All I’ve been hearing about for days is “the snowstorm”.  “The snowstorm is coming!”  “Big snowstorm on the way!”  “Get ready for the huuuuge snowstorm!”.  Well, it finally hit last night.  And, this morning, I woke up to this –

That’s it?  THIS is the result of “the snowstorm”?  I can’t tell you how disappointed I was.  I was expecting snowdrifts as high as my hotel window (I’m on the 18th floor) and, instead, was woke up to little more than a light dusting.  What a rip off!  On the bright side, the expected snowstorm caused us to relocate today’s spin session to one of the hotel conference rooms.  I was able to sleep in and enjoy a leisurely breakfast before heading up to the second floor and wandered about in search of the right room.  Eventually I gave up and headed over to guest services where I was told that whoever reserved the room had requested the name of the production be kept quiet.  Ooooh.   Super secret stuff.  To all those asking, no, the super-secret show is not science fiction – nor is it any of the shows you’ve guessed yet.

I was directed to the right room –

I was the first one there.  Klaus arrived soon after.  He took slight umbrage to my referring to him as “the numbers man” in yesterday’s blog, then redirected his ire to the infernal coffee machine that, apparently, was a disgrace to coffeedom.  I’m not a coffee guy but I could sympathize.  I feel somewhat the same way about supermarket chocolate.

Rob was the next one in, and he came bearing treats –

Who's the hungry writer/producer?
Chocolate croissants!
Madeleines and brownies!

Finally, Paul and Alex arrived and we got to work, spinning episode 2.

Alex has his morning coffee and is rarin’ to go.
Rob’s “I can’t believe you actually think that’s a good idea” look.
A pic of Paul only uploaded to prove his isn’t a figment of my imagination.
The numbers man goes with “three”.

We made some great progress on what promises to be a fun story, beating out a couple of acts before running out of steam.  And time.  Alex was especially pleased with the way the day went, less for our show-related accomplishments than the fact that lunch was much more downscale than our recent meals.  We went to Fran’s Diner where he was finally able to enjoy a burger.

I've never seen him so happy.

Dinner was very different however.  We headed over to Colborne Lane, another one of the restaurants on my Toronto Top 10 wish list.  Still, reveling in the warm afterglow of that hamburger, Alex allowed me to order for him.  I thought about getting him the foie gras, but ultimately decided to go with some menu items I figured he’d enjoy.  And he did. He loved both his scallop appetizer and his beef tenderloin.  In fact, all of my fellow diners enjoyed their dinner.  I, on the other hand, thought the plates good but overcomplicated.

Squash soup with duck confit, brown butter, maple, and asian pear. The confit lay at the bottom of the bowl, hidden beneath a thin maple sheet that melted once the squash soup was poured over top. I quite liked the soup and brown butter combo, enjoyed the duck, but found some of the maple bits a chewy distraction. I also thought the pieces of a asian pear an odd textural addition to the dish.
Wild mushroom risotto with reggiano, whipped mascarpone and black truffle. Oh, and the wholly unnecessary addition of watercress.

For dessert, Paul and I, ever the romantics, went with the liquid nitrogen ice cream for two – served tableside, natch.

White chocolate creme fraiche ice cream. No discernible white chocolate sweetness but more of a pronounced creme fraiche tang - which I like if it's being served as an accompaniment to another dessert, but on its own doesn't really carry the dish. An odd assortment of accompaniments including a bizarre pumpkin flan I couldn't finish.

Sadly, the storm has passed so it looks like we’ll be doing our spinning in the production offices tomorrow – back to that desolate tundra where the Russian mobsters ditch nuisance corpses.  On the bright side, Rob says he’s bringing bagels.

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Are you guys doing an adaptation/spinoff of a book?

Also, I think the biggest news story of the week isn’t about Egypt, Australia, or Snowstorms. The big news is that Klaus is the new Carl Binder. Out with the old, figuratively speaking, and in with the new.


If not sci-fi, can you at least tell us what genre the super secret show is?


Hmm, is the video supposed to be only 1 second long? I notice that for some of your video posts, they tend to warp by, and I never know if it’s my browser (Firefox) or the hosting site. Happily, almost none of the vids of the dogs are thus affected, but some from Tokyo and definitely this one.


Hmmm….I’m thinking it’s a comedy. At least I’m hoping so. It would be fun to see your wit totally unleashed.


Hey, someone served your dessert plate upside down! Weren’t they paying attention?

