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Howdy Fellow Brown-Coatzzzz-
So my office is pretty cleaned out. Bare walls.
Old memos in the trash. It’s sad. But you know the great thing
about the FIREFLY spirit…Sorta not in my office, or even on
our stages, it's in evidence in every episode we accomplished. And
they were accomplishments. I’m so proud of all the work our
cast & crew did on this show, more importantly I have never
worked with a better bunch of folks. These people are my family,
and the nice thing about this biz is that it is so small that chances
are we will be together again…
I want to thank everyone who contributed to my
weblog, with ideas, antidotes and encouragement…people like
Jim Stirtz “ Grip extraordinare”… to Elyse “Ms.
Allen” Ramsdell for her humor and co-anchoring of Crafts Corner…Also
to Caroline for underappreciated hard work and dedication (and for
loving Coffee Bean so much)- I want to thank Skip for sharing his
monkey ordeal, I want to thank the guys at FOX.com (Kyle, Paul &
Adam) for doing an awesome job with the site— I need to give
a big “thank you!!!” to Nate, Gina, Adam, Sean, Summer,
Morena, Jewel, Ron and Alan…the best cast I will ever
have the pleasure of knowing…big shout-out and thanks to Mr.
Minear & Mr. Whedon for dreaming up an incredible show. And
to Carey, Dave K., Shawna, Colin, Stella, Keith, Jain S., Loni,
Bubba, Reggie, Allen, Athena, Jana, Camille, Mary Kay, Diana “Weezie”
Acrey, David Y., Bruce M., David B. and Steve F.-thank you for getting
the job done (and done with creativity and flair) week after week…and
also to the hardest working PA’s N-E-Where, Tyson, Corey and
Amanda- you rock!!
Folks are off to take some time to enjoy the holidays,
see their families…more importantly they will be gathering
around the cozy warm TV sets and tuning into the event that started
it all. “Serenity,” the long awaited pilot- fresh with
new scenes and raging CGI…it’s more fun than the crowded
malls, and who really wants to wait in line for 2 hours to see Lord
of the Rings on a Friday night, not this dork (plus there was
the whole midnight showing on the 17th )- but “Serenity”
is well worth the wait.
We had a holiday/wrap dinner the other night. At which, I prodded
Joss into making a toast. He told the whole room that there is no
other piece of work that he, “ is more proud of.”
Neither are we.
Here’s to a SHINY holiday season and new
Kyle’s Thanks: To my partners-in-crime
Paul and Adam for helping me keep this site going full-speed ahead.
To Kelly, for a consistently awesome blog, and for her tireless
efforts to make sure we were able to get the access we needed. To
Chris Buchanan, for his unending support of our “let’s
make this site a fansite” concept. To Joss Whedon and Tim
Minear for being so damn cool about everything. To Jane Espenson
and Jose Molina for their fantastic essays. To Stella for being
our art dept. “spy on the inside.” To the entire cast
and crew for their insane cooperation and participation (video interviews,
guest blogs, web ads, message board posts, the list goes on and
on). To TheSkinwalkeR for his tireless efforts. To the web fans
(most of all!) for supporting us, and allowing an official site
to let its hair down.
Hello long-lost pals—
How the heck has the world been treat’n ya? I bet you were
glad to see the crew on Friday...I know they were happy to see you
(as always, of course)- Did you cringe and weep as much as I did
at the banter/torture scene between our pilot and our captain? Brutal,
much? Kinda nice to see a different side of Zoe and Wash though…
Big thanks to Adam, Morena, Nathan and Mark for posting on the
boards…brave of ‘em to come out from lurking and let
their presence be felt…at least I think that was their presence….maybe
they just brought presents…oooh...pretty packages and ribbon….when
I’m asleep I’m a viking…ok, I will lay off the
Ok, wanna hear something great? Joss walked into
our office Monday morning w/ a copy of Variety…guess
what brought that awesome grin out on his face…a little ad…bought
by our fans…for a little ol’ show called FIREFLY
…thank you to everyone involved in making that happen. Joss
was like “We have really great fans.” Not only was it
a smart and thoughtful ad, it also served as a reminder that we
make this show every week for real people, who really enjoy
the show…y’all are amazing!!!
