Who’s up for a mailbag?  I am!  If you are too, leave me your burning questions in the comment section.

You know what’s annoying?  When people say “Hey, our team wanted to reach out to you regarding your efforts to save the show but didn’t know how to get in touch.”  The fuck?  Really?  My perfectly legible name is onscreen as the series co-creator and Executive Producer.  Also the writer on fully half the show’s script. That knowledge, combined with an awareness of something called google should have been all you needed.   Unable to get in touch?  Really?

So just in case you ARE looking to get in touch, this is the place.  Leave a comment here on the blog.  I read every one because I moderate every one.  And, because I moderate every one, if you want to discuss something on the down low, just say so and I won’t approve your comment for public consumption.

Twitter is an equally good way to get in touch.  Now, I know, twitter is, for the most part, the exclusive domain of rage-a-holics looking to roast people for the most seemingly inconsequential utterances and political partisans eager to dub anyone who disagrees with them doesn’t agree with them doesn’t wholeheartedly enthusiastically support everything THEY believe inhuman monsters, but it is a good way to reach out to people.

Failing that, you can always go with reddit where I am still fairly active in the Dark Matter, Stargate and, of course, fantasy football communities.

If you try to get in touch with me on facebook – well, you’re out of luck.  That Joseph Mallozzi facebook page was set up by a fan and while administrator privileges have been handed over to me, I rarely venture over.  My actual facebook account is under Baron Destructo – but I rarely bother checking that one out.  Let’s be real.  Facebook is only used by the elderly as a way of keeping in touch with distant family.  I am honestly amazed it’s still kicking around.

Yeah, I have an instagram account, but I’ll be damned if I know how to use it. Last week, Akemi showed me how to access the messenger section of the app and I discovered an archive of old unread texts dating as far back as 2016.  And, I’ll be honest.  It’ll probably be another two years before I check again.

Probably the best way to get in touch is the most direct.  Just stop me in public and say hi.  As was the case the other day when, while on my way to a pitch, a woman stopped and asked “Are you Jeff?”  “No, but do you need a Joe?”I asked. “Jeff,”she said.  “No, Joe,”I said.  “Joe Mallozzi,”she said.  Turns out she was a producer and huge Stargate: Atlantis fan.  And, also, she WAS saying Joe (as Vanessa later informed me).   So, yes, the direct personal approach is best, but there’s no guarantee I’ll understand what you’re saying.

Pictured: Lynne and Jeff.

So, after much back and forth and spending of money for upgrades, and working through a plethora of bugs, and spending even more money, we finally settled on this blog theme.  What do you think?  Me?  I hate it.

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Katie Oster
Katie Oster

First let me say thank you for doing mailbags… it’s so awesome that you keep in touch with all of us! My question for you is what advice would you give a new writer trying to get into the industry? Thanks!

Ben Hughes
Ben Hughes

This was easy… you’re not that hard to reach after all.

kevin
kevin

Here’s just a spitball/BS kind of question… If you could take your original cast of Dark Matter and cast them in a new, completely different show, how would you cast them and what kind of show would it be? For example, would you do a sitcom (not your genre, I know…) knowing that the actors are so funny, or would you do something that pushed all of them in different ways? This isn’t something I would expect anyone to hold you to, just curious to see a fun idea or two pop out!

Bob Miller

I was wondering, is “Teal’c” derived from “TLC”, as if trying to phonetically pronounce “TLC”? Which would be amusing, since “TLC” is an acronym for “Tender Loving Care.”

Bob Miller

Why did STARGATE’s producers have a relationship develop between Samantha Carter and Pete Shanahan, then sever it just as they were about to marry? Was there a “real world” complication?

Dr Z
Dr Z

Ha ha, Yeah, I hear you Joe. That cock and bull story about wanting to help you but didn’t know how to reach you? What a crock ! Thanks for letting us know. My question is: how many of the DM cast do you catch up with and what are the chances they could all be available IF IF IF you were able to bring a season 4 to air?

JeffW
JeffW

Facebook is only used by the elderly as a way of keeping in touch with distant family.

Well I do use Facebook for keeping in touch with the distant (physically not emotionally) relatives. Maybe I can use this as evidence for the Senior discount at Denny’s?

“Are you Jeff?” “No, but do you need a Joe?”I asked. “Jeff,”she said. “No, Joe,” I said. “Joe Mallozzi,”

Dang…she wasn’t supposed to expose the next steps of our evil “Jeffs taking over the world” master plan. You heard nothing, right? RIGHT? Good.

ceresis64
ceresis64

Thanks for doing another mailbag, Joe……

How many main characters are there in your UAP?

JeffW
JeffW

As for the mailbag:

Have you and Akemi got an itinerary mapped out for your Japan trip? I’m hoping for some vicarious Japan foodie tour type of posts…

idontdomondays2day

When we first nattered on Twitter it was because i’d had one of my usual late-night thoughts about how/where/when so and so was created, which happened to be SG1 that time and the hope of some new series. A bit of typing on google as you wrote, and your name popped up on Twitter and the rest is history.I get it, if you’re not in the know and barely used twitter and internet searches before then it does seem crazy to think producers, celebs and so on are suddenly more approachable, but if your job is in entertainment of some sort and you are a noob…well maybe you shouldn’t be in that job >.<

Anyhoo, i’ve a question for you Jeff: What’s been your weirdest/creepiest/funniest moment in meeting a fan in person, even if they were just passing and maybe did a double take.

Jen
Jen

Hi, Joe. Thanks again for answering questions (always enjoy seeing what others have to ask and responses).