I had a wonderful day. 12 hours of nonstop entertainment. By “entertainment” I mean “complaints about snow.” No, the police department does not control where the plows go. I’m sorry your street hasn’t been plowed, but we have no influence over their route. Yes, I do have an emergency phone number for the street department, but no, I’m not going to give it to you because it’s for EMERGENCIES. No, we’re not going to arrest your neighbor for shoveling snow from his driveway into the street. No, we’re not going to arrest the snow plow driver for putting snow across your driveway. No sir, there’s no law against “spiteful parking.” I realize your neighbor is parking his car directly across from your driveway, and I believe you when you say he is doing this deliberately because he doesn’t like you. It’s irritating and thoughtless and frustrating, but it’s not illegal. Yes, I’m serious. Not illegal.

The kicker, though, was the bail bondsman who wanted to arrest a guy on a felony warrant. He was quite irritated with me because I wouldn’t give him helpful information out of our secure databases, which would get me fired and possibly sued. Believe me, if I was going to misuse my KCJIS clearance, I would have looked up David Hewlett’s home address years ago!

Bondsman: “I want to arrest this guy, but I don’t know which apartment in this complex is his. I’m trying to arrest a bad guy here, and you don’t seem to want to help me. Can’t you tell me the apartment number?”

Me: “No, I can only give that information to other law enforcement agencies. And, if we HAD that information we’d arrest him ourselves and save you the trouble.” (HINT, HINT, we don’t KNOW the apartment number, either, mister!)

Bondsman: “Oh, RIGHT, okay, well, do you have an emergency contact number for the manager of the complex?”

Me: “Yes, but I can’t give you that either, since it’s not public information. It’s information for law enforcement only.”

Bondman: “Seriously?? What if there was a serious problem here, a fire or something, and I called you? You really wouldn’t give me the number then?!”

Me: “No, I’d send the POLICE and the FIRE DEPARTMENT, and if necessary THEY could call the emergency contact number.”

Bondsman: “Oh.”

Annie from Fremantle
Annie from Fremantle

You get a piddly snow storm and QLD gets a big arsed cyclone…bloody huge and terrifying it was..


@dioxholster – BE CAREFUL. Thinking of you.


LOL, well some are happy to not get Snowpocalypse. Sounds like things are going well. When will you know if it’s a go and any news on SGU?


“Chocolate croissants!” ?? What is that ??

Come on Joe!!

It’s “Pains au chocolat”

Be carefull next time lol.



Not Sci Fi? Now there’s a twist.

Awesome to see Rob’s smiling face again!

Stay warm smile


Check this:
The name of the secret project is: WRESTLE GATE.
This new show will perfectly be customized for Scifi friday’s night needs.
Just fits right in. Obviously it’s not scifi like Joe said. Meh Scifi channel financing scifi shows ? Meh.
Maybe Hulk Hoggan as a cybord, maybe…
No pun intended (at least not at Joe)

Note: occasionally angry fans will be invited to the shows as extras, to vent out their anger (God knows if some angry fans need to vent).


@ dioxholster – I fell asleep early tonight, woke up at 1am and started watching the news. Horrible day yesterday in Cairo. I am very concerned for the people, and for the city, and the country. We have many people from Egypt here (most are from Alexandria). A very nice lady worked at my bank and she just returned recently with her husband to Egypt. I am concerned for her and her family. I’m thinking of stopping by the restaurant where her husband worked to see if they have any news (they’re Egyptians, so I’m sure they keep in touch). It’s just amazing how things have gone from bad to worse so quickly. I don’t take political sides, but I do feel for the people who don’t want to participate in the violence but are still caught up in this revolution, those who hoped that change would come about peacefully and are now watching as their country and their people fall into chaos. Very sad. @ Joe – It was nearly 50 degrees here today (well, yesterday), and not a snowflake in sight. They had forecasted just rain for us, and we hardly got any of that. I’m grateful since I had to go up the road about an hour away today. But I do understand the disappointment that comes when you expect thick, rich vanilla butter cream icing and you only get a powdered-sugar dusting instead. I am a bit curious about this show. I thought I had it figured out…I still don’t want to give my guess away, however. I’m happy that the main character seems to be a ‘he’ (a lot of female-driven shows coming out lately, and they just do not appeal to me). I thought maybe it was someone who has appeared in print and on the screen – but now I’m not sure. You ARE such a tease, sometimes! But I also understand the need to keep things under wraps until the deal’s done and production is underway. Two things I am worried about: 1. He’s a lawyer (I hate lawyer shows), and 2. He’s not an albino. Just kidding on point 2, of course, but totally serious on point 1. Whoever he is, I wish he could have long hair. Only villains have long hair anymore…except in manga/anime. I know long hair is still frowned upon, though. I was watching football (soccer) news the other day, and the lovely Andy Carroll was the subject of much mockery by the newscasters because of his hair: In fact, they seemed to be more fixated on his hair than on the fact that he just signed with Liverpool, going on about how he’s now the highest paid player with a ponytail. God…I really went off on another one of my famous tangents there, didn’t I? That’s what happens when you wake up at 1 am and can’t get back to sleep. I had more to say, but I forget what it was now. I best get… Read more »


Just wondering what this show is..
but I will be looking forward to read more about it and to watch it one day!


