stars Majandra Delfino, William Sadler and Nick Wechsler
will all be guests as a Roswell/Smallville convention
to be held in London at the end of May.
addition to the Roswell guests, other attendees include
Smallville's Allison Mack, Eric Johnson and Tony Todd,
plus David Nutter who directed the pilot episodes of both shows,
along with Michael Sheard, who appeared in The Empire Strikes
Back and two Indiana Jones movies (although he's
probably best known for his role as Mr Bronson in Grange
Hill as well as no less than six guest appearances on Doctor
the guests will be giving talks and undertaking autograph and
photograph sessions. There will also be late night discos, live
bands, karaoke, auctions and exclusive video screenings.
addition, Majandra's first ever UK concert will take place on
the Friday before the convention.
you want to know more then click HERE
or follow the banner links elsewhere on The Crash Festival.
THANKS TO STEVE OF CRASHDOWN CONVENTIONS.
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WRITER LEAVES BATTLESTAR FOR A CARNIVALE
work with Battlestar is essentially done," says
Ronald D. Moore. "The lion's share of it was hammering
out the script and getting things in motion with [producer]
David Eick and the preproduction process. Then I had to cross
over and pretty much focus on Carnivale."
I keep in touch with tehm. They call, and we have meetings periodicaly,
but by and large, Carnivale is really what I'm doing."
spring, Moore, who had just come off a stint on Roswell
(after a long association with the Star Trek franchise),
signed on to pen a remake of the 1978-79 science-fiction series
Battlestar Galactica, which followed a ragtag fleet of
human space colonists, led by a mighty warship, fleeing the
tyrannical, mechanistic Cylons.
miniseries that also acts as a backdoor pilot for a proposed
series, Battlestar is scheduled to go before the cameras
this spring in Vancouver, Canada, under director Michael Rymer
(Queen of the Damned). It's expected to air on Sci Fi
Channel at the end of this year.
keep me informed of what's going on," Moore says. "I
look at things and try to hlep out now and again, but I don't
have an ongoing, steady role. I don't have an office over there."
about the time he began work on Battlestar Galactica,
Moore joined the writing staff of Carnivale, a new series
for HBO, created by Daniel Knauf (Wolf Lake).
during the Great Depression of the 1930s, Carnivale focuses
on two characters who represent good and evil: a mysterious
18-year-old (Nick Stahl) taken in by an Oklahoma Dust Bowl canival,
and a charismatic radio evangelist in California called Brother
Justin (Clancy Brown).
production for a fall debut, the series also stars Michael J.
Anderson (Twin Peaks), Adrienne Barbeau (Escape From
New York), Patrick Bauchau (The Pretender), Tim DeKay
(Swordfish), Clea DuVall, John Fleck, Karyne and Sarah
Steben (Cirque du Soleil: Saltimbanco) and Brian Turk.
fall, Moore was asked to take over as showrunner.
set in a carnival freak show," he says. "Carnivals
of the day had Ferris wheels and ring tosses and carousels and
freak shows. Some people in the carnival have certain supernatural
abilities, I would say, for lack of a better word. They're otherworldly,
let's put it that way. That's the A-story."
B-story happens at the same time in a small town in California
named Mintern, where out villain resides, Brother Justin. It's
a sort of Grapes of Wrath environment, a small, agricultural
town, migrant farm workers. Brother Justin has a small ministry
will follow these two stories for quite a while. They really
don't cross over for a while, but they're thematically related
and related in story."
about the challenges of the production (which takes place at
various Southern California locations), Moore says, "It's
something else. It's a huge show, very ambitious. HBO themselves
say it's the most ambitious thing they've ever attempted. It's
an enormous production, an enormous cast. It's got a complicated
mythology, ongoing story. IT's pretty cool. It's genuinely unlike
anything else I could compare it to on television."
Moore labours to bring Carnivale to life, fans await
the revamped Battlestar. This latest incarnation comes
after a few abortive attempts to revive the show, including
efforts that involved original series star Richard Hatch and
X-Men director Bryan Singer. The miniseries incorporates
characters and storylines from the original, with some new ideas
and twists thrown in - which does not plaease some of the most
periodically surf through the boards and see what people are
saying about the project," Moore says. "It goes with
the territory. Nothing that's said matters at this point. The
audience's reaction to the actual film is what matters. Everything
else at this point is just speculation. It's just people getting
hot and bothered about something they haven't seen yet."
Moore can't predict what hardcore fans will think, he hopes
everyone - old fans and new - keeps an open mind. "Galactica
is more of a distant memory to most people, who are going
to accept it and approach it as a fresh version of the show
that they're not that familiar with."
people who are fans of the old show will at least be able to
see that this is a good product. It's a good story, a good script.
They're doing a great job designing the sets. I'm encouraged
the way casting is going so far."
is a possibility that you're going to get even some of the hardcore
fans of the old show to change their tune once they see it.
It's all about seeing it. They have to see the damn thing. They
just can't go on these rumours and leaks."
wishing to catch up on the original Battlestar Galactica
can see a special airing of the series, Monday to Friday, Feb.
17 to 21, from 11am to 4pm ET, on the [US] Sci Fi Channel. BACK
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NEXT FERRIS BUELLER?
ADDED: 29.01.03. SOURCE: DARK HORIZONS
Bueller's Other Day Off: After much rumour, gossip and hyperbole
- 'On the Water' sets the record staight about the comedy sequel:
"A week or so ago you said something about the Ferris
Bueller sequel doing a scene at the stadium. This is true...but
it wasn't a scene. It was a call for extras - and the meeting
space just happened to be the stadium. Now the deal with Ferris'
Other Day Off is that the studio were looking at doing one
direct to video (I believe this is because John Hughes refused
to get involved). Unfortunately it's not Matthew Broderick in
the role either, but an actor named Nick Wechsler (from Roswell).
I haven't heard much about it in a while, so it may have fallen
through (I know a director hadn't been found) - and that the
studio were waiting to see how some of their other direct to
video sequels do this year." BACK
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WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN
cancellation of Roswell is bound to leave many fans wondering
what might have been, and what direction the show might have
taken had The WB not decided to interfere.
the words of the those behind the Roswell:
What Might Have Been, "What would Roswell
have been like if its first network had not interfered with
its content?" Since taking up a collection to pay Jason
Katims to write what he would have written didn't seem practical,
they've decided to try to come up with their own version of
those stories instead.
started in the first season, just after Sexual Healing
and so far three episodes have been produced: Damage Control,
Don't Tell Mama and The Witness, with episode 20
currently in production.
if you'd like an alternate take on how Roswell could
have been, why not take a look for yourself? THANKS
TO ERICA. BACK
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FARR GETS NEW JOB AT ABC
ADDED: 13.11.02. SOURCE: ZAP2IT
Farr, who played Amy DeLuca in the show's first two season is
developing and will star in a comedy for ABC that she describes
as a "blue-collar version of Friends."
who made her name as a co-host of MTV's Loveline and
who starred in ABC's ratings-doomed The Job, is working
with producer Bruce Helford (The Drew Carey Show, George
Lopez) on the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The show will depict a group of friends in their late 20s who
find life's big decisions sneaking up on them.
about] the crossover from your mid-20s into your early 30s,
where you have a little success at one thing in your life -
either love or career - and you start to desperately panic that
you're never going to get the other one," Farr says.
will play someone who fits the love-challenged part of the equation,
while her best friend will have the opposite problem.
addition to her on-screen work, Farr has also written a book
called The Girl Code, a do-and-don't guide for single
women on the dating scene. BACK
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TAKES ON BOSTON PUBLIC
ADDED: 09.08.02. SOURCE: ZAP2IT
David E. Kelley will be stepping down as executive producer
and head writer of Boston Public, according to The
Hollywood Reporter. He is shifting his focus away from the
Fox high school drama to focus on his other two series, The
Practice on ABC and the new legal drama, girls club
won't be abandoing the show entirely; he will be an executive
consultant on Boston Public from now on. Kelley adds,
"I believe that this is in the best interest of all of
these shows. I still expect to write episodes for Boston
Public and will continue to contribute to the show on a
Jason Katims will be replacing Kelley. No stranger to high school
angst, Katims developed and executive produced the teen alien
drama, Roswell. In 1994, he was a writer on ABC's cult
hit teen drama, My So Called Life. Katims will be the
show's new head writer and will executive producer Boston
Public along with longtime Kelley collaborator Jonathan
Pontell (Ally McBeal, The Practice). BACK
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ADDED: 20.07.02. SOURCE: VARIETY
to Variety, former Roswell exec producer Jonathan
Frakes has committed to directing a live action version of 1960s
Supermarionation series, Thunderbirds. Set in 2065, the
original show used puppets to tell the story of a top secret
international rescue team comprised of retired astronaut Jeff
Tracy and his five sons, as well as several others. The film
has been in development hell for years, but recently Working
Title Productions took it back for reconceptualisation to make
it more like the original ITC series. BACK
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FHM POLL RESULTS
with the UK edition, there were a couple of Roswell-related
entries in the US edition of FHM 100 Sexiest Women poll:
once again, it was Katherine Heigl who waved the flag for Roswell,
with a two place rise from last year. Nelly Furtado, who
appeared in Baby, It's You, also featured:
NELLY FURTADO (new entry)
23 years old, this multi-talented, multi-ethnic, multi-platinum
western Canadian already owns a Best Female Pop Vocal Grammy.
