Let’s kick things off with a little mystery clip from the set of Stargate: Universe…

So, what is everyone watching?  Beside Stargate: Universe of course.  My weekly viewing schedule is made up of –

The Walking Dead: I love the fact that Frank Darabont has taken the source material, the brilliant comic book series by Robert Kirkman, produced a series that has remained true to Kirkman’s original vision, yet built upon it to create a unique and thoroughly enthralling show.  Great to hear it’s alright received a second season order.

House: In it’s seventh season, it’s showing no signs of slowing down.  Love the character interaction – although, I’m not a fan of the House/Cuddy romance.  It’s like imagining your parents together.  brrrrrh.

Survivor: I know, I know.  As a writer, I should abhor reality television – and yet, I have to admit that this series has always been a guilty pleasure.  Not as engaging as previous seasons, but the colorful (read: insane) characters make for entertaining viewing.

The Amazing Race: The show my buddy Carl calls “The fastest hour on television”.  I’m not as invested as I was in previous seasons, but it’s always great to see the contestants hit Tokyo.

Top Chef: Apparently, we’re behind in Canada as the winner has already been crowned south of the border, but I’m enjoying Hail to the Chef, even though the product placement can get very tiresome.  And I still want to know: DID Alex steal the pea puree?!!

F Word: My favorite of the Ramsay shows if only because he actually comes across as human in this one.  This season, he’s pitting restaurants against each other in the quest to find England’s best.  I was loving it up until the semi-finals in which one of three restaurants is eliminated before it even has a chance to compete.

Hell’s Kitchen: It’s the same every season but it always amazes me how many chefs are – 1) chain-smokers, 2) social awkward, 3) just out-and-out crazy.

My friends tell me I should be watching The League (and not only because I seem to be living it).  With the first two issues of the comic book complete and my Tokyo restaurant list almost done, that’s next on my list of Things to Do.

So, what ARE you watching?

Today’s blog entry is dedicated to the men and women of our armed forces, past and present.

Mailbag:

Alexandria writes: “1 – Do you truly believe that angry SGA/SG1 fans are to blame for the low ratings for SGU? Or have impacted the ratings so significantly to go from over 2 million viewers live at the premiere of season 1 to 0.96 million viewers in the second season?”

Answer: Clearly, you have me confused with someone else.  In my recent blog posts, I’ve made pretty clear the reasons I believe the ratings have been impacted (ie. the change to Tuesday nights with its increased competition, increasing use of alternate means of viewing the show, etc.).  Angry former fans was not among them.

“2. Was it low ratings that caused the cancellation of SGA?”

Answer: I’m the wrong guy to ask.  It wasn’t my decision.  Ratings could certainly have been factor even though the show’s numbers were actually picking up in its fifth season. It’s easy to look back and say “Hey, the show was doing a 1.4!” it would never be cancelled today, but I’d argue that if it was airing today – on Tuesday nights with the increase in downloads and DVR use over the past couple of years since it last aired – it wouldn’t be doing a 1.4, and its numbers would most likely be around the same ballpark as SGU’s.

“3. If you believe that those angry fans had such pull to negatively affect SGU, then wouldn’t Atlantis still be on the air?”

Answer: See my response to question 1.

“4. What mostly does the network consider when deciding to renew or cancel a show?”

Answer: Mostly?  Ratings.  Specifically live+SD and live+3 numbers.

“5. Cost wise, is SGU more expensive to produce than shows like Sanctuary?”

Answer: I’m not sure what you mean by “like Sanctuary” but certainly given the size of the cast and our visual effects budget, it’s safe to say SGU is more expensive to produce than Sanctuary.

@iom666 writes: “I am a little bit upset at the Scifi channel as I believe putting #SGU on a Tuesday night was an attempt to sabotage the show ratings on purpose.”

Answer: I disagree.  The move to Tuesday night was an attempt to increase viewership.  Tuesday nights have been good nights for other SyFy shows – although, in retrospect, those were summer shows.  Also, when the decision was made, I saw the logic in the move – given that more people are home watching t.v. on Tuesday nights, I was hoping that, even if our total audience numbers remained unchanged, we would benefit from less people recording the show for later viewing meaning we would see a bump in those live+SD numbers.  Obviously, that wasn’t the case as the live +7 numbers suggest as many and more are recording the show on Tuesday nights.

Michael writes: “3) Who came up with the backseat driving scene with Dr. Perry, Volker, Eli, and Brody in the bridge? It was a rare hilarious scene.”

Answer: The writer of the episode, Carl Binder.

“4) After seeing that abandoned and battler worn Ursini ship, is it safe to assume they and the Blueberry aliens aren’t the best of friends?”

Answer: That remains to be seen.  The Ursini may have bigger fish to fry.

Sean D. writes: “If, god forbid, the network doesn’t renew the show, might the producers try to get the show another season via another network?”

Answer: Hopefully such a scenario won’t even enter the equation and, two months from now, we’ll be collaborating with our friends at SyFy on bring you SGU’s third season.

Raynan writes: “Ah, Joe? You still (I told you a few days ago in comments) have your episode numbers wrong, if I’m not mistaken? “The Greater Good” should be #207, if you haven’t revamped the numbering system along the way ;) .”

Answer: Yes, my bad.  I’m getting ahead of myself.  The Greater Good was, in fact, episode #207.

Andrew writes: “It would be nice if it were taken into account when deciding on an extension of that too, to exist here also still a market that settles back the money for a season – this product is selled world-wide, so look at the fans all over the world!”

Answer: Like dvd and download sales, the show’s performance in overseas markets has a huge impact on the studio’s decision re: the show’s future.  Obviously, the more downloads, dvd, and foreign sales, the more the studio will be motivated to ensure the show continue on.  So keep watching!  Your support is important!

Simon writes: “1) First off, tell Carl on mybehalf that he has been forgiven! Joking, of course. Anyway on to my question, are you guys happy with the Live + 7 numbers more so than the same day?”

Answer: Sure, I suppose they’re informative.

“2) Great news on the movies! Any more developments on that end? Are the new management interested in keeping Stargate alive?”

Answer: Issues still being settled on the studio front.  Hopefully more news on the movie front in the coming months.

Oreol writes: “Also, in the worst case scenario, having the ending of the show planned out, would it be possible to publish it on your blog?”

Answer: Definitely not.  Sorry.

avabird writes: “Joe, how are the dogs and the fam?”

Answer: All good.  Maximus (pictured in my banner) is recovering from eye surgery.  Mom and sis will be spending Christmas with me in Vancouver.

dasNdanger writes: “Remember all that stuff I nagged about, stuff I wanted? The tension between characters? The conflict? The sacrifices? The questionable decisions? The bad guy coming through? The good guy going south? The consequences of one’s actions? And everything else? Well, the show has truly delivered!”

Answer: Only because you asked nicely.

Stryse writes: “What’s your take on this apparent shift in the way shows are getting made, moving into a more serialized format where viewers kind of do need to tune in week after week to follow along? How do you think the networks need to shift their paradigms to mitigate their risks with new shows of this format, so as to give them a proper chance, but not alienate whatever audience those shows manage to capture before they get cancelled?”

Answer: I prefer serialized shows like The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, and The Wire, but they seem to work better at a home like HBO where the emphasis is less on ratings and more on crafting a series that will, in time, build a loyal following, an audience willing to pay a premium for these shows (either via downloads, subscriptions, or DVD). Nowadays, if you’re not strong out of the gate or begin to lag a little in the first leg, there’s a good chance you won’t get to finish the race.  While I agree our show is more serialized than either SG-1 or Atlantis, I think we’re striving – and, hopefully, succeeding – in producing a show that offers a little of both: developing story and character arcs along with standalone stories.  As for what the networks need to do to mitigate the risks – I would strongly urge them to look into alternate means of gauging a show’s popularity that incorporate the increasing use of developing technologies by today’s tech-savvy consumers.

Connor P writes: “You said that it would be a shame to cancel SGU early because you have the storyline all mapped out. Does that mean that you have the entire plot sequence mapped out, e.g. if all goes well, SGU will be x seasons long, with the finale coming in y years. Or do you just have the end of the overarching plot line designed, and you can drop it in at the end of whatever season you want, and draw the seasons out as long as you want with subplots in the middle?”

Answer: There are a number of arcs and elements that will figure into the ultimate finale we have planned.  Ideally, we’d get five years to tell the entire story in satisfactory fashion but, if it came down to it, we could pay it off over the course of a single season.

Montrealer writes: “Afraid not. IIRC part of contract with Skiffy (AKA SyFy) effectively give them a veto to new production of a show they aired on a new network.”

Answer: Hey, I wasn’t aware you worked in the network’s legal department.

Joan001 writes: “And Vala Mal Doran – as I said before, she is probably the only one who could show up on Destiny and be a solid fit.”

Answer: As much as I love the character (and I really, really do), I couldn’t disagree with you more.  Totally different sensibility.

Randomness writes: “Just wanted to point something out as people here obviously are doing a renewal campaign. Letter writing does get the attention of studios/networks.”

Answer: Even more effective than a letter writing campaign is getting friends and family (and their friend and family) to tune in to the show Tuesday nights at 9:00 p.m. on SyFy.  THAT DEFINITELY gets the network’s attention.

Elminster writes: “@Joe – What’s Canada’s ratings for SGU? I have a feeling that the number of viewers from Canada, England and Australia would out-perform the USA’s.”

Answer: SGU does very well on Canada’s Space channel averaging about 350 000 viewers per episode, which is all the more impressive when you consider the fact that Canada has roughly one tenth the population of the U.S.

 

 

120 thoughts on “November 11, 2010: Mystery vid! What are YOU watching? Mailbag!

  1. Well, due to my current inability to watch SGU in a timely manner and unannounced spoilers in the mail bag, I don’t think I can continue to read this blog sadly. I’ll miss your pets the most, especially Lulu, Carl, Bubba, and Ashleigh.

  2. The only two shows that I really keep up with right now are SGU and the USA show Burn Notice. I wish I could have kept up with House. I loved the earlier seasons but work and trying to get my degree have come between us.

    One quick question, will we ever see a Peter Kelamis/Brody centric episode? Or at least get more information about him? He’s my favorite character and I’d love to see more of him. I’ll beg if that’ll help.