This Friday’s “Objects In Space”
was written and directed by Sir Whedon himself…he took time
off from his other 92 jobs to turn this mother out and he does a
hell of a job…but you knew that. Y’all know everything…Most
of the time you out-scoop me. “Spy on the Inside,” HA!
(insert Alf voice here and add “I ate your cat”)- more
like “Spy- half- way- in- half- out- doing- the- hokey- pokey”-
Let me know if you hear anything good, ok?
After all, that’s what it’s all about….
Ok brown coatz,
If you are anything like me, I am sure you are jones’n for a new epiosde of Firefly—wish I could tell you that you’d get your fix this Friday, but we really do need the time for our CGI… its going to be well worth the wait…I promise!!! On my shiny honor…Or on Mal’s shiny armor? Huh? Hello? Is thing on?
Although the show is awesome to work on, I think we are looking forward to a break for Thanksgiving. Some of our crew might actually get to see their families during the daytime. Or at night. Or at all. Seems we are all doing crazy futuristic-caper-like things for turkey day…some people are trying their hands at cook’n, others are mooching off family, some are heading out of the country (Canada anyone?) while others choose to play basketball with an
ex-convict (my advice: don’t ask. don’t play.)
The episode that we are currently shooting has us bringing back the lovely and mischievous Saffron (played expertly by Christina Hendricks)-looks like she and Mal get a second honeymoon of sorts—plus, there is this thing with the trash—its hi-larious…
I watched “Ariel” again. I love that episode (and “NO” its not because I am in it…its not…ok, a little)- but did anyone notice what Wash picks up and hurls at the ambulance in the medical junkyard? Just a catalyzer coil. Happens to be the same part that broke on Serenity in “Out of Gas”—Quick…hope you got it on TIVO still.
Me and the Capt’n got in to an important deep conversation about Super Powers yesterday- Nope, not talk’n ‘bout the Earth-that-was and the roles China and the United States played in destroying that planet. We were debating the best super-human power to have. Actually is was more like arguing…to the point that Morena was shaking her head in bewilderment, “I can’t believe you guys are discussing this”. But we did, and to great length. I’m all for telekinesis-get Kleenex from the bathroom, grab another Code RED Mountain Dew from the fridge (man, those suckers are good, huh?)-but as I am also grounded in reality, I added a weight limit to what I can lift (50 pounds- good enuf to save an infant, but you still get your car towed)—Nate Dawg on the other hand wants to the ability to fly…fitt’n for the Captain of Serenity, don’tcha think?
Happy Space Turkey (Spa-urkey?) Day,
I KNOW y’all have to be as excited as we
are about the order for two more shows!!! We have such big fat silly
grins on our faces about it!!! And we all feel like it’s a
sign for more to come… our mantra here at Firefly
is “Two for Now”—Keep telling your friends about
it (Did I mention the 15 minute Firefly episode pitch from
Mark at my Blockbuster the other day? So I know you guys are spreading
the word) –keep up the good work…
As for tomorrow’s episode—you asked
for it: a very special Firefly. In this ep, our crew teams
up with Adam Sandler in a funny- futuristic- slapstick- golf- space-
alligator- romp…Now, don’t be confused if your TV Guide
says that Happy Gilmore is the name of the episode—it’s
just another Blue Sun conspiracy (trust me, I’m their spokesmodel—I’ve
got the inside 411) to keep you from watching FOX on Friday nights…
Okay, y’all know I’m kidd’n right? right? Hello?
GAWD, I can just see the crazy posts on the boards now:
CYBERFLY213: Did you hear that Adam Sandler is going to be on this
week’s Firefly? I think he’s Inara’s
illegitimate love child w/Chi Chi Rodriguez.
