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Michael's new show [Mar. 26th, 2010|10:01 pm]
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Yay, Smallville boys! First Tom gets his "Hellcats" green-lit & is currently recruiting his cast and now Michael's show "Zeroes" has a script commitment from SyFy. Link

While I'm always a cheerleader for Michael's projects, I'm especially excited for "Zeroes."



Premise
This is a good premise, so good that I'd watch this show even if Michael wasn't involved. Michael characterizes it as "Galaxy Quest" meets "Eastbound and Down." It's the "Galaxy Quest" part that makes it WIN - it's such a rich vein to mine: conventions, fans, flashbacks to Michael's character's old TV show.

Potential
Just imagine the potential guest stars that could appear in this show! A chance for genre and sci-fi actors to send themselves up: I want to see Stargate, Supernatual and Battlestar Galactica people engage in a little self-parody. I want to see Michael's convention buddy Brad Dourif. I want a John Glover cameo. And most of all I want to see Tom show off his comic chops - imagine Tom playing "himself"? He could play Bizarro!Tom: obsessed with publicity and shoving himself in front of the cameras. Gold!

It's Michael's!
This isn't Michael's first attempt at a pilot: Welcome to Paradise, Bullinsky, Green River Road....all cool ideas, all back on the shelf. I love that he didn't get discouraged, that he kept pitching ideas until one hit. It's exciting that he will be involved behind the scenes, as well as onscreen and this hopefully will open up even more opportunities for him.

Smallville
Someone tweeted to Michael today "I hope you don't use the show to burn bridges..". Meaning: please don't use your new show to bash your old show. It's a thoughtful comment; I expect some gentle satire at the expense of SV but that most of the humour will be self-deprecating, because that's how Michael rolls. And if anything, Michael landing this show actually increases the chance of him popping up on SV again. Why? Because he will know what his filming schedule will be and if he can fit in a trip to Vancouver; because he'll get to return on his own terms (no shaving!); because the theme of "Zeroes" shows the huge impact SV has had on his life and because now, he has his own show to promote. (Symbiosis, baby!)

The one unknown quantity
Not sure yet what to think about Jonathan Silverman. I haven't seen much of his work. What do people think? Will he be a worthy co-star? Will he & Michael have chemistry?

Self-portrait by Michael: YAY!!!
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[User Picture]From: tariel22
2010-03-27 02:37 am (UTC)
Everything you said!! I'm so excited about this, it sounds like such a fun and clever show! Michael would never ridicule Smallville or be mean-spirited about his experience there, but I fully expect him to poke some gentle fun and crack inside jokes only his former co-stars will fully understand. And, as you say, make plenty of jokes at his own expense.

OMG, your Bizarro!Tom idea is genius!! How funny would that be for him to play, and for us to see? I, too, would love to see all kinds of genre actors show up for cameos as themselves. And I'm already dreaming about the gag reel on the eventual DVD set of S1. Not to get ahead of myself or anything... :D

I like Jonathan Silverman. I used to watch The Single Guy, a sitcom he did about 15 years ago (Ming-Na was hilarious in it). It was full of the same self-deprecating humor I expect to see in this show, and he pulled it off quite nicely. His character was funny when he messed up, but charmingly so. He never came off as a loser or a jerk.

I love that pic! I like how the question mark seems to float above his head, as if he's contemplating his future and wondering what lies in store, as he gazes up at the studio around him, like an actor looking up at the lights of Broadway for the very first time. Behold the future star, about to take the world by storm! :) Plus, sexy scruff! Rowr.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-04-29 05:20 pm (UTC)
*responding shamefully late to this comment*

I like Jonathan Silverman. I used to watch The Single Guy, a sitcom he did about 15 years ago (Ming-Na was hilarious in it). It was full of the same self-deprecating humor I expect to see in this show, and he pulled it off quite nicely. His character was funny when he messed up, but charmingly so.
Oh, that's nice to hear! Sounds like a nice mesh with Michael's style.

I like how the question mark seems to float above his head, as if he's contemplating his future and wondering what lies in store, as he gazes up at the studio around him, like an actor looking up at the lights of Broadway for the very first time. Behold the future star, about to take the world by storm! :) Plus, sexy scruff! Rowr.
Heh, that's exactly it a "Babe on Broadway"! Hope we get more pics from him soon.
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