In my family, we like our Christmas trees like we like our dinners: eclectic, colorful, and of occasional dubious taste. Check out this year’s artistic evergreen – all angels and ice skates and sparkly gold violins, decked out like David Arquette hitting the town. Nothing says Christmas like a brightly festooned pine – with the exception, of course, of a creepy automated gift-giving granny (located right beside it).  We stayed up late last night decorating, then woke up early this morning to keep Lulu from opening all of the presents.  

Well, a short entry today as I prepare for tonight’s festivities. Fondy is off running errands, my mother is making cannelloni, and my sister is distracting the dogs while I write this entry.  So…   

HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all of you from all of us –

Joe, Aloysius P. Hazzencockle, Percival H. Lintmuffin, Edward Witney, Abigail Wazznucklegrant, Merton Castrati, Doogie Chapadapalapolous, Norman Shuttlecock Jr., Alphonso Rubello, Helena Krumpett-Fullbottom, Margaret Quibble, Fortescu Strickland Von Letterdam Junior, Florence Shezzledap, Melvin’s Kidnappers, Agent Wexler, Cookie Monster, and Baron Destructo.

Cc: Calamitous Jane, Glaxnor the Miscreant, Sinderella Washington, Xxxaptak’qul, Dr. Catastro, Dr. Disastro, Dr. Quinn Meddlesome Woman, Ray Mephistopheles, Archfiend Animus, Brutus Badly, the Plague Zombies, Vorzik the Planet Squisher, the Malevolater, Count Sinister, Kugal Baruth, Death Knell, Star Father Celestio, Shatterdam, Princess Arcana, the Mystifier, the Procrastinator, the Soul Emancipator, Quickstrike, Professor Frosty, Flamer the Flaming Man, the Pummeler, the Purple Lamprey, and John Tesh.

Today’s mailbag –

Jam writes: “Do you know of any good vegetarian restaurants in Vancouver?”

Answer: Hell no. But, just for you, I did a little research and came up with the following: Annapurna (1812 West 4th) and The Naam (2724 West 4th). Let me know how it goes.

Aelfgyu writes: “I saw your mention of getting a show’s bible to write for it; are there SG-1 and SGA bibles?”

Answer: No, there aren’t.

Serendipity writes: “Do you remember what the storyline was for your Seinfeld spec and feature?”

Answer: Something to do with macaroons, a speeding ticket, and a Peruvian soccer team Kramer is billeting.

Boo writes: “is that jelly with lulu?”

Answer: Nope. That’s Bubba (or Bubbuba as my mother calls him).

Royal Nonesuch writes: “Have you ever considered adding a military chaplain, or some such other character to bring htose topics in a little more?”

Answer: To be honest, it is something we have yet to seriously consider.

Majorsal writes: “if you were thinking about doing anymore exploring of the city?”

Answer: It was a topic we discussed back in November.

Kdvb1 writes: “Did you actually consider killing off MCKAY??”

Answer: This is how rumors get started. To answer your question – no.

Pauline writes: “What made you approach animation studios in particular?”

Answer: They’re more receptive to first-time writers and tend to have a bigger production turnover. Also, animation scripting is a great way to hone your craft. Good luck!

Thunder writes: “Is the first picture of Jelly and the rest are of Bubba?”

Answer: Both Jelly and Bubba thank you for correctly identifying them.

Wams352 writes: “Can you explain if DirectTV (or other satellite) ratings/viewers really don’t count?”

Answer: It’s not that they don’t count but SciFi, which pays the licensing fee for our show, is understandably more focused on the numbers pulled in on their network.

Kathleen writes: “Have you read any of Jim Butcher’s “Codex Alera” series?”

Answer: I haven’t.

Susiekew writes: “The two dishes that really stood out for me were a devine melt in your mouth veal dish a and butternut squash soup that was to die for.”

Answer: I love butternut squash soup with a touch of white truffle oil.

Anne Teldy writes: “Student Bodies. The horror film spoof?????”

Answer: No, the teen sitcom.

Georgia writes: “Can you recommend a respectable nanny/pet sitting agency in Vancouver?”

