Still no definite word on the Stargate front.  Following a flurry of promising developments, things have gone unbearably quiet.  Not a bad sign just… no sign.  There’s an anticipation that good news could break any day now – but the longer the wait, the greater the challenge when the time comes.  To those holding out hope that this could mean a third season pick-up – alas, this isn’t one of the scenarios in play.  Nevertheless, as I said in a previous entry, if and when we finally do get the green light, Brad has some wonderful surprises in store for fans of SGU (as well as fans of the Stargate franchise in general).  I’ve got my fingers crossed for all involved, even though it’s looking more and more like I won’t be among them.

That on again, off again, on again, off again opportunity is back on again and it looks like Paul and I are close to signing a deal that would take us to Toronto for 2011 (and, possibly, beyond).  As things started to heat up this weekend, I fielded a call from my anxious writing partner who was amazed I wasn’t stressing out as well.  “My stress was front-loaded,”I told him.  If you’ll recall, it was only one month ago that I was assailed by a host of mystery ailments, from headaches to hives, that left me thoroughly vexed and confused.  In retrospect, those ailments weren’t so mysterious after all.  I’ve stressed out big time and now have made, if not peace, then a grudging truce with the situation.  I’m still bummed at the prospect of having to make the big move, ship my dogs cross-country, say goodbye to my life here in Canada’s greatest city and start anew in T.O.  What do I bring with me besides the dogs?  My car?  All my suits? Do I take my books, my booze, my ice cream maker?!!  On the positive side, I’ll be working on a great new, high-profile series based on an existing, equally terrific franchise (I’m a big fan of the movies).  It’s got a healthy budget and, most important of all, boasts some very kind, very talented individuals who’ll work hard to ensure the show is positively kick-ass.

But there’s still work to be completed on SGU’s second season…

Today, we went in and watched the Day 1 mix of Blockade and the Day 2 mix of Common Descent, taking a break in between to eat lunch and approve visual effects for The Hunt (revised) and Gauntlet (temps).  Watching those shows and snippets made me very proud of what we accomplished – and very sad that it had to end so soon.  Word is you’ll all get to finally see the back half, surprisingly sooner than later.  Official announcement to come.

I spent the rest of the day packing up the books in my office.  I stuffed eight boxfuls into the back of my SUV, and I’m still not halfway done!  I’ll pack up the rest next week when the ever-lovable Carl Binder heads back into town for one final round of mixes, VFX approvals, and schnitzel.

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hal ehrlich
hal ehrlich

I’ll be the first to post tonight!!!

Anyways…I am very glad at what you had to say about Stargate. hopefully it will be able to include SGU and possibly the other SG shows combined..
I have a sneaky suspicion that you are working on a new Star Trek T.V. show..
Your quote “On the positive side, I’ll be working on a great new, high-profile series based on an existing, equally terrific franchise (I’m a big fan of the movies). It’s got a healthy budget and, most important of all, boasts some very kind, very talented individuals who’ll work hard to ensure the show is positively kick-ass. ”
This looks like Star Trek to me !!!
That would be cool..
I like that show almost as much as stargate, and if you became part of that show I am sure I may like even more.

I am sad to see that even if SGU starts back up that you probally will not be invloved sad
But I am sure that the show will be left in very capable hands, and who knows maybe it will be best the way things are going to work out for everyone after all.
My fingers are crossed !

Sg1efc
Sg1efc

Thanks very much for the SGU update. smile

cherluvya

Hey Joe,

I am so happy to hear the deal is working out. Moving never EVER fits into “Looking forward to packing!” but we all seem to survive. It is just an added stress to have to work while doing so. Will you be assigning packing teams?

I enjoyed seeing some of the Syfy Stargate Universe marathon. Was great to see Eli get the girl again…even if you guys killed her off. so many many great episodes. I loved seeing your and Paul’s names appear on the screen.

Must be great to have a direction…hugs to you and the pups.

Always,
Cheryl smile

Rafael
Rafael

Star Wars: The live action series!!!!!?

Cody
Cody

I know that feeling of having to wait as your career and life hang in the balance.

While no answer would be horrible it’d be at least an answer… wait no… I’d rather keep waiting and get a yes answer. Though a sign on the how the process is going would at least make a person feel better. It would also help my fingernails which are being chewed to the point of bleeding. Must remember patience is important. Sorry for the rather cathartic comment.

Cody

PBMom

For a brief second, it said, “file not found”. I was in panic mode. What? No JM blog fix for the day? I felt like an addict.

Congratulations on the Toronto gig! Looking forward to hearing what the franchise is, and more importantly, if it will be shown in the United States. I hate it when Canada gets shows that we don’t.

