In today’s entertainment world nothing is gone forever. Besides taking an old movie or tv show and remaking it completely, lately there has been the idea of bringing back an old show with the original cast, set years later. Will & Grace, Rosanne, Mad About You and more that I’m sure that I’m missing. Which I think if done right is actually a pretty good idea. I’d much rather see a show that continues the original than a re-boot with new actors playing the old characters. There seem to be some new thoughts going into taking an old show and letting us see what happened to the cast years later.
Of all the shows, I think West Wing would be really easy to do this. It would probably be pretty much all new characters, but the history of the original show would be part of the history of the new show. I’ve read rumors that such a thing might be in play, but so far I haven’t read anything offering concrete information.
For me The West Wing is one of the best shows on television. Every few years I watch it in its entirety. So far I haven’t gotten tired of it. I think even more so in these times of having an idiot for a President and demeaning the office and our country it’s nice to look back and imagine what a world would be like with a President Bartlet.
What got me thinking more about the show lately is that I ran across a podcast called The West Wing Weekly. The podcast is hosted by HRISHIKESH HIRWAY and JOSHUA MALINA who played Will Bailey on the show. They started at episode one and on each podcast they talk about the show. They have a lot of guests on the podcast, many from the show, actors and directors and other behind the scene members of the show. It’s a fun podcast to listen to and has me thinking about the show again.
Check it out here: The West Wing Weekly
Still I wonder if a show like the West Wing could survive today. When politics has become such a blood sport and the level of discourse has become so vile and terrible, does a show that tried to be hopeful and show the majority of our public servants as meaning good stand a chance? If it aired today, would it have to be as evil and mean as politics are now.
One of the last things I talked about before I took my break was the return of LIZARDS as a new comic book. The first five issues were mostly reprints from the early days, with a few new stories added in. But this issue, Number six, is the first all brand new work in more than a decade. The art is by Roman Gubskii and combines his wonderful talent without ignoring Ron Wilber’s original look. This is the first of a multi-part story-line that departs from the shorter stories that have made up the first five issues. I’m not abandoning the shorter format, I plan to continue stories with whatever amount of pages best fit the work, but I also want to expand out with some longer work and show more of the world the characters inhabit. I’m hoping the next issue will be out before too long.
Anyone that follows my Facebook page knows I post a lot of political posts. I’m not going to stop. Too many of the posts are so negative, because we are in a situation that is so negative. But I want to post something positive. I want to post when we had a President that could speak in complete sentences and had an IQ higher than a turnip. So I think I’m going to post random speeches from President Obama. This one is the speech that brought him to the national stage and set the stage for him to move forward.
I haven’t realized how long it’s been since I posted here. My last post was from promising how much I was going to post this year and guess what? No posts. I will admit it’s been a busy year. Moving has kept me beyond busy for the last six or seven months. I don’t want to promise something I won’t follow through on, so let’s just say that I’m hoping to try and make this a regular habit of posting. And we’ll leave it at that.
For some reason I just noticed the time and date for the posts I’ve been putting up have been a day ahead. So the post on Len Wein reads as if it was written tomorrow on 9/11 when I wrote it and posted it on 9/10. Not a big thing, but I think I’ve got it fixed now and the correct time and day should reflect on each post.
I’ve created a Facebook page for my new comic LIFE DURING WARTIME. The first issue is completely penciled and Javi Laparra is coloring and lettering it now. Probably two weeks or less and then it’ll go to the printer. So about a month from now we should have the first printed copies. The second issue is being finished as I type this and should be out within a month of the first issue. The third is still a work in progress.
The Facebook page is another place I’m trying to get word out about this comic. Besides information about the comic I’ll post articles and such I find about Trump.
The first three issues:
1) What happens after Roe v Wade is overturned?
2) What happens when the press is no long free to report?
3) What happens when it becomes illegal to be gay?
All from a future we’re living in now and could happen.
The last season I watched was the seventh. That was the one where….do I mention it with a Spoilers warning? It was five years ago, you would think it was no longer a surprise, but I’m sure there are some people out there that hasn’t seen it yet, so I’ll refrain from giving the name of the person who dies. But that’s how long it’s been since I watched Supernatural. I’ve been a big fan of this show for the first six seasons. I watched Season 7 and did not find it up to the quality of the previous seasons. But I still hadn’t meant to stop watching it. A lot of shows have a bad season, doesn’t mean I’m giving up on them if I really like them.
Supernatural was one of those shows I never watched when it first aired. Between my work schedule and trying to find time to write and somehow squeeze in a little time for other things I rarely watch television as it airs. There are some shows I make it a point to. Or as close to possible as I can. Most of viewing today is done on Netflix or Hulu, which means I’m watching a day late, but that’s fine. Even when I had Direct TV I didn’t watch Supernatural as it aired. I would wait and buy the DVD collection when it came out and than spend a week binge watching. I know binge watching is a thing now, but I was doing this before it was coined for some shows. Some shows just watch so much better when you can go directly from one episode to the next and not have to wait a week inbetween. Supernatural was always one of these shows for me.
So when Season 8 came out I bought it. Somehow it was put on the shelf and I never got around to watching it. Season 9 comes out and I do the same thing. I don’t think Season 10 has come out yet, if it has I haven’t bought it yet. I was trolling Netflix the other day for something to watch and realized I was way behind on my Supernatural viewing. So I’ve started watching Season 8. I have a lot of binge watching now, three Seasons to catch up on.
The good news is that I’m really enjoying this season of Supernatural.