Yes, it’s true! Stargate newbie Linda McGibney, a.k.a McBabe, a.k.a. McG, a.k.a. Friendo, has kindly agreed to swing on by and answer your questions. She was a bit leery at first, but I vouched for you guys. I vouched! So don’t make me look bad. Start posting your questions. And behave yourselves!
Crazy-busy day. This morning, I sat down to incorporate my fellow producers’ notes into my Blue draft of The Hunt. As a rule, rewrites make me very, very cranky – and this one was no exception. Not that I objected to the requested changes. They were all very good notes. I just hate to rewrite. But as much as I hate rewrites, I love that rush of euphoria that courses through you when you complete one. On average, they’ll last the remainder of that work day. On this occasion, it lasted approximately thirty seconds, that’s how long it took me to make the last change, save it, hear the PING of alerting me I had a new email, and check my inbox to discover I’d received the network notes. “That was fast,”marveled our SyFy point-person Erika Kennair hours later, after I’d incorporated both sets of notes and finally put out the blue draft.
“Well, to be honest, half of the notes you sent my way were notes I’d already received in the writers’ room,”I said.
“Well,”she said, “I feel less special now.”
I assured her that she should consider herself very special because, while the notes I’d received from my fellow writers were good, the notes she’d spent me were best of all. Almost touching really.
Anyway, speaking of notes, Erika informed me that an old friend will be joining her in constructively criticizing the episodes. Claire Sharood who used to provide input on Atlantis, then moved on to one of NBCUni’s other divisions (Knife Fights & Fusion Cooking I think it was, but don’t quote me), is back at SyFy with a new position. Congrats to Claire and I look forward to anguishing over her notes.
Hey, speaking of SyFy, I’m sure you’ve heard that Stargate: Universe we’ll be joined on Tuesday nights this fall by Caprica. I think this is awesome news for a number of reasons:
1. Caprica fans don’t have to wait until January of 2011 to catch the back half of the show’s first season.
2. Scifi fans can look forward to back to back pure SF shows on the same night, reminiscent the good old days of SciFi Fridays with a line-up of Stargate: SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis, and Battlestar Galactica.
3. The decision should boost both shows’ ratings since it’s more likely viewers will watch the shows during their initial broadcasts rather than/in addition to recording and watching later in the week.
4. We can alternate being the designated driver meaning each of us is free to get totally hammered every alternate Tuesday.
Other productionally happenings today:
I spoke to Steve about that season two trailer. He spent the past few days going over all the episodes and hopes to have something for me to check out early next week.
We watched Ryan’s new season 2 preamble. Great.
I dropped by post to approve the temp visual effects for Resurgence, episode 10, with VFX Supervisor Mark Savela and Editor Mike Banas, P.I. Wow. Wow. And wow! Another visual extravaganza, this one. While there, I talked with Mike who was VERY impressed with the trailer PG15 put together. And he wasn’t the only one. This one’s getting lots of rave reviews internally.
In the afternoon, we also started spinning the big season finale. Tomorrow, we start putting the beats up on the board.
Also this afternoon, Bob Picardo and his lovely wife Linda dropped by the production offices to say hi (David Hewlett was in yesterday). They’re in for the weekend because Woolsey sees action tomorrow. Looking forward to that catch-up dinner Saturday night.