You can bet Nelly doesn't take success for granted, as she was
humbled by eight summers as a chambermaid.
KATHERINE HEIGL (last year: 71)
gained exposure as the precocious daughter in 1994's My Father
the Hero. "Men still come up to me and say, 'You were
really hot in that film!' I was 14, for God's sake!" She
also bears the unenviable burden of having dated Joey Lawrence.
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were a couple of Roswell related babes in the UK edition
of FHM's 100 Sexiest Women poll:
DIDO (new entry)
Appearing on Eminem's single Stan shot Dido's career
skywards faster than a firework - culminating with Best Album
and Best Female Artist awards at the Brits, and the title biggest-selling
British artist last year. Not too shoddy for a girl who once
dropped 16 glasses of wine over Stephen Fry while working as
KATHERINE HEIGL (last year: 30)
says: She who plays the alien hottie in Roswell has
a massive fan base, and not just because she's appeared in such
crap-but-cool classics as Bride of Chucky and Under
Siege 2 with Steven Seagal. The incredible body and fine
face may also figure in the equation.
"I was flat as a board as a teenager so I prayed and prayed
for big boobs."
was also voted into 9th place in the "lesbian vote".
what it's worth, the top five were: 1) Anna Kournikova, 2) Rachel
Stevens, 3) Britney Spears, 4) Jennifer Lopez, 5) Kelly Brook.
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DOOR CLOSES IN ROSWELL, A WINDOW OPENS IN MIAMI
ADDED: 29.04.02. SOURCE: ZAP2IT.COM
Rodriguez hasn't starred in any long-running series yet, but
that certainly doesn't mean he hasn't been logging TV time.
a one-year run on the Steven Bochco police drama Brooklyn
South in 1997-98, the native New Yorker hopped into a short
stint on The WB's Felicity.
the spring of 2001, he appeared in the short-lived UPN hautned-hospital
drama All Souls, playing wheelchair-bound computer expert
Patrick Fortado. When that show closed up shop, he signed on
to play Harvard-educated lawyer Jesse Ramirez in the teen-alien
drama Roswell, which moved last fall from WB to UPN.
dead after its second season - which came about partly because
of a concerted campaign by fans, who sent in bottles of Tabasco
sauce, the aliens' favourite condiment - Roswell got
a reprieve when it followed fellow WB expatriate Buffy the
Vampire Slayer to UPN, airing after Buffy on Tuesday
(9pm ET). After a long hiatus (when it was briefly replaced
by the blink-and-you-missed-them comedies As If and Random
Years), it returns to that slot on Tuesday, April 23.
because it airs opposite such tough competition as 24, The
Guardian, NYPD Blue and NBC comedies Frasier and
Scrubs, or the eagerness of some key cast members to
move on, Roswell has run out of second chances.
the demise of Roswell officially announced, all the bottles
of Tabasco sauce in the world won't be enough to stave off the
series finale, currently scheduled for May 14.
actually finished March 11," Rodriguez says. "It's
one of those things that everybody knew about. Probably three-quarters
of the way through the season, everybody had the feeling that
not getting a pickup for next year was becoming inevitable."
think everybody was pretty ready to move on. The majority had
been there the last three years. Sometimes you wear thin with
a character, or sometimes you're ready for a new challenge."
that was everybody's feeling, that they were ready to move on
and do something else. There was a bit of joy and excitement
at what the future might hold, but at the same time, there were
certainly a lot of tears that flowed for some people."
he signed on for the show, Rodriguez says he expected the job
to last a year, maybe two at the most, but he still misses his
Katie," he says. "We spent a lot of time working together,
and I couldn't have had more fun. Honestly, she was an absolute
sweetheart. But I really bonded with everybody. I had little
moments there and there with different people. I went to a U2
concert with Nick (Wechsler)."
hard as fans fought for the show, fighting even harder since
the beginning was executive producer Jason Katims. "As
sad as it was for us," Rodriguez says, "it was especially
sad for Jason. It was his baby. He really did try. I tell you,
my heart really went out to him. No matter what, even if you
know it's time for something to be finished, it's a hard thing
to let it go."
know, for sure, that he will bounce back. In his own way, he's
got to be excited about moving on to new things. That's life."
Rodriguez hasn't wasted time moving on in his own career. He's
signed on to CBS' CSI: Miami, a spin-off of the network's
Thursday-night hit CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which
focuses on the use of science to solve crimes in Las Vegas.
plays Eric Delko, a former Florida State quarterback now working
as a forensic investigator. The cast so far also includes David
Caruso (Michael Hayes, NYPD Blue), Emily Proceter (The
West Wing), Khandi Alexander (NewsRadio, ER) and
Rory Cochrane (Empire Records, Dazed & Confused).
play an underwater-recovery guy," says Rodriguez. "My
specialty is going out and removing cars that get dumped into
canals and swamps and whatnot. I also work in the lab."
if the role means skintight wetsuits, Rodriguez laughs. "Yep.
won't have to wait until fall to get a taste of the new series,
since the May 9 episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
is a backdoor pilot that introduces the Miami characters.
CSI investigators Willow and Brown (Marg Helgenberger,
Gary Dourdan) fly from Las Vegas to Miami to investigate the
murder of a law-enforcement official and the kidnappy of his
family. About half the episode is being shot in South Florida
(while set in Vegas, CSI largely films in Los Angeles).
back in the big show," says Rodriguez, who returns to one
of the BIg Three networks for the first time since Brooklyn
South. "It feels good, feels good. Spent a couple of
years down in Triple-A, I'm definitely ready to have a nice,
long cup of coffee back in the big show."
there is a good finish to Roswell, a great finish. It's
certainly something that could have left room to come back another
time or even in a movie. They certainly left themselves the
room to do that. But the ending is good, and it will bring a
ANOMALIES: Roswell fans that want to follow Adam Rodriguez
to his new gig may want to catch up on all the CSI excitement
so far, and there are plenty of Web sites to help. Among them
Comprehensive site and CSI:
Crime Scene Investigation Fan Fiction, which does contain
some mature content. On the reality side, there's Crime
Scene Investigation, which focuses on how investigators
work and how to become one.
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FARR IS ARRESTING AS A VULNERABLE COP
Source: The Arizona Republic, 11.04.02
YORK - On ABC's The Job, Detective Jan Fendrich wears
a savory half-smile that declares her tough and sexy. But underneath
the heavy lids, her eyes say different: sadness and vulnerability.
a very straightforward New York woman who has a lot going on
underneath," says Diane Farr, the actress who makes her
written, Fendrich is an unusually well-rounded character for
any half-hour comedy; well-rounded even for The Job,
with its precinct full of richly drawn personalities.
Farr can bring alive this cop/single mom with just one flash
of her come-hither-get-lost look. Among a solid ensemble including
series star Denis Leary as well as Bill Nunn and Lenny Clarke,
Farr is seldom upstaged.
more impressive, she comes at her role from a chasmic distance:
In real life, she is chipper, open and, at 30, nearly a decade
younger than Fendrich.
people in the business say, 'Who are you on The Job?"
she reports with a laugh. "I say, 'I'm the girl!'"
