So, yesterday, I offered a rundown of My Top 10 Funnest Episodes, simply put — the ten episodes (out of the 100 or so episodes of television I’m credited on as a writer) I had the most fun scripting. I decided to offer up the flip side and give you My Top 10 Toughest Episodes and have narrowed the list down to 13.
Some interesting candidates made the cut and I look forward to hearing what you think once I post the rundown in the coming days.
In the meantime, my various hobbies (aka side projects) continue apace:
- This afternoon, I spent a few hours with the creator of a sci-fi show I may or may not be showrunning, breaking down the series engine and first season arc across those initial ten episodes. For the first time, it’s really crystalizing for me in terms of creative direction and I’m genuinely excited, about the series and especially the opportunity to work with this individual. Production Design and standing sets will, I believe, be our biggest challenge – but I have someone in mind who should help…
- STILL waiting on the deal to close on that horror novel so I can start working with the author on an adaptation. Not sure what the hold-up is but it’s getting a tad frustrating and the delay could very well take me out of running on this one.
- Incorporated the network notes on that sci-fi series overview and pilot. I now await notes from the production company. Once I have those, I’ll do a final pass, make the final delivery and then it’s smoooooooooth sailing!
- Also today, delivered the revised series overview for that small town horror series. The document, once a modest 10 pages, is now a robust 27. I trust I’ve dotted ever i, crossed every t, and set up every pay-off. I await the verdict.
- Submitted pitches for two sci-fi series to a major comic book publisher. Hoping at least one will captures their interest. It’ll be fun to get back in the comic book game.
- Received word my supernatural pilot (Hey, Jeff, you know the one I’m talking about) is about to be optioned. Time to revisit, review, and reconsider a few things.
- Two weeks from now, I start discussions and development on an original sci-fi series (tentatively titled, and I kid you not: “Untitled Awesome Project”). It’s classic Mallozzi SF: fun, relationship-driven, with an undercurrent of humor. If you enjoyed my work on Dark Matter, and Stargates SG-1 and Atlantis, you’re going to love this.
- Finally, there’s this new addition to the on-deck circle, the television adaptation of THIS comic book series by one of my favorite comic book writers. I’ve been wanting to work with them for almost eight years now – and we’re finally doing it!
And I guess that’s it for now. Eight firm, very promising possibilities.