Yesterday, we received a visit from our friends at Syfy, Exec. VP of Original Programming Mark Stern and Director of Development Erika Kennair, who dropped by to talk travel, television and, oh yeah, Stargate: Universe.  We spent the afternoon discussing the first five scripts of season two and beyond – character developments, story arcs, and surprises in store for the not too distant future.  It was a pleasant and ultimately fruitful sit-down that yielded some terrific ideas that I was quite excited about… until I sat down in front of my laptop this morning and realized I would now have to incorporate these terrific ideas into the rewrite of Awakening.  Don’t get me wrong.  I really do like the notions we came up with.  They’ll help clarify some of the character motivations and offer up interesting revelations about her heroes.  I just hate rewrites.  Even more than I hate writing first drafts.

Paul, meanwhile, is hip-deep in prep on Intervention while Rob and Carl have spent the past couple of days on the set, watching Director Robert Carlyle work his magic.  Back on the office front, Remi and Linda are hammering out their stories as I try to figure out a sciFIentifically sound idea for my Resurgence outline (thank you, SGU Creative Consultant John Scalzi).

I brought a pear in to work yesterday that has mysteriously gone missing.  Either somebody took it, or I’ve really got to clean my desk.

I’m always interested in where the kitchen staff of my favorite restaurants go eat on their days off.  In much the same way, I’m always interested in what people who work in the television industry are watching.  I’m sure many of you have not wondered what we at Stargate are watching when we’re not watching our own show – which is, admittedly, on very rare occasions.  Well, wonder not no more.  What follows is a list of the shows we’re watching, compiled in a most unscientific manner: I basically kept a running count of the shows we either discussed during lunch, in our respective offices waiting for a meeting to begin, or over the course of our morning pep talks.  So, in other words, the series must have been watched by at least two people.  Ashleigh, for instance, may love Gossip Girl, but if no one else watches the show and can engage her in a spirited debate about what exactly Chuck was up to in last night’s episode or those gorgeous shoes Blair was wearing in the premiere, then it doesn’t make the list.  These shows, however, did –

House: There are those who’ll claim the show is formulaic, but I’d argue that the medical mysteries of the week, while interesting, are secondary to the show’s wonderful character dynamics.  In its sixth season and as great as ever.

Glee: A prime time song and dance show?  I honestly thought I’d hate it.  How wrong I was.  Clever, colorful, and gloriously un-PC.

The League: I’ve yet to check it out but this FX series about a fantasy football league has received a lot of writers’ room buzz.

American Idol: Some seasons I’ll watch; others I’ll miss.  This season I’ve decided to skip, but there are a few diehard fans in the office who are tuning in.

The Office: It’s a comedy with heart and boasts a wonderful ensemble cast from Steve Carell’s clueless Michael Scott to Leslie David Baker’s perennially disinterested Stanley Hudson.

Big Love: A show I enjoyed despite the fact that our protagonist is a polygamist, but as the seasons have come and gone, I’ve really grown to hate Bill Henrickson.  My distaste for the character and his bizarre choices has reached the point where I don’t know if I’ll be tuning in next season.

30 Rock: The gags fly fast and furious and while a some may not their mark, more than enough do to make 30 Rock show must-see-t.v.  And Adam Baldwin is brilliant.

Survivor: I know, I know.  It’s reality t.v. and I shouldn’t be watching but I am – an enjoying this season immensely.  Go villains!

The Amazing Race: Carl calls it the fastest hour on television and he’s right.  Time flies when you’re racing across the globe.  Although this season hasn’t captured my interest like past installments, I’m still watching.

South Park: Next to The Simpsons, one of the most oft-quoted shows in the writers’ room.  Wickedly funny.

Spartacus – Blood and Sand: Although it lacks the scale of HBO’s Rome (as well as its sense of humor), Spartacus has proven itself a well-written bloody good time.

Me brainstorming a fix for a fourth act conundrum. Just kidding. I'm ordering lunch.

Exec. Producers' Assistant Ashleigh, ever-eager to make another blog appearance.

Syfy's Erika Kennair drops by for a visit - and catches up on all the latest SGU news.

The equally lovely Carl Binder, all pumped up for the start of a new season.

Linda McGibney - seconds before she threw me out of her office.

Remi Aubuchon finds YOU charming and amusing!

Carl savors his lunch.

Kate, Keeper of the Art Department Archives.

I contemplate a solution to the mid-season cliffhanger. Just kidding. I'm thinking about what I'm going to order for next day's lunch.

Actor Jamil Walker Smith (SGU's Master Sergeant Ronald Greer) says hi.

Oops.  No wonder you’ve been having so much trouble guessing the episode titles.  I gave you the incorrect number of letters in the first word of episode 6’s three-world title.  Oh, and we have multiple winners who guessed correctly on episode 7.