The GIRL! The Job (which airs two new episodes Wednesday
at 9pm EDT) is very much a guy show as it tracks the chaotic
life of New York City Detective Mike McNeil (Leary), whose substance
abuse, philandering and overall recklessness takes only an occasional
break for law enforcement. As the lone woman in the squad room,
Fendrich is necessarily one of the boys.
is Farr, and she loves it.
guys' guys," she says of her castmates - "a bunch
of blue-collar people who happened to become actors. I think
I'm also the youngest member of the cast, which is nice, because
I worked on Roswell for two years, where I was the oldest."
first acting job was on the late-night crime drama Silk Stalkings,
and, more notably, she dispensed sex advice on MTV's Lovelines,
a gig she accepted to raise her profile as an actress who aspired
to move beyond shows like Silk Stalkings.
had no particular counseling credentials, she readily concedes.
at the bottom of my resume it said that I had been teaching
in a maximum security men's prison for two years," she
explains, "and the casting director ran with that: If I
could hang with murderers, rapists and child molesters, he figured
a question about herpes wasn't gonna roll me off the couch."
didn;t, nor did anything else. She was part of the Lovelines
panel from 1997 to 1999, then went on to publish The Girl
Code: The Secret Language of Single Women, an archly informative
guide to "dating, sex, shopping and honour among girlfriends."
practiced what she calls "the philosophy of common sense.
People wondered, 'Where did you get your MSW?'" She laughs.
"I have a degree in drama. I can spot drama from far away!"
got her start in show business as a younger growing up in a
working-class Long Island town, when she decided she wanted
was thin, lanky, I couldn't fill an A-cup until I went to college:
I gained weight from drinking beer. I was dyyyyying to model
- it was the only way to utilise what was holding me back from
found success. Then, after high school, she studied drama in
England, travelled the world and, back in Manhattan, got a waitressing
job to support herself while she went to auditions.
she was managing the restaurant and bar, whereupon she became
a co-owner. Her business was flourishing, and, at 25, so was
she. But she was too busy to make her auditions.
I said, 'What am I doing?' Like, I forgot the whole point!"
out, she recommitted herself to acting and soon had a starring
role on Broadway in No Place Like Home, a comedy about
eight inmates of an insane asylum.
moved to Los Angeles and landed guest roles in series including
Bull, Arli$$, It's Like, You Know... and in the HBO feature
is now starring in Superfire, a TV film about the risky
world of smoke jumpers in the forest-fire-besieged Western United
States. Farr is heroic as a tough-gal pilot who must navigate
dialogue like "This is gonna be bad, isn't it - no matter
what we do?" The film airs on ABC at 9pm April 20.
Job, which premiered for a short run last spring, returned
in January for a run that ends, likely forever, on April 24.
Although critics have generally hailed the show as fresh, funny
and shrewdly true-to-life, it has struggled for viewers in a
brutal time slot.
whatever its fate, The Job has been a great job for Farr,
she says, and Fendrich a great role for her to play. "Someone
like her probably has more baggage than anyone. They're just
not the kind of people who will ever tell you."
Farr is an actress who can guarantee her audience gets the message.
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INVADES THE VIRGIN MEGASTORE
- Cast members Brendan Fehr, a lovely-looking Shiri Appleby,
Majandra Delfino, Nick Wechsler and Adam Rodriguez along with
series creator Jason Katims, made a public appearance at the
Virgin Megastore in Hollywood to promote the Roswell
soundtrack album on 26 February. Shiri and Jason Katims also
introduced Sense Field (whose track Save Yourself appears
on the album) to the fans in attendance.
a brief performance by the band, Shiri ran a contest allowing
the winner and a guest to attend a VIP party with members of
the cast and Sense Field, along with other prizes. The cast
then signed autographs, posed for pictures and even had a surprise
visit from Jim Ortlieb who played Nasdeo in seasons one and
two (and who can be seen in season three of Angel). Source:
Cinescape Online. Back
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TALE OF TWO WRITERS
- Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz - the editor and author who
created the Roswell High series of youth novels - have
passed through the looking glass by becoming staff writers on
Roswell, the UPN television series based on the books.
The writing partners already have one episode to their credit,
A Tale of Two Parties, which aired Jan. 1. It's
the first TV writing job for each.
Burns and Metz, making the jump from books to TV was like entering
an alternate universe. Though the TV series has its roots
in the popular books, the plot and characters have diverged
widely. Moreover, TV writing is a collaborative process,
unlike the often isolated endeavour of writing a book.
The writers took a moment recently to sit with Science Fiction
Weekly on the set of the series, which airs Tuesdays at
must be very strange to be writing for a show based on your
It is very strange. I think that it was never anything
that we were expecting, I mean, on any level. Because
we both were in book publishing for a while, and we had developed
many different book series. It was the first series of
books that Melinda wrote. I was her editor on them, so
I hired her to write them. So that was new and different.
But for us, it was kind of, every step of it was kind of exciting
and would have been enough by itself.
I just got to the point where I just hoped the pilot would get
made so I could see it. It was almost too much to hope
for that I'd actually [end up writing for it] ...
The concept of the books was really fun. And then I was
happy to get Melinda to write them, because she's great. ...
It was definitely my first book series. I think I'd written
like a novelisation of an episode of Goosebumps that
was already based on a book. That was my introduction
to writing. I'd been an editor for a bunch of years. ...
you find that TV writing is very different from what you were
[For this] kind of editing, you do a lot of rewriting, a lot
of actual plotting and writing of outlines and brainstorming.
It's just a very creative process. And we were doing series
book, mostly for kids and teenagers. So for us, it was
always, you're plotting for characters that are going to continue
from book to book, which we thought would be very translatable
to television. ... The TV rights sold, based on the first manuscript,
and that was exciting, and then we heard that [executive producer]
Jason Katims was going to be attached, and he's a brilliant
We love [Katims'] My So-Called Life.
And then we heard the pilot was getting made. So every
step along the way, you just couldn't believe -
That it was actually going that far.
TV show and books are very different.
All through the whole development process, and then the first
two seasons ... the books and the television shows were very
Different audience and different backstory.
Liz has a different last name. [Ortecho in the books,
Parker in the TV show.]
A couple of them have different [names]. ...
Some of them are the same.
Alex, whose last name was [Manns] in the books and Whitman in
The setup is very much the same.
And the couple matching.
And then, after that, it's sort of that we started in the same
places ... and the show went in one direction, and the books
went [in a] different [one].
They're like alternate universe of each other.
Quite different. Very different.
Each change kind of creates ripples all the way through.
The characters are on different paths. The show has always
been more adult. Just an older tone. The books were
basically aimed at 10-year-olds. Ten and 11. So
it had to be a much younger voice. And it was very much
high school. And the show, the characters have just gone
through so much, they're sort of wise beyond their years now
and much more mature than your average group of 17- and 18-year-olds,
and the stories are much more adult. ... Because it's a different
medium, you can tell different stories. And it's just
very different. But we love it just as much. We
were all big fans of the show.
you always intend to wind up writing for television?
When we met each other, we were both editors.
We were editors at the same company.
And shortly thereafter, we started saying to each other, "You
know, what we're doing, we could just do it for TV instead of
books, and that would be so much more fun."
We wrote a proposal together before we knew anything of what
we were doing. Or before Roswell and everything.
Right, we wrote a proposal for a TV series. We just always
wanted to do that, because, as I said, it's a similar skill
set, when you're plotting for an episode equals one book in
a series. You just have to know what the end point is
when you're starting out a series. And we had been doing
it for a long time.
We always talked about making the jump. But we were talking
about moving out here even before we got this job, just to kind
of break in.
We both ... watch way too much TV [laughs]. Melinda more
than I will see every movie that comes out. You know,
we're both entertainment buffs. It's something we definitely
always wanted to do. It's very strange, because ... what
we did for Roswell High was very much focused on the
books, and it was just developing a book series, which we had
done a lot of before, and then the TV stuff, for us, always
seemed kind of separate from it. We wrote two pilots for
Regency and 20th [Century Television] before we got this job.
