|presenting - the middleman rumor control FAQ!
||[Feb. 20th, 2009|06:27 pm]
lately there's been a lot of loose talk about the middleman - a lot of rumors, innuendo and the other thing...so here are the answers to your questions - in an easy to carry FAQ form!|
Q. has "the middleman" been cancelled?
A. why must we rush to use the “c” word? it’s so ugly. i prefer to think of “the middleman” as dormant - hibernating in a high-tech vat, or a sac filled with a translucent amniotic fluid that may, perhaps, glow...a show in transition...like a massive televisual pupa...changing, evolving, gaining strength.
Q. all right, cut the crap - will there be a second season or what?
A. whatever future “the middleman” has will depend entirely on sales of the dvd boxed set (coming this july from shout! factory!). if the dvd sells well, maybe there will be an opening to bring the characters back in some form or another...history has shown that this is a possibility (as in “serenity” and “family guy” - you know, hope springs eternal).
Q. how does that make you feel? are you pissed that your show’s cance-
Q. - i mean, “hibernating in a high tech vat?”
A. i feel just fine and dandy. “the middleman” was always a long shot. when i first wrote the pilot, a lot of people whose opinion i trust thought it was an impossible dream for it to be purchased by a television network, much less see the air as a television series. when the comic book was illustrated (beautifully, i might add) by les mcclaine, a lot of people whose opinion i trust argued that his lush visuals actually proved the impossibility of ever successfully producing the show on a television budget...and when i sold the pilot to abc family, a lot of people whose opinion i trust thought that the show would never survive the network development process with its weird, anarchically upbeat worldview intact. that we produced twelve quality episodes of the show - all of which i am proud - was the result of an alchemy of time, place and personnel that we may never be able to replicate. the simple fact that this show exists is a minor miracle for which i am eternally grateful. also, i need to find new people whose opinion i trust.
Q. oh, come on, javi abc family cancelled -
Q. - yes, cancelled - they CANCELLED your show, you delusional little man!
A. but -
Q. - surely you hate them! tell me you hate them!
A. why would i hate an organization that believed in my vision, put their own money and production company behind it, gave me a level of creative latitude the likes of which i have not seen in fifteen years in the business, provided me the opportunity to put to air twelve of the most highly idiosyncratic hours of television ever - even when the show’s lack of commercial success would have easily justified their yanking the series from their air at episode six - and furnished my first opportunity to run a series? why would i hate a company that loves “the middleman” so much that - even after having to make the difficult financial decision to put the show on hiatus - they went out of their way to find a dvd producer whose reputation for quality product insures that we will have the best possible chance at a lasting artistic legacy? why would i hate the group of talented individuals who are supporting the production of the new graphic novel “the doomsday armageddon apocalypse” (coming this july from viper comics!) so that our show has a proper finale? why would i hate them? why?
Q. because, man, they're the suits! ATTICA! ATTICA!
A. to me they were magnificent collaborators who protected my vision, kept it on the air as long as they could, and continue to fight to make sure the show is seen.
Q. really. so it’s a love fest between you and abc family?
A. a carnival of pro-mance that would make caligula blush.
A. you asked, i answered.
Q. so let’s talk about the graphic novel.
Q. i read somewhere that it’s just a graphic novel version of episode 12, “the palindrome reversal palindrome.”
A. as you may see, the graphic novel is called “the doomsday armageddon apocalypse” - see, different title, different story.
Q. is it a series finale?
A. it was intended to be our first season finale, but if it’s the last installment of this version of “the middleman,” it will be a satisfying ending that will answer many, if not all of the questions left hanging by the series.
Q. so the characters will look like matt keeslar and natalie morales - not like the original graphic novel characters?
A. indeed. this is a proper final episode to the season and maybe series. it is based on a series script written by myself and hans (“deep space nine,” “the dresden files”) beimler. artist armando m. zanker has come up with gorgeous character designs that evoke the series while still giving the thing its own artistic integrity - and best of all, les mcclaine, the original artist and designer of “the middleman” is providing the layouts - preserving the narrative workflow that served us so well in the original GN...so basically, we have the best of all worlds here!
Q. so, let’s say, i really want to know whether the middleman and lacey’s platonic and long-unconsummated romance was ever going to work out. will i find that out in the graphic novel?