  3. i haven’t seen the walking dead yet but i think i would like to at some point. right now i watch (in no particular order):

    House, Chuck, How I met your mother, Castle, Glee, Stargate Universe, Dirty Jobs, Modern Family, Big Bang Theory, Community, 30 Rock, The Office, Sanctuary.

    i also sometimes watch Craig Ferguson, Conan, Daily Show, and Colbert report

    there are some shows i watch that are currently on hiatus: Sherlock (BBC), Doctor Who, Torchwood.

    in the future when i have time i would maybe like to see: Arrested Development, The Wire, Breaking Bad, Fringe, and Warehouse 13.

    yeah i know it’s a bit much. i might have to cut some stuff out.

  4. Mr Joseph how could you incorporate hydroponics in the dome structure when there is no well to say the “watering hose” outlit for it?

    Will the crew ever destroy one of those pesky blue alien’s ship?

    Here is a train of thought 🙂

  5. In retrospect do you think it was a mistake to spend so much time developing the characters in season 1, perhaps at the expense of action and plot which seem to have a more immediate payoff?

  6. I just wanted to thank you once again for answering my questions. I truly appreciate it. I wish you, your adorable little doggies, and your upcoming adventures into comic book writing all the best. Thank you.

  7. Hi Joe,

    First I want to say I enjoy reading your blog, so thank you for that. Second, I cannot express how much I love SGU… I think its amazing.

    And finally what I want to ask you about…

    I notice you keep answering people that the best way to get the network’s attention is to watch SGU live. But more and more people are wising up the the fact that only a handful of viewers (the people with neilson boxes) actually get counted. Wouldn’t it be more productive to say something like “Everyone with a neilson box, make sure you watch it live. Everyone else, watch it through another system that is counted”. I know things like iTunes and SyFy.com don’t count as much as live neilson ratings, but at least they count a little and that must be better than nothing.

  8. For the record, SGU is the Space channel’s highest rated show. Not sure what the numbers are.

    As to your “what are you watching question”, I’ve pretty much given up on Eureka at this point (really thought they’d do more with the alternate timeline thing and stopped watching about 5 or 6 episodes into the 4th season) and will probably drop Warehouse 13 if the 3rd season doesn’t improve over the horrible second season (1st season was decent) so what I’m watching right now adds up to:

    The Walking Dead – only 2 episodes have aired as of yet, but both have been pretty good. Very glad that the tv show elaborates on the stuff done in the comic books and takes its own approach while still paying tribute.

    Bored to Death – after SGU, this is my favorite show on tv right now. Hilarious week after week. Great performances, especially by Ted Danson.

    Glee – I admit, I only started watching this because a female friend of mine wanted someone to watch it with her, but the songs are pretty good even if the storylines can be utterly ridiculous at times.

    The First 48 – don’t get to see this as often as I like, but watching real life detectives solve real murders is fascinating.

    Being Human (U.K. version) – I’m a bit late getting into this I guess, but the Space channel is now airing this show and I’ve really gotten into it. Its like Twilight for adults, but with a brain and some great acting.

    Doctor Who – saw a few episodes featuring the two previous doctors (since the show restarted in 2005, I mean) and while a few of them were really good most were just too silly. However, when Matt Smith took over as the Doctor I started watching on a regular basis and got hooked. Really looking forward to the Christmas special.

  9. Chuck – This is really a one-of-a-kind show. I can’t remember ever seeing a show with the mix of spy action & comedy that this show has. And please don’t say “Get Smart” because they’re nothing alike. ‘Chuck’ just makes us happy every week.

    The Event – It kinda goes back and forth between moments of greatness and moments of “Oh, this is part ‘Lost’, part ‘V’, part ’24′” but yet we keep watching and enjoying.

    Lie to Me – This has been a favorite the past couple of years. This season feels totally different. Like the cast decided they all hate eachother and then the writers try to write them into scenes where they don’t have to all interact as much as they used to. It doesn’t feel like the same show, and it’s kind of bugging us.

    Fringe – This show is so good in so many ways. Last season was killer in terms of the big story arc, and this season has been a whirlwind of “multiple personalities” in a sense…anybody who watches the show will understand what I mean. Hats off to John Noble and Anna Torv in particular for really selling both, er, all of their characters.

    Supernatural – Even though we’ve never seen it live, we just finished watching last season on DVD. In fact we watched all five seasons between Christmas of last year and now. The first season was gifted to me by an actor friend who was in an episode and we were hooked right away. Lots of fun, and then dark and difficult at times. Great casting (including SGU’s Julie McNiven)

    Modern Family – Even funnier this year than last year, and last year it was great. The Halloween episode was classic. Another show that you watch, and then you feel happy.

    Top Chef Just Desserts – One of the few shows that we a) look forward to and b) can watch while our 2 1/2 year old is still awake. Joe, if you think regular chefs are loony, watch this show. They. Are. Nuts. By the way, the pea puree mystery was never really solved, but I for one think he took it.

    House Hunters International – Another show that fulfills a) and b) from above, this show is a great way to see homes in other countries. Some are fairly simple or mundane, but many are just breathtaking, either due to architecture, surroundings, or both. The fact that it’s on ALL the time and it’s only a half-hour show makes it a pretty easy watch.

    By the way, we thought last night’s SGU was pretty great. Robert Knepper plays menacing SO well. Even when he’s being shadowed by Jamil.

    Speaking of which, THANK YOU so much for making Greer the LA’s babysitter and the man most looking forward to pummeling Simeon. Greer was kind of pain for most of last season, so him being so protective of the ship and its (real) crew has made him infinitely more likable. And his scenes with Eli last week didn’t hurt, either.

    Good writing and layering of character fabric.

  10. In regards to publishing the ending on this blog:

    Now that is interesting. Definitely not. Why would that be? I’m not saying it to demand an ending or anything, I’m just curious. Is it a rights issue? Would the group want to save it for a novelization or something?

  11. Hmmm…what am I watching? Well, since you asked so nicely… 😉

    Monday: Castle – Light and entertaining, it’s a good way to wind down from the first hectic day of the work week.

    Tuesday: SGU, of course. This is my serious show for the week. 🙂

    Also, NCIS – A very entertaining show that balances drama and humor very effectively. GREAT cast! Great chemisty between the characters, too. This is a character-driven show and reminds me more of the stuff you get on USA (Monk, Psych, White Collar, etc…).

    Upcoming: White Collar (returning in January). Like most USA shows, this one isn’t too heavy on the drama, and has great, well-defined characters. There’s really too much for me to watch on Tuesdays. 😛

    Wednesday: Psych…because it’s FUN!! Most times I just watch this show with a big, stupid grin on my face. In real life, Mr. Das is Shawn (he looks like him, too!), and I am Gus – the voice of reason. 😀

    Thursday: Nuttin’, unless rugby is on.

    Friday: Law and Order: UK – only watching the show because it has Jamie Bamber (Apollo from BSG…but I know him best as Archie from Horatio Hornblower), and Doctor Who‘s MARTHA JONES! It’s my no-brainer choice for the week.

    Also watch Sanctuary, of course. I love the sci fi creepy creature stuff, and their mission to save, rather than destroy, the abnormals (at least we know where Todd could find sanctuary! :D). This season so far has been very good, with lots of focus on Bigfoot (Chris Heyerdahl’s character). I just worry that they’ll end up killing the Big Guy – I sure hope they don’t! He’s such a hoot, especially when he’s with Henry (Ryan Robbins). Those two just really make the show.

    Saturday: Nuttin’ right now, except rugby. Used to watch Cops, but got out of the habit. I think new Doctor Who eps air on Saturdays. This Saturday is a marathon, not sure when the next series starts.

    Sunday: Well, I had been watching Masterpiece Mystery!, (Inspector Lewis, Wallander, Sherlock), but I believe the season is finished now. Sunday’s are usually movie night when there isn’t a good Brit mystery to be found, or I catch up on rugby.

    That’s basically it. Mr. Das watches a LOT more: Big Bang, Smallville, Sons of Anarchy, Burn Notice…some other stuff. He loves tv, but I get bored with it very quickly. Usually I just watch one show per week on a regular basis, ever since I was a kid I had my one favorite…maybe two. This is probably the most shows I’ve watched on a regular basis, and though I do enjoy them, I hate feeling committed to ‘tv’. In the past if I felt too overloaded with shows, I just stopped watching tv for a while.

    Okay, I suddenly got sleepy. I’m gonna call it a night!

    das

  12. Oh, and I heartily agree with you, Joe, in disagreeing with Joan001 about Vala on SGU. That would definitely NOT be a good fit (and I think Vala’s character was fantastic).

  13. Hi Joe,

    That video you inserted up at the top of the entry… my response: WTH?! 😉 Kinda mysterious bts stuff.

    What am I watching?

    Well, not much right now, considering I’m in the meat and potatoes of writing my dissertation for my doctorate.

    I’m keeping up with SGU, of course, even amidst this crazy-busy grad work.

    Okay, I’m watching the new show “Walking Dead” also. I don’t normally care for zombie stories but I actually like that show. It’s like a mini-movie in each episode, or more like a mini-excerpt-of-a-long-movie in each episode.

    …hmmm… SGU is like that too. 🙂

    I’m still watching Sanctuary, too, really liking it.

    But some shows that I’ve watched in the recent past and might return to in the future:
    House
    The Big Bang Theory
    The Office
    Smallville (it’s uber cheese+camp but that’s okay lol)
    Dexter (except it’s starting to lose some of that zing)
    Leverage (love that one)

    Shows I used to watch:
    Castle (it’s got to the point of absolute redundancy)
    Caprica (would continue watching if it was still on) 🙁
    Bones (it has had some gems but it’s lost it’s touch)
    Psych (same problems, it ended up getting boring)

    I tried the re-imagined Hawaii 5-0 but, meh, it’s only so-so.

    I tried “Nikita” and it was pretty interesting. I might go back to that, give it another try, still undecided on that.

    Tried “Merlin” but not liking the crazy delay in episodes airing.

    Tried “Warehouse 13” but there are so many dang shows and so little time to watch ’em, it’s hard to do more than just taste-test a handful of shows. 😐

    Anyway…

    The bit in the recent SGU episode with the backseat driving… loved it! Hilarious! 😀

    That whole episode was great. And very intriguing, especially the scene between Rush and Young, including when Rush reveals the basic concept of The Mission.