And so we kind of were going in backwards. Usually, you
start as staff writers.
[This is] the opposite way most people start.
Obviously, Roswell has helped us a lot.
Hugely. Maggie Murphy at Regency had read the first manuscript,
and she was the one who hired us to write a pilot, just because
she wanted to know if we had other ideas. She just called
out of the blue. Even though we had it on our calendars:
"Start writing spec script." ... We really did have
it on the calendar for the same week. We were like, "We
should start planning our spec script." ... So when Maggie
called, we said, "OK, we'll take that time we have scheduled,
and we'll work on our pilot instead" [two years ago].
We wrote them, and we're told wonderful things, and they never
got produced. The usual story.
We learned a lot. And we met a lot of people.
We met a lot of people. And we loved them very much.
Everyone we worked with was really supportive and creative and
great, and it was the first time we'd actually been writing
in screenplay format with each other, so it was a great learning
process. It was fun to develop.
different is it to write a script versus writing a book?
We knew that we were kind of in sync.
We knew we could write together. It was more, "Wait a minute,
we can't describe what the characters are thinking. So we have
to somehow [show it]. ..."
We'd always have the thing where it's like, "Wait, is this
all for the scene?"
What they're wearing, we don't have to talk about.
[Or] what they're thinking. That's in their head. ... It's fun.
I always like the learning curve.
And for us, too, because we're writing together, it's so much
about the dialogue, we can talk back and forth to each other
and see if it works.
Writing a novel or something together I'm sure would be much
it difficult to jump universes, from the books to the series?
It had been a long time since the book series ended.
Yeah, I think that helped. I think if we had just finished
working on book 10, and then like a few weeks later started
here, it probably would have been a little gear-grinding.
But I had done another series after Roswell High, and
Laura had worked on all kinds of projects.
And also, we had been watching the show for two seasons.
So we kind of ... knew the voices of the characters on the show,
versus the characters in the books. To us, they're just
different characters, really.
us about your first script, about a New Year's Eve.
As a staff [we] wanted to do a New Year's show, because it's
airing on New Year's Day, so clearly it had to be a New Year's
show. And I think everybody kind of automatically went
the whole New Year's Eve party thing. But then, we knew
what kind of feel we wanted, just kind of a fun, fast-paced,
bouncing around [feel]. ...
Where we could see pretty much everybody and what they were
So then we came up with the idea of ... there's a party, kind
of a secret party. It's like a treasure hunt, and you
follow clues. Everybody knows where the first clue [is],
and that leads you to the next clue, and the next clue that
leads you to the party. And this is an annual thing, that's
like [a] legendary ... rave, just the best party of all time,
called Enigma. And what we thought is, that we're going
to put them on the road to this party, in various groupings,
and follow their adventures as they try to find the party.
The two-party thing was always that Liz is stuck at the Crashdown
The old folks party. Because she works at the Crashdown.
It was very collaborative. ... We worked with the other writers
outlining the story.
We break stories together in the writers' room, sometimes scene
by scene, literally every scene. It's really fun.
Sometimes you want to kill each other. But more often
than not, it's really fun. You're sitting around with
a bunch of people who are smart and creative and just talking
about a TV show that you all love. So it's really great.
That's one of the things that I really like after writing books.
I think I'll always like writing books, and will always want
to do it. But having that collaboration and being able
to like ... I just got tired of being in my apartment all by
myself all day. ... It's the opposite, but it's still stories.
So I get to take that part, which I really love, and combine
it with people, which I also love. Source:
Sci-Fi Weekly. Back
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- This piece from Sci-Fi Wire contains a spoiler for
season 3, episode 17:
Sadler, who plays former sheriff Jim Valenti on UPN's teen-alien
series Roswell, told SCI FI Wire that he recently stepped
behind the camera to direct an upcoming episode that will feature
the return of a familiar character. "I have been
asking to direct an episode of Roswell since season one,"
Sadler said in an interview. "I think they are going
to be very happy with what they got. We came in on time
and on budget with a good show. I think they're going
to wish we had started this in year one. I'd be a seasoned
old director by now."
also offered the spoiler that the episode, Four Aliens and
a Baby, will deal with the return of the fourth alien, Tess,
portrayed by Emilie DeRavin. "I don't want to spoil
it for people but I think it's all right to say that a character
whose name starts with T comes back," he said. At
the end of last season, Tess left Earth in a family way after
seducing fellow alien Max Evans (Jason Behr). Now she
is back, and she's not alone.
Aliens and a Baby will be the 17th episode of Roswell's
current season. It may also turn out to be one of the
last, given that a fourth year for the seemingly always-on-the-bubble
series remains in doubt. "I know there are rumors
flying around about a fourth season," Sadler said.
"I heard a rumor a while back about a film - a Roswell
movie - but I'm not holding my breath. Everybody seems
to be going on with their lives. ... I mean, you always do this
in television, because you can never count on [the future]."
first time director Sadler, the experience was both educational
and harrowing at times. "This episode that I do,
we have dogs, we have babies, we have green screen, we have
stunts and special effects and huge scenes with all of the actors
in them," he said. "There were moments there
when I was way over my head and had to turn to the people around
me and say, 'You're going to have to help me with this one.'"
Though Sadler welcomed the challenge, he admitted that he would
have preferred a less complicated script for his directing debut.
"They chose this episode for me. I would have chosen
one where two people sit in an apartment and talk for 40 minutes."
of the show's fate, Sadler said that he would like to continue
directing if given the opportunity. "It's fabulous.
Once you've faced each and every one of these challenges, there
can never be another first time for it. You've done it
already. So it's not going to be unfamiliar territory
anymore." After a two-month hiatus, Roswell
returns with new episodes at 9 p.m. ET/PT April 30. Four
Aliens and a Baby is scheduled to air May 14. Back
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AND MAJANDRA SIGNING
- Shiri Appleby and Majandra Delfino will be participating in
a signing event at Metro Entertainment in Santa Barbara, California,
details on getting a personalised autograph from the actors,
which comes with a candid picture of the star and a Certificate
of Authenticity, email MetroComix@aol.com
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TO BE MASTER OF ILLUSION
- Roswell exec producer Jonathan Frakes has signed onto
a new film being developed at Disney Studios, Illusion,
billed in The Hollywood Reporter as a blend of F/X
and The Fugitive.
stars have been set for the film, which centres on a successful
illusionist who must go on the run after witnessing the death
of a famous industry tycoon.
Bell and Matt Peterman have been tapped to write the script.
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- THE MOVIE?
- Despite Roswell's future on television looking increasingly
shaky, there could yet be another way for the franchise to continue.
has a couple of snippets hinting at a possible big-screen version
of the series. BBC2 viewers should note there is a major
spoiler for Cry Your Name in the second paragraph.
recently attended Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors convention.
I talked to a man who works as a technical adviser on UPN's
Roswell. We talked a little about the show, and
he told me that the show is not faring well on television.
Jonathan Frakes has an idea to make a feature length film after
the season, should it be canned. They want to make it
a big movie - an adventure like Star Trek - with the
original stars and some larger stars in it. It's all a
bit speculative at the moment, but none the less, [I] found
appears that Frakes isn't the only one interested: "My
sister in CA informs me that the blatantly gorgeous Colin Hanks
was on Howard Stern last week, talking about his new movie.
They mentioned his show Roswell - that's he's now left;
and he said he's heard whispers that the director wants to do
Roswell: The Movie. He laughed about his character
returning - being dead and all. Thought it was funny and
to Chris B.
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- Nelly Furtado, who guest starred in Baby, It's You,
is the latest female celeb to complain about the UK edition
of FHM's habit of doctoring photographs in order to show
a bit more skin.
says the magazine altered a picture of her to shorten her shirt
and reveal her stomach. And then they altered her stomach.
I am with a shirt that has actually been digitally altered to
go to just below my chest, with a stomach that I don't recognise,"
she told Radio 1.
says she didn't pose for the magazine or give permission to
be put on the cover. A source close to her told The
Sun: "She was asked to do a shoot but she said no.
