That’s it. We’re out of time. Ready or not, we are on a plane and Toronto-bound tomorrow morning. I’m super anxious about flying with the dogs – but have done my best to prepare them for the four and half hour in-cabin flight. I spent an hour on the phone with Air Canada, making the arrangements. Jelly, Bubba, and Lulu will be flying in-cabin with us. Each dog must be accompanied by a passenger but, sadly, must remain under the seats at all time. I did my research and learned that the middle seats in economy actually have the most under-seat room so I booked three in a row – and also booked the aisle seats so that Akemi, Jeff, and I wouldn’t be too cramped. I know, I know. It’s an added expense – that required a whole separate call and next day confirmation – but this is a (hopefully) rare occasion. Lulu’s recent stomach issues had me concerned enough to take her to the vet today but I’m pleased to report that her case of (what Carl Binder used to refer to as) “the skitters” has abated and she is back to her old self. And, as an added bonus, actually shaved off half a pound!
We fly out at 9:00 a.m., but we’ll be meeting at the airport at 7:30 so that we can check in together. The dogs will be skipping breakfast, just to be on the safe side, and I’ll be administering Rescue Remedy and maybe a little bit of gravel before they head into their sherpa bags. I may even wake up extra early to take them for some early, EARLY morning walks and ensure they’re nice and tired for the duration of the trip.
I’m hoping for a lot of this:
And, once we’re in Toronto, it’ll be smoooooooth sailing!
Bailey writes: “Will the series follow closely with the comic? If I have read the Dark Matter will I be spoiled for the series?”
Answer: The first two episodes will cover the events of the Dark Matter graphic novel (comprised of all four issues of the comic book) although some changes will be made. Yes, there are spoilers in the graphic novel but the revelations contained therein are merely the tip of the iceberg in terms of the twists, turns, and surprises to be doled out over the course of the show’s first season.
glisterghost writes: “Casting must be an exciting experience for any writer – do you have any say in the process?”
Answer: Yes, as show runner I will have a say in everything from who is cast to the color of the onscreen display on the bridge. I’m mad with power.
gforce writes: “Poor Lulu! Hopefully, that will clear up really soon. Who will she be riding with anyway? Jeff? :)”
Answer: Yep. Jeff has the honor. She’s feeling much better now. Hopefully, she won’t be too gassy.
Dallas Marshall writes: ” is Dark Matter going to be aired in the United States, or just Canada? ”
Answer: SyFy is our U.S. broadcaster: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/syfy-stargate-producers-take-graphic-740985. Just like old times!
dasndanger writes: “Dude…DUDE…the toughest character to cast will most certainly be Ryo Tetsuda”
Answer: I thought so too – until I started reviewing the auditions. Some terrific candidates.
JimFromJersey writes: “Since this is going to be “our” show, let me know when would be a good time for a set visit. Preferably after it’s built, of course.”
Answer: Damn. I was going to put you to work on the bridge.
livingforcreativity writes: “You seemed to have many, many shows in development at one time. I’m thrilled Dark Matter is happening. It seems like getting a show to air is a miracle under any circumstances. But, are any of the other shows still a possibility? If one of them “happens” what do you do? (Add people to the team, while you still executive produce?)”
Answer: I should be so lucky. Right now, Paul and I are wholly focused on Dark Matter‘s first season – and will be through June of 2015. One of our other prospective shows, A.K.A., is still in play out there, while another script I co-wrote with our friend Tara Yelland was recently optioned. I’ve always said that, in this business, you either have to have near infinite patience, or a near infinite amount of projects out there. You just never know. Even when you think you do – you don’t. A while ago, I thought Dark Matter was dead and would have bet money we’d be producing A.K.A. in Vancouver – but, clearly, things worked out differently.
Joan001 writes: ” I know that there are people I’d like to see being cast again. ”
Answer: So would I and I’ve recommended certain individuals I’ve worked with in the past for certain roles. But, in the end, it all comes down to the auditions. We’ve seen a lot of very talented people so far, and will be seeing a lot more in the coming week, and, in the end, it all comes down to who is right for the role.
Jarvis writes: ” Are you guys casting only in Canada or in L.A. too? ”
Answer: The L.A. sessions start next week.
JeffW writes: “So it premiers next fall? In September?”
Answer: They haven’t announced an official premiere date yet. Could be as early as June or late as September I imagine. What works best for you?