For the life of me, I can’t imagine how such a great idea could have gone so horribly awry. Impacted by the recent economic downturn, a tycoon in China was forced to trim his roster of mistresses down from a high-living five to a lower suburban middle-class one. Heartbreaking. No doubt a fan of reality television, he chose to hold an American Idol-like competition to help him decide which one to keep. Alas, the first candidate to be eliminated proved a bit of a sore loser – and suicidal, driving herself, him, and the four other contestants off a mountain road during a group outing. Now THAT was the most shocking rose ceremony ever!  http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iFcWyoC9tN3C_AoxSZW0nTdZtubA
Hey, guess where I went for dinner last night. Okay, yes, Fuel was a pretty safe assumption. But guess who I was with. Everyone! Last night was the Stargate: Universe cast dinner. No, sorry, I didn’t take pics for fear of spooking the actors, but I’m happy to report, a great time was had by all. I think we’ve got a terrific and incredibly talented group and I look forward to that first day of principal photography….

Which happens to be tomorrow! First up, Rush and Eli on Stage 3 followed by the first of several familiar faces. On the lot Wednesday, but heading out on location Thursday and Friday.

Today was “spin and break” day with one of the new writers. We bounced around a bunch of ideas, came up with an intriguing backstory for Wray (but not before some vehement disagreement on her first name), and, ultimately, fleshed out what promises to be yet another story chock full of wonderful little character moments. And we even managed to come up with an episode title. We are on fire!

Air #1, #2, and #3 are prepped and ready. Water awaits a polish. Brad reports he should have a first draft of Fire sometime next week. Martin awaits word on Earth while elements of Time accumulate and coalesce in Rob’s mind.

Well, if all goes well, I’ll finally be delivering my first draft of the mid-season two-parter tomorrow. I’ve been putting off as I attempt to polish and re-polish what I’ve got, but it seems that the longer I delay, the more new ideas and reconsiderations are impacting on the decisions I’ve already made. Granted, changes will have to be made – but until these new ideas and reconsiderations are actually written in stone, I’ll proceed as planned. And I, of course, refer to what Wray knows, the Boone reveal, and the James diss.

 

 

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Laura
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Laura

So exciting! I can’t wait until it airs!

maddog1995
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maddog1995

Not sure if its been asked already, but will the premiere of Stargate Universe be like Atlantis, i.e., a two hour movie? And any hints of some familiar faces?

Shawna
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Shawna

Yeah, if he’s giving them a salary, they’re not called mistresses. They’re called whores. Someone should really quality-check that article. While my first reaction is to say it’s too bad they didn’t all die (especially him), at least his wife and the remaining whore-stresses left him.

So, familiar faces in the first episode, hey? I don’t suppose you’re allowed to tell us who?

Jon K.
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Jon K.

This is killing me, why won’t they tell us who the rest of the cast is!!!!!!!! A little hint or something Joe……I’m open to bribing, just name your price.

ytimynona
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ytimynona

Does this mean you have girls? Yay!

I thought Wray’s first name was Meredith? Oh… lol I’m thinking of Grey’s anatomy wink

And the name Boone will forever make me think of the ill-fated character on LOST… Ian Somerhaulder was so *dreamy* razz

BELOUCHI
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BELOUCHI

Dear joe,

1.) Can we expect more brillant space ship battles for the upcoming Stargate Atlantis movie?
2.) Will We get to see you making a Cameo appearance in the movie?
3.) Will the Wraith still exist beyond project twilight?
4.) What did John Sheppard mean when he told Todd the Wraith in the Enemy at the gates: “let’s make sure it won’t happen again…”

Narelle from Aus
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Narelle from Aus

Joe, my Zen has gone. At first it was just marked as absent thinking it would come back, after a while there was concern so a missing Zen report was filed. It’s been found lying in a dark alley stamped into a squooshy mush. My half-full glass has been sucked dry.

Good luck with the writing tasks ahead and the start of your new production.

pg15
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pg15

Oooooooo…Time eh? Time travel? Flashbacks? 42 minutes of staring at a clock ala 60 Minutes? The possibilities are timeless.

I’m very excited that production has FINALLY began after the “delays” (don’t know if it counts as delays if the starting date was never announced officially). I hope you’ll be able to at least give us a peek of something tomorrow; a picture, one of the MALE cast members saying hello or something (because we all know the female cast members don’t exist yet), or whatever else you can think of.

Also, what locations are you talking about? You can tell me, I won’t camp out there or anything.

Funny story: I had a dream last night where I saw what the Destiny looked like, and it was a cross between an O’Neill class Asgard Ship and the Daedalus (like, it had the back of the O’Neill, and the front of the Daedalus). Man, even my dreams aren’t original.

