In my opinion, people fall into four personality types…
So, which personality type are you?
An early concept drawing from James Robbins for the episode I’m currently writing…
Today’s entry is dedicated to blog-regular Gilder. Speedy recovery!
dasNdanger writes: “Joe – have you ever read DC’s Secret Six by Gail Simone? I just read the first trade of the current volume, and all I gotta say is that Gail scares me. A LOT. ”
Answer: I’m a huge fan of Gail’s and was thrilled to learn she’d contributing to the Masked anthology as well. As I already mentioned elsewhere, I absolutely loved her story, “Thug”. I also loved (and continue to love) her work on Secret Six.
Sean D. writes: “Is it Camile Wray or Camille Wray?”
Answer: The name should be spelled “Camille” with two L’s but because that didn’t clear, we had to spell it with one “L” – which Carl and I find ridiculous which is why we spell it with two L’s. Hope that answers your question. Sort of.
dixoholster writes: “Joe, i cant believe you are encouraging this absurd behavior. the whole save balding asian guy thing went outta control. the fact that he has all these fans behind him is not a testament to the creative decisions taken, its fueled rather by silliness.”
Answer: Aw, man. You’re not going to want to be here tomorrow for the announcement of our next guest Q&A.
Deni writes: “When does the new season of SGU begin?”
Answer: September 28th on SyFy.
SuperGater writes: “1. Why was Atlantis canceled? Was it because of the ratings? The cost of the show? Or were you guys just tired of it and wanted to try something new?”
Answer: To this day, I still don’t know exactly why the show was cancelled but I do know it certainly wasn’t a case of us being tired and wanting to try something new. As I already stated in past entries, Paul and I as co-show runners, as well as our writing staff made up of Carl, Martin, and Alan, were very much looking forward to a possible sixth season. We were having fun and had stories ready to go. We were ultimately ALL very disappointed to hear we wouldn’t get the chance to come back for that sixth year.
2. Who canceled Atlantis? I haven’t been able to find any information on who did.
Answer: The who’s and why’s were never made clear to me either. Like I said, I thought we could have done another year.
3. Do you find it frustrating that you guys (I mean the shows producers) are being singled out by alot of angry Atlantis fans who blame you for the shows cancelation?
Answer: From a personal standpoint, not really. A show’s creative will always be the ones to catch the fan flack, deserved or not. We’re the people on the front lines – especially those of us who, say, maintain an online presence – and so we make for easy targets. I don’t mind playing the role of villain (okay, I have to admit I kind of enjoy it), so from my end it’s all good. On the other hand, I find it very sad to see vitriol directed at actors who certainly had nothing to do with Atlantis’s cancellation. I’m also incredibly disappointed to see fans wishing ill on a show that: a) played no part in the SGA cancellation and b) employs most of the same people who brought SG-1 and Atlantis to life and, again, played no part in the SGA cancellation.
4. If SGU is canceled, what are the chances of SGA coming back?
Answer: Quite honestly, the chances are 0% and this has nothing to do with a desire, or lack thereof, on our part.
5. Why couldn’t you guys have done what you did with SG1 and SGA, run two series simultaneously, Atlantis season six at the same time as Universe’s first season, and passed the torch that way?
Answer: Because nobody asked us to. If someone had floated the idea, would we have been up for it? Sure! We’d done it before.
6. Do you regret anything about the way you handled the news of the Atlantis cancelation?
Answer: Although I can see why some may have seen the merits in marrying both announcements in the same press release (SGA’s cancellation and SGU’s green light), rather than temper fan disappointment it had the opposite effect, creating the erroneous assumption that SGA was cancelled to make room for SGU. I can tell you this wasn’t the case. Internally, we already knew that SGU was getting the pick-up but the news had yet to break officially. At the time, we were still awaiting news on Atlantis’s fate.
7. Do you think any one on your side, either people involved in the production, the studio, or the network, knowing what they know now, regret canceling Atlantis for SGU?
Answer: Again, those of us involved in the Atlantis production had nothing to do with the decision to cancel the show. A sixth season would have benefited everyone, and I do mean everyone, from Paul, myself, and the entire writing staff through to the cast and entire crew. Regarding your question – it really depends on what you’re asking. If you’re wondering whether any of the aforementioned regret not doing a sixth season – I can’t say because I can’t get inside their heads. I know that many of us would have liked another year but there’s little point in wondering what could have been. On the other hand, if you’re wondering whether any of the aforementioned might regret not doing a sixth season of Atlantis if it was a choice between that sixth season OR doing SGU, then I’m pretty confident that – given everything we know now – everyone would have certainly opted for SGU. It’s meant at least two years of work for the crew (as opposed to one), at least two more years for the studio (again, as opposed to one), and, from a network standpoint, the ratings average for SGU’s first season were better than the average of SGA’s last season.
8. How confident are you that Universe well get a third season? What kind of ratings do you think the show will have to pull in to get picked up? Do you think the move to Tuesday nights will help. If yes, why?
I won’t even hazard a guess but I will say that I’m quietly confident. I think the move to Tuesday nights will help us and here’s why. We get an enormous boost from those +7 numbers (ratings of households that record and watch the show up to seven days after its initial airing). I believe there are several reasons for this including the fact that, as SF fans, our audience is more technologically savvy and tends to either record or download the show (and some recent figures I’ve heard on the latter seem to bear this out) more than average. Also, there’s the fact that Friday night is the most DVR’d night on television – probably because most people aren’t home watching t.v. that night. More people are home watching television on Tuesday nights meaning our audience would be more likely to watch it sooner (live or same day) rather than later (+7). Even if our audience numbers remain steady, those numbers will be more front-loaded. The +7 numbers may diminish, but those live +SD numbers will rise – and its those numbers that the network and advertisers are particularly keen on.
9. From reading your blog posts, I feel as though your interest in making the Atlantis movie has waned. Is this because you’re losing hope or is it because of the sour taste left in your mouth by the fact that the anti-SGU is mostly made up of Atlantis fans?
Answer: I have not lost hope.
10. Also from reading your blog, I get the feeling that even if Universe does get picked up, you might not be around for that third season. I may be misreading you but are you prepared to say if you’ll be back if the show comes back?
Answer: Don’t know. I take it season by season.
“What do you think is working against Universe becoming a break out hit and what can you do to change that?”
Answer: I’m very proud of Universe and think it’s a great series. Our cast is terrific and the show keeps getting better and better. That’s working for us. Working against us, as strange as it may sound, is the fact that it’s a Stargate series. Some fans of the old show want more of the same, aren’t getting it and are disappointed, while viewers unfamiliar with SGU assume its the same old show and thus dismiss it. We just need to find a way to get viewers to tune in, give us a chance, and check us out. If we can do that, I’m confident we can win over a lot of them.