She's not a men's magazine kind of girl."
as "Canada's sexiest export - in her hottest ever shoot!",
Furtado appears on one of the three covers gracing the February
2002 issue (although I've only seen the Mariah Carey and Jenny
from Atomic Kitten ones). Her management said FHM
somehow obtained photos that were done for another magazine.
don't like being misrepresented to my fans," she told the
BBC. "You work hard to represent a certain thing
and have a certain image...and somebody can take it all away
with the cover of a magazine."
career has recently shifted into high gear, with the singer
earning four Grammy nominations this month - best new artist,
best pop vocal album, best female pop vocal performance and
song of the year.
album Whoa, Nelly!, released in January last year, has
sold over a million copies in the US. The single On
the Radio (Remember the Days) was released in the UK last
an online chat, Furtado said that she studied music since the
age of four, starting with piano and moving on to ukulele, trombone
and choirs. She played in school bands, took music lessons
five days a week and began writing her own songs at age 12.
school I wasn't that cool - I've just become more confident
and comfortable with myself," she said.
a child I was an over-achiever a little bit and really wanted
to get the best grades and the best everything. I was
a little bit more awkward...now I'm more at ease in my own skin."
have made no comment on the matter.
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TEEN ALIENS READY TO MOVE ON
- From the Knoxville News Sentinel, 4 January (UK viewers
should be warned there are spoilers for season three, and spoilers
for forthcoming US episodes are flagged partway through):
Appleby, who stars at Liz Parkers on the alien series Roswell
is ready for her character's own independence day.
glad the writers have made her stronger," Appleby said.
"You see her growing up."
fact, it would be good for Liz to learn she can be happy without
Max Evans, the alien teenager she has loved since he saved her
life in the Roswell pilot, Appleby said.
really want her to move on in her life, rather than be in a
relationship with him," Appleby said. "She's
a little bit possessed. She's not discovering who she
is without him."
Appleby said she's glad Roswell has returned to focusing
on relationships instead of purely science fiction. She
didn't say what the writers have planned for Liz and Max in
future episodes but noted she knows fans like that relationship.
talked about the show with a reporter as she and other stars
mingled with fans during a Roswell party at the Soul
Train set at Paramount Pictures. Roswell is
produced at another sound stage on the same lot. A trip
to Hollywood, the party and a tour of the Roswell sets
made up the grand prize for winners in a national radio contest.
of the young fans there were dedicated viewers, bringing photos
for Appleby and others to sign. Some of the folks said
they hadn't seen Roswell but entered the contest for
the trip to Hollywood.
everyone to see Roswell remains a problem for the show,
but the series is getting adequate ratings for the network it's
on. Roswell, which recently was no. 108 in the
ratings, airs at 9pm most Tuesdays on UPN.
that week, it was the network's sixth-highest rated show and
wasn't that far behind reruns of Enterprise or Buffy
the Vampire Slayer.
is pre-empted this week (Jan. 8); the network is airing
the half-hour sitcomes The Hughleys and One On One
picked up the series, based on Melinda Metz's Roswell High
book series, after The WB cancelled the show last year.
on with their lives is a theme for Appleby's Liz and the rest
of the Roswell characters this season.
that they are on Earth to stay, they have so many choices to
make," Metz said. Metz, who joined the series as
a staff writer, co-wrote last Tuesday's episode, which showed
how the characters celebrated New Year's Eve.
the most part, the Roswell characters "are still
in high school; they're on Earth permanently," Metz said,
adding, "I think Roswell is a parallel for kids
who feel alienated, who feel they're complete outsiders."
D. Moore, the former Star Trek producer and writer who
is now the co-executive producer of Roswell, explained
further. "Ultimately, it's a show about growing up,"
said Moore, who with Brannon Braga co-wrote the scripts of Star
Trek: Generations and Star Trek: First Contact.
Delfino, who stars as the human Maria DeLuca on the series,
said it's time for her character to move beyond her boyfriend,
the alien Michael. "He's not a very good boyfriend,"
neither is Max at times. He led Liz into trouble by getting
her to help him to pretend to rob a convenience store so he
could get a look at a spaceship. Later, Max found out
the ship couldn't be flown, but don't expect him to give up
on trying to leave Earth. The son he had with not-to-be-trusted
alien Tess is elsewhere in the galaxy.
room for smiles amid all the gloom on Roswell.
This season, Max's alien sister Isabel Evans (Katherine Heigl)
got married, showing the characters can have their own lives.
you can expect more humour.
for forthcoming US episodes follow.
upcoming episode, I Married An Alien, is a spoof of Bewitched
and includes something you've never heard on Roswell
- a laugh track.
Isabel starts dreaming of a simpler life, she begins to see
everything in terms of a 1960s sitcom, Moore said.
life, meanwhile, is a world apart from Liz's.
one thing, "I've never had a serious boyfriend," Appleby
said. Appleby is continuing her studies at the University
of Southern California, and she recently starred in the upcoming
independent movie, Swimfan85. In it, "I'm
the girlfriend of a boy who has a fatal attraction," she
said, comparing the plot to the Michael Douglas-Glenn Close
Swimfan85 is produced by Douglas' Further Films.
Jesse Bradford and Erika Christensen also star.
a serious psychological thriller," Appleby said.
"It was fun and really sexy and very interesting."
meanwhile, is making time for music. William Sadler, who
plays former Sheriff Jim Valenti on Roswell, said he's
enjoying Jim's new career as a country band leader. In
fact, Sadler wrote the songs the band played at Isabel's wedding.
joked he was ready for a Roswell episode to end with
an announcement, "Tonight's episode included music by William
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DOE: THE COOLEST DAD EVER
- UK viewers should beware of a couple of general spoilers for
season 3 in this article from Zap2it.com:
John Doe released his last solo album, Freedom Is...
he did a number of appearances in Borders bookstores to promote
it. He'd play a few songs, then sign the CDs.
of the fan who'd come to see him, Doe tells Zap2it.com,
were what you might expect: a mix of younger and older fans
who knew his work from the landmark Los Angeles punk band X
and have since followed his solo career.
every once in a while, maybe every other one," Does says,
"there would be this little clump of 15-year-old girls.
And they of course would want to know..."
he balances his acting and singing career? If he would
be collaborating with the Old 97's again? When X might
get together again for a couple of shows?
Shiri cool', No. 1 - well, actually it's a close call, with
'How hunky is Jason Behr?'"
is in a position to have this information by way of his role
on Roswell, the aliens-in-high-school drama on UPN.
He plays Geoff Parker, owner of the Crashdown Cafe and father
to Liz Parker, the girlfriend of Behr's brooding alien Max.
the record, Doe says the answer to the first question is yes,
and he doesn't feel qualified to answer the second.
also unable to tell them if Jason is a good kisser," he
says, laughing. "Shiri says he's pretty good, but
I don't have any personal experience. Yet. But you
never know - I did line dance. If they're gonna make a
punk-rock guy do line dancing, they may have him french-kissing
a man any second."
is working more steadily on Roswell this season, as the
show's adults re-enter the story after being pretty much absent
from the second season, its last on The WB before moving, along
with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, to UPN.
think I worked twice the second season," he says.
"This season has been much more family oriented.
I think people got ... confused with all the plotlines last
year. It was a little too X Files."
the shift in storytelling and the shift fro The WB to UPN occurred
at the same time is merely coincidence, Doe believes.
"As far as it being more family-oriented [this season],
that's just what the first season was about - the human drama,
dealing with the fact that there are aliens in our midst.
That's a lot to deal with right there."
who's appeared in about 30 movies since the mid-1980s, says
the thing he values most about his work on Roswell is
"the chance to keep my chops up."
you go three or six months between jobs, for the first couple
days you're flopping around like a fish, thinking 'Do I remember
how to do this?'" he says. "Here, there's more
time to develop a character, more different situations."
plans to continue his movie work during the show's off time;
he recently completed work on an independent thriller called
Jon Good's Wife.
know I'll be doing more independents because that's what I like,
and that's what directors and casting directors like me for,"
he says. "It's where I'm comfortable. Basically,
my take is more money, more bullshit."
also continuing his music career. X reunites several times
a year "for fun, and some profit," and he's working
with songwriter-producer Joe Henry on some new tracks.