    It’s a huge mission, by the way.

    Should be called “Mission Impossible”. haha 😉

    Oh, thank you for answering my question…

    Sean D. writes: “If, god forbid, the network doesn’t renew the show, might the producers try to get the show another season via another network?”

    “Answer: Hopefully such a scenario won’t even enter the equation and, two months from now, we’ll be collaborating with our friends at SyFy on bring you SGU’s third season.”

    I’d very much like to hear the news that you all are in talks with Syfy for SGU season 3. 🙂 Hopefully soon!

    I’m really curious, though, about what this is referring to…

    “2) Great news on the movies! Any more developments on that end? Are the new management interested in keeping Stargate alive?”

    “Answer: Issues still being settled on the studio front. Hopefully more news on the movie front in the coming months.”

    …what great news of what movies?

    I missed something somewhere.

    Have the SG1 and SGA movies been in the talks again or greenlit?

    On another note, there was an old SG1 episode, or episodes, where some characters enter another dimension. I think the story with Daniel’s grandfather and the “giant aliens” was one. Then there’s the Merlin device thingy that crossed someone over to another dimension (or something like that). Great concept, would love to see it in SGU.

    Any chances of having interdimensional stories in SGU?

    🙂

    On another note, if there was a “Stargate: VMD” (Stargate: Vala Mal Doran), I’d definitely watch it! 😀 heheh

    And regarding…

    “Answer: SGU does very well on Canada’s Space channel averaging about 350 000 viewers per episode, which is all the more impressive when you consider the fact that Canada has roughly one tenth the population of the U.S.”

    …that seriously is impressive. Maybe some of the “U.S.’ers” need to learn a few lessons from Canadians.

    Anyway, another good blog entry.

    And now back to my dissertation work. Working on finishing it up by this coming Tuesday. 😐 Lots of last minute cramming, of course. Wish me luck. Scary stuff.

    k, well, have a nice day!

    Sean D.

    (soon to be, hopefully, Dr. D.)

  14. I strongly suggest that you check out Boardwalk empire with steve buschemi. I love it. There is also Merlin, a very well written fantasy type show that I enjoy. Of course, SGU is really hitting on all cylinders now, especially season 2. Good luck gentleman for a third season, really wish it.

    Take care Joe

    P.S: Did you hear, they wacked Rizzuto yesterday, terrible things happening in Monty these days

  15. Hmmm, well that didn’t work. I managed to retrieve it but looks like I’ll have to copy/paste pieces of my comment at a time. Oh well… okay here we go… 🙂

    Hi Joe,

    That video you inserted up at the top of the entry… my response: WTH?! 😉 Kinda mysterious bts stuff.

    What am I watching?

    Well, not much right now, considering I’m in the meat and potatoes of writing my dissertation for my doctorate.

    I’m keeping up with SGU, of course, even amidst this crazy-busy grad work.

    Okay, I’m watching the new show “Walking Dead” also. I don’t normally care for zombie stories but I actually like that show. It’s like a mini-movie in each episode, or more like a mini-excerpt-of-a-long-movie in each episode.

    …hmmm… SGU is like that too. 🙂

    I’m still watching Sanctuary, too, really liking it.

  16. The shows I try to watch most often are. SGU, House, No Ordinary Family, Chuck, NCIS (Original), Criminal Minds, and Fringe. Oh yes, The Walking Dead has found its way into my rotation as well.

    I wish there were more Sci-Fi shows on the air, especially on Syfy.. Sadly the only thing watchable is SGU on Syfy. In my opinion.

    Keep up the good work on the series, and make sure you pick some truly strange foods to show us during your trip to Japan.

  17. Some shows that I’ve watched in the recent past and might return to in the future:
    House
    The Big Bang Theory
    The Office
    Smallville (it’s uber cheese+camp but that’s okay lol)
    Dexter (except it’s starting to lose some of that zing)
    Leverage (love that one)

    Shows I used to watch:
    Castle (it’s got to the point of absolute redundancy)
    Caprica (would continue watching if it was still on) 🙁
    Bones (it has had some gems but it’s lost it’s touch)
    Psych (same problems, it ended up getting boring)

    I tried the re-imagined Hawaii 5-0 but, meh, it’s only so-so.

    I tried “Nikita” and it was pretty interesting. I might go back to that, give it another try, still undecided on that.

    Tried “Merlin” but not liking the crazy delay in episodes airing.

    Tried “Warehouse 13” but there are so many dang shows and so little time to watch ’em, it’s hard to do more than just taste-test a handful of shows. 😐

  18. (darn it… it’s not submitting comments… well, anyway, there were some other shows that I’ve seen but, basically, it’s hard to pick and choose when there’s so little time so I just stick with a few main ones (including SGU of course))

    Anyway…

    The bit in the recent SGU episode with the backseat driving… loved it! Hilarious! 😀

    That whole episode was great. And very intriguing, especially the scene between Rush and Young, including when Rush reveals the basic concept of The Mission.

    It’s a huge mission, by the way.

    Should be called “Mission Impossible”. haha 😉

  19. Oh, thank you for answering my question…

    Sean D. writes: “If, god forbid, the network doesn’t renew the show, might the producers try to get the show another season via another network?”

    “Answer: Hopefully such a scenario won’t even enter the equation and, two months from now, we’ll be collaborating with our friends at SyFy on bring you SGU’s third season.”

    I’d very much like to hear the news that you all are in talks with Syfy for SGU season 3. 🙂 Hopefully soon!

  20. I’ve been watching The Event. It seems like a good story, but I feel a bit jerked around by the overdone nonlinear storytelling.

  21. I’m really curious, though, about what this is referring to…

    “2) Great news on the movies! Any more developments on that end? Are the new management interested in keeping Stargate alive?”

    “Answer: Issues still being settled on the studio front. Hopefully more news on the movie front in the coming months.”

    …what great news of what movies?

    I missed something somewhere.

    Have the SG1 and SGA movies been in the talks again or greenlit?

  22. On another note, there was an old SG1 episode, or episodes, where some characters enter another dimension. I think the story with Daniel’s grandfather and the “giant aliens” was one. Then there’s the Merlin device thingy that crossed someone over to another dimension (or something like that). Great concept, would love to see it in SGU.

    Any chances of having interdimensional stories in SGU?

    🙂

    On another-another note, if there was a “Stargate: VMD” (Stargate: Vala Mal Doran), I’d definitely watch it! 😀 heheh

  23. “So, what ARE you watching?”

    Too much…

    Stargate Universe
    The Amazing Race
    Burn Notice
    Sanctuary
    Fringe
    Hawaii 5.0
    Star Wars: Clone Wars
    The Big Bang Theory
    Glee
    Nikita
    The Even (as laborious as it is…)
    The Good Guys (thought that’s about to be cancelled)
    Medium (ditto)
    Shameless
    Criminal Minds

    That’s all I can remember off the top of my head.

  24. And regarding…

    “Answer: SGU does very well on Canada’s Space channel averaging about 350 000 viewers per episode, which is all the more impressive when you consider the fact that Canada has roughly one tenth the population of the U.S.”

    …that seriously is impressive. Maybe some of the “U.S.’ers” need to learn a few lessons from Canadians.

    Anyway, another good blog entry.

    And now back to my dissertation work. Working on finishing it up by this coming Tuesday. 😐 Lots of last minute cramming, of course. Wish me luck. Scary stuff.

    k, well, have a nice day!

    Sean D.

    (soon to be, hopefully, Dr. D.)

  25. Woh weird the page suddenly started revealing that my past comments did actually submit. Probably my web browser. grrrrr! Anyway, back to work for me now.

  26. Oh, geez, looks like I forgot a few…

    Walking Dead – Really like it so far, but why oh why is it letterboxed within a 4:3 window on DirecTV?! And not in HD?! Without surround sound?! You have any idea how hard that is to watch?!

    Others…

    Hawaii 5.0
    Chase
    Nikita
    Medium
    Community

    Things I’d like to see…

    The current season of Doctor Who…bad DVD release schedules make it really hard to watch a new season live. Remember that, studios!

    House – always have liked this show, but we haven’t seen any of this season.

    Castle – A friend loaned Season 1 to us and we really enjoy it. It’s light, fun and, you know, it has Captain Mal, so there’s that. We’re looking forward to watching more at some point.

  27. Yes, Amazing Race and Survivor. The crazy factor is kinda high this time around.

    Big Bang Theory, DWTS (not live when it airs against SGU, I promise!), Castle, Criminal Minds, and The Defenders, which should be wretched, but I like it. The Mentalist now and then. I like to sleep through the CSIs when my hubby gets home and watches them marathon style On Demand. Warehouse 13. Sanctuary. Glee online when hubby is not home. He doesn’t get it. I’ve enjoyed Burn Notice when I’ve caught it. I’d probably like many of the other shows mentioned by others, but yeah, there’s only so much time.

  28. hay josep 1 question did u took the head of Genni and reverse his age by toad (or any other wraith) and hired in SGC and name him colonel Young ? Last episode was great . And josep u r too concern about other means of viewing specially internet the size is too small . Just put on real scify show.

    Beleve me most Scify fans want is, you make practical implementation of theories that seems distant in future in our real live . Even in descriptive way. Most of us watch scify because, we hate stuff like lesbian relationship , someones wife getting f***ed by others , someones childhoods bad experience etc etc like 90% of other series do in TV , SO we go for scify. and for once please just make the 9th chevron to “lock”,”engage” or anything or even “will not engage” just for old time sake Thats a request from a very very very big fan .

  29. I dont get how some people are shortsighted with TV shows. Not only the rating in the day of release counts but the “replay value” of some shows.

    For example SGA, everytime its on TV even if I saw that episode previously I dont change the channel. And STtNG, Bones, House, Friends, ect.
    Please tell that to the people behind the bullets!

  30. Oh no! Brian J. Smith got fish-hooked!

    If you’d asked me about what I watched before grad school, I’d probably take up a full page just listing the shows. But, luckily now that I don’t have a TV, that list has shortened substantially:

    SGU – Duh. So good. Season 3 must happen or the seas will roil with rage.

    Fringe – Thank goodness for Hulu! The show is quirky, intelligent, and fun; and the season arcs are pretty engaging. I find the characters to be slightly less intriguing than those of SGU, but they’re still very good.

