Fantastic. That’s how today’s phone pitch went. I started off by talking a about what the hell Paul and I have been up to for the last ten years, then went over some of the reasons why I thought the comic book medium would be the perfect home for our little SF series. Then, I launched into our opener – essentially the pilot script – and, from there, the overall concept and character arcs. The response was very positive. Next step – some conversations on their end and, if all lights go green, we can actually start mapping out those first issues.
After a quick lunch, I packed up two of my dogs (Lulu the frenchie and Jelly the pug) for a visit to the vet’s. Lulu was battling aspiration pneumonia last week and x-rays reveal she is on the mend. Jelly has been feeling under the weather of late and a cursory examination revealed she has a heart murmur. She’ll require an ultrasound but the radiologist is all booked up tomorrow so we’re on a waiting list.
Tonight, I had dinner with the lovely Kim Cowan, former publicist on SG-1 until the show’s fifth season. We had a great meal at Tojo’s – plenty of sushi, sake, and fond reminiscences. Hopefully, it won’t be another five years before we do it again.
Received an email from Ashleigh today informing me: “Too bad you aren’t in this week, I brought in fresh cookies today J ”
Now come on! That’s just downright cruel! Why the hell would she bring cookies in on a week when nobody else is there? I mean, seriously!
Today’s pics: The dogs. And Kim.
Major D. Davis write: “You had said a couple days ago that the reason we could not see the destiny set pics was because MGM had something special. Is the special thing a trailer?”
Answer: At present, I can’t comment on what it is exactly, but it’s even more special than a trailer.
PoorOldEdgarDerby writes: “Does Paul have any non-show projects of jis own, like you with your short story?”
Answer: Yep. Several kids.
Mix-Martes86 writes: “I’m not much into the “know your dog” stuff, but since my bro is quite the bugger with the issue, I thought I might ask a veteran dog owner like you some questions, to check how much truth is in some of his statements.
First, he says that if we feed our dog chocolate (I love pure black chocolate, by the way… liked it even more since my trip to Belgium), he’ll become blind.”
Answer: Though more likely dead. Do NOT feed your dog chocolate.
Silversi writes: “Hey Joe…do you think we’ll ever learn in a future SG-1 movie why Mitchell needs to remember to ‘cut the green one’ ?”
Answer: Hey, if Paul and I write the fourth SG-1 movie, I’ll explain it then.
Maddog1995 writes: “According to IMDB, you’re listed as a consulting producer. What are the differences between , executive, consulting and just plain old producer?”
Answer: I’ve already answered the producer question. This year, as consulting producers, Paul and I are in the offices reading scripts and outlines, spinning stories, watching cuts, etc. However, unlike previous years, we are not producing our own episodes (overseeing prep, dealing with the network, doing out own cuts, etc.).
Major D. Davis writes: “1. Will you promise to at least check out the pilot or the first few episodes of west wing? I really think you will love it.
2. Can you give me all the stuff on your desk that you are going to throw away?
3. So if you and Paul never write anything together, why are you credited together?
4. When will fans get to see the new SGU trailer?
5. Are you still filming life or have you moved onto time yet?
6. Do you find it supprising that I got the nckname 20 questions at a summer camp?”
Answers: 1. Sorry, no promises. My t.v.-watching dance card is pretty full.
2. For obvious health reasons, no.
3. We are still a producing team. Also, he tends to do a lot of the heavy rewrites on other scripts (which I don’t do) so things even out.
4. No idea.
5. We’re actually in New Mexico shooting Air III now.
6. Actually – no.