Well, that’s it.  My extended vacation has come to an end because tomorrow, I start the writers’ room on a new sci-fi series.

I’ll be showrunning but, unlike Dark Matter, this one is not my brainchild.  And the circumstances by which I became involved are rather…unusual.

Several months ago, the Director’s Guild of Canada hosted an event pairing established show runners with up and coming directors in an evening of drinks, snacks, and speed dating-like meet and greets.  I was sent a list of potential candidates (over two hundred in all!), then asked to select eight.  On the night of the event, I sat down with those eight directors and got to know them – in the approximately ten minutes allotted to each.  During a break in the action, one of the directors I hadn’t chosen came over and introduced himself, then proceeded to heap praise on Dark Matter.  I thought: “Damn, I should’ve picked this guy!”  And then: “I still can!”

Later that week, we got together and, instead of a ten minute chat, we sat down to a two hour lunch in which we covered, among other things, a show he was preparing to pitch.  It was a unique science fiction series unlike anything I’d ever worked on, but very intriguing.

Weeks later, he called to tell me his show had been picked up, that the production company was interviewing potential showrunners, and asked whether I’d be interested in throwing my hat into the ring.  I considered.  On the one hand, it was, as I said, unlike any show I’d ever worked on.  On the other, I really liked him and, at this point in my career, I’m only interested in working with people I like.  I also liked the show’s premise.  And the possibility of reuniting my former Dark Matter crew.

So, I went in and interviewed.  And was offered the gig.

Which brings us to where we are now – specifically, on my couch, sipping chamomile tea, monitoring the Bears-Packers game while I finish this entry after which I’ll move on to reviewing my notes for tomorrow’s world building session.

More details on this series as they become available – following the grand announcement (whenever that is).

Stay tuned and Prepare to Support Your Sector!

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gforce

Your baby or someone else’s, I’m sure you’ll still
do an amazing job! Looking forward to it.

Danine Dolphin
Danine Dolphin

I like the tumbly way this opportunity unfolded. It’s my gut feeling that this ride could be quite fun. I do hope it is and you get to enjoy the other side of the coin again for awhile.
I’m not sure you can answer this one, but with it being both screen guild Canada and potentially working with crew from DM, does this means you’re staying in Canada for the foreseeable future?
If so, I’m happy to hear that. Not that you won’t go back to LA someday, but that I like that you have some comfortable places built into where you are and Akemi & the dogs won’t need to uproot orodo without you as many hours or as far away.

Elminster
Elminster

Hi Joe
Congrats! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us.

Elminster

C
C

Awesome! Congratulations! Can’t wait to hear more about. Let us know what channel will it be on. I hope this time its the CW instead of Syfy or maybe Amazon Prime or Netflix. Anyway for sure we will ready to watch.

Richard Lee
Richard Lee

Congrats!

Dinah
Dinah

I can’t wait.

D. Miles
D. Miles

Congrats on the new show!

Sylvia
Sylvia

Sweet!!!

Drea
Drea

Oh. So ‘that’s’ what all the nervous over eating was about this weekend, eh?
Subconscious jitters about stepping out of your comfort zone.
I thought maybe you were simply running a science experiment
to test if it’s specifically possible for you, personally,
to literally become vomitly full.

Well, mind the dungeon, mister.
Try to relax this week and enjoy it.
I’m sure you’ll do great.

If not, … just ask Akemi to make a couple batches
of her famous drunken uncle cookies to liven things up in the room. grin

Don Matthews
Don Matthews

That was pretty compelling to read because I’ve always been the kind of person who could convey us excitement & energy of my concepts better in person than by any other method. I actually (unknowingly) met an agent from ICM once. I was working at a bookstore & thought we were just two people chatting about storytelling until she got ready to leave & have me her card. Nice when things just come together organically like that.

Bannister
Bannister

Exciting ! It feels bit like going back to school after the long summer break, when i read it. ^^
Anyway, it’s gonna be an interesting week, no doubt. Can’t wait to see the kind of show will result from this. You’re good at teasing! razz

Ponytail
Ponytail

Did the Packers win? Last I watched, the QB hurt his leg and was taken off the field. The Packers immediately started losing. Next thing I see is the game is over, the QB is grinning ear to ear and appatently they won.
Good luck tomorrow Joe. Hope you’re grinning ear to ear by the end of the day too.

artofzoiefan

I wish you well on this next adventure, may your finger’s go tippit, tap,tap and more tapping, as the words flow through.
May the new characters make it an ease for writing.
I still have my hope for Raza and her crew!
Peace Beth Skol. ZoieFanAnna2

Jarryd Hartwig
Jarryd Hartwig

Noice!
Looking forward to hearing about it and then watching it when we get the pleasure.
All the best. Hopefully smoooth sailing!

Debs Anderson
Debs Anderson

Can’t wait to hear more, especially if any of the Dark Matter cast & crew are involved

Marcia
Marcia

Yea! Congratulations…and our group will be watching. Spreading the word to be on the lookout for a new show. smile

John Howley
John Howley

ok sorry for the 1st reply but I have had errors each time I have tried to reply in the past few days and did not think it would work . But now that it has I can say congratulations and I hope it all goes well for you smile

TheOtherOne
TheOtherOne

Wishing you best of luck on your first day of a new world/job.
When you say Dark Matter crew, I’m assuming production crew? That’ll be great! So looking forward to ‘the look’ as well as the storyline

Colleen Scott
Colleen Scott

I am very excited for this new show. I can’t wait to see it.

Kent Donnelly
Kent Donnelly

Best of luck on the new project. Can’t wait for good sci-fi to return to my TV.

jimfromjersey

That is GREAT news! Good luck today. And I can’t wait to find out what this is.

maggiemayday

Huzzah and whoot! Congrats, and sounds exciting. Shazbot!

shinyhula

Slogged through the remnants of a hurricane to work with squelching shoes, umbrella was useless, felt thoroughly soggy, but now I’m sipping hot tea and reading tremendous news, oh yeah, support is prepared, can’t wait to hear more about this project. I’m scratching my head, Masked, DM, Transporter and Stargate were so different, heck even Atlantis and Universe were so different, so I’m very curious what the tone of the new show will be. I love Orphan Black, Lost Girl, ReGenesis so this already sounds like a project I will love.

K.C.
K.C.

Well done! Congratulations!

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

Thanks for the inside look on show development! Do writers get typecast? If so, it’s good to shake things up and do something different. I totally agree about working with good people. It will save your sanity!