    Doctor Who – Fell in love with it in the last few months after SPACE started showing all of the new seasons. I can definitely see why it’s the longest running scifi show ever. There is a special quality to it – it can take virtually any plot and make it good – that is unique to it alone. And, of course, the whole theme is the power of the individual, and that is very attractive indeed.

    Also, gotta love those British accents! 😉

    The Daily Show & The Colbert Report – it’s pretty much where I get my news from now. Honestly, they are the most trusted men in America and they’re just so brutally honest about all the clusterfuckery in government and media these days, it’s amazing; I am always awed by their unflinching ability to speak truth to power. Their recent Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear was incredible and they are more influential then ever.

  31. Oh, and is there a show where people think they’re speaking for the majority when they have no way to know such a thing and doesn’t realize how annoying that is?

    Because I want to avoid those shows.

  32. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is about all I get time for.
    He reminds me each night that the world contains crazy in a good way people and not just crazy in a batsh*t crazy kind of way people.

    das – You’d be freaking out at my house at the moment. The warm and wet weather has woken up the big creepy crawlies. Huntsmen stay out of our way generally, even in the house we co-exist, but the Orbs keep building webs in really inconvenient places on the decking and scaring the bejesus out of me.

  33. Watch really a lot, all digital, no network here buys the shows:

    V, The Walking Dead, NCIS, NCIS LA, Hawaii-5.0, Fringe, Human Target, Chuck, Chase, The Event, Caprica, Eureka, Haven, Sanctuary, Warehouse 13, SGU, Hellcats, Smallville, The Vampire Diaries, Dark Blue, The Clone Wars and $#*! My Dad Says.

  34. What I’m watching:

    Fringe: Awesome season. Loving the whole Over Here/Over There storyline, plus last nights episode kicked things up a notch and next episode looks like it’ll blow the show up. lol. Fringe & SGU are just my top favorite shows at the moment!

    Supernatural: I think this might be my third favorite show right now. Supernatural continues to take chances and really suprises a lot like Fringe & SGU do. Excellent show.

    The Event: This is probably my favorite new show of the season. It just gets better and better with each episode!

    House: Very good season. I disagree with Joe about Cuddy/House. I like it; especially now that its not focused on quite as much as the first couple episodes. I know it won’t last though. Of course I think the best addition to the show this season is Amber Tamblyn. 🙂

    Medium: A really good show!

    Blue Bloods: Well written cop family drama. Not soapy. Its more like a cop verison of the Sopranos. Kind of. Just more network friendly. lol. Still, an excellent show.

    Detroit 1-8-7: It reminds me of Homcide: Life on the Street. Detroit is well written/well acted and one of my favorite new shows this season.

    I also like: No Ordinary Family, Burn Notice, Psych, and more!

    I liked Caprica too, but…*sigh*

  35. Oh and the Walking Dead. *hits head* How could I forget THAT on my list?! lol. I’m not a big fan of the gore in the show, but the writing & acting is excellent. As long as they don’t go overboard with the gore, I’ll stick around.

  36. Hello Joe,
    No unlike someone was saying in previous post, I don’t have a renewal agenda.
    I just don’t want to be an angry frustrated fan in a couple of years. So I prefer to try to understand what is happening right now, I want to be without regrets, say what I have to say/ask and I do appreciate Joseph’s response (that was to disagree with me).
    I am in Canada BTW and even if I know of the story, I always turn on Space on Friday evening to watch @SGU and Innerspace. (can’t wait to see tomorrow’s Innerspace for sure!).
    One might have thought that Canadians would have downloaded the episode from Tuesday and not watch it at all on Friday’s night, and on the contrary, it’s not that happening!

    What I am watching ?
    The event (although I find it not too well written, I wanna to know where its going)
    The mentalist (new recent discovery for me, love it!)
    Fringe (I love this season since I noticed the introduction is of a different color based on universe)
    Supernatural (for the good laughs !)
    No ordinary family (its refreshing with no pretension, and I simply enjoy it because its simple)
    Dexter ( I think SGU passed Dexter for my favorite show this season !)
    Smallville (recently rediscovered and watched all the seasons in the past 2 months).
    Spartacus (love the 300 style ,and its original contend)
    And #SGU of course

  37. Shows I’m watching… Besides SGU, of course. It’s the only show I really look forward to seeing. Tune in for other series if I remember to do so.

    Sanctuary, Bones.

    Yup, that’s it. 😛 I know there are a lot of different good shows out there, but I just don’t have the time… and not even need to look them up and get invested. I get my quality tv dose with Stargate Universe.

  38. G’day Joe

    What I watch…not much

    Stargate Universe – fantastic show, looking forward to ‘The Greater Good’ tonight. Whoever types up the info for the EPG is not a sci-fan, it says ‘The Greatest Good’ and O’Neil (One L WTF)

    Stargate SG-1 – possibly my 2nd fav show of all time. It has started all over again. Emancipation was on today. Apart for O’Neill’s, “Samantha” in that seductive voice and Samantha beating the shit out of the fella, not a great eppi.

    Sanctuary – cool show, just love Biggie and Ryan Robbins is HOT. Love Amanda Tapping.

    NCIS – have to watch it online. Legally of course via networks website. You try to get a tv in this household on a Tuesday night.

    Packed To The Rafters – excellent Aussie show. Australia’s top rated show 1.2 million viewers each week. One main character died last week. So gut wrenching.

    So only five.

  39. Hey Joe,

    Hope you’ve been well! I finally got a chance to check out those videos you’ve been doing with Mr Ferreira and they had me absolutely cracking up. Especially the “foreign film” one..

    Right now I’m watching SGU (obviously), and Sanctuary (loving this season so far)… I’m really enjoying Hawaii Five-0, which is definitely my favourite “new” show this season; I’m watching Nikita too, and it’s interesting, but I don’t like it quite as much as H50.

    But my absolutely must-see-cannot-miss-have-to-start-right-on-time-even-with-commercials show is FRINGE.

    I’m probably (oh, who am I kidding, I’m *definitely*) biased, but you’re really missing out if you’re not watching. This season continues to blow me away with every episode, and it’s one of those unusual shows that just keeps hitting it out of the park each week….

    I’ll stop raving about Fringe before I sound like a lunatic (too late, right?) but I’d highly recommend it. And that you start from the beginning to really appreciate the nuances of it all…

    How are the pups doing, by the way? Hope they’re all well!

    Nadine

    PS: SGU has been awesome this season so far.. Trail and Error was very intriguing, and I loved seeing Young’s progression through the episode. as well as the fact that Destiny is becoming more of a “character”, almost.
    And the big reveal in Greater Good about Destiny’s purpose was VERY VERY cool! (I won’t say more lest I spoil anything for someone)

  40. Apart from SGU, I watch Big Bang Theory and Doctor Who. It’s not a big list, but there ain’t much good on TV. I loved Sopranos and The Wire, so I’m going to check out Boardwalk empire when I get the chance. I occasionally watch House, which I think is a great show. I find it interesting that the lead in many of my favourite shows are played by british actors (even SGU though I don’t know if Carlyle considers himself british or scottish).
    I recently started watching Mike & Molly, which seems quite good based on the first two eps I have seen so far.
    I go through backlogs of TV shows when there’s nothing else on, and am about half way through Only Fools and Horses at the moment. Great show.
    I keep up with new scifi shows, but they seem to die rather fast :(.

  41. In random order, here’s my list of shows I watch throughout the year:

    Burn Notice, Chuck, Breaking Bad,
    Fringe, Lie to Me, SGU,
    V, South Park, Nikita,
    Boardwalk Empire, The Event, Hawaii 5.0,
    The Walking Dead, Covert Affairs, Haven
    and Rubicon (that just got canceled 🙁 )

  42. Hello Joe,

    It’s been a while since I’ve been able to post. Last I did I was eagerly awaiting the season premier in painstaking agony, knowing that my American neighbors had already had the pleasure. Then, the day before the premier I was hit with a long time re-occurring health issue that landed me in hospital since.Unfortunately my hospital room was not equipped with the SPACE channel, so I’ve not been able to watch this season, until now.

    Thankfully I’m on the mend and back at home, where I’ve been able to catch up on season 2, and let me say…. WELL DONE SIR, WELL DONE!

    Season 2.0 is simply amazing, best damn drama on TV with great SCI-FI action. Amazing stories and an amazing cast. Col. Young’s story arc is incredibly gripping, I can’t wait to see it play out.

    Please pass along my Kudos to all. How this show is not being watched by everybody is simply beyond me. Wonder if SYFY ever considered airing on it’s parent NBC network for larger audiences. There is no denying that the quality of SGU is unparalleled to anything the big networks are offering.

    Anyways, thanks Joe for all of your hard work and the effort you and the crew continually put forth.

    Sincerely, Shawn.

    P.S. How’s your mom doing?

  43. Watching right now (what I’m watching varies a lot on time of year, since I mostly watch cable tv, and cable seasons are usually shorter):

    Chuck: The show is a little hit or miss, but when it is good it is a lot of fun to watch. Nice mix of action/drama and comedy.

    Hawaii Five-0: Action/adventure…I honestly think I’m only watching because it reminds me of shows I used to watch when I was a kid in the 80s. Oh, also Grace Park is in it. And Daniel Dae Kim.

    Terriers: Most folks still don’t know about this show on FX, which is a shame because it might not make it into a second season. Deeply flawed yet very likable and compelling characters, stories that are funny and yet punch you in the gut. It’s probably one of the best shows I’ve ever seen on TV. Honest.

    Storm Chasers: I love storms, am fascinated by tornadoes. Would love to chase storms one day. Until then, I watch these people do it.

    Burn Notice: Good cast and chemistry, stylish. And Jeffrey Donovan will sometimes teach you how to make bombs out of things like microwave ovens. It’s one of those “Blue Skies” shows on USA, which I enjoy, but it has more of an edge than their other programming.

    Castle: I think Nathan Fillion is a great actor and very appealing, but this show is wearing on me and I don’t know how long it will stay on my DVR list. It’s very formulaic, and I can’t stand the whole will-they-won’t-they thing between the leads. I much prefer the brave and novel approach of Warehouse 13 where they took two attractive, appealing leads and…turned them into friends who care deeply about each other. How awesome is that?