He recently recorded a song with the Old 97's for a tribute
album to the Knitters, X's countrified alter ego. "That
was very strange, to be on your own tribute record," he
song Totally Yours from Freedom Is... will be
featured in the Jan. 8 Roswell, playing at the end of
an episode in which one of the show's couples breaks up.
won't say who it is. He will admit, though, that he believes
UFOs exist. "I saw one," he says. "It
was definitely an unidentified flying object. Whether
it was a spaceship or not, I couldn't tell you."
then adds, conspiratorially, "I think that's classified
information. I'll have to check with the sources.
We have more information than a lot of people. Being on
the show Roswell, they tell us stuff."
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FROM ROSWELL HIGH
- Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz - the editor and author who
created the Roswell High series of youth novels - told
Sci-Fi Wire that it's like entering an alternate universe
now that they are staff writers on the TV series based on the
books. Writing partners Burns and Metz recently completed
their first Roswell script, A Tale of Two Parties,
which finished production the week of 19 November and is slated
for a 1 January air date.
anyone who's read the books will be aware, the TV series is
based on the first novel, but its plot and characters have diverged
widely since, a fact acknowledged by the writers. "It's
sort of that we started in the same places...and the show went
in one direction, and the books went in a different one,"
added that "the characters are on different paths.
The show has always been more adult. ... The books were basically
aimed at 10-year-olds. ... So it had to be a much younger voice.
And it was very much high school. And the show, the characters
have just gone through so much, they're sort of wise beyond
their years now and much more mature than your average group
of 17- and 18-year-olds, and the stories are much more adult.
... But we love it just as much. We were always big fans
of the show."
said she enjoys the collaborative nature of television writing,
in which ideas and storylines are developed by a group of writers
working together. "That's one of the things that
I really like after writing books," she said. "I
think I'll always like writing books and will always want to
do it. But ... I just go tired of being in my apartment
all by myself all day. ... I really love it. It's the
opposite, but it's still stories. So I get to take that
part, which I really love, and combine it with people, which
I also love."
for A Tale of Two Parties follow
and Metz's first episode takes place on New Year's Eve.
"We Knew what kind of feel we wanted - just kind of a fun,
fast-paced, bouncing around," Burns said. "There's
a party, kind of a secret party. It's like a treasure
hunt, and you follow clues. Everybody knows where the
first clue is, and that leads you to the next clue, and the
next clue that leads you to the party. And this is an
annual thing that's legendary, like a rave, just the best party
of all time, called Enigma. And what we thought is that
we're going to put them on the road to this party, in various
groupings, and follow their adventures as they try to find the
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VS. ROSWELL RATINGS
- We'll be covering season three's US ratings here on TCF when
the series premieres on UPN tomorrow, but here's an interesting
snippet from The Futon Critic about Angel's ratings
in Roswell's old slot:
series in new time slots, Angel came up just short of
Roswell's premiere numbers last year (down 2.33%) and
fell noticably from 7th Heaven's lead-in (43.24% vs.
Roswell's 36.76% last year). Angel's numbers
were also down from its own premiere last season (6.67%).
It will be interesting to see how these numbers play out over
the long run but for the time being, Roswell did better
in the time slot.
doubt many Roswell fans will have a smug smile after
reading this, and let's just hope that the series continues
to show The WB what it's lost by defeating Smallville
in the ratings. Back
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CAST ONLINE CHAT
- Eonline's Wanda will be having an online chat with
the entire cast from the show's set at Paramount Studios on
couple of weeks ago, Wanda was asked whether it was true that
Shiri and Jason "despised" each other, to which she
only replied that "'despise' was a strong word."
despite any possible friction on that front, Wanda says that
she "ran into Majandra, Brendan and Shiri last Friday,
and I can tell you that despite the nasty rumours about tension
among other cast members, those three are very tight."
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A ROSWELL HIGH
- The following article includes a very minor season three spoiler
(the name of a new cast member, but nothing more):
fans of former WB and now UPN show Roswell, which makes
its season premiere on Oct. 9 (after fellow WB expatriate Buffy
The Vampire Slayer), know that the TV show was originally
based on a young-adult book series called Roswell High,
published by Pocket Pulse.
books were written by Melinda Metz, who worked on them with
Laura J. Burns, the editor who helped develop the book series
and brought in Metz as the writer. Now the two - who are
friends and writing partners - have realised their dream.
This season, they joined the staff of Roswell, which
follows the saga of teen aliens (Jason Behr, Brendan Fehr, Katherine
Heigl) stranded on Earth, and the humans (Shiri Appleby, Majandra
Delfino and, now, Adam Rodriguez) who love them.
share a brain anyway," says Metz.
always think and say the same things," says Burns.
good when you're writing partners, though," says Metz.
the pilot and first episode for the series closely followed
the plots of the first two books, beyond that point, the stories
went their own separate ways.
becomes like alternate-universe Roswell," says Metz.
a lot of the characters," says Burns, "the relationships
are frequently the same. It's interesting because the
way they've gotten to them is very different than the way we
got to them in the book. It's been fun. It really
is an alternate universe."
careers as editors and writers in the New York publishing industry,
Metz and Burns decided to take the plunge and try to realise
their dream to work as television writers. "We had
written a couple of pilots for Regency Pictures and 20th Century
Fox over the last couple of years," says Burns. "We
were out here [in Los Angeles] in staffing season interviewing
with a lot of different shows, trying to get ourselves on staff
this year. It was just serendipity that we ended up on
met [executive producer Jason Katims] informally for breakfast,"
says Metz, "because we had the Roswell connection.
It was in that time when The WB had let the show go and UPN
hadn't picked it up, so we were just meeting him."
of us were even sure that Roswell would have a future,"
says Burns, "so all of us were very excited when Roswell
was picked up. When Jason wanted to bring us on board,
we were over the moon."
love the show," says Metz.
and Burns first met while working for Parachute Press, which
put out R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series. Later,
when Burns was developing Roswell High, she brought in
Metz, who had moved from editor to full-time writer.
became pretty clear to us," says Burns, "that the
stuff we were doing would translate very well into writing for
television, because we were doing a lot of plotting..."
a lot of series books," Metz continues, "where you
have a lot of story arcs for a 10-book series."
of the characters were continual," says Burns, "where
you'd have the same setting. It's very much using the
same muscles that television writing would use. And we're
both complete TV junkies and movie junkies. So it was
just a natural progression."
was a pipe dream - if only we could write for television."
kept saying," says Metz, "'OK, we're going to do spec
scripts.' So even before Roswell, we had talks
about how the two of us would like to do something together
for that. It's just moved along slowly."
here we are," says Burns, "and we're thrilled.
It's just what we've always wanted."
relocated to LA - and suffering from excessive driving and the
lack of decent pizza - the former Manhattanites face the strange
situation of seeing how their baby has grown in other people's
hands. The partners are also hearing from the fans of
Roswell, a dedicated bunch who have supported the show
with letters, e-mails and bottles of Tabasco sauce (the aliens'
a wonderful thing to behold," says Burns. "The
funny thing for us is, they're saying, 'Oh, it's going to be
great for the show that Melinda's there,' and Melinda and I
mostly feel like..."
great for us to be on the show," says Metz, picking up
great for us to have this chance to learn the field," Burns
continues. "We're just so new at television writing,
and it's what we want to do."
bonus, particularly for Metz, is the experience of being part
of a writing team. "It's so collaborative,"
she says, "which is fun. I've spent the last bunch
of years in my apartment in New York, by myself. It's
really great to be in a community of other writers."
life of a freelance writer is very lonely," says Burns.
you are now, officially what? "Staff writers,"
says Burns. "This is our first job in TV."
though we had a career in publishing..." says Metz.
entry-level," continues Burns. "We're learning."
don't know anything," says Metz, "so that's where
we should be."
us," says Burns. "We are a sponge."
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- BBC2 viewers won't have seen her character yet, but those
with Sky will recognise the photo on the right as "babe"
Courtney. Sara Downing, who played her, is currently starring
in The WB's new series Dead Last.
in Washington, D.C., Sara was a self-proclaimed "drama
queen," who started acting at a young age in Shakespearean
theatre. This was followed by modelling in Boise, Idaho,
where she was raised. Having been singled out by an agent,
she had the opportunity to see the world and after extensive
travel, she settled down in Los Angeles to satiate her appetite
made her movie debut in Never Been Kissed, where she
had the opportunity to throw eggs at a geeky Drew Barrymore.
