I finished up my morning work-out at a little after 7:00 a.m. and stepped into the adjoining theater room. I caught a whiff of Lulu’s “little accident” before I actually saw it. And, quite frankly, it was impossible to miss given that she had stepped in it and tracked it all over the carpeting. I spent the next half hour, peroxide in hand, disinfecting and scrubbing the place down. And my day went downhill from there.
Suffice it to say, it wasn’t a total drag. Between the phone call from Hell and the utter impossibility of cutting an episode in the cramped confines of an editing suite with a flatulent French bulldog sitting on my lap, there were some highlights. I did find time to swing by set where the gals were cabled up and making like stage version Peter Pans. It’s nice to see that Amanda has seemingly conquered her fear of heights – at least for the duration of this episode. Maybe I CAN get her wrestle that alligator in the finale. And for all those interested, Harmony is coming along nicely. With it, Midway, Kindred I and II, and Last Man closing out the season, there’s no doubt that we’ll certainly be finishing VERY strong. Finally, lunch off the truck was quite good today: herb chicken, accompaniments, and tuxedo bars for dessert. Mmmmm. Tuxedo bars. I picked up two with the excuse that I was getting one for Paul in case he missed the dessert tray. I got up to the writers’ room and found Paul sitting there with two tuxedo bars of his own. “I picked up an extra for you,”was his excuse. Needless to say, we finished off all four.
Well, the 2007 t.v. season has kicked off and there are a couple of new shows I’m looking forward to checking out. First and foremost: K-Ville starring the brilliant Anthony Anderson. Holy crap has he come a long way from Kangaroo Jack! Reaper and Pushing Daisies are two others that stand out amidst the crowded field. Like last year, Fondy and I will check out everything and then drop the shows as we lose interest. Looking back, I don’t think there was a new show last year that captured us from start to finish.
Today’s blog is dedicated to Vicki, roguemuse’s little sister, and editor Rick Martin who had to put up with an effervescent Lulu.
Today’s pics: Ivon on set, Alex corrals the little devil, tuxedo bars, too much fun.
Today’s video: Click on the date for That’s a Wrap!
Today’s mailbag –
Tim writes: “Could you perhaps suggest a few sci fi novels for the average techno geek who likes powerful story lines?”
Answer: Sure. Check out the following books by Iain M. Banks: Consider Phlebas, The Player of Games, and Use of Weapons.
Steph writes: “Have you seen any musicals? If so, which were your favorites?”
Answer: I enjoy musicals about as much as I enjoy pulling out my fingernails with a pair of pliers. My favorite? Probably my left hand index finger.
Anonymous #1 writes: “ It seems as though, from some of your comments, as though you feel some disdain for GW.”
Answer: Not at all. Gateworld does more to support our show than any other website out there. I responded the way I did because the individual who posted the comment referred specifically to something said on the Gateworld forums.
Kellie writes: “ 1) Will we get to see Sheppard hit things/people with sticks in season 5? 2) How many episodes will Weir be in in season 4 and how much screen time will she have (in minutes and seconds, please) 3) Is Sam going to boss everyone around and make them cry? 4) Will McKay have more episodes gloriously dedicated to him than the million he had in season 3? 5) Do you like dogs? 6) When will Woolsey be voted Sexiest Man of the Year? 7) How does it feel to be more famous than asswipes like Moe Jacuzzi?”
Answers: 1) Yes. There will be at least one “stick upside the head” shot in every episode of season 5. 2) I have Carl working on the exact timing. 3) Yes. She will also kick Zelenka on two separate occasions. 4) Although we are only producing 20 episodes this season, 21 of them will be McKay-centered episodes. 5) No. The ones pictured on my blog are on loan to me. 6) 2007 sounds like a pretty good year. 7) Not bad. Not bad at all.
BoomerGoodHeart writes: “The Track Director for the Stargate guests/panels at Dragon*Con in Atlanta has asked the message board members who they’d like to see next year. While Richard Dean Anderson is the penultimate guest (and will never happen), David Hewlett, Amanda Tapping and yourself are running a close second. If your work schedule permitted, would you be even remotely interested in attending as a guest?”
Answer: That’s very kind of you and I’ve heard plenty of great things about Dragon*Con but I’m pretty certain it would conflict with my work schedule.
Pauline writes: “I was wondering do you still get the same buzz from writing as you did when you first started?”
Answer: Yup, I still do – especially when I finish a script.
Anonymous #2 writes: “Could you please explain the reason behind dressing Sam up like a female Evil Knievel in the Promo pics?”
Answer: Sure. Everyone got leathers this season.