Answer: Unfortunately, our dog nanny went into business with my wife and now works full-time at the pet boutique. I did some research for someone else but don’t have the information handy. I’ll email you.

Susiekew also writes: “In your video of several days ago, who was playing king (or queen) of the cushion that Lulu was so determined to have?”

Answer: That would be Maximus.

Paloosa writes: “As digital product slowly replaces physical product, the problem will become even more acute.”

Answer: Interesting insights and very true. Instead of playing catch-up, all the industries effected need to come up with a better game plan to deal with the constantly evolving technology.

Old Timer writes: “ But it’s been a long time in the making. I don’t mean the betrayal, I mean the leak. I’ve been a long, long fan of your show, from before you and Paul were even on staff. Those were the blissful days, when I knew I could come be a part of fandom online with my “Gate” friends and not have to worry about spoilers. […] You will of course think that this is our responsibility, not yours. You’re wrong. It’s on you. Don’t say we can just avoid them. They’re too pervasive, too common. To do that, we’d have to forsake our friends, both online and off.”

Answer: You’re comparing your t.v.-viewing experience of today to that of ten years ago and, in all fairness, a lot has changed. For starters, the role of the internet has grown considerably in the decade since the show premiered. There are many, many more fans online now with many, many more resources to choose from, official and fan-driven sites dedicated to the multitude of fans clamoring for information about the show. The popularity of the Stargate franchise has also grown considerably in ten years and, as a result, so have the marketing prospects open to it. The ever-increasing number of genre magazines, newspapers, and E.T.-style shows looking for a new story, a different angle, a scoop, force us to walk a very fine line between balancing opportunities to promote the show and maintaining the show’s integrity. To that end, we’ve always strived to make the distinction between teasers (tidbits concerning upcoming episodes designed to whet a fan’s appetite without spoiling the episode for them) and spoilers (which, essentially, ruin the surprises in store). Furthermore, while you may think it’s only a simple matter of keeping spoilers under wraps, that’s easier said than done. We can ask fan sites not to reveal upcoming storylines, request that the network not give away major plot twists in their promos, try our best to hide casting and script developments from prying eyes, but let’s just say it doesn’t always work out the way we’d like it to.

I do, however, take exception to your equating the information revealed in promos and interviews (and even this blog) to the theft and illegal uploading of an unfinished movie. The former involves teasers, and certainly in some cases spoilers, that have either been released by the production to help promote the show, or acquired through public resources. The latter involves someone breaking the law. There’s a huge difference.

Finally, while I find your defeatest attitude regarding your experience somewhat puzzling. You say you don’t like to be spoiled, yet are clearly unwilling to avoid the potential for being spoiled by frequenting forums where said spoilers are being discussed. Granted, you don’t want to cut yourself off from your online friends but most every Stargate forum I’ve visited offers plenty of spoiler-free threads for discussion. It’s just a matter of exercising self-control and not wading into threads where you know spoilers will be discussed.

A. writes: “Is it standard practice for US networks to send unfinished copies of shows to reviewers?”

Answer: No, it isn’t. Finished copies were supposed to go out but somebody screwed up and sent out the wrong version. This was quickly rectified when the mistake was discovered and new versions sent out – but, by that time, the unfinished versions had already found their way online.

Lysambre writes: “I’ve searched for “workout” in your blog, and found only 3 entries mentionning said workout”

Answer: Also try searching for “work-out” and “work out”. I wake up every morning and work out for about an hour. I alternate, one day weights, the next day cardio. My weights program is now comprised of a full body circuit training work-out (I complete work out all the muscle groups, completing one uninterrupted circuit [one set of each exercise] – then rest a couple of minutes and repeat. Twice.). My cardio is comprised of about fifteen minutes each of a light treadmill run, a brisk treadmill walk with varied elevations, the traditional elliptical, a reverse elliptical. If I’ve done weights, I’ll usually have a protein shake immediately after my work-out. If I’ve done cardio, I’ll usually wait an hour before having a well-balanced breakfast.