But on the real tip, we are happy to have a small little break—the
next couple of episodes coming down the pipe are heavy with the
CGI and we could use the time to flip it out right…
Richard Brooks is on board for the current ep we are shooting,
and that guy is the perfect blend of crazy, creepy and intriguing…I
can’t wait to see how it all turns out with the Bounty Hunter
In other news, not only were we stoked about the two show pick-up,
BUT Skip’s monkey has been returned! That’s right.,
turns out he ran into some friendly people in Canada who returned
him to his home here at FOX. We are looking at getting him to see
the finest Beverly Hills plastic surgeon to repair his missing thumb…donations
have been streaming in from all over the world, and we are deeply
touched by the outpour of emotion and support!!
So who should invade the blog next? Any ideas? I would ask the
monkey (but it’s a sensitive typing issue—with time
he will heal. We all will heal.)
HAPPY FIREFLY FRIDAY FANS!!!
Okay, let this disappointment reign: it’s
just me. That’s right…little ol’ me. No Firefly
cast to leap in and take over the blog…so you guys will have
to settle for the old-school stylings of this entry…ok?
To those who have not switched over to AMAZON
to buy the Star Wars: Episode II DVD, but instead are along
for the ride, here’s what I know: we are all extremely proud
of the work that has gone into tonite’s show…“Ariel.”
I know you have seen/heard/watched the hype---but it’s not
enough to just tune in. We want you to make sure your friends, family
members, any circus folk, old high school crushes, that snotty girl
who works at American Eagle… all of ‘em…are watching
tonight. WATCH. WATCH. WATCH.
And my mom says I have trouble with the being subtle…huh?
Anyhoo…J. Whedon is directing---love that!!! The energy he
brings to set is amazing. Not only that, but watching him direct
an ep is better than any film class you could take…why and
what he notices is astonishing… my favorite thing is when
he finishes watching a take and says, “GREAT!, PERFECT, AMAZING…going
again…” Ahhh, that joke never gets old…and to
quote Wash in our currently-shooting ep, it’s "“wacky
Did I mention to WATCH FIREFLY?
Tenderly brought to you by the hardest work’n cast and crew:
How-D Brown Coats! So Nathan took over last week—Adam
[Baldwin] and Alan [Tudyk] stopped by this week to give you fans
more of what you want: them.
Adam took exception to the “manners”
comment at the close of Nathan’s blog, so here he is:
Just wanted to jump on board and put my two cents
in: I wanted to talk about “lurking”- Yeah, I admit
it. I have been monitoring the boards and have appreciated all your
kind words about me, my character and the show… Eventually
I suppose he will learn some manners--- but until that day…he
still won’t kiss ‘em on the mouth—Germs, ya know…?
Yippee! We are all stomping our feet that Joss
is back at the helm directing our current ep #11, or is it 13? I
can never keep ‘em straight--- I just pay attention to the
words…funny how the crew “hops to it” when Joss
is around?!? They are much quieter--- Is that fear I am not
hearing— I remember some classes being like that in high school
…Mr. Barton for example…ahhh…but I digress…
Upcoming ep “Ariel” puts us all in
danger again—Jayne even gets his hand on some Alliance
weaponry—watch out! Very exciting …
Did you know that Kelly has a Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen calendar
in her office—what a geek!
Alan walks in and says, “I have
nothing to add,” other than…
“ ‘Ariel’ is the closest thing
to an A-Team episode we have ever done—which in my
opinion is a great thing…”
We should put in our perfunctory thanks to Kelly for her hard work
for keeping the blog not so boring—and as Alan also adds for
wearing an “intoxicating gardenia scent to work everyday”
That’s all for now….
Love ya! Thanks for standing watch on the beautiful
Firefly…it’s our favorite show ever!
Alan adds, “and stop talking about my ass…it bugs my
Vera’s significant other,
Kelly’s humble servant,
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Want to know a bit
more about your spy on the inside? We present to you a Q/A session
with Kelly, composed of a selected series of questions submitted
to us by Ryan from the Firefly Online fansite. Enjoy!)
Ryan: Will there be more eps
focusing on the Firefly universe?
Kelly: The pilot should give
you more info, and also there are a couple more eps that give those
sci-fi junkies what they have been after...