Q. and the identity of the “other woman” loved by the middleman?
A. you better believe it!
Q. will we ever find out the middleman’s real name?
Q. what about roxy wasserman?
A. she has a major role in the thing.
Q. oooh! is she the other woman?
A. i’m not telling.
Q. what about the desk clerk in the underworld? the funny guy? is he in it?
A. he’s in it too.
Q. what about manservant neville? he was good in the parallel universe...is he evil in the regular universe? is tyler evil in the regular universe?
A. the answers to these questions are the exact plot of “the doomsday armageddon apocalypse!”
Q. will we see wendy’s mom?
Q. what about her father?
A. he vanished under mysterious and as yet unexplained circumstances...so no, we’re not addressing that - but if you want a hint as to the truth of wendy’s dad, just check out the last two pages of the original middleman graphic novel.
Q. what about the dvd - who is shout! factory?
A. only the premiere producers of pop-culturally relevant series dvds in the whole wide world! renowned for giving a number of great series that never found their audience on the air their due as boxed sets chock full of extras and supplementary material...they are the producers of amazing boxed sets for “freaks and geeks,” “undeclared” “my so-called life,” “MST3k” and “SCTV.”
Q. so what kind of features can we expect on the dvd?
A. we’re working on it right now...definitely commentaries from cast and crew...much of the online content...and a lot of other surprises, if you like to delve otaku-like into the arcana of a show such as this one, i promise that we will do all we can to make this dvd set a vast vacuum from which no free time will emerge!
Q. is it true that the surgeon general is a red dupe?
A. i'm afraid so.
Q. is the middleman going to be at comic-con?
A. you mean my mecca? my favorite event of the entire year? yeah, we’ll be there, with bells on - at the shout! factory booth, at the viper comics booth, at the abc family booth - believe me, they may have to change the name to “the middle-con.”
Q. well, this all sounds like a good-nado.
A. a tornado made of good?
Q. you better believe it!
I would say something in reaction to the "hibernation", but profanity cheapens the soul and weakens the mind.
But, yay, Middleman graphic novel!
last year, I wrote about the same thing.
if you want a hint as to the truth of wendy’s dad, just check out the last two pages of the original middleman graphic novel.
SO IT'S TRUE.
The comic sounds awesome, and I love the title, and I will be rushing to my comic book store one Wednesday in July!!
I will try to share in your clear enthusiasm and not be sad about my show.
I'm so sorry to hear this news. We loved "the middleman" over here. I'll be looking out for the graphic novel. Any clue as to whether the DVD will be released in the UK, or am I doomed to buy it from somewhere that ships overseas and put myself at the mercy of two *ahem* reliable postal services?
...they may have to change the name to “the middlecon.”
ROTFL!!! I can't wait for ComicCon!!
July brings an exquisite DVD set and a new graphic novel???
I can't wait for the middlesummer to get here!
I'm saddened by the hibernation thing, and thrilled for the DVD and the new comic (because I loved Middleman as a comic book first, and also because it means my Christmas shopping will be completed on release day + 1)
BUT BUT BUT
is the new comic going to bring back Clarence? Will it deal at all with the new Middleman from the end of the last comic? Or do the comic book and TV series continuities not match at this point? Will the series continue in comic form? Because the last collection was kind of dark - it felt like the gloomy middle chapter that our heroes need to recover from, _Empire Strikes Back_-style. I feel like it needs some resolution.
If the only resolution that's going to happen is in the note from last year's Comicon (which is on my fridge, btw, thank you for taking the time) I feel like I should maybe scan it and share it with the world.
2009-02-22 03:32 am (UTC)
You should do that anyway!!!
I look forward to delving. Also, am word-spreading via every social-networking site I can currently think of.
(And don't tempt me, re: a Middlecon. I could probably put one together, if I had time and money. It's the whole, erm, actual time and you know, money thing standing in my way...)
I can't wait to get the graphic novel and DVD!
Hopefully I can make it to Comic con this year, too. :)
Boo for no new season - but YAYAYAY for DVD, Graphic Novel, and COMIC.... Err, MIDDLE-CON!
See y'all there!
Entertaining presentation of information. I give it an A+.
*whispers "Attica! Attica!"*
Do let us know when the DVD box set and "the doomsday armageddon apocalypse" go on sale for pre-order, won't you? I'd like to plunk down my hard-earned Middlecash as soon as possible.