More recently she has starred in the horror films The Forsaken
starring Brendan Fehr, and Wishcraft starring Meat Loaf.
She also appeared in the acclaimed independent film Tumbleweeds
and stars in the upcoming indie thriller Rats.
credits include a recurring role on MTV's Undressed,
as well as guest-starring role on Boy Meets World and
she misses the outdoor life of Idaho, Sara currently resides
in Los Angeles. When not working, she enjoys throwing
parties, designing clothes and watching movies. In addition,
she's recently completed The WB's Fill In The Blanks:
trait you admire most in your closest friends is:
Loyalty and, uh, the ability to stay positive and happy.
you die, people will always remember you for:
friends can always count on me to be:
Energetic and supportive.
would be really amazed to discover that I am really:
Hmmm, that's a tough one. I don't know. I think
I tell everyone everything.
one-liner that best describes my life story so far:
I gotta skip that one, I can't even think of anything.
one thing that I never leave home without is my:
Dr. Pepper Chapstick.
I could step into the shoes of any rock star for one day it
completely obsessed with:
we peeked in your fridge we would find:
Lots of old take-out.
up you swore you would never:
Let myself be unhappy.
back on your life you still can't believe that you've actually
Live on my own, like have my own place, pay bills.
I never thought I'd be responsible. Back
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- As previously reported on TCF, last month saw the Television
Critics Association's press gathering in Pasadena, CA, where
the broadcast networks went face to face with the press to promote
their new season shows.
hand to promote Roswell were a number of the cast, including
Shiri, Katherine and Majandra, as well as the show's creator
and executive producer, Jason Katims.
Online has shots of some of the Roswell cast:
and Jason Katims | Katherine
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GETS LEGAL NUDGING
- Just how much do some Roswell cast members relish their
new life at UPN? So much, apparently, that show producer
20th Century Fox needed to threaten legal action against at
least one actor who didn't show up to promote the series.
After getting canned by The WB last year and then picked in
the 11th hour by hand-me-down happy UPN, most of Roswell's
cast members smiled graciously for reporters Monday at the Television
Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, California.
In attendance was the show's female contingent - Shiri Appleby,
Katherine Heigl and Majandra Delfino.
notably absent were costars Brendan Fehr and Jason Behr - and
when reporters asked where they were, an awkward silence fell
over the room.
because it apparently takes more than free drinks at the Ritz-Carlton
to get them to show up. In a letter sent anonymously to
E! Online, lawyers for 20th Century Fox threatened legal
action against at least one of the show's stars if he didn't
make the media rounds in Pasadena.
no mistake, such a cavalier disregard of your documented commitments
to the series will not be tolerated," the letter reads.
"We are hopeful, however, that [20th Century Fox] has either
been misinformed as to your intentions or, if you actually did
not intend to appear at the TCAPT, that you will reconsider
your ill-advised decision and agree to honor your contractual
the name addressed on the letter was blacked out, sources at
the studio confirm it was sent to Fehr. Another source,
meanwhile, claims the letter was sent out to the entire cast.
way, the letter seems to make it painfully clear that not everyone
is as thrilled as the fans that Roswell was resurrected
for a third season. Of course, it's been a running joke
that most stars dread the TCA Press Tour and all its mandatory
flesh-pressing. But for a series that scraped through
last season on The WB (averaging 4.1 million viewers), you'd
assume its stars would do anything short of dousing themselves
with Tabasco sauce to get the free publicity.
very important for the network to have its stars there for a
show as important as Roswell," a studio source said.
"When we were told Brendan wasn't going to be able to attend,
there was some concern." So out came the lawyers.
apparently had a reasonable excuse for not showing up: he was
in his native Canada filming public service announcements for
the Ontario government warning kids about the threat of sexual
abuse. Jason Behr was also working on another project
and later excused by the studio from attending the press day.
manager, Jim Sheasgreen, says he doesn't know who sent the letter
out to the media, but he adds carefully, "I think it's
already been expressed that not everyone was particularly excited
about going back for a third season."
for the rest of the Roswell crew, most of the show's
stars remained mum about the subject while schmoozing at a UPN
party on Monday night. When asked about the letter, Shiri
Appleby responded, "I don't really want to talk about the
letter. I'm here, I'm being supportive, and I don't want
to talk about any of the negativity."
source close to the show said the studio's biggest concern was
with Fehr, but the matter has since been dropped. "He's
a good kid," the insider noted, "but Brendan has always
been just a big pill."
manager, meanwhile, insists the actors will be back in Los Angeles
and ready to work when production on season three begins on
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WEBSITE'S FALL SCHEDULE DETAILS
- UPN's website is pretty thin on the content front, but at
least it has details of its fall line-up and hopefully the content
will be expanded now it has the likes of Roswell, Buffy
and Enterprise to cover.
their introduction to Roswell:
deception and the destiny of four teenagers with an amazing
secret all collide in Roswell - moving to UPN this fall
with all new episodes.
3, 1947. The crash of a spaceship, an event officially
denied by the government, leaves three young aliens to grow
up in the small town of Roswell, New Mexico. Banding together,
Max Evans (Jason Behr), his sister Isabel (Katherine Heigl)
and Michael Guerin (Brendan Fehr) keep their identities a secret
from their families and friends. But the shooting of classmate
Liz Parker forces Max to use his extraordinary powers to save
her life, and their ensuing relationship brings Liz and her
best friend Maria DeLuca (Majandra Delfino) into the fold.
Concealing their extraterrestrial origins is soon made harder
with the discovery of a fourth crash survivor, Tess Harding
(Emilie de Ravin), who reveals that they are royalty destined
to one day save a dying alien race. Their fight against
being exposed is made all the more difficult by a sheriff (William
Sadler) whose personal obsession drives him towards the truth
about what really happened in 1947.
fiction meets human drama as four teenagers on the brink of
adulthood share a dangerous secret about the past that will
shape their future in the newest addition to UPN's lineup, Roswell.
Appleby, Jason Behr, Katherine Heigl, Majandra Delfino, Brendan
Fehr, Nick Wechsler, William Sadler. Back
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METZ JOINS WRITING TEAM
- Melinda Metz, author of the original Pocket Books novels and
her writing partner Laura Burns have been hired as staff writers
for Roswell's third season. Ms. Burns was formerly
Metz's editor on the Roswell High novels.
could mean a return to more relationship based storylines after
the more science-fiction skewed second season. On the
downside, it could mean the television series being aimed at
the same teenage audience as the novels, or the inclusion of
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ANGST & ALIENS
- For the past two years NBN's on-again, off-again teenage sci-fi
drama has been pushed and pulled between timeslots and network
at 10.30pm on Wednesdays, the classy show about alien teenagers
living in Roswell, New Mexico, is now mid-way through its second
series and is once again keeping teenagers, and more than a
few adults, up late at night for their regular fix of teenage
angst and alien drama.
the series' compelling sci-fi premise, there's little doubt
Roswell's cast of impossibly attractive 20-somethings
has more than a little to do with its longevity.
although viewers score their fix of steamy romance thanks to
stars Jason Behr (Max) and Shiri Appleby (Liz Parker), they
also tune in for the side-dramas supplied by cast members such
as 23-year-old Nick Wechsler.
plays Kyle Valenti, Liz's ex-boyfriend and son of the town sheriff.
An all-American high school jock, Kyle has not only had to adjust
to losing Liz to the leader of the aliens Max, but his father
(William Sadler) is now in the aliens' camp.
Kyle finds himself attempting to adjust to his new role of friend
to the aliens.
that Wechsler minds the change in character development, he's
just happy to be a star on one of America's favourite teenage
native of New Mexico says he's confused by the "Hollywood
thing" - fame, fortune and having somebody bring you a
bottle of water.
kind of strange," Wechsler ponders.
are people who bring you water all the time. Why can't
people get their own water? I don't get it," he says
on the set at Roswell's Paramount Pictures studio.
left his very un-Hollywood home of Albuquerque, New Mexico -
where his father is a sheet-metal worker and his mother works
for the US Forest Service - after he graduated from high school.
