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We had a great time at the Jean Cocteau yesterday. Our world premiere of THE EXPANSE was terrific fun for all concerned, I think. We screened the first two episodes of the series (joined seamlessly into one long two-hour film), once for the cast, crew, and VIPs, and once for the general public... and my, but the show looked great on our big medium-sized screen. We also had a signing and Q&A with Jimmy Corey, aka Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham, followed by a kickass party.

Everyone seemed to have a swell time... especially those, like me, who had not seen the show before (though of course I have read all the books). Terrific performances and fine writing. This is the show that fandom has been waiting for since FIREFLY and BATTLESTAR GALACTICA left the air... a real kickass spaceship show, done right.

Admittedly, a December debut is a little late in the year for awards buzz, but if the word gets around fast enough, I think you can add THE EXPANSE to the list of shows that could (and in this case, should) compete for a Hugo nomination in Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.

My thanks to Ty and Daniel and the good folks at Alcon Television for making this happen, and to David Sidebottom, Jenni Higginbotham, Jon Bowman, and the rest of my amazing JCC staff for making the event such a smashing success.

For all of you who could not make it... be sure to catch THE EXPANSE when it debuts on December 14.


Chris Miracle
Dec. 4th, 2015 10:56 pm (UTC)
*Battlestar Galactica ;)
Dec. 4th, 2015 11:31 pm (UTC)

Chris Miracle
Dec. 7th, 2015 07:05 pm (UTC)
No problem George, thanks for the reply!
Andy Marinkovich
Dec. 4th, 2015 11:00 pm (UTC)
The Expanse
The pilot episode is available on OnDemand through my cable service. I watched it the other night and thought it was fantastic. Can't wait to see more of this series.
Ruud van Oorschot
Dec. 5th, 2015 12:25 am (UTC)
Loved the books and looking forward to eventually seeing the series.
From what I have read and seen it certainly looks as if it could it be the new Battlestar Galactica or Firefly.
Dec. 5th, 2015 02:50 am (UTC)
George, a question: have you watched The 100?
I think the question is not so off-topic because some critics have described the series as the successor to Battlestar Galactica, sorry if it is off-topic.
Dec. 5th, 2015 03:19 am (UTC)
Was it properly 2 hours long? I'm asking because the first episode was only 44 minutes, so I'm wondering if you guys saw an extended cut of the first 2.
Dec. 5th, 2015 03:31 am (UTC)
Children of Men Reference in Trailer
Mr. Martin,

I saw the trailer and am hoping for some good, solid sci-fi. But I saw a "From the Writers of Children of Men" claim in the trailer.

Children of Men was written by PD James and the screenplay was written by Alfonso Cuarón, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Hawk Ostby, and Mark Fergus.

Since you know these people well, could you ask them to elaborate on that?

Much obliged,
Dec. 5th, 2015 07:12 am (UTC)
RE: Children of Men Reference in Trailer
Not sure what the question actually was, but it's written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, yes.
Dec. 7th, 2015 08:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Children of Men Reference in Trailer
Ah, I see. Mark and Hawk who also were part of the team on the screenplay Children of Men are working on the TV series but aren't actual authors of the books.

Very cool. Thank you for clarifying.
Dec. 5th, 2015 11:10 am (UTC)
Re: Children of Men Reference in Trailer
Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby are credited as series writers on IMDb.
Dec. 6th, 2015 07:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Children of Men Reference in Trailer
I've only seen the first episode so I can't really say how well the series is written overall but based on that first episode, it's very well-written. It's also quite faithful to the first novel in the series. In addition to Hawk Ostby and Mark Fergus, Naren Shankar (Farscape, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Grimm, Almost Human, CSI) is also involved.

The show seems to be in good hands. And Syfy is definitely going all out from a production standpoint. The show is gorgeous.

Calling it the next "Battlestar Galactica" or "Firefly" is pretty accurate.

Edited at 2015-12-06 07:39 pm (UTC)
Dec. 5th, 2015 12:38 pm (UTC)
This sounds promising...
I was in Battlestar Galactica withdrawal until Game of Throne made its TV debut.
Dec. 7th, 2015 02:44 am (UTC)
Star Wars
Hey George are you a Star Wars fan? I presumed so considering your love for epic fantasies.
Dec. 7th, 2015 06:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Star Wars
I liked the first three STAR WARS movies pretty well. The next three not so much. Not sure if that qualifies me as a "fan."
Dec. 8th, 2015 12:19 am (UTC)
Re: Star Wars
Of course, it qualifies you as a fan, Now as a writer and a fan what upset you about the last three? I do agree with you they were poorly one but i also think they were necessary.
Bernhard Vienna
Dec. 7th, 2015 11:09 pm (UTC)
Do you like Firefly and do you have a favorite episode or moment of the show?

Could you please convince HBO to bring it back as an animated series? That would be awesome!
Dec. 7th, 2015 11:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Firefly!!!
Loved FIREFLY. I think my favorite was the one with the planet where they made Jane their hero.


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