Ryan: What role does the Alliance
play (they're not very “chasey” yet, as far as River
and Simon are concerned)?
Kelly: Look for more eps w/ Alliance
involvement...they won't be so in-your-face-“chasey,”
but our crew will be involved in a chase with those "two-by-two,
hands of blue" fellahs.
Ryan: Will the genius behind
ep 4 write more eps?
Kelly: If you are referring to
the ep "Jaynestown" written by Ben Edlund, then good news…he's
been involved in the breaking and writing of most of our later eps.
Ryan: How did you come to work
for Joss, and what’s it like working for him?
Kelly: I actually work more "with"
Joss then "for" him per se--not trying to be Ms. Snooty-pants
2002, but he has two very capable assistants that do all his bidding--I
work for Gareth Davies (Firefly is produced by him, and
he is also a consulting producer on Buffy). As for what
it’s like to be around Joss (or Tim for that matter)--you
have to be on your toes at all times--your culture references better
be vast and your wit better be quick or you will get left behind
in a nano-second…did I mention the genius part? Or the gifted
musician part? Or the devoted family man? Yep, count me in as member
of his fan club!!
As for getting hooked up with this gig, it’s
one of the legendary stories of faxing the right resume to the right
person at the exact time that all the planets were in line...I had
pretty good qualifications (graduated college Magna Cum Laude, worked
in an office for 3 years, did the crazy and thankless Production
Ryan: Can you describe your job
as a Production Assistant to us?
Kelly: Well actually I am a Producer's
Assistant, so I do everything from feeding my lord and master to
typing memos, faxing, attending all of our various meetings, helping
out the ADs, being at the disposal of the Director--not to mention
if they need a quick "Blue Sun" commercial. Plus, I handle
all the publicity stuff, and see if the cast has anything they need
tending to, so as you can see it’s a pretty mixed bag. When
I introduce myself, I usually say my job falls into the "all-purpose"
Ryan: Webmaster’s choice
question- How/why did they pick you to do the weblog?
Kelly: They picked me because
it’s my job to know what goes on where...I am a part of all
the meetings and have a front row seat for the planning and execution
of all our eps...it’s a swello job and I wouldn't trade it
for the world. Thanks for reading it!!!
Hey there Brown Coats-
So this entry will be written by our own
Capt’n: Nathan Fillion! Take it away Nathan…
Ooo… This is so cool. I’ve finally made it, the weblog!
How I’ve dreamed of this moment- and yet, now I feel tremendous
pressure to be clever like Kelly. How does she do it?
We are hard at work on “Heart of Gold,” which holds
much excitement and some implied nudity! I am particularly
excited because it will be our first glimpse of such technologies
as a true laser pistol and a hovercraft. Carey has once again outdone
himself with his design of the craft, and I was sure to get a personal
tour of it during construction.
Consistent with previous episodes, our guest cast this week is simply
amazing. Melinda Clarke plays the lovely and sultry Nandi, and Fredric
Lane has joined us as the bastardly Ranse Burgess- the man you’ll
love to hate. Also on board this week is an old friend and Soap
Opera alumnus Kimberly McCollough. Soap fans will remember her from
her stint on General Hospital.
There were some questions on the boards, and Kelly asked if I would
be interested in responding. I said I was scared, but she said she
would hold my hand. (So, my plan worked!) I know for a fact that
you folks don’t realize how very indispensable Kelly is around
here. She has REAL POWER. If you want something done, you talk to
Do we read the posts? I do. When I have spare time at work, I’ll
raid the office for computer time. (I don’t have Internet
access at home. Don’t ask. It’s a thing.) I particularly
enjoy when folks enjoy the same scenes for the same reasons that
I do. Or when I read that what I was trying to impart on screen
was understood by viewers. Thank God! I look most forward to Kelly’s
posts. I read them, imagining how great it would be to have the
scoop on the everyday comings and goings on my favorite shows, the
antics on set, inside jokes and so forth. I feel it speaks to the
feeling of family and camaraderie that is present here. Something
I feel it helps us put out a better show every episode.