What mode of transport are you currently considering for getting the dogs there? That must be so hard to leave a place you’ve grown to love.

I had heard that the actor contract release dates were Jan 31 so it gets harder with each passing day to keep the SGU team together with them all pursuing new job opportunities. Hopefully even with that, if something does happen for whatever shape the franchise may take to wrap things up, they’ll be able to make some time to be a part of it.

dioxholster

From the way you talked about it I pretty much knew a season 3 wasn’t it.

Randomness
Randomness

I’m confused. So you’re off to work on The Transporter series after all? That’s good. I mean as you post inside info about shows in all, and I love the concept of it.

I don’t think many people would of heard of the transporter here. Well the movies anyway.

E
E

Thanks for update.

*cries a little* Hate to see SGU ending so early as well. It made me love Stargate again, and well. It was just one mighty fine tv show. I am disappoint in Americans. razz

Good luck in whatever you might do in the future.

*cries some more*

dioxholster

From the way you talked about it I pretty much knew a season 3 wasn’t it.

Brad has surprises for us? Let me guess, we get to see the wrecking of the Destiny set on a live kino feed?

Maybe I should hazard another guess: comic book deal? SGU characters battling Goauld in alternate realty tv movie?

As for the Toronto project, I honestly thought it was Robocop but I remember you saying its not sci-fi. Cooper is part of it too? I can’t imagine it being a comedy so what is it? Harry Potter TV show? Lethal Weapon? I mean if its a movie franchise it gotta be either sci-fi or fantasy. Mad Max? If its a Canadian movie then I might have never heard of it. The Mighty Ducks? No I got it, its Jason Bourne isnt it? or could it be The Exorcist?

dioxholster

oh so its Transporter? I guess that makes sense.

Merced
Merced

Thanks for keeping us informed.

My (wishful thinking) guess about Brad’s surprises: SGU finishes it’s arc with a mini-series or 2-3 movies and (based on the surprise for fans of the franchise) the SG-1 and SG-A movies finally being made. YES! *dreaming*

About hal ehrlichs thoughts “I have a sneaky suspicion that you are working on a new Star Trek T.V. show..” <- THAT WOULD BE IT!

What could be better? More SGU, SG1, SGA and FINALLY a new Star Trek show with Joe Mallozzi onboard giving us all the dirty little secrets from behind the scenes… oh please tell me it is Star Trek. Okay. You can't. I know. But I can dream, can't I?

Star Trek is unlikely anyway as that has ALWAYS been made at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. So my guess is… Wonderwoman. With all the on and off that would fit…

Can't you give us some more hints? ^^

jojo
jojo

Congratulations on the new opportunity! Moving is never easy, but can be a good thing. You have some people there to help you get settled, and working with Rob has to give you a great confidence in the quality of the production. You may find it to be a great adventure.

Tonight I was watching Bizzare Eats on the Travel Channel and he was in Philadelphia. Moromotto (Iron Chef America) has a restaurant there and was serving the dude fuji sperm and blowfish slices. I thought of you, Joe, and how if you get the hankering for that stuff, you don’t have to go all the way to Japen, but just to Philly!

Scottehy
Scottehy

Didn’t Joe mention in a previous post that the new series he might be working on is not sci-fi related?

Scottehy
Scottehy

Sorry for the double post, just found it in the February 2nd post.

Quote —
To all those asking, no, the super-secret show is not science fiction – nor is it any of the shows you’ve guessed yet.

Lisa R
Lisa R

That would be interesting–if you new opportunity was a new Star Trek tv show. Well, whatever it is, I wish you the best at it.

@PBMom: I’ve read several SGU star interviews essentially saying what you said–that they were pursuing new job opportunities. Made me sad when I read them. Hopefully, they’ll be able to participate in wrapping up the franchise–whatever form that might take.

flib
flib

If it turns out to be an SGU movie, I really really hope that you aren’t going to try to cram everything that you wanted to do for the last 3 seasons into it. I’d rather see the movie cover season 3 and hopefully be successful enough to get a second movie to cover season 4, then season 5.
If it’s going to be a miniseries, that would be great. I just hope it’s longer than a 2 episode “mini-series” like Farscape got. >_<

Jim
Jim

I wish you best of luck in your new path.

I wish the same for the other producers and all the actors of ex-SGU – the very best in the continuation of their career and in life.

For the record, I an avid SGU anti-fan.

For me, it was a bad show in so many ways, hence lacked viewership and hence canceled – can’t be simpler than that.

But that’s behind us now.

Once again, a genuine best of luck on your new road!