Anais a ecrit: “ alors que je vous pose des questions sans réponse, et quand un anglais vous pose la même pour lui répondé!!!”

Reponse: Si c’est la même question, je répondrai à celui en anglais alors que tout le monde puisse comprendre.

The more of less translation – If I’m asked the same question in both French and English, I’ll answer to the question in English so that most of the other fans will be able to understand.

Valkyrie writes: “Is it easier or more difficult to script for animation as opposed to the live action of a TV show?”

Answer: It really has more to do with the writer and the show you’re writing for.

Gennifer wrote: “ SQ2839, learn to do your research. If you did, you might find this comment: “Raoul: In retrospect, how do you feel about the decision to go in a different direction with the Weir character? JM: Personally, I feel good because I was in on the decision-making process there….”

Answer: Hey, here’s an idea: instead of reprimanding someone else on doing proper research, maybe you should take your own advice and be a little more thorough in interpreting my words. The question I was asked was: “In retrospect, how do you feel about the decision to go in a different direction with the Weir character?” It wasn’t “Are you happy that you got rid of Weir?” or “Are you glad you replaced Weir?”. It was, very clearly, a response to a question about the creative direction of her character. So, in the future, either be a little more honest in your interpretation. Or, failing that, do a much better job of taking my words out of context.

Jennie in Oregon writes: “I also want to thank you again for the great restaurant recommendation that made my birthday dinner in Vancouver in July very fun and special!”

Answer: Where’d you go while you were in town?

A writes: “Oh, look, here’s a link to the article where JM says he feels good about the decision to remove Weir […] Now how about you stop accusing people of lying to suit their own agendas?”

Answer: That’s kind of hard to do when individuals such as yourself are doing just that. “Joe says he’s happy he got rid of Torri!”is the one I hear repeated which, pretty clearly (and thanks for the link that helps me prove this point) misrepresents what I actually said – that I felt good about the creative direction we were going with her character.

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Bonsoir Joe!

Je voulais vous souhaiter un Joyeux Noël à vous et à toute votre famille!
J’espère que le père noël va vous gater!

Passez un excellent réveillon! Encore Joyeux Noël!
Enormes bisous du sud de la France!


Hey Joe, I just want to wish you a very merry Christmas! I hope you have a great time with your family and that Santa Claus is good to you wink


I’m liking the potential creative direction for the actress (Weir) and not just strictly the character. It lets me see a different side, not necessarily to Weir but seeing Torri do different things. Her voice never gets boring, and she brings a kind of fire to the leadership role that Carter is too polished to achieve (hint: Carter needs less polish, rough her up a bit!).

Comparatively, i feel the creative direction for Ford (and Rainbow, as a result) really lacked. Looking back on his eps in S2/3 the first thing i think is he is acting like a spoilt teenager. He’s charged-up! I can prove it to you! His plan then didn’t work? Blame Shephard.
It all sounds very teenager-ish to me. Looking back would you re-write any of that to approach it differently?


That sofa looks invitingly comfortable, the sort of sofa I could spend a weekend in.

It is one hour until Christmas here in Scotland and the evil cats are awaiting Santa Kittie eagerly.

I hope the Mallozzi pack (including humans) have a peaceful time at Christmas.

Susan, (Frankie and Princess Merlin both send their love and hisses)


Merry Christmas to you and your family hon!

Ben Ford
Ben Ford

Hey Joe! juts wishing you a very merry Christmas from Australia! (it being 9am xmas day ;))


After watching most of the SGA mini-marathon today, I finally get my “present” from Sci Fi in the form or a split second clip of none other than Beckett/McGillion in a teaser shot. Fortunately no one was in the house; I do believe I might have let out a rather loud exclamation. The pictures today are almost too sweet. It does make me regret my job doesnt permit me to keep a dog. Hope the holidays find everyone well. With luck I’ll post a quick Merry Christmas tomorrow, but in case, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Sublime Solstice, Festive Yuletide, and especially a safe and warm December 25th to all…

Charles Schneider

Merry Christmas and happy holidays! I hope you get everything you asked for. I love today’s dog pictures.