Will Kelly appear in an episode? YES!!! She makes the cutest cameo
You really want to know about my underwear? Well, nothing special
folks. Same as every other man out there. They are old, got holes,
and worn through to the point of transparency. I occasionally buy
new ones but I never throw any away. If a man says he throws out
his underwear, he is lying. It’s as simple as that. They don’t
get trashed, they just sometimes fall off or ignite.
Thanks, guys! This was a blast. As always- FRIENDS
DON’T LET FRIENDS MISS FIREFLY. Spread the word.
Have a party. Make ‘em watch. They’ll thank you.
Yours ‘till Jayne learns manners,
Here is the fresh and shiny wave from Firefly:
Wondering what to get your family and friends
for the holidays? Simple. Grab the dusty directions to your VCR
and figure out how to record Alan Kroeker’s upcoming Firefly
episode “Ariel.” We watched a rufff cut of it yesterday
and it was outstanding…I’m talking sci- fi- caper- combined-
with- Ocean’s Eleven- feel- and the- pace- of- your-
heart- after- chugging- a- red- bull- adventure…there are
a few sleeper hit scenes in the show to watch for…there is
a River/Simon beat that really captures an intimate moment . Not
to mention a no-nonsense scene w/Mal & Jayne at the close of
the show…Mr. Minear told me the other day that when he watched
it, he felt that “Adam really brought something to it…he
gave it a whole new level.”
“N” other news… our own Summer Glau had a might
ugly tussle with a bagel & knife in an attempt to enjoy a quick
breakfast on set…don’t worry fans…she was rushed
to the nearest hospital for a few stitches and I think her little
pinky will be okay—This combined with the brutal flu that
Sean Maher just beat has all of us wearing our lucky underwear to
Those of you who have been following the missing monkey case, here’s
the new 411: Skip received another letter! This one was actually
from the little guy himself…seems he’s escaped from
his captors and is making his way back home. Included in the letter
were 2 Polaroids: the little monkey getting some sunshine on a front
porch and another of him on a patch of grass. The kindness of his
captors has led the authorities to rule out the possibility of REAVER
involvement. Skip sends his thanks for all your good thoughts and
prayers for the monkey’s safe return.
Friday’s ep is the long overdue “Shindig”—it’s
a hell of a party and a delightful time, so if people ask ya about
your Friday night plans—tell ‘em you’ve got a
party to attend…
So here’s the dilly brown coats-
“Out of Gas” is the episode coming
your way tomorrow. Please tune in like mad…and remember the
ol’ saying “friends don’t let friends miss Firefly.”
Look for some flashback scenes--we used a color reversal process
on the film to make the picture seem more saturated--a brrrrrrillant
idea by our brrrriliant DP, David Boyd…
The web guys were on set on Weds, for their continuing
coverage for Project Firefly…Gina
gave them a little interview and it’s a nice way to see what
the crew is up to and what it’s like on our set…
My mother paid a visit to the set and our cast
was really great about being swell to her, as she puts it, “they
made me feel like the celebrity.” But then again we raise
‘em right around these Firefly parts…
We are deep in the prep zone for the next ep—gonna
have some very…ahhh…“professional” women
in it….should be a sexy hour of TV—Plus, it should quell
the appetite of those who crave more sci-fi in their Firefly
diet…also it’s gonna be directed by Tom Wright—a
director that our Producer, Gareth Davies (he’s sorta our
headmaster ‘round these parts) has been after to direct “for
The kids here were stoked to see a couple of our own shown at the
world series on Weds…kinda cool to see Morena and Nathan on
TV…oh…ummm…geez that’s embarrassing…of
course…you can see them on TV every Friday at 8pm (editor’s
note: 8pm/7c!!!)—isn’t that convenient?
