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2nd-Feb-2008 07:55 pm
Torchwood - Speeding at night

This...THIS is what Torchwood is supposed to be like.  If it keeps this up, I am going to have a new favorite show (and be depressed over the fact that the BBC hasn't yet commissioned a third series and even if it does, it'll be 2009 before it airs).  I am not sure when I last laughed this hard at something on TV.  I actually spent about 20 minutes of the show standing in front of the TV, and jumped into the air at one of Jack's lines.  And what was with the intent plant-spritzing by Owen? Really, I want to know, because I was so distracted by it that I missed part of the dialogue in that scene.  This is what the show needs to be - random insanity and Ianto being blandly snarky, not non-stop angst and arguing. 

OK.  Must calm down.  In order to keep this from just being a post of squeeing fandom that most of my flist won't care about, here's an article from the local paper on what Minnesota members of the WGA are doing during the strike.  I didn't even know that one of the producers for Pushing Daisies lives here.

More than two dozen local writers are spending the winter frozen out of the movie and TV business. Here are their stories.

Last update: January 28, 2008 - 9:36 AM

The writers' strike, now in its 12th week, hasn't hurt only those in Los Angeles and New York. Its impact has been felt by those residing in "flyover land" -- and I'm not just talking about us saps so desperate for original programming that we turned reality garbage like last Thursday's premiere of "Moment of Truth" into a major TV event. I'm referring to those who live in the Twin Cities, yet depend largely on Hollywood work to put food on the table.

For the more than two dozen members of the Writers Guild of America who call Minnesota home, the strike is not just a setback; it could be a career killer. We talked to several creative types about how the work stoppage has affected their lives personally and professionally. Here are their thoughts:

Scott Nimerfro (writer/executive producer, "Pushing Daisies"): "The thing I miss most is the paycheck. I may have had more expenses than other writers, because I was flying back home on the weekends, but we counted on that money. If this goes on until June, I'll be driving a tow truck.

"These days, I'm the house husband to my two daughters, 4 and 2 1/2 years old, while my wife has gone back to freelancing for an ad agency. We wish the situation was flip-flopped. The kids miss their mom.

"This is a show that was critically acclaimed and had some momentum and that was pulled out from under us. I remember that last day on the set, I had to sit there with a stopwatch and at midnight, all the writers had to stop working. I hope we get back on the air soon and have the chance to get our fans back."

Shawn Lawrence Otto (writer, "House of Sand and Fog"): "We are a little out of the loop here because we're not participating in picket lines on a regular basis. Some of us go out there from time to time, but that quickly becomes an expensive proposition and I've been without any kind of income for a number of months.

"We do our part in other ways, like when we held an event in front of the Uptown Theatre in December, just to show people that WGA writers live everywhere.

"I've gotten involved in some other things. I've joined my friend, screenwriter Matthew Chapman, in an effort to try to get the presidential candidates to debate science and technology policies. We've got a lot of college presidents and Nobel Laureates as supporters. That's the danger of a writers' strike. They better put us back to work."

Ali Selim (writer/director, "Sweet Land"): "I've been dying on the vine. I had some spec scripts that I had written that had generated some interest, but that came to a halt. As a director, there is some work that producers are trying to jam through the system, but by and large, those projects aren't ready. They need rewrites. I want to make sure that the projects I work on are fully baked and that they live up to their promise. If movies that have been rammed through get out, I think it's going to turn audiences away. It's bad for the whole business."

David Grant (playwright, "Inter-City Opera"): "I was up for a really interesting, quite incredible project for a cable network. I was really looking forward to getting out to L.A. and interviewing for it when the strike was announced. Bigger projects, like tent pole movies, tend to be on very firm footing, but projects I'm involved with, like this one, tend to be more marginal and more fragile. I'm remaining hopeful that the project hasn't completely lost momentum, but that's what tends to happen. If it did, that would be really tragic for me. It's been two years since I've had studio work. Those of us in theater can do other kinds of writing, but when you get Hollywood work, it's usually so lucrative that it outstrips everything else combined that I've done over two years."

Pat Proft (writer, "Scary Movie 3," "The Naked Gun"): "I was working on a movie and a possible animated series for the Disney Channel and this has put everything in the spin cycle. I'm working on stuff, but I can't hand anything in, which is very frustrating. When this thing is over, there's going to be two million scripts out there."

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Comments 
3rd-Feb-2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
I wasn't too impressed with season one; I thought it was too unbalanced since it focused on one or two far too much and the story lines were kind of blah. This season has me really excited with the show; and Toshiko and Ianto are getting the kind of respect they deserve which makes me thinks the PTB listen to their viewers, or at least they critically analyzed season one and changed things they could see were not working.
I hope this keeps up too and thanks for the interesting links:)
3rd-Feb-2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
I really, really liked the first 5 episodes of the first season. Then it got rather annoying. I mean, I still looked forward to watching it, but they were always screwing up in dumb ways, they never seemed to learn from their mistakes, and there was one crisis after another that made them mistrust and fight with each other. I guess they needed to do it that way so that Bilis could get to them in the finale, but...I wasn't too impressed with the finale.

So I'm really excited to see how fun the beginning of season 2 is. I just hope it keeps up. They're being a lot smarter than they were last season, and everyone is getting respect. And despite the snarking, they all seem to like each other! It's amazing!

Glad you enjoy the links too! :0)
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