Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, cocreator of Angel
Many people have asked me, "Joss, what is the future of television? What will we watch? And how will we watch it? Surely you must know, for you are wise, and slender." I usually smile and say nothing, because I wasn't actually listening to the question. But it's a good one, and I think it's time I let you in on a few highlights of Television-to-Be.
The networks will all be creating exciting, innovative new spin-offs of today's shows. Approximately 67 percent of all television will be CSI-based, including CSI: Des Moines, CSI: New York but a Different Part than Gary Sinise Is In and NCSI: SVU WKRP, which covers every possible gruesome crime with a groovin' '70s beat. (Jerry Bruckheimer will also have conquered Broadway with t
Joss Whedon with Serenity star Nathan Fillion
As the series creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, Joss Whedon ushered in a new era of TV sci-fi and cemented his VIP status at Comic Con. However, it was one of his lesser-known creations that he chose as his directorial debut on the big screen. With Serenity, Whedon revisited his short-lived Fox series
Megan Linz, The Amazing Race
BonesIt was a very bizarre Christmas at the Jeffersonian. The squint squad was trapped inside the facility because of some scary disease, or as Booth said, "Nothing brings people together like a Christmas lung fungus." But the biggest surprise didn't come wrapped with a bow. In a euphoric drugged state, Booth admitted that he had a 4-year-old son and that the kid's mom had refused to marry him. He seemed devastated by Bones' insensitive speech about unwed parents. But then he was charmed at finally getting to be the cool dad with Zack's wacky robot. I knew he was a big softie. And Bones didn't know she was being harsh with all her "Christmas killer" conversations and babbling on and on about meaningless presents and the Christmas myth — it's just that she lost her parents right before the
Question: Now that Reunion's producers have announced that there is not going to be a resolution to the murder, or any of the other story lines, why is Fox going to bother airing the rest of the 13 episodes? I like the show and will be sorry not to see how it unfolds, but what is the point of airing six more episodes of a show that is going nowhere? It seems more logical to either let the show run the whole season or to cut their losses and air something else. The audience certainly isn't going to increase after an announcement like this. I'm very disappointed in Fox for not giving the show a chance (not that I'm surprised), but even more disappointed with the writers and producers who can't come up with a bone to throw to those of us who have been watching.
Answer: I think I got mail from every single Reunion fan out there in the wake of the cancellation and the producers' statement that they weren't going to be able to wrap up the whodunit by the 13th and final episode. This letter
Set a course for home!: Nathan Fillion
Question: Is there any special reason Serenity is available on DVD so quickly? Not that I'm complaining, but it seems as though it was just in theaters.
Answer: Serenity did come to DVD especially quickly for a major studio release: Roughly eleven weeks separate the Sept. 30, 2005, theatrical opening and the Dec. 20 DVD release date. But to put that turnaround in context, the window between theatrical and DVD/video has been shrinking steadily for several years. While I'm not going to go into all the ins and outs of how various parties make money from movies, certain factors have a direct bearing on why studio producers and distributors are putting movies out on DVD (and, to a lesser degree, video) faster than ever before.
When movies play in a theater, the theater owner and the distributor (which is often also the same company that produced the movie, in whole or in part, or paid
Question: Is there any news about Keri Russell starring in a sequel to January's Hallmark movie, The Magic of Ordinary Days?
Answer: That's the first I'm hearing of it. Seems a long shot considering she's going directly from Mission: Impossible 3 to the romantic comedy Waitress. She'll play a pregnant waitress who develops an "unlikely relationship" with Firefly stud Nathan Fillion. Curb Your Enthusiasm's Cheryl Hines and Six Feet Under's Jeremy Sisto will costar.
Question: Loved the Whedon treat in last week's AA. Did you see Serenity? And hey, wanna be my peep?
Answer: I liked — not loved — Serenity. Since I missed most of Firefly's run (go ahead, excommunicate me now), a lot of stuff went over my head. That said, it doesn't take a Browncoat to figure out that Nathan Fillion is the next Harrison Ford. Why he's not already a member of Hollywood's A-list is beyond me. And sure, I'll be your peep, Martin! Want to come to CarnyCon with me this spring?
This week on Surface or, as I prefer to call it, "Lake Bell Has Really Tan Legs," we learn several more key elements in the sea monster mystery. Perhaps most important: You may think you're safe if you move your water-sport shenanigans to a freshwater lake, but apparently the ground can still open up and create a bottomless whirlpool of death. OK, oceans bad. Lakes bad. We can still hang out at Yellowstone, right? Wrong. Old Faithful's trying something a little new this year, and it's called spewing molten lava. Sorry, campers.
So Miles is still having big electrocute-y fun with little Nimrod, and Laura's trying to get her career back on track by, uh, waiting tables and holding clandestine meetings with Creepy All-Knowing Scientist Guy. But this episode's high drama pretty much belongs to Rich, who isn't handling his brother's death all that well. He comes off looking pretty normal when you compare him to the other nut jobs trying to uncover the world's Hidden Biology
Nathan Fillion in Serenity
Movie sets can be notoriously cold and impersonal places where busy cast and crew members scurry around barely looking each other in the eye, but that wasn't the case with Serenity, writer-director Joss Whedon's big-screen take on his short-lived sci-fi Western series, Firefly. No, it was the kind of set where Whedon begins a take by yelling to his actors, "OK, everybody, be awesome!" It was a place where the cast openly joked about rubbing each other's behinds, and a mysterious bottle labeled "Extra Longlasting SEXY Powder" could be found where the actors relax in between takes. In short, everyone had a grand old time. And why not? After all, the chance to revive a canceled TV series as a feature doesn't come along every day, and that's something that everyone involved with Serenity is keenly
Buffyverse ruler Joss Whedon — whose Firefly flick Serenity hits theaters one week from today — has inked a seven-figure deal with Universal to write and direct the fantasy thriller Goner. "It's the story of a young woman's journey that involves a great deal of horror and some heroics," he tells Variety. "It's certainly darker than Serenity, and there are a lot of left turns along the way. It is something I had in mind for a while, and it just poured out of me when I finished my film." Of course, Goner will have to wait until Whedon finishes Warner Bros.' big-screen Wonder Woman flick and (hopefully) gets the ball rolling on that long-rumored Spike TV movie (hint hint, nudge nudge, slap slap).