    And…that’s it for right now. Until December, when we get three more episodes of Leverage on TNT. 😀

  44. Narelle: I love hearing about Aussieland but PLEASE try to keep the creepy crawly stories to a minimum 😀 .

    SGU
    Fringe
    Dr. Who
    NCIS
    Law & Orders’
    Masterpiece Theatre
    Castle
    Eureka
    House
    The Office

    My list is similar to everyone above, though, I’ve never gotten into Supernatural.

    I got my new Win 7 phone in! Now I’ve got to figure out how to use it. I’m used to a phone that “just” makes calls. A Smart phone=Big Change!

  45. Hey Joe

    What am I watching. Besides Football all day on Sunday?
    Lets see, there’s:
    SG:U
    Fringe
    Sanctuary
    NCIS
    NCIS:LA
    Lost Girl
    Hawaii 5-0
    House
    Nikita
    and *cough*Hellcats*cough*

    When they’re on I also watch:
    Eureka
    Warehouse 13

    I used to be a big fan of:
    Burn Notice
    Chuck
    I did love them but they changed somehow. I know, I know I need to go on a big hate campaign but there is so much else to watch I don’t have the time. I just ignore them and they ignore me, win-win.

    But my all time favourite bit of entertainment is:
    Joseph Mallozzi’s Weblog
    I’ve been viewing this for about 3 years now. It’s on every day, always something new and exciting. Hope it gets renewed.

    Elminster

  46. What am I watching? TOO MUCH, especially on nights that Husband is away. Have a bad couch-potato tendency.

    More often than is good for me, I channel-flip for hours…which explains this 6AM post. They say confession is good got the soul.

  47. It’s ironic because you need to juxtapose SGU against a show like Undercovers (which is made by JJ Abrams who created Lost, arguably the show-piece for serialised shows).

    SGU was created by the desire of the producers to make a more serialised arc-driven format over SGA/SG1. Fair enough. To be honest this was one of my long standing complaints of SG1/SGA in that unless it was the A-story little else flowed into the following episodes – Points that COULD have been followed up (Ford, Carter’s difficulties with relationships etc) weren’t.

    However as seen with Flashforward last year that if you deliberately stretch it out you risk pissing off the audience. Lost was accused of this repeatedly but Flashforward, which is based in real-time like SG1/SGA, went and dangled a carrot about the big endgame being in 2015.

    Now compare this directly against Undercovers, a show which is deliberately more episodic and “fun” without requiring long standing viewage. The downside is, it’s extremely episodic and generally feels repetitive. This show, while fun to watch, doesn’t seem to be getting a full season order beyond 13 episodes.

    The real risk these days is making a show that goes so long-haul you put people off, and so simple that you don’t engage them.

    What ideas and thoughts did you guys and girls throw out to avoid these pitfalls when crafting SGU?

  48. @Narelle: Hi! Good to see you back! I’m doing pretty well, thanks. Just frantically busy at the moment.

    What do I watch? Pretty regularly:

    Castle
    Glee
    Fringe
    Supernatural
    Iron Chef
    (and bits and pieces of The Next Iron Chef which is a bit too much liked Chopped for my taste most of the time)

    I have a few Masterpiece Mystery programs on my DVR (see Das’s entry) but haven’t watched them yet.

    On BBC America:
    The Graham Norton Show
    Dr. Who
    (when the new season starts up)

    was watching Being Human, but lost track of it.

    On Netflix, I’ve been catching up on some anime series:

    Gurren Lagann </b – pretty entertaining mech show with fun characters and a decent plot.
    Blassreiter – just started, pretty dark and futuristic so far’ the plot is still developing.

    And I’ve been reading a lot. Das just got me back into “Relic“, I’m in the midst of Greg Keyes “Kingdom of Thorn and Bone” books, “The Wolf Age” by previous BotM author James Enge just came out and I just got my copy of “The Alchemist in the Shadows” by Pierre Pevel ( sort of The Three Musketeers with a touch of the supernatural) from Amazon Canada. You didn’t as “what are you reading” but I threw it in as a bonus just because you’ve been so nice lately.

  49. What am I watching? Our week in our house watches the following: House, Castle, NCIS, SGU, Storm Chasers, Mythbusters, and Sanctuary. Those are the must watch! Speaking of Sanctuary, why isn’t that on your list?? It’s Amanda’s show. HMMM???

    Jen

  50. Shows on my regular watch list:

    SGU – This is my “must watch” show.
    Sanctuary – The cast is just great, and the effects keep improving. Storytelling took a big leap in S2 & 3.
    In Treatment – Compelling television.
    Psych – It’s Colombo for my generation.
    The Ultimate Fighter – I love the drama…
    Blue Mountain State – Second funniest show on TV.
    The Good Wife – Great drama, amazing cast.
    Raising Hope – Very funny…in a Rosanne kinda way.
    No Ordinary Family – Still giving it a chance as I love Chiklis & Benz.
    Walking Dead – Unreal adaptation.
    Bored To Death – Surreal comedy.
    Dexter – Who would think you’d root for a serial killer?
    Boardwalk Empire – Majestic and brutal.
    Law & Order: UK – The change of setting brings new life to the show.
    Real Time with Bill Maher – Speaking truth to power.
    The Amazing Race – see Ultimate Fighter
    Fringe – After SGU, the best sci-fi show on TV.
    Modern Family – The cast really makes this worth watching.
    Cougar Town – A guilty pleasure.
    The Vampire Diaries – Silly but also a guilty pleasure.
    The Event – It’s been compelling…and might acutally be worthy of the “next Lost” title.
    30 Rock – Inconsistent but very funny most of the time
    The Inbetweeners – funniest show on TV.

  51. @ Narelle – Dare I ask – how big are your orb webs? The largest we have here is the black & yellow garden spider:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argiope_aurantia

    I know it says that the females get to be about 1″ – but that’s only the body. They have really long legs, so with their total leg span factored in they’re probaly close to 3 inches. With spiders, you HAVE TO INCLUDE THE LEGS!!!

    By looking at these spiders from far away, I have become tolerant of their presence. However, if one got on me, or something, I would probably have a heart attack!

    I’ve worked hard in recent years to become less afraid of spiders. I don’t think I could ever get to that point where I’d let one just walk on me, but I don’t run screaming out of the room like I used to if I see a small one on the wall. I can even catch smaller ones (less than an inch, inc. legs) in a cup and transfer them outside. I might have the heebee jeebees the entire time, but I can do it. That is HUGE progress for me.

    LOL!!…I just moved my foot and stepped on something…and nearly jumped out of my skin! I thought it was a spider…turns out it was a wayward kitty treat. 😛 See? That’s how bad I am. Even though I’m talking about spiders like it’s nothing, my heart is beating a bit faster, and the hairs on the back of my neck are all prickly-like. I think I really just like torturing myself. 😛

    My biggest progress? Well, that’s Boris the Spider, who lives in my kitchen. Boris – I think – is a yellow sac spider. Yellow sac spiders are venomous and pose a small threat, but this thing lives up in the corner of my kitchen ceiling/wall. It’s small, maybe 1/2-3/4″, including legs. Besides, for me it’s never been about the bite, ALWAYS about the LEGS!!! The other day Boris came down to the sink (for a drink of water?), and I caught it in a cup. Then…I had an idea…I gave it some wet cat food, and sure enough, it started eating it. I let it go and it’s back up in the crease between the wall and ceiling. As long as it doesn’t fall on me, I’m good. Usually I put any spider I see outside asap, but this one is sort of my ‘experiment’ to see how long I can tolerate it before I send it packing. Heh…maybe I should’a named him Todd. 🙂

    (Boris is probably female, but I AIN’T CHECKING!!)

    😛

    das

  52. Shows I watch and am re-watching are:

    1) ”24”

    2) ”Burn Notice”

    3) ”Bones”

    3) ”Battlestar Galactica” – rewatch

    4) ”Babylon 5” – just finished rewatching

    5) ”The Simpsons”

    6) ”Family Guy”

    7) ”Fringe”

    8) ”Human Target”

    9) ”The Event”

    10) ”Castle”

    11) ”Two and a Half Men”

    12) ”Stargate Universe”

  53. Besides SGU, I’m watching:

    Supernatural: Got hooked on it over the summer while in Florida. When we got home, we watched the first five seasons on DVD via Netflix, and started watching season 6 live. Great show. I love the “supernatural” lore they’ve crafted. The Sam/Dean infighting gets a little old on occasion, but overall a great show. It shares its sense of humor with SG-1, although a little darker.

    The Walking Dead: Wow! I love this show. And I applaud AMC for pulling no punches. I’m a huge zombie fan, and they do it right. I have yet to read the graphic novels, so I can’t wait to see where this goes. My only criticism is that they featured a Dodge Challenger in last weeks episode. It made me really, really miss mine that I traded in in September for a more practical Jeep. =)

    N.C.I.S: My wife got me hooked on it when we started dating. It’s formulaic and procedural, and I can usually figure out who the bad guy is before Gibbs does, but it’s very well written, and I love the character interaction.

    Haven: Although I’d sworn off any non-Stargate show aired on SyFy due to the networks propensity to kill off my favorite programs, I gave it a chance and I liked it. It’s quirky, and reminds me of Northern Exposure…if Stephen King wrote it.

    And that’s about it. I cannot stand reality TV. I get enough reality in real life.

    Happy Friday everyone!

  54. Okay, I’ve watched the mystery vid a bazillion times, and all I come up with is:

    He gets shot.
    He gets hit with a rock.
    He gets hit by a gust of wind.
    He gets caught in a booby trap.
    He gets punched by the invisible man.

    Am I close??

    das

  55. Hello Joe.

    What am I watching?

    Monday:
    (nothing) – maybe a movie.

    Tuesday:
    SGU and that Hollywood Treasure show. I saw Chris Judge and a head from Ridley Scott’s Alien and was hooked.

    Wednesday:
    Mythbusthers, Storm Chasers, Man v Food.

    Thursday:
    SGA on Universal HD

    Friday:
    (nothing anymore) – movies

    Saturday:
    (I watch a movie)

    Sunday:
    Discovery channel

    Best Wishes,
    Bryan

  56. One of the shows I’m watching besides SGU is No Ordinary Family. It’s on the hour before SGU. I like what they’re doing with the show; it feels like it’s living up to the description of a good family drama with superpowers.

