One of the nice things about returning home after a long trip is playing catch-up with all of the shows you’ve missed. Last night, Fondy and I (and the pugs, all sprawled on top of us and each other) watched Survivor, The Amazing Race, and a double dose of Nip/Tuck. Tonight, it’ll be Boston Legal and a House double-header. As I sat there, watching, I couldn’t help but consider some of the words I’d love to hear spoken on a few of my favorite shows…
THE AMAZING RACE
Phil: “Charla and Mirna you are…team number one!”
Phil: “I’m sorry to tell you you have been eliminated from the race.”
House: “Well, whaddya know. Foreman was right. It IS lupus.
Justice of the Peace: “Alan and Denny, by the power invested in me by the state of Massachusetts I pronounce you husband and husband.”
Jeff: “Today’s challenge will be a fight to the death. Winner gets immunity. Loser goes home…in a body bag.”
Nurse: “Hey, Dr. McNamara, did anyone ever tell you your son looks like a white Michael Jackson?”
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
Smash: “Aah, I didn’t want to play running back anyway. My real passion is dance.”
Dr. Webber: “Gosh, I can’t even remember the last time we lost a patient.”
Dr. Montgomery: “Good news, Mr. Tuttle. Your wife is pregnant.”
Mr. Tuttle: “She’s my daughter.”
Dr. Montgomery: “Bad news, Mr. Tuttle…”
Well, I underestimated the Save Carson Beckett organizers yet again. I completed the Q&A with them last night, assuming they’d need a day or two to get the interview up. Nope. An hour later, the news was all over the net. That was fast!
Today’s pics: blueberry pie a la mode, Travelers director Will Waring rushing to set, looking dashingly Mal Reynolds, Wil and DOP Jim Menard testing the force field on their cell.
Anonymous #1 writes: “Did you get a chance to dine at 40 west during your stay at montreal?”
Answer: I didn’t. But I did dine there many years ago when I was still living on the West Island.
Peter writes: “I think it’s spelled The Reaping, not The Reapening.”
Answer: You’re right. I kept imagining that Simpson’s drive-in horror flick “The Bloodening”. That I’d pay to see.
Lughtigern writes: “Have you ever found yourself with similar regrets/realizations or do production schedules allow you the opportunity for fine tuning a script on set?”
Answer: Life is full of regrets – especially if you work in television.
Smiley Face06 writes: “On my own blog, I get 3 comments and think, “Woo hoo!”
Answer: You’d probably get more if the link to your blogger profile didn’t end up in a “Profile Not Available” dead-end.
Hitman Jr. writes: “Will we ever get to see a restroom on Atlantis?”
Answer: Carl Binder is working on the “big restroom” episode as I write this.
Kate writes: “ Of how many pages does an average SGA script consist?”
Answer: SGA scripts are averaging just a shade under 60 pages.
Copernicus writes: “What can you suggest (as in my current situation where I write non-professionally/academically) when there are no deadlines to work to? How does one interject the necessary fear to inspire one to write?!”
Answer: Try writing on the edge of a cliff.
Wolfen writes: “I have Utena’s soundtrack too, though I still haven’t seen the last two DVDs. Have you seen The Adolecense of Utena?”
Answer: Loved Utena. Great soundtrack. I need me rapier.
Anonymous #2 writes: “ Now that Paul has been contracted for two episodes in the back half of season 4 is there any chance to have a count on how many episodes Torri has been contracted for?”
Answer: So far, she has been contracted for four episodes.
Anjirikia writes: “Just a question Joe- you’ve brought Carson back for two episodes, but you must have had plans for this for a while now because spinning stories and contracts do not appear over night…….what can you say to this?”
Answer: I can say that a lot of different elements went into the decision to bring the Carson character back, everything from the initial seed of his return, the stories it spawned, proper timing, Paul’s availability and his willingness to come back, the support of the studio and the network, and, of course, the support of Paul’s many fans.
Anonymous #3 writes: “Have you seen the movie “Children of Men”?”
Answer: Have not seen it yet. I plan to read the book first so that I can complain about the movie later.
Scottish Pirate: “ You are awesome!”
Answer: I alright awesome I guess.
SMB Books writes: “Since it appears you are man who enjoys a good meal….do you watch Food TV and if so, who’s your favorite chef and why?”
Answer: I do watch a lot of Food TV. My favorite chef: Anthony Bourdain for his fearless eating habits and wicked sense of humor.