Thursday November 20, 2014

Keating, Defiance nominated for Constellation awards


Trenna Keating is one of the nominees for “Best Female Performance in a 2013 Science Fiction Television Episode” from the Constellation awards. Keating was nominated in her role of Doc Yewll in “The Bride Wore Black” episode of Defiance.

Other nominees include Amy Acker, “God Mode”, Person of Interest; Billie Piper, “The Day of the Doctor”, Doctor Who; Felicia Day, “Pac-Man Fever”, Supernatural; Rachel Nichols, “Second Opinion”, Continuum; Taraji P. Hensen, “2 Pi R”, Person of Interest; and Tatiana Maslany, “Variations Under Domestication”, Orphan Black.

The Constellation Awards are Canada’s annual science fiction awards focused on rewarding excellence in science fiction film and television. Awards are won by the Canadian viewing public, who select the nominees and winners in all categories. The voting deadline for the nominees was June 1. This year’s awards will be held Saturday, July 5.

The second season of Defiance will premier on Thursday, June 19 on the Showcase channel in Canada and Syfy in the U.S.

Defiance was also nominated for Constellation awards, earning nominations in Best Science Fiction Television Series of 2013 and Outstanding Canadian Contribution to Science Fiction Film or Television in 2013. Also nominated from the show was Tony Curran for Best Male Performance in a 2013 Science Fiction Television Episode, for his role of Datak Tarr in the episode of “Everything is Broken”.

The town of Defiance, in what used to be St. Louis, is an example of what happens when humans and aliens live together.

Amongst the town’s many residents are former soldier Nolan (Grant Bowler) and his adoptive Irathient daughter, Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas); the former mayor, Amanda Rosewater (Julie Benz); Rafe McCawley (Graham Greene), a powerful miner; the ambitious, alien Tarr family, Datak and Stahma (Tony Curran and Jaime Murray), along with son Alak and human wife Christie (Jesse Rath and Nicole Munoz); lawman Tommy (Dewshane Williams) and cantankerous Indogene Doc Yewll (Trenna Keating).

Season two will introduce a few new characters, now that the Earth Republic has taken over the town, including new mayor, Niles Pottinger (Jim Murray) and his ruthless and sarcastic boss Viceroy Mercado (William Atherton). Another new cast member is Earth Republic soldier Jessica “Berlin” Rainer (Anna Hopkins).

Keating started studying acting at the age of 10. She has held a variety of positions imaginable in the film industry — including a stand-in, casting assistant, background casting director and director’s assistant, to name a few. She is also a playwright.

Film and television credits include Combat Hospital, A Dog Named Christmas, Corner Gas, Little Mosque on the Prairie, A Prairie Giant — The Tommy Douglas Story, Just Friends, and

Doc Yewll was named a “breakout character” after the first season of Defiance. Many fans have called Keating’s character “the most fascinating alien” since Odo on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The influence and popularity of Doc has also appeared on fan posts in Pinterest, tumble and Instagram.

Keating said is looking forward to about seasons two since the plots gets a little darker, and the characters get a little sexier.


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