Leverage

SheKnows: Now you’re on the hit Leverage. But you’re joining an established show for only a limited run. Is that difficult?

Jeri Ryan: No, actually it was very appealing to me that it was only seven episodes, partly because it shoots in Portland and my family is [in Los Angeles]. But it’s also incredibly freeing. You don’t have to worry about a multiyear storyline. You don’t have to worry about how a scene affects the characters’ relationships in seasons three, four and five. It’s fun. It’s a quick in-and-out.

SheKnows: Your character on Leverage, Tara Cole, was introduced as a buttoned-up lawyer. But it soon became clear that she’s smart, clever and definitely not a lawyer. Was that fun?

Jeri Ryan: She’s a ball buster. She’s out there. She doesn’t care what other people think about her, if they like her or not. She’s there doing her job — she’s having a good time and enjoying herself. She loves what she does. It was a lot of fun.

SkeKnows: Is Tara significantly different from other characters you’ve played over the years?

Jeri Ryan: She’s incredibly different. She’s much more in-your-face, streetwise and funny. I’ve been lucky. I’ve played a lot of strong, intelligent women. But I’ve also played a lot of lawyers. There’s only so much humor you’re going to get on a legal show. (Laughs). That’s what I have in common with Tara – her sense of humor. Although, she’s a lot more out there than I am. She’s a lot more comfortable in her skin. She’s not apologetic about her sexuality and doing whatever she needs to do to get the job done. She doesn’t care what people think about her.

SheKnows: Last thing. Except for briefly becoming fodder for gossip magazines a few years ago (divorcing her first husband), you’ve been a working actress who keeps her personal life personal. Is that by design?

Jeri Ryan: Absolutely. There are some movie stars who are so massive that, no matter what they do, the paparazzi will follow them. But, for the most part, people who are followed by the tabloids have cultivated that. That’s not anything I have ever been interested in — certainly not for my family. I chose this career; my kids didn’t.