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Lionsgate TV Teams with Mars One for Reality Series
Mars colony (Credit: Mars One)

Mars colony (Credit: Mars One)

It looks like Lionsgate TV has won the sweepstakes to produce the Mars One reality series, which will chronicle the effort by “eccentric Dutch billionaire entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp” to colonize the Red Planet.

Mars One calls for new groups of four to be sent to Mars every two years, beginning no later than 2024. Announced last year, the scientific project already has received almost 300,000 applications from all over the world, which are being whittled down. Lionsgate TV is expected to start its own casting search, with the two selection processes ultimately merged.

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  • March 17, 2014
NBC to Air Virgin Galactic Reality Show
SpaceShipTwo soars skyward on a column of flames. (Credit: Ken Brown)

SpaceShipTwo soars skyward on a column of flames. (Credit: Ken Brown)

NEW YORK, NY, Oct. 3, 2013 (NBC PR) – NBC today announced an exclusive deal with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, and Mark Burnett’s One Three Media to create the spectacular unscripted series, “Space Race.” “Space Race” is a groundbreaking, elimination competition series where everyday people compete for the ultimate prize – a trip for the winner into space on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo for a life-changing experience few people have ever enjoyed, all captured on camera. “Space Race” will have unprecedented access to Virgin Galactic’s home in the state-of-the-art Spaceport America in New Mexico, the departure point and training and preparation center for space flights.

“The scope of this endeavor is so staggering, that it took these two titans to even imagine it,” said Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. “The term ‘trip of a lifetime’ has for once been delivered on! This will be a remarkable experience for anyone who has looked at the night’s sky and dared to dream of Space Flight.”

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  • October 3, 2013
Video Trailers: Starwalker Jonathan Nolan’s Bush Documentary

The above clip is a trailer for director Jonathan Nolan’s 9-11 documentary, “Fortunate Sons.” Nolan is the executive producer of the Starwalker reality show, which is a competition to send two contestants into space aboard Soyuz rockets. The film was produced by Greg Smith, who is heading up Starwalker’s Southern Hemisphere operations.

The clip seems to hint at conspiracies involving the attacks, but it lacks any real specifics. The second excerpt – show after the break – is more substantial but not much clearer.

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  • December 31, 2009
Video: Starwalker Executive Producer Jonathan Nolan’s Work

Following up on this Starwalker astronaut reality show that is headed up by Australian filmmaker Jonathan Nolan. It turns out that Nolan’s resume in film is relatively short, consisting of a 9-11 conspiracy documentary titled, “Fortunate Sons,” and a film, “Sweet Cyanide.” I have found no clips of either online, but there is a brief discussion on the latter film here (hated it) and a review here (mediocre).

However, Nolan has been making computer-generated short films that he has been posting on the TMUnderGround website under the user name Doghead. An example is shown above. One of his six films appears to be a remake of an old Simon Templar (“The Saint”) radio program.

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  • December 16, 2009