He soon landed a small role as a purse-stealing punk in the
1996 TV movie Full Circle and a supporting role that
same year in the TV series The Lazarus Man.
1997, Wechsler was cast as Trek, a child conceived at a Star
Trek convention, in the short-lived series Team Knight
Rider. But the sporadic work wasn't enough to support
himself, so he went to work at a video store before landing
the role of Kyle Valenti, the scene-stealing smart-mouthed jock
who makes life difficult for the teen aliens on Roswell.
says when the role was pitched to him, he jumped at the opportunity.
was like, 'Do you want a job?' It didn't matter what the
pitch was. I had to get something because I was doing
nothing. It sounded all right to me.
initially read for the role that Colin (Hanks who plays Alex
Whitman) got," Wechsler says. "Then they called
me back for the role that I ended up getting. I know it
sounds kind of funny. OK, they're aliens and they're walking
among us and they're in high school. My good friends are
always picking on me about it."
aside however, Wechsler admits his fame has begun to catch up
with him, especially among female fans who will approach him
on the street but he doesn't let that affect the way he sees
haven't gotten anybody who is crazy enough to confuse me with
my character yet," he laughs.
a little afraid of that. I try to accommodate people as
much as I can. Handshake. Hug. Whatever they
ask for. A couple of times, they've asked for an autograph.
I don't think of myself like that. So when people ask,
it's kind of a strange feeling. I'm like, 'Who me?'"
carries this refreshingly low-key attitude to fame into Roswell
and says that he would hate to allow his public persona to consume
know plenty of actors who are arrogant and don't deserve to
be," he says.
because they are arrogant, they just perform better because
they don't believe they can fail. I know I'm mortal and
I explore it constantly and because of that I get down on myself."
far as life after Roswell goes, Wechsler says he's just
taking one job at a time.
don't want to really go to school. But I probably should.
If you're asking what I'd ideally like to be doing, I'd love
to be doing movies and pretty much nothing but," he says.
"Who knows how long this acting is going to last for me?
I don't want it to sound like I'm threatening to leave.
I'm excited about going to work. I love acting.
But I have yet to like one of my own performances."
one thing is certain for Wechsler, when it comes to the small
screen, he's begrudgingly hooked on Reality TV like everyone
don't like it when there's a wave of anything," he says.
"It just seems everybody is trying to beat everyone else
to the punch...But there are things I get hooked on.
I enjoyed Survivor. I didn't get to watch all of
it. But the little bit that I did, I was like, 'This is
pretty good', I like to watch people actually argue."
The Newcastle Herald (Australia), Friday 25 May.
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TO DIRECT MORE IN SEASON 3
- Jonathan Frakes.net reports that he'll be stepping behind
the camera to direct several season three episodes. Apart
from his well-known Star Trek directing credits, Frakes'
Roswell credits include directing River Dog, Four
Square and The White Room, as well as appearing in
the Pilot and The Convention. His wife,
Genie Francis, played the Pod Squad's mother in Destiny.
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ROSWELL ARMY FIGHTS FOR ITS SHOW ON THE WEB
- When Jason Katims, an executive producer of Roswell,
is asked whether his show's fans are, well, a little different,
mean, like, they're crazy?" he asks.
year, when the drama, about a group of stranded aliens posing
as human teenagers in Roswell, N.M., was about to be cancelled
by WB after one season, its fans mobilized - like crazy.
Adopting Tabasco sauce, a favourite food of the alien characters,
as their weapon, they sent 6,000 bottle to the network over
a three-month period. This year, when it became clear
that WB was going to drop the show, roughly 12,000 bottles of
Tabasco were sent to the offices of UPN in three weeks.
will say it made a difference," said Dean Valentine, cheif
executive of UPN, which picked up Roswell and will show
it on Tuesday nights this fall, following another former WB
show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. "You really
have to sit down and think about a person who gets up in the
morning, who has many, many things to do, and who took part
of their day to go to the grocery store and buy a bottle of
hot sauce to send to some executive in L.A."
which blends science fiction and adolescent angst in its story
of the ultimate alienated teenagers, has built a small - an
average of 4.1 million viewers last season - but fervent audience
that crosses age and gender lines. And it's a group that
quickly seized on the potential of the Internet as a rallying
ground. Fan sites, particularly the sophisticated Crashdown.com,
have been the mechanism for the well-coordinated and timed letter-writing
and Tabasco-mailing campaigns that have helped keep the show
on the radar and, so far, on the air.
some, being part of the Roswell army may be as important
as watching the show.
think it's really the community that's built around the show
that's more of an attraction," said Kenn Gold, a founder
of Crashdown.com. "The show is great and I love it,
but I think the community will survive after the show goes away."
My So-Called Life, another teenage drama with a small
but devoted following, was cancelled by ABC in 1995 after 19
episodes, viewers began a belated fund- raising campaign over
the Internet to pay for ads in trade publications. Five
years later, fans are more aware of the power of coordinated
action, and the television industry is more aware of the fan
no question that we produce a great show and have a phenomenal
cast and crew, but it appears that none of that mattered until
you spoke up," another Roswell executive producer,
Kevin Brown, wrote in an e-mail to a fan site after UPN's announcement.
"From the bottom of my heart, I want to say thank you for,
in fact, saving our show."
show's producers say the fans provide not just support, but
would joke with people that if I want to find out what's going
on with the show or the WB, I would go to Crashdown and find
out," Mr. Katims said. "They seemed to know
things before I did."
of this back-and-forth has led to an unusually close relationship
between the show's creators and cast and its fans. At
a fan-sponsored party last August in Los Angeles, the entire
cast showed up and many of the actors mingled with the crowd.
Brendan Fehr, who plays the sullen alien Michael Guerin, regularly
ruminates on the fan-actor relationship on Internet message
boards, and answers fans' questions.
Fehr's manager, Jim Sheasgreen, was one of the first people
associated with the show to begin posting on fan sites, and
it was his idea that the fans direct some of their energy to
matters beyond Roswell. "I was getting so
upset that these people would dwell so hard and so long, and
they would spend hours and hours just on this show," Mr.
most fan get-togethers, like a season finale party held in New
York last month, are benefits for charities, and a prominent
message on Crashdown.com asks fans to make donations to the
Pediatric Cancer Foundation as a way of thanking UPN for picking
up the show. Shiri Appleby, who plays the human teenager
Liz Parker, was stunned when a fan donated $7,000 to charity
in exchange for lunch with her. "I can barely convince
my friends to have lunch with me," she said.
Katims, trying to explain the deep resonance the show appears
to have - why people would spend thousands of dollars, or spend
up to 40 hours a week maintaining and monitoring Web sites -
pointed to the diversity of the fans.
difficult to pigeonhole," he said. "They're
young, they're old, they're men, they're women, they're from
all walks of life. And maybe the common theme of why they
connect to the show is that they feel like outsiders."
Appling, a 49-year-old mortgage processor from Florida, sees
her own missed opportunities in the youthful enthusiasm of the
characters. "They want to change the world, make
a difference," she said. "I think we all want
to believe that we can still do that, but as we get older, you
realize that maybe you didn't make all the right choices.
These kids are still young enough to make the choices they want
Williams, a 19-year-old from Georgia who boarded an airplane
for the first time to attend last year's party in Los Angeles,
said she appreciated the show's realistic depiction of issues
she has faced in her own life, from abuse to the suicides of
friends. She sent 50 bottles of Tabasco sauce.
consequence of such involvement: viewers who are particularly
resistant to changes in the direction of the show.
many people as there are logging into Crashdown.com, that's
how many opinions there are," Mr. Katims said. "If
you tried to service all of them, it would be harder than trying
to please a network."
sometimes fans can become too involved, or too insistent on
their privileges. Mr. Fehr was recently moved to write
on an Internet forum: "What fans should realize is that,
at least in my case, is that yes I appreciate everything and
try to keep you up to date and let you in a little bit because
I think it's exciting for you guys and because I feel good in
giving back. But, you're not family and not friends."
then Mr. Fehr stayed online into the early hours of the morning,
posting messages as playful as those of any of the Fehrians,
as his personal fans are called. By the end of the night
he had written enough to raise his posting status to "Fan,"
and celebrated by posting bouncing smiley faces. He had
officially become a fan of himself. Source:
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