Friday, November 23, 2007

Battlestar Galactica Returns!
Hey all you BSG fans... this weekend marks the return of BSG to our screens (yay!) though it's not the cast we're used to. Battlestar Galactica: Razor will air on Saturday night on Space in Canada, and at some point on the Sci-Fi Channel in the U.S. It's a 2-hour prequel to the series. The actual show will begin in April (APRIL!)

Ron Moore had an interesting blog where he talked about the impact of the writer's strike, and how he's halted production, which could mean the ending of BSG would be shelved forever, but this strike means too much to him. Go Ron Moore! (Can I just use this moment to not downplay Ron Moore, but to say that I ADORE Ellen Degeneres from the bottom of my heart and that's why I'm so disappointed that she's crossing the picket line to continue her show? Sad... I know she's the producer and she stands to lose a lot from it, but as a comic, and therefore someone who has to write a lot of her own material, her support in the strike would be really crucial. But anyway...) Back to Ron Moore: Kudos to you for having the conviction and the strength to fight for your rights.

And while I've got the attention of BSG fans, I wanted to mention that my good friend Jo Storm has a new book out called Frak You: The Ultimate Unofficial Guide to Battlestar Galactica. It's awesome, and has the complete episode guide to the first three seasons, photos, bios, etc. Definitely check out this book if you love the show.


Anonymous said...

But isn't Ellen under contract? She has to produce/star in a certain amount of episodes because of her contract, right?

I mean, I can give the girl a break if she is just doing what she signed on to do. It's not her fault that the writers went on strike.

Nikki Stafford said...

I agree; it's not her fault. I also think people tend to come down harder on Ellen than on others, when I love her honesty and sincerity on the show. But the fact is, everyone who is not on set is contracted to be. Jay Leno is under contract to appear every night, and he's not there. Steve Carell is contracted to appear in the full season of The Office, and he walked the same day the writers did.

Ellen is the executive producer of the show, so she has a little more leeway than most. Obviously the studio can be the one to force her to work, but she hasn't actually supported the writers openly and said, 'Look, I'm sorry I'm here, but I have to be,' she just chooses to ignore that there's a strike going on outside her doors. She gave a shout-out to them the first day, and that was the end.

Her side of the story -- and it's a legit one -- is that she has 135 people on staff who would lose their jobs should she go on strike. And I'm glad she was thinking of them when she made her decision. But being a high-profile entertainer -- and a member of the WGA, I might add -- she's letting down the people she could be helping by showing studios they don't need those writers if they can keep different kinds of shows on the air.

Ellen's not evil, obviously, it's why I'm not doing an all-out attack on her here on my blog. I don't think she deserves to be attacked. I think her show is the best talk show on television, and I continue to believe that. I love her, she makes me laugh, she's warm and amazing and hilarious, but if she'd just kept her staff on retainer for one measly week and walked out for that week to show her support, and THEN returned to show that she needs to think about her staff while still supporting the writers, I think I would have respected her decision more. I'm just disappointed, that's all. :)

Anonymous said...

From what I gather, the late night shows started with repeats right away. Was that because Leno and others refused to show up? I thought it was more the network's decision b/c half the show would be gone (the jokes and skits) without the writers there. And since new material is needed on a daily basis, there was no point in continuing to tape the show until after the strike.

I don't know...I think I have to give the girl some credit for keeping other people working during the holiday season.

I don't have a problem with actors showing up for work, even if the writers are on strike, because they are under a contract. Just my opinion.