So I have a quick question about Lulu. I know how old Suji is and her backstory, but not so much about Lulu. Was she adopted around the same time as Suji (also is she around the same age as well)? Also, with future rescues/adoptions, would you focus on just pugs and frenchies or are you open to other breeds?

Just curious – thanks!!

Jim warner
Jim warner

Geoff, I mean Joe…
If you ever want to do something totally different, please write a book, create a course or at least do a YouTube or at the very least do a post or 5 season series on how…
You get so much done.

In the unreal world of business, read busyness, your output is incredible. Plus the food, family and pet time. We need your help! Teach us oh wise and prolific master

Line Noise
Line Noise

Next time I spot you across a crowded building lobby I’ll make sure I shout out “Jeff!”

Mailbag: I asked this a couple of days ago. What does “UF” stand for? Or is it still a secret?

Mailbag: If the planets align and you end up with two, three, or more projects greenlit at the same time would you have to drop any of them? Or will you be able to schedule things so you can work on all of them?

The theme sucks. I think it looks like a 13 year old’s Myspace page. Sorry! And I miss being able to use formatting in comments: This is bold. This is italic. This is underlined.

Rhiannon Frater (@RhiannonFrater)

I just want to thank you for being so open with how things work behind the scenes. It really helps me have a greater understanding of how the television world works and why sometimes my heart gets broken. (Nope. Not over Dark Matter.) I check out your blog often and I’m never disappointed. Also, CUTE DOGGIES!

Robert Moe

So how was I supposed to get in touch with you then? Leave it here leave it there dont leave at that one place but put it somewhere else. Damn I’m so confused. I’ll just hit you up on the Twitter. Oh! And Mack says “hey suji”

Mal

Just seeing the word “mailbag” got me thinking about actual mail. I used to get/give great mail as a kid. I’d send you folks a letter, maybe a mixtape if you did that. I know it’s all playlists now.

gforce
gforce

Hmm. I’m having difficulty thinking of a question for the mailbag, but I am looking forward to the answers to some of the other questions, though.

I’ll echo Jeff’s comment that I hope we get some good foodie pics from Japan. I feel the urge to go on a virtual culinary tour!

I think the blog looks fine. I do still have an issue though where it does not save my email and name, regardless of selecting the “Save my name, email, and website for the next time I comment” control.

Michael
Michael

Hi Joe. Long time reader, first time commenter. I’m a huge Stargate and Dark Matter fan, and I would love to have a career in television production someday. Your behind the scenes tidbits have been very insightful.

My question is, who decides how many episodes a show gets per season? The standard for most broadcast dramas used to be 22, but a lot of shows are moving to 13 eps, and some shows like True Detective only have 8 episodes. Does it mess with your game plan for the season if the network orders more episodes for a season after production has already started?

Peggy (and Buddy, the Chihuahua)
Peggy (and Buddy, the Chihuahua)

Mailbag question: Since you were so curious about our shower preferences, how about yours?

Here in California we are in a drought, so, in the interest of saving water, co-showering or separate?

I conserve water by sharing my shower with my Chihuahua when he needs cleaning. We also share ice cream together….from the same spoon. I suspect I have more germs than him. Ummm, maybe it’s time for another shower.

Kathryn Ball
Kathryn Ball

After reading your comments about Facebook you may be interested to know that the family I use it to keep in touch with is my Stargate family. Friends living all over the UK I met at the chevron conventions dating back 10years now. The last one was 2years ago so this is a good way to keep in touch.

Gen Krug
Gen Krug

I don’t know about other people, but finding you on Twitter was no problem. Simply typed Dark Matter and walla!!! There you were!!! EZPEEZEE!!! Joe, at this point after your RUMBLING article, any news on the progress of our beloved DARK MATTER??? Respectfully, The Dunn family

Line Noise
Line Noise

OK. I take it back. It looks like formatting does work. But the reply button doesn’t! Not for me anyway. I just get a Javascript error in the console.

maggiemayday

If I know how to get in touch, it can’t be that hard! I’m not entirely sure I would recognize you in person; I once walked by my own mother on the street. I’m not good with faces. And I’m shy, no, really.

Facebook is how I stay in touch with most of my Burning Man friends, my Navy mom friends, Utah burners, and yes, family. Reddit is weird. I spend a lot of time on r/widowers lately. It is a strange club to be a part of. I have twitter. I rarely check it as it is not on my phone. I moderate on eplaya, the Burning Man board. Very quiet this time of year. I’m also on Navyformoms, helping the families and loved ones of new recruits figure out what the Navy is doing to their kids. I even have a DeviantArt account and sell a few prints there now and then. Very few. And a blog with six readers, although I have zero clue if they’re the same six each time, or how they have found it.

Mailbag. Hmmm. Do you ever visit shrines or temples in Japan? I loved them, big, little, or tiny roadside niches. Just fascinating to me. Do they interest you at all? Thanks, Jeff.

Bailey1
Bailey1

Re the blog format, it’s OK, I still miss the old one. No questions other than will there still be falling snowflakes in winter? Not sure if I can share a link but here’s a funny vid re Social Media wars: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IABRgZH12YA

BoltBait

I like the blog theme, however there are two things I don’t like about it:

On the main page, after reading the current entry, I have to scroll all the way back up to the top to click and read the comments. It would be handy if there was a link to the comments at the bottom of your daily entry.

Then, after reading all the comments, I have to scroll all the way up to the top of the comments to leave a comment. It would be handy if the comment box was at the bottom of all the comments. But, I’m sure there are others who think, “I don’t give a damn what everyone else says, I like the comment box at the top where I can easily get to it.” So… both places?