Episode #6: ***A* AN* *R***

Episode #7: THE GREATER GOOD

Episode #8: *A****

Episode #9: ???

Episode #10: RESURGENCE

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Mika

I’m on set Monday if you want direct access to far too many years of overtraining in science for inspiration.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Out of that bunch of tv shows, the only one that interests me is House, but I can’t watch it because I develop all the symptoms. razz And I only like the Brit version of The Office. I won’t give reality tv my time, and Spartacus, as I understand it, is just soft porn.

No wonder you like that one, Joey. smile

As far as lunch goes, today I had a delicious salad!

Flaked tuna over a bed of greens, with roasted red peppers, and chunks of grilled eggplant, zucchini and yellow squash, sprinkled with capers and served with a lemon vinaigrette. Couldn’t get enough of it…it was really yummy!

Have a good evening, sir!

das

Charlie's Angel
Charlie's Angel

Hi Joe — um, isn’t it ALEC Baldwin on 30 Rock?

Jean
Jean

Hey Joe,

Ep 6: TRIAL AND ERROR?

We’re off to DC tomorrow for spring break. Going to check out all the cool Smithsonian stuff. Hopefully all the snow is gone…

Jean

jojo
jojo

of the shows you mentioned, I love House, Glee, The amazing Race and Survivor. Cory (Finn) of Glee is from Vancouver and in Stargate SG-1: 200. He has come a long way since then! My other favorites are NCIS, Numbers, and the mentalist. Because I love the relationships between the team members. The stories are great and include the relationships.

I have been rewatching SGU dvds to prepare for the April new shows. I am again so impressed with Mr. Robert Carlyle. one minute I think Rush is awful, then a hero, then brilliant, then deceptive, then ?????. Wow! he is totally amazing to bring so much to the character. I can’t wait to see more of his work in april.

mamasue9
mamasue9

I agree with your assessment of House.

Mackenzie's Momma

Okay I just have to say that second shot of Carl? Kind of makes me have to look away. That intense stare into the camera thing reminds me of…well I’m not quite sure what exactly.

Oh and I am still alive, just cramming non-stop for my final in English/Theater on Monday. I get to play a dead body. Well also I get to play a character as well in a flashback sequence and trust my fellow cast not to actually kick or poke me too hard the rest of the play. Its….a trust building thing I think.

Eric.Stewart
Eric.Stewart

nice elephant cufflings Joe!! mrgreen
My favorite show among this list is HOUSE. Love the medical mysteries. Always try to find mistakes in the show. If there are some, they are hard to find. The show appears to have a better medical consulting team then on ER. Can’t get enough of it.
Like CSI Miami and Las Vegas, Law and Order. Not crazy about reality shows but will watch American Idols on occasion. Not a fan of South Park but love watching the Simpsons grin . Love all the sci-fi shows with very few exceptions.

Eric.Stewart
Eric.Stewart

are you sure you’re ordering lunch Joe. I tought you were just flashing another one of your nice suits.
Looking sharp!!! grin

Eric.Stewart
Eric.Stewart

hi Jamil! nice of you to drop by…. to say hi grin

crayonbaby
crayonbaby

Glee is so good. I’m still watching House too. iTunes has two free episodes of Spartacus, so I decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised by it. I did think it was going to be all gore and sex. Well, there is some of that, but the characters are actually interesting. I just wish there was a way to download the episodes after number two. I really don’t want to get Starz and don’t want to buy the DVDs when they come out.

I’m also in love with the show Chuck and Burn Notice. Still trying to stick with American Idol. Rounding out that schedule is SGU. I think that’s enough to watch along with the occasional Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report.

Grace
Grace

Hi, Joe!

I hope things are well with the entire family. My brother and I wanted to share this with you:
http://planetoddity.com/stargate-atlantis-home-theater-truly-sci-fi-pleasure/
On the food front, I’ll be thinking of you at dinner tomorrow when my brother orders the nastiest thing on the menu just to make my birthday a little more special. lol. You two would make great dinner companions because you’re both adventurous eaters. A fan of marrow, escargot, or similar eats I am not. Those desserts on the other hand…
Have a great weekend!

-G

cat4444
cat4444

I agree with jojo regarding Robert Carlyle. He is an absolutely superb actor. I just finished watching “Go Now” and his performance was wonderful. I know two people with MS (well, one now, since one died a couple of years ago – the other was just diagnosed last year) and, to different extents, I could see both of them in the character of Nick and what he was going through.

By the way, just who exactly is responsible for the casting of Robert Carlyle anyway? Brad? Rob? Both? I’m curious to know who to blame because it’s proven to be an inspired, if expensive, bit of casting. I’ve had to pick up a LOT of his past work since I had only seen four of them before Universe came along (The Full Monty (who hasn’t? smile ), 24: Redemption, The World is Not Enough, and 28 Weeks Later). I have to admit, though, his being Renard was a surprise given that the appearance of the character was so very different from the others, and, at the time I originally watched it, I didn’t realize the actor was the same one as in the other movies.

