By Jamie Ruby
Anyone who has watched Syfy in recent years already knows who Amanda Tapping and Robin Dunne are. Stars of Syfy's Sanctuary
, Tapping, probably best known for her work in Stargate: SG-1
and more recently Syfy's web series Riese
, and Dunne, who fans should recognize from his lead role in Syfy's Beyond Sherwood Forest
, sat down with the digital media last week to talk about the series. As of Friday, Sanctuary
premiered the second half of its third season. The series has already been renewed four a fourth season, for which the cast has already begun table reads.Sanctuary
was originally written as a web series before it was made into a full television series, but things have changed since then, according to Tapping. "We were I think a bit ahead of our time in terms of how to monetize on the web, in terms of utilizing - social networking even has changed since Sanctuary
first came out. I mean Twitter and Facebook and all that has blown up way bigger than what it was when we started.
"So, I think the possibilities on the web are far greater now than they were. And, I think it's an amazing tool. Riese
is another prime example of a web series done well - with good production value...They've got amazing production values and they were able to utilize the web as an advertising tool. And it brought them the notoriety of the networks, which is much the same as what happened with Sanctuary
. And I think it's just going to happen more and more. It's an amazing tool.
"But what I think is going to happen - I think the paradigm really is starting to shift, where shows will live and breathe and stay on the web. That they don't necessary have to transition to television. That there will be a whole contingent of not just you know, the squirrel riding a skateboard on You Tube kind of shows, but real production value on the Web in ongoing series."