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Postby lorien1 » Tue Aug 19, 2003 3:27 pm

Andrea Thompson joins 24
B5's Talia Winters signs on for new recurring role



Andrea Thompson (B5's Talia Winters) has signed on to appear in season three of hit TV show 24.

The actress-turned-newsreader, who now seems to be heading back to acting, will play Nicole Duncan—a counter-terrorism expert who joins the counter-terrorism unit (CTU). Her recurring role begins in the third episode of the season.

The ex-newsreader slammed CNN earlier this year for irresponsible news reporting when it came to terrorism, saying that was enough to "scare the hell out of" viewers. 24 is of course fictional, but certainly doesn't shy away from its stories of terrorism—including a story that dealt with a nuclear bomb that was going to blow up most of LA.

Daniel Dae Kim (Crusade's Matheson) also had a recurring role in season two.

The premiere episode of 24 will once again be sponsored by Ford, and makes its US debut on October 28 2003.

In the UK, the third season of 24 is in doubt after a disagreement broke out due to the BBC's cost-cutting decision to unscramble its channels and move between Astra satellites. Technically only those in the UK should be able to view the channels after the move, but the Hollywood studios disagree and the BBC may not be allowed to show programs like 24 unless it goes back to scrambling. Colin.<*>.
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Postby TerraFrost » Tue Aug 19, 2003 7:55 pm

i heard about that! and 24 is a good series, too. probably the best one since Babylon 5, with a storyline that extends far beyond just one episode :)
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Postby lorien1 » Mon Aug 25, 2003 5:32 pm

From: JMS
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2003 03:52:30 +0000 (UTC)

>I have no recollection of the B5 actors
>chronically being forced to wait on the set for JMS to come
>rushing in with the latest few pages of his scripts.
>He works (admittedly very long hours) to keep this from
>happening. He works closely with the studios to know what
>his deadlines are and he makes those deadlines.

I have this kind of antiquated notion that if someone gives you x-
million bucks to make a show, it behooves you to act *responsibly*.
So really it's just a matter of being responsible in how you run a
show.

As a result, in every season of every show I've run, we always came
in under budget, anywhere from $100K to $500K. When I said I'd do
that on Jeremiah, they kind of laughed at me, 'cause it was a big
show, big names, big production values ... we came in about $300K
under in year 1, and about $200K under in year 2.

On B5, Crusade and Jeremiah, we never had a forced call on an actor,
never had actors waiting around for pages to arrive on stage. We
stay 5-6 scripts ahead at all times, so directors can prep
efficiently. And in 5 years of B5 plus Crusade, we had maybe 20
days of any serious overtime. On Jeremiah I think we had a total of
18 over two seasons.

Just a matter of being responsible with other people's money.

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Postby TerraFrost » Tue Aug 26, 2003 5:04 am

jms seems to bring real world solutions to the fantasy world of the big mega conglomerate... kinda like how he brought real world issues to the fantasy world of babylon 5. makes since, i guess :)
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Postby lorien1 » Tue Aug 26, 2003 12:28 pm

TerraFrost wrote:jms seems to bring real world solutions to the fantasy world of the big mega conglomerate... kinda like how he brought real world issues to the fantasy world of babylon 5. makes since, i guess :)


Hi.He sure did!! Colin.<*>.
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Postby lorien1 » Sat Aug 30, 2003 10:06 am

JMS Reply To Gerry Doyle's Interview.

A couple of points on this.

There have been no discussions concerning a return of the Babylon 5 series
between myself and WB or any other studio or network. Nor do I think anything
is likely in that area.

Jerry took umbrage when, a few years ago, I commented on his statements that he
would be able to put togeether a new B5 series deal. From the interview, he
still seems to be in high dudgeon over this. But the fact remains: I was
correct in my statement, he didn't have the pieces in place to make it happen.
If he'd had the wherewithal to make it happen, it would've; it didn't, so he
didn't. My statement was correct.

Once again, the pieces simply aren't there. He has lined up a radio guy who
feels the show should return. Which is great, it's a terrific compliment. But
that is not in any way, manner, shape or form anywhere near anything of a
serious nature in terms of getting a show on the air.

I've always been happy to listen to anyone -- Jerry, his pals, anybody -- who
would come to me with a serious proposal and have the moxie, the money, and the
resources to make it happen. It hasn't. That's the simple fact of it.

Jerry's a terrific operator, he always has an angle going, he's always working
it...but that ain't the same thing as always having the real deal in hand. If
WB were involved in this -- and they'd have to be -- both Doug and I would be
in the loop by contract. But that is not the case. I spoke with Doug five
minutes ago as I type this, and he confirmed: there is nothing happening on
this front other than Jerry talkling with the radio guy.

As for his notion that the characters in Crusade were just B5 characters with
the names changed...as the person who created those characters, nothing could
be further from the truth. Nor was Bruce ever set to be the star of Crusade.

There's a natural tendency for people to hear or think what they expect, what
they want to hear. I told all the B5 cast members as a group that there would
certainly be opportunities for guest appearances throughout Crusade, but at no
point did I promise Bruce that he would be the lead of the series, or that we'd
simply transplant the characters. It wouldn't be a new series if we did that.

Finally, in his interview, both Jerry and Bruce seem to blame me for B5 not
being in its 10th year right now. Which is true and not true. B5 was always
meant to be a 5 year story; every actor knew that going in. It wasn't like
this was a surprise at the last minute. We all knew the deal.

WB had told us to shut down after year 4 because even though the show was doing
well, our network, PTEN, was going out of business. At the last minute, TNT
took on the task of financing a fifth year *in order to get the end of the
five-year story*. They never talked about anything beyond that, nor did anyone
else. So anything else is a moot point. I don't think that TNT would ever
have committed to anything more than one season in any event. They wanted the
end of the story to make the package complete. If that had been a six-year
arc, they would not have picked it up because two years would've been too
costly.

So them's is the facts.

Yes, there's one or two things percolating n the B5 universe that may be of
interest, but neither of them are series deals.

I hate to throw water on this, but I don't want fans to get all excited about
something that's simply not happening anywhere except in Jerry's interview.

He probably won't like that I said this any more than he did the last time, but
then as now, I have to put out the facts and let the passage of time validate
them.

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Postby tsian » Mon Sep 01, 2003 9:21 pm

Interesting.

Though, I must say, I've just been watching B5 again from the start and some of the early acting is really painfull :(.
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Postby TerraFrost » Sat Sep 13, 2003 6:36 pm

i don't think that their acting can be as terrible as this:

http://filmforce.ign.com/articles/436/4 ... ?fromint=1

jerry doyle didn't like JMS's response to his idea to bring back babylon 5, and is being rather emotional about it. i have never seen an actor attack a directory as he is doing, heh. and all in all, his attacks are weak, and blah.
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Postby lorien1 » Sun Sep 14, 2003 11:44 am

TerraFrost wrote:i don't think that their acting can be as terrible as this:

http://filmforce.ign.com/articles/436/4 ... ?fromint=1

jerry doyle didn't like JMS's response to his idea to bring back babylon 5, and is being rather emotional about it. i have never seen an actor attack a directory as he is doing, heh. and all in all, his attacks are weak, and blah.



It's like kids in a "tit for tat" argument :puke Colin.<*>.
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