<insert clever closing here>
Hey there Fire-Starters,
So by now you should all be stoked that we are
including you in the journey that is making
an episode of Firefly…It's just our little way
of rewarding that loyal fan base—so c’mon in…settle
down and you will enjoy it—then again, it might bore you so
horribly that you will be wishing for re-runs of Sorority Life…
I just happened to get a sneaky-preview glimpse of Dr. Solomon’s
episode “Out of Gas,” and it is
NARL-LEE. I mean like so good you can feel your insides twist and
turn…I had the pleasure of chatting up Mr. Whedon in the parking
lot the other day…he was very happy with the way it turned
out, as he put it, “This show will make you (bleep) it’s
sooo good!” Of course you love to hear that from that guy—he’s
got pretty good taste after all, right?
The scary-and-Geppetto-like-Niska (are “scary” and
“Geppetto” redundant?) is back in the episode we are
currently prep’n—which should make for a nicely evil
episode…man is that guy into pain…
Our mad congrats go out to Tim Minear who is being
honored by a non-profit organization that helps kids on the street—see?
Not only do we create, write, edit, direct and run shows…
but we help the less fortunate too. And they say that all the good
men are gone…ha!
We are adding a few polishing details on Drew
Greenberg’s Episode “Safe”—the magical powers
that be discovered that they wanted more about Simon and River’s
childhood. Know what that means for the serfs in production? Yep…
we are in a mad dash to add those scenes (cast, find sets, wardrobe…blah,
blah)…we might even get to see “younger” versions
of Sean and Summer…what color are Sean’s eyes anyway?
Same time, same place on Friday…happy sailing
Editor’s Note: After a week off
due to baseball (two weeks in some areas, you poor souls!), Firefly
returns this Friday the 18th at 8PM/7C with an all-new episode entitled
“Jaynestown” (Adam Baldwin fans should start getting
“ You can practically see the bumps through
his shirt” remarks our Assist. Prod. Coord., Caroline…she
of course is talking about poor ol’ Nathan- he’s got
himself a right special case of poison ivy…ugh- not pleasant
and very itchy. Noth’n a little ointment won’t cure,
just doesn’t make it easy to be all capt’n like. Luckily
for him, his parents were in from Canada and I think they probably
took pretty good care of him. It was nice to have Bob and Cookie
hang out on the set….
Friday’s episode has been put together great—there
are a couple of reaction shots that are brilliant-Morena really
shows Inara’s character layers. Joss has written a terrific
script…what else do we expect though?
I have spent the last couple of days on a really- really- really
fun project (are you getting the sarcasm? hope so...laying it on
pretty thick) I have been putting together a list/outline of all
the planets we have visited and/or referenced. This has allowed
me to spend countless hours poring through scripts and outlines
in a small dark attic room…oh yeah, and it's raining…and
I am wrapped in a blanket…and I am playing hooky from school…if
only I could give the empress a new name…umm..oops..that’s
right..I am not in the Never Ending Story …I am not
in the Never Ending Story…
Speaking of having “no ending”- we are still very concerned
about the fate of Skip’s monkey. The authorities asked me
not to report a recent development, but for the sake of the monkey
I feel I must…We have received his thumb. That’s right,
they cut of the monkey’s thumb. Will he ever be able to peel
a banana again? It has also left us all wondering many other things:
“What kind of sick people are we dealing with?”, “What
do they want?” and, “Who will “The Bachelor”
“Out of Gas,” the Ep. we are currently
shooting, has this great scene w/Jewel showing her..um…expertise
in the engine room—it's sure to be a classic…
Ok, ok, ok- here is some scoopable info for the
real fans: the next Firefly Ep will give us more info about
what happened to River at the Academy, we will see the Blue Gloved
guys again and there will be a gross and brutal fight. Tim Minear
instructed us that he “…wants it messy”
Hold on travelers...Fox Friday @ 8:00pm
is coming our way…
I’m sitting at my desk enjoying a very fat
Fuji apple—a quiet moment to myself…that NEVER happens…but
I am taking it as a good sign. I think FIREFLY is becoming
a well-oiled machine. There is an air of quiet confidence now that
we have had a show on the air…before we worried that no one
would like us…now that we know we have a few loyal folks out
there watch’n, we feel pretty good…
Speaking of loyal fans…seems I have a couple
as well. Me. Can you believe it? I wandered over to Buffy
yesterday and had the pleasure of seeing those pop-culture-all-knowing-coolest-kids-in-school
writers, Drew Greenberg and Jane Espenson. Turns out they read my
web page—Real writers. People who get paid mad scrilla to
write clever words and phrases. Okay, keep it cool Kel…no
pressure…just the little ol’ webpage…quick be
Here is a piece of info about our crew: We got ourselves a brand
new spanking 1st AD name Tony Schwartz…(insert “may
the Schwartz be with you” here). He’s great, but its
next to impossible to replace our former AD…but we wish Brenda
Kalosh the best in her new Universe and we will miss her.