  57. After SGA was cancelled, I mostly gave up TV other than the news. I did watch Eureka which was good, but other than that, pretty unenthusiastic about getting into anything.

    I even stopped watching shows I’d liked in the past, such as Supernatural, NCIS and a variety of the reality type shows (Dirty Jobs, Mythbusters and Deadliest Catch).
    I was a big fan of all of them, but just lost my desire to watch television. 🙁

  58. I’m not a huge reality TV fan but here is what I watch on a daily basis each week (hey you asked!!)

    MONDAY: House, Chuck, Lie To Me.

    TUESDAY: Glee, Rick Mercer Report, NCIS, NCIS LA, Eureka, Parking Wars

    WEDNESDAY: Law & Order: SVU, Criminal Minds

    THURSDAY: Big Bang Theory, Bones, Grey’s Anatomy, Fringe, The Menalist, Private Pratice.

    FRIDAY: Medium, CSI NY, Supernatural, Sanctuary, SGU :), InnerSpace

    SATURDAY: HOCKEY!!

    SUNDAY: Battle of the Blades, America’s Funniest Home Videos.

    I watch other shows as well but this is generally what I watch. Man that’s alot of TV think I need to find a hobby!

  59. Oh I forgot Canada’s Worst Driver…. OMG if you haven’t seen this check it out on Monday’s or on Discovery.ca’s website. I yell literally at the TV at these people…. Glad they know they need help!!

  60. There’s always some you forget. Like Flight of the Conchords, which was fantastic throughout, and Louie, which had its ups and downs.

  61. Joe
    I am glad for you that SGU is doing well in Canada. I wish you and SGU luck on this side of the border.

  62. Here’s the stuff I watch regularly:

    SGU
    30 rock
    Bones
    Burn Notice
    Psych
    White Collar
    In Plain Sight
    Castle
    Chuck
    Hellcats (w/ 13 yr old daughter)
    Nikita
    Merlin
    Smallville
    Sanctuary
    The Big Bang Theory
    Two and a half Men
    How I met your Mother
    House
    The Good Wife
    The Mentalist
    Dr Who

    And for my Political Commentary, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

    That may look like I watch an awful lot of TV, but really those are the things I choose to have on in the background while I’m doing other things. If something noteworthy happens that I can’t get from listening to the dialog, I rewind it for a closer look.

    I agree that the way people watch TV now really puts shows on SyFy at a disadvantage. One of the odd numbers quirks that I think doesn’t help is that SyFy is on a digital only tier in some places meaning that (at least in MY house), I can get basic cable in every single room, but the digital stuff can only be seen live in the Living room, or streamed to another room after it’s been recorded. So, while coverage stats would show SyFy as available in my household, it’s only available live on 1 out of 4 TVs. That’s got to hurt the nielsen numbers if some potential casual viewers just happen to be doing things in other rooms of the house when the show is on.

  63. Dear Mr. Mallozzi,

    Can we expect that Dr. Rush will look more like Francis Begbie from Trainspotting in future episodes (moustache, ear-ring)?

  64. “Oreol writes: “Also, in the worst case scenario, having the ending of the show planned out, would it be possible to publish it on your blog?”

    Answer: Definitely not. Sorry.”

    Is this because of legal issues, or because you’d be trying to line up some other means to resolve the story?

  65. Bonjour Joseph!
    Vous allez bien? Moi oui =) je part à la campagne pour le week end, ça va me faire du bien !

    J’ai lue que vous alliez à Montréal pour les fêtes, moi aussi je vais voir ma famille, ça fait déjà 2 mois que je ne l’ai pas vu, ça me manque, j’attend donc ce moment avec impatience!

    Vos réponses aux questions étaient trés pertinente today =)!

    Cela n’a rien à voir avec ça, mais en ce moment je me passionne pour une serie française, qui s’appel Kaamelott, je crois vous en avoir déjà parlé…En tout cas je vous conseille vraiment de regarder quelques épisodes:

    http://www.kaamelott.com/

    Aller dans “video”!

    Certaine des repliques du film son devenues culte, j’espere que vous allez tout comprendre car parfois il parle avec des mots..spéciaux dira t’on lol. Il paraît que ça ressemble un peu aux Monty Python mais je ne sais pas car je n’ai jamais regardée.

    Bon visionnage,
    Gros bisou!

  66. I’m watching SGU, of course, and:

    The Mentalist, because it’s interesting watching Jane slowly melting down since Red John had him at his mercy last season,

    and Castle is just silly fun.

    We’ve been watching the BBC’s Being Human, and I’m not sure what to think about the remake on this side of the Atlantic. Should we give it a try?

    The new Hawaii Five-O has been surprisingly good. Plus we have to watch it, because my husband thinks the theme song is the single best piece of music ever written.

    Masterpiece Mystery! has had really good stuff, with “Inspector Lewis” and “Sherlock,” but that “Wallander” was the most depressing thing I’ve ever seen. Plus it was disconcerting to realize 30 minutes in that all these familiar British actors (including Branagh) with their British accents are supposed to be Swedish! Ah, depressing storyline, long shots of dripping faucets, right, Swedish!

    On Top Chef, Alex swears he didn’t take the pea puree, and that goofy girl with the headband who used to be an addict backs him up. You know, the one who is always shocked that the judges didn’t love her food. However, if you want drama, Top Chef Just Desserts is the way to go. Dear heaven, what a bunch of crazy people! It’s like a train wreck you can’t look away from.

    Big Bang Theory still makes me laugh, although my son, the Sheldon clone, doesn’t think it’s that funny anymore. He prefers to kill zombies on his xBox.

    I’m still watching NCIS: Los Angeles, but it’s losing it’s draw for me. Oh look, another terrorist plot. I’ve given up on Sanctuary, sadly. It just wasn’t as interesting to me, and after Will’s Bollywood dance number, I just couldn’t watch anymore.

  67. Hi Joe when I cant be home Tuesday nights to watch SGU live I leave on all 3 of my non-dvr cable boxes tuned to sy-fy channel does doing that help ratings or is 1 cable box counted per home?

  68. Also when i play SGU back on the dvr if i couldnt be home if i play the same episode more than once does that count more than once?

  69. I been leaving the dvr to replay the same episode on automatic for the first 3 days or so after the live airing.

  70. On automatic over and over again when im not using my dvr that is like when im out of the house or sleeping.

  71. Off the top of my head… Other than sports & related shows, TV fiction when running that has a place on my DVR:
    SGU
    Big Bang Theory (the comedy is wearing thin)
    Sanctuary (got better last season)
    Burn Notice (love the orig cast but plot wearing thin)
    Fringe (the science is ridiculous but good cast)
    Smallville (has gone nuts but I like Green Arrow)
    Warehouse 13 (got better)
    Doctor Who, Merlin, few other Brit shows I really like
    cooking competitions like Top Chef, Hell’s Kitchen, Iron Chef
    America’s Top Model, Project Runway, etc when interesting

    I haven’t finished Spartacus s1 yet, but it’s certainly been graphic. Hella cast.
    Recently dropped Psych. The 80s jokes have played out.
    Just added Hawaii 5-0. Excellent cast, extremely well made in all elements, for a remake. And I still like the scenery.
    DD

  72. Pondering the whole ratings / Nielsen shebang. Our local cable system decided in their infinite wisdom to play the “digital cable for ever’body!” game, which translates into subscribers having to have a set-top box for every TV, even if all they get is basic cable.

    Given that these set-top boxes seem to be constantly ‘chatting’ with the ‘head office,’ so to speak, I’m wondering how much data is passing back and forth — if, in some ways, your cable set-top box performs sort of like a Nielsen box, allowing your cable company to gather data on which channel each box is ‘watching’?

    I mention this because when I call tech support, they can tell me which channel any given box is currently set to — seems they have access to the data when it suits them. Given this degree of access to viewing habit data, I’m really surprised the cable companies haven’t found a way of peddling the info to ratings companies, networks, studios, etc.

  73. I am a tv junkie. DVR makes it worse because I used to have to choose which very much limited shows…

    Desp Housewives (which I am losing interest in)
    Bro & sisters
    House
    Lie to me
    the event
    Hawaii 5-0
    Castle
    Sanctuary
    NCIS
    NCIS-LA
    SGU
    Sons of Anarchy
    Criminal Minds
    Law and order svu
    Human Target (back 11/17 )
    In Treatment
    Fringe
    Greys Anatomy
    Burn Notice (back 11/11/)
    Mentalist
    Medium
    Outlaw (got canceled)

    Not CURRENTLY ON (THANK GOODNESS)
    Psych
    Warehouse 13
    Project Runway (love love love, can’t wait for next season)
    Royal Pains
    Hung
    True Blood

    Hence I can’t get ahead of the DVR lol

    Oh and lets not forget Graham Norton, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, but I don’t tape, see them live.

  74. Oh and I left out Dr Who and Torchwood which supposedly will be back on next summer on I think Starz?

  75. Watching: SGU. Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations. NASA TV. The Walking Dead, Dr. Who.

    Re-watching: SG-1, Atlantis, Buffy, Babylon 5, BSG (reboot), Ghost in the Shell, RoboTech, Quatermass, Dr. Who.

    But mostly…reading. About 90 books YTD. Last year was over 200. Next year? Probably somewhere in between.

  76. Shoot. Yes, “The Big Bang Theory”. With my wife and daughter. Our one family show. My wife and I watch “No Reservations”, and there are shows that each of them watch on their own or together. But overall, oddly enough, as a family we read way more than we watch TV!

  77. Hey Joe,

    Yes…Alex stole the pea puree!! At least in my mind he did…cheater. My TV viewing is more channels than shows. I watch just about anything on the history channel, espn, food network, and HGTV (Holmes on Homes…he’ll make it right…god bless you Canadians). My Tuesdays are NCIS (the good one thats on before my favorite show) then SGU followed by some random channel surfing then back to Syfy for SGU again.

    Since you watch Top Chef…what do you think of Top Chef: Just Desserts? It’s just not right all those desserts to look but not taste…cruel!

    Curious to know Joe…How’s Jelly doing? Its been awhile since you have given us an update or anything on your little friends.

    To follow up on some of my questions and your replies….

