(Please follow the link for the complete blog update. There are new photos, including the season four SGA cast/crew/staff photo (and more); and a new video clip.)
Sunday, October 7, 2007
To all those of you wondering whether I'll be continuing this blog after production on the show ends, the short answer is "Yes." The long answer is "Yes, I will." After all, I wouldn't want to disappoint the many readers that check in here on a regular basis who may not necessarily be Stargate fans. I did a little research and was surprised by the results. The 4000 or so visitors who drop by this site consistently break down as follows:
7%: Obsessed chocolate fans.
9%: Minions of Baron Destructo.
10%: People I know checking in to make sure I'm writing/not writing about them.
12%: Stargate fans
13%: Fans of Cookie Monster.
14%: Varied interests.
30%: Individuals who have come across my blog by accidentally following a link (ie. A browser search for "Young People F**king" or any variation thereof).
To all those of you asking - we didn't receive the +3 ratings on Friday as I assumed we would. For some reason no one is able to explain to me, we won't receive said numbers until Monday or Tuesday. So, stay tuned.
Today's pics: Our last day of shooting.
Today's video: See Joe F. skateboard off into the sunset on our last day of shooting.
Photo of Joe Flanigan skateboarding into the sunset is a screencap from today's video clip.
Joe and the Crew's fan writes: "What if we want to send a "Wooohooo Stargate's Ratings are an all time high" giftbasket? will it still get to you before expiration date at Bridge Studios?"
Answer: Yup. The production offices will be open for a while.
ARF writes: "McKay can rewrite the Replicator basecode, but conveniently he can't find the schematics or research materials on how to make ZPMs?"
Answer: You find it convenient that McKay can rewrite the replicator base code (something he, and Earth's scientists, have been studying since we first encountered the replicator) but hasn't stumbled across everything he needs to help him manufacture his own ZPM? Seriously? How about the fact that he hasn't found enough personal shields to outfit the entire Atlantis expedition?
ARF also writes: "Suspend disbelief for one action, but not another because that would get rid of a lot of the problems the characters face every episode."
Answer: Well, in the original version of the Atlantis pilot, Sheppard and co. learn everything they need to know to defeat the wraith. But it turned out that made the ensuing episodes surprisingly less dramatic.
Tepring writes: "In your opinion, as an industry insider, do you think the producers will go different routes to find financial resources and new venues for their shows, sidestepping distributers like SciFi, NBC, etc. altogether? Or will the distributers/networks absorb the new ways audiences are behaving and drive the innovation to monetize those differently?"
Answer: Producers are already actively seeking out new venues for their shows (ie. the internet, on demand programming, direct-to-dvd options) and they will continue to do so. As for the networks - they are looking at ways to adjust to changing face of technology as well.
Smiley Face06 writes: "According to Alex Levine's blog on SciFi.com, you'll be going to Chris Judge's Halloween party as Heart Burn. Is that true?"
Answer: That's the plan. Heartburn's signature move (the fisted chest pound) is simple enough to master. Ivon Bartok may have a harder time with Diarrhea's more complicated maneuver.
Libsechumanist writes: "Joe - I'm a bit at a loss with some of your blog posters, the anti-Season 4 folks - I assume they are "SaveCarsonBeckett" folks…"
Answer: Given all of my past dealings with the SaveCarsonBeckett folk, I would assume that just the opposite. They may not be happy with certain changes to the show and have made that perfectly clear, but I have never heard of one actively campaigning against the show's future.
Dovil writes: "Does the network hold things like research groups and then use this to nudge the writers, or do they actually allow you to tell the stories that you want to tell?"
Answer: The network has always allowed us to tell the stories we want to tell, but has weighed in with input to ensure said stories are told as clearly and effectively as possible.