Although she suffers from hip dysplasia and arthritic elbows and shoulders that make getting around tough, my pug Jelly does haver her good days. Yesterday was one. Look at her go!
Our big two-day broadcaster summit for Transporter: The Series has come to an end. Yesterday, the producers gathered with HBO/Cinemax, HBO Canada, RTL, and M6 to discuss production: cars, casting, stunts, scheduling, post-production, media relations, digital content and, most important of all, chocolate…
Day One went quite well. Among that afternoon’s greatest accomplishments was the decision on the opening credit sequence. Naturally, I was assigned the task of composing lyrics for the show’s theme song. This is what I’ve got so far:
He’s really quite cool –
‘Cause he follows his rules.
And when a job’s done,
He’ll go jump in his pool!
The bad guys he’ll fight –
And his driving is tight.
He’ll impress the girls –
Then turn in for the nigh!
It’s a work in progress. Given its obvious importance, I’ve set aside all script work for the time being to concentrate on this.
After our meeting, I headed back to my place, updated the blog, then headed downstairs to the lobby where I met –
As the designated driver, it fell on me to ensure everyone arrived at the dessert tray safe and sound and on time….
High points of the evening included meeting Rachel, the chocolate dessert, and winning a bet with Jocelyn that saw her backing the poodle as the world’s smartest dog only to lose out to my candidate, the border collie (as confirmed by two separate Top Ten Smartest Dogs sites). I had an unfair advantage. My accountant is a border collie.
Today, it was back in the big boardroom for an in-depth discussion of our twelve scripts. The best/most exciting note came from Klaus via actor Francois Berléand who requested we play up his character’s affinity for fine food and cooking as evidenced in Transporter 2. As a gourmand, I have a feeling I’ll be channeling Inspector Tarconi through most of this season. One of my first orders of business once the meeting wrapped was to head down to my office and look up merguez and couscous recipes before rewriting the Tarconi scene in my first script.
Randomness writes: “Joe, what do you think of this interview with Patrick Gilmore?
I’m usually supportive of peoples opinions but I disagree with his comments that some fans hated the show because it wasn’t Stargate Atlantis.
Hater websites aside, I’ve always got the general vibe that people just didn’t like the show because of the direction it took, basically it didn’t appeal to them.”
Answer: Actually, Patrick is absolutely right. “SOME” fans certainly did hate the show because it wasn’t Stargate Atlantis. They essentially said as much, lobbying for the show’s cancellation in the foolish belief that it would bring back Atlantis. And, when just the opposite happened and the cancellation pretty much killed any hopes of a continuation of the Atlantis storyline, they were left standing around like a bunch of dazed dorks wondering “Wha – happened?”. Watching them scramble to retroactively put a positive spin on their moronic logic (“Oh, uh, we WANTED that to happen!) was an awesome silver lining to the whole affair.
Chad writes: “Just out of curiosity, why was the SGU episode “Epilogue” originally titled “Radio”?”
Answer: The original pitch involved Destiny picking up messages (in the form of radio waves) from a distant civilization.
Brain writes: “By season 8 did the writers consider the tok’ra all but extinct? It seemed to be what was being inferred in season 7.”
Answer: Nope. Although they were touched upon, their presence decreased considerably as the threat of the goa’uld was finally dealt with.
Scarym writes: “So do you think Daniel & Vala are living happily ever after together?”
Answer: In my mid, they’re together and as happy as could be expected given Vala’s volatile personality. But you know – opposites attract.