    So then….when the ancients named the ship destiny they weren’t talking about their own destiny of completing the mission…but some how knew the crew from earth would be there to see it through, so it’s earths destiny to complete the mission. I know I’m gonna have to wait to find out but that’s what I got from your response to my question! How close am I?

  78. @Philly
    The real problem with ‘Undercovers’ is it’s just not that exciting. We watched the first few eps, and while we both though Kodjoe is pretty good in the part, it’s a show about spies who happen to be married. ‘Alias’ was a much more engaging spy show, and ‘Chuck’ blows away any other spy show in terms of comedy. When you promote something as a J.J. Abrams show, people have an expectation that he’s going to do something with the genre that’s new and fresh, and I just don’t think ‘Undercovers’ delivers.

    @dasNdanger
    There is no reason to be less afraid of spiders. All you need to know is how to kill them. Done.

    @multiple
    I forgot that ‘Human Target’ starts again next Weds! It’s fun show…it feels like an ’80s show, in the best ways.

    ‘V’ doesn’t come back til after the new year, right? We’ll keep watching, despite the cheese factor and the sterile nature of their CG sets. Why? Aliens, Elizabeth Mitchel and Morena Baccarin. Nuf said.

    ‘Warehouse 13’. Ugh. What to say. So many things going for it…a fun concept, mostly great cast, some decent stories here and there. The problem is the writing. Props to Eddie for great delivery, but the show’s writing is SO cheesy that it’s hard to watch. I really wish they’d write Claudia in a totally different way. I don’t know anybody who acts like that who wouldn’t be fired or entirely ignored by her co-workers for trying to be so over-the-top clever and hip all the time. It’s beyond irritating, which is a drag, because I think Allison Scagliotti can bring a good performance, but not with what they often give her.

    ‘Hollywood Treasure’ is interesting, but I don’t think their researchers are very good. They were “trying to find” Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in the UK. I used to make toys, and I was responsible a few years back for going to the UK to photograph one of the six Chitty cars, which the studio had in a warehouse out in the countryside somewhere. It wasn’t difficult to find at all…since the studio told us where it was. Plus, don’t you think they hired Tracey (who’s an actress) just to be eye candy on the show?

    ‘Mentalist’. Hmm. It’s an ok show, but I think Jane’s character is pretty horrible. I mean, the guy is simply a dick. And not in a likable way, like House is. He’s just mean and entirely self-serving. I think that’s one of the reasons we enjoy ‘Castle’, because for all his success and celebrity, Castle is a good guy.

  79. For the gazzilionth time SGU of course 😀

    And besides that:

    House- Love this show. Watched it since about the very beginning.. I’m not sure I’m in to the whole Cuddy and House thing, but Idk.. I definitely think the show is still good. Wish Dr. Hadley (Thirteen) would come back. I really liked her :/

    I shouldn’t be alive- Love the show. Sometimes it gets a little creepy at times, but I really like watching it.

    Bones- It has kind of turned in to more about relationships, but I really do like it. There’s always a good murder. 😀

    I need to watch Survivor.. I usually do, but I missed the first episode and haven’t had time to go watch them all on their site so that show is kind of on the back burner at the moment. But overall I love the show. Russel was hilarious the past two seasons. 🙂

    The Good Wife- It’s about a DA’s wife who’s a lawyer. Very good show. It always has a very good case with a little bit of the inner workings of her family. Very good show.

    Lie To Me- Still loving the show. Since the first time I saw the show I was hooked. How could you not like a human lie detector? 🙂

    CSI: Miami- It’s gotten kind of eh, but I still like some of the characters so I still watch it. And it does have some very good episodes here and there.. Although I record this one and watch it when I have time.. Just sort of there. Not like SGU which I watch right when it’s on 😀

    Okay and I’m re-watching Stargate Sg-1 on Netflix. Love netflix. I mean SG-1 and SGA on the computer, what more could you ask for 😀

  80. Mystery video:

    *thinks some more…*

    Ooo-ooo, I KNOW, I KNOW!!!

    He walked into a spider web!!! 😀

    das

  81. Answer: There are a number of arcs and elements that will figure into the ultimate finale we have planned. Ideally, we’d get five years to tell the entire story in satisfactory fashion but, if it came down to it, we could pay it off over the course of a single season.

    With that said, then wouldn’t you need to know at the beginning of the producing season if that was going to be the last season or not instead of in December when you are nearly done with said season? Does this mean you already know that there will be a season 3 and not telling?

  82. We watch a lot of TV, DVDs, DVRed stuff. So this is what we watch most and that currently airs as new shows: In no particular order:

    Amazing Race
    The Event
    Hawaii 5-0
    Castle
    SGU
    All the Top Chefs
    Project Runway
    Mythbusters
    Warehouse 13
    Sanctuary
    British TV so lots of BBC America and PBS
    Daily Show
    Colbert Report
    Often we watch shows such as Dancing with the Stars, America’s Got Talent, American Idol but it depends on if we like the people competing.

    Everyone is so right about Top Chef Just Desserts — Those are some cooking divas! I’m surprised they haven’t gotten into a food fight. Pea Puree mystery — I vote guilty.

    We also watch a lot of sports.

    And my ultimate guilty pleasure, that I’ve been watching since I was a kid:
    General Hospital

  83. I watch

    Sgu which is my favorite currently
    Glee
    chuck
    Psych
    Big bang theory
    Was a 24 watcher til it ended
    survivor
    amazing race
    Dexter
    Various wedding cake/dress shows
    icarly (cause Freddy is adorable)
    and I’m trying to get into boardwalk empire
    And I watch the mentalist when bored

  84. SGU, of course.

    I also like Eureka and Warehouse 13 when they are on, and I’m looking very much forward to V coming back on in January, I think.

    I also watch some of the shows my kids like–well, because of the jokes that adults get, but they don’t. 😉 Thinking mainly of I Carly and Big Time Rush. Oh, and Total Drama World Tour and some of the wrestling shows.

  85. I realize tonight’s blog will probably be about the Geminii’s but I was wndering somethin.

    Considering how well SGU is doing in Canada compared to the US, and the fact that most of the writers/production folk are Candadian, do you think that SGU is a show that appeals more to Canadian sensibilities than US-American?

    I never really thought about the differences in the two countries and the shows they like, but it seems like this is an ideal show for Canadians, by Canadians. Perhaps Space can take a larger role in the funding side?

  86. Hi Joe!

    After watching The Greater Good I couldn’t help wondering, how you planned the episode to play out back in the day, when it was written for the first season? Obviously the Lucian Alliance weren’t included, but how else did it differ from the original idea?

    By the way, I loved the episode!

    Kind regards, Jon.

  87. @ Lou Zucaro – But, but, but…

    I don’t like to kill things. 🙁

    I stepped on a spider ONCE…when I was a kid. Did you know that spiders…pop?? POP, I tell ya, they POP, just like…like… juicy bubble wrap!!!! Just talking about it now I can still feel the popping sensation shudder up my leg, through my body, right into the ‘NEVER do THAT again!’ region of my brain. 😛

    das

  88. Hi,

    I’m a big fan of the sci-fi genre, I watched (many, many times) both Sg1 and SGA and own them all on DVD and I wish to say that I think SGU is a great sci-fi show, one of the best I’ve ever seen. I just want to congratulate the writers and the actors for the outstanding job they done so far. The recent low ratings made me very sad and I really hope things will turn up. It would be a real shame if such a quality TV program would get canceled and I for one can’t understand the malicious response SGU gets from a certain part of the established fan-base.

    Good luck and best of wishes from Romania
    coZma

  89. Watching on free tv only, because I lack cable and am totally law-abiding 🙂 :

    Chuck – damn, this is one fun, well-written, well-acted show. And an occasionally heart-breaking one. It’s the perfect modern refutation to all those who believe in the Moonlighting curse (the classic one being The Thin Man, of course).
    Castle – LOVE the writing – all the book/movie/classic/pop culture references that get thrown in, the grammar griping, the everything! I love that they believe their audience isn’t stupid. I don’t love that they buy into the Moonlighting thing. Ah well – can’t have everything.
    The Event – sigh. I wanted it to be good, I really did. But now I watch only because my somewhat OCD brain wants to figure out exactly where the suckage comes from. Crap dialog, check. Crap acting, check. 24-style body count without any of 24’s cracklin’ style. Aliens who are about as alien as IRA freedom fighters. Law enforcement who can’t shoot, run a competent investigation or even jump out of the way (for The Event cops, see “Jaffa”). I keep wondering if a better cast or more stylish production could have rescued the bad writing, but does it ever work that way?
    Criminal Minds – S6 isn’t up to the standards of S1-4, but it’s not quite as bad as the worst of S5, and it’s still the best procedural now that L&O is gone. (Of course, if CBS is going to take an axe to both the writer’s room and the cast, then what do they expect…No, I’m not bitter! Much.) Love the strong moral stand, the quotes, the competence porn. Actions and consequences; we do not let them get away with it.
    Fringe – Why are you not watching this show? Sure, I resisted out of love for X-Files as I was sure this was a rip-off. And yes it is. And it is FANTASTIC! I love that it has the courage to play out storylines to their logical conclusions – no last act, bloodless rescues here. Where we give, we also take away. And how has John Noble not been nominated for something? Anything? WATCH THIS SHOW! 🙂
    Sherlock – didn’t expect to like it but do. Did someone above say it’s done already – really? Three eps is all we get? Well, crap.
    Waiting for V to return. Fire up the popcorn!
    In the Gone Too Soon category – finally got S1 of Life. Sniff. Will be going back to S2 of T:SCC (sob). And I always have my big ol’ pile of SG dvds. 🙂

  90. I am a teacher, so I find little time to watch tv. But what I make a point to see, aside from SGU, is Castle. Castle has the characters that interest me no matter how boring or rehashed the plot is for whatever murder was committed. Sometimes the plot is just as interesting as the characters, and those are the absolutely cannot miss episodes. The back and forth banter between Castle and Beckett, as well as the supporting cast’s comments and relationships, is very enjoyable. It also blends to a near-perfect product drama and comedy, and it is not campy. Long live Castle!

  91. “Oreol writes: “Also, in the worst case scenario, having the ending of the show planned out, would it be possible to publish it on your blog?”

    Answer: Definitely not. Sorry.”

    Is this because of legal issues, or because you’d be trying to line up some other means to resolve the story?