I have to tell you that that I had the pleasure
of siting with Tim Minear as he was looking at the final pass of
“Bushwhacked” and the Visual Effects in that show are
astounding. All you sci-fi junkies get ready-there are a few shots
in this thing that will make you tingle. Plus, the EP is a perfect
combo of horror, comedy and action—Look for a great scene
with Alan Tudyk describing Zoe—some of it was ad lib and it
is hilarious. As Tim puts it, “it's that look he gets on his
FOX Fridays at 8:00pm anyone?
Yes, she’s a real person, and we’ve got the
video to prove it! Learn more about “your spy on the inside”
in this exclusive Firefly Web Team interview.
Well what are you guys doing tonight at 8:00pm?
The pressure is on here and we are all a little nervous for the
premiere…How are we coping with all this turmoil? Food. We
are all going to get together to watch the first Ep as a family
at lunch …should be shiny…
We got wind of the first reviews today: they love us, they really
really love us!!! And they think Joss and Tim are real genius types
(without the house full of popcorn—was that pop culture reference
too obscure?…never mind)
N-E-HOO (as Joss would say)-
I was tooling around the lot with Capt’n
Mal and we ran into his ol’ gang from Two Guys and a Girl.
Turns out most of ‘em work on Reba Now…you
should have seen the greeting that guy got from that crowd…nice
to see he is loved and they made sure he met all the new folks too…As
we were leaving Nate turned to me and said, “Hey, I just met
Our next episode gives us some more back story about how all the
Serenity folks got together…including Mal showing Zoe around
for the first time…going to be really great…plus its
directed by David Solomon and it was written by Tim Minear. Its
going to be a real gas…in a good way…like funny…oh
Mad props to Nathan, Gina, Adam, Alan, Morena, Jewel, Summer, Ron
& Sean for kicking ass so far . Also a LOUD shout-out to a wonderful
and talented crew that have braved smoke, heat, fire, mud, gross
pond water and oodles of other crappy situations… you guys
have been doing a fantastic job!
Off to set my TIVO for tonight… 8:00pm…FOX…show
called Firefly…See you there!
“THE HERO OF CANTON, THE MAN THEY CALL JAYNE”—
words that have been running through my head for the last couple
of days! It's part of a zany tune from the next episode “Jaynestown”
written by Ben Edlund and directed by Marita Grabiak. Seems like
our crew encounters a town where Jayne is a local hero…and
as you can imagine space- adventure- not- too- western- with- likable-
characters- hijinx ensue.
Did I mention all the mud?? At least I think its
mud, but after all the cows in the last episode…who knows…
We are looking forward to Entertainment Tonight
(insert theme music here) visiting our set on Friday. I’m
sure they will enjoy interviewing our swell cast…maybe Summer
will fill them in on her recent experience with clog dancing…now
that's entertainment any time, huh? Huh? Huh? Nevermind.
Looks like our stages will be getting a visit
from a familiar Sunnydale face…now before y’all run
off to AICN with rumors of Sarah or Alyson guesting an appearance,
let me set the record straight: I’m talking ‘bout David
Solomon. Buffy’s Exec. Producer/Director will be
at the helm of the next Firefly ep.
That’s the buzz for now…
Well, we have been busy. Very, very, very busy.
What else is new, right? BUT, I’m talk’n haven’t-
had- time- to- pay- my- bills- my- car needed- an- oil- change 12,000-
miles- ago- &- my parents- think- I- have- fallen- in- with-
that- LA- crowd- BUSY.