Such diverse characters, each portrayed convincingly with no missteps. The man is a chameleon, shedding the skin of one role to become the character of the next. And you can tell him I said so because I don’t think he’ll be brave enough to tread the waters of your blog by agreeing to a Q&A – he’d likely be inundated – and there are some things that are just too terrifying for even the bravest and hardiest of souls. (Yes, this is a dare.)

I’m wondering, though, if “Rob and Carl” spending their time watching director “Robert Carlyle” is in the same vein as “Adam” Baldwin on 30 Rock, or is he really directing an episode? If so, can you leak which one? Is it his first time as a director? Are you folks breaking him in gently, or just breaking him?

Yeah, yeah, I’m biased. I admit it. I love the character of Rush. And Hamish Macbeth. And Felix DeSouza. And O (the slippers are hilarious). And Frank Keane. (You get the picture.)

One more thing. I tripped over David Hewlett’s movie, Treed Murray, a few weeks ago. If you haven’t seen it, you should. Very good movie.

cat4444
cat4444

@Mackenzie’s Momma: Psyco killer, qu’est-ce que c’est

cat4444
cat4444

Psycho

Abby

Episode #6: ***A* AN* *R***

TRIAL AND ERROR

Episode #8: *A****

PARTED

Episode #9: ???

WTF
SOS
IOA

cat4444
cat4444

8. Backup

Gilder
Gilder

http://twitpic.com/18879b
One-and-a-half Lewis men. Brother Bob was the original scifi fan in the family, now depends on me for the inside scoop on SGU.

Several persons wondered how it was that Robert Carlyle got around the “Canadian directors only” rule. Could it have something to do with the fact that RC is a British citizen and therefore does not need a visa to work in other Commonwealth countries? (Vaguely recall Don Davis mentioning this a few years ago.)

Sarah L.
Sarah L.

The first and last episode of south park I watched was of somebody feeding a pig bacon =( .

The Mentalist & NCIS are great shows.

Stargate is my favorite of course.

Rafael
Rafael

OMG!Erika Kennair is gorgeous! You are certainly very look to work in this industry dear sir. I’m envious.

Deni
Deni

Hi Joe, after reading your post, I realized I really don’t watch much tv at all these days. Inasmuch as I think “House” is a great show, like Das, I can’t watch without getting all Rodney McKay. Other than that, I only really watch “Burn Notice”, Lost, “V”, and all the SyFy stuff we all enjoy. I’m still pissed off about “Defying Gravity” – would have loved to see where that one went. I was iffy about SGU, but after watching the trailer (hey, clarify something for me, when did a “preview” become a “trailer”, and shouldn’t a trailer be something at the end of something else?), it’s most definitely on the list.

So, Summer had her eye removed and is home as of last night. She hates the E-collar she has to wear for at least 10 days and is having a hell of a time maneuvering around the house without getting stuck on something. Her ears are constantly wet from drinking water with the thing on. Where her eye used to be is this huge Borg-like protusion, looks perfectly awful. There’s still a lot of swelling and pain to deal with, but hopefully in a couple of weeks she’ll be happier. So, I’ve been up since 3 a.m. (it’s almost 4 now) dealing with all of it, and she’s just gone back to sleep. I’ve got to be up in two hours and hit the road to Tampa soon after that, should be an interesting drive half asleep. Super pet-sitter/nurse lady will be with all of them today, so I can go and not worry about whether seizures can be handled or that horrible eye socket will be poked with something. Just hoping it’s a quiet day at home so I don’t have to rush back.

Have a great weekend!

Anais33

Coucou Joseph! ça va bien?

Merci pour cette liste des gouts de l’ensemble de la product°.
Moi mise à part Stargate les seul series que je regarde c’est les Simpsons et Desperate Housewives^^!

Ahhhh j’adore les photos…deux de plus pour ma gallery photo “Joseph”! =P

C’est clair que si vous vous trompez dans les lettres ça va être difficile à trouver ^^!!

Gros bisou!
Anais!

Anais33

Ah oui ofaite je ne vous ai pas dit!!!!

J’ai inscrit mon chien sur un site qui s’appel “Zanibook”, c”est comme facebook sauf que ce n’est que pour les animaux !!!!

http://www.zanibook.com/

Bisou =)

E
E

Penguins ate the pear! :O

daffydave
daffydave

Joe, The Pear is hidden behind the Air Con grill & some dastardly deed has bee comitted with it no wait that was an SGU script! Interesesting choice for your TV viewing I too like house, I ve never got into the others my main favourite is NCIS though judging from the current story lines it is due for major changes or cancellation as Harmon & Mc Callum’s contracts are up this season.

D

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