Well, despite the excitement that comes with the launch of a new series, I have to admit that it’s a very different vibe this year, what with the loss of not one, not two, but three of our past writer’s room regulars.
Gone is Alan McCullough whose GQ good looks and team stories made him a fan favorite. Gone too is script coordinator and Sci Fi weekly blogger Alex Levine who now pursues his dream of being a television writer on an east coast production. Also gone is my culinary companion, funniest guy in the room, and the most prolific writer in Stargate Atlantis’s five-year history – Martin Gero, who now calls New York home. Marty G. is presently a writer/producer on “Bored to Death”, an HBO series starring Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson, and Olivia Thirlby, based on the works of American author Jonathan Ames (who is also a writer/producer on the show). It sounds like he’s doing fine – and eating even finer. In his last email, he mentioned he’d been to a restaurant called S’Mac that only serves Mac and Cheese. He included a photo of his dinner, a sectioned pan containing eight different flavors of the glorious comfort food: La Macha (manchego cheese with fresh fennel and onions), Parisienne (brie, roasted figs, shiitake mushrooms and fresh rosemary), Napoletana (mozzarella, roasted tomatoes, roasted garlic, and fresh basil), All American (American and cheddar cheeses), Alpine (gruyere and bacon), Cajun (cheddar and Pepper Jack cheeses, andouille sausage, green pepper, onions, celery, garlic and, Cajun seasoning), 4 Cheese (cheddar, muenster, gruyere and pecorino), and Cheeseburger (cheddar and American cheese with seasoned ground beef). The only selections that didn’t make I were the Mediterranean, Masala, Buffalo Chicken, and Garden Lite(?).
Anyway, like I was saying – this season hasn’t been the same without them. They are all dearly missed. That said, I wish them nothing but the best with respect to their new projects – and, in Martin’s case, locating New York’s best restaurants for whenever I go visit him this Summer.
Well, looks like I’ve skidded to a stop on my short story. I hope to regain my footing sometime later this week after I’ve delivered the first draft of my SGU script.
For those of you asking – the remaining cast announcement HAVE to come this week. Otherwise, it looks like I’ll be playing the role of Camille Wray.
I will make a concerted effort to get around to answering your questions. Unless, of course, you’ve been trashing me on your live journal page – in which case, I won’t be making much of an effort at all.
Oh and hey – the other day, I joined editor extraordinaire Lou Anders for a podcast hosted by Shaun Farrell for Adventures in SciFi Publishing. We discuss film, television, literature, our little book of the month club, and some things Stargate. Check it out here: http://www.adventuresinscifipublishing.com/2009/02/aisfp-74/
Well, that’s it. Now go out and enjoy the paltry few hours left in your weekend.