Penikett, Carnes Join Sci-Fi Pilots

Tahmoh Penikett (TV’s “Battlestar Galatica”) and Laura Vandervoort (TV’s “Smallville”) have joined the cast of Syfy’s TV movie/backdoor pilot “Riverworld” reports The THR Feed.

Penikett will play war correspondent Matt Ellman, who is killed along with his fiance played by Vandervoort and then awake into a mysterious world populated by everybody who has ever lived on Earth. Alan Cumming guest stars.

Meanwhile Ryan Carnes (“Desperate Housewives”) has joined the cast of “The Phantom”, a new TV movie/backdoor pilot take on the comic book hero. Isabella Rossellini guest stars as the villainous Lithia, the head of mind control experiment

Filming kicked off on both on Monday. The projects will air as four-hour movies on the network sometime next year.