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    From: "jmsatb5@aol.com" <jmsatb5@aol.com>
 Subject: Quick Updates
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 1/2/2009 4:11:10 PM  

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It seems I've mostly won the trojan battle, even though one of them
keeps trying to re-appear only to be knocked down again by spyware
doctor. (The trojan zlob!sd6) I can block it but nothing seems to
remove it.

Meanwhile, just some other updates for folks who've been asking about
one thing or another....

On the public appearance front, I'm slated to appear as Guest of Honor
at the New York Comic Con in February, and I've been invited to speak
at MIT on May 22nd as part of the Julie Schwartz Lecture Series.

To correct one piece of misinformation out there...I'm not involved
with the Thor movie in any way. There seems to be this notion that I
rewrote the previous scripts for Marvel. Totally not true.

Finally, later this month, in addition to continuing to turn in
screenplay assignmentgs, I'll be turning in the pilot script for Last
Words, an hour dramatic series with a paranormal thrust, being written
for TNT and Dreamworks.

(It's a new crowd at TNT these days.)

jms
    From: "jmsatb5@aol.com" <jmsatb5@aol.com>
 Subject: Re: Quick Updates
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 1/2/2009 9:53:43 PM  

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On Jan 2, 6:57=A0pm, Jeffrey Kaplan <gor...@gordol.org> wrote:
> Previously on rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated, jmsa...@aol.com said:
>
> > Finally, later this month, in addition to continuing to turn in
> > screenplay assignmentgs, I'll be turning in the pilot script for Last
> > Words, an hour dramatic series with a paranormal thrust, being written
> > for TNT and Dreamworks.
>
> Are you doing the "Last Words" script as a one-off contract, or are you
> a staff writer/producer? IMDB has no info on this show.

No, they generally don't list every pilot that's being written...it
would just get ridiculous afte a while. There can't be a staff until
there's a show, but should we get the green light to go into
production, yes, I'd be EP/showrunner.

jms
    From: "jmsatb5@aol.com" <jmsatb5@aol.com>
 Subject: Re: Quick Updates
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 1/4/2009 3:23:00 PM  

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On Jan 3, 11:10=A0pm, Andrew Swallow <am.swal...@btinternet.com> wrote:
> jmsa...@aol.com wrote:
>
> [snip]
>
> > Finally, later this month, in addition to continuing to turn in
> > screenplay assignmentgs, I'll be turning in the pilot script for Last
> > Words, an hour dramatic series with a paranormal thrust, being written
> > for TNT and Dreamworks.
>
> > (It's a new crowd at TNT these days.)
>
> > jms
>
> Sometimes it is the people, sometimes it is the situation.
> Does "Last Words" have the same audience as the TNT channel?
> If lot there will be low ratings and trouble.
>
> JMS thinking back to last time. =A0If after episode 3 TNT had approached
> you and said Crusade does not fit this channel. =A0Will you help:
> a. sell the rest of Crusade to a different channel e.g. SciFi
> b. by pitch a new show containing wrestling and lots of girls in bikinis?
> Would you have gone along with it?
>
> Andrew Swallow

No on B.

I would've happily gone for B had they been sincere in so requesting.
But after they decided it didn't fit their audience at that time, they
were afraid it would go somewhere else and be a hit, which would make
them look bad, so they did all they could to ensure that nobody else
could get it.

jms

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