But enough about me right? Thought so. Last week
we had a read-thru of “Our Mrs. Reynolds” and it was
FAB. Our guest star, Christina Hendricks, is really sweet and is
perfect for her role. This episode is crazy good…no, crazy
GREAT! In fact, I overheard Joss saying that it was, “probably
the best script I have ever written.” So its sorta going to
be a thing….you can imagine…
Besides shooting an Episode and prepping another
(Welcome aboard Michael Grossman!) we recorded the song for the
main title. It is safe to say it is unlike anything else on TV and
in the good way…not in the Anna Nicole Smith way…wannnnnna
know what else makes our show kick-ass? The fact that we shoot 12
hours a day and have 9 regular cast members which = oodles of coverage
in a short amount of time. Not only do we get the footage, but 99.9%
of it is done hand-held. That means while other shows are rolling
their cameras around on a dolly, our iron-cameraman, Alan Easton,
is hold’n that camera on his shoulder.
Many thanks go out to those 9 kind-sweet-wonderful
cast members who gave their all at a Entertainment Weekly
photo shoot on Saturday. Some of them had been out on location the
night before and still managed to be in smiley & happy moods
when they came to the shoot. We even had a few fans outside the
gate of the session. Many members of the cast wondered, “How
did they know who we are already?” To tell you the truth,
I just wanted to know where they got their info from?
“Hello there, luv” says a familiar
voice as I went on stage this shiny morning…I look up…who
do I see? Mark Sheppard (he plays a wicked-villain type on our fav
show Firefly)—good to see him again. The pilot seems
like it was such a looooong time ago. Seems he’s pleased to
be with us again as well…and who could really blame him? Look
for a great scene between him and River in the episode…Summer
always amazes us with all her mad talent!
Word on the lot is that a certain captain of a
Firefly class ship has been warned by security about riding his
motorized scooter (complete with license small license plate that
reads: NATHAN) around the lot. Shame on you Mr. Nathan, but being
of the rebellious (but likable) sort, I have a sneaky suspicion
that it won’t be the last time! Maybe he was just showing
off in front of his high school buddy that’s visiting from
Canada. I did manage to score a choice piece of dirt from that source
though…get this: Nathan. High School. Mullet.
This next episode is also pretty steamy, I have
not seen this kind of sexual tension since Beatrice and Benedick…and
if that reference went over your head….read a book! But not
on Fridays at 8:00pm…
On the Skip’s stolen toy-monkey front (the
real reason y’all read this weblog), turns out that there
are clues contained in the Polaroid’s received…we thought
they were random objects in the background (ie a ten-dollar bill
& an apple), but word is that it’s a clue…is it
a date? An address?
So that’s the buzz in space…does that
make it the sp-buzz?
This week we have been throwing one hell
of a party—tons of fancy dressed folks, piles of food and
beautiful dancing. When Vern (the director) and J.P. (the editor)
get finished with putting it all together it’s going to be
amazing! Plus, it has been all kinds of great to leave my drabby
desk and walk down to set and see this fantastic party going on…and
on…and on…all day…for like 12 hours…but
we are a tough group. As Tim Minear puts it, “Firefly
has balls.” Yeah….uh…hello…is this thing
I will tell you who is on though, (nice transition,
don’t cha think?) On staff that is…Greg Edmonson…as
our shiny new composer! I’d rattle of all the shows he’s
done, but y’all will look it up on IMDB anyway, right?
So has anyone scooped me on who’s directing
the next episode yet? Vondie Curtis Hall. We are excited to have
him. Who wrote the episode? Joss Whedon. And as Joss, the Master
of our Universe puts it, “It don’t suck!” The
episode shoots next week, which means we are prepping like mad right
Amid all the prepping, we have a small mystery
on set...Skip Crank (on set prop master) had his screaming toy monkey
kidnapped. How do we know it’s been kidnapped? We know it’s
been kidnapped because he’s received Polaroids of the monkey
tied to a chair! How sick and wrong is that!?! There has been much