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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-

A. ahem!

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.

Q. eugh.

A. you asked, i answered.

Q. so let’s talk about the graphic novel.

A. let’s!

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?

A. yep.

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?

A. ayup.

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?

A. nope.

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!

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From: (Anonymous)
2009-02-21 07:48 pm (UTC)
I can't believe it's been canceled...Actually, no...This minute I saw this show I went "This is a fantastic show...but no one's going to realize that until it doesn't make it to season 2." I really hate being right.

Maybe you could survive through DVD-movies and work your way back from there? That seems to be the go-to thing for shows that are over but aren't really finished.
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[User Picture]From: benmech
2009-02-21 08:52 pm (UTC)
Thank You Javi

I'm getting that dvd set.

and the comic.

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[User Picture]From: leftover_hobbit
2009-02-21 11:45 pm (UTC)
awwww, you call Comic Con Mecca too. You're too sweet.

See you there with bells on and Middleman DVD's in my hand!
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-02-21 11:07 pm (UTC)

One question

Will the DVD be region-specific, or region-free?

If it's the latter, you and Amazon already have my money.
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[User Picture]From: pax108
2009-02-22 01:24 am (UTC)
w00t, can't wait for the DVD set and to see what emerges from the pupa vat!
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[User Picture]From: skywardprodigal
2009-02-22 05:50 pm (UTC)
I am sad, but I am glad that you got 11 eps. But still: WOE

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From: monte_noiq
2009-02-22 10:50 pm (UTC)
There's no way I can express my own personal gratitude for your literary and multi-media contributions at this point, without sounding redundant in the wake of all the well-deserved platitudes you already have received before this one. I think your wit, your humor, the quality of the production, the quality of the writing, and the supurb acting will be the legacy of this show, whether it is by DVD, by graphic novel, or by broadcast (or re-broadcast) television. You worked on something special, and that will always be a special part of who you are (and who is/are your production team and acting ensemble).

Having had the good fortune to have met you at Comic-Con when I purchased them, I already treasure the first three Middleman graphic novels. I am tempted to purchase the fourth there -- except that might delay the purchase of something I will want upon its actual release.

I have seen what I assume are the mock-ups by Zanker of the Middleman and Wendy Watson posted on your Facebook profile, and I must say they look fantastic. I already hugely admired Les' earlier work. You definitely have an artist's eye, as you clearly have an artist's literary mind. Based on an off-hand amusing comment you wrote way back in November, I look forward (I think) to Ida lambasting her co-workers as "Crunkensteins...." :)

Anyway, I simply want to thank you personally for your fantastic previous work on this ongoing project, and to tell you that I look forward to the additional contributions to the series that await us fans. And now that you announced the fourth graphic novel, let me be the first to say I really look forward to the fifth one as well -- because I too am an optimist. ;)
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[User Picture]From: mabfan
2009-02-23 02:13 am (UTC)
While we're waiting for the DVD, we just placed an order for the collected edition of the comic book.
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[User Picture]From: plattcave
2009-02-24 09:54 pm (UTC)
DVD -- Sold!
Graphic novel -- Sold!
More Middleman in any form? Sell it to me, please!
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From: ext_170192
2009-02-25 03:16 am (UTC)

Great show!

Really enjoyed the show, and am looking forward to the DVD set. I find it wonderful that I had the ability to see this quirky show when it was on. It is disappointing that the show has been indefinitely suspended, but perhaps it is for the best.
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[User Picture]From: olafandyjon
2009-02-27 04:49 pm (UTC)
The Middleman is d-...uh...hibernating. Long live the Middleman!!!

I hope we manage to make a statement with the DVD sales, because I don't want my last image of Matt Keeslar to be a psychopath on Dollhouse! (But damn did he play an excellent psychopath...)
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[User Picture]From: kat_rowe
2009-02-28 06:40 am (UTC)
Things like that come full-circle. I wasn't thrilled with the idea of Matt as a psycho killer, yet the ep did get me chatting with some friends about how the Middleman is really kind of too good to be true, and where in the Dollhouse verse does that sound familiar from? Fanfic is forthcoming, lol.

But it's a relief to know about the comic and the DVDs, 'cause I wouldn't have wanted to remember Matt like that, either. I do NOT need my mind to be going "So, now we know what the Middleman doesn on the rare occassions he DOES go on vacation." So. Very. Wrong.

And even though I know he's not the guy to ask because he's obviously doing everything in his power to keep the series alive in all its incarnations:

Please, Javi, may I have another?
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From: spadada
2009-03-01 03:20 am (UTC)
You're a class act, Javi. I am sure this has a lot to do with ABC Family's willingness to take a chance on The Middleman in the first place. I wish more people had seen it. I will certainly give the DVDs as gifts whenever it makes the least but of sense.

Thanks for the good-nado. I'm able to accept the loss of this great show with slightly less clenched fists now.

Cue the waterworks...
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-03-09 09:40 pm (UTC)

DVD and graphic novel goodness!


While I still yearn for a decisive return to the airwaves of Middleman, I am very glad to hear all the good things about the upcoming Shout Factory DVD. They do good stuff! The graphic novel sounds great too -- terrific art samples!

So, until we can see Noser play Stump the Band again, all the best from --

Stu & Andi, Seattle (big fans of the series and graphic novels)
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From: ext_175684
2009-03-18 02:43 am (UTC)


My wife and I are so, so, so upset about not having Middleman TV this summer. Practically every day since "the palindrome reversal palindrome" we have had something to say about Middleman, even if it's only "I hope it's not cancelled." Every bit of buzz about your show was all positive, and I was shocked that someone actually gave it the axe. And the chemistry in the cast was really exciting, so that every week it was like I was sitting down to watch Wicked and not an hour long comedy adventure. It really was the best new series of 2008 (even better than established series, even dare I say it, season 4 of Doctor Who) and you deserved more support from ABC Family. I hope you find some way of reaching your audience, possibly keeping it alive through webisodes until some visionary executives at a different network pick it up. Maybe Middleman the Musical? And I am sure the graphic novel will be excellent. I'll get my comic shop guy to add it to my list tomorrow.
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