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>> Wednesday, July 16, 2008

This is a post about one of the greatest science fiction screenwriters, producer, and even Director the following is a very reputable list of screenwriting credits. Accredited as even a Disney screenwriter for the beloved Toy Story, so who would try to sabotage this man? Fox.
Buffy was the first TV show with a musical episode, that took guts which ever since it seems shows aired for over 5 seasons takes on the risk, typically much to the audience’s liking. After Buffy and Angel’s success of course Fox took on Joss Whedon’s new project, “Firefly” but getting closer to broadcasting they did the unthinkable. They showed the shows out of order, and the show, highly interested in character development, was sabotaged.
Two years later, Serenity was released into theaters, with a huge browncoat backing, even now, years later, the audience of Firefly is still backing up Joss Whedon. That’s right, why give the CEO’s of the TV station that power? Lets take it back! Demand better quality versus mass quantity. We could do it. So why don’t we?
The current airing Joss Whedon project is “Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog” seen online at Ha Za! We so win. No dealing with networks, seems the dawning of a new glorious era, where yes, the customer is finally catered to, and happily satisfied.

1. Goners (2009) (announced) (written by)
2. Cabin in the Woods (2010) (pre-production) (screenplay)
3. "Dollhouse" (pre-production) (7 episodes, 2009) - Echo (2009) TV episode (creator)(written by) - Episode #1.2 (????) TV episode (creator) - Episode #1.3 (????) TV episode (creator) - Episode #1.4 (????) TV episode (creator) - Episode #1.5 (????) TV episode (creator) (2 more)
4. "Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" (2008) TV series (unknown episodes)
5. Serenity (2005) (written by)
6. "Angel" (111 episodes, 1999-2004)... aka Angel: The Series (USA: long title) - Not Fade Away (2004) TV episode (creator) (written by) - Power Play (2004) TV episode (creator) - The Girl in Question (2004) TV episode (creator) - Time Bomb (2004) TV episode (creator) - Origin (2004) TV episode (creator) (106 more)
7. "Firefly" (14 episodes, 2002-2003)... aka Firefly: The Series (USA: long title) - Heart of Gold (2003) TV episode (creator) - The Message (2003) TV episode (creator) (written by) - Trash (2003) TV episode (creator) - Serenity (2002) TV episode (creator) (written by) - Objects in Space (2002) TV episode (creator) (written by) (9 more)
8. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (145 episodes, 1997-2003)... aka BtVS (USA: promotional abbreviation) ... aka Buffy (USA: short title) ... aka Buffy, the Vampire Slayer: The Series (USA: long title) - Chosen (2003) TV episode (creator) (written by) - End of Days (2003) TV episode (creator) - Touched (2003) TV episode (creator) - Empty Places (2003) TV episode (creator) - Dirty Girls (2003) TV episode (creator) (140 more)
9. Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) (treatment)
10. Titan A.E. (2000) (screenplay) ... aka Titan: After Earth (USA: promotional title)
11. Alien: Resurrection (1997) (written by) ... aka Alien 4
12. Toy Story (1995) (screenplay) ... aka Toy Story in 3-D (USA: promotional title)
13. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) (written by)
14. "Parenthood" (1 episode, 1990) - Small Suprises (1990) TV episode (writer)
15. "Roseanne" (4 episodes, 1989) - Chicken Hearts - Chicken Hearts (1989) TV episode (writer) - Brain-Dead Poets Society (1989) TV episode (writer) - House of Grown-Ups (1989) TV episode (written by) - Little Sister (1989) TV episode (writer)


Jess July 16, 2008 at 8:53 PM  

Hi Angie! This is Jessica Ure from high school (and from randomly running into you around campus, and also I came to your Audrey Hepburn movie night, which I have to confess made me fall in love with the movie "Sabrina"), and I've been reading your posts for a while so I thought I should finally say HI already!

Anyways, on topic now - Fox ruins everything good and decent in the world. It's absolutely true. I'm not too familiar with Joss Whedon, but I remember hearing about the Firefly fiasco and thinking someone at the network must have been out cold to let something like that happen. Fox also gave the ax to one of my favorite shows, Arrested Development! It seemed to survive a little longer than everyone anticipated (even when Fox constantly shuffled them around to different time spots and devoted hardly any advertising to them), but that still doesn't make it ok.

Enough about Arrested Development though... that's great Mr. Whedon found a good way of spreading his talent without having to jump through the hoops of the networks! It's like the supposed "In Rainbows" effect is spreading to all sorts of mediums what with bypassing the middle man.

Ang & Ryan July 17, 2008 at 7:57 AM  

Hi Jessica, hows life? Glad you enjoyed "Sabrina".

I do not understand why networks would sabotage their own viewership standings... it is too bizarre to think that someone who cares about money to sabotage the probability to make more.

I am sorry about your own show. Its sad to see great things go down in flames.

But the internet is getting a lot more notice with more and more webisodes, this means seeing less commercials, and this makes for a happy Angie. Viva la Revolucion!

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