2009-02-23 04:48 pm (UTC)
Me too! me too! I hunt amazon every few days looking to pre order--i'm already planning on giving them as gifts this summer and spread the middlelove
Great MiddleFAQ! I stand by my theory that you could blog the phone book and make it entertaining.
lmao... true dat, partyman
I still have the last 2 episodes on my DVR.. Saving them as a reward for my soon to be 11 year old for when she does something extra good. I'm partially saving them for the same reason I stop reading some books. If I don't watch/read it. Well that means its not over. I still can't watch Serenity all the way through. I figure they will stay there forever, and I will buy the DVDs when they come out and put them on the shelf next to Sports Night, and Firefly, and MST3k, and there they will sit, another awesome show that never got what it deserved (I know we got an assload of MST3k but its my geek. 30 years wouldn't have been enough)
Anyway.. Good job. Be proud of making something so unique and special that it will always have a little pocket of people bitching about it.
Ha. We still have them on our dvr, as well. When they were airing, it was the hour a week set aside just for my husband and I. No worrying about school, money or the brand new baby, just us and the Middleman. ABC Family owes me my hour a week of cuddling and awesome.
And no, 30 years on MST3K wouldn't have been enough. Bad movies just keep coming out! (Riff Trax isn't the same.)
So the bottom line is a preorder for the DVD set is a vote for season 2? :)
count on at least one box set sold! as soon as it hits the stores, you will (along with the minions who claim cuts) have my hard-earned money. and surely surely surely my support will be enough for some special suit at some wonderful network, mayhap abc family mayhap not, to say hey you love us you really love us! and everyone will live happily ever after on my tv screen.
um, if my purchase is not enough for more fabulous middleantics to appear onscreen, then i say to you, javi, thanks so much for all the great, good middlefun. it's been a milk-fed middledream.
2009-02-23 04:40 pm (UTC)
What's this "will be sold"?
I'm planning on ordering 3 box sets as soon as it appears on the pre-order on amazon.... I'm going to spread the cult behavior!
This is the third series I loved which has been canceled (Pushing Daisies and My Own Worst Enemy are the others).
I hereby resolve to never love again.
I should specify: canceled within the last four months.
Thank you for your response, your humor, and your positive attitude. As sad as I am to see this show go, I am so grateful to you and to ABC Family that we got it in the first place. I can't find it in me to hate someone for giving me gold just because I would have hoped for more.
Let me make sure that I'm putting two and two together and getting a reasonable approximation to four. ABC Family owns the script to the unproduced 13th episode, and yet, the production company will not be filming any further episodes, therefore, a second season will not be airing on the network. So, the only way the 13th episode could have ever seen the light of day is in the form of the upcoming graphic novel. This contrasts with Scrubs changing networks from NBC to ABC, in that the production company remained the same.
Repeats of Moonlight are currently airing on Sci Fi, so maybe in a year's time The Middleman and possibly Pushing Daisies will be doing likewise. But, if DVD sales are impressive, and NBC Universal, or some other production company, were to shell out for a second season, would "The Doomsday Armageddon Apocalypse" still not be filmable, since the script would still be the property of ABC Family?
Anyway, thanks for the Middle-Memories, and I hope that I can shake your hand at Comic-Con. Well done, Sir!
Heartbroken to see it go, but amused and pleased by the way you're handling it. It's refreshing, honest, and down-to-earth...three things you do NOT see in showbiz. You, sir, have my eyeballs whenever a program of your creation hits the airwaves. Even if you suffer a blow to the head and decide to do a remake of The Courtship Of Eddie's Father starring Regis Philbin as the title character. I'll suffer from severe bouts of dizziness and nausea, but dammit, I'll watch.
Here's hoping enough people wake up to The Middleman on DVD that you see a Futurama-like resurgence that results not in a good-nado, but a good-nami.
I read about this on ONTD last night and was so heartbroken.
I'll definitely be buying the boxset when it comes out and encouraging everyone around me to do so as well. :D
2009-02-21 12:33 pm (UTC)
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In the end, I just wanted to let you know I really enjoyed The MiddleMan. ABC Family really dropped the ball putting it into "stasis". Though I've always preferred the standard novel to the graphic variety (Sorry, books vs. comics bias from childhood.) I'm working to change that view in light of your amazing work. I really hope another network recognizes your genius and picks up the series. If all else fails, rest assured season one will occupy a place of honor on a shelf next to Red Dwarf on my “Life is nothing but a deep dark abyss… Then again…” shelf!
Oh, hey, there's an idea! Javi should give us some MiddleNOVELS!!! I would SO be onbaord with that...
2009-02-21 01:27 pm (UTC)
I'm so getting the DVDs and the graphic novel as soon as they're out! But I guess I don't have to mention that, do I? After all, I did fly over to L.A. once for The Middleman and I've still got the poster etc. to prove it! ;-)