Jim

IggyMing
IggyMing

Thanks for giving us some hope for SGU and the SG franchise. I have my fingers crossed for the SG1 movie 3. I’m so disappointed to hear that you won’t be involved in any further SGU projects. Does this mean that if any new movies happen (SG1, SGA, or SGU), that there’s no chance that you’ll take part in them? Is this truly the end of the road for you WRT to Stargate?

OTOH, so glad to hear that the deal with the T.O. production has come through (or almost), and that you’ll be moving back east. The show sounds exciting. I’ve no idea what it could be (I don’t really follow the entertainment news much), but I believe you said that it’s not science fiction. I’ll be sure to watch and follow along with whatever you do.

StellaByStargate
StellaByStargate

Hi Joe,

Well, I’m terribly happy for you that what sounds like a great opportunity is taking off for you. Although thinking of you in Toronto instead of Vancouver is like thinking of Stargate Command at the Pentagon and not Cheyenne Mountain….

Ahem. Anyway. Best of luck in the new endeavour and I can’t wait to hear exactly what it is, since I haven’t been able to fathom a guess based on the hints you’ve dropped. The only thing I’m going to assume, given that you’ve said it’s not science fiction, is that the network in question isn’t our beloved *cough* SyFy. So yay! No postage due this Christmas!

I am rather miserable for us, on the other hand, that you’re not likely to be involved in (what I’m thinking of as) the Grand Finale of Stargate. Really? I mean…it’lll be like peanut butter without jelly…Fred without Ginger…you without chocolate….

I’ll be honest, I originally came to your blog for Stargate, but I’m sticking around for Joe. Vancouver. Toronto. Timbuktu. If nothing more I’ve learned a whole heck of a lot about food that I never even dreamt of before. Codsperm. Who knew?

Best of luck with all the decisions ahead of you. Moving is a pain in the mikta to be sure. I do have one selfish reason to be glad you’re heading East…you’ll finally be in the same time zone as I am and I won’t have to wait up so late to read your blog before heading to bed….

Silver linings, right?

SBS

DXH
DXH

Randomness: While I like the Transporter movies (with first being best), I don’t think I would describe it as “terrific franchise”, so I doubt thats what Mr. Mallozzi will work on. I mean, Transporter movies are pretty much guilty pleasure and a lot of it stands on the actor Jason Statham. The series will be a failure unless it airs on a premium cable where it can be less limited by censorship.

On another note “great new, high-profile series based on an existing, equally terrific franchise” with “healthy budget” and “very talented individuals” sounds kinda like any number of series that pop up every year just to be cancelled soon after. Sorry to say that.

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Well, still wondering about Batman, though Treadstone would be great (based on the Bourne movies), but that’s probably an LA project. Can’t imagine what they’d be producing up there in Toronto. You said it wasn’t sci fi. Bond? Mission Impossible? Ocean’s 11? As you see, I’m leaning towards the international spy or heist genre…am I at least a little warm?

I just hope it works out for you, whatever it is, but I gotta say that the suspense is killing me!

das

crazymom1

How did Fondy get Stewie and Brie to Toronto? What if you get hired by a show I’m not interested in? Crap. Is this Toronto show one that’s already on, or a new one? I think you’d said, but I missed it. If it doesn’t involve cops, detectives or stargates, I don’t watch it. Not that I refuse to watch other shows. Those just seem to be the ones I gravitate to. Also, if it’s going to be on HBO or Showtime, just tell me now, so I can stop hoping. I don’t get those channels. Hey, how about a planet-hopping detective who used to be a cop and now solves intergalactic mysteries? I’d watch that!

irish pete
irish pete

Is this new series based on the underworld films?

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

You did say that the new show isn’t sci fi, did you not? That rules out most of the movie series listed, Trek, SW, Transporters, etc. But it’s also heavy on the action, fast paced, and humorous? Not Lara Croft is it? Can’t imagine Indiana Jones having another go as a series, young or old. Just because you’re on pins and needles is no reason to torture us, you know. Most of us, well some of us, don’t deserve it.
As far as the moving thing, what about putting most of your stuff in storage? Once you have a better feel for how long you’ll be in Toronto, you can make the arrangements to ship the things cross country, or have it disposed of somehow. And you can always (try to) con Asheigh or Ivon to keep the stuff piled in their homes. After all, who needs more than 18 inches to move through the hallway, or to use the shower/tub? The savings would allow you to ship the dogs first class with their own personal attendents.
REALLY looking forward to when you can finally confirm your plans, when IMDB gives some hint as to what’s going on. Till then, thanks for sharing, and the best to Paul on handling the stress. Perhaps you can find him a present to take his mind off of the waiting. A Carl Binder doll(G rated version, not the X rated one), or a dartboard with story ideas on it for when he’s in a writer’s block. Just to let him know you care…