Before there was Dark Matter, before there was Stargate, there was a little show called Student Bodies, my very first live-action production. We shot the series in an abandoned high school in Montreal. Our office was an enormous carpeted former classroom where my writing partner, Paul, and I would spend the greater part of our days pacing, writing and, in his case, practicing golf swings. Halfway through the show’s run, the series creators – Michael Klinghoffer, Judy Spencer, and Alan Silberberg – asked us if we needed anything. When I jokingly answered: “An air hockey table.”, they wrote one into an episode and it eventually found its way into our office. In the end, Paul and I ended up writing 24 of the show’s 65 episodes.
I have nothing but great memories about the people I worked with on that show. I bring this up today because, last night, I was out with some of my former Student Bodies colleagues –
Mik Perlus, Lienne Sawatsky, and Dan Williams who are now all successful writer-producers. Lienne and Dan worked with me behind the scenes of the show while Mik worked his magic in front of the camera in his role as the dastardly Victor Kane. How good was Mik as Victor? Well, one of my favorite stories from back in the day involved him being accosted by a drunken club patron who berated him for being so mean. It took Mik a few minutes to realize this complete stranger was referring to his onscreen character.
Anyway, Mik tells me they’re in the early planning stages of a 20th anniversary reunion special. Details here –
If you were a fan of the old show and would like to see this happen, head on over to the Student Bodies 20th Anniversary Facebook page and let them know.
Ah, good times. Good times! Pictured above: nerdy Paul, the uber-awesome Jessica Goldapple (Flash), and yours truly.
Tomorrow morning, I’m off to Montreal for two days (returning Thursday night). Keep an eye on the gals for me while I’m away. Thanks!