    Yes, please, could you elaborate on this?

    Are you, guys, planning to deliver the ending in a movie, a book, perhaps something else?

    It would be great to have SGU stick around for at least another three seasons. I do hope Syfy does not interfere with Destiny’s destiny in a bad way. But nothing is granted and it would be just too bad to have the story end at… midpoint?!

  92. @dasNdanger

    I hear ya. But they’re spiders. As the Burgermeister Meisterburger so eloquently put it “Either they are going or I am going. And I am certainly not going.”

    I had a spider follow me through FOUR rooms, only to stop directly above my head and start down on a web towards my head. He was out to get me. He was dealt with. Pop and all.

    I accidentally stepped on a frog, barefoot, at age 7. His insides came out of his mouth. Then he sucked them back in and hopped away, apparently unfazed by the entire incident.

    Built to be squished, maybe?

    But yeah, spiders? No.

    POP!

  93. GAH! Forgot that I also watch Todd and the Book of Pure Evil on Wednesday nights on Space. Funny stuff. Like Evil Dead meets the Breakfast Club. Or Buffy if half the cast were stoners.

    Also, Joe if you could pass along this link: http://www.ctv.ca/canadaam/

    Its the interview the SGU cast (and Brad Wright) did on CanadaAM today. Not sure how long it will be posted on the main page but it should show up in the scroll list on the right if you look for it over the next couple of days.

  94. Just wanted to let you know what a pleasure it was to see the SGU cast and crew on “Canada am” this morning. Wish I could have seen you there! BTW, was that Paul sitting between Brad and Andy Mikita? I wasn’t quite sure. Anyway, it’s great to see them getting some well-deserved national recognition. Looking forward to tonight’s ep (and trying not to pay attention to too many spoilers here)…. Also, looking forward to seeing the cast and crew again on Innerspace tonight.

  95. Currently watching:

    SGU
    Fringe
    Castle
    Gilmore Girls on Netflix
    Community

    Will watch when they start up again:

    Burn Notice
    Eureka
    Haven
    Warehouse 13

    Like to watch but don’t have the time:

    The Office
    Glee

  96. Hi Joe,
    Will we be seeing a return of Col. David Telford? I hope he can be written back in as I enjoyed his character and I’ve liked Lou Diamond Philips as an actor since his young gun days. I thought he did well in “The Triangle” too but I digress. I hope you guys can find some way to keep him around. Col. Young needs the help badly before he goes off on another bender.

    Thanks for all you do. Great “intelligent” show, loving it.

  97. Did Samantha Carter continue to receive new flashes of memory from the Tok’ra Jolinar in season 10 of SG-1 and beyond? If not then when did it stop?

  98. It was very interesting to see what all the other SGU fans are watching, my list is not dissimilar to many of the others. Since I’m living in Germany I can’t see anything live, so I just watch whatever whenever I have time.

    My now running favorites (other than SG:U of course)

    -*Castle*: yes, I can predict the killer much sooner than Beckett and Castle catch him, but the fun of the show is their interaction after all! And the minor characters from Castle’s family to the other detectives are great.
    -*Lie To Me*: it’s not as good as it was in its first season, but the psychology is interesting.
    -*NCIS*: I’ve been with the series since season one. Why does it appeal to so many Stargate fans? My guess is that it offers that same great team feeling as SG1 and SGA.
    -*NCIS: LA*: not as good as NCIS, but not bad.
    -*Sanctuary*: I started watching it because of AT, but stuck with it because of the great stories and believable characters.

    Off-Season:

    -*Warehouse 13*: At a friend’s suggestion, it gets a bit too ‘funny’ for me on occasion, but I feel like it’s been getting a bit more serious.
    -*Eureka*: Didn’t think I’d like it, but I really ended up enjoying it. The idea is amusing and the characters are great.
    -*Rizzoli and Isles*: Tess Gerritsen is an incredibly talented author and though the series isn’t exactly like the books Rizzoli and Isles are great.

    Old Favorites that I’m slowly going through again:

    -*Gilmore Girls*: the top of my list! It certainly ought to have had an eighth season, in which Rory changes her mind!
    -*Cold Case*: Another show that shouldn’t have been canceled. Crime shows abound on television, but I can’t think of another like this one. There’s no CSI or forensics, it’s all about knowing the victim’s story and those of their surroundings and there’s still time to learn all about the characters.

  99. Hello Joe…

    As for my list…

    My first and alltime fav…. SGU
    The Event
    Chuck
    Burn Notice
    Psych
    Outsourced (but they made Todd an utter slut last ep.. 🙁 )
    The Good Guys
    Hawaii 5-0
    Covert Affairs
    V
    Warehouse 13
    Eureka
    and anything Stargate

    Know ive missed a few shows.. but its close to the list at least..

    Also…. few questions..

    1. Ive heard people say its blackmail to say “You must watch SGU otherwise movies won’t happen”. Correct me if im wrong but what I got out of it was “The movies are finally back on track, and SGU getting renewed will only help to speed up and the process and give the movies a better chance. Its not that the movies wont be made should SGU get canceled, its just that it might slow the process down if SGU is canceled, and it will be detrimental to the franchise as a whole should SGU perish.

    2. Ive heard a lot of talk about SGU possibly dying but no talk of an SGU movie should a season 3 not happen. Do you still think a movie is likely should SGU be canceled?

    3. In terms of finales.. which one do you think is better (and tells a bigger story).. Gauntlet or Incursion.. you gotta give me a tease here.. Gauntlet sounds EPIC!

    Keep us apprised on the latest Stargate happenings! 🙂

    Thanks Joe..
    Major D.

  100. @Jenazz

    Interesting that you mention ‘Moonlighting’ in reference to ‘Chuck’ (or vice versa) because to me, one of the things ‘Chuck’ has accomplished that I don’t remember EVER seeing before is answering the “will they / won’t they” question fairly early in the series…and then moving on without all of the cliche pitfalls that other shows have tried (unsuccessfully).

    Chuck and Sara have been together for a while now, but the show has kept the dynamic between ALL of the characters consistent while introducing new ones that add drama and comedy, and the show just continues to entertain week after week.

  101. I still love to watch Smallville, tho it doesn’t make a lick of sense lately, and I love Glee and Amazing Race. I was bummed to see KevJumba eliminated. I’m waiting for my Luthor DVD’s to arrive and I am addicted to True Blood. I’m not feeling Mad Men this year tho, too many Man Tears for my taste. When Sam Witwer or Hines Ward cry I’m so moved, but I kinda don’t care when Don Draper blubbers. Oh and of course I adore Chuck.

    I’ve been battling a cold all week and hit upon some tasty quick soups using chimichurri; a tablespoon of that stuff is excellent in condensed soup. I dumped keilbasa pieces, shredded cabbage and some chickpeas into Campbells tomato soup and it was very tasty. Wish I had some gnocchi to put in it, tho.

  102. I’ll start a spec outline for an episode of The Event

    TEASER

    Holy Hannah! That was uber weird!

    ACT ONE

    One hour earlier: Series of events that seems to be answering what that uber weird thing was all about. Hey, look that chic’s crying so hard like she’s afraid for her life. That’s sort of like suspense, isn’t it? I mean, I don’t really have to BUILD suspense because I’m so clever for jumping around in time so much.

    Oh, back to what that uber weird thi … Never mind, 30 seconds to commercial break, here’s a non-sequitor dramatic thing.

    One hour earlier: Holy Hannah! That was hella weird!

    ACT TWO

    Two hours earlier: Series of events that seems to be answering what that hella weird thing was all about.

    Am I on track? Am I getting the tone right? The beats?

  103. Lets see…

    Supernatural – Still one of my favorites.

    Fringe – Damn good sci-fi television.

    Chuck – Downright awesome.

    Nikita – Very entertaining. Thankfully more intelligent than it could have been.

    Psych – Love the characters and the writing, if not always the mysteries.

    The Walking Dead – So far pretty damn good.

    The Event – The last two episodes were good. Surprised I kept watching after the first few. It might actually become pretty good.

    Burn Notice – Good, but starting to get repetitive.

    Weeds – Not nearly as good as it used to be, but still good.

    Just the ones that are currently on. There are a couple other shows that are on break, or canceled.

    RIP Caprica, Rubicon

  104. Other stuff on hiatus would be…

    Spartacus
    V
    Justified
    Covert Affairs

    I still watch Smallville, sadly.

  105. The movies I am looking for next year and will watch are A Change In Plans
    A Good Day For It and
    The Other Side

    I do on Tv land watch The Andy Griffith Show
    These and the other Shows I named are the only shows I watch and will be the only movies on Lifetime and SyFy I will see.

  106. More additions to my list (lol):

    A few people have mentioned Human Target here and I’m really looking forward to that returning on Wed. Its a really fun show.

    I also like that Psych has returned. The first episode back was the funniest one I’ve seen in awhile and the ending scene was long over due for those two characters imo.

    Burn Notice has returned. Another fun show; wish they’d get rid of Jesse though.

    And I’m looking forward to the Closer & Men of A Certain Age returning next month.

    Yes, I watch far too much TV.

  107. There are no other shows I watch except the shows I have named.

    NCIS is my number one show and the reruns of SGA and Foodnetwork is another favorite network. I do not watch any mystery shows.

  108. Joe

    I don’t watch any of MGM programs or movies. I only watch my three favorite shows on CBS and one on USA and reruns of SGA on SyFy and when the one movie I named comes out next year on Lifetime and the two on SyFy I will watch.

  109. I’m watching SGU, of course. This week I was most excited for Burn Notice, though! I’m also a dedicated Hoarders and Intervention fan.

    I have a couple of questions!

    Are you involved at all in picking the music for the eps? I thought the inclusion of Mumford and Sons’ “After the Storm” for “Intervention” was absolutely wonderful. “I will die alone and be left there/Well I guess I’ll just go home/Oh God knows where/Because death is just so full and mine so small/Well I’m scared of what’s behind and what’s before.” That just seems to encapsulate what so many of the crew are feeling, and Young in particular.

    I’m really loving the arc-yness of the show and the darkness.

    Second question: Have you read The Terror by Dan Simmons? I recently finished it and about halfway through I got Crozier and Louis F. mixed up in my head. If you haven’t read it, it’s mostly amazing and Louis F. would make a powerhouse Crozier!

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