Hi Joe,
Yesterday i watched the movie The Man from Earth

I really enjoyed the movie!
its about a cave man that is immortal and he has walked the earh for 14.000 years sofar.
This is the first time that he’s gonna tell the friends he’s leaving his life story witch ofcource is verry hard to believe.
maybe you’ve seen it?

Allso a little SGU question.
Is season 2 part 2 ever gonna be aired or for sale on DVD?
it wouldnt be fair to ask fans to buy the blueray’s/dvds if we never gonna see the end of the season smile
i hope you can give us some good news about it.

one other thing,
the SyFy channel is avalible in more than one country, do they accumulate all the viewer ratings for all counrt’y’s and than make a dissision to cancel a show or is it based souly on the canadian/USA ratings?

Goodluck dodgeing the russian mobsters!
I ran in to them in moscow a couple years back , costed me 100 US$$ to get my life back :S strange city moscow is.
Ever been there?


worth a look:

So whats the name of the show? is it a remake? or based on a book? Is it, Highlander???? is it, Batman TV show?? is it, ah i give up, no wait im gonna get it later somehow. How hard can it be? You said it was based on a franchise, and it has something to do with Toronto, so I can pinpoint what it is easily. Would be cool if you make a contest out of this.


Is it me or did that risotto look strangely like the squash soup? They have really gone overboard with that watercress. If you’re adding it to the plate to add a bit of color, a couple of leaves will do imho. A fist-full is clearly too much.

I know what the super secret show is. It’s a spin off to the series ‘Numb3rs’ and it’s called ‘Letters’ isn’t it?

On the other hand, seeing that you’re in Canada, I would love to watch an alternate-history mini-series about a group of people who have just started to serve on board the first pykrete super-carrier Habakkuk during WWII. And I couldn’t have made that sound more boring if I tried. smile


Um, Joe?

I’m sorry to say this, but that picture of “Paul” is, in fact, a picture of a plain, white wall.

The others will hate me for revealing this awful truth to you, but I don’t care. It’s time you knew. Paul is not real. He’s never been real. He’s always been just a figment of your imagination.

His episodes? All written by you in your sleep, with the confusing results turned into sweet, sweet episodes by the other writers while you weren’t looking.

Did you really think that all those episode credits listing both of your names despite the fact that you no longer wrote together were just contractual obligations? No. It was to give you credit for episodes that you actually wrote even though you thought “Paul” did.

As for episodes that you wrote that you actually THOUGHT you wrote…well, they included Paul anyway to keep up the illusion; they thought it’d keep you thinking you’re sane for a bit longer.

Now, you may finally embrace this fact and let “Paul” go.

Next, we’ll work on this “Carl” that you keep talking about. I’m afraid the truth of what he is will shock you even more.

So hey, have you hard about the results from the Kepler space telescope that NASA released earlier today? 1200 potential planets outside of our solar system! 54 of them in orbits that allow for liquid water to exist on their surfaces, and 5 of those are about the size of Earth! This is amazing news!

Of course, these are all preliminary and some could turn out to be false positives, but it looks like most of them are going to be confirmed somewhere down the line.

And this is just the beginning! Kepler is going to spit out data for another 2 years, so there are more planets a-comin’! grin



What exactly is it you guys are working on? Something for SG? Or a completely different project Sci-Fi related?

Either way I will be checking it out.


So many delicious pictures… can’t handle it… *runs off to store*


Hello =)
Comment ça va ?

Pouahhh ça une tempête de neige? Même à Paris y’a eu plus de neige lors de la tempête ^^!

Tiens, ça me fait plaisir de revoir Rob smile

Alalal macarons, pain au chocolat, madeleine, que de la nourriture made in france *proud*:D

Passez une très bonne journée, gros bisou smile

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

PG15: you had me rolling! lol

Lisa R
Lisa R

Nice, nice food pictures! And I learned something too. I had never heard of liquid nitrogen ice cream–much less seen how it was made. Thanks for the video.

Glad things are going well and that the snow wasn’t bad where you are.


Oh look, Paul is really there. Hi Paul. One could think you don’t really like Paul as he hardly ever gets his picture in the blog. :p


Joe look at this pic:

Michael A. Burstein

Those macaroons look delicious.

I’m looking forward to the big reveal.