Just wanted to wish you a merry christmas, we celebrate the night of the 24 too, so:
Merry Chrirstmas Mallozzi Family!

PS:The doggies look adorable.


Wow, that was a long Question Period.

Have a happy and safe holidays Joe! We don’t do much in our house since we don’t celebrate Christmas (we’re Asian…and we’re apathetic), but there is something we raise a bit of a ruckus about: my birthday. Yep, I’m a Christmas baby. Tomorrow I’m turning the big 2-O!

So, my question to you, if you have the time tomorrow:

1. How did you spend your 20th birthday?

And on a completely unrelated note:

2. Are you gonna give us another spoiler poem to end the year like last year?

Thanks in advance!

Enzo Aquarius
Enzo Aquarius

Hey Joe!

Again, have a Merry Christmas and have an excellent Christmas Eve. Enjoy the season and have a great time with your family and dogs!

– Enzo Aquarius, your fellow Canadian, and Ontario, fan


Hey Joe,

Just wanted to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas. I am really looking forward to what you and the rest of the cast and crew has to offer in 2008! Be safe and have fun! smile




Merry HO HO!!

Cut pics and NICE COUCH!!

Have a fun, safe, and laugh filled christmas…. don’t over stuff yourself, wait what am I saying… Go Ahead stuff yourself smile Eat drink and be merry.



Hi Joe,

Merry Christmas! And two questions, one about MGM’s plans or lack of them to release The Ark of Truth for Central-Eastern Europe countries with Polish, Czech, Slovakian, Hungrian, Bulgarian, Roumanian, Serbian subtitles.
And the second question: is Rob Cooper planning a “Director’s Cut” of The Ark of Truth?


Gennifer Says:
SQ2839, learn to do your research. If you did, you might find this comment:

Raoul: In retrospect, how do you feel about the decision to go in a different direction with the Weir character?

JM: Personally, I feel good because I was in on the decision-making process there. I understand certain fans are upset. It’s understandable. After three years, there’s a certain familiarity with certain characters. Unfortunately, I can’t go into the reasons why the decision was made. But to answer a lot of fan questions, we didn’t get rid of the character to make room for anyone else. That decision, the decision to go in a different direction with the Weir character was made prior to any discussion on who would come in to replace her. And at the end of the day, I think we’ve set up something very cool with the Weir character as well. So it’s something we can explore further on down the line.

from this article: http://tvfilter.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!DB9D137CC0F754C9!22076.entry

All I can say is that in the link you provided and paragraph you quoted Joe Mallozzi didn’t say what some fans are claiming he said. They are twisting his words to feet their own agenda. Thanks so much for proving my point!

Gennifer also says:
On the subject of ratings — come on, this whole season has been a joke.And don’t go quoting DVR+365 at me. Whatever the ratings, introducing Sam Carter hasn’t been the big ratings puller TPTB expected it to be.
If they hadn’t pissed off so many Beckett and Weir fans, things might be different, but Carter on her own isn’t enough. Hell, she as well as the entire cast of SG1 plus some ’stunt casting’ in Browder and Black couldn’t keep SG1 alive without RDA.

True. But ratings aren’t worse either (compared to the second half of s3, where we had Elizabeth and Carson). They remained stable. So, at most, the number of people who left because of the cast changes equals the number of people who came because of the cast changes. From a network/studio/company’s point of view, I’d think that as long as the number of viewers are about the same, it doesn’t matter whether the viewers (persons) are the same or different.
Can’t comment on SG-1 because I’ve never watched it so I don’t know about what happened or didn’t happen in that show.


Thanks for the tip on “work-out”, “work out” and “workout”, I didn’t even checked to see if there was more than one way to write it !

And thanks for writting the detail so I won’t have to search for it anyway (although I probably will, just for the sake of… information ? :p )

And while my english is probably not the best, but I wanted to apologize in the name of all my fellow frenchies, it takes courage and patience for you to read and answer when even I sometimes have trouble understanding what is being written. I do hope that you do get to read some proper french outside of those comments, which as nice as they are in what they say, are perfectly horrendous in the way they are written wink
(Je vous aime quand même les petits frenchies, c’est juste votre ortographe qui est tellement désatreuse que j’en ai les yeux qui saignent :p).


Happy Holidays, Joe, to you and your family. I’m on my way to my father’s house for Christmas Eve dinner. Before you enter the diningroom, you have to endure a long hall of singing Santas, dancing reindeer, quacking Santa ducks and a frog that croaks out the 12 Days of Christmas. I find your tree and gift giving granny somehow… comforting.

Do my eyes deceive me, or is that sunlight reflecting off the backs of your pups in the last picture?



hum re-reading myself…

Actually my english is more than “not the best”, in this previous message it’s almost as bad as the french ones I was criticizing ! Way to go me ! “How to be taken seriously 101”, blah :p



Merry Christmas to you and your family.


Hey Joe,

Wanted to wish you, your wife, mom and everyone a Merry Christmas!!Hope all the puppies and humans have a wonderful holiday.


While watching the SGA marathon today, I caught a promo for the second half of season 4 – which included a few seconds of the much anticipated Teal’c/Ronon set-to. I must say, Joe, that it looks as good as you have been promising us …I can hardly wait!

Merry Christmas to you and yours …


A Says:
Oh, look, here’s a link to the article where JM says he feels good about the decision to remove Weir

Sorry. but I can’t see how someone can infer that “JM says he feels good about the decision to remove Weir” based on what he said in that link. Shrugs

A also says:
Wait until your favourite character — either Sheppard or McKay — is shafted and then tell me how much you like it.

First, I watch the show because I like it as a whole. I like both the character interaction and the stories. I don’t watch it just because character x or y is there. I’ve loved episodes where my fave character was barely in it. I love team-centric episodes, I love episodes focused on ANY character (I absolutely loved Missing and neither Teyla nor Keller are my fave characters, for example). I don’t need my fave character in the show to watch/like Atlantis. I realize others watch the show only because the character/actor they like is there. That’s not my case.

A also says: Then add your least favourite character from SG1 to the equation, say Mitchell, and I’d really love to know how you feel.
I have no least/most favorite characters in SG-1 for a very simple reason: I’ve never watched SG-1. Not interested in that show. All I can say is that, from what I’ve seen in Atlantis so far, I like Sam as much as I like Elizabeth. Mitchell? I only know that it’s the character played by Ben Browder, but nothing else. I can’t comment on him or any other SG-1 character, unless it’s been in Atlantis episodes.


Merry Christmas to you and your family! This is my first Christmas day alone – quite odd, actually. Doesn’t feel like Christmas (not really a problem for me, as I’m not that fond of it anyway). My family will be coming into town at the end of the week (with presents), so maybe it’ll feel like Christmas then. I must admit, though – I did do a santa stocking for my cat … she gets to break her Kidney diet for a couple of days. She was one excited kitty. No decorated collars for her, though – I prefer to not have my skin flayed from my body. Have a great day.

Annie from Fremantle
Annie from Fremantle

MERRRRRY CHRIIIIIIIISTMAAAAAAAAAS (no my keyboard letters aren’t stuck with egg nog :P)

Hope your day is wonderful. It’s 9.30 am here and I’ve got some food to prepare after opening some pressies.

Your lovely Pugs are gonna get revenge…..you know that don’t you!? LOL (show us the pics when they do..it’ll be both messy and pungent)

Thanks for brightening my days with your blog.. you’re awesome!


Merry Christmas everyone! Thanks so much for the blog, Joe. It’s a lot of fun. And thanks to your family for giving you the time to write it and to you for letting us pelt you with questions smile

Note to anyone who cares (if this is ok to put?) but the Joe F “FBI Guy” episode of Women’s Murder Club runs Jan 4th, at 9:02 pm (WTF? it will end late then and overlap the beginning of atlantis – why do they do such stupid things???) I think it’s ABC (I don’t watch the networks so I get confused with the alphabet soup). Looks like I’ll be doing some creative taping so I can have the entire atlantis marathon AND the WMC episode…

Again, Merry Christmas to all – including the supervillians. Hope they get a day off as well.