To make it official:

Question: where are you guys going on Thursday and Friday to shoot the on-location scenes for the Universe premier?

firespy
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firespy

So you are saying that had my sister and I showed up at Fuel last night on our last night in town we would not have gotten in due to a private party thus making kicking the crap out of myself totally stupid becuase we were going to go back across that damn bridge to eat there one more time before we left…DAMN! Well I can vouch for Tom and the staff there…Tom saved my birthday and kept me from bawling right there in front of everyone with the little scheduling snaffu. I tried food I never thought I would but I will say that the pork was divine and the CHEF was awesome!

shane
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shane

yeah seriously….CAST ANNOUNcEMENT!when are we getting them…its driving me crazy….and ill join jon k. in the bribe if thats wat it takes lol

Blademos
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Blademos

Yeah who are the familiar faces? Could it be cast form the other stargates? Come on Joe plz give us a little insght on who it is. When will this stargate air?

PoorOldEdgarDerby
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PoorOldEdgarDerby

So this tycoon hires somebody to figure who’s the most ugg, informs the girl of the findings and her subsequent lack of being any longer desirable and is given zero pause when she offers to drive on the outing with those still with enough potential attraction? Righto.

@ytimynona: Take heart. Boone was the sacrifice the island demanded.

Juralas
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Juralas

I like how you slipped the seventh episode name in there like a ninja. When you refer to “Rob”, I assume it’s Robert C. Cooper? Who will direct the episode (Time)?

Thornyrose
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Thornyrose

I don’t know if I’m getting cynical in my old age, but apparantly that mistress deserved her fate. She drives all of them off the road, but doesn’t manage to at least eliminate the idiot who came up with the reality show idea? Such shocking incompetence.
So, are you going to get someone else on the crew to clue in the new actors on your propensity to take pictures and post them here? I understand and appreciate it when actors elect to preserve their privacy, but this new batch should be given the opportunity permit postings of their pics. Besides, this will give you an excuse to ask them to come to another Fuel dinner, so that you can obtain out of costume shots of them. Everyone wins that way…. thanks for the updates.

Randomness
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Randomness

Good luck on your first draft tommorow.

Amz
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Amz

Hey, seeing as it was a Universe-related blog entry today (aside from the introductory Man-and-His-Mistresses-Fiasco story), I think I have some questions.

Can you tell us the names of some of the directors who will be working on Universe?

What about DOP?

And will Jim Menard be working on it??

Cheers Joe,

Amz/Amy

David
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David

I got the feeling that story will be soon become a urban legend in china and certainly mutate in something far interesting once it starts to spread a little.

But you should never let a loosing contestant drive afterwards what was he thinking.

It sounds like universe is coming along nicely.
Now how do you want for the female cast list, it getting really annoying having to wait for them.

shiningwit
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shiningwit

…..which goes to prove that money can’t buy sense! Maybe he should’ve been aware that hell hath no fury blah blah blah.

(I’d have loved to have seen the look on his face when she did it though!)

shiningwit
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shiningwit

I don’t believe it! I’ve just received through the post, “Official Notice of your West country region digital TV switchover” with TEN different languages printed on the back of the envelope and the offer to have the pack in whichever language you desire. Now the last I checked I was living in England where we speak ENGLISH so whats with all this crap?….I’m off to finish this rant on my own blog but you see what shit we’re up against over here?
*stomps off muttering vociferously*

Linda Gagne
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Linda Gagne

It is a good thing you put the link for your source because as I was reading what you wrote I was thinking that you were making it all up. I just can’t believe that stuff happens in real life, go figure.

JimFromJersey
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JimFromJersey

Wow…Fan even held a drinking competition! Where do I sign up??

Time is flying. Almost seems like in no time at all, I’ll be sitting down to watch the newest incarnation of Stargate.

Fathercrow
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Fathercrow

Yeah, yeah, yeah, Stargate is great an all, but what about the important stuff? How is that short story coming along?

Ann-Marie Sloan
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Ann-Marie Sloan

Cool filming has gotten underway. SWEET.

*Ann-Marie goes and sits patiently to wait till the premiere*

maggiemayday
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maggiemayday

Shooting on location? Isn’t it like cold and snowing and crap? Or did you get a break?

Great. Now I want cheap sweet and sour chicken with pineapple in it Chinese food. That’s what rose ceremonies do for me.

Izzy
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Izzy

I know the someone driving off a cliff isn’t funny, but it’s kind of hard to feel sorry for them.

Anyway, can’t wait for Universe to start filming. I know it’ll be months till we’re able to watch it, but still! Just knowing that